Title: Samhain Eve (Part 2)
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Gaius, Lancelot, Knights
Summary: An unexpected trip gives Merlin worries.
Word Count: 619
Author's Notes: Its October!
Samhain Eve (Part 2)
Merlin tossed and turned in his bed as he thought about the apparition that he saw in the road on the way home from patrol.
That's what Gaius called her. Why would death be warning him of anything? He wasn't anyone special. He was just Merlin.
How did she even find him? Maybe death knows where everyone is at any given time so that she can find them when their time comes.
Merlin got out of bed. Sleep wasn’t coming and he was just exhausting himself tossing and turning. He picked up a book and put it back down. He walked to the window and stood on the stool to look out over the town below.
The town was dark and quiet. Everyone was asleep. Smoke drifted out of chimneys. Peaceful….
Merlin got down off the stool and picked up the book again. He lit the candles next to his bed and settled down to read.
The next thing that Merlin knew, someone was banging on his door. He pushed the book under the blanket and went to answer the door.
Arthur stood there with an angry look on his face. “I didn't know I gave you permission to lie in.”
“What?” Merlin looked at the light coming in the window. “Oh! Sorry. I’ll be there as soon as I get dressed. I’ll bring your breakfast.” Merlin rubbed his head making his hair stand on end even more.
“Don't bother.” Arthur looked him up and down then sighed. “George already attended to me this morning. We ride in an hour.”
“Ride where?” Merlin asked as he looked around for his boot.
“We are going to check out a report of bandits to the north.” Arthur picked up merlin’s boot. “Looking for this?”
“Yeah. Thanks.” Merlin caught the boot that Arthur threw at him.
“Hurry up Merlin. Everyone's waiting.” Arthur walked out and left.
Gaius walked up the stairs and stood in the doorway. “Merlin, you can't do with him. The apparition said that it was coming to visit you tonight. It can't do that with Arthur right there. You'll be exposed.
Merlin sighed. “I am his manservant. I have no choice. It’ll be fine. If we are staying out overnight, I’ll talk Lancelot into taking the watch. Don’t worry. Arthur sleeps like a log. He won't see a thing.
I dont like it. You had better hope you don’t get caught or we’re both dead. Gaius walked down the stairs and went back to making potions.
Merlin finished getting dressed and hurried out to meet Arthur and the knights in the courtyard. They were already mounted and waiting on him.
He was surprised to see his horse saddled and his bed roll and medicine bag tied to it.
“We are going to be gone overnight?” Merlin asked as he mounted his horse.
“Yes Merlin. Hollyvale is a two day ride from here.” Arthur nudged his horse forwald and waved his hand. “Let’s move out.”
Merlin followed them out of the city gates. He brought his horse up to Lancelots. “I need a favor.”
“You want me to take watch tonight.” Lancelot grinned. “I was going to do it anyway. Once Arthur falls asleep, you might want to slip away from camp. Just in case.”
Merlin nodded. “Thanks Lancelot.”
Lancelot just smiled.
Merlin looked around at the forest that they were riding through. His eye was drawn to a stand of oaks. He saw Death standing there watching him.
Death nodded to him and faded into nothing.
A shiver danced down Merlin’s spine.
“Merlin! Stop daydreaming and come on!” Arthur yelled.
I’m coming Sire. Merlin nudged his horse to move up to the front of the line with Arthur.