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    Merlin mourns Lancelot's death. The rest of the knights help out. (AKA Merlin gets to take advantage of not having to keep a dead loved one a secret and gets some goddamn support in this castle)

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    "You can take Daisy out to fetch the cloak-"

    "How do you know that?"

    Arthur closed his eyes, expression riddled with irritation before turning to look at Merlin expectantly.

    "Know what?"

    “The mare I use. You know I call her Daisy? I never told you that." Merlin explained. Arthur stared for a few moments. He could see the flicker of emotions pass easily over him. Anger, annoyance, exasperation, indignance, and finally acceptance...AKA the Five Stages of Grief (Pendragon Edition).

    "You talk to the horse.” He pointed out. Merlin narrowed his eyes.

    “I whisper to the horse."

    "...am I supposed to not hear it?” Arthur asked. Merlin wondered how likely it would be that he also heard him whispering magical spells if he heard him murmuring to the bloody horse. “Also, only you would choose such a ridiculous name.” He muttered. Merlin swallowed. This wasn't a problem at all, right? Right.

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    Merlin knows Arthur well. Better than he knew himself apparently. What he hadn't expected was for Arthur to know his servant just as well... This causes problems. (also known as "The Time Merlin Had a Mental Breakdown Over Arthur Being a Normal Human")

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    “You really do have a soulmate.” Arthur said with a frown and Merlin shrugged. “That might be a problem.”

    "Can’t stand anybody but you having a shot a true love?” Merlin asked flatly. Arthur wrinkled his nose.

    “No, idiot. Spirit animals don’t get along unless they belong to their soulmate. If my bird sees your hideous lion-“

    “He is quite dashing, thank you. Besides, your bloody bird is too loud-“

    “My bird is just trying to do me a favor and tune you out!” Arthur snapped and took a long breath “The point is they can’t be around each other. So unless you want Emmy to pluck out this lion’s eyes I suggest you tell him to bugger off.” He snapped. Merlin was inclined to tell Arthur to bugger off himself, but was immediately distracted by one word.

    “Emmy?” He repeated and smiled. “You did name him.”

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    In a time of myth and a land of magic, your soulmate’s spirit animal looks after you (even after you meet your soulmate). Arthur and Merlin are oblivious fools. We know this. That doesn’t change here.

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    Arthur could see his father glaring down - face red and eyes narrowed as he looked at Merlin with clear distaste.

    "Once this over, sorcerer...I’ll burn you."

    "You’ve already tried that," Merlin’s voice answered and Arthur had to bite his fist to keep from making any noise. “You need to accept you can’t kill me… Hand me that blanket, please.”

    “I’m sure there must be some method… Beheading?”

    “No, we tried that.”

    “Hanging?”

    “I just sort of... Swung there, remember?”

    There was another pause.

    “I should have made you keep that dragon below the castle so I could feed you to it.”

    “Kilgharrah? He won’t eat me, but if you want to torture me than making me listen to his nonsense for an hour might do it.” Merlin said and there was a soft sigh from the other end of the room. “I’m glad you agreed to help me though. Usually I have to do the grunt work of saving Arthur myself.”

    “I can’t wait to kill you.” 

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    Uther finds out about Merlin’s magic, but can’t seem to kill him. Merlin is just trying to protect Arthur. They become a begrudgingly effective duo. Arthur doesn't understand why they think he isn't noticing this.

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    Arthur tried to find words to express his utter, complete, absolute disbelief of the situation, but nothing seemed to come out. Finally, Merlin took over.

    "So let me get this straight," he said slowly "A goddess came from the sky...Told you that you had a destiny to, um, help this Emrys-"

    "Actually," Lancelot cleared his throat "She requested I serve as an ambassador between Emrys and Arthur."

    Merlin stared. 

    "Right..." He frowned "So, uh, she told you to do that and...Gave you a chicken to close the veil between worlds?" 

    Percival looked at the pile of feathers with a grimace as he nudged them away with the toe of his boots. 

    "Yeah, that about covers it." Lancelot said and shrugged "My lord, does this mean you’re going to kill me?" He asked, turning to Arthur. "Because I’m pretty sure this this crystal ball has magic in it." 

    Arthur wished he would have thrown himself in that damned veil when he had the chance.

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    Instead of sacrificing himself to the veil, a goddess of the Old Religion decides to use Lancelot for the greater good of the prophecy. Lancelot...Decides to take a different route. 

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    What if Merlin just helped Morgana? What if Merlin told Arthur about his magic? What if everyone ignored the vague-doomsday-prophesising-dragon's advice?

    In which Merlin makes a very different decision in 'The Nightmare begins', leading to a different ending altogether. Enjoy! :D

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    “They say Emrys tamed the great dragon of Camelot and sired the white dragon of Albion-”

    “Sired?” Gwaine interrupted “This Emrys fellow is going around siring dragons? How exactly is that happening? Sex with other dragons?” He asked and despite the situation, Merlin flushed. The man in question blinked, looking equally baffled by the question. From the corner of his eye, Merlin could see Arthur pinching the bridge of his nose.

    “Uh…I actually don’t know.”

    “But you’re Emrys,” Merlin reminded the imposter with a sigh “You don’t remember siring any dragons?”

    “I said it was an off day!” The man complained, trying to cross his arms despite being upside down. Merlin took a long breath. Lancelot had already walked away, but that did nothing to hide his howling laughter.

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    The knights keep hearing various (dramatic) rumors about the great and mighty Emrys. Everyone is such a gossip. Merlin is trying not to have a heart attack. Lancelot is loving life.

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    When a noble visits Camelot with her servant-turned-lover, Merlin thinks he and Arthur may actually have a chance. But when Arthur uses the visit as inspiration to instead court Gwen, Merlin develops a tickle in his throat. Then a cough. Then flower petals.

    Beltane is a time for celebrating new life and new births, but Merlin will be lucky to survive until the festival, since the only cure for Hanahaki is to have one’s love returned…and Arthur doesn’t love him.

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    When the King is attacked in his tent on patrol and falls into an unending sleep everyone is worried. What they don't know is that Arthur is fine. In fact he is standing right here next to them, watching them all fret over his prone body. To stave off the boredom whilst a cure is found Arthur takes to wandering the castle and soon discovered a hidden side of Camelot he never knew about.

    Or: Arthur's soul gets trapped outside his body and takes to following his servant around. He gets an interesting insight into Merlin, his servant's life and just how much Camelot needs the man.

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    Merlin realizes that Morgana has magic and that he needs to help her before anyone else realizes it, too. He agrees to give her illegal magic lessons on top of all the work he does for Arthur and chores he handles for Gaius.

    Arthur hears rumors of something going on between Merlin and Morgana and isn't pleased.

    To Merlin, it just seems like the prince is determined to monopolize his thoughts- as if he didn't already. With even more secrets to keep, Merlin is glad he knows how to juggle.

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    Merlin took the cup into his hands. "I'm sorry," he said. "This isn't how I wanted you to find out." He took a drink, and his eyes glowed gold.

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    Cornelius Sigan deals Arthur a heavy blow, but fails to knock him unconscious for long.

    Unable to move or help defend his kingdom, Arthur is forced to bear witness to Merlin's heroics...and treason.

     

    "Better to serve a good man, than rule with an evil one!"

     

    Arthur's discovery will change destiny itself as he refuses to fall into tragedy or lose the one person who matters most.

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    When Uther declared war on the Old Religion after the death of his wife in childbirth, he was warned that there would be consequences to his crusade beyond his worst nightmares. But Uther ignored these warnings, and the purge continued. If he'd known the price his people would pay for his vendetta, perhaps he would have been more wary.

    Twenty years have passed since the great purge began, and Uther's subjects have grown barren. Fewer children are born with each passing year, until the very future of the Kingdom was endangered. In a final attempt to save Camelot, Uther decreed that men of the noble class were allowed to take mistresses without fear of condemnation. The social class from which the mistress originated didn't matter, as long as she was able to bear an heir - an heir that would be recognised and legitimised by the court.

    Merlin, having been raised outside Camelot, knew little of these problems. If she had, she'd have thought twice before she saved the prat of a prince's life and was made his mistress as a 'reward' by Uther.

     

    A fill from a kinkmeme prompt, which focuses on an canon AU where Merlin is a girl, Arthur's mistress, and the only hope for a waning Camelot.

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    His feet were moving before he realised what he was doing. He walked out from behind Arthur’s throne and around the table to stand in front of the whole Court. His hands were shaking when he looked at his King. Arthur looked shocked, and while this gave him a bit of satisfaction, it didn’t help to lessen his nervousness at all.

    “I’m Emrys,” he said loudly, trying to get himself under control.

    “Stop trying to be funny, Merlin,” Arthur snorted. “Go back to your place,” he added.

    “The Druids call me Emrys. It’s me you’re looking for,” he repeated stubbornly, but he knew that Arthur would need something more convincing than his words to believe him.

    He stretched out his hand, wondering what to create to prove the truth of his words, but a ball of fire was enough for an expression of pure horror to appear on Arthur’s face.

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    Follow up to "Visiting Hours". There are things about their encounter with the bandits that just don't add up for Arthur, and he's determined to make sense of them.

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    Merlin had a penchant for wearing ugly neckerchiefs, and Arthur had a tendency to become obsessed with everything related to his manservant.
    It didn't help that they both had secrets they wanted to keep hidden more than anything else.

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    Morgana turned away from the high, barred window and rubbed her arms, chilled and bare. Arthur was sitting in the dirty straw at the very limit of his chains, which kept him a few inches too far away to touch Merlin's limp body. Outside they were putting up the stake.

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    The King is dead. Long Live the King. Camelot is Arthur's now, and Merlin had believed they would achieve their destiny together. But when Arthur pulls away and betrays Merlin utterly, he goes to find the one person who understands his hurt the most.

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    Merlin stops eating. No-one notices, and then someone does.

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    Merlin decides to follow his heart and do what he can for Morgana.

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