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It's been a completely miserable week, so I spam with fic! (In my head, that totally makes sense. At least I am productive in some sphere.)

871 words, G-rated. Post-ep (and therefore spoilers) for 1x07, "The Gates of Avalon." (Yes, again. *headdesk*) Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] suzvoy and [livejournal.com profile] shetiger for looking this over.

Summary: For Gaius, some of his former patients will always be under his care.


In Confidence


"Gaius," he hears behind him, softly, and he turns without hesitation. He sees Arthur less frequently than he sees Morgana these days, unless he's come for Merlin, but he loves the boy no less for it.

"Sire," he says, bowing his head. Arthur nods back distractedly, keeping a formal distance at the doorway, a troubled look on his face. Gaius takes this in and knows that this is more than a social call, or a search for a wayward servant. "Is there something wrong?"

Arthur meets his eyes for a grave second, with something of Uther's impenetrable stare. "May I speak with you?"

"Of course. Come in, come in," he says, setting his book aside and waving a hand in welcome. He watches Arthur take a few steps closer, looking about the cluttered room, but Gaius thinks he's only paying attention enough to keep clear of any hindrances. He stops at the edge of the workbench and rests a hand on its scarred edge.

"Don't mind the mess," Gaius says, and shakes his head. "I think Merlin spends most of his tidiness on you."

"What little there is of it," Arthur says, his manner growing wry for just a moment. He rests his free hand on his hip as Gaius chuckles.

But Gaius doesn't miss Arthur's thumbnail worrying at the grain of the workbench, though he gives no sign that he's noticed. One of the few gifts of advancing age is the ability to feign oversight of the little things. He sets about tidying a spilled satchel of cloves and waits for Arthur to speak his mind.

He hasn't long to wait--Arthur would not have come had he not already chosen his course. "Gaius," Arthur says, meeting his eyes, "is it possible that whatever is troubling Morgana may be... catching?"

Gaius straightens at that, dusting his hands off on his robes. "Has she taken ill? I'll get my bag--"

Arthur stops him with a raised hand. "No, nothing like that." Then he shakes his head and in a low voice, he says, "I've been having... dreams, lately. The same one, for a few nights, now."

Something inside Gaius grows cold, though he does his best not to show it. "What sort of dreams?"

"Water," Arthur says, and his body stills, though his eyes are far away. "Murky water, closing over my head, and I cannot move."

As Morgana foresaw, and as Merlin saved him from. Arthur is seeing not the future, but the past, and Gaius gives Arthur a gentle smile, as much to reassure him as to vent his own relief. "I do not believe this is the same malady Morgana suffers from, sire. A blow to the head can often--jostle the brain, as it were. These nocturnal phantoms are just the mind resettling itself." Arthur looks distinctly uncomfortable at the reminder of his fictitious injury, and Gaius turns away to give him a moment, sorting through several small vials for show. "I can get you a sleeping draught, if the dreams are troubling you too much. It sounds most unnerving."

"That won't be necessary." Arthur leans his back against the workbench and crosses his arms over his chest. "Just when all seems lost, a hand reaches me through the water, and I am pulled to the surface." He looks up at Gaius again, his gaze clear. "And then I wake up."

Gaius smiles. "Then it seems that your dreams have granted you a protector as well, my lord."

Arthur looks surprised. "I hadn't thought of it that way."

Gaius folds his hands together and nods to Arthur, thinking of the boy who actually did the saving. "It has been my experience, sire, that aid often comes from the unlikeliest quarter."

"And sometimes it comes from our steadfast friends." Arthur gives him a small, but genuine smile, and inclines his head in thanks.

There's a commotion in the hall, and Merlin comes bustling in, head down as he rummages through the bag slung across his shoulders. "Gaius, you would not believe what I had to look under to find--" Merlin stops short on seeing the prince. "Arthur. I thought you were out on patrol. Was there something you needed?"

Gaius watches Arthur's demeanor change instantly, head going up and shoulders squaring as he faces Merlin. "A servant I can rely on, but instead, I seem to be stuck with you."

The words are harsh but the tone isn't, not really, and Gaius watches Merlin brush the insult aside with a toss of his head. "Right, sorry, I'll get right on doing the work of four or five, instead of just three."

"One would be sufficient," Arthur says. "My chambers are filthy, and my horse needs reshoeing. Gaius," he adds, with a nod, before sweeping out of the room.

"Probably tried to kick him off." Merlin wrestles the bag off with a grin and drops it on a chair. "Duty calls," he says, giving Gaius an exaggerated bow, before turning and jogging after Arthur.

Gaius listens to their voices echo down the hall, fading with distance. Sentimentality is another indulgence that age allows, and he lets loose a fond smile, where neither of them can see it.

Date: 2008-12-04 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosewildeirish.livejournal.com
heeeeeeeeeeeeee. :)

Date: 2008-12-08 04:58 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary henry thumbs)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
*g* Glad you liked it!

Date: 2008-12-08 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosewildeirish.livejournal.com
:) You know I love your fic.

Date: 2008-12-04 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shetiger.livejournal.com
I'd forgotten how much I love this one. Such a nice moment between them.

(And it doesn't involve pervy potions, yay! *eg*)

*smooch*

Date: 2008-12-08 05:00 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (mckay zelenka dueling geeks)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Aww, thank you, darling.

(Not EVERYTHING with him does...)

*smooch*

Date: 2008-12-04 11:15 pm (UTC)
ext_19: (Default)
From: [identity profile] tty63.livejournal.com
&hearts

I love this. Arthur has a protector and it's wonderful.

Date: 2008-12-08 05:01 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (shep fuck you smile)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked it. *g*

Date: 2008-12-05 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coreopsis.livejournal.com
awwwww. I love every single one of them. Lovely Gaius voice you've got. :)

Date: 2008-12-08 05:07 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary henry thumbs)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Awww, thank you, hon. *g*

Date: 2008-12-05 02:20 am (UTC)
aithine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aithine
Cuties. *vbg* I like seeing them both from Gaius' point of view, it's very effective. :)

Date: 2008-12-08 05:09 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary helen will hug)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you! (I love them so. It's almost sad. *g*)

Date: 2008-12-05 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merelyn.livejournal.com
Aw, nice. I love third person POV. <3

Date: 2008-12-08 05:10 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (arthur shoulder fierce)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you! *g*

Date: 2008-12-05 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-sally.livejournal.com
So adorable!

Date: 2008-12-08 05:10 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (pirate fish (FSM))
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it. *g*

Date: 2008-12-05 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nel-ani.livejournal.com
AWWWWWW! *beams*

Date: 2008-12-08 05:11 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary helen will)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Hee, thank you! *g*

Date: 2008-12-05 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_bettina_/
Oh, very nice! :-)

Date: 2008-12-08 05:11 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary will henry dorks)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! *g*

Date: 2008-12-06 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] windrose.livejournal.com
I only just finished watching 1x07 this evening. This? Is an excellent tag to it. Thank you. :)

Date: 2008-12-08 05:14 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (arthur anxious)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked it. *g*

Date: 2008-12-08 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] windrose.livejournal.com
I've pretty much spent the last couple of days mainlining episodes in order to get caught up. It's been a while since I've had a shiny new fandom, and I'm very happy that you're writing fic for it. &hearts

*Edited to reply with the correct LJ account. *facepalm*

Date: 2008-12-08 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icarusancalion.livejournal.com
Aww, this is very touching. It makes sense that Arthur's memories would bubble to the surface (pun only intended after the fact). Thank you for the Gaius POV, I very much enjoyed his outlook on age as well.

Date: 2008-12-08 05:14 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary helen will)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. *g*

Gah, I need more Merlin icons!

Date: 2008-12-09 11:02 pm (UTC)
intermezzo: (Merlin:A/M)
From: [personal profile] intermezzo
Hee! Hee! All their voices are spot-on. I particularly like -no, scratch that. Make that love- Arthur's. It was like watchign the show...the way you described how Arthur's demenour changes when Merlin's around or Merlin's carefree yet slightly ironic attitute...*loves*

Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2008-12-17 09:23 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-12-17 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fadagaski.livejournal.com
Oh, that was so sweet. It's nice to see some interaction between Gaius and Arthur, and of course any and all Arthur/Merlin banter is ftw.

Date: 2008-12-21 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rodneyscat.livejournal.com
This and 'This Whole Deception Lark' are such lovely episode tags. I love the image of Merlin jogging after Arthur, especially since he'd so easily brushed Arthur's insult aside earlier, because Merlin knows Arthur so well and he knows his own worth.

Date: 2009-01-03 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penknife.livejournal.com
Aww! This is charming.

Date: 2009-01-19 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elke-tanzer.livejournal.com
This is really, really lovely.

Date: 2009-04-08 02:30 am (UTC)
montanaharper: close-up of helena montana on a map (arthur pretty)
From: [personal profile] montanaharper
Awww, this is wonderful!
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