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Fic: Apart But Not Forgotten, Chapter 3

Title: Apart But Not Forgotten, Chapter Three: Trust
Author: ella_rose88
Pairing/Character: Gwen, Arthur, Merlin, Arthur/Gwen
Rating: PG
Word Count: 848
Warnings: Set during series 4 episode 11 & 12. AU after episode 10.
Prompt: Trust
Link to Table: can be found HERE.
Summary: She may be gone, but Camelot is still with her. In the third chapter, Arthur and Merlin discover something that could changes everything, while Gwen contemplates sending a letter to Arthur telling him her news.
A/N: This was written for the Square Table Challenge over at square_table. The theme for this chapter is Trust. Please note: once again this has not been edited by anyone but me. Any spelling mistakes or grammar errors are my fault!

As always comments and feedback are welcomed and appreciated!

Part One || Part TWO || Part THREE || Part FOUR || Part FIVE ||

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CHAPTER THREE: TRUST

Once again, Merlin arrives to Arthur’s chambers to serve him his breakfast, only to find him once again asleep at his desk. Everyone knows why he has been sullen, angry and depressed the past few months, but many have been unable to say so. Especially, if they want to avoid the King’s wraith and Merlin knew this more than anyone. So Merlin just grinned and beared it, but deep down he knew that Gwen was Arthur’s destiny and that her banishment had been wrong. But what could he do. How could he convince Arthur to overturn his decision, when he was clearly still heart-broken over seeing Gwen kissing Lancelot the night before they wedding?

Lancelot…. Shade….. Morgana… These words keep running through his mind over and over the past few months. He just couldn’t believe that Gwen would betray Arthur like that when she had been so happy, so over-joyed at finally becoming his wife. Yet, he could not find any evidence, any proof to prove otherwise or provide any light to the situation. To explain why Gwen would meet Lancelot the night before her wedding to Arthur, the man she had loved for many years. Sure, Merlin knew there had been a time where Gwen had cared for Lancelot has more than a friend, but since her feelings for Arthur grew, those past feelings had disappeared.

Not wanting to have another argument with Arthur about scaring him but banging his breakfast onto the table -- resulting in Arthur throwing things at him, Merlin gently set his breakfast down, went to open the curtains. Once that was down, he gently whispers into Arthur’s ear, "Good Morning, My Lord!" He greets, but nothing happens, Arthur continues to snore, still asleep.

Merlin tries again, this time he gently shakes his shoulder and well that does the trick. Arthur stops snoring and jumps with a start. Before turning towards Merlin with a stern look, one filled with utter annoyance. Yep, it seemed that there was no way in pleasing the King, Merlin thinks ruefully before listening to the on-coming lecture.

"Merlin!" Arthur begins to tell him off when another servant enters the king’s chambers in an obvious rush.

"Sire," the servant mumbles out as he tries to catch his breath, "You must come to the dungeons immediately. One of the prisoners has escaped."

Merlin and Arthur look at each other shocked that someone has escaped considering their improvements to castle security.

"Thank you for getting this to my attention so quickly," Arthur informs the servant, before he kindly dismisses him. He then orders Merlin to grab his jacket, before they both make their way to the dungeons.

*

Gwen sits at the small table, having had some breakfast, thinking if she is doing the right thing. The baby has grown a little more the past few days. Her bump becoming more noticeable, making Gwen feel a mixture of things, but mostly bitter joy for Arthur is not with her. Then the baby kicked for the first time earlier that day and Gwen was decided. She had to inform Arthur and her brother immediately. For she may have lost Arthur’s trust in her, but he deserved to know the truth. No matter how much it hurt her.

Yet it did not stop Gwen from feeling conflicted by it. What if Arthur did not believe her, or worse, think it was Lancelot’s. What if Arthur came here asking her to return to Camelot and get married? Not because he loved her, but for the child’s sake. That would be worst for she loved Arthur with all her heart and while she wanted the best for their child, she did not want a marriage without trust, without love. Arthur loved her, yes, but that night she knew that he lost his trust in her. And that was what had hurt the most, for he did not believe her words that she loved him and wanted to be with him. Not Lancelot, but him.

So while she understood that Arthur would lose his trust in her, she was angry. Angry that Arthur did not believe her words. Making her feel more conflicted. So she continued to stare at the piece of parchment in front of her, trying to think what the best course of action would be.

*

Merlin and Arthur eventually arrive to the dungeons where the guards on duty tell them what had happened. Very mysterious, Arthur thinks as she steps into the cell of the prisoner who had escaped and Merlin follows him.

They begin searching the cell, seeing if they are any clue to how he managed to escape from the cell. Merlin knows that magic must be involved but does not say anything. It is at this point that Merlin starts scanning the floor when he sees a glimmer of silver and his head starts to pulse and hurt. A sign of powerful magic Merlin has learnt. So he bends down, to get closer and pushes away some of the dirt revealing a silver bracelet.

"Sire," Merlin calls out. "I think I found something."

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Part One || Part TWO || Part THREE || Part FOUR || Part FIVE ||
Tags: character: arthur, character: gwen, character: merlin, fandom: merlin, fic: multi-chapter, friendship: arthur/merlin, pairing: arthur/gwen, square table challenge, theme: trust
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