Title: Yours to Break
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Merlin's disappointment in him is more than what Arthur can handle.
Word Count: 230
Prompt: #202 The Secret Sharer
Author's Notes: Merlin makes me emotional. I couldn’t decide on a scene to write and then I ended up writing more than one Drabble.
Merlin is awfully quiet and Arthur is at a loss. It’s not often Merlin won't talk back or doesn't meet his eyes. What’s worse is the hollow sound his voice has become as he questions Arthur about Gaius, telling him how wrong he is for even daring to doubt Gaius, the man who’s served the kingdom and his family for years. Merlin is mad, furious and he’s pulling away from Arthur. They’re already far away even when they’re still in the same room. Arthur can’t breathe without feeling a deep ache in his chest.
He tries to reason with Merlin but noting he says alleviates the harm he’s done to both of them. Arthur wants to reach for him and ground himself with Merlin’s presence, instead he rises his voice trying to keep the edge away from his remarks not wanting to hurt Merlin more than he has. The coldness and emptiness in his gaze lets him know he wasn't successful. Today he can’t win. He’s losing more than he could ever gain. He’s losing Merlin. He can’t deal with that.
In the end he cuts their argument before things become worse and leaves the room with as much poise as he can, fingers tingling as he passes Merlin and leaves him behind. He goes before Merlin walks away from him and takes what’s left of his spirit with him.