Merlin winced at the light, and squinted. Arthur was leaning
over him. For a moment, Merlin frowned, wondering why Arthur would come all the
way down to see him, when he was surely busy with the return of the knights. A
moment later, he was scowling and sitting up.
“What are you doing out of bed?” he snapped, looking him
Arthur was leaning on a cane, and dressed rather
haphazardly. He scowled right back at Merlin.
“I’m not an invalid!”
“No, you’re an idiot!” Merlin snapped, throwing his blankets
off and getting up. “If you don’t rest that leg, it’s only going to take longer
to heal. How did you manage the stairs?”
“You can’t speak to me like that!”
“Someone has to!”
They both turned to see Leon standing with his back to the
door, looking out into Gaius’ workroom.
“Yes?” Arthur said sharply.
“Gaius says your
tincture is ready.”
Arthur’s scowl darkened. Merlin reached out before he even
thought about it. Arthur tensed when he touched his arm, but didn’t shrug him
“Are you in pain? Why didn’t you send a servant down to
fetch me?” Merlin asked. “I’d have brought it up for you.”
Arthur opened his mouth, then glanced over at Leon, who
still had his back facing them.
“I’ll be out in a moment,” he said shortly.
Leon nodded curtly, and then disappeared from the doorway.
Arthur wait a moment, then turned back to Merlin.
“You were working through the night with Gaius,” he said,
his tone suddenly much, much softer. “You need rest too.”
Merlin flushed with warmth at his concern, even as part of
him was still irritated by the assumption that he was weak.
“Why did you wake me now then?” he asked instead, lightening
his tone. “Used up your allotted generosity for the day?”
Arthur rolled his eyes at him. “I wish I hadn’t now,” he
muttered, turning and limping to the door.
-finds new post where someone spots a character's left foot in the background and comes up with a legitimate reason why that character is in this character's space and there's an entire off screen/behind the scenes backstory and <i>they're in love, okay?</I>-
Aww, you nerds... -shares it because it's <I>true</I> and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise, including the writers or directors.-