Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana
Length: 178k / est 250k
Genre: Adventure, Angst, Romance, Magic Revealed
Summary: Merlin is Arthur's lover, his manservant, his knight, the grain of sand that will make Camelot into a shining pearl. But the one thing he cannot be is a sorcerer. After Merlin confesses, Arthur is determined to find a way to remove Merlin's magic, to remove the corruption without killing him, and before it can destroy his soul. But magic can only be fought with magic. Without Merlin's powers, Camelot will be defenseless against the next magical attack. And that's not all Arthur has to worry about, because there are visitors to the court, alliances and enemies, and a princess he may have no choice but to marry.
Gwen has listened in silence for years as Morgana's muttered nightmares have proved true again and again, and her latest are terrifying visions of people with glowing red eyes and the destruction of Camelot itself. When Camelot loses its only protection against the devastation that is to come, Gwen must find a way to rescue Merlin from Arthur before it's too late.
( "Quick thinking," Gwen said, smiling, and Morgana smiled back. Gwen couldn't help but remember their kiss under the dungeons, and wanted to kiss Morgana again. But they weren't alone, and Merlin reminded her of that by jumping off her shoulder and hop-flapping around the room in amazement.
Gwen turned and finally took in their surroundings. Gaius had told them that there was a secret room where many books of the Old Religion had been hidden, to save them from the fires of the Great Purge. But this was was so much more than she could have hoped for, or even imagined. This was a whole library of books and scrolls, statues of the gods and goddesses, objects of ritual and magic. It didn't matter that they were covered in cobwebs and dust. This room held irreplaceable treasures. That it had survived this long without discovery and destruction, at the very heart of Camelot...
"Gwen," Morgana said, softly. "You're crying." )