Title: Promises To Break Lies
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur finds Merlin using his magic to save others again.
Author's Notes: Now we get a hint of pre-slash! As always you might want to read the rest.
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, Clearing The Lies Between Us, We Resolve To Be Better, Than Our Lies
The healing house was opened for two months, before Arthur had his first battle with a strong opposition. And surprising, it was not Morganna or one of the nobles that sided with his father’s beliefs, but a mother of a man his father put to death for witchcraft.
“It’s always the mothers,” Merlin shook his head, looking over the destruction that the magical fire caused. Arthur nodded, they sure had their fare share of family members seeking revenge.
“Why was The healing house the main target?” The west side wall held most of the damage. Arthur knew the wall would have to be replaced.
“Maybe what it stands for, Sire,” Leon answered, walking over to the pair.
“He right Arthur. We knew that people on both sides would have still made some move. Either those who don't like what we are doing, or those who think we haven’t done enough.
“Well the good news is, no one was hurt. The healers got out and sounded the alarm. I think that it would have been more damage if Merlin and Gwaine were not in the area-”
Arthur saw Merlin roll his eyes. Leon always did have a problem with telling him when his knights were at the pub.
“- and do what he...did.”
Arthur eyes narrowed at Leon’s choice of words, “What did he do?”
“Arthur it wasn’t bad.” Merlin started, hands up trying to slow done Arthur’s rant before it began.”
“Merlin, you’re going to be the death of me.” Arthur pitched the top of his nose.
“But you don’t even know what happened.”
“Merlin with you, anything." Arthur turned back to Leon, "Anything else I need to know.”
“When we came on the scene, Sire, the witch was already restrained. She has been taken to the dungeon.”
“That’s good Leon, anything else?”
“Yea Arthur,” Merlin added, “Also the stored dried herbs were damaged from the heat of the fire. This leaves us with very little stock.”
Arthur sighed. Both the damaged wall and the herb stock, would have been easier fixes, if it wasn’t the dead of winter. “Leon put someone in charge of this,” Arthur waved his hand at the scene around him. “Then meet us in the chamber room.”
Wrapping his fingers around Merlin’s upper arm, Arthur gave him a sharp tug, pulling him along with him. “You and I Merlin, are going to have a little talk.”
Arthur only waited until the door clicked behind him before he turned on Merlin, arms folded. “Why does it feel like I have done this before?”
“Close your door?”
“No Merlin. I mean the ‘keep your head down’ conversation. They one we had where you promised not to do magic. We had a reconciliation, Merlin.”
“Arthur the building was on fire. You just wanted it to burn?” Merlin pointed out one of Arthur’s windows. It didn’t matter if the build that he helped save was on the opposite side, Arthur got the jist. “There could have been people in there.”
Arthur could feel his scowl deepen. It wasn’t that Merlin was wrong it just wasn’t safe.
“Merlin you don’t understand, you have to keep yourself safe. I need your help.”
“I know how important it is for me to talk to the Druid clans-”
“No Merlin, not you’re magic or some title earned from prophecy, but you. with this,” Arthur spread his arms, opening to the room, “All of this. I can’t...I can’t to it without you.”
Arthur took a step toward Merlin, placing his hand on his shoulders, “Merlin, if it wasn’t for you I would never have done any of this. I have,/i> to know that you’re safe.”
“Arthur, what do you mean-”
A knock on the door interrupted Merlin, before the door opened and the face of a guard looked in. “Sire the prisoner has been taken to the chamber room. Sir Leon is there with the knights you requested.”
“Yes, we’ll be right there.”
When Arthur heard the door close again, he squeezed Merlin’s shoulders again before letting go. “We’ll talk about this later. Tonight. But I still want you to keep our agreement Merlin. I need you to keep it.”