Pairing/s: Merlin/Arthur, Arthur/Morgana (unrequited)
Character/s: Morgana, Merlin
Summary: Secrets and motivations are exposed when Merlin tries to stop Morgana's plotting
Word Count: 250
Prompt: 426 Bridge too far/permission
Author's Notes: Canon AU, takes place early S3 before Morgana (and Merlin) knew about her true paternity.
"I don't need your permission to leave the castle," Morgana said, her voice icy. She tried to shoulder her way past Merlin. "Get out of my way!"
Merlin stood his ground. "I won't let you continue your plotting with Morgause. That you oppose Uther is understandable, but when your revenge endangers Arthur and Gwen, you're taking it a bridge too far."
"Move! You're just a servant. Uther wouldn't care if you died."
"But Arthur might."
Morgana's eyes narrowed speculatively. "Arthur seems uncommonly fond of you, that's true."
"The Morgana you used to be, was very fond of him."
"He's Uther's son through and through. He would never have supported me, if—"
"You cannot be certain. You never told him. He doesn't know about your magic."
"He ought to have known! How blind can he possibly be?"
"Trust me, he can be incredibly blind."
Morgana drew a sharp breath. "It's like that, is it?"
"You love him. I see."
Merlin didn't reply. They eyed each other warily.
Morgana frowned, bitterness in her expression. "I very nearly pity you. Only heartache and disappointment lie that way. He'll never be yours."
"Nor yours," Merlin replied, as the truth finally dawned on him. "That's why you scheme against him - if you can't have Arthur, no one will?"
Morgana's green eyes flashed in anger. Using her magic to push Merlin forcefully aside, she disappeared into the night in a flurry of blue and purple silks.
She didn't deny his final words.