So we come to the end of series 2, fear not though I do still plan to do the whole five series and a 6th...mwhahahaha
So look out for the 3rd series as a new story
"I don't think people can suffer a third night of this." Gwen spoke her thoughts aloud as she hurried after Gaius, Camilla standing next to the bed he stopped at.
"We must trust in Arthur." Gaius told her, looking at the young man muffling his moans of pain by his hands holding his head.
"I do. But even he has little chance." She sounded defeated but carried on with her duties.
Gaius shared a look with Camilla who too looked worried. The fear for her brother and the Kingdom sweeping over her. She was brought back to the situation by the young girl on the bed.
"Where's my mother?" She asked, holding her side in pain where she was badly burnt. "I want my mother."
"It's alright sweetheart." Camilla tried soothing her knowing that the child's mother had not escaped from the lower town like she had. She knelt down so her head was level with the girl's. Placing a wet cloth on her forehead, Camilla looked at the young girl. "I'm here to help."
"I want my mother." The girl whimpered, Camilla could see the fear and pain in her eyes.
The Princess swallowed the lump in her throat, the helplessness in the child's eyes made her want to burst into tears there and then.
"Your mother is sleeping." Camilla found herself saying.
"Yes, she...urm...needs to rest to get better and she says you need to too." Camilla's hand gently pushed through the little girl's hair. "But to do so, I need to look at your side."
"But it hurts." The girl had tears in her eyes.
"I know, but if I don't it will hurt more."
"Please...I just want my mummy." The girl's pleas for her mother were crushing Camilla inside but she had to stay strong.
"What's your name?"
"Well Isabelle, I'm Camilla."
"I know who you are." The distraction started to make the girl forget somewhat about her pain. "You're the Princess."
"I am, but do you know what else I am?" The girl shook her head. "I am a physician in training, and what does your mother tell you about physician's?"
"They help make the pain go away." Isabelle answered.
"Will you let me make your pain go away?" The girl paused for a moment before nodding her head slowly. She lifted her hand and Camilla saw the extent of the damage, she did her best not to wince. "Tell me about your favourite thing to do Isabelle?"
Camilla listened to the girl talk about helping her mother sew the clothes they would sell at the market. The girl became lost in her memories resulting in her focusing less and less on the pain giving Camilla freedom to work.
Before long the burn was covered with a remedy that was soon going to be in short supply. Camilla placed a bandage over the wound.
"Well once this dragon is gone, I promise I will personally buy one of those fine garments you have made. They sound worthy of the royal family." Camilla smiled at her. The Princess was trying her best to block out the sounds of pain and death around the room.
"Would you really your highness?" Isabelle looked up with hope. She was met with a smile and a nod. "Mother will be so happy...where is she?"
"Get some rest. I'll go find her for when you wake up." This time the smile did not reach Camilla's eyes but Isabelle didn't seem to notice.
Camilla turned away and walked over to get a fresh bucket of water. She paused for a moment and took in a shuddery breath. Tears threatening to overcome her. She hated herself for not telling the girl the truth but she just couldn't bear telling yet another person, the person they loved most was now gone.
Camilla took another deep breath, pulled herself to stand tall and walked over to the water supplies. The site that met her though was not a good one.
"We have no clean water." Camilla told Gaius, trying to speak as quietly as she could as to not worry the room.
"I know, but it's too dangerous to go out there." Gaius whispered back.
However Gwen had heard and was making her way outside before Camilla could stop her.
"Gwen!" She rushed after the serving girl but was stopped by the guards at the door.
"Sorry Princess you are not allowed to go out there, orders from the King." The guard told her.
Camilla was not happy but returned to helping another injured victim, every so often her gaze flicked back to the door, hoping to see Gwen.
Time carried on and Camilla's worry grew, she should be back by now.
Camilla was about to argue with the guard to let her out but at that moment Gwen walked into the room supporting an injured Arthur.
"Arthur!" Camilla ran over to her brother, helping Gwen sit him down.
With Gwen she helped undress the Prince and see the nasty gashes on his shoulder.
"Only you could be physically attacked by the dragon and still be alive." Camilla teased, trying to lighten the situation. She turned to Gwen who was anxiously stood behind her. "Wash the wound out, we don't want him to get an infection." Gwen nodded before going to get a bucket of water and a cloth. "I'll leave you two alone."
She gave one last look to her brother before moving away and leaving him some time to talk to Gwen.
Camilla moved to another table to check on Sir Leon, seeing he was fine her attention turned to Merlin speaking hurriedly to Gaius. It was from there she could see the blood through his shirt.
"Merlin." Camilla went over and stated.
"What?" The man servant quickly looked at the Princess, hoping she hadn't heard his conversation.
"You're hurt." She told him.
"No, you're hurt." Camilla then looked down to his side were blood was slowly seeping through his shirt.
"Merlin you said you were fine." Gaius became alarmed when he saw the injury.
"I thought I was." Now Merlin was aware, he felt a searing pain in his side, his hand automatically going to clutch it. He must have caught it on a lose debris as he ran back through Camelot.
"Come with me." Without thinking, Camilla grabbed Merlin's hand and led him to an empty bed. There she sat him down. "Take off your shirt."
"Merlin, take off your shirt so I can get to the cut." Camilla said. Merlin nodded before swallowing nervously.
He took off his jacket then nervously lifted off his shirt, suddenly becoming very conscious of who was stood in front of him. He initially looked anywhere but her, then he decided to catch a glimpse. Her eyes were focused dead on his cut assessing the damage.
"It's not too deep thankfully, I will clean it then wrap in a bandage." She then looked up and gave him a small smirk. "I think you're going to live."
Camilla then went about carefully cleaning the wound, trying her best to not blush because she was so close to Merlin. On the inside her heart was racing and was only accelerated every time she had to touch his bare skin. She decided to not let her eyes stray, despite appreciating the view, and focus on her work. If she had looked, she would have seen Merlin staring straight at her, trying not to let his emotions show as well.
Merlin knew it was wrong but there was just something about the Princess which found him thinking about her more and more of late. He wanted to be in her company when he wasn't. He found himself constantly wanting to make her smile and hear her laugh. He should be punishing himself he thought for letting the dragon go but in that moment he decided to just enjoy having Camilla so close to him.
Camilla eventually placed a bandage over the wound before standing back, admiring her work. However she did not move that far away.
"There you go." Camilla gently rubbed her hand across the surface of the bandage to make sure it was in place. She then looked up to Merlin to find his face close to hers.
The two paused for a moment, neither one daring to breathe. Camilla's eyes subconsciously flicked to Merlin's lips. A moan of pain reached Camilla's ears and she snapped back into reality.
"I should go treat someone else." Camilla coughed, taking a step back.
"Thank you." Merlin's face turned a deep shade of red as he rubbed the back of his neck.
"Be careful Merlin." Camilla gave him a small smile then she walked away.
"The Princess seems to have done my job for me." Gaius said walking over. "Merlin?"
"What?" Merlin's head turned to face Gaius after watching the Princess walk away.
"I said, Camilla seems to have done my job for me."
"Yeah." Merlin nodded as he jumped down and put his shirt back on. Gaius kept the smile to himself, after watching the whole exchange between the two. Merlin then turned to the older man. "What are we going to do about the dragon?"
"I don't know Merlin." Gaius replied sadly, all traces of the smile gone.
Camilla walked in to see her brother preparing to ride. He rolled his shoulder back, trying to ease the pain.
"You should not ride if you are injured." Camilla told him. Her brother turned to see her walk into his chambers.
"It's just a scratch." Arthur shrugged.
"Arthur, just send someone else." Camilla was exasperated with her brother's stubbornness.
"I cannot ask my Knights to do something I am not willing to do."
"But Arthur you are not well. Do not try and brush it off as some sort of scratch, I saw the wound. I know how bad it is and I know you should not be leaving this castle. You should be in bed resting." Camilla just wanted her brother to listen to reason.
"Camilla without this dragonlord-"
"You might die Arthur."
"The people of Camelot will die without this Balinor. It is my duty to serve them in any way I can." Arthur defended his actions.
"And it is your duty to yourself to make sure you live." Camilla argued back.
"Camelot comes before me." Arthur told her. He stormed past her to the door but paused in the doorway. "You on the other hand, you better still be standing when I come back."
Camilla kept her mouth shut, refusing to look at her brother who helplessly looked at her. He looked for a moment longer before leaving the room.
You are a fool
Camilla scolded herself as she hid behind a pillar in the great square. They had needed fresh water and everyone else was busy. The dragon had not attacked yet so Camilla had decided to collect the supply but of course the dragon had decided to attack at that point.
The ground shuddered as the beast took steps towards the Knights. Camilla chanced a glance to see the dragon breathing pure fire on to the poor collection of Camelot's brave men. The beast was larger than her imagination could think of; the size of it alone frightened her. It was not relenting on the poor souls though, Camilla could see them start to weaken and soon all would perish.
"HEY!" Camilla shouted from behind the dragon. She shot the arrow from the crossbow she had picked up, grabbing the attention of the creature.
Its body slowly turned, Camilla narrowly dodging its long tail. She froze for a moment as she looked into the golden eyes of the monster; it appeared to smile for a second before opening its mouth. At the last moment Camilla dived to the right, behind the cover of a stone wall. She tucked up in a tight ball as the fire raged above her; she could feel the heat resonating off the flames.
She thought it was the end, the dragon would simply inch a little forward and be able to direct its fire straight at her giving her nowhere to run.
It didn't though, instead Camilla heard the sound of wings flapping in the distance. She braved a glance over the wall to look into the courtyard where the dragon was no more.
Breathing a sigh of relief, she sunk back down to the floor, leaning her head against the cold wall.
Camilla looked up to see the Knights she had saved looking down at her in concern.
"We needed water." Camilla shrugged. "Though I think in all the fire, the creature may have destroyed the bucket."
Camilla stood on one of least damaged walls, looking out to the forest which surrounded Camelot. The roof she usually used was nothing but rocks and dust now.
Her thoughts moved between her worry for Camelot; worry for Arthur; the whereabouts of Morgana and her well-being and then also the safety of Merlin.
She expected news to come any day of how the two had been captured by Cenred or Arthur had succumbed to his wound.
"You missing Morgana?"
A voice snapped Camilla from her thoughts and she turned to see Gaius stood a little away from her.
He walked over and leant on the wall next to Camilla. "She's stronger than people think. I believe that, wherever she is, she'll be alright."
"And Merlin?" Camilla asked, glancing at the elderly man.
"You care a lot for him, don't you?" A knowing smile spread on Gaius's face.
"Just as much as anyone in Camelot." Camilla shrugged, looking away.
"I think it's a little more than that." Gaius told her. "I've known you since you were born and I have never seen you look at anyone else like the way you look at him."
"I don't know what you mean." Camilla looked down, redness flushing her cheeks.
"And the way he looks at you would suggest he feels the same." Camilla looked up and caught Gaius's eye. "Don't worry, I won't tell."
"Even if we were, we could never be." Camilla sighed, looking back out to the green land below.
"Oh...the world's a strange place, Camilla." Gaius announced. "Never underestimate the power of love. I've seen it change many things."
Camilla fixed the shoulder piece into place, focusing her attention on the piece of armour.
"Arthur please." Camilla looked up to her brother.
He kept silent.
Camilla fitted a few more pieces of armour, leaving the arm guards for Merlin when he came back from wherever he was.
The Princess stood back and looked her brother up and down, maybe for the last time. At the thought tears started to form in her eyes. She took a deep breath before speaking.
She opened her mouth to speak but found no words came to mind, what do you say to the closest person in your life when they're going to die?
Arthur watched as she struggled and saved her by pulling her into a hug. Camilla took comfort in his arms, trying to remember everything she could about her brother. They stayed like that for a while before Camilla pulled back.
"If anyone can kill this dragon it's you Arthur but please-"
"Be careful, I know." He said quietly, giving her a small smile. She gave one back despite the lump in her throat which made it uncomfortable to breathe.
"I love you Arthur and I am proud to call my brother." Camilla told him. She quickly gave him one more hug before leaving the room with one last glimpse at the Prince.
She walked down the corridor and saw Merlin approaching, he slowed when he saw the Princess near tears.
"Yes your highness."
"Look after him." Merlin nodded his head. "And yourself."
Camilla then hugged the man servant, startling him for a moment but he quickly recovered. He wrapped his arms around her waist placing his head on her shoulder. She held him close, burying her head in his neck. All too soon, it was over.
She nodded at him followed by walking to her chambers where she no longer kept her tears in.
"The dragon hasn't attacked tonight, I guess that's something." Camilla commented.
Gwen, Gaius and the Princess stood by the gates to the Kingdom, waiting and hoping.
"You would think so." Gaius stated.
The group returned to silence, a low fog settled around them as they anxiously stood waiting.
And they waited.
"I think we should return inside." Camilla conceded, wishing she was wrong.
"What's that?" Gwen asked.
The three turned to look into the fog, straining their eyes to see further.
"It's them." Camilla whispered, disbelief in her words.
Gwen immediately sprang into action, running straight towards Arthur. Camilla copied Gaius and walked to meet the pair in the middle.
As soon as he was in reach, Camilla wrapped her arms around Merlin, holding him close.
"I'm glad you're safe." She whispered in his ear before pulling away turning to Arthur.
She quickly wrapped her brother in a hug, still not quite sure if she was dreaming or not.
Arthur led the Princess and Gwen back to the castle and as she walked away Camilla turned over her shoulder and smiled at Merlin, he couldn't help but smile back.
And in that moment Merlin realised he had fallen in love with the Princess.
Merlin was in love with Camilla.