Now My Wings Fit

Word of the Day Challenge: Antecedent

Antecedent – preceding; prior / a preceding circumstance, event, object, style, phenomenon, etc.

Disclaimer: Don’t own Merlin

“We need more firewood.”

“I’ll – get it.”

Merlin stood to leave and disappeared into the trees. No one seemed to notice the slight hesitation in his voice, but Mordred did; what was more, he recognised it for what it was: an antecedent for something big.

“I’ll help.” He stood.

Arthur turned to him, his brow raised.

“We’ll need more during the night. The more we collect now, the less chance there is of one of us needing to fetch more in the dark.”

A moment passed, then Arthur nodded.

Mordred gave a small bow and followed Merlin into the woodland.

It took a half minute before Mordred caught up, and by that point he could already see that Merlin was stumbling. He had yet to pick up any firewood.

Mordred was mere steps away when Merlin leaned against a tree, and then fell to his knees.

Mordred ran the last few steps and knelt by Merlin’s side. When Merlin saw who was there, he sighed and rolled his eyes.

“Mordred…”

“Let me take over.”

Merlin glared at him. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“I know that you are human. Your magic may be infinite, but you are not. You have been sustaining this spell for too long. Let me take over.”

“I’m fine.”

“You can’t stand.”

Merlin looked away, down at the ground, and took a few deep breaths. Tightening his grip on the bark of the tree, he made to push himself to his feet.

He only made it a few inches off of the ground.

“You see? You cannot go on like this. Let me help.”

Merlin wiped a hand over his face and looked at Mordred, his eyes scrutinizing. Mordred fought the urge to squirm.

It seemed an age before Merlin spoke.

“Fine. You first.”

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