'Why did you leave?' 'It wasn't what I wanted. My mother was worried. When she found out you knew, she was so angry.'

"This is about Will, isn't it? Going to banish me to Camelot for having a friend?"

Hunith rubbed her temple. "You wear on my patience, Merlin. I love you; I'd never 'banish' you anywhere."

"Then what is it?" he repeated.

Hunith sighed, looking past him. "You never were meant to be a villager, Merlin," she said quietly. "You have a great gift… and all I've ever done is order you hide it. Why shouldn't Will know? Why can't everyone recognize you for your greatness? Perhaps in Camelot, with Gaius to guide you, perhaps you can find its… purpose."

Merlin swallowed.

AN: Two more to go! This was originally for chapter nine but I became impatient with eight not working, so I posted this anyway. Also, we so rarely get any inkling of past anymore that I latched onto Gaius's mention in 5.05 referencing the old, untouched-by-Camelot Merlin. I think I'd like to do that for ten. And so a new ten means the old ten becomes nine, the old nine eight, and eight gets neatly thrown out.

I love Hunith. I wonder what she's up to as of late…

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