When I started working on my short story for Tales of the Once and Future King, I decided to use one particular factoid I first heard in an episode of Babylon 5 called A Late Delivery from Avalon: Some Arthur myths say that Merlin aged backwards. He knew the future by remembering the future.
If that were the case, it makes sense that Merlin would have to age backwards at a rate of speed so slow that no one would visibly notice.
So how long would it take for Merlin to hit childhood?
Better yet, if Merlin survived into the post-Arthurian world, how would he spend his time?
To answer the first question, I ignored the math. It was just easier to make Merlin 10 years old in 2016.. As for how he would spend his time? That’s even easier: he’d be fighting whatever supernatural creatures just happen to pop up. It would be easiest to hide out in big population centers. I happen to live in New York City, so the setting was easy enough.
So, why not have Merlin try to kill a fae Mayor of New York with a wrought iron flamingo?
While it was tempting to begin with attempted assault with a deadly flamingo, I wanted to jump forward to the police station where Merlin is being processed. Because while assault with a deadly flamingo is entertaining, I want to see how a simple uniformed officer tries to fill out that police report. Hilarity ensues.
Yes, it really is as funny as you think it would be.
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