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15 May 2012 @ 09:05 pm
Author: luxorien
Title: Moonlit
Rating: G
Pairing: None
Summary: An apology that is no apology.
Warnings: None
Word Count: 246
Prompt: #6 Whispers in the Night

It was the quiet that woke him: the night suffused with absolute stillness. He opened his eyes but made no other movement, listening for the predator that had startled the world into silence. He heard nothing, but a dark shape passed in front of the eastern stars, veiling the sky as it made its way among the sprawling bodies of knights who were supposed to be keeping watch. In one swift, silent motion, Arthur rolled to his feet, one hand grasping his blade.

He almost called out before he realized that his men were either enchanted or dead, and would not rouse from their slumber. So he followed the mysterious figure instead, threading carefully through outstretched limbs and picket lines, until whoever he was following slipped away under the trees.

Thin fingers of moonlight played with the shadows, shifting the eye from darkness to light and back again. Arthur wasn't sure when it happened: one moment he could see the dark shape ahead, and in the next breath there was nothing beneath the silent boughs. For the span of one heartbeat, he was completely and utterly alone. When the whisper came, it was born of the darkness and returned to it, silent and ineffable. But it was a voice he knew as well as his own, and he nearly dropped his sword when he recognized it.

"Camelot is not defended by swords alone. Whatever I have done, I have done for you, Arthur. Please remember that."
Terrifyingly Friendly: Merlin bamfjelazakazone on May 16th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Spooky! Please tell us there will be more!
Luxorien: delicious arthurluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Just a one off, I'm afraid, but glad you liked it. :)
mara: Arthur Merlin greenmara93 on May 16th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
This is so haunting and so beautiful and oh my gosh just absolutely love it. The description especially makes me feel I'm outside with them in the moonlight. And then the one line of dialogue...sends chills. This is just so it!

Edited at 2012-05-16 02:45 am (UTC)
Luxorien: delicious arthurluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I spent a long time staring at my monitor to come up with that line, ha.
tik: tos: it's me chekovtiiiik on May 16th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
This would make for awesome start for a good story. I like the feeling of it, too.
Luxorienluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, every drabble is a bunny. So many bunnies...
Ceeceeebee on May 16th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
this is so pretty! I kind of got chills at the end there, too :O It would be awesome if you were planning to write more of this. If not, it's beautiful as it is :')
Luxorienluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Maybe I'll start connecting drabbles as some do...
(ノ⊙ω⊙)ノ~『✧~~✧』fuckyeah on May 16th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
So epic! I love the imagery in this!
Luxorienluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Deborah Henning-Huff: Magic Eyehogwartsvixxxen on May 17th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
Not to sound redundant but this was well done. I love the moonlight and the imagery I loved the feel of this eerie yet beautiful ♥ *hugs* :)
Luxorienluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. That mysterious side of Merlin is my favorite. :)
Deborah Henning-Huff: Bear Hughogwartsvixxxen on May 20th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
♥ *hugs* :)
you light the skyms_notebook on May 17th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
(jaw drops)

What? What? So... so... so Merlin might have killed and/or enchanted Arthur's men? For his sake? My feels! My heartstrings! I don't even know what to say but that this drabble was so poetically well-written, so tense and amazing.

I can't even imagine what Arthur's reaction to this might be. The final lines send shivers down my spine, because Merlin, has become a figure who will sacrifice anything for his king... and it's frightening as much as it is in-character and very true.

Love it :)
Luxorien: delicious arthurluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
You know, I hadn't really meant for it to come off that dark, but since you mentioned it, I'm 100% on board. In the S4 finale, Merlin came off (to me at least) as the CIA of Camelot. I like that image of Merlin, secretly protecting the kingdom and straying into gray areas to do it...
archaeologist_d: Merlin destinyarchaeologist_d on May 17th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Loved the description of the night and the shadows. Gave a real sense of being in the forest at night. Great job.
Luxorien: delicious arthurluxorien on May 19th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)