I see Cas hasn’t lost any of his sass.
No, I have feelings about this scene, okay. Partially because of the role reversal—Arthur being the one to help Merlin get ready—but also because of the dynamic right here between them.
Arthur’s glance is not of the exasperated “this idiot can’t even dress himself” kind. It’s one that says: “Merlin is nervous before a battle that might cost his life and the lives of all the villagers, including his mom, and I really shouldn’t think about helping him get ready, but we’ve come this far, and he needs all the support I can give him.” And so Arthur is compelled to help Merlin, because he feels he can and must give him support—as the one who’s his senior, more experienced in battle, and the one who insisted on having a battle in the first place.
It might be the only time in the whole series when it’s not Merlin cheering Arthur on before some trial, but Arthur doing something similar to Merlin. For once, it’s not all about Arthur’s burdens, and Arthur can see that. Arthur catches Merlin at a vulnerable moment, and tries to help.
The gauntlet’s more or less by the by; Arthur doesn’t even look at it. His eyes are trained on Merlin’s face the whole time, even as Merlin avoids looking at Arthur. It’s an emotionally charged situation for both of them, but, in a twist on their usual dynamic, it’s Arthur reaching out and trying to make it better for Merlin.
It’s not necessarily a great romantic moment, or anything like that. But it’s a rare instance of reciprocity between them, and support that goes both ways. They are true equals here. I could have done with more moments of Arthur acknowledging Merlin like that.
Merlin’s Delivery Service AU » Following ancient tradition, the young warlock Merlin Emrys left his quiet hometown of Ealdor in search of a new place where he could train and develop his magical skills. Upon his flight in search of a new home, he came across the bustling seaside city of Camelot. Though the city wasn’t very welcoming at the sight of a warlock, he managed to meet a few kind people, including a girl named Gwen who owned a bakery. She allowed Merlin to stay with her as long as he used his skills to be the new delivery boy.
On Merlin’s daily runs he always seemed to run into an eccentric boy riding his bike named Arthur, an aviation lover who was completely entranced by Merlin and his magic. He never left Merlin alone, always pestering him about flying and things. The two eventually grew to be friends and slowly but surely the cityfolk grew to accept Merlin as their town warlock.
Character names’ meaning and origins: Merlin (part 1)
i was crying in art class today and this girl was all “why are you crying?” and i didnt really wanna answer and we sorta know each other so i was all “why arent YOU crying?” and then she looked at me and ACTUALLY sTARTED TO CRY I just?? wAS NOT PREPARED FOR THAT
Amanda Helm’s poetry [x]