such_heights: gwen (merlin) looking at the camera (m: gwen [queen])
Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2009-11-08 02:35 am

FIC: A Secret Shared [Merlin ; Gwen, Morgana, Merlin ; 2x07 coda]

A Secret Shared
Merlin ; Gwen, Morgana, Merlin ; PG ; 1000 words ; coda for 2x07 ; spoilers
It seems only common sense that they're better together than they would be apart.

"It was just like I saw," Morgana says, toneless. "Only worse, because I knew I wasn't dreaming." She looks up at Gwen, her expression still fearful. "He would have killed me no matter what I said."

Gwen feels something tight and aching high in her chest, and she sits down beside Morgana on the floor, leaning her shoulders back against a bedpost. She only hesitates a moment before she shifts to wrap her arms around Morgana, smoothing her hair back from her face and resting her hand on Morgana's temple.

"You're safe now, he's gone now," she says in a soothing murmur. She feels Morgana relax a little against her. "Have you been practising?" she asks.

Morgana nods at her shoulder. "A little. I think there's less chance of my setting fire to the drapery now," she says with a laugh.

"Good, that's good."

"Oh, and look." Morgana sits upright again, and Gwen's glad to see some colour has returned to her cheeks. "I've found a new trick."

Morgana reaches out her hand, her eyes glowing, and a dress picks itself up from across the room and makes its way over to them.

"Oh, I see," Gwen says, trying to push down her amazement, "you're trying to put me out of a job."

The dress makes it halfway across the room in an orderly fashion, but then it suddenly veers off at a right angle and lands in a heap by the window.

Morgana grins a little sheepishly. "Not quite yet."

Gwen rolls her eyes for Morgana's benefit then gets up to retrieve the errant garment. It almost feels like things might get back to normal, newly acquired magical powers notwithstanding.


The night brings with it a less welcome kind of normal - Morgana anxious and sleepless, and Gwen in an antechamber ready to come in at the slightest thing.

In the end, it's not screaming that brings Gwen rushing into Morgana's chambers, but rather a soft call.

"Gwen," Morgana says, right in Gwen's ear.

Gwen starts awake, but there's no one there.

"Gwen, are you awake?"

Magic, Gwen realises with an odd shiver. She gets up and goes to Morgana, who looks a mix of happy and guilty to see her.

"I'm sorry, I know I shouldn't have disturbed you, but --"

Gwen doesn't let her finish, just walks up to the bed and hugs Morgana fiercely, because she can.

"I'm so tired of being scared," Morgana whispers.

"I know, I know." Gwen rubs slow circles on Morgana's back, and then pauses. She draws back. "Actually, I have an idea. I won't be a minute."

She slips out of the room, leaving Morgana looking confused behind her, and makes her way through the castle towards Gaius's rooms.

She unlatches the door quietly and weaves her way through the tables, smiling to hear Gaius's deep, restful breathing. She's happy for the reminder that he's still here, that everything's okay. She tiptoes up the steps and slides into Merlin's room. He's sprawled out on the bed, face planted firmly in the pillow.

Gwen leans down to shake his shoulder gently. "Merlin!" she hisses.

"Mmmph," says Merlin.

"Merlin, it's Gwen, wake up."

"Huh," says Merlin, still muffled by the pillow. "Wassamatter?"

"So, you know you're a sorcerer," Gwen says conversationally, sitting down on the edge of the bed.

Merlin flips over in bed at that, with so much force that Gwen almost loses her balance. "What?" he asks, looking bewildered. "Where'd you get that from?"

"Oh, I guessed ages ago," says Gwen. "Only, I know you know about Morgana, and I don't think it's fair you haven't told her."

Merlin hauls himself upright. "Gwen, wait, slow down. What?"

"You're magical, she's magical, you two should talk!" Gwen says brightly. "Come on." She gives Merlin's arm a quick tug.

Merlin follows out after her, and as soon as they're out in the corridor he starts badgering her with questions that she does her best to answer.

"A few months, I think -- no of course I haven't told anyone -- no, Arthur definitely doesn't know -- you really think Morgana would have told you and not me?"

"Gaius made me swear not to tell," Merlin says miserably as they reach Morgana's room.

"Come on, it's just us, it's okay," says Gwen, and pushes the door open.

Morgana is idly sending a quill floating around the room when they walk inside, and she freezes it in mid-air guiltily when she sees them.

"Merlin! What are you doing here?"

As a reply, Merlin reaches out a hand, and the quill flies neatly into his grasp.

"I don't believe it," Morgana says, getting out of bed and staring at Merlin.

"I'm sorry," he says, "I should have told you before."

"I don't believe it," Morgana says again, and runs up to hug Merlin. "When did it start? What can you do?" She catches herself. "Sit down, and start from the beginning. You have to tell me everything."

Gwen smiles to herself and gets up to light them a couple of candles. She's glad beyond measure to hear the vibrancy and curiosity in Morgana's voice, the light back in her eyes. Merlin looks young in the moonlight, his hair askew from sleep, but he seems happy too as he talks about Ealdor, and his mother, and how hard it's been keeping it a secret since he's been here.

It's a load of Gwen's own mind too; she's been dying to talk to Morgana about her suspicions about Merlin ever since the druids. She understands that Merlin's had his reasons, but it seems only common sense that they're better together than they would be apart, that this way they can keep under Uther's radar, keep each other safe, even elude witchfinders. Gwen may not have magic herself, but that doesn't mean she's not caught up in this too. As Morgana laughs brightly and Merlin illustrates a point by making a bowl zoom across the table, Gwen wouldn't have it any other way.

[identity profile] 2009-11-08 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
Awwww! I heart this! I wish it were canon.

My only objection is that in 2.07, Gwen clearly is worried that Aredian is going to blame Morgana, but then just as obviously thinks Aredian is nuts when he fingers Merlin. I thought it was an interesting pair of choices on the part of the script, and Angel.
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[personal profile] netgirl_y2k 2009-11-08 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
If something like this doesn't happen later in the series I will Not Be A Happy Bunny.

But until then, I have this, which is lovely,
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)

[personal profile] sophinisba 2009-11-08 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
Reading this made me feel warm and happy.
heathershaped: (Merlin: Gwen and Morgana)

[personal profile] heathershaped 2009-11-08 03:05 am (UTC)(link)
OMG love! I want so much for it to happen, you have NO IDEA. <3
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[personal profile] dk323 2009-11-08 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
I really liked this. :) I could see the three of them keeping the magic secret. Arthur will probably be the last to know. :( And really, I do think Morgana would have told Gwen about her magical abilities. I can't imagine Morgana keeping that from her.
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2009-11-08 05:31 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, this was great. I'm so tired of the show breezing past every opportunity for someone Not Gaius to find/figure Merlin out -- especially in this last episode, when he should have been busted -- so this was satisfying.
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[personal profile] peskywhistpaw 2009-11-08 07:42 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I love this! And it seems right, Gwen knowing that both Merlin and Morgana are magic, and keeping their secret... at the same time that she's encouraging them to teach/talk to each other. This is just the direction I'd love the show to take.

*happy sigh*
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[personal profile] wildestranger 2009-11-08 11:29 am (UTC)(link)
This makes me so happy, as it's clearly what should be happening.
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[personal profile] wondygal 2009-11-09 01:02 am (UTC)(link)
<3<3<3 Gwen is the best. There would be a lot less fretting in Camelot if people just listened to her.

This was lovely. I'm dying for a scene like this in the show, for Merlin to tell Morgana about himself, and it was great just reading about how instantly happier that makes Morgana. The level of care Gwen and Morgana have for each other was also a delight to read.
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[personal profile] rainchild 2009-11-09 05:28 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, this made me feel warm and fuzzy. :)

(Anonymous) 2009-11-09 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
Excellent; I loved this! A very good story.

yue_ix: Chibi of Merlin with tentacle arms (Follow your heart)

[personal profile] yue_ix 2011-01-20 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
I've just found this again while searching for Merlin/Gwen things and if I were in bed, I'd be kicking my covers happily while cooing. This is how it should have gone, and it's the starting point I'd like to spun stories from. I loved how Gwen understands them but thinks it's a bit silly not to all share what they know and to protect each other. We've all thought it, but it's still nice to see it put down and worked with.

Thank you for the fuzzy feelings!
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[personal profile] daxion 2014-02-04 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
Oh god, this is so painful in hindsight.

I wish this was the way things went instead.

And Gwen is brilliant here!