Title: The Cottage by the Sea (Part 13)
Character/s: Arthur, Gaius
Summary: Merlin is having second thoughts. Gaius talks with Arthur.
Word Count: 404
Prompt: 445 Unaware
Merlin came home near dusk to find Morgana humming as she stirred the pot on the hearth. He hesitated in the doorway. A wave of guilt washed over him. She seemed happy but he knew she was unaware that they could go back home. He knew if he told her that she would want to go back as soon as possible.
Morgana turned and smiled at him. "Just in time! How is Tobias?"
Merlin came in and sat at the table. "He'll be back on deck by this time next week."
Morgana dished out a bowl of stew and put it in front of him. "That's good. Oh! I forgot the bread." She turned back to the sideboard.
"Morgana, if you could go back to Camelot, would you want to?" Merlin poked a potato in his bowl.
Morgana sighed. "Merlin, you know we can't go back."
"But if we could?" Merlin took a bite.
"I'm happy here. We will raise our baby in the sunshine with love. If we go back we would have a nurse and we would never be happy as part of the Court. I do miss Gwen and Arthur but here we can be free from whispers and we wouldnt have to hide our magick."
Merlin nodded. "You're right. I was just thinking…."
"Stop thinking and eat your supper." Morgana sat down at the table with a dish of her own and a bowl of bread. "Mrs. Stout is going to teach me to knitt. She says I will be able to finish a pair of booties for the baby by the time it gets here."
Merlin smiled. "I can't wait to see that."
In Camelot, Arthur looked up from his paperwork as Gaius walked into his study. "Good you're here."
Gaius bowed. "You sent for me, Sire."
"I know you have been in contact with Merlin. I was outside your door when you used magick to send him a message." Arthur admitted.
"I see. I wasn't aware." Gaius shifted on his feet. "What will you do if they come back? Will you arrest them?"
"No. I meant what I said. Are they well?"
"Yes Sire." Gaius smiled. "Merlin didn't say where they were, only that they were safe."
"Guinevere will be relieved." Arthur gave Gaius a hard look. "If he contacts you again, you will tell me, won't you?"
"Yes Sire." Gaius nodded.
Arthur dissmissed him with a nod.