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04 April 2010 @ 02:31 am
The Tree: A Young!Morgana Ficlet  
Oh the things I will do for Team Morgana on merlin_land! :)  Here is a little ficlet I wrote for a challenge there, in which I incorporated the prompts for "tree" and "storm."

Title: "The Tree"
Rating: G
Pairing: None
Word Count: 269
Disclaimer: I do not own "Merlin" or any of its characters.  This is written only for fun, not profit.
Summary: Morgana loved the old oak tree by her home, until that fateful day that changed everything for her.
Notes/Warnings: No spoilers.  The extra background info on Morgana, such as her living at Tintagel Castle, is based on the legend.   And thanks to ink_maid  for beta-ing!

It began with a tree.

It was a great oak tree, ancient and gnarled, planted by some distant ancestor in time immemorial. Morgana had grown up with this tree, had spent many hours sprawled underneath its branches, enjoying its cool shade in the summertime, and its vibrantly colored leaves in autumn. She loved to trace her fingers along the rough bark, and across the messages carved there by past lovers. It was her favorite place to retreat to when she needed some time alone.

It was also where Morgana always went to catch the first glimpse of her father when he returned home from war and other travels. From its vantage point on the hill near Tintagel, Morgana had a clear view of the road leading up to the front gate of the castle. Her father knew to look for Morgana there as he approached, smiling and waving at her. Morgana lived on those smiles. She could hardly bear the times when her father went away.

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In her first nightmare that came true, she saw the tree amidst a storm.

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It was pouring outside as Morgana stood at her usual post by the tree that day, but the rain did not matter to her, not when her father was coming home. She huddled under her cloak and waited patiently. Waited for that cherished first glimpse, for that smile she lived for.

But it never came. In the place of her father on his black steed at the front of his men, there was only a covered cart, surrounded by somber faces.

Morgana never visited the tree again.

Feedback always appreciated. :)

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to themirrorofsin ! :) And Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it!
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: "A Window to the Past" by John Williams
majorrogue: Morgana - whitemajorrogue on April 4th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
oh poor morgana! :( that's really sad!

great story!

sherrilina: Arthur/Morgana 3 (Merlin)sherrilina on April 4th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) And yeah, I imagine whatever happened, it was a traumatic and very tragic experience for him, I was thinking while writing the story of her line to Uther in 1x12, when she says, "All I knew is that I loved him, and he was taken from me," her voice breaking up....

And yes, go Team Morgana, go go go! (I was happy to see a decent amount of Morgana participation, especially maxing out on points! :) Maybe we can pull a 3rd place on this challenge, lol).
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [bladder] bookwormthedoingofit on April 5th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I really like the way that you incorporated her sight in this... So beautiful and so sad! Poor Morgana... <333
sherrilina: Arthur/Morgana 3 (Merlin)sherrilina on April 5th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D Poor Morgana indeed.....she certainly hasn't had it easy in life, then or now.

I would so love for them to go more into Morgana's childhood/background...*sigh* But I doubt that will ever happen....
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [merlin] your hair was long when we firsthedoingofit on April 6th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
One of many things that I would love to see but that will probably never come to pass... I mostly just want a show that focuses only on Morgana and Morgause... ;oP

(Also: LOVE the mood theme! Is that new?)
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on April 8th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Lol indeed, I wish our spin-off was real! :( I would totally be down with Morgana being the protagonist of the show instead of Merlin...*le sigh*

Lol no, I've had this mood theme since last year, long before we met! :p Thanks though! :)
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sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on April 8th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading! :)
Always distant. Always silent.: Miranda - Such Fun!themirrorofsin on April 5th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Aw that was really good - poor Morgana
And thank you!!! :D x
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on April 8th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, hope you had a good birthday! And thanks! :) Poor Morgana indeed...*sigh*
Purpleyin/Hans: smoothmissyvortexdv on April 6th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
mm tree symbolism. Nice ficlet
sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on April 8th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
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sherrilina: Morgana (Merlin)sherrilina on April 8th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I love your icon....