Character/s: Merlin, Alator
Summary: What happens after Alator slams Morgana into the wall.
Word Count: 372
Prompt: #202, The Secret Sharer 4.7
Author's Notes: Alator's a boss!
Morgana screamed as she was thrown backwards against a rock. Merlin and Alator watched as she collapsed unconscious. Alator nodded and turned to Merlin as the dagger at Merlin's throat dropped. Merlin scrambled to his feet.
Alator bowed his head and spoke. “Merlin, I am Alator of the Catha. I am honored to be of service.”
Merlin was trying to overcome his surprise at the turn of events. He managed to stutter, “You have magic!”
Alator nodded again. He spoke of how he understood the burden Merlin carries—facing persecution merely for possessing magic. He told him how he shares the hope that one day the world will accept them as they are and how others like him would give their lives in such a cause.
Merlin watched in amazement as Alator knelt to him. “Please, you don’t have to do that,” Merlin told him.
Alator stood up. “As you wish, Emrys.” He tossed the bracelet Morgana had given to him down to her unconscious form.
“Do you know where Gaius is?” Merlin asked.
“Yes. I will take you to him.” They started walking and Alator added, “If I had known he was your friend, Emrys, I would never have done what Morgana asked of me.”
“He’s alive isn’t he?”
“Yes. Gaius is stronger than he looks.”
Merlin chuckled. “That’s true.”
They were silent until they reached the room Gaius had been kept in. He wasn’t there, but there were numerous new footprints. “Someone has taken him,” Alator commented.
“Probably Gwaine. In that case, I’d better just go back to Camelot. I asked him not to wait for me.”
“I will show you the way out,” Alator offered.
“I’d appreciate that,” Merlin said.
He followed the Catha back through the cave and found the entrance. There was no sign of Gwaine or anyone else when they reached the outside.
“Thank you Alator,” Merlin said.
“Thank you Emrys. I can now return home and tell my people you have come. That will give them great joy. Do not hesitate to call upon me for help.” Alator bowed and walked away; he seemed to disappear into their surroundings.
“Wow,” Merlin whispered to no one as he started on the path back to his horse.