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CODA: ABSOLUTION
(Morgana)


It's dark when Morgana wakes up. She sits for a moment, clutching at her sheets and blinking into the darkness while her eyes adjust to the scene. Her hands clutch against the fine sheets, and the texture of then surprises her. She feels off-kilter, like she has been dreaming, only she can't remember.

She pulls herself shakily to her feet, nightgown swirling around ankles as she makesher way to the window. She nearly gasps at the sight outside.

There are stars spanning the sky, hundreds of thousands of them. She sits down next to the window, craning her neck so she can see more of them, spiralling up to the heavens and into infinite possibilities.

Gwen finds her there the next morning, curled up against the stone wall, her face still cast toward the sky even in sleep. "What in heavens are you doing, Morgana?" she asks. "Did you have another one of your dreams?"

"No," she answers immediately, but though she can't remember, she thinks the answer might indeed be yes. "I woke up and saw the stars."

"The stars, milady?" Gwen asked, her eyebrow raised.

"They're beautiful," Morgana whispers. "It's almost as if I've never seen them before."

"They'll be there tomorrow night," Gwen assures her. "And the next."

Morgana stands shakily, her knee protesting the long night spent against the cold stone. She feels different somehow, like she's missed something huge. "Gwen," she says finally, "do you know where I can find Merlin?"

"Arthur's on the practice field." If Gwen's surprised by her query, she doesn't show it. "I expect Merlin will be attending to him as normal."

It's all Morgana can do to keep from dashing to the practice field half dressed. She lets Guinevere attend to her, but skips her usual leisurely breakfast in favour of making her way to Merlin.

Merlin's exactly where Gwen predicted, leaning against the wall as Arthur runs his knights through drill after drill, correcting tactical errors from the most recent magical invasion. Morgana approaches Merlin slowly, coughing to get his attention. He jumps at the sound, spinning around to meet her and just for a second, she sees a flash of something, sees a man with no face, but it's gone as soon as his face settles into a smile. "Morgana! How are you this morning?"

"Very well," she says, picking her words carefully. "But you must think I look a mess. I've spent most of the evening watching the stars."

"The stars?" he echoes, voice tinged with something she doesn't want to recognize.

"I had a dream, I think," Morgana says. "I dreamed the stars disappeared. When I woke up, I felt I must watch them for the rest of the night to make sure nothing else changed. It seems silly now, but I feel like I've missed something grand."

"You haven't." Merlin's voice is unusually short. "Everything is as it should be."

On the practice field Arthur runs his knights through the drills again. "What's brought this on?" she asks. "They've suffered great losses in the past few weeks, I'm surprised Arthur has not simply instructed them to rest."

"We came very close to the end of things." Merlin sounds weary. Far more weary than she has ever heard. It is hard to think of him as anything but the Prince's shadow. Still, she has these pictures in her head, faded like a half-forgotten dream: pictures of Merlin ending a terrible battle with only the power of his mind and a scared boy dragging her away from a man with no face. Merlin looks like little more than a boy but sometimes he speaks and he sounds ancient, infused with power and wisdom too great for his age.

It occurs to Morgana, however distantly, that this is the most dangerous man she has ever met.

She clears her throat. "I've had dreams lately. Terrible things. I dream of a coming darkness and a fight that will be spoken of throughout history… and I fear we may end up on opposite sides."

Merlin turns back to the practice field where Arthur has finally dismissed the knights. "I will stand by Arthur," he says. "Always."

Morgana feels a chill sweep through her despite the heat. She would not want to face the two of them united, but she knows she cannot side with Arthur so long as he remains Uther's loyal son. "For now though," she says. "For now we are friends."

"Merlin!" Arthur calls. "Get over here. I need you to actually do some work."

"Of course we're friends," Merlin says, the glimmer of power in his voice vacating to leave just the boy. "We'll be friends as long as we are able."

Arthur is already moving back toward the castle. Merlin jogs after him, smiling good-naturedly and they fall into step side by side.

(end)


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15/4/11 14:25 (UTC)
rhianona: Merlin b&w in woods from BBC's Merlin (Merlin)
Posted by [personal profile] rhianona
This is an interesting idea. I liked seeing how Morgana and Arthur tried desperately to find Merlin and fix the situation until it really just becomes something Merlin must do. The end is quite fitting, hinting at what is to come while staying in line with the present.

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18/4/11 20:21 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Can't take total credit for the idea as the story is based loosely around the climax of an Alfred Bester novel, but it was quite fun to mold it into Merlin. Making it stick with cannon was a challenge but I feel like it was worth it.

Thank you so much for reading.

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16/4/11 00:02 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] fate-incomplete.livejournal.com
An interesting fic. I loved how Arthur's memories were tied to Merlin. The different parts of Merlin were well done, and having to accept that darker side of himself before he could be whole. The end was perfect, hinting at what was to come and Merlin's dedication to Arthur. Great read.

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18/4/11 20:21 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
So happy to hear you liked it. I had tonnes of fun playing with the Arthur-Merlin dynamic.

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16/4/11 08:01 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cydsa.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed putting the pieces together

well done!

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18/4/11 20:22 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for reading.

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18/4/11 01:49 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dragongirl-g.livejournal.com
The way you wrote the unraveling of the world, together with Arthur's lost memories and Morgana's detective work, was simply lovely. Very intriguing fic - it felt very much like a dream. The ending was foreboding and chilling and I loved the way you explained Morgana's motivations. Beautifully done.

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18/4/11 20:23 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Heh. I feel like I copped out a but with the apocalypse part of the [livejournal.com profile] apocabigbang but I had such a good time with this I don't care that much. Glad the atmosphere worked for you. =)

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24/4/11 23:45 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] davincis-girl.livejournal.com
What a bittersweet ending. This was brilliant. It was the first fic I have read in a month and I'm so glad I picked this one. Thank you for posting.

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26/4/11 03:18 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Aw, I'm flattered you chose mine. Thanks so much for reading.

(and hey, it's you! Do you live in all my fandoms?)

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3/5/11 01:15 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] davincis-girl.livejournal.com
I think I do. What are the chances of that?

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25/4/11 06:40 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] reni-m.livejournal.com
First off, I love how this story takes place in the canon timeline.
Also, the way the apocalypse was written as essentially being a dream was trippy in a good way.
The facets of Merlin were great. Especially scar Merlin and dragon!Merlin, which actually make me chuckle at the irony despite the end of the known universe. Kin indeed!
Fantastic story!

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26/4/11 03:19 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Oh, canon timeline is where it's at. These folks just aren't as much fun in a modern AU. Thank you so much for reading.

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14/5/11 19:44 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] archaeologist-d.livejournal.com
Very chilling. Love the idea of everything fading away and it was Merlin that did it by splitting himself up. Well done.

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1/6/11 13:39 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!

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16/5/11 18:45 (UTC)
ext_42362: ohmiya being cannibals (morgana: is the loveliest)
Posted by [identity profile] itachitachi.livejournal.com
This was chilling, absolutely wonderful in how it unfolded. I loved it!

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1/6/11 13:39 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
Aw, glad to hear it. Thanks for reading.

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8/4/12 09:43 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] thismaz.livejournal.com
Wow! That is an amazing story. Clever, coherent in a totally and deliberately incoherent way. Scary and wonderful. I loved it.

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23/4/12 21:06 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trolllogicfics.livejournal.com
(Sorry it took so long to get back to you but...)

Thank you so much. I had a blast writing this one and it's always nice to hear someone enjoyed it.

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