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18 March 2017 @ 03:08 pm
Time Will Tell  
Author: jelly_1andonly1
Title: Time Will Tell
Rating: General
Pairing/s: No explicit romantic pairings but it could be read as Merlin/Arthur
Character/s: Merlin/Arthur
Summary: There are certain things Merlin will never forget
Warnings: Angst I think?
Word Count: 316
Prompt: You'll Be Back (Ham4Cam)
Author's Notes: Disclaimers and Unbeta'd. Agh I can't write this well enough. Trust me when I say it worked a lot better in my head.

It wasn’t a particularly memorable day, in terms of the weather. Mostly drizzly and slightly windy, if Merlin recalled correctly. And he did. There was not a single part of that day that he would ever forget. Could ever forget.

First there were the bubbles. Gently rising to the surface of the lake. They sat shortly on the water, before evaporating. At first, Merlin thought it was just a few fish under the water. The bubbles increased, more and more rose to the top. Soon, it was clear something much larger than a couple of fish was moving beneath the water level. Ripples formed, moving outwards, spreading as far as the shoreline.

The next thing Merlin saw had him dropping his tea. His wrist went slack; his jaw dropped open. The mug slowly tilted down, the hot tea dripped into his lap. He didn’t notice. The head came first, not unlike a baby being born. Then came the shoulders, still wearing the chainmail Merlin was unable to dress him in that day he went to battle.

Merlin didn’t know what he was expecting to see in place of the wound that was essentially a hole in his torso, but there was nothing there. No hole in his chain, no blood staining the metal. The water splashed noisily as Merlin waded waist-deep into the water, his hands reaching out to touch whichever parts he could reach first.

Neither spoke until hours later, after Merlin had prepared a bath for him. Merlin’s long fingers dragged through the blond hair, untangling the knots.

“I don’t remember why I know you, all I know is I can trust you.” Merlin smiled sadly. He hadn’t expected anything, and yet it still came as a shock.

You’ll be back, soon you’ll see. You’ll remember you belong to me. You’ll be back, time will tell. You’ll remember that I served you well, Arthur.”

digthewriter: Winkdigthewriter on March 18th, 2017 05:18 pm (UTC)
This is great. I really liked it.

Thanks for sharing.
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on March 18th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading it! :)
Sue White: Wasptari_sue on March 18th, 2017 06:26 pm (UTC)
Love it, Jelly! Really like the idea of Arthur remembering nothing, would live to read more if this!
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on March 18th, 2017 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks waspy

I don't think I got it down on paper right, alas, tis done.

I might write more if the prompts match it though! :)
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on March 18th, 2017 07:16 pm (UTC)
I loved that Arthur didn't remember but that Merlin was so desperate for him to. Well done.
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on March 18th, 2017 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ah thank you :) Nice to hear you enjoyed it!
Schweetheartschweet_heart on March 19th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
Poor Merlin - finally getting Arthur back only to have him remember nothing! Nice use of the lyrics, too. I'd love to read more if you ever continue it :)
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on March 19th, 2017 08:52 am (UTC)

Yep sorry about Arthur not remembering anything :( But if I do find lyrics that match, I might write more!

Thank you for reading and leaving your lovely comment :)

Bunnybunnysworld on March 19th, 2017 05:01 pm (UTC)
At least he knows he can trust Merlin. The rest will come back to him.
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on March 19th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)

Only time will tell :)

ajsrandomajsrandom on March 20th, 2017 07:36 pm (UTC)
Very intriguing! And Arthur doesn't remember, ooh!
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on March 21st, 2017 07:15 pm (UTC)

Yes Arthur doesn't remember and poor Merlin has to deal with the repercussions. Nice to hear you liked it :)

emrys_mk: pic#120411055emrys_mk on April 17th, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)

Aw, a new beginning for our boys :-) now on to the next installment!

jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on April 17th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
Not sure how good the first few days go for them together, but soon you'll see I guess :D
brunettepetbrunettepet on April 28th, 2017 04:14 pm (UTC)
This is a lovely reunion.
jelly_1andonly1jelly_1andonly1 on April 28th, 2017 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading! :D