Gwaine knew that Merlin had magic from about the moment they met. After all, Merlin threw plates across the room without touching them - he wasn’t exactly being subtle. The reason Gwaine never said anything was that he was waiting for Merlin to come to him. Merlin never did.
okay but imagine patroclus and achilles in the underworld and of course theyre on Elysium because they were heroes but for achilles thats not good enough, and he decides he has to get to the Isles of the Blessed (because honestly, Patroclus, what is the point of being the aristos achaion in life if he’s not the best in death?) so he begs Partroclus to come with him and Patroclus is like, ugh, fine, so then they go but theyre never worried that they won’t find each other because they are part of each others’ souls
it is the Middle Ages. Merlin holds Arthur as the light leaves his eyes. was it to always be thier plight, to die young? some legends speak of Merlin’s immortality, but it is not so. whether close behind or in the distant future, Merlin follows Arthur to the grave. they are heroes.
it is 1832. Enjolras and Grantaire stand together for the last time in defiance, shot simultaneously as they fight for a free France. they become martyrs, their names etched in time as the young leaders of the rebellion that helped to pave the way for freedom. they are heroes.
it is World War II. Steve watches in horror as Bucky plummets from the train and to his death. dread courses through him and all he can think is ‘no, please god, not again’. when he pilots his plane into the ocean, memories of distant fields and forgotten touches return to him, along with the phrase what has hector ever done to me
But were I joined with her, Then might we live together as one life, And reigning with one will in everything Have power on this dark land to lighten it, And power on this dead world to make it live. Alfred, Lord Tennyson | Idylls of the King, The Coming of Arthur