Title: Ties That Bind
Fandom: Merlin (bbc)
Disclaimer: I do not own Merlin.
Summary: When Merlin saves a young boy from would-be-kidnappers, he unknowingly starts the course of events that lead him to meet the boy's father, Arthur, who has played a painful part in changing Merlin's familiy's life in the past.
"That...was quite the reaction." Morgause announced, a small smile on her face as she peered inside the house at the disaster inside. Her gaze then went up to Merlin. "Aren't you going to invite me in?"
"What are you doing here, Morgause?" Merlin frowned, finally able to get passed the shock and confusion, eyes narrowing as he slammed his hand in the doorway, blocking her entrance.
Morgause's gaze fell to his arm and then rose to him. "Merlin. We need to talk. Preferably inside. Over some tea." She raised an eyebrow. "I don't remember you being this bad of a host."
"Merlin?" Morgana's and Gwen's voices halted, as the females rushed towards him and saw the blonde in the doorway.
Morgana gazed at her sister in shock. "What are you doing here?"
Gwen placed her hand on her girlfriend's arm.
"I'm in danger, Merlin." Morgause didn't look away from him. "Please, I need to talk to you."
Taking in a deep breath, Merlin removed his hand and allowed her to enter, closing the door behind her and locking it. "Go to my study."
"Where are the girls?" Morgause asked.
"I said go to my study!" Merlin snarled, eyes flashing golden in his fury.
Morgause looked at him in silence before nodding. "Of course." She turned and sauntered away.
The door opened.
"How dare she?" Morgana whispered, shocked.
"She says she's in danger." Gwen mumbled. "She probably wants Merlin to protect her."
"She has no right to ask that of him!" Morgana exclaimed, turning to Merlin. "Don't you let her guilt trip you into anything Merlin! Don't you dare let her use you and those children!"
Merlin sighed and cupped the pale woman's face, pressing a kiss to her forehead.
Morgause might be Morgana's sister, but it was obvious where her loyalties lay, and Merlin loved her even more for that.
He turned and walked back to the study, hesitating only a second outside before entering, finding Morgause staring at the pictures in his study.
The pictures of him.
Of the girls.
Of Ma and Da.
Of Morgana and Gwen.
Morgause turned towards Merlin, face a mixture of fury and disbelief. In her hand she held the picture frame that held a picture of Arthur giving Merlin a noogie, Mordred rolling his eyes, and the girls high-fiving each other with obvious glee.
Merlin knew that Morgause was waiting for some sort of an explanation, but he didn't offer her any.
Instead, he folded his arms over his chest and leaned his hip against the bookshelf, just eyeing his ex wife.
She was still beautiful, always would be, and seemed just as unable to keep her true emotions off of her face.
That was one of the things he could appreciate about her.
"How did you meet him?" Morgause finally asked, grip on the frame so tight it was trembling.
"His son was nearly kidnapped, I saved him." Merlin answered, wondering if he could read any motherly concern on her face. "Arthur was out of town and so I kept Mordred here with us...and then I met Arthur and realized who he was."
"You stopped a kidnapping." She closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. "You haven't changed a bit, Mer." Her eyes opened and she glanced at the picture once more. "I would never have been able to make friends with the person you left me for."
"I wouldn't have left you." Merlin leaned his head against the wall.
"I know." Morgause nodded, finally putting the frame down and facing him completely. "You wouldn't have made half of the terrible choices and mistakes I did."
They continued looking at each other in silence.
Merlin had always wondered how he'd react if he saw Morgause again.
She'd once been the love of his life.
There was a time in his life in which he couldn't envision living without her.
And yet so much had changed since then.
Now, as he gazed upon the woman who had once been his very reason for living...he felt nothing.
"Who are you running from?" Merlin asked, uncomfortable in the silence.
"His name is Sigan." Morgause mumbled, pulling a strand of blonde hair out of her face and behind her ear.
Merlin's eyes widened. "Cornelius Sigan?"
She looked at him, shocked. "You've heard of him?"
"Why is Sigan after you?" Merlin's eyes narrowed as he stalked to her and grabbed her shoulders, giving her a sharp shake. "And you better tell me the truth!"
Her eyes were wide as she looked up at him in shock at his rough treatment. "I'm...pregnant...with his child."
Merlin just looked down at her in shock, hands falling from her shoulders. "You sure know how to pick them, Morgause."
"You have to help me." She kept her eyes on his, clasping his shirt. "Merlin, I'm scared."
Suddenly the door flew open and their gazes went to the doorway.
Arthur stood there, eyes narrowed, face furious, as he strode into the room. "Get the hell away from him."
Morgause's face darkened as she narrowed her eyes at him.
"Arthur." She said his name as if it were filth. "I didn't realize you were visiting."
"I'm not." Arthur glared, just as hatefully. "I live here."
Surprise filtered through her face before it was replaced with scorn. "I didn't realize you were so bad off in the world that you had to resort to charity from my husband."
"Ex husband." Arthur snapped.
"Just like he is." Merlin reminded, removing her hands from him and taking a couple of steps back, away from her. "And his business is doing better than ever."
Confusion filled her eyes for a moment as they narrowed, looking between them. "I see."
"No, I doubt you do." Arthur snarled. "But let me remedy that for you."
Merlin didn't have a second to even guess what Arthur was doing.
In seconds Arthur had cupped the back of Merlin's head and brought him in towards him in a possessive and claiming kiss, an arm going around Merlin's waist and pulling him closer as he took the kiss deeper.
Merlin gave a little squeak of surprise, not having expected this, but as Arthur nibbled on his lips, the warlock realized what Arthur was doing.
He was showing Morgause that Merlin was his and that she was insane if she thought that she could just walk back into their lives and take him away.
It was stupid.
It was primitive.
And it was kinda heart-warming.
Merlin had wondered, worried, what Arthur would do if Morgause came back into their lives.
He'd wondered if Arthur was still in love with their ex wife deep down.
He'd wondered if he'd want to be with her again.
He'd wondered what it would do to the family they'd built together.
And now, as Arthur's tongue invaded and conquered his mouth, his hand pressing Merlin possessively into him, Merlin realized that he wasn't the only one out of the two who'd worried about this scenario ever happening.
Arthur had worried too.
And he wasn't only letting Morgause know that Merlin was his and he wasn't letting him go...but he was letting Merlin know that too.
Merlin smiled into the kiss and pulled away, shaking his head at the blonde before pressing a soft peck to those lips.
Arthur's eyes were on him, intense, communicating so many things.
"Don't worry." Merlin whispered against those sinfully full lips, nipping them softly before pressing another peck and finally pulling away to face their ex wife. "I think you really do see now."
"And if you don't, let me clue you in." Morgana announced from the doorway, where she and Gwen had appeared after Arthur had strode into the room. "Merlin and Arthur are together, they love each other, and the kids love each other. They're a family."
"They're...very happy." Gwen agreed in her soft way.
Morgause was just looking at the two men who'd once been important in her life.
She looked shocked.
And pissed off.
"So what?" She finally asked. "You two decided to console each other?" The blonde shook her head. "Merlin! He took me away from you! What does that say about his character?"
"He didn't know you were married." Merlin's eyes narrowed.
"Is that what he told you?" She sneered.
"Don't you dare try to make him doubt me!" Arthur snarled.
Merlin held Arthur back when he made a menacing move towards her. "She's pregnant."
The world went silent.
"With Sigan's baby." Merlin sighed.
Arthur scoffed, shaking his head. "You sure know how to pick them."
Morgause glared at him.
"I can't believe this." Morgana threw her hands in the air and stalked out of the room.
Gwen hurried behind her.
"She's in there." Freya sat down between Mordred and Sophia in the back yard.
Sophia frowned, turning to her. "Who?"
Mordred's eyes narrowed. "Does this have anything to do with what you've been Seeing?"
Freya's head lowered in shame as she nodded. "Yes."
Sophia and Mordred shared a look, before the redhead cleared her throat. "What is it, Frey? Who's in the house?"
Freya looked up at them, tears filling in her eyes. "Our mother."