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Ficlet: Yield

Title: Yield
Author: NightRider
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Merlin
Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Spoilers: None
Warnings: Images of death
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to Merlin and no money was made from writing this.
Summary: There's comfort in the knowledge you don't always have to be in control.
A/N: This is unbetaed and was written in about twenty minutes. My apologies if it sucks, but it needed to be written. This ficlet is set several years in the future of the BBC show.




Merlin struggled, his hands pushing against Arthur’s chest. He was a powerful sorcerer, the greatest warlock in all of Albion, but here, with Arthur, he was powerless, he was mortal, and most importantly, he was loved.

Arthur continued to hold him in place, taking his wrists and pinning them easily above his head. Merlin tugged against Arthur’s hold, bucking in place in a futile attempt to free himself. Arthur didn’t move, his legs tangling around Merlin’s so he was held perfectly still because Arthur knew, as he always did, Merlin didn’t want to win. Not here. Not like this.

“Yield,” Arthur ordered, his eyes reflecting the warm glow of the fire.

Merlin shook his head, his eyes closed. He saw the bodies of four sorcerers he’d killed today, twisted arms, mangled legs, and burned flesh. He saw fear in the eyes of Arthur’s knights as they quickly stepped back to let him pass. He felt their eyes on his back as he walked across the scorched grass.

He opened his eyes when he felt Arthur’s fingers tighten around his wrists. “Yield,” Arthur repeated, hovering patiently above him. He’d wait. Arthur would always wait.

Merlin could feel his magic stirring deep in his stomach – the all-consuming power threatening to overtake him, but what he savored, what kept him grounded, was Arthur’s breath against his cheek, the weight of Arthur’s chest against his own, and the pull of Arthur’s command on his heart.

“Yield,” Arthur murmured, his thumbs rubbing reassuringly over the underside of Merlin’s wrists.

“Yes,” Merlin whispered, relinquishing control to the only person he’d ever deemed worthy.

When he closed his eyes, he saw only Arthur.

~Finished~

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brandywine421
May. 3rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
*loves*

“Yield,” Arthur repeated, hovering patiently above him. He’d wait. Arthur would always wait.

*hearts*
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Aww! Thank you! :D

I think Merlin ate me.
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silverindie80
May. 3rd, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Wow... Powerful stuff...
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
This was so not what I was supposed to be writing tonight.

Yeah, I fail. :P

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review. :)
vail_kagami
May. 3rd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
You remember our conversation about lines that stick with you? The last line of this one is one of those.
Seriously, this story is fantastic!
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Yeah, I failed in writing what I was supposed to be writing department, but at least it's something!

*hugs* I'd never get anything done without you.
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shinodabear
May. 3rd, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Excuse me? You can't just spring two Merlin fics on me in one night!
What am I saying, of course you can!!!! *loves*

I love this. Yay! for 20 minute ficlets!
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Hence not writing what I should be writing. :P Rampant plot bunny appeared out of nowhere!

Thank you so much for the review! I'm thrilled you liked it!
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supasass
May. 3rd, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh yay you're writing Merlin. This was quite delicious. I could see the burn of Arthur's eyes and could his voice being commanding and I melted, ha.
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Yep, I'm writing Merlin now. :) It's a work in progress. As I said to someone else, I'm outside my comfort zone!

Thank you for the kind review. :)
crabby_lioness
May. 3rd, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Lovely.
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you!
mcicioni
May. 3rd, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
I like it very much, it sounds totally convincing, especially the contrast between Merlin's frightening power and the safety of being taken over by someone loved and trusted. Thank you for writing it.
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad this worked for you.

In my opinion, no one wants to be in control all the time. Arthur has become Merlin's safe haven. :)

Thank you for the lovely review.
fresica
May. 3rd, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. So lovely and powerful...
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
laurapetri
May. 3rd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
♥ excellent
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
kathyh
May. 3rd, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
That was terrific and this line “Yes,” Merlin whispered, relinquishing control to only person he’d ever deemed worthy. really got to me. Great stuff.
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
_profiterole_
May. 3rd, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!
nightrider101
May. 3rd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
aschicca
May. 4th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Finally here I am!!! And honey let me tell you: you need to write more Merlin fics!!!!!!!!! You are absolutely amazing :D *loves and loves*

I think you captured Merlin's feelings perfectly, I could really see this happening. Just perfect :)

*runs to read the other one... squeeeing*
nightrider101
May. 4th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Awww! Thank you!

You always leave the nicest comments. :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I was really nervous about posting, uncharted territory and all. I knew I could count on you and shinodabear, my faithful Hermits! *hugs*
archaeologist_d
May. 5th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Loved that Arthur knew just what to do. Their dynamic was just wonderful.
nightrider101
May. 6th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
souleswanderer
May. 18th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
That sent shivers down my spine...very well done while encapsulating the emotions and battle within Merlin. And you know how I love sensory perception!

I'm now going to ask that you fill in all those in between years with lots more fic..when, you ask? All that spare time that you have :P

/huggles, wonderfully done! And adding it to memories.
nightrider101
May. 18th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)

I actually really liked this little ficlet. It was one of those that just poured onto the page.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it too!

I hope you're enjoying your much deserved day off. :) *hugs*
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