Title: The Cottage by the Sea (Part 3)
Summary: Merlin wakes up to a new set of Morgana's fears.
Word Count: 648
Prompt: 408 random tags at AO3.(safe haven)
Merlin woke up to find Morgana dressed and looking out the window. He got up on his elbow and looked around. The wet clothes had been picked up and the fire had been tended.
Morgana jumped then she turned with a forced smile. "Oh, you're awake. Ill make us something to eat."
"The storm has passed. It should be a lovely day." Morgana gave him a wide berth as she went to make some food.
"I know you're worried. No one will find us here." Merlin stood up with the blanket wrapped around him. "I promise."
Morgana turned to face him. "I know you said that but I just feel like they will come rushing through that door and drag me away at any minute. Merlin, you believe me when I said I didn't kill him, don't you?"
Merlin nodded. "I do. Don't worry I have it handled." He looked around. "Right now, I just need to find some clothes."
"In the cupboard. I put the things from yesterday into soak. They smelled like fish."
Merlin looked at the spot where he had laid down his catch and frowned.
Morgana turned back to what she was doing. "I put the fish in the icebox. You didn't get many. There's enough for a meal tonight."
"The storm made me rush." Merlin went to the cupboard to get some clothes. He ducked behind the screen to dress.
Merlin knew that Morgana hadn't killed anyone because he was the one who committed murder. Bringing her here was his way of giving her a safe haven from what he knew had happened after they left. He knew it made them both look guilty but he didn't care.
Right now he had other worries. He needed to recharge the protective wards that kept them safe from the outside world. He stepped back into the room.
"I'm going to check on the boat." Merlin opened the door. "I'll be right back. "
'Okay." Morgana didn't even turn around when Merlin left the cottage.
Outside Merlin held his hands toward the ground and whispered a spell. Runes on the ground glowed all around the cottage. They created a connected circle around the cottage. If anyone looked at the clifftop from a distance there was no cottage to be seen. It was just dune grass as far as the eye could see.
Merlin nodded and went to check the boat. He went down the path and found the boat undamaged where he left it then headed back up to the cottage.
When Merlin entered Morgana was setting the table.
Morgana glanced up at him. "Is everything okay?"
"Yes. The boat's fine." Merlin sat down at the table. "It smells good."
"It's just eggs and tea. I was just about to slice some bread for toast." Morgana looked at him again. "Merlin, are you sure they won't find us here?"
"Yes." Merlin took her hand and kissed it. "I promise."
Morgana nodded but her eyes told him she was still worried.
Merlin watched as she sliced the bread. Was she having dreams in this lifetime like she did in Camelot? Was that the reason she was so worried about them being found? Merlin wasn't sure. She had never mentioned dreams to him but being surrounded by so much magick could have rekindled the spark in her.
"Morgana, did you sleep well? No nightmares about the storm?"
Morgana put down the knife. "No but my dreams were not about the storm. They are coming, Merlin. I can almost feel them near."
Merlin looked at the table. "No one will find us."
"They will and soon." Morgana put her hands to her face and started to cry.
Merlin stood up and went to hold her in his arms. In his gut, he knew she was right but he had to have faith that his magick would protect them.