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Finale: Finding King Arthur - Part 24

Title: Finding King Arthur (temporary until I find something better)
Author: [info]elfflame
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Rating: NC-17, bebe.
Summary: Things have gone bad in Camelot.  Arthur has been missing for a year, and Uther and Gaius have been poisoned.  Merlin and the knights of Camelot set out to find their Prince before the kingdom can be claimed by Morgana.
Warnings: Death (not Merlin or Arthur), minor spoilers for season 3.
A/N: According to the official site, I am at 50511. So this is it. I've actually had to go back in and add bits, but those won't get published until I re-post the fic properly edited.

I hope people enjoyed! :)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10
Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15
Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20
Part 21 | Part 22 | Part 23

The Once and Future King

We all have some idea of how things went after Arthur took the throne of Camelot, of course.

He ruled Camelot wisely, if not too well.

Merlin advised him and did his best to keep him from making unwise decisions, and counseled him on the ones neither of them were certain of.

One of Arthur's first formal acts was to restore magic to the kingdom, though for many years, sorcery was still a suspicious act, and looked on by many as proof of treachery. Still, magic blossomed in those times. Merlin stood as a symbol of what a wizard could be when they were loyal to the kingdom and when their power was used for good.

Guinevere was adored by the people. Both for being one of them, and because she was so kind and generous. She instituted many programs to help the populace through hard times, and often rode through the kingdom herself to distribute goods to those in need escorted by Arthur's most trusted knight, Lancelot.

And then, of course, there was the Round Table. Young men came from throughout the surrounding kingdoms to join Arthur's nights. Not just commoners or nobles, but also princes and even kings in their own right stood with Arthur, and soon, Camelot's reach stretched from shore to shore on that Emerald Isle. Arthur was not just king of Camelot any longer, but High King of Britain, lord over all who lived there.

And for many years, there was peace.

But Morgana and Morgause continued in their quest to put Morgana on the throne of Camelot. They worked together to undermine him, helped by a string of knights, lords, kings and lackeys, all who wished to curry the two women's favour. Their plots rarely succeeded at first, but they began to grow more subtle as time went on, and soon their successes began to mount.

Soon, Excalibur's scabbard was lost, hidden away by Morgana who knew there was something more to it than simply a resting place for the sword that had proven her brother to be the king of Camelot. Merlin wanted to replace it, but Arthur assured him that it would never be the same. The scabbard and sword were one. It would be found. There was no need to make a new one.

Time passed, and life changed. Guinevere and Lancelot became less circumspect with their love. And poison crept into the brotherhood of the table. Newer knights, who did not understand the attachment Arthur had to his Queen and greatest knight, accused them of adultery. An accusation that could not stand. Though Arthur did his best to protect them, there was only so much he could do to keep them from being found out. And when the proof of their love grew too great, he had no choice but to banish both.

Merlin comforted him in those times, assuring him that it was their only chance of saving the table.

He was wrong. The poison had sunk deep with the help of Morgana and Morgause and the knights they had planted there. Now, it was only a matter of time before the table was lost.

And when the true danger arrived, Merlin was too late to see it. He was drawn from the fray by an old foe who he thought long dead.

When he finally found his way to the field of Camlann, Arthur lay dying.

Camelot was dead.

Merlin's grief caused a rent in the fabric of reality, a spell that still rebounds to this day. His magic assured that one day, the king and his knights would return. When England's need was most great. And King and Wizard would be reunited once more.

All trace of Merlin and Arthur vanished that day, though many claim various sites and artifacts belonged to them. The tales made their way down through the years, changing with each generation, characters added, removed, and changed.

One secret remained though—that of the wizard's love for his king.

It was a love that would never die as they were reborn again and again, finding each other anew, saving their world in new ways each time, both small and large. And each time they found their life together, and clung to it, sometimes living to a ripe old age, sometimes dying on battlefields together or apart, but always ready to find each other again when the wheel turned once more.

For Merlin's magic assured one thing—they would never be apart for long. For that they was where they belonged. Together. For all of time.


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