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16 February 2010 @ 02:18 am
Fic: ‘Nothing more than a dream.’  
Title: Nothing more than a dream.
Fandom: Merlin (BBC).
Rating: (G)
Time Period: During season 1.
Summary: He wants to make it nothing more than a dream.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q. or check this post for the definition).

I just had this in mind for a while after writing A trick of confidence. I couldn’t shake it so I finally wrote it!

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of Julian Murphy and Johnny Caps; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by them.


He brushed the dark tendrils from her forehead and lowered himself into the chair by the fire; perhaps his instinct was wrong and nothing would happen. He stretched his legs before him and it wasn’t long before the rigours of the day caught him. His eyes closed and his head fell back.

The candles had flickered out long ago when the screams rocked the room. He started to his feet and ran the short distance to the bed, sliding onto its edge and enfolding her in his arms. She clung to him, his shirt sticking to him where her tears fell. He tightened his arms and held her to him.

“Morgana,” he murmured comfortingly to the air above her head, “it was just a dream.”

Her fists beat against his chest, jerking herself out of his arms. “How can you say that? It was real! I saw you die.”

He reached for her arm; she tried to yank her arm away but his hold was too gently strong. “I’m alive, Morgana. Feel my strength, hear my words. I am here and that won’t change.”

Streaks stained her cheeks and she finally looked at him to see the reality and not the dream. “You died,” she whispered lifelessly, without hope. “You died.”

He moved closer, his arms once again wrapping about her. “I am here, Morgana,” he confirmed his own words. “If you are so worried, tell me how I die so I can stop it.”

Her head rested against his shoulder as he held her tightly close. “I …” Her throat tightened and she screwed her eyes shut. “Don’t make me, Arthur. I don’t want to see it again.”

“Tell me,” he almost-pleaded. “Tell me so we can make what happened simply be a dream. A fleeting night vision.”

She finally glanced up, opening her eyes. “You will need to be strong.”
Armchair DMarmchairdm on February 17th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
This is scary - in a good way. It gives me shivers.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on February 17th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
It gave you the shivers in a good way? For what reason?
uranus_ge: Dear Frienduranus_ge on March 12th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
I think...what 'armchairdm' meant is that it's ArMor...so it's 'good'. But Morgana's having such terrifying nightmares, so how can it be anything but bad?

F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on March 12th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Alas, armchairdm isn’t an ArMor fan. I think they meant the dream.

Thanks for commenting!
uranus_ge: Dear Frienduranus_ge on March 16th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Hey =)

Alas, armchairdm isn’t an ArMor fan.

Ditto =(

Thanks for commenting!

You're welcome => Took me some time to find this ficlet of yours, rather elusive ;)

This is my favourite line: “You will need to be strong.”

That line sounds like one I'd hear from Morgana (Season 1, that is)... Protective, yet at the same time, cautionary. But hell--I wonder why she bothers wasting her breath, it's not like Arthur'll listen or something.

You call this 312 words ficlet a quick 'n' dirty one, right? Would you consider revising it? I think that it can definitely be improved on, if you're willing to see this as merely your first draft, and not your last one.

That is to say, I have ideas on how you can enhance this, but only if you're ready to hear what I have to share with you.

I'd love to hear from you again, and take care ♥

F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on March 16th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
You're welcome => Took me some time to find this ficlet of yours, rather elusive ;)
I’m quite curious – how did you eventually find it?

You call this 312 words ficlet a quick 'n' dirty one, right?
That’s right; that’s mentioned in the Author’s Notes and the definition can be found in the F. A. Q.

Would you consider revising it?
No. When something is posted to morethanacandle, that’s the final form it’ll be in. Part of the appeal of ‘quick ‘n’ dirty’ stories is that they’re written quickly and not edited further; quite often, they’re usually to give voice to an image or an idea in my mind, often capturing ‘moments’. They’re not revisited due to their nature – moments are captured and quite often, if a ‘quick ‘n’ dirty’ is played with, the balance achieved within it is lost. I also don’t feel a desire to revisit them once they’re written although they might spark an idea for another story that I might not realise I had.

Thank you for your very kind offer and take care!
uranus_geuranus_ge on March 17th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Hey =)

How I found your ArMor fics? Easy: Tenacity. As well as the BBC_merlin_news newsletter, heh.

Mm. Okay, at least you considered what I wrote =) Thank you for that =>

I hope you write more ArMor in the future, God knows we ArMor shippers need it =] Plus, I like your writing. Maybe you could try a different writing style in the future?

that kind of girl: [Merlin] Arthur/Morganaalphabet26 on February 18th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Oh, very nice. Love Arthur and Morgana stories.
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on February 18th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is the third one I've written so far but if you check the memories, you may be able to find the other two.
Esmeralda: Morgana/Morgause; remember me fondlyla_esmeralda_ on February 18th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant - you pack in so much emotion for a short piece, and I could definitely see it happen.
F. J.: Golden Candlesmorethanacandle on February 18th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
I saw this so vividly when writing it that I hoped to share that with anyone else who read this. Thanks for letting me know it worked in that way for you.