08 March 2016 @ 06:10 pm
Author: archaeologist_d
Title: Family
Rating: G
Character/s: Merlin, Will, Hunith
Summary: Will didn't understand that Merlin had to leave.
Warnings: none
Word Count: 200
Camelot_drabble Prompt: 007: family and 201: The Dragon's Call
Author's Notes: None
Disclaimer: I do not own the BBC version of Merlin; BBC and Shine do. I am very respectfully borrowing them with no intent to profit. No money has changed hands. No copyright infringement is intended.

Merlin knew he'd made a mistake. After all, his mother told him time and time again that to keep his magic secret.

But Will was family, almost blood, able to keep secrets as well as anyone could. Even Hunith didn't know about old man Simpson, what they'd done. He knew he could trust Will with his life – had trusted him with it.

But his mum just turned those sad eyes on him, shoving his pack and a letter for his great-uncle Gaius into his hands. With a quick hug and a kiss, she waved him out the door.

Will hadn't taken it well, refusing to listen to Merlin's explanations, shouting that Merlin could live with him if it came down to it, that Hunith was being ridiculous. But Merlin knew better, knew in his heart, she was right.

In such a small village, things would only get worse. There'd be questions, lots of them, and the village elders would want to know why so many strange things were happening. Unexplained things. Magical things. Those questions could only lead to uncomfortable – dangerous – answers.

So he walked away, knowing that he couldn't stay.

He just hoped that Will would forgive him someday.
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 8th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
I really like this. It's sad but great to see what prompted Hunith to send Merlin to Camelot.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on March 8th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. Poor Hunith must have been beside herself about it.
emrys_mk: emrys_mkemrys_mk on March 8th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Poor Will. I was always curious what their childhoods had been like. It's never easy leaving your best friend.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on March 8th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Will certainly was resentful at first when Merlin came back. Glad you liked it.
ajsrandomajsrandom on March 9th, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
That nicely explains why Will was so grumpy when everyone went to Ealdor. :)
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on March 10th, 2016 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think Will was always grumpy and why not. His father was killed and we never see his mum.

Mazthismaz on March 9th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh, that's nice. I like the way the last line presages his hesitation when he first sees Will in The Moment of Truth.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on March 10th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I wanted a bit of foreshadowing!
Love Witch: Selfielittle_huntress on March 9th, 2016 06:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor Will, not having your best friend around anymore must be difficult.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on March 10th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, poor Will. It must have been hard, especially when Merlin's new best friend was so much higher status. :(