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03 December 2009 @ 01:44 pm
Confide in Me - Merlin fic 1/1  
Title: Confide in Me
Author:idontlikegravy
Character(s)/pairings: Gaius/Uther
Fandom and/or Prompt: Merlin, Gaius/Uther, unravel
Rating: PG-13
Warning:Uther/Gaius. Also, this is my first Merlin fic.
Disclaimer: Not mine, never was, never will be.

Written for Day Three of consci_fan_mo

Confide in Me

When Gaius was summoned to Uther’s chamber, he feared the worst and grabbed his medicine bag before hurrying along the corridors as quickly as his old bones would allow him. Gaius was not as close in the king’s council as he once was, but he knew that the stresses and strains of this peace conference were taking their toll on Uther. And now, with this challenge to Arthur…

So it was a great surprise, and even greater relief for Gaius to find Uther quite well and leaning against his fireplace. He turned as the door opened and straightened.

“Gaius, good of you to come at such a late hour,” he greeted and waved a hand to dismiss the guards.

“Of course, sire. It is always my pleasure to serve,” Gaius replied as the door closed behind him.

As the latch clicked shut Uther visibly sagged and Gaius could see the weight of the world was upon him. He started forward, but Uther held up a hand to stop him and smiled, though there was no joy in it.

“My Lord?”

“Oh, Gaius. Have I been so distant that you have forgotten? Here, I am Uther,” he said. He closed the gap between them in one step and stood close, too close, staring into Gaius’ eyes.

Gaius was suddenly unsure of himself. He hadn’t expected this. After all the coldness between them, especially since the debacle with the Witchfinder. Was this Uther trying to make amends? He certainly would not be the one to prevent a reconciliation.

Just as suddenly as he had approached, Uther turned and began pacing the floor.

“Uther?” Gaius asked tentatively.

“Everything I’ve worked for… everything we worked for is coming unravelled before my eyes. The peace treaty hangs by a thread, and now Arthur’s life…” Uther sat in a chair by his table and placed his head in his hands.

Gaius took a seat next to him and placed a comforting hand on his arm.

“Arthur is a great knight and a good son; he will do the right thing.”

Uther looked up at him.

“Will he? And what is the right thing? If he wins we will go to war. But if he loses… I can’t lose him, Gaius.”

Gaius moved his hand to the back of Uther’s neck and looked him in the eye.

“I know,” he murmured. “But everything will be alright, sire.”

Gaius wanted to comfort Uther more, but he dare not make the first move, he could only hope that Uther might. Then Uther grasped Gaius’ arm, holding it in position and met Gaius’ gaze.

“Stay with me tonight,” Uther asked. His voice was so quiet that Gaius might almost have thought he misheard, but there was no mistaking the look in his eyes. Gaius nodded once.

Tomorrow, things would probably return to normal, but, for tonight, his king needed him.
 
 
 
The other Weird Al: minimerlin - Uther/Gaiusaeron_lanart on December 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
This is made of all sorts of win, not least the fact that it's Uther/Gaius!

I can just see this happening though - Uther turning to the only person (apart from Arthur obviously) who can see him as something other than the King. Lovely.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: merlin luvs arthuridontlikegravy on December 3rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, glad you liked it :)

Er, and I suddenly realised that the only prompts I've done so far have been yours! You obviously know how to spark my muses! *g*
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on December 3rd, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I suddenly realised that the only prompts I've done so far have been yours!

Funnily enough, I could say the same thing! I have only used 1 prompt so far though.

You obviously know how to spark my muses!

Pleased to be of service! I'm more than happy to continue sparking muses if it gets me lovely fic.

And did you intentionally use a song title? I know its by Kylie originally, but I have a brill version by a band called Emma Conquest...

Edited at 2009-12-03 09:54 pm (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: marmiteidontlikegravy on December 3rd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
You keep prompting, I'll keep writing. Can't make any promises to quality tho.

I did pick it on purpose! A song title seemed apt since it was for you :-)

And I hope you don't think any less of me but I happen to love Kylie and it's one of my favourites. (NB for 'love' read 'have huge girlcrush on' *g*)
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on December 3rd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I actually don't mind the Kylie version at all, but I really like Emma Conquest.

I shall have to see if I can dust off any more prompts!

Edited at 2009-12-03 10:20 pm (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pretty pleaseidontlikegravy on December 3rd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
:-)
Nonaphoenix64 on December 4th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Aww, that's sweet. Excellent voices here.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: merlin n arthuridontlikegravy on December 4th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I was nervous because I've not attempted this fandom before so I'm really pleased you think so. :)
weird_fin: doctor who_ hugsweird_fin on December 4th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Nice, you captured Uther perfectly.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: merlin n arthuridontlikegravy on December 4th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :)
I'm a walking doodlemad_jaks on December 5th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Very nicely done.

I have a huge soft spot for Uther/Gaius.

Edited at 2009-12-05 06:30 pm (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: merlin luvs arthuridontlikegravy on December 6th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)

I was a Uther/Morgana girl, but I'm definitely coming around to Uther/Gaius. But Merlin/Arthur will always be my favourite ship :)
Rhi: crafty tenvipersweb on December 5th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Nice idea and nice execution with it. Works nicely.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: merlin luvs arthuridontlikegravy on December 6th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :-)

Icon love!