Title: Shades of Camelot Part 1
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary:Merlin goes to the last place he saw Arthur in hopes of finding him.
Merlin stood on the spot where he last saw Arthur. It was changed now. The lake was gone, and the tor was in ruins.
“If you can hear me, we need you more than ever.” Merlin took a deep breath and sighed. our leaders are corrupt and immoral. “Please Arthur, it’s time for you to return. “
Merlin bowed his head and stood still as he listened to the wind. He didn’t hear a reply. What was worse, he didn’t feel any magick.
Merlin assumed that with the lake gone that meant its lady was also gone. Without her, the magick that had been rooted in that place had drifted away, never to be found again.
“Arthur, you weren’t meant to spend an eternity on that side of the veil. You were meant to come back to this world and take your place as king once more. You were and always will be the Once and Future King.”
“Hello?” A voice behind Merlin caught him by surprise. “Are you in need of some help or do you always speak to yourself?”
Merlin turned around and caught his breath. It was Arthur! He was so surprised that he couldn’t speak right away.
“Sir? Do I need to call ‘999’?” Arthur asked.
“No. I’m just surprised to see you there. What is your name?” Merlin hoped his eyes weren’t deceiving him.
“My name is Arthur.” Arthur held out a hand to Merlin. “What is your name?”
“Merlin.” Merlin took Arthur’s hand and shook it. “I’m Merlin.”
Arthur patted him on the shoulder. “You definitely look like a wizard with your long grey hair and that scraggly beard. “
“I suppose you wouldn’t recognize me like this. I was a young man when we last were together. The same age as you are now. “
“What are you talking about?” Arthur frowned. “I’ve never met you before today.”
Merlin shook his head. “Not in this life, Arthur, but in another. I have waited centuries for you to return and here you are.” He smiled at the confused look on Arthur’s face. “Tell me about your life now.”
“I play football at university and I hope to get a spot in a professional team. I have a girlfriend. She wants to be a doctor.”
“Guinevere?” Merlin smiled at Arthur’s surprise. “Or do they call her Gwen in this life as they did in the other.”
“Yes, her name is Guinevere. We have a laugh about it.” Arthur looked out towards the tor. “I have come here before. I’m drawn to it but I don’t understand why.”
‘This is the spot where I sent you to Avalon on a boat. There was a lake here at that time.” Merlin told him.
Arthur shrugged. “I don’t know what it is. I don’t think I’m who you think I am.”
“You are Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Future King. You’ve come back to reclaim your throne and lead us into peace and prosperity.” Merlin smiled. “I am here to help you do just that.”
“Is there someone I can call to come get you?” Arthur asked. “Do you stay near here?”
“My place is with you.” Merlin put his hand on Arthur’s shoulder. “I will go where you go.”
Arthur thought for a moment then replied. “Then we should go. My car is over there. My flat isn’t far. You can stay with me for now.”
“Thank you, Sire.” Merlin bowed his head.
Arthur nodded. “Right.”
Title: Shades of Camelot Part 2
Summary:Arthur brings Merlin to his flat.
Word Count: 524
Prompt:381. “It’s not what it looks like.”
Arthur looked at the old man sitting in the seat beside him as he drove. Merlin was asleep with a smile on his face.
“Whatever your dreaming, I’m glad you’re enjoying it.” Arthur shook his head. “Crazy old man.”
When Arthur reached his flat, he shook merlin by the shoulder. “Wake up! We’re here.”
Merlin woke with a snort and looked around. “Are we at the castle?”
“No. We are in the car park beside my flat. Come on. I’ll help you upstairs.”
Merlin struggled to get out of the car and waited for Arthur to come help him. “How many stairs?”
“Two flights.” Arthur let merlin lean on him as they headed inside. “I can’t afford a flat in a building with a lift. I can barely afford this one.”
“Is dead.” Arthur finished his sentence. “It’s just me and my sister, Morgana. Gwen and I share the flat with her and whatever boyfriend she has at the moment. She’s a very friendly person. “
Merlin just chuckled. “I bet.”
When they finally reach the flat, Arthur opened the door. He dropped his keys on the table and looked around.
“Expecting someone?” Merlin asked.
“I thought that Gwen or Morgana might be home, but I suspect they are at the library.” Arthur pointed to a chair in the lounge. “Have a seat and I’ll put the kettle on.”
“You know how to do that?” Merlin chuckled.
“Of course, I do. I’m not an imbecile.” Arthur sighed and went into the kitchen.
The door opened and Gwen and Morgana came in. Gwen froze in her tracts when she saw Merlin sitting in the lounge.
Morgana put down her bag. “Who the hell are you?”
Arthur leaned out of the kitchen doorway. “That’s Merlin.”
Gwen turned around and pushed Arthur back into the kitchen. “You brought some old homeless man into our flat. What were you thinking?”
“Look. It’s not what it looks like.” Arthur could tell by the look on her face she wasn’t pleased with him. “He’s just lonely. We can let him stay for the night and then I can take him to the police station. He’s bound to be escaped from some old folks’ home somewhere. He’s as old as dirt and a little senile.”
"Where did you find him?” Gwen asked.
“I went to that spot near the Tor again. He was there and he was talking to himself, but I heard my name, so I approached him. He’s harmless Gwen. Let him stay just for one night.”
“Fine but you take him to the police in the morning.” Gwen sighed. “I suppose is should fix him some food. I wonder when he last had a good meal.”
“I don’t know. Thank you for doing this.” Arthur kissed her cheek.
In the lounge, Merlin was smiling at Morgana.
“Why are you smiling at me like that?” Morgana eyed him suspiciously. “Are you a nutter?”
“You’re even more beautiful than I remembered.” Merlin looked away. “I think of the way you were before we… it doesn’t matter. That was another lifetime ago.”
Morgana frowned. “Right. You are a nutter.”