Disclaimer: I don't own Merlin.

A/N: My beta, jaqtkd, is amazing. *hugs* Merlin's speech at the end is totally her work.

Forgive Me?

Arthur was working on some papers when his servant entered his room and he immediately knew that something was wrong. Merlin was nervous, edgy - one eye constantly on the door. He nodded at him and said shortly, "Merlin."

Merlin walked several more steps before coming to a stop in front of his master, "Arthur," He replied, his voice and body tense and agitated.

"Yes?" Arthur answered, waiting and slightly curious.

"There is something I need to tell you." Merlin's words wavered slightly and he held his hands tightly behind his back. "And please let me finish before you say anything."

"Merlin?" Arthur asked in a puzzled voice not having moved from his seat.

"Please." His tone had taken on a desperate quality. Arthur nodded slowly. "I don't know how to say this so I'm just going to say it." His eyes that were scanning the floor finally looked directly at his. "Arthur, I have magic."

Arthur opened his mouth and spluttered. Words escaped him.

"You promised." Merlin pleaded, his eyes shining. "It's just ... I wanted you to know that ... Well, I didn't have a choice because ..." He shook his head. "Magic, I was born with it and I know I lied to you and I don't expect you to forgive me - not right away or perhaps not at all but ... maybe..?" He gave Arthur a humourless smile. "I think it would be best for me to go now. You know, let you think it over for a bit." Before Arthur could utter a word, Merlin had fled the room.

I have already forgiven you.