On his return, it was not until Merlin saw the stricken faces of Camelot's people that he knew tragedy had befallen the city.
Gwaine directed him to the empty Great Hall where, upon the plinth that Uther had lain mere months before, was Gwen.
Weeping quietly, Arthur had lain his head upon her belly. Their new son was nowhere to be seen.
Merlin bolted for the doors.
He sought out Gaius but before Merlin could ask the question, the physician stopped him in his tracks.
"Arthur would never have permitted the use of magic to save her. You know that."