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07 July 2015 @ 10:45 pm
The Search  
Author: clea2011
Title: The Search
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur manages to find his past selves.
Warnings: None
Word Count: 362
Author's Notes: Written for camelot_drabble prompt 167 - search, and also fills the 'historical' square of my merlin_writers trope bingo (that's 9/25 done. )
Disclaimer:Merlin is owned by the BBC and Shine. No copyright infringement is intended and no profit is being made. Don't send us to the dungeons.

Here on A03


The Search

Arthur was impressed with modern technology. Everything was so much easier to find now. Microfiche, for example, had been an amazing invention. All the birth and death records had been transferred over, and the records office was promoting it, letting people come in and search. So much easier than just rows and rows of files.

Arthur had found an Arthur Pendragon born in 1872, died 1952, and another one had died in 1864. He was still trying to find the birth records for that one. It was fascinating.

“Sometimes all those lives just seem like a dream,” he told Merlin a little wistfully. “But there’s all these records. They were really me?”

“Those are just two of you,” Merlin confirmed. “You can never stay away from me for long.”

At home, Merlin had a collection of photographs dating back well into the 19th century that had prompted this particular search. And older than the photographs were his collection of paintings. There was a particularly ridiculous one where Arthur was wearing a doublet and hose, with a huge ruff around his neck. Merlin liked to display that one in the hallway of their home whenever possible, mainly because it was so embarrassing. Arthur told visitors that it was a distant ancestor, then winced when they commented on how very much like Arthur he was.

Strangely, no equally foolish-looking picture of Merlin seemed to have survived down the centuries.

Arthur carried on searching through the records, pulling out another fiche and sliding it into the viewer.

“That one’s upside down,” Merlin pointed out helpfully.

It was. Still, it was so clever, all those miniaturised images. Who would have thought, centuries before as he’d laboured over copying out a manuscript, that one day there would be something like this? Technology was moving so fast. Only yesterday Merlin had bought one of those new Betamax video recorders. There was talk of a fourth channel on the TV coming in a couple of years now (and how fantastic was TV?), and they were going to be able to record it all too. Amazing.

Arthur wondered what other wonders he would see before this particular lifetime was over.

 
 
brunettepetbrunettepet on July 7th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
I love this. Arthur's fascination with his past selves feels very in character and it makes me smile that Merlin's saved embarrassing mementoes of Arthur but not himself. Setting this in the mid-70's was awesome. It's amazing how much they'll see in this lifetime.
clea2011: Arthur blueclea2011 on July 12th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Yes, it suddenly occurred to me that just going back as far as the late 70s would be enough to make it historical. So much change to see in so short a time.
ajsrandomajsrandom on July 8th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
Wow, I love that you used genealogy in this- I am very into it! I remember microfiche and betamaxes too. Does that date me? ;)
clea2011: Arthur blueclea2011 on July 12th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
Probably, but I think quite a few of us remember them too so it's okay :D
Bunnybunnysworld on July 8th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
Hmm....how odd that Merlin saved all the embarrassing stuff of Arthur but not of himself *grins*

Love this one!
clea2011: Arthur blueclea2011 on July 12th, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
Merlin's not stupid, he's hidden anything embarrassing of himself. And he loves those ridiculous pics of Arthur :D Thanks
Mazthismaz on July 8th, 2015 05:22 am (UTC)
Strangely, no equally foolish-looking picture of Merlin seemed to have survived down the centuries.
Strange that *g* What a clever idea - to have Arthur searching out his past lives.
clea2011: Arthur blueclea2011 on July 12th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D Yeah, those short little breaks with no Arthur are a perfect time to clear out anything Merlin might not like, and of course to cherish any particularly enjoyable souvenirs of Arthur!
aeris444aeris444 on July 16th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
That's a very interesting idea you got there! Well done! And, like brunettepet, I think it's very in character!
clea2011: Arthur blueclea2011 on July 20th, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)