Character/s: Merlin, Mordred
Summary: Merlin and Mordred have a discussion about destiny.
Warnings: slightly dark Merlin
Word Count: 387
Prompt: #204, S5 E10 The Kindness of Strangers
Author's Notes: may be a little rough.
After Arthur and the knights left, Merlin helped Gaius maneuver the faceless body so the physician could more easily perform an autopsy. He found Gaius his tools then excused himself to go look after the King. Gaius usually like to perform his autopsies alone anyway.
He left Gaius’s chambers to head to the royal ones. He’d gotten to the right corridor when a hand on his shoulder stopped him. “Did you find what you were looking for?” Mordred’s voice asked.
Merlin whirled around to face the knight. “Yes, I did.”
“It was worth the time it took.” Merlin searched Mordred’s face. “Tell me, Mordred, what do you know of your destiny?”
“My destiny?” Another knight came down the corridor just then. Mordred pulled Merlin to the nearest wall. The knight nodded as he passed by. When he was gone, Mordred spoke. “I know nothing of mine. Why do you ask?”
“Destinies can be heavy things to carry. I wonder what you’d do, if you knew yours.”
“And you do?”
“I’ve known it since I first met you. You hardly seemed capable of it then, but I look at you now and wonder . . .”
“What is it?
“Whether you’d still follow it if you knew.”
Mordred stared at him in frustration. “Well we won’t know if you don’t tell me.”
“Perhaps I should. What more damage could I do?” Merlin chuckled darkly.
“Merlin, you’re worrying me. What is it?”
“Mordred, you’re destined to kill Arthur.”
“What?!” He stared at Merlin in shock. “I can’t believe . . . I would never . . .”
“I really wish I could believe you.”
“What are you going to do?” Mordred looked fearful.
“Well, Mordred, I’m going to watch you. And if you seem to be heading down that dark path, I’ll be forced to take measures. I don’t want to, but I have to protect Arthur. You must understand that.”
“I . . . do.”
“Good.” Merlin hitched a smile on his face. “Now if you don’t mind, I must attend Arthur now.”
“Of course.” Mordred removed his hand from Merlin’s arm. “Goodbye, Merlin.”
“Farewell, Sir Mordred.” With one last probing look, Merlin was off.
Mordred leaned back against the wall and took a few deep breaths. He know knew what Merlin meant by destiny’s heavy burden.