Title: Time Takes its Toll
Pairing: Implied Arthur/Merlin
Summary: The long wait for Arthur's return changes Merlin
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 355 Replacement
Author's Notes: None
Time Takes its Toll
The Tor towered over a changed landscape. The lake had dried up, the countryside looked remade.
So much was different.
Science had explained developments that once would have seemed mystical. Merlin studied the rock he'd picked up, its distinct structure no riddle now. Petrification, the gradual replacement of organic substance by minerals, had worked its unrelenting magic on some long-ago mighty tree.
Realizing that the same process had affected him, Merlin felt a sad affinity with the fossilized wood. Endless weary years of waiting had hardened him too, drained him of life.
His heart had slowly turned to stone.