Title: Clearing The Lies Between Us
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Gaius
Summary: Arthur, worried about Morganna’s moves, learns more from Merlin and Gaius, including who Merlin is.
Word Count: 770
Author's Notes: Miss me? Sorry about the break, but I was back to back fest -ing and still have one left to do, sitting on my computer, cursor blinking, as I type this. But I needed a little break and wanted to get this out. So I have decided to “arc” this story and making this the last Lies title and moving on to something else. Still up in the air if I want this to be Gen or a Merlin/Arthur story. So will be Gen until I make up my mind.
Fingers crossed that it works (if nothing else I can pull old prompt to make the story work :) ) Enjoy and pray I finish this fest by tomorrow.
Following Necessary Lies, Positive Truths, Wearing Your Lies and Hiding Your Truths, Lies Are So Much Simpler Than The Truth, Reasons For Your Lies , Healing From the Lies, Lies That Cause Envy
The weeks that followed the execution were an odd mix of excitement and calm. If one could believe that.
The people of Camelot we’re buzzing about the trail, having never seen one before. It was the subject of many a debate and a few pub brawls, which wasn’t anything new for their pub. Majority of the people believed that the woman death was justified. It was still up in the air if it was because of her use of magic, or solely for her assassination attempt.
However it was far calmer than Arthur expected. His Knights, Gaius and Merlin all knew he was on edge for Morgana's next attack. Arthur knew that she won't sit by the wayside and not seek the revenge she believed she was justified. No matter if her allegations were based in reality or not.
So to stave of his nervous energy Arthur planned. Leon was in charge of training the knights. Arthur found it easier to join them when he could and not have to take on the responsibility of training on top of everything else.
He added nightly talks with Gaius and Merlin. Arthur’s goal was to learn about the different levels and types of magic. But it was quickly apparent that Merlin, although was powerful, had little to no training on his powers. He didn’t know limitations, had very little spell knowledge under his belt if faced against another magic user.
Of course with Uther killing off anyone who even sparked magic, Arthur would not just nervous, but afraid, to learn. No matter if he was born with it or not.
“Sometime, Merlin I don’t know how you do magic off your own ears,” Arthur said after, yet again, Merlin admitted he didn’t know something and Gaius had to answer for him, “Wait, Gaius? Can Merlin make his ear disappear?”
“There is a possibility for anything Sire. There might not be a written spell, but with Merlin, magical rules don’t always apply.”
“Sounds like Merlin, “ Arthur sighed reaching for his wine goblet. Lately their meetings have turned into dinners together. Arthur didn’t feel the need to dine in the hall, with no one else around. His rooms were comfortable and warm. Plus, had a well used locked door.
“I am right here you know. Prat,” Merlin gave an over exasperated sigh, that was this close to sounding fake.
“Gaius I have been meaning to ask, why don’t all magical rules apply to Merlin. Like he can do spells without the use of spoken words.”
Arthur felt his stomach drop when he saw the look on Merlin’s face. “There is something else you are not telling me.”
“I didn’t know how to bring it up,” Merlin fidgeted under Arthur’s glare.
“I told you no more lies. No more secrets.”
“Not even if it was for your own good?”
“Merlin, how can I help heal my kingdom or help protect you if you’re are keeping more secrets?” Arthur’s knew his voice bordered on a thin line of frustration and concern. Only Merlin could make Arthur so conflicted in his emotions.
“Sire,” Guias broke in, “Merlin didn’t keep this from you to be malless. He truly is worried about what would happen if you had this particular knowledge.”
That made Arthur back stand straighter. Guias never overreacted, although the more he learned about Guias, the more Arthur found out that the older man held so many secrets himself.
“I understand that you two had to maintain secrets from my father. But once again, I’ll point out, I am not him. I and trying to do what is best for everyone, but I can’t if I don’t know the whole story.”
Arthur locked his eyes with Merlin, “And I mean the whole story.”
“Sire, the whole story might take a bit of time,” Guias said.
“I don’t have any pressing matters Guias, and neither do you two,” Arthur wasn’t going to let either one wiggle out of this.
Guias gave Arthur a measured look before addressing Merlin, “I think it is best to start from the beginning Merlin. With the night Kilgharrah called you to his prison of a cave.”
“Wait, Kilgharrah?” Arthur asked.
“The Great Dragon,” Merlin answered, “his name is Kilgharrah, and he is the last of his kind.”
“Is? I thought I slayed him when he attacked Camelot? You told me I killed him, Merlin.”
Merlin gave Arthur a look, “That is a little far into the story Arthur. So the first night here in the castle I was woken to the sound of someone calling out for Emrys.”