Title: Voices in the Dark
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Merlin hears a familiar voice in the dark.
Warnings: Character death
Word Count: 314
Prompt: 428 I awoke to darkness.
Author's Notes: spooky month
Voices in the Dark
Merlin jolted awake. He knew that voice in his head. He hadn't heard it for months.
"Arthur…. Is that you?"
He sat up and looked around. The room was dark. Merlin looked at the candle and it came alight. There was no one there. He rubbed his head and laid back down.
"Merlin, why aren't you in Camelot?"
Merlin sighed. "Must be my guilty conscience. He's dead. I held him in my arms as he died. That cant be his voice Im hearing."
Merlin rose up to blow out the candle and Arthur was standing in the doorway. His wound was bleeding and his hair was damp.
"Great! Now I'm seeing things too." Merlin rubbed his eyes.
"Merlin, it's really me. I awoke to darkness. I couldn't sense anything at first then I heard Guinevere crying. Help me Merlin. I have no idea where I am. Why can't I move on?"
Merlin shook his head. "Arthur, I cant help you. You're a spirit. Go back to your body. You can find a way through the veil from there. Just look for the bright light."
"I will but you didn't answer my question. Why aren't you in Camelot? Guinevere needs you. She can't do it on her own. I couldn't. I had you."
"Arthur, you don't understand. I can't be there now. It's too painful. Most of the knights are dead and I can't look Gwen in the eye knowing I let you die." Merlin turned away from Arthurs spirit. "Go back to your body. The veil will open there. That's all I can tell you."
"I'll go but you have to promise me you'll go back to Camelot. For Guinevere. Please."
Merlin nodded. "I will leave in the morning. Now go back to your body and move on."
Arthurs spirit faded into nothing. "Goodbye Merlin….."
Merlin blew out the candle. "Goodbye Arthur."