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Ties That Bind 6/? 
1st-Apr-2010 07:07 pm
Title: Ties That Bind
Fandom: Merlin (bbc)
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: T
Disclaimer: I do not own
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.

"Honestly?" Mordred asked, twisting his mouth slightly as he considered, pale blue eyes serious and determined. "This one."

"Why?" Merlin asked, curious, picking up the rough sketch Mordred had picked. On it were hastily drawn figures, one a young fourteen year old blonde in armor holding a sword, the other a slightly younger brunette with elfin ears, and the third figure, slightly behind the others, was a small dragon flying in the air, head thrown back and roaring fire into the air above them, giving them light. The boys were looking down into a pool, but their reflections were quite different to them, the blonde's a regal figure with a crown on his head, and the other's a darker and yet still regal looking male in a black cape with glowing purple eyes that stood out in the shadows of the hood. And the dragon in the reflection was large...and a little smug.

"Well, it gives you a glimpse that there's secrets both boys are keeping from each other, Armand that he's the rightful heir to the throne of Albion, and Myrrdin that he's got a lot of darkness in him magicwise. Plus. I always figured that the dragon was a smug brute, so its nice to see him portrayed that way in drawing." Mordred replied. "Plus, in the other drawings you have the rival girls, Morwen and Gandis...and I can tell that the author is going to put them as future love interests for the boys and I don't like it."

Merlin's gaze went to the girls on the rough sketches of the other covers he'd designed. "Why don't you like them as love interests for Armand and Myrrdin?"

Mordred shrugged. "He set up the whole first book making you kinda love Armand and Myrrdin, and it feels kinda wrong to try and impose on the incredibly strong and important thing they finally achieve at the end, you know? They hated each other at first because Armand was a snob and was racist against Elves, and Myrrdin found Armand a giant idiot and was resentful when the dragon told him that it was his destiny to actually be by Armand's side and join not only all of Albion, but the human and Elvin worlds as well. And then they start having to be together as they try to make their way to the well of destiny and they end up saving each other's lives over and over again and develop this incredible bond and protectiveness of each other without Armand losing his snobbish ways or Myrrdin losing his naivety, each making up for what the other lacks." Mordred folded his arms over his chest. "It's just going to be a slap in the face to read girls trying to get in the middle of that."

"How amusing."

They turned when they heard that voice, seeing John Hurt standing in the doorway of Merlin's studio.

"John!" Merlin blinked, seeing his old mentor and the author of the manuscript standing there. "Mordred, this is John Hurt."

"The author?" Mordred asked.

John nodded, smiling. "You must be Mordred. Merlin's told me a lot about me. I'm John."

Mordred folded his arms over his chest. "If you put Morwen with Myrrdin and Gandis with Armand you will ruin the story."

John chuckled. "I believe so as well."

Mordred's expression lightened up as well. "Nice to meet you too." He turned to Merlin. "I'll let you two talk."

"Thanks." Merlin smiled at him, watching as the boy rushed out of the room, before turning a raised eyebrow on his friend. "Isn't my front door locked?"

"You expect an old dragon to reveal his secrets?" John scoffed, picking up the cover design Mordred had liked. "The boy's got good taste. I like this one too."

"It's unanimous then, I'll get to work on the final draft." Merlin replied, leaning his hip against the table. "So how about you tell me why you decided to break into my house?"

"Curiosity, really. And that, coupled with boredom and a terrible writer's block, sent me slightly insane." John admitted, clasping his hands behind his back and leaning down to get a better lock at the picture of Merlin, Arthur and the kids, which had been taken by Gwen some days ago. "Is this the chap Hunith is so anxious to meet?" John picked up the picture frame and looked at it.

"Mum wants to meet Arthur?" Merlin asked in surprise. "Since when?"

John, an old friend of Gaius and Hunith, put down the frame and smiled. "According to Morgana and Gwen's reports, the man and his son practically live here, Merlin. I'm surprised you're surprised." He paused, hearing the laughter of the kids. "They seem to get getting along splendidly."

"The girls love Mordred, and he doesn't come out and say it, but he loves them too." Merlin smiled, nodding. "He's opened up so much, it's amazing. He smiles a lot, even if its a bit cunning. And he's such a bright kid."

"Good, good." John nodded. "What about his father? How are you getting along with him? I mean, I know it must be well enough for him to have practically moved in, but I'm curious as to the sort of relationship you two have."

"What do you mean?" Merlin frowned, confused.

"Merlin Merlin." John sighed. "I was the one who caught you kissing Will that one time, remember?"

Merlin brought a hand to his face. "Good lord, John, I can't believe you remembered that! Will and I were what? Five? We'd just finished watching the Lady and the Tramp and were trying the whole spaghetti thing! There was nothing romantic in it." He chuckled, amused. "I know you've been convinced I'm in the closet, but seriously man, I would have thought my marriage and offspring would have taken those blinders off your eyes!"

"Sometimes, destiny gets sidetracked...or takes some time to get started." John mumbled in his usually cryptic way.

"John, mate, I'm happy to know that if I were ever to come out of this proverbial closet you have me trapped in you'd be there to cheer me on, but it isn't the case. I'm as straight as...as something very straight."

"'Ruler' would have worked." John pointed out.

"Thank you." Merlin nodded. "Now if you can excuse yourself out of the home you just broke into, I have to take the kids to Gwen and Morgana's since I have some things I need to do."

"You can't escape your destiny, young man." John followed him, seeming quite putout because of how Merlin really wasn't taking him seriously. Again. "Whether you like it or not, two sides of the coin are forever together, made one, with the help of the ties that bind."

Merlin paused and turned to look at John. "What in God's name are you talking about?"

John just sighed and walked away, letting himself out.


"Four days since he's been gone and he still hasn't given you a call?" Morgana glared as Gwen took the kids to see the kittens their cat had had the night before. "I don't like this, Merlin. He's obviously taking advantage of your good nature."

Merlin was just supposed to drop the kids off and hurry on his way, but Morgana had grabbed onto his arm, yanked him inside, and started an interrogation. "He gave us a call to tell us that he got to his hotel, and since then he sends me texts. Its not like he's just abandoned Mordred to me. He checks up on him daily."

"Through texts." Morgana raised an eyebrow. "Merlin, I am not impressed."

"Has it ever occurred to you, Morgana, that you don't have to be?" Merlin grinned.

Morgana snorted, as if that suggestion was truly ludicrous. "You're practically shacking up with that prat, Merlin. My approval is important, because if I don't like him, neither will Gwen!"

Merlin raised an eyebrow.

Morgana glared at him. "Well, she'll probably like him because of Mordred, but if I don't like him imagine what Mum and Da will start to think of him!"

The young man had to give her that.

Morgana had the love and respect of Hunith and Gaius, and they always listened to her opinions about people and things.

The beautiful woman sighed, reaching out and brushing her fingers through his unruly hair in a motherly way. "I know you think this isn't really my business, Mer, but I just worry about you. You can be such an idiot most of the times, and its so easy to take advantage of you. And that man? I just want him to do the same thing that Morgause did. You know, use you until you have no more use or you're not interesting anymore, and then cast you aside."

Merlin smiled at her, because he had already figured out that it was Morgana's protectiveness when it came to him that had her so distrustful of Arthur. "'Gana, there's a big difference between Morgause and Arthur. One being I'm not married to Arthur, and---."

"You might as well be." Morgana snorted, interrupting. "Honestly Merlin, do you not realize how disgustingly domestic you two are? It's sickening, really. He's basically moved in and everything. I half expect to one day pay you an unexpected visit and find him sodomizing you on top of the kitchen table."

Merlin choked on his saliva. "Morgana!"

"It's true." She stressed, clearly bothered by this. "And it's frustrating, because if you're going to be playing Hide The Snake with the likes of His Pratness, it'd make me feel minutely better to know that the one with the pain in his arse was him!"

"Morgana, stop talking. Please." Merlin begged, never having felt so mortified in his life. "And anyway, who says that the one doing the sodomizing wouldn't be me?"

Morgana scoffed.

He was vaguely insulted by her lack of belief in his sodomizing abilities.

"Out of all of our ridiculous conversations, this one takes the cake." Merlin shook his head, amused despite his offense. "None of this makes any sense, because I'm not gay. I'm very much straight. I have two beautiful daughters to prove it." He ran a hand over his hair. "I really need to go. Just---remind Gwen that while you're helping Freya with her Sight Exercises, that Sophia needs to concentrate on her honing, and Mordred with his studies as well. He's been getting better, able to actually push a pencil back an inch during our last lesson, but it got him very tired, so make sure he doesn't push himself too hard. He tends to do that."

"They'll be fine, Merlin." Morgana smiled. "Just go already before I continue with our last conversation."

He pressed a kiss to her cheek and was out of the door as fast as humanly possible.

His phone vibrated in his pocket and he pulled it out, smirking when he saw a text message waiting for him from Arthur.

Merlin, I'm so bored.

Rolling his eyes, the brunette got to his car and entered, before texting back.

Rn't U supposed 2 b working?

Arthur texted back rather rapidly.

What's with the cutting of the words?

Do U realize just HOW expensiv it is 2 text 2 Japn?

You're so cheap, Emrys.

Not every1 is rich u no.

Augh! It's annoying me! Text the Queen's English for God's sake! I'm going to buy you a new phone when I get home. It'll be one with unlimited texting abilities so you can write proper messages when I'm in need of some distraction!

U want 2 b entertaind? Watch porn or something. Don't bother me n waste my money.

I'm hurt and appalled. And intrigued. Have you WATCHED asian porn? It's about the kinkiest thing out there!

U watchd sum last night, didn't u? Merlin chuckled, shaking his head.

I refrain from answering that.

Wow. It must have seriously traumatizd u! Merlin would be lying if he didn't admit that he was laughing at this point. So? What was it? What traumatized the Great Arthur Pendragon?

A couple of minutes passed without any response.

Just when Merlin was about to give up on waiting and start the car, his phone buzzed again.

I never said it traumatized me. I said it was kinky. And for your information, it was the most embarrassing thing ever. Apparently the company I'm dealing with finds watching porn with their colleagues a sort of 'bonding' thing. Something about the beast in man joining together in a hunt? I don't know. Some stupid thing like that. So I had to watch a train filled with men gangbang some very bad actress, another with bondage, another with some sister-in-law/brother-in-law shit, and the last was homosexual. I was nearly *dead* by the time we got out of that place. It was so late at night! And it was so awkward.

Merlin blinked, rereading that. Arthur Pendragon, what the HELL type of work do u do?!?!?

Another couple of minutes silence.

How's Mordred doing?

Fine. I just left him and the girls with M and G.Merlin sighed, realizing he wasn't going to be getting an answer out of Arthur once again.

How about the girls? Sophia still picking on Leon? Freya been able to sleep better? I've been worrying about her.

Merlin turned to look towards Morgana and Gwen's home. She's been having nightmares these last couple of nights since u've been gone. I think its because she's missing u. I think she feels a bit more safe with 2 men in the house 2 keep her safe, and she's feeling somewhat insecure again and its making her Sight go a little overreactive.

Bloody hell. Way to make a man feel guilty, Emrys.

Not intentional, mate. Sorry.

What's she Seeing?

She's not sure. For the 1st time in a while she can't remember wen she wakes up. It's 1 of the reasons I wantd 2 leave her with M 2day, c if M can figure out what's going on.

Tell Princess Frey that I'll be home soon. And Wicked Witch Sophia to let up on Leon. And...what did they decide Mordred was?

Undecided. Freya wants him 2 b her knight, to protect her kingdom, and Sophia wants him 2 b her rogue to help overthrow Sophia's kingdom. Mordred is remaining undecided until one of them can come up with an offer that interests him.

That's my boy.

Merlin rolled his eyes and smiled. Well, I gotta go.

Why so soon?!?!

Go watch porn! Alone this time!...Unless u've startd to enjoy watching it with asian men.

He laughed and threw his phone on the passenger's seat as he started the car, merging into the traffic, ignoring the furiously vibrating phone.


Coming out of the bookstore, ladened down with things, Merlin halted when he noticed two large men standing by his small car. He frowned, narrowing his eyes, trying to remember where he'd seen those two men before.

And then he remembered.

They'd been two of Mordred's old bodyguards.

The ones who'd tried to kidnap him.

His eyes flashed gold as he went towards the men who had yet to notice him, before suddenly Nimueh appeared out of nowhere, wearing jeans and a hoodie, yanking him in the opposite direction and walking at a brisk pace, pulling him along after her.

"Don't call any attention to yourself." She hissed, her hoodie up. "They haven't seen you yet."

"You know who those men are." Merlin realized, looking down at the woman dressed completely different from the one he spoke to nearly every day at Mordred's school.

"They aren't important to know, but I know who they work for, and Merlin, he's not someone you want to cross, believe me! And you've been crossing him, have been crossing him without realizing it, and while it makes me and mine quite impressed and amused, he is not amused. He wants Mordred, and not only is Mordred inaccessible to him at the school, but he's now inaccessible in your house and in that of your foster sister due to the magic of her girlfriend, the Seer Morgana, and the magic of her lineage. And thanks to his trying to get to Mordred, he's realized just how deep your magic is, and now his interest in on you as well, which is obvious by the fact that those minions were cursed to have whoever used magic on them have their magic drained temporarily. That way they could knock you out easily and take you to him."

"How do you know all of this?" Merlin hissed, still letting her drag him away. "And who is him?!?"

She gave him an apologetic smile. "I've been researching you ever since Mr. Pendragon decided to trust you to take care of his son. At Saint Augustine's we've been keeping watch over Mordred, and we needed to make sure we could trust you with his safety during the hours he was away from the school. We were so relieved to realize that we could. But you and your family are in danger now, and we're going to have to tell you everything you don't know. Like, apparently, about the Pendragon family."

Merlin narrowed his eyes. "What are you talking about?"

"I knew it." Nimueh sighed. "You don't know."

"Don't know what?"

She looked up at him with determination. "Everything."
2nd-Apr-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
There are so many, many many things about this chapter that blow my mind. First, Mordred's analysis of the children's books. SO CUTE. I feel like aside from magical bad-ass, he'll grow up to be the next big literary genius. Second, -and, oh, my heart- JOHN HURT. I see what you did thar. Lol. Just his voice in my head when I was reading this made me cackle out loud.

Also, DIRTY TEXTS. Why am I not surprised with these two? Merlin's cheep-ness and Arthur's porn. *sigh* Feels like home. Lol.

There are many other things but this comment is getting long enough already. All I have to say is ♥ ♥ ♥. It was great. :)

P.S. No one believes in Merlin's sodomizing abilities. Poor bb. (LOL!)
2nd-Apr-2010 01:57 am (UTC)
First of all---no comment can be 'getting long enough already!' Comment to your heart's delight! *grins*

Mordred has the world opened to him, who knows what he'll become once he grows into his powers/smartness/intelligence/looks.

Yay! you made the connection! I *always* like to have John make an appearance if it's a future!fic! Just because he's made of awesome!

And yes. Poor Merlin. No one does believe in it at all!
2nd-Apr-2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Yay! Another chapter! I'm getting very curious now as to what Arthur actually does - what with the male bonding and everything - and Nimueh on the side of the angels is making me slightly suspicious.
2nd-Apr-2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Well, there was no reason for Nimueh to turn evil in this universe, like Edwin, so she's on the 'good side'
2nd-Apr-2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Damn you sure know how to leave cliffhangers X.x

and yay! Nimueh is on the good side!!! I always liked her and kinda wish they would bring her back...sigh..

2nd-Apr-2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I wanted her to come back as well!
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2nd-Apr-2010 02:43 am (UTC)
I wonder who this powerful person is--is he someone from the show?

And I do like Nimueh appearing out of nowhere to protect Merlin and his family--she's just as badass in this story as she was on the show :):)
2nd-Apr-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I cannot say anything! Not yet! *lips are sealed*

Nimueh. *le sigh*
2nd-Apr-2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Ack! You have some coding issues! *poke* I think you're missing a closing tag or two for underlined/italicized text...

And you're terrible leaving off there! *shakes fist* The villagers will be fetching pitchforks soon!
2nd-Apr-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
2nd-Apr-2010 03:15 am (UTC) - :) ;) :) ;) :) ;)
::squeeeees:: Yay! You updated! :) Every time I see the e-mail in my inbox that you've updated I get the biggest grin on my face. I just love this story!!!

I love the texts between Merlin and Arthur so funny and so cute, their back and forth sniping and utter old-married-couple-ness. Also they talk about the kids.

Also loved/adored the interaction between John Hurt (sneaky, very sneaky I liked it) about the fate and the two sides of the same coin. I loved how he knows that Merlin either bats for both teams or is gay.

I love how everyone knows that the two of them are meant to be together and that Merlin is in love with Arthur and he is either utterly clueless or in denile.

Also uh oh..... Nimueh there to screw them over. ::glares at her::
2nd-Apr-2010 03:24 am (UTC) - Re: :) ;) :) ;) :) ;)
Oh! I'm so ecstatic to hear that! A smile is my goal! so squees mean I've overachieved! *pumps fist into air*

Thank you, I enjoy being sneaky :D
2nd-Apr-2010 03:17 am (UTC)
"Its just going to be a slap in the face to read girls trying to get in the middle of that."

Out of the mouths of babes ;)

I'm intrigued by the cliffhanger!
2nd-Apr-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Good! Means I did my job ;)
2nd-Apr-2010 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm surpise that Nimueh is on the good side. lol. i glad she trying to protect the family. Mordred is so cute.
2nd-Apr-2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Isn't he? Mordred is cute in a creepy/slightly evil way---even in the show!
2nd-Apr-2010 03:39 am (UTC)

You left a cliff hanger! EVILEVILEVIL!

But I suppose if you updated again soon, I would forgive you for writing brilliantly and then cutting it off so suddenly. :P

Seriously though - I am LOVING this fic so much!
2nd-Apr-2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you are! And I will try to update it soon so you will forgive me :D
2nd-Apr-2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Intriguing chapter. :) I'm liking these new developments - particularly Nimueh helping them rather than being a foe. I could see her being on the side of good if Uther hadn't done her wrong. I'm very interested in finding out what Nimueh knows.

Mordred's point of view on that story made me smile -- he's a smart one there. ;)

And the Dragon/his sneaky human self makes an appearance = win. :) That was just icing on the cake. Always nice to see him in a Merlin/Arthur fic. :)
2nd-Apr-2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Yep, the 'Big Bad' is someone else! Mostly because I kinda adore Nimueh..despite her being evil or course.

Isn't he? Cute and smart! Now he needs a little girlfriend! lol

I love the dragon/john hurt. So I always try to make John have an appearance! he's just so awesome!
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2nd-Apr-2010 04:56 am (UTC)
wondering about Arthur's job = the reason Merlin can't sleep at night.
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2nd-Apr-2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Ahh you leave it there?!! just when we could actually find out Arthur's top secret job and all these other little things*sighs*

Please, please can we have more?? :-)
2nd-Apr-2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
We shall have more...when I update! I'll try not to take so long!
2nd-Apr-2010 08:23 am (UTC)
wtf I missed a chapter? *goes back and reads*

Awesome! I love how everyone but Merlin and Arthur themselves are starting to see their romance. I love Merlin using Mordred to make the decision for the covers. Also, loving Princess Frey, Wicked Witch Sophia, and "Undecided" Mordred. :D The dynamic you've set up with the kids is awesome. Especially love their relationship with Arthur - how Arthur included his thoughts on them along with Mordred, rather than separately as "Merlin's kids". ^_^

And OOH there's a BIG PLOT coming up, and I'm SO calling that it has to do with Arthur's job/work. Can't wait to see how Nimueh'll factor into this. ^+^

Yay for more!
2nd-Apr-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
The children, and Merlin/Arthur's love for them, are a big factor for the relationship Merlin/Arthur are developing. They both married Morgause and wanted a family, which she never gave to them, and are unknowingly finding one with each other's family.
2nd-Apr-2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I love this fic your such a talented writter and I really want to know where the story is going. I also love that you have made the kids attached to Arthur as well as Merlin, makeing them a proper married couple :) *grins*
2nd-Apr-2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Mordred is bonding with Merlin and Frey & Soph with Arthur. And the boys are the only ones who aren't seeing what everyone else does.
2nd-Apr-2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
This is so fantabulous eager for more
2nd-Apr-2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
ill try update soon!
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