27 November 2013 @ 12:59 am
Time of Need  
Author: gilli_ann
Title: Time of Need
Rating: PG
Pairing/s: Implied Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Merlin
Summary: Britain faces difficult and dangerous times.
Warnings: Angst, description of natural disaster
Word Count: 300
Prompt: Relief
Author's Notes: What can I say - this was an inspiring prompt!

Time of Need

The howling winds had finally calmed, and Merlin risked going outside, intending to join the relief efforts. His magic had protected his little cottage and the village nearby against the worst of the storm, and they stood unharmed. But looking out across the countryside Merlin otherwise saw nothing but ruin and destruction, as if a giant had trampled the whole land in uncontrollable rage.

This was not the first time in recent years that strong winds and storm flooding had caused havoc, but never before had it been quite this bad. He was horrified. Even with the strength of all his magic, honed over a thousand long years, he felt helpless. He could not counter such forces.

People had started to speak in earnest of the end of times because of the climate changes and the devastation that seemed to follow the increasingly warmer and wetter weather. He worried now that they might be right.

As he navigated the country-lane-turned-mire towards town, he had to stop for a moment to look towards the Tor. He couldn't help himself. Fear laced with yearning made his heart race. The world-wide chaos and despair as the earth seemed to be at war with itself surely had to herald Albion's greatest time of need yet?

But the dark Tor looked as solid and unshaken as always, rising like an admonishing finger high above the lake's choppy waves and the flooded landscape. Nothing indicated that the Once and Future King was about to return.

Merlin sighed, and hurried on. Truly, he was happy. Clearly there was still time for humankind to avoid ultimate destruction. And yet, buried beneath his relief were longing and impatience and the question he had been asking himself over and again during these terrible, ever escalating disasters: 'If not now, when?'
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on November 27th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Poor Merlin. It's such a horrible thing for him to be waiting so long.

Well done.
Gilliangilli_ann on November 27th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Gwyllion: Merlin-A/M forevergwylliondream on November 27th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I suppose it is a relief. Sad, though.
Gilliangilli_ann on November 27th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
In a way it's also frightening: It's going to get even worse.... :/
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on November 27th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Merlin has been waiting so long. He carries on as he's always done, helping where needed. But poor thing needs his king.

Great story.
Gilliangilli_ann on November 27th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes he needs Arthur. It's a cruel long wait.
ur_lionheart on November 27th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Ah, I love your descriptions. And I absolutely love how Merlin was relieved that Arthur was not returning because Albion's greatest need is now but he's also restless. You captured it so well! Great job! :)
Gilliangilli_ann on November 27th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely comment! :)
gibbous_moon on November 27th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
now, arthur, now is the time,

Gilliangilli_ann on November 27th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
rotruderotrude on November 28th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Merlin would think that. Definitely. He's got a big heart but Arthur comes 1st for him. Touching insight into him.
Gilliangilli_ann on November 29th, 2013 07:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely comment.
47eleven: Colin47eleven on November 29th, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
Gilliangilli_ann on November 29th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
clea2011: Merlinclea2011 on December 4th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely piece, and obviously it's good that the worst times aren't upon them yet, but poor Merlin.
Gilliangilli_ann on December 5th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting so positively!
aeris444: gwaineaeris444 on December 13th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Wow... That's sad... But yet hopeful... Great drabble!
Gilliangilli_ann on December 13th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)