CHAPTER THIRTY ONE
Author's Note: So this is the last chapter. I wanted to base it on the original legend as it seems more positive and not as dark. I wanted to show that redemption is possible and even though it might not be easy, everyone deserves a fair chance.
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Thankfully, the rain had held off for a while.
Merlin and Morgana walked side by side, away from Avalon.
When they crested the hill, they stopped and turned to take one last look at the king of Camelot's final resting place.
Merlin let a smile come to his face.
"He really was a great king." He mused.
Morgana did not nod but she did not disagree either.
"I do not think Gwen will be too happy to see me and who can blame her? After what I did."
Merlin turned his head to look at her.
"We don't have to go back."
"Of course we do. Gwen must know the fate of Arthur and we must carry out Arthur's wish of having magic restored to the kingdom. But... there is one thing I would like to do first." She added hesitantly.
"We need to bury Mordred." Morgana told him, holding back her emotion as best she could.
From Avalon, they made their way back to Camlann and to Mordred.
His body was still there and Merlin put him on one of the horses that had remained. Morgana watched as her son was lead away on the horse.
They went to the top of a grassy hill just outside of Camlann and buried him there with a stone memorial.
Morgana knelt by it while Merlin put hand on her shoulder and stood by her side.
"He just lost his way... that's all." Merlin said gently.
Morgana's teeth clenched.
"Because of me." She gritted out.
Merlin shook his head.
"You were just as hurt as he was."
She nodded but her anger nearly boiled over.
"My bitterness cost Arthur his life. How can I ever make up for that?"
Merlin knelt beside her.
"You can start by being the person you were... the loving, kind and compassionate Morgana that everyone loved."
She shook her head with a broken smile.
"I can never be that person again."
He turned her head to face him.
"Yes you can... do you remember years ago when I told you that anyone can saved?
I meant you and I still believe that. I'll help you." He promised.
She smiled at him and took his hand.
"I never stopped loving you, Merlin."
He smiled at that and leant forward to kiss her.
It was strange after such a long time, but it felt right as though it was always meant to be this way.
When he pulled back, she licked her lips and looked up at him from under her lashes.
"We should be getting back to Camelot." She breathed.
He nodded but his eyes burned into hers'.
"Yes... we really should..."
He moved closer to her and she stared at him.
He moved even closer, their lips almost touching.
They were breathing hard and she wanted more than anything to be with him again as she knew they should be. But they had made a promise to Arthur and they had to act upon it.
Merlin put a hand to the side of her face, and she kissed his palm.
"I know what is going through your mind, but we cannot, not untill we have spoke to Gwen." She told him.
He sighed and pressed his head to hers', letting his hand drop.
"I know, I just missed you so much, Morgana."
"And I you." She replied.
They both sighed, before he helped her to her feet and they began their walk back to Camelot and to Gwen.
Merlin took hold of Morgana's hand and they both walked into the palace.
Morgana had her hood up to shield her face from the guards and knights.
Merlin took her straight to the throne room, where they knew Gwen would be.
Gwen smiled when she saw Merlin.
"Merlin! I am glad to see that you are all right."
He nodded and returned her smile.
She then looked at the hooded figure.
"Who is your friend?" She asked.
Merlin squeezed Morgana's hand reasurringly.
She hesitantly reached for her hood and threw it back.
Gwen stood when she saw her former friend's face.
"Guards!" She shouted.
"No! Gwen, please, she means you no harm, she helped me take Arthur to Avalon!" He told her hurriedly.
Gwen glared at Morgana.
"I don't care, she is evil! She has been nothing but a curse on this land!" She yelled. Morgana shook her head and looked at Merlin.
"I knew this was a bad idea... I shall go." She muttered.
Merlin held her in place.
"No, she needs to know that you have changed."
"Merlin, don't you see? It doesn't matter to her whether I have changed or not... I have caused her too much hurt." She told him.
"At least she seems to have regained her mind." She spat.
"Gwen please, can you not see that she is sorry for what she has done? I have given her another chance, why can't you?" Merlin questioned.
"Gwen could see from the look in Merlin's eyes and his grip on Morgana's hand that he had been hiding his feelings for far too long.
"Because I am not in love with the witch!" She blurted.
Merlin stared at her levelly.
"I don't deny it... I am in love with her."
Morgana smiled at him.
Gwen raised her eyebrows in disbelief.
"Do you really believe that she feels the same for you?"
Merlin nodded and this time, Morgana spoke up.
"Mordred was our son, Gwen. Mine and Merlin's."
Gwen stared at her.
"Get out, Morgana... I have had enough of your lies and betrayal. Leave! Now!"
Morgana sighed and nodded.
She slipped her hand from Merlin's and turned to walk away.
Merlin looked back at her then quickly round at Gwen.
"If Morgana has to leave, then I leave with her ."
This caused Morgana to stop walking.
"But one thing before I go... Arthur told me to tell you that he loves you with all his heart and that he also wanted the ban on magic lifted."
Gwen nodded instantly.
"If that was his wish then it shall be done. But if you wish to stay with Morgana, then I have no choice but to banish you both."
Merlin nodded and went to Morgana's side, taking her hand once more.
"I am sorry that you cannot forgive Morgana, Gwen. Arthur did."
They both left the queen of Camelot to think that over.
Merlin and Morgana had managed to take two horses and they left Camelot together.
They stopped to look back at the mighty palace.
"Any regrets?" Merlin asked her.
She smiled at him.
He grinned at her and they rode together out of Camelot and neared Ealdor, where Merlin grew up.
"You wish to check on your mother?" She guessed.
"If that is alright with you?"
"Of course. I wish I had the chance to tell my mother how sorry I am." She said sadly.
Merlin nodded in understanding.
"I know she left when you became too reckless."
Morgana nodded and sighed.
Then she forced a smile.
"But we have each other now."
Merlin thought of something Kilgarah had told him years ago and she caught the frown on his face.
"What is it?" She asked, mirrorring his expression.
"Something the great dragon told me about us... He said that he feared our destinies were joined forever."
"Why is that something to fear?"
"I guess it's not anymore."
Morgana placed her hand on top of his as they rode side by side.
"Our love for each other was stronger than our hate, Merlin. That is why we are together."
Merlin smiled and looked into her eyes.
"well, let's see what our destiny holds for us now."
"I think it includes children and a little cottage with a fire and possibly a small farm."
"I would like that but you are the Lady Morgana." He reminded her.
She raised an eyebrow.
"Was Lady Morgana." She corrected.
He smiled and looked ahead.
Never in his dreams did he think that he would be discussing his future with Morgana.
She never believed that they could be together but fate had a strange way of bringing people together even after they had sworn to hate and destroy each other.
Now, as they rode down to Ealdor as Merlin and Morgana, they would come to be known as Emrys, Arthur's protector and Morgana Le Fay, Arthur's healer.
But that had yet to be written...