Author: chimingofthebells PM
Short drabble. Arthur unwillingly tries to kill Merlin.Rated: Fiction K - English - Adventure/Friendship - Arthur & Merlin - Chapters: 4 - Words: 3,621 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 10-14-12 - Published: 10-07-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8589875
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AN: So, I guess this turned out to be a part four instead of an epilogue. But anyways, hope you enjoy!
Merlin looks down on Arthur, half-sitting on the floor with his hands braced on the wall behind him. Trembling.
"Stay back!" Arthur holds up a hand, and Merlin pauses. Arthur is trembling.
"Arthur, I think you're in control again."
The King looks up at him, his expression full of fear and uncertainty. But Merlin nods at him, and gradually Arthur begins to relax. He lets his arms fall as he slumps against the wall, his legs sliding out to rest in front of him.
"It's over," Merlin says quietly. "I think the enchantment died with her."
Arthur eyes the bloody sword, still stuck fast in the door, then the serving girl slumped against the doorway, her hands limp near her wound.
"I killed her instead of you."
"Who was she?"
Merlin looks down at her, then back to Arthur.
"Her name was Yana," he says. "She was a serving girl, brand new to the castle. She came here to work, so that she could afford medicine for her mother."
Arthur looks at her, then shakily rises to his feet.
"Why did she enchant me? What did she have against you?"
Merlin is silent for a moment.
"It wasn't her fault," He says.
Arthur scoffs. "Not her fault!"
"No. Morgana confronted her, told her that she would kill her and her mother if she didn't do her bidding. She promised to heal Yana's mother."
"Morgana? Why would Morgana do such a thing?"
"I'm not sure," Merlin murmurs. "I think she didn't want to enter Camelot without the protection of an army. She wanted to be discreet, so she made Yana do it."
"I still don't understand. Why would she make me kill you? Why not just kill you directly? And for that matter, why does Morgana want you dead in the first place?"
Merlin is quiet. He steps further out of the room, distancing himself from Yana's body.
"I don't know. Perhaps Morgana would have had you kill me, then yourself. But why she wanted me dead...I can't be sure."
But Merlin does know. Yana said Morgana mentioned Emrys, and that can only mean one thing: Morgana know who Merlin really is. He shivers, wondering how she could have known. Perhaps she has another spy in the castle, someone who managed to figure it out. He wants to say that to Arthur, tell him who he really is and why Morgana hates him. But he doesn't.
Arthur huffs out a breath. He looks about to say something, but closes his mouth.
"What is it?" Merlin asks.
Instead of responding, Arthur's eyes flicker to Yana, then back to Merlin. His expression is full of relief and fear. He holds Merlin's gaze for a long time.
"I almost killed you," Arthur says finally.
Merlin nods. "Yes, you did."
"I'm glad I didn't. I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I had killed you."
Merlin doesn't know what to say to that. "But you did kill Yana."
Arthur exhales sharply, his eyes never leaving Merlin's.
"I know. I'm sorry that she had to die, but if that's what was needed to save you..."
He trails off, then starts again.
"You don't know what it was like," He says. "My body was moving without command, I was a prisoner in my own mind. I was utterly helpless, I could only watch as I tried to reach you...My body was hell-bent on killing you, and I couldn't stop it, there was no way to stop myself, I was going to watch as I killed you! I was so scared, Merlin, I didn't want to hurt you, but the magic was too powerful..."
His voice becoming more and more shaky, his eyes becoming moist, and Merlin can see the fear in his eyes.
"It's okay, Arthur," He says soothingly, reaching out a hand to touch his friend's arm. "It's alright, the spell is lifted."
Arthur nods once, his lips slightly parted, then nods again. Then seems to remember himself, and he quickly averts his eyes.
"Come on," He says, regaining his composure. "We need to take care of Yana's body."
Merlin nods in agreement and bends to lift her up. Arthur helps. Together they move her from the hall onto a cart, where they send her off to the morgue to await burial. Arthur watches the cart go, then turns away stiffly. Merlin follows him.
"You know, you shouldn't be too angry with her."
Arthur says nothing.
"Morgana made her, Yana had no choice. She did it to save her mother. She wasn't evil."
"I know," Arthur says quietly.
After a moment's pause, Merlin says,
"You were really scared for me, weren't you?"
Arthur clears his throat. "I didn't want to lose a trained servant, is all."
"Noo," Merlin says cheerfully, "You were terrified! You really care about me don't you? You would never admit it but you do, don't you?"
AN: Sorry, no magic reveal this time around, but I hope you liked it anyways!