Title: More Than This
Pairing/s: Merlin/Arthur, Arthur/Gwen
Character/s: Arthur, Gwen, Morgana, Merlin
Summary: At the height of Camelot's golden age, they all still yearn for something that eludes them
Word Count: 200
Prompt: 297 Longing
Author's Notes: Double drabble filled with melancholy and pining.
More Than This
Everyone has longings. It may be difficult to point to that single, overriding desire that, if ever fulfilled, will make a life complete.
Arthur's yearnings, like Gwen's, are divided into two strands— the public, and the private. Both king and queen dearly wish for Camelot to be at peace, for her people to prosper. This is their foremost priority and their shared purpose. But in their secret heart of hearts, each longs for a love that is out of reach, a soul-deep contentment they believe will never be theirs, and so they do not let themselves dwell on it.
Morgana's longings are fragmented and constantly changing. Sitting on her cold throne in the dark, she craves revenge, the crown, adulation, death and destruction. She cannot decide which sequence of events she'd prefer, which craving is the most important. Sometimes her broken mind fills with the need for sunshine and affection. She scoffs at herself then, shaking her head, and so the kaleidoscope of her urges shifts to present a more sinister pattern.
But Merlin's longing, his every need, his hunger and thirst and fondest wish, all come down to the one person he pines for, his one hopeless desire: Arthur.