once again Im so sorry for the confusion on the last chapter!! I figured out wt actually happened. My friend pointed out a few typos so I went to fix them nd wen I reuploaded the edited chapter..thats wen I clicked the wrong document :D but this is the last chapter so plz do, as always,

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Chapter Six

"Do you remember when I told you I never knew my father?"

Arthur nodded.

"Well, I found him."

Surprise was instantly plastered onto Arthur's features. "What! When? How come you didn't tell me?"

"I couldn't, at the time. Gaius told me not to tell you in case you told Uther."

"Why would my father be interested in yours?" he asked, then added offhandedly, "No offence or anything but..."

"Because Balinor is...was my father."

"What?" Arthur asked in that same tone he used when Aredian (A/N no idea how to spell that..?????) accused Merlin of sorcery. That 'surely you have to be joking' tone.

Now it was Merlin's turn to nod. "I didn't even know..." he gathered his thoughts. "When I was packing, to go find him, Gaius asked me if I'd ever heard his name before. Honestly, I had no idea what he was on about, why would I have heard the name 'Balinor' before? But he told me that when the King decreed sorcery illegal he hunted down the Dragonlords for their art was too close to magic. Gaius and Balinor were friends and Gaius helped him escape out of the kingdom. Gaius, obviously, stayed in Camelot but my father went to Ealdor and met my mother. They were happy but only for a short time. Your father sent Knights after him, hunting him down and he was forced to live in that cave, in hiding. When Gaius told me that Balinor was my father I...I didn't know what to think. That is why I was so quiet when we were travelling."

"Hmm," Arthur agreed. "And on the rare occasions you did speak you tended to talk rubbish, as usual." He grinned at Merlin and they both remembered a familiar conversation while they were searching for the Crystal of Neathid. (A/N again..no idea how to spell)

Arthur pulled them out of their small reminiscing session (A/N i no i no lik 3rd authors note but just then I was ssooo tempted to write about 'memory lane' lol :D kk..bk to story :D) and asked, "Did he know you?"

Merlin shook his head. "When you were unconscious, after we arrived, he asked me who we were and I told him, my name was Merlin, hoping it would mean something to him but...nothing. When he refused to help I asked him if he would let Camelot fall? Would he leave so many innocent people to die simply because of something the King had done? And each time he refused to help so I said, 'what if one of them was your son?' and he told me he didn't have a son. He did not even know I existed!"

"So when did you tell him?"

"When he caught up with us."

"When? You two barely had a moment alone."

"Soon after he got there, you were doing a quick check around for anyone we might not want to run into and we were collecting firewood. I told him then." He thought back to the moment.

Merlin stood up from where he was searching for wood. "You mentioned...you spoke of Ealdor. You took refuge with a woman."

"That was a long time ago."

Balinor suddenly looked a little uncomfortable but Merlin persisted.

"I grew up there."

"Ealdor?"

"Yes. I know the woman."

"Hunith? She's still alive?"

"Yes, she's my mother."

The Dragonlord's face dropped slightly, "Then she married? That's good."

"She never married."

Balinor looked up at him questioningly.

"I'm your son."

The two wore completely different expressions. Balinor's; filled with a sudden intense love, only a few little lines to show his confusion. Merlin's showed a deep longing and fullness that only finding something you thought you would never find can give you.

"I don't know what it is to have a son." Balinor said, plainly and truthfully.

Merlin smiled a little, chuffed that his father hadn't turned him down or rejected him. "Or I a father."

Arthur's regret filled sigh brought him back to the present.

"I'm sorry Merlin."

The warlock shook his head in perplexity. "What for?"

"For what I telling you no man is worth your tears."

"It's alright. You didn't know."

Arthur voice suddenly became louder and it severely contrasted with Merlin's. "How can you be like that?"

"I don't know. I have felt angry and really wanted to kill you at times but...I know you Arthur and you would never do that to anyone intentionally. With Freya, you were only trying to protect your people and, at the time, your Knights and that in itself is a noble thing. And with Balinor, I know you were only trying to help. As much as you may deny it I know you care and you were worried about me."

It was scary, Arthur thought, how sometimes Merlin seemed to be reading the lines written on his soul. Merlin knew so much about him but he was only just beginning to find out about the real Merlin. (the real Merlin and Arthur..YAY!! Bradley James with stubble..w00t!!!..lol...'Professor Morgan' :D)

"I think we really should be getting back Merlin." He noticed the darkening sky. "My father will kill me for disappearing as it is, I would rather not know what he would do if I arrived back after dark. Besides, Gaius will be worried about you." Arthur stood and brushed off the back of his legs.

"What are you going to do?" Merlin asked quietly, standing as well.

"Well, I'll go to my father and tell him that it wasn't actually your fault for being late this morning but if it happens again Merlin I will put you in the stocks. Though you seem to have a strange likeness for them...hmm...maybe you can just muck out my stables instead."

"I meant...about me having magic."

Arthur did not even miss a beat. "You'd better not get caught because that would cause a great load of trouble, wouldn't it?" And with that he strode off in much happier spirits than when he arrived.

Merlin simply followed, smiling as he realised Arthur understood so much more than he thought.

Smiling as he realised he didn't need to be lonely anymore.

End.


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