Title: Samhain Eve
Character/s: Arthur Merlin Gwaine Lancelot other knights.
Summary: O.n the way home from patrol, Merlin gets an odd feeling
Word Count: 827
Prompt: 333. Eerie.
Author's Notes: Canon set Let’s see what happens with this.
The patrol duty was long and boring. Merlin was glad to see it over. All of the knights were tired and in need of a hot bath and a good meal. They were practically asleep in their saddles.
Merlin looked around and felt a strange feeling of dread come over him. The moon light filtered through the trees making shadows on the road ahead of him. It was an unsettling feeling. He nudged his horse into a faster pace.
“Merlin, what is it?” Arthur asked as Merlin passed him on horseback. “Are you wanting your soft bed and pillow?”
“Don't you feel it? There's something off.” Merlin shuddered. He glanced over his shoulder at Arthur. “We need to move a little faster. We’re almost to Camelot.”
Arthur laughed. “It's just your imagination. It’s nothing but we do need to get back.” Arthur turned in his saddle and told the men to pick up the pace. “Happy now?”
No. It’s not my imagination. There is something not right tonight.” Merlin frowned. “Maybe it’s because it’s so close to Samhain. I just have a feeling.”
“It's just the full moon. The light is playing tricks on you.” Arthur looked around. “There's nothing out here to get you. You're surrounded by knights.”
Merlin glared at him as he nudged his horse even faster. “You have to admit it's eerie out here. The trees look like ghosts and there's been an owl following us. That's an omen, Arthur.”
Arthur nudged his horse to catch up to merlin. “We’re all tired. It’s nothing. Let's make camp over there. We can rest.”
Merlin shook his head. “Camelot is just over that hill. We don't need to make camp. We need to keep going.”
“Okay but I don't want to hear you complain about your bottom being sore.” Arthur shook his head and laughed.
Suddenly in the middle of the road, a form of a woman appeared. The horses reared and danced in fear of the apparition.
Gwaine got off his horse and pulled his sword. He walked in front of Arthur and Merlin. “Halt! Who goes there?”
The apparition glanced at Gwaine then looked at Merlin. “Emrys…. I have come with a warning…. “
“Emrys? Isn't that the old sorcerer?” Arthur whispered as he looked at Merlin. “Why is she looking at you?”
“I don't know.” Merlin shrugged. He nodded at the apparition. “What is it you come to say?”
“When the veil thins you will receive a visitor. Mind well what they say. The lives of those you care about depend on you.” The apparition faded away.
“Are you going out to tell him the message in the morning?” Arthur asked.
“No. I’ll tell Gaius hell send a note or something.” Merlin nudged his horse forward. “Gaius knows him better than I do.”
Arthur gave Merlin a curious look before getting everyone back on the road.
Later after they reached Camelot, Lancelot approached Merlin as he was settling the horses.
“What do you think it means?” Lancelot asked.
“It means some fool ghost wants to see me burn.” Merlin sighed. “If Arthur finds out about my secret. I’m as good as dead.”
Lancelot shrugged. “Maybe you should tell Arthur. He’s king now. He might understand.”
Merlin shook his head. “Not yet.”
After what the ghost said, it might have to be soon.” Lancelot warned. He patted Merlin on the back and went inside.
When Merlin walked into the chambers he shared with Gaius, Gaius took a look at him and scowled. “What happened?”
“How do you know something happened?” Merlin asked as he sat at the table.
“The look on your face.” Gaius walked over to the pot simmering on the stove and dished up some stew. He put the bowl in front of merlin as he sat down. “Tell me.”
Oh. There was just a ghost in the road that called me ‘Emrys’ right in front of Arthur.” Merlin took a bit of stew. “I told Arthur you’d send me a message.”
Gaius raised an eyebrow, “What did it say?”
“It wanted to warn me that I would receive a visitor when the veil was at its thinnest.” Merlin sighed. “Something else to make me crazy.”
“What did the ghost look like?” Gaius asked he pushed the bread over to Merlin.
“It was a woman. One side of her was a skeleton and the other was a beautiful woman. I knew she was coming. I had a feeling. It didn't help that the moonlight through the trees was giving everything an eerie feeling to begin with.”
“Merlin, that wasn't a ghost. That was death herself.” Gaius leaned back and wiped his hand over his face.
“Death is a woman?” Merlin was confused.
“Yes. She has the power to give life as well as take it.” Gaius sighed. “This is serious. I wonder who will come.”
“I'll find out tomorrow night,” Merlin finished his food and went off to bed.