I couldn't leave you guys hanging
Merlin was tied tight to the whipping pole. He steadied his breathing remembering Gaius' words ,'if you tighten your muscles it will cause more damage, best be lax to cause minimum damage.' so that is what Merlin tried to do. He relaxed his muscles and focused on his breathing. He kept his eyes closed picturing himself sitting in a field with Will, Fraya, and his father. They were having a picnic on a sunny day, just talking.
Merlin heard the air rushing through the air then pain, incredible pain. It felt ten times worse than the serket sting. Merlin's eyes flew open and locked eyes with the one person in the crowd who had seen him cry, his strength, Gaius. He stood in the crowd eyes wide and watering. Gaius mouthed words to Merlin words of comfort only Merlin would know. 'be strong Merlin. You are strong, Merlin. You are powerful Merlin. Stay calm.'
in turn Merlin mouthed back softly to himself.
Merlin hissed, but he would not cry out.
The pain was past his torture with Morgana.
He kept his eyes locked with Gaius who's eyes glimmered with tears.
Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack!
Merlin could no longer hold up his own weight letting his body sink as far as possible.
Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack!
It was finally over. He could feel the warmth of his blood as it ran down his legs, but felt nothing on his back but pain. He felt someone release his hands and meet the cool ground with pleasure. He looked up and saw Gaius, and Gwaine rushing towards him before the blackness swallowed him whole.
When Merlin came through Merlin was lying on his stomach on the cot used for patients.
"G-aius" Merlin croaked.
Gaius and Gwaine spun and rushed to Merlin's side.
"Merlin, how do you feel?"Gaius asked.
"Merlin tried to tilt his head but decided against it.
"Is that a trick question?"
"No my boy."
"I feel like I spent a nice torture session with Morgana, and she fed me to a whole flock of Serkets."
"drink some water." Gwaine said putting a glass of water to Merlin's lips. Merlin sipped the water gingerly. He also ate a piece of bread before welcoming the numbness of the darkness.
εγώ είμαι ένα δράκων ἄναξ εγώ καταπροΐξομαι καίνυμι αύτη ἄλγος
I am a dragon lord I shall overcome this pain