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Chapter 12 To Kill the King

Gaius turned as Merlin came walking down the stairs from his room.

"Can't sleep?" he asks.

"Something woke me. Powerful magic, here, in Camelot," Merlin says. Gwen comes running in. "Gwen! What's wrong?"

"My father's been arrested," Gwen cries. Merlin takes her in his arms, trying to calm her down. "They say he was making weapons for a sorcerer! They're charging him with treason!"

Merlin lets go of Gwen and runs out and bangs on Arthur's door.

"Enter," Arthur calls.

"This cannot happen. Isn't there something you can do?" Merlin asks.

Arthur turns and looks Merlin up and down. Merlin looks confused takes a look at himself. He was still in his night clothes.

"I'm assuming you are referring to Guinevere's father," Arthur says.

"I just see how he could've done something like this," Merlin replies.

"I cannot change my father's decision," Arthur tells him. "Oh and, Merlin. Make sure you're dressed when you bring my breakfast."

"Of course, Sire," he says.

xxx

Later that next day, Merlin walked into his room to find Gwen sitting on his bed.

"All right?" he asks her.

Her father had tried to escape during the night and had been killed. No one knew that it was Morgana who had convinced him to do so.

"I just don't understand. His trial was this morning," Gwen replies.

Merlin sits next to her and takes her hand. They both quickly stand was Arthur enters.

"Sire," Gwen says with a bow.

"Guinevere, I want you to know that your job is safe and that your home so yours for life. If you need anything, just ask. I'm sorry," Arthur replies.

"Thank you, Sire," Gwen says.

Arthur turns and leaves.

"Get some rest," Merlin tells Gwen as he follows.

"Merlin, come take a look. I've done some research on the stone that was found on Tom," Gaius says. Merlin looks and finds Arthur already gone.

"What does it do?" Merlin asks.

"Theoretically, it could give the bearer the power of transformation," Gaius explains.

"The power of alchemy," Merlin gasps.

Gaius nods.

"I believe it was the Magic Stone you sensed on the night of Tom's arrest," he says.

Later that night, Merlin feels the presents of the stone and finds out that Morgana has it and is conspiring to kill Uther.

xxx

Merlin decides to go to the caves to see the Great Dragon.

"Well, young warlock, what is it you come to ask of me?" the dragon asks.

"I need your help," Merlin says.

"This time, will you heed my words?" the dragon asks.

"The sorcerer Tauren is plotting to kill the King. He's made an ally of Morgana," Merlin says.

"Do nothing. It is Uther that persecutes you and your kind and murders the innocent," the dragon replies.

Merlin cannot believe what he is hearing.

"Yes, but does it make it right to kill him?" he asks.

"Only if Uther dies can magic return to the land and you will be free. Uther's reign is at an end. Let Arthur's reign begin. Fulfill your destiny and you can finally truthful with Arthur…. about everything," the dragon says.

xxx

Merlin sat in thought as he watched Morgana and Uther leave the castle. When was all this senseless going to end? When would magic be accepted again?

"It will end when Arthur is King," Gaius had replied.

But was Arthur ready? No, he was not. Merlin knew that probably better than anyone.

"Merlin?" Arthur asks.

Merlin quickly stands.

"Sire," he replies. "How are you?"

"I was about to ask you the same question," Arthur says. "You look paler than usual."

"I'm fine. Do you need anything?" Merlin asks.

"You'll know if I do," Arthur says.

Merlin looks back out the window as Arthur leaves.

"Morgana's been amazing these last few days," a voice says.

Merlin turns and finds Gwen behind him. He smiles and takes her hand.

"I think you've been amazing," he replies. "After all that's happened… getting your life back together."

"It's better than sitting in an empty house," Gwen says.

"I know he was innocent," Merlin tells her.

"I think he tried to escape because he knew that whatever he said or did he'd be killed," Gwen says.

Merlin let's go of her hand and looks back out the window.

"I wouldn't blame you if you wanted him dead," he says. "If you had the choice, what would you do? If you had the power of life and death over Uther, would you kill him?"

"No," Gwen answers, which causes Merlin to turn. "What would that solve? That would make me a murderer. That would make me as bad as him."

"You're right," Merlin realizes.

He kisses the top of Gwen's head and runs out.

xxx

Gaius walks into his chambers and finds Merlin sitting by the table.

"Busy day?" he asks.

"Had its moments," Merlin replies.

"I hear Tauren tried to assassinate Uther and that Morgana saved him," Gaius says. Merlin just looks and does not say a word. "I suppose you had nothing to do with it?"

"Just background stuff," Merlin answers, not wanting to make a big deal about it.

"No need to be so modest, Merlin," Gaius says.

"Sorry," he apologizes.

"It's not a criticism. It's a compliment," Gaius says.

Merlin smiles.

"Right. Thank you, Gaius," he says.