“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” ― Anne Lamott

it’s been a while since my last Hogwarts AU, so here’s another! it’s rather hurried so forgive the 7 million mistakes.

anyway, I figured instead of Godric Gryffindor’s sword Gryffindor!Arthur would be holding on to the Excalibur, and Slytherin!Merlin, being able to do wandless magic (ofc), can summon serpentine beings to do his every whim.

i’m sorry for whatever that mini sea dragon is i’ll do better next time i am v tire

Merlin bends down, leans on his good elbow so he can breathe in Arthur’s ear. “Said what?” he breathes, and Arthur shivers.

“That I love you.” It’s Merlin’s turn to shiver. “I do, and I’m sorry I didn’t say it better earlier. You caught me by surprise.”

After a second, Merlin levers himself up again. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. In case you hadn’t figured it out, Arthur, we’re not in one of our novels. I don’t need rose petals or moonlight or anything stupid like that.”

“Pity, I was planning on a redo of all of this tomorrow night, with French wine and two dozen red roses and some specially hired moonlight.”

More kvetching about the dumb filler in BBC Merlin

bedwyrssong said: I think 2 and 3 are probably the worst for filler eps. I still don’t understand why Uther’s goblin/troll consort took up TWO episodes in season 2. Like, really? This is what we’re going to spend our first two parter on?

… Wow, I did not even realize that was a two parter as I accidentally skipped “that” episode and didn’t realize there were two till, yeah, your comment. (Some of my files had mislabelled titles and numbers so I missed a couple episodes in season 2 - and since the troll posing as a princess one looked sooo stupid, that’s probably one of the happiest accidents in my TV watching life…) Seriously, what a waste of a two parter…

There is a light inside of Arthur’s chest. There is a part of him that always knows what he or anyone has to do. For obvious reasons, Arthur has never told anyone that he communicates with an inanimate luminescence stationed somewhere within his ribcage, but today it’s illuminating Merlin like a beacon in the night.
Merlin is not the cur in the marketplace. Merlin is not a bumbling servant who accidentally dyed Arthur’s nightshirt the same purple as Morgana’s dress; Merlin is not all elbows and eyelashes and long legs and blinding, beaming grin; Merlin is not exasperated and eye-rolling; Merlin is barely accessible at all.
Merlin is something legendary.