Stranded, Merlin/Arthur, 3.4k, Teen. After an encounter with bandits, in which they were outnumbered, Arthur and his knights are injured and trying to make their way back to Camelot. Merlin has only grown more and more tired of the way Arthur treats him as weak and in the way. After the fight, both stressed and irritated, they push each other too far, and stray dangerously close to a conversation they never have.
Wandering, Merlin/Arthur, 6.3k, Teen. With their injured party still stranded in the woods, trying to make their way back to Camelot, Merlin struggles to be helpful in their dangerous situation, without revealing his magic. Arthur isn’t helping matters as he continues to edge around something serious when he speaks to Merlin whenever they are alone.
Home,Merlin/Arthur, 8k, Teen Arthur and Merlin make it back to Camelot, and Arthur finally tires of talking in circles.
Morning and Night, 6k, Teen. With a new dynamic to his relationship with Arthur, Merlin expects everything to have changed, while realising that not much actually has. That should make it easier, but really, it only makes it more confusing to know what he can and can’t do now.
Returning to Camelot after a tour of the kingdom that ended in an ambush and a long, exhausting ride home, both Arthur and Merlin are relieved to finally have privacy again. Only, Arthur has things on his mind that Merlin is completely unprepared for.
After a spell forces Arthur to spill his secrets, the relationship between he and Merlin has become strained. Merlin can’t forget what he heard, nor can he resist following Arthur when he disappears at night.