Who: Nimue and Mordred, potential guest appearances by Merlin, Gaius, maybe others. What: Fire, blame, and betrayal Warnings: Smoke! Fire!
Watching a young child was tiring. Amy was too young for school, so she was home with Nimue all day. Nimue adored the girl, and didn't regret a second of her time with her, but when it was time for Amy's nap, Nimue had brought the girl into her own bedroom to lie down with her.
She'd planned for a short nap, and wanted to be awake by the time Mordred got home. She didn't trust Mordred alone with Amy. She'd seen the way the boy looked at her daughter, and it made Nimue very uncomfortable. She knew that it could have been because he was jealous of the girl, and maybe she could help it by giving Mordred more attention, but her gut reaction was to pull herself and her daughter further away from the threat.
Nimue had overslept. It was well into the late afternoon when she was woken by her daughter's screams. She darted up in bed, terrified to see her daughter wasn't lying next to her. Thick smoke was in the air, and there were flames in the hallway. Nimue coughed, and the smoke was making her eyes tear up. She could see her daughter in the corner of her room. She got up and began moving toward Amy, but part of the ceiling fell and flames shot up between Nimue and her daughter. The girl screamed louder, crying out.
Nimue reached out a hand and shot water across the flames, putting out a path for her to reach her daughter. She swept the girl up in her arms and moved toward the hallway.