Title: Within the Heart.
Summary: In an AU of S4E6 where Merlin dies, but cannot let go.
Warnings: Major Character Death.
Spoilers: None.


"Come along, my boy."

Merlin simply stared.

"Your part is done, my child. You can rest now."

Merlin turned to face his father, eyebrows lowered in confusion. A thousand words burned in his throat, and he turned away again as his eyes welled up.

"You must let go now. Your time-"

"What about my destiny?" Merlin asked.

"It is complete."

"But how can that be?" he asked, his voice hoarse with emotion. "Nothing has really changed yet."

Balinor sighed, and gazed at the son he had known so briefly.

"Sometimes, Merlin, the most important changes take place within the heart."


A/N: This one was partly inspired by a quote from Helen Keller: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

I may, repeat may, expand on this. I know this one was rather vague, so I apologise if it went completely over your head regarding the whole change thing. I'd really love to know your thoughts.

Most of my readers and reviewers appear to have gone walkabout. If the drabbles are no longer worth reading, I would like to be informed. I rely on my readers for information. You won't shatter my self esteem into a million little pieces, I promise.