Title: The Cottage by the Sea (Part 7)
Pairing/s: Merlin/Morgana, Arthur/Gwen
Summary: The likely consequences of what Mordred had planned hit home.
Word Count: 380
Prompt: 423 Merlin by moonlight
Merlin stood out on deck and looked up at the full moon. A vague memory of another moonlit night from another lifetime crossed his mind. "It won't happen this time."
"What won't happen this time?" Morgana asked as she came up behind him. She opened her shawl and shared it with him. "It's chilly out here."
Merlin pulled her closer. "I needed some air. The cabin was starting to close in on me."
Morgana snuggled closer. "We've never been this far from home. Do you think our magick will be affected?"
"No. Our magick comes from the earth itself, not Camelot." Merlin reassured her. "It's romantic out here on deck. Don't you think? The water. The moonlight."
"You're trying to distract me. What won't happen this time?" Morgana asked again.
"Arthur won't die by Mordred's hand." Merlin finally answered.
"No he wont. He and Gwen will make babies, have grandchildren and he will live a long life because of you." Morgana kissed his cheek. "You did what was necessary."
"I will be paying for it for the rest of my life and now, so will you. I'm sorry for dragging you into this."
"Arthur thought it was me. He would have me put to death. I am here for myself as much as I am here for you."
Merlin looked into her eyes. "Morgana, I love you. I couldn't bear it if something happened to you."
Morgana caressed his cheek. Her wedding band glinted in the moonlight. "I know I love you too. Let's go inside."
Merlin nodded and led her back to their cabin.
In Camelot, Arthur sat on the bed and looked at the floor. "They've disappeared. Gaius can't track them. We may never see them again."
Gwen sat up in bed. "Arthur, what if Merlin was telling the truth and Mordred was going to kill you? You owe him your life. I owe him my husband."
Arthur sighed. "I know he was. That's what's troubling me. Merlin never lies to me. I let Mordred in and accepted him without question. Am I that gullible?"
"No you just want to see the good in everyone." Gwen kissed his cheek. "They'll come back someday. I feel it in my heart."
Arthur smiled and kissed her. "I feel it too."