The prince ignored him, quickening his pace. The warlock tried again.
“Shut up, Merlin!” The prince slammed him suddenly against the wall, his hand hard over his mouth. “I know what you’re going to say. We’re not going to kill Morgana. But I wasn’t about to tell that old lizard that. I have a plan, but I need your help. Right now, that means getting back to Gaius’ chambers unscathed. Which we can’t do if you’re yammering on. Get it?”
Baffled, the warlock followed in his wake without protest. When they were back in the physician’s chambers, the prince went directly to the shelf of vials and began inspecting them.
“Now will you tell me what—“
“Do you remember when the troll put that enchantment over my father, and we had to make him cry in order to break it?” Arthur interrupted pointedly, before returning his attention to the shelves.
“Yes, but—Oh!” Merlin’s eyes widened. Jumping up, he joined his liege at the wall and grabbed the right vials, and then hesitated. “Morgana will never go along with it.”
“Yes she will. There’s still enough of the old Morgana in her to be loyal to us. Besides, she won’t allow innocents to be harmed. She’s too much of a healer now to do anything else.” Arthur replied with certainty, pulling him away.
Armed with their knowledge, it really wasn’t a surprise to discover Morgana hiding in her chambers rather than safely away in the Valley as Arthur had ordered. The prince gave silent thought to the hope that Gwen was at least safe, even though Gaius was not with her, before he and Merlin turned to confront their companion.
“Morgana THINK!” Arthur urged. “Did anything out of the ordinary happen? Did you have another vision?”
He was trying to give her an opportunity to plead her innocence; to show evidence that she was just another pawn in Morgause’s game instead of a willing accomplice.
Her eyes widened. “Yes!” She breathed. “Morgause. I’ve been meeting Morgause in the forest, and she’s been teaching me magic, but I thought it was all a dream! And then she sent me a note somehow, and I wasn’t going to go meet her in the forest, but somehow I did anyway, and she placed a spell on me—“
“We found the spell in one of Gaius’ books.” Merlin interrupted quickly. “According to what it says, you are the source of the spell, Morgana. Kill the source, and the Knights die with it. She set you up to die, my lady. Morgause isn’t to be trusted. She only cares about herself.”
“But she told me that we were sisters!” She said imploringly. “Why would she do that to family, especially when we both have magic? I don’t understand.”
“She wants to bring back magic to the realm.” Merlin replied with a sigh. “And like too many others, she believes that the only way to do so is by getting rid of the Pendragons.” He glanced at the prince. “That used to mean just Uther and Arthur, but now you are a Pendragon too. Perhaps she wanted an out In case you didn’t go along with her plans.”
“I want magic returned to the realm, it is true.” She said bluntly, shooting Arthur a defiant glare. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean I want Uther dead, either.” Her defiance wilted slightly. “Morgause wasn’t kidding when she said that if I was with her then I was against Uther. I don’t want to die…” she whispered, looking defeated.