Because I can't get enough of sick Merlin and protective Arthur...I will update my other fics like The Dark Tower, so don't worry! I couldn't help but wonder what would have happened if Merlin had lost his magic and had gotten that sick when Arthur's life and the future of Camelot wasn't at stake.
Something slithered into Merlin's room. It was one of Morgana's snake. The snake moved towards the bed where Merlin was sleeping. It slithered up towards Merlin's body and bit him in the neck. Merlin gasped, but then just moaned and rolled over...
"Merlin?" Gaius called as he headed towards the boy's room, confused. "Merlin, have you forgotten the time? You're an hour late for work!" He opened the door and gasped as he saw the state Merlin was in. Merlin was still laying in bed, but his skin was deathly pale and he was shivering. But sweat still trickled down his forehead.
"Merlin...my boy, what happened to you?" Gaius hurried over to the young man. Merlin moaned, but was too weak to even open his eyes. He continued to shiver and perspire at the same time. Gaius felt his forehead and his eyes widened.
"You have a temperature, Merlin, you are not going into work today," he decided. Merlin just moaned in response. Worry flickered in Gaius's eyes. Intense worry. The only thing to do at the moment, though, was to get the fever down. So he grabbed a bucket and filled it with ice cold water.
It was time for a meeting at the round table. Everyone waited for Gaius and Merlin to show. Arthur tapped his hand impatiently at the table.
"I'm sure there's a good reason," Gwen tried to reassure him. Gwaine nodded.
"It's not like Merlin to be late," he added.
"All right we'll start the meeting without them."
An hour later Gwen said that she wanted to see Gaius and Merlin and make sure they were all right. Leon insisted on escorting her.
She knocked at the door, but there was no answer. Slowly she opened it.
"Gaius?" Gaius appeared from Merlin's bedroom.
"Your highness! I am sorry, I didn't hear you knock."
"Please, Gaius, you know you can still call me Gwen," Gwen said gently, with a concerned smile. "There was a meeting at the round table today..."
"Of course, of course," muttered Gaius. "Please tell the King I am truly sorry for not making it, but Merlin..."
Concern fell over both Gwen and Leon.
"What's wrong with Merlin?" Gwen asked. Gaius heistated, and then answered.
"He is very ill, your...Gwen."
"What kind of illness does he have?" Leon asked. Gwen looked horrified at the thought of Merlin being ill.
"That I do not know.."
"I want to see him," Gwen decided."
"My Lady, that is not a good idea...he could be highly contagious-"
"He's right, you know," Leon said.
"I don't care, he'd see me if I were that sick,"argued Gwen. She stepped towards Merlin's room and Gaius and Leon hurried after. Both Leon and Gwen gasped when they saw Merlin. Merlin was breathing heavily, his feet in a bucket of ice. He was shivering and moaning and his skin was deathly pale.
"I'm trying to bring down his fever," Gaius explained. Leon could see how worried he was.
"What do you think it is?" Gwen asked. She sat next to the young servant. Merlin's eyes flickered open and shut.
"I don't know," Gaius answered honestly and she could hear the worry in his voice. She grasped Merlin's and and placed the wet cloth that was on a nightstand over his forehead.
"Gwen," he moaned.
"sh," she murmured gently, trying to hide her fear. She had never seen Merlin in this state. "Don't speak."
"Arthur," Merlin said and then managed to fall back to sleep while breathing heavily.
After helping Gaius as much as they could both Leon and Gwen left with troubled expressions.
"If Gaius can't find out what it is," Leon asked. "How will he be able to cure it?"
"I don't know," Gwen answered truthfully. "But I know Arthur well let Gaius do whatever it takes to save his servant."
Gwen arrived in their bedchambers.
"So? What's Merlin's excuse this time? Was he at the tavern?" Arthur asked, annoyance in his voice. "Honestly right now the only real excuse would be if he was dying..I'm getting fed up with his constant tardiness..." He noticed Gwen flinch at his words, and frowned. "What? What is it?"
"I...the part where you said he was dying..." Gwen felt tears in her eyes and Arthur stared at her in utter shock and horror.
"What is it?" He repeated, and suddenly felt sick at the words he had used. He could tell something was wrong, by the way Gwen looked.
"Merlin's very ill," Gwen said as a tear rolled down her cheek. "Gaius doesn't know what's wrong with him, but he has a high fever and he can barely open his eyes and barely speak. He has such difficulty breathing and his skin is deathly pale and cold, and yet he is constantly perspiring " She was shaking when she spoke. "Seeing him like that was horrible, Arthur. He was in such pain, we all could tell, but we didn't know how to stop the pain. We didn't know WHERE he was hurting, just that he was..." She was unable to finish and Arthur stepped forward to hug her, feeling guilty for his poor choice of words.
"I don't know how to help Gaius, he is so worried about Merlin," sobbed Gwen. "And Merlin...he's done so much for us, Arthur. How can we just sit back while he's this sick and not DO something?"
"We won't just sit back," Arthur promised. "First part is to move Merlin into one of the rooms in the Castle, Gaius as well."
"Then to give Gaius permission to do whatever it takes to save Merlin." Arthur's voice was completely serious. Gwen gave another nod, this time slowly.
"What about...magic?" She dared to ask. Arthur froze and frowned as he thought about the situation and what could happen if they did nothing. They could very easily lose Merlin. He shuddered when he spoke.
"Yes, and we'll use magic if we need to. As a last resort."
Gwen sighed in relief.
"Thank you Arthur."
"You're right about Merlin, he has done so many things for us. I won't let him die."
Gwen smiled and kissed him.
"I knew there was a reason I married you."
Arthur kissed her back.
"Merlin will be cured," he added. "I promise you." She nodded and worry filled Arthur's eyes as he hugged her, determined to do whatever it took to save Merlin's life.
Should I continue?