Character/s: Merlin, Gaius, Arthurs ghost.
Summary: Arthur is bored in the afterlife.
Word Count: 492
Prompt: 430 What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?
Merlin put more herbs in the bowl and checked the recipe in the book. He was helping Gaius with medicines. He had been trying to find something to do with his time since coming back to Camelot.
Merlin, what are you doing? Arthur appeared
Merlin looked up at Arthurs spirit. "I'm helping Gaius with medicines. I am still training to become a physician."
Arthur nodded. "You know, I've been thinking……"
"Now you start thinking." Merlin chuckled. "Incredible!"
"Merlin….." Arthur shook his head. "I was thinking you should be on the council. Tell Guinevere I said so."
"I am on the council." Merlin added water to the mixture and stirred it. "It doesn't take up that much time. I've been doing what I can to help out."
"That includes riding with the Knights on patrols?" Arthur sat on the stool beside Merlin.
"Have you been spying on me?" Merlin grinned. "Yes. I go on patrols. We're short handed. Leon stays at the castle these days to protect Gwen and Percival leads patrols along with Sir Kay and Sir Gaffrey."
"I know. Gwaine is here and he's still a pain in the ass. So are many of my knights." Arthur sighed. "It's my fault."
"It's Morgana's fault." Merlin poured the mixture into a medicine bottle. "And Uther's … indirectly of course."
"Merlin, you have magick. What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?"
"Besides killing Morgana and failing to save you?" Merlin thought for a moment. "I don't know. I've killed a lot of people. Your Uncle for one."
"I should have killed him myself after his part in Gaius' abduction." Arthur looked at Merlin. "Is there anything you would do differently, if you could?"
"What is all this about? Do you have regrets?" Merlin asked.
"I should have married Guinevere sooner." Arthur frowned. "I should have never trusted Mordred. I knew he was a Druid but I thought….. He smiled when I killed him. Like he was pleased about it."
Gaius walked in. "Merlin?"
"Hello Gaius." Arthur waved.
"Hello Sire." Gaius frowned.
"You see him too?" Merlin looked up. "Good. I thought I was losing my mind."
"I didn't know you had one to lose Merlin." Arthur chuckled.
Merlin turned to look at Arthur. "I still have that horn."
"Ah come on." Arthur laughed. "Fine. I'll go wandering around my castle. Gaius, give him something to improve his sense of humor."
"Right away, Sire." Gaius grinned.
Arthur laughed then faded into nothing.
Merlin sighed and shook his head. "Now, you know what I've been bothered by lately. It's like he's bored in the afterlife."
"He has unfinished business." Gaius put his bag on the table.
"The coming prince?" Merlin sighed. "But will he leave after the child is born?"
"That is yet to be seen, Merlin." Gaius looked over the bottles on the tables. "Looks like I get to put my feet up."
"Shall I cook dinner as well?" Merlin asked.