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Out of His Shadow

Author: ajsrandom
Title: Out of His Shadow
Rating: G
Pairing/s: none
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Arthur gets a little pep talk from his servant after facing his father at the Stones of Nemeton (5.3)
Warnings: none
Word Count: 281
Prompt: #210, Shadows
Author's Notes: I actually wrote 2 for this prompt but liked this one better. :)
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After they ate dinner, Arthur sat and stared into the fire. Merlin took their dishes away to clean them, and by the time he came back, Arthur hadn’t moved. He sat down again and contemplated his King for a moment before speaking.

“Arthur? Do you want to talk about it? What happened at the stones?”

He appeared ready to talk. “It seems my father doesn't approve of the way I have chosen to rule his kingdom.”

“You mean your kingdom.”

“The things he said about the knights, about marrying Guinevere. What if he's right? What if I have weakened Camelot?”

“What if Morgana hadn’t broken him? What if he’d rejected your knights? And you already knew how he felt about Gwen. He would have noticed what you’d done for her.”

“I would have found a way to keep them all.”

“He was the King; he could have done whatever he wanted to them. Arthur, one of your best traits is that you love so well. Your love for Uther blinded you to his faults. You’re only now questioning them.”

“But he was my father.”

“And you’ve always put him on a pedestal. He accomplished some good under his reign. The kingdom prospered overall.”

“Not all the people.”

“That’s true. But look at what you’ve done for the Druids.”

“My father would never have done that.”

“Exactly. Now it’s time for you to come out from under his shadow. Do what you believe to be right.”

“Thank you, Merlin.”

“Some people still think you're a foolish, arrogant ass.”

“Who?” He looked over at the grinning Merlin. “Very funny. Let’s get some sleep.”

And feeling a bit better about himself, Arthur slept well.
Tags: *c:ajsrandom, c:arthur, c:merlin, pt 210:shadows, rating:g, type:drabble
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