Chapter 13 A New Day
It was late when Merlin finished everything. They had no idea how much Merlin had sacrificed for all of them. Gwen had tears down her face at the end of it. Arthur stood up and went over to him. "Merlin," he came up from the chair and faced his king. Arthur place strong hands on his shoulders. "From now on, you will be called my brother. Tomorrow, we will make Albion." Merlin had tears in his eyes. "Thank you" was all he could say.
Gwaine, Percival and Leon left the Royal Chambers when the wine jug was empty. Dragging a somewhat drunk Gwaine with them. Merlin smiled watching them go. "Merlin," Arthur said when the three of them were alone. "I have a message I was supposed to give you."
"From who?" Merlin asked curiously. "Freya," Merlin shakily sat down in his chair. "You, you know Freya?" Arthur nodded. "I'm so sorry Merlin." He had a sad, faraway look in his eyes. Arthur gripped his shoulder again. "She wanted me to tell you, that she misses you. And, she loves you." Merlin had tears freely falling down his cheeks. "Who's Freya?" Gwen asked completely lost. Merlin didn't answer, as he was consumed with emotion. So Arthur told her. "Oh Merlin," she said when the story was finished. Gwen went over to her friend wrapping her arms around him. He was silent for a few moments, then took a deep, shaky breath. "Thank you for telling me."
"Of course my friend." Merlin started to calm down after a short while. Arthur stood silent as his brother wiped his eyes.
"Merlin, I want to ask you something" "Yes?"
"Why didn't you tell me Morgana controlled you?" Merlin grew silent. "I never would have punished you Merlin, you were under a spell."
"I'm sorry Arthur. I had no memory of what I was doing, I only know what Gwen and Gaius told me. I guess I felt weak for being controlled so easily for who I am."
"You are not weak Merlin," Gwen said. "You are anything but that."
"She's right" Arthur stated firmly believing it. "Merlin you are the strongest, and bravest man I know."
"Thank you Arthur."
Merlin left soon after that, feeling happier than he had in a long time. Gwenevere slept that night peacefully for the first time in nine months.
Gwen woke next to her husband. She almost cried with relief. He was still alive; last night wasn't a cruel trick of the mind. Gwen watched him sleep, his chest rising in even breaths. "Good morning," she said once he opened his eyes. Arthur pulled her closer, stroking her hair. "Morning, have I told you how beautiful you look?" Gwen giggled "Not lately."
A knock came at the door, Arthur panicked. No one except them knew he was alive, before he could react, the door opened to reveal Merlin.
"Merlin!" Arthur said annoyed, "A little warning next time?" Merlin gave a sheepish grin. "I knocked." Arthur rolled his eyes. "I figured I should be the first one here to wake you up, but I guess I don't have too." Arthur pulled the pillow behind and swung it at him. Merlin easily caught it with magic and threw it back at him, catching it square in the face with a little more force then necessary. Merlin had a stupid grin on his face. "No point in hiding it now." Arthur snorted, "I suppose not." Gwen rolled her eyes; boys.
Arthur helped Gwen get ready for the morning council. They planned to make the announcement then. Merlin brought them breakfast. "Are you ready Gwen?" he asked when they finished. "Yes Merlin, thank you." Merlin held his arm out to escort her, she took it. As they were about to leave, Merlin childishly stuck his tongue out at his king. They quickly left before Arthur had the chance to through something at him. Even if it was a pillow. Hearing them laughing as he was left behind.
Arthur didn't wear anything resembling Camelot. He had a simple shirt and trousers because he didn't want to draw unwanted attention to himself. Arthur found his way to the throne room. Merlin was there waiting for him, as was Gwaine. "Ready?" Merlin asked. "As I'll ever be," Arthur replied. "I have good news my lords," Gwenevere's voice was heard in the next room. "Last night, a miracle came to us, our King, has returned." Merlin and Arthur took the signal, they went through.