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They arrived at the gates precisely as the moon rose and were let into the square by the guards. They were tired; they had been riding nonstop for two days. Arthur rode in the middle of the group with Merlin, Leon, Gwaine, Percival, Lancelot, and Gwaine flanked the back. Up ahead where the king, Uther and Gaius.
It had taken only two weeks for the king to snap out of his stupor after Morgana had made herself known. He had called only those who he considered his true allies in the fight against magic. His plan was to rein in every kingdom that tolerated the use of magic. They were starting with the eastern kingdom of Talians.
Merlin was overjoyed by the fact he would be able to meet magic users that wouldn't get executed on the spot. Of course, he wouldn't use his own magic here as he was still with the house hold of Pendragon, but it gave him a wonderful felling nonetheless. He glanced back to the knights and smiled at them; they all knew of Merlin's magic. They had happened upon him as he was using it in front of Lancelot one morning.
Surprisingly they were okay with it and wouldn't tell as soul.
"I expect you had a wonderful journey, Uther?" King Tilian asked. He was named after the kingdom like his ancestors a thousand years ago had been.
Uther got off his horse and clasped hands with the middle age man. "I have had better in the past years Tilian."
The king was weary, not so much the hard tyrant he once was. His face was ashen and his eyes clouded with all that had happened. During the trip they had to make frequent stops for the king to rest. Arthur had told Merlin one night he was afraid for his father.
Tilian, on the other hand, was very young looking and handsome. He wore a yellow robe with a raven on it and had crinkles on his eyes from smiling so much. The people loved him for he was fair and just. He knew the reason uther had come to his kingdom.
"Yes, I feel for you Uther, to have one's blood turn their back on you is hard indeed."
The party flinched ever so slightly and the knights, Merlin, and Gaius exchanged a look. Uther had known for a while Morgana was his daughter but the prince had only just found out. The family had had a quick and heated discussion about this that had not left them as happy with each other as they would like.
"I will have Kargar, my servant, show you to your rooms. Tomorrow I shall have the young ones take a tour on the city, for we have much to talk about I'm sure," Tilian said motioning a boy to him.
Merlin unloaded his pack and was just about to follow the servant when a voice stopped him. "Merlin are you forgetting something?"
Merlin turned and unexpectedly a bundle was thrown at him; it would landed on the dirt path had it not stopped in mid air.
The pair and the king looked up to see a man, his hand out stretched out to float the bundle into Merlin's arms. He smiled easily and laughed, "We wouldn't want the prince's things soiled, would we?"
Arthur tensed at the display of magic in front of him but he gritted his teeth and said a thank you. He turned to his father, who also looked at ill ease and gave a nod.
"Merlin," Arthur barked to his friend who was watching the person vanish into the crowed.
Merlin sighed, wishing for the umpteenth time he could do magic openly.
This was going to be a long stay.
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