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Merlin fic: The Stars Speak (K Merlin 1/1)

Title: The Stars Speak
Author: Purpleyin
Rating: K
Spoilers: For early Season 1.
A/N: For libra_traveller, prompt “Merlin's relationship with the Dragon ”. Came out a little off the prompt and a little long, but hopefully fulfills it fine. :)

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Merlin wonders on quiet nights, as he stares up at the imperfect plastering, if he doesn't already know the answers he's meant to.

The dragon bellows cryptic mystic messages back at him on each visit to the cavern, but they are simply clues, breadcrumb trails towards the right answer. It is, however, always he himself who in the end figures out what he must do, when the crisis comes to a head – he is the only one there who understands.

It's usually not perfect, his solution, and this often catches the dragon's scorn. Even when it's right though, there's much further to go, no praise. All stick and no carrot.

The dragon whispers words, warnings, and Merlin feels his gut twist as he tries to work out what it is he's supposed to do this time. If it's destiny, why isn't it simple? Why is he constantly tested? Whatever he is destined to do he doesn't seem to have proved himself worthy just yet.

He's still a confused boy cowering below a great beast, not even a man. Maybe that's what he's meant to be, he thinks, and how it will always be. It was men who defied the old ways, who stood tall and did evil in the name of good – banishing everything they could. It makes Merlin think he can't live up to his destiny when his destiny is to become a man, become greater than all this – he has no faith that life will ever change. He has the word of a dragon, who may or may not be simply dreaming of freedom and better days.

Some nights he thinks he must be insane to put any stock in that.

And other nights he drifts off to sleep imagining constellations of stars made from the flaking holes of the ceiling, dragons coming alive and speaking to him of the future, the fall that awaits.

Comments

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pirateexchange
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
woo i like that you are into this! I like having a friend who writes :) And i like it! Very nice
brandonkittycat
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I loved that. It's great to see Merlin gen fics, everything appears to be slash in this fandom...
missyvortexdv
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I know, so much slash. I'm not often into slash, sometimes but rarely, and I feel a little left out of the fandom almost because of it, because it seems to be centred round the slash. Only this time it's more because shipping Merlin is sort of squicky as he reminds me way too much of my brother, which is unfortunate.
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missyvortexdv
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Well I'm sure I can have a go at more Merlin gen next year. Just curious, how much of the show have you seen? I may have a go at writing something about the finale.
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fififolle
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
I love the title :) This is a lovely and emotive insight. *hugs Merlin*
shardsofblu
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
I really like this, just a boy trying to figure out his life, and doing the best he can.
starrylizard
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
This one's so poetic.

He has the word of a dragon, who may or may not be simply dreaming of freedom and better days.
So very true. And I love the last line. :)
chiak
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Hi, I like this story and plan to create it into a podfic, assuming the blanket permission from merlinpodfic still stands.
missyvortexdv
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yup, permission still stands and I'd love to listen to it if you could swing back and drop me a link when its done. :)
chiak
Mar. 11th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
I just noticed, the author is stated as "purpleyin." Do you want me to use that or your lj username?
missyvortexdv
Apr. 4th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Sorry about that, yes I use author name Purpleyin (as I'm that on dreamwidth and fanfiction.net) though I have a different journal name here since it was taken already, confusingly sorry.
chiak
Apr. 1st, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
You can ignore my last question.

The download link can be found at my journal.
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