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Men of Legend (Merlin/Supernatural) 10/10

Chapter 9

Merlin was waiting for them in the clearing, pacing nervously back and forth in the light of the setting sun.

“There you are!” he called, rushing over and hefting a full leather bag off the ground. “I was beginning to think something had happened - you’d changed your minds and not told me or Arthur found out who you were-”

“We told him,” Dean said. “He’s cool with it.”

Merlin stared at him as though he had just told him that Arthur was a part-time hooker.

“You should give him a little more credit,” Sam added, patting Merlin on the shoulder. “You got our clothes?

Merlin nodded numbly and held out the bag.

“Thanks,” Dean said.

“What... what did he say? How- Has he followed you?” Merlin asked, his eyes scanning the forest behind them.

“No, we checked,” Sam answered.

Merlin’s eyes went gold for a moment, but Dean figured they were proven correct when he relaxed. They told him about their conversation with Arthur as they changed into their normal clothes.

“You shouldn’t have done that,” Merlin said. “Now he’ll... be curious. He’ll ask questions.”

“Good,” Dean said.

“You did this to force my hand,” Merlin accused. “It was not your place!”

“Hey, you can keep lying to him if you want,” Dean replied. “But take it from two people with experience – Destinies are a lot easier to deal with if you know what they fucking are.”

“I know what our destiny is, that’s enough!” Merlin yelled back.

“Is it, Merlin?” Sam asked. “You told me yourself – the only sorcerers Arthur sees are the ones that try to kill him. He doesn’t see the good in magic, because the good sorcerers are afraid of him... including you.”

“I’m not afraid of Arthur,” Merlin said, but he didn’t meet their eyes.

“You’re afraid of losing him,” Sam said. “It’s the same thing.”

Merlin didn’t reply, instead he just started shoving their discarded garments into his bag. Dean and Sam decided with a look that it was best to just leave the conversation there.

After a whole week in Camelot, it was weird to see Sam wearing plaid and jeans. Dean realized how strange they must have looked to Merlin when he first summoned them. Dean felt otherworldly for a moment.

Then Merlin looked up at the sky and shouted in a suddenly deep and raspy voice, “O drakon, e mala soi ftengometh tesd'hup anankes! Erkheo!” And nevermind, Dean thought, because that was otherworldly.

“What was that?” Dean asked carefully.

“I need the dragon to send you back,” Merlin replied. “Did I mention that I was a dragonlord?”

“No,” Sam said.

Merlin smiled. “He’ll be here in a few moments.”

“Hey, uh, no hard feelings, right Merlin?” Dean said. “I know you’re angry with us, but – well, we did have fun this past week, and you’re a decent guy.”

“Yeah, it was really great to meet you,” Sam added. “If you ever need us, just...well, I guess you’d have to summon us again.”

“But we totally won’t be as angry about it next time,” Dean added.

Merlin laughed. “Thanks, I... maybe you have a point about Arthur, I just... I guess a person can get used to living a certain way, and the idea of changing anything...”

“Is scary as hell,” Dean finished. “Yeah man, I get it.”

“Things are going to change whether you like it or not, for better or for worse,” Sam said. “Don’t you think you’d prefer to be the one in control?”

A large shadow suddenly fell over them and Dean looked up to find an enormous creature descending from the darkening sky. It was unlike the dragons that he and Sam had fought, that was for sure. It was unlike anything Dean had ever seen outside of movies.

“Holy shit,” Sam said under his breath and Dean couldn’t help but agree. Merlin just smiled and walked forward to stand directly under the dragon’s huge jaws.

“Good evening, young Warlock,” the dragon’s voice boomed.

“Holy crap, it can talk,” Dean whispered.

“Indeed, Warrior,” the dragon spoke.

“Dean, Sam, I’d like you to meet Kilgarrah,” Merlin introduced, still standing way too close to the thing in Dean’s opinion. “Kilgarrah, Dean and Sam.”

The dragon, Kilgarrah, lowered his head in greeting, Sam gave a little awkward wave.

“Uh, nice to meet you, I guess,” Dean added.

“I promised the warriors that I’d return them to their world after the monsters were slain,” Merlin said. “Please tell me you know how to do that.”

“Wait, you don’t know how!?” Dean stared at Merlin.

“Maybe... not as such,” Merlin gave him an apologetic smile.

“God, you really are a lying bastard,” Dean said.

“Do not worry, Warriors,” Kilgarrah said. “I can get you home, but we must all work the spell together.”

“Um, Dean and me, we aren’t sorcerers,” Sam spoke up, “I mean, we do simple spells sometimes, but we’re not like Merlin.”

“This is true, but it is not your magic that is required, but rather that of your dragon,” Kilgarrah answered.

“You have a dragon!?” Merlin asked, eyes hopeful.

“No,” Dean said. “We don’t have a dragon. Haven’t seen one for years, and last one we did see, tried to kill us.”

Merlin deflated. Kilgarrah, however, lowered his head and narrowed his eyes at them like he was reconsidering something... Dean really hoped it didn’t involve eating them.

“Perhaps you use a different word,” Kilgarrah considered. “I speak of the winged one. I can sense his mark on you.”

“Castiel?” Sam said. “Are you- I think he means, Cas!”

“But Cas is an angel,” Dean replied.

“What’s an angel?” Merlin asked.

“I thought the Arthurian legends were Christian based,” Sam muttered.

“Apparently not here, and maybe we should focus on the problem at hand!” Dean replied, gesturing to the giant friggin’ dragon.

“Right, um, okay... so, we can’t...uh... I don’t think Cas can hear us call him from another world,” Sam told Kilgarrah.

“That is where Merlin and I come in,” Kilgarrah replied. “We can only open the barrier between the worlds wide enough for your voice to get through. From there, this Cas must open it the rest of the way and reach through for you.”

“And if this doesn’t work?” Dean asked.

“Well, Arthur did say he was going to knight us,” Sam answered. Dean huffed a humourless laugh.

“How about we worry about that after we try,” Merlin offered.

“Yeah, alright, let’s do this,” Dean nodded.

The dragon lowered its head and breathed on Merlin, who simply closed his eyes and stood there.

“Okay, slightly gross,” Dean said, as Kilgarrah stopped and then glared at him.

“That’s how he teaches me spells,” Merlin shrugged. “They’re just... put directly into my mind, as though I always knew them.”

“You did, I simply guide your conscious mind to the knowledge,” Kilgarrah explained. “Now, let us begin.”

With that, Merlin and the dragon shifted so that they were facing the open end of the clearing. Merlin gestured for Sam and Dean to stand in front and to the side of him.

“Uh, if I don’t get a chance to say it once this starts,” Merlin said, smiling. “I’d just like to... well, thank you, for everything, and tell you that it’s been an honour.” He then reached out his arms, palms open, and he and the dragon began to chant in a language that Dean didn’t recognize, and then their eyes started glowing gold. Golden tendrils seemed to flow from the dragon through Merlin. Dean realized that Merlin was acting as the funnel to concentrate the dragon’s magic and his own into a single point.

In front of them, the air started to ripple – as though someone was throwing pebbles into a vertical pond. Sam nudged Dean in the ribs.

“Cas,” Dean said. “Uh, I really hope you can hear me. We’ve been summoned to another world, and we need your help getting back. We got the door open on this side a little, but we need you to open it the rest of the way so we can get home.”

“Castiel,” Sam continued, “We’re just outside of Camelot, if that makes a difference. We’ve got Merlin and a dragon here. Um... please help open the door?”

*

Merlin chanted as the brothers called their angel-dragon. It was so unlike the way he summoned Kilgarrah, that part of him feared that the brothers had been correct and they really didn’t have a dragon. He wondered whether they would ever forgive him if they were trapped forever in Camelot. He wondered whether it would only be a matter of time before they told his secrets to Arthur… he tried to focus on the chanting and ignore the part of him that thrilled at the idea.

“Dean, Sam,” a deep voice suddenly filled the clearing. It vibrated in Merlin’s very bones. His hands shook with fear.

“Cas!” Dean called back, clearly delighted, though Merlin couldn’t fathom rejoicing at such a terrifying voice. “Buddy!” Dean continued, “Can you open this thing a little wider.”

“Close your eyes,” Cas’ voice rang out yet again.

The air rippled more intensely, and a light appeared in the centre of the ripples, as though Merlin and the dragon were opening a door into the sun. Merlin couldn’t look directly at it.

“Shit, I think he’s going true form for this,” Sam said, “Merlin! Dragon! Close your eyes!”

Losing the visual connection to the spell was hard, but, even with his eyes closed, the light burned.

“Goodbye Merlin! It’s been fun,” Dean called.

“Good luck! Think about what we said,” Sam said.

Merlin desperately wanted to say goodbye, but he could feel the sweat beading on his temple and it was taking all his concentration just to keep the spell going and the doorway open. The very fabric of creation seemed to be rebelling at the break in the barrier between worlds.

Then, the blinding light vanished, and the clearing was plunged back into ordinary darkness. Kilgarrah stopped chanting and Merlin felt the dragon’s magic leave him. He opened his eyes.

After the blinding light of the doorway, Merlin couldn’t even see his own hands.

“That wasn’t a dragon,” Merlin said, his heart still racing. The very presence of the being had filled him with terror and yet Dean had greeted it as though it were a friend from the tavern.

“No,” Kilgarrah said.

“Wait, are you admitting you were wrong about something?” Merlin turned to look at Kilgarrah. He could only make out Kilgarrah’s eyes glowing above him, as Merlin’s eyes adjusted to the evening light.

“The spell worked,” Kilgarrah argued. “I was correct.”

“But you were wrong about them having a dragon,” Merlin stated, laughing. “Admit it, you arrogant ass.”

“I never claimed to be infallible,” Kilgarrah said haughtily. “Best get back to Camelot, young Warlock, lest Arthur grow suspicious.” Merlin felt the rush of air as Kilgarrah beat his wings and lifted off into the night sky. The dragon flew towards the fading twilight, probably because – like Merlin – it was all he could see.

Merlin managed to find his knapsack and the swords that Dean and Sam had been using. Thankfully, he knew this part of the wood like the back of his hand. He was halfway back to Camelot before his eyes recovered from the spell.

He slipped into one of the siege tunnels so that he could return the swords to the armoury before anyone saw him and started asking questions. As he was placing the battered swords back on the forgotten rack at the back of the room, he suddenly missed the brothers greatly. It had felt good to have someone other than Gaius know the truth about him.

He couldn’t help but wonder if he had underestimated them, even though he had known who they were the entire time. In the clearing, they had called a creature to them – a good spirit, Merlin corrected himself, thinking of the stories. They had called a spirit so large his voice shook your bones, a spirit so bright that you could not actually gaze upon it – and they had commanded this spirit with simple words, no, not commanded, simply spoken to. They had asked and the spirit had chosen to obey! What power the brothers must hold…

They had even corrected Kilgarrah. Merlin chuckled again. Though, he thought, Kilgarrah did have a point – it’s not like he had ever claimed to be infallible.

‘Then why do you follow his words as though he is?’ a small voice in the back of Merlin’s head spoke up. Merlin couldn’t tell if it was the voice was the influence of the brothers or of Arthur, but it made him still. ‘Don’t you think you’d prefer to be the one in control?’ Sam’s voice floated in the back of his mind.

Merlin shook his head and tried to convince himself that the brothers just didn’t understand, but the thought stayed there, niggling, as he made his way to Arthur’s chambers.


FIN!

Comments

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ramblin_rosie
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
'Kay, so I skipped over to AO3 and read the rest while you were posting; left kudos there, but reviewing more properly here. This was fun. :) LOVE how badly Merlin's rattled by the guys being so casual with Cas! And the insistence that Secrets and Lies Do Not End Well--don't know that much about Merlin the series, but man, do the Winchesters ever know that one from gobs of hard experience. Also like the acknowledgment that legends are just people... we're used to that side of Sam and Dean because we "know" them, and it's easy to forget that other people could find them larger than life and slightly-to-extremely terrifying.
In short, A+, will likely read again. :)
hells_half_acre
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for coming back here to leave feedback. (One of my only grips about AO3 is the fact that it's so rare for people to comment.)

I'm really glad you liked it! In my opinion, Merlin REALLY needed the lesson on Secrets and Lies Do Not End Well. Merlin the series, I think, turns into a tragedy because of it... and part of the reason why I wrote this crossover was because I really didn't like the fact that Merlin ended up in tragedy, I'd have preferred a happier end. So, yeah, I wanted to go back in time and give Merlin a nudge in the right direction. Though, I left it up to the reader as to whether he listens to that nudge.

And yes, I absolutely adore playing with how strangers view Sam and Dean... how intimidating they would be if you didn't know them, or only knew of their deeds and not the men behind those deeds.

Again, I'm really glad you liked it! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)
jennytork
Apr. 5th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
ADORED this! Thank you SO MUCH for this!
hells_half_acre
Apr. 5th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it! :)
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hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

In my defense, I didn't see them as using particularly conventional sword "techniques" - I just didn't really want to write out a whole other action scene to describe the way the sword fights looked. :P And I don't really say how long the fights last, do I? Because yeah... I didn't see them lasting particularly long either... and Sam could have just been lucky against Percival. ;)

I'm glad you liked my Lancelot-resolve. I couldn't write a Merlin fic without doing that. And I'm also happy that I made you laugh.

Thanks for reading and commenting!! :)
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cappy712
Apr. 6th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
What a great story. I have not watched Merlin yeah I know of the story from growing up but I have not seen the show but I could see what you were writing in the story and really it came to life.

Thank you for sharing.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad that you were able to enjoy it even having not seen Merlin. :)
alexjanna91
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
Okay, I just have to say that this was amazing. Like everything I ever wanted in an SPN/Merlin crossover. I absolutely loved the idea that Sam and Dean were legends in Merlin's universe just as much as Merlin is in theirs. Sam's dressing down of Arthur and Dean's attitude throughout the entire story were hilarious and very in character. I'm actually a little giddy with the awesomeness of this story.

I seriously hope you think about doing a continuation or a sequel or something. Your crossovers are some of my favorites and there is a serious lack of awesome SPN/Merlin out there. Thanks so much for sharing this! There wasn't a part of this story that I didn't love.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked the premise with the legends, I liked how it put everyone on equal footing somehow. :)

I'm also really glad you found it hilarious. Humour is a tricky thing to get right sometimes, and I'm always a little nervous about it.

I have no plans for a sequel at the moment, but I'm not ruling one out completely. If it does happen, it probably won't be any time soon. I do agree that there's a lack of good SPN/Merlin fic out there - but who knows, maybe someone reading this story will be inspired to write their own and surprise us both with something even better. :)

Thanks for reading and commenting, and I'm very happy that you loved it so much. :)
claudiapriscus
Apr. 6th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
\0/ >>> me, reading this story.

You do write such excellent fun crossovers. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this. I was initially skeptical of how it was going to work- well, no, that's not quite right. I knew it was going to work because you're good at that sort of thing, so half the pleasure of reading this was seeing how you would manage to mesh two shows that, for a whole host of reasons, might not mesh terribly well together. And as always, it was very artfully done. The story was fun, the characters were excellent. :)
hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The initial idea of Merlin summoning "the best of the best" to help fight monsters and getting Sam and Dean actually came from an unfilled anon-request on the Merlin kinkmeme... so I can't take all the credit for the idea of how I blended the universe. The only thing I did was change it to explain WHY Merlin got Sam and Dean, and how their existence in the Merlin universe could be explained.

So glad you liked it. :)
redrikki
Apr. 6th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
This was a fun read. I love the whole culture-shock aspect of it as well as the outside POV on both the Winchesters and the Merlin crew. I don't really have anything profound to say, just that it was a romp.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! I had meant it to be a romp, so, profound or not, this comment puts a smile on my face. :)

marlowe78
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
All right, that was fun!

The story about Sam and Dean that's told in Merlin's world... is it possible that by any chance, some fanfiction made it over into that universe? :-D


Dean had to wonder if everyone in this kingdom had mastered the art of looking like a kicked puppy, because goddamn.

Hahaha, that's very true, isn't it? I mean, even Uther could look like a kicked puppy.

Thanks for this interesting story. I really liked the idea of Sam and Dean fighting with the knights, and that scene with Arthur protecting Merlin even when he wasn't sure he was turned was perfectly done.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Where there are stories, there is always fanfiction. ;)

Hahaha, that's very true, isn't it? I mean, even Uther could look like a kicked puppy.

I'm glad you liked that line. I swear, when Arthur wibbles, I just want to wrap him in blankets and hand him adorably puppies until he smiles again.

and that scene with Arthur protecting Merlin even when he wasn't sure he was turned was perfectly done.

I had that scene in my mind from the very beginning, so I'm happy that you felt I did a good job with it. This whole story was basically an excuse for me to write that scene. :P

Thanks for reading! :)
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franztastisch
Apr. 6th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
HEEEEEEEE!! Things I have missed; 1) reading fun SPN fic, 2) reading fun Merlin fic where I don't actually have to have seen past S2 to understand it, 3) your writing and 4) FUSIONS OF JOY!

And YEYEYEYEYEYEYEYEY this fits all four categories!! I giggled a whole lot while reading this. :D I forget how much I loved Merlin and Arthur's interactions. And this was a lovely fusion, with Sam and Dean being stories in Merlin's world just as Merlin and Arthur are in ours. <3

Wonderful job. :)
hells_half_acre
Apr. 6th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
:D I'm happy I could tick all those boxes for you! I'm glad I made you giggle - humour is hard to write, but I love it so, and Merlin's humour was the reason I started watching the show.

Again, really happy that you liked it and enjoyed how I blended the worlds. Thanks for reading! :)
spn_2008
Apr. 8th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
I have never watched Merlin, but I loved it!

Well done :)
hells_half_acre
Apr. 8th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you could enjoy it even having not watched Merlin. :)
jpgr
Apr. 11th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
I had this marked and just got to it. I loved! I think it was a credible reason for the cross, not just something thrown together. I like how the boys were stories/legends in Camelot and how they seemed to take well to everything. I like how everyone in Camelot watches out for Merlin, making sure he eats and catches some shut-eye.

If you couldn't tell, I thought it very well done.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 11th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm happy you loved it! I try not to do crossovers unless I can find a credible reason to cross - and luckily someone on the Merlin kinkmeme gave me half the idea for this cross (the summoning) and I had fun coming up with a believable reason why a summoning would get Sam and Dean of all people. :)
moonlessnightz
Apr. 12th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
You've done such an amazing job with this crossover :)) You really brought all the characters to life and I had a great time reading this, thank you <3
hells_half_acre
Apr. 12th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

And thank you for reading and commenting too! :)
shellycrimson
Apr. 21st, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
i just wanted to say I loved this story a lot and if you happen to write another of this please tell us! ~~
hells_half_acre
Apr. 21st, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
If I do, I'll definitely tell people. :)

Thanks for reading!!
tarienemrys
Aug. 18th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
oh Wow!!!! This was amazing!!!! Truly amazing <3
hells_half_acre
Aug. 18th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
shinybiancachu
Oct. 10th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen Merlin, but gave it a try. I liked it. Sam and Dean know that keeping secrets is Bad.. Marlin being shocked that they would talk to such a powerful creature as Cas and Cas choosing to obey them was a nice touch. Maybe next time a monster from Merlin can go to the supernatural world and Sam and Dean end up summoning Merlin and Arthur? ( uses puppy eyes stronger than Sam's, Merlin's, and Arthur's and begs)
hells_half_acre
Oct. 10th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Nice that you could still get a kick out of this story even without knowing the Merlin world. My beta on this fic didn't know Merlin, and therefore had the same impression of Arthur as Sam and Dean did - it was kind of fun to play with that.

A lot of people want a follow-up to this fic, and I DO have some ideas for one - unfortunately, what I want to do is to set it post-series Merlin, and I worry that it will give everyone a case of the sads. Also, I'd probably want to make it full-on slash, rather than ambiguous... which, might make people happy again, but who knows? Maybe they like it ambiguous.
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