02 May 2012 @ 09:52 am
False Representation  
Author: inspired_being
Title: False Representation
Rating: G
Pairing/s: None
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Continuation of Seen and Hidden. The next morning brings more unanswered questions.
Word Count: 761 
Prompt: #4 Surrender
Author's Notes: I have some idea where I want this to lead now and I’m happy to say the mood is somewhat brighter  less angsty in this piece.

Merlin stayed outside Arthur’s door and waited until his King’s soft crying seemed to subside. He heard the sound of the bed covers being tossed aside and Arthur climbing under the covers. He decided to wait a while longer, but it wasn’t too long before faint snoring reached his ears and Merlin’s conscience allowed him to return to his own room.


The next morning, Merlin rose at first light and went down to the kitchen to collect Arthur’s breakfast. He grabbed something small for himself to eat on the way up to the King’s chambers.

When he reached the door, one of the guards opened it for him because his hands were full and he slipped quietly inside. He placed the plate and jug of wine on the table. Seeing Arthur’s blonde hair still spread messily across his pillow, Merlin walked to the window and pulled open the curtains. He heard a groan come from the direction of the bed and rustling of sheets.

Arthur was awake and he did not want to get out of bed. This wasn’t unusual for the King, but after the previous night’s behaviour Merlin wanted to be sure Arthur started today in a good mood. Not wanting to get out of bed wasn’t a positive start.

He left him, for the time being, going to his cupboard instead. He pulled out an outfit and placed the items of clothing on top of the screen Arthur dressed behind.

Merlin looked around the room for something else that needed to be done, but there was nothing. He had finished everything the previous day, bar polishing Arthur’s armour and that could wait.

He gave up and sat on the opposite side of the bed to where the King lay. “Arthur,” he began tentatively. He received a groan that sound awfully like his name in response. He tried again.

“Arthur, it’s morning. Your breakfast is on the table, your clothes are out and you have duties to attend to.”

“Why?” came Arthur’s more audible reply.

“Because you’re the King, remember?”

“How could I forget?”

Merlin knew the question was rhetorical, but he couldn’t help but answer it in his mind. I could make you. I have made you in the past. He chuckled inwardly at the image of Arthur hugging a tree. Outwardly, he ignored the remark.

“Don’t make me drag you out.” He got to his feet as he said it.

Arthur knew Merlin would make good of the threat because he had done so a few times in the past. As much as he would rather stay where he was, he would prefer to move via his own steam. So before Merlin could reach his side of the bed, he surrendered and pushed aside the bedcovers. He moved his legs to dangle at the side of the bed before sitting and placing his feet on the cold floor.

He looked up into Merlin’s stupidly grinning face and rolled his eyes. He pushed himself off the bed and made his way behind the dressing screen. He couldn’t stand to look at the happy emotion on his manservant’s face for long. Not when he felt the opposite.

He began the familiar task of exchanging his night clothes for his general outfit of shirt, trouser, vest and belt; his mind drifting to the previous night’s events.

Arthur was trying, he really was, but people’s perceptions were not as easily changed as what he’d originally thought. So much had happened since his father’s death and he did not take the same approach to ruling Camelot as Uther had. Yet, people could not forget the ruthless way Uther had dealt with magic. They believed Arthur had all the same views as his father in this area, but they were wrong.

He stepped out from behind the screen fully dressed and saw Merlin fussing about his bed. He wondered if Merlin thought he was like his father? He couldn’t, could he? Surely they spent enough time together for Merlin to know he wasn’t, right?

Arthur flopped into the chair at the table and pulled the plate of food towards himself. He ate for a couple of minutes, not thinking.

“Do you think I take the same attitude to magic as my father did?”

The words came rushing out before he could think of the consequences.

“Sire?” Merlin questioned, shocked at the abruptness of Arthur’s words.

“Forget it,” Arthur said quickly before Merlin had time to think of a proper response. He tucked into his breakfast again and tried to follow his own directive.


Edit: For more in this 'verse, see previous installment 1. Seen and Hidden, and follow-on's: 3. Escape Plans, 4. No Escape From Destiny, 5. A Few Wise Words ...

~*inspired being*~
Current Mood: hopeful
Deborah Henning-Huff: Merlin/Arthur Lookhogwartsvixxxen on May 2nd, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
♥Poor Arthur ♥ Poor Merlin. Arthur has so much weight on his shoulders. You can feel the weight. Well done
Silent Thinker: merlin - king arthurinspired_being on May 3rd, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Things will get better for them... eventually.

Good to know I hit the mark. Thanks xD
Deborah Henning-Huff: Bear Hughogwartsvixxxen on May 3rd, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
♥ :) *hugs*
Neyahneyah444 on May 2nd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's just me, but I didn't feel like the mood of this was brighter. Poor Arthur, it's not easy to step out of the shadow of a man like Uther. Well done!
Silent Thinker: merlin - king arthurinspired_being on May 3rd, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Really? Maybe it's just my perspective (or my mood when writing) that made it seem brighter.
Thanks for the comment :)
(ノ⊙ω⊙)ノ~『✧~~✧』fuckyeah on May 2nd, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, poor Arthur! He really is burdened down, isn't he? Can't wait for more of this 'verse, if you plan on continuing that is. XD
Silent Thinker: merlin - king arthurinspired_being on May 3rd, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Yep, Arthur is under a lot of pressure and he is feeling it.
I definitely plan to make sure I don't leave this boys hanging. Hopefully the next prompts will fit this 'verse.
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Silent Thinker: merlin - king arthurinspired_being on May 3rd, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Definitely not just you... maybe brighter was too strong a term... it's less angsty anyway... isn't it?
I actually intended to use it in another way but word count and doing the 'verse justice got the better of me, so I can understand why you felt it there.

Thanks for the comment :)
archaeologist_d: Merlin Arthur For the love of Camelotarchaeologist_d on May 5th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Poor Arthur. I feel bad for him dealing with everything.
Silent Thinker: merlin - king arthurinspired_being on May 6th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
Me too... I'm sure he will have help in the future.
Cheers for the comment :)
alby_mangrovesalby_mangroves on May 9th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I do love how he hangs on to Merlin's friendship, without even realizing it, hoping that Merlin will see through into his real feelings and not just the facade he has to uphold. Great job.
Silent Thinker: m/a show of affectioninspired_being on May 9th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
*nods* Thanks♥!