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10 November 2015 @ 03:34 pm
Author: archaeologist_d
Title: Spiders
Rating: G
Characters(s): Merlin, Will
Summary: Merlin liked to play tricks on his best friend. Who knew Will hated spiders that much?
Warnings: none
Word Count: 275
Prompt: mischievous
Author's Notes: Unbetaed

When he was younger, Merlin found out that Will was afraid of spiders. A web strung across the path they'd been scampering through and Will had run right into it. The way he sputtered, the flailing arms, the dust he'd kicked up as he turned and ran, screaming all the way, was hilarious. It had only been a tiny spider, nothing to get so worked up about.

Merlin thought nothing of it, really, until springtime came again, and as with every spring, they needed to smoke the thatched roofs and kill off all the vermin hiding up there. Spiders included.

Shoving Will into the barn was supposed to be funny; they'd taken the piss out of each other so many times that Merlin had lost count. This was just one more thing they'd laugh about later. Besides, Will should have got over his fear of spiders by then, shouldn't he?

Apparently not. The scream he let out when the spiders started raining down wasn't funny. His terrified face haunted Merlin's nights for weeks afterwards and it was months before Will would even talk to him again.

So he didn't fight back when Will shoved him into the pigpen and stood there, glaring at him while Merlin kept slipping into the muck. It was smelly and cold and wet and the pigs weren't happy either. Neither was Hunith who made him clean his clothes by hand no less, without magic.

But after that, Will started talking to him again and Merlin could breathe a little easier.

And if he wanted to play tricks, well, two heads were better than one.

Ealdor was never the same again.

The end.

More author's notes: When I toured Cosmeston Medieval Village, known as Ealdor, one time, the guide told me that they smoked the houses in the spring to kill the spiders and they did indeed rain down. He said he let someone else do that since he couldn't deal with it. I totally understand that! BTW, he was a great guide.
emrys_mkemrys_mk on November 10th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Poor Will. I can relate, and that is precisely why I don't go around playing jokes on people. You never know how someone will react.

That is interesting about smoking the thatched roofs. That act in itself would freak me out way more than any insects falling on me. Between my allergies and my fear of fire...

Edited at 2015-11-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
archaeologist_d: Travel Heverarchaeologist_d on November 10th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not for playing jokes, either since they often backfire.

Yes, I was surprised about smoking the roofs but the guide said that was the only way to really get rid of the insects and mice. The fire isn't near the roof, just the smoke.
brunettepetbrunettepet on November 10th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Worst prank ever and I'm glad Merlin felt terrible about it. I bet Will was having nightmares for weeks.
archaeologist_d: Merlin hatarchaeologist_d on November 10th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
I probably would never have talked to him again. Terrible prank!
ajsrandomajsrandom on November 17th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
All I can think about raining spiders is "ooh, ick!" Not scared of spiders myself, unless they're big. :)
archaeologist_d: Merlin hatarchaeologist_d on November 17th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm with you on that about the raining part. I'm not fond of spiders at all.