Title: I'll Be There for You
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary:Morgana's leaving but Merlin stops her with a few well-chosen words.
Word Count: 563
Prompt: #217 Classic Rock
Author's Notes: I used the song "I'll Be There for You" by Bon Jovi
As Merlin drove from work to his girlfriend’s house, he thought about his relationship with her. There was no doubt in his mind that he loved her; he’s just been too scared to say them to her. He thought it was too early in their relationship though he knew it was true. He didn’t want to ruin things with her—lately he’d been screwing up, like missing her birthday. She’d also had some bad breakups in her life and he didn’t want to cause another.
He pulled up outside her house and thought for a moment. Maybe this was the right time to tell her. She’d been working hard and could use some extra love and attention. He resolved to tell her tonight and got out of his car to walk to the door.
He let himself inside and was about to announce himself when he heard the distinctive sound of a zipper closing on a suitcase. “Morgana,” he called out and ran into her bedroom to see her sitting on her bed next to a suitcase and crying. “Morgana, what’s going on?”
“You,” she replied.
She took a deep breath. “Merlin, I love you, truly. But it’s like suicide.”
“You love me? But suicide, what do you mean? ”
She started crying harder. “I love you so much it hurts, but you never say it back. You don’t love me, so I’m going.”
Merlin started to panic. “For how long?”
“For a couple of weeks, to clear my head and my heart.”
“No, Morgana, don’t go. Please.”
“Merlin, I feel like I’ve cried a thousand rivers and am swimming for the shore.”
Merlin felt his eyes tear up. He walked over to the bed, shoved the suitcase out of the way and sat next to her. He took her hand and said, “Please give me one more chance.”
She sobbed harder. “Why should I?”
“Because I’ll be there for you. I swear I will.” He paused a moment. “When you breathe I want to be your air. I'd live and I'd die for you, Morgana, I'd steal the sun from the sky for you.”
“You—you’ll be there for me? Merlin, what about when I was almost fired? What about my birthday?” She continued to sob.
“We’ve had some good times and some bad, but I can’t buy back yesterday. All I can do is say I’m sorry, and I am, Morgana. So sorry.” He took her in his arms and began to rock her gently. “But now I’m here to say I love you.”
Through her tears she said, “You love me?”
“It’s true. I love you. And I’m sorry I wasn't there when you were happy and I wasn't there when you were down. I didn't mean to miss your birthday—I wish I'd seen you blow those candles out. But words can’t say what love can do. I promise to be there for you. I’ll change my work schedule, whatever it takes.”
“Oh Merlin!” She threw her arms around him to hold him tight. She still cried, but now her tears were those of joy. When she pulled back slightly, he swooped in to kiss her, long and sweet. Because saying the words meant nothing without action. And he was determined to show her how much she meant to him, from then on to forever.