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Ace Before Dark, Chapter 1The skynight stared down, at his lover and newborn son. His heart was wrenched in several direction and the one he had to take was the hardest of them all...
Taren, the childs mother, stared up at him, different emotions flitting through her eyes as she decided between calling for security or listening to what he had to say. Maybe it was the way he stared at the child in her arms.. mayb it was that she still loved him, deep down... maybe it was the knowledge that if she called for help, people were going to get hurt or killed... whatever it was, she made the decision to see what had brought him back here, to the very place from which he had managed to escape.
"What do you want Strike?" His eyes met hers, and she fought not to look awy. She needed to hear what he had to say...
"Taren.. I... Im sorry. I never mean for any of this to happen..."
"For what to happen? The whole undercover thing getting blown? Ruining my life? Having a child?" She felt tears pooling in her eyes, an
The Revelation of Emrys, Chapter 21. Beginnings...Merlin turned, a grin on his face, to see the two dragons stood in the clearing.
"Merlin." Kilgharrah said, "An impressive display with the demons young warlock." His eyes seemed to travel the clearing, taking in the scene. "And if you could tell your good friend to stop pointing that metal stick at me..." He admonished, leaving Merlin to turn and see a dumbstruck look on Arthurs face and his sword drawn.
"Arthur. Put the sword away... He isnt going to hurt us."
"Thats not the idea I got from it... him last time..." he answered, but lowered his sword to his side. The great dragon turned his gaze to Arthur and lowered his head, until their eyes were level.
"Things change, King Arthur... This you should know better than most." Lifting his head again, his eyes travelled over to Morgana's prone form. "And what," he continued, "would you have of me this time Merlin? I can only assume it has something to do with the witch."
"I will need a more detailed explanation Merlin. Yes can only
The Revelation of Emrys Chapter 20. FlightsMerlin knew that the faster they brought Gwen back, the better. And seeing as Arthur intended to go through with it, he was going to make sure that he wasnt going to be the one giving his life up. Arthur had already expressly forbidden Merlin to do it- though Merlin believed that was more to do with the fact that he had virtually come back from the dead several times, over the last few days, than the fact that he would be the one doing the magic-.
Not that he wouldnt have done it, but he knew that if something went wrong, he would be the only one who would be able to try and fix it. It made him feel terrible knowing that several of the men around him would be volunteering, and guilty when he felt relief that it would mean Arthur would be safe.
It took a few words from him to summon the cup, which was in the vaults of Camelot, and several seconds to recall his previous experiances with the cup. Thinking back to Nimueh, he felt a sense of relief fill him as he realised that he would be a
The Revelation of Emrys Chapter 19, Life and Death-- Gaius sat, head bowed, next to Merlins prone form, his hand resting on the young mans chest. From what Gwaine had said, he could only deduce that Merlin had found the core of power that few sorcerors would ever notice or unlock. The most powerful sorcerors were said to have got their power from this indescribable source of, what legends say, was pure energy. Yet none of the books or scriptures had revealed anything to explain why someone could die from it... Gaius sighed and made to raise his hand from Merlin to get to his feet, but something stopped him. He leant in closer to Merlin and... yes, there it was again. Was it possible that...? --
Arthur was shook out of his reverie by a soft hand on his shouder. He turned and, sure enough, Gwen stood over him.
"Arthur, the rest of us are eating... you havn't had anything since this morning and..."
"Im not hungry." And it was true. He didnt feel hungry... thisty... tired... Arthur sighed, turning to Gwen, he said, quietly,
"You know... U
what love is not.it was a s l o p p y first kiss where
my drunk lips fumbled against yours.
the dull thwack of my heart,
locked behind curved ribs
cleared my groggy brain,
clouded with lustful premonitions.
it was an e l e c t r i f y i n g first kiss where
you entwined your hands in my hair.
your mouth encompassed mine and
my breath became lost in the steady
of your chest.
it was a s h y first kiss where
i pulled away before you could explore.
your tongue grazed my teeth,
searching for a way past the ivory gates.
i dug my finger into the stubble along your jaw,
my nail lulling your carnal desires.
it was my first kiss with you.
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