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Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 7, 2014 13:29:24 GMT -5
Her reaction wasn't quite what he'd hoped for, but still, it seemed as though this girl didn't have quite the amount of confidence she pretended to. Arthur smiled at her, eyes crinkling a little as he did so. The smile faded though as she coughed, her eyes watering, and his hand went to her back, gently patting it for a second before drawing it away again. "I apologise, I hope that I have not offended you?" he asked.
Another forkful of food halfway to his mouth, the blonde sighed at Ruby's question, and shrugged, elegently, before putting his fork down, reaching forward and taking his mug, quenching his thirst for a moment. "What would you like to know?" he asked, carefully. "I'm afraid some of my memory is a little vague, but I will certainly tell you what I can, my lady."
Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 7, 2014 14:11:12 GMT -5
The blonde relaxed a little, relieved that he hadn't insulted Ruby, and nodded with a slight, hesitant smile. He wasn't entirely surprised that she didn't know much of Camelot, but the fact that she'd heard of the Knights and the Table made pride swell in the young man's chest for a moment. At the mention of Lancelot, though, the smile that had threatened to cross Arthur's lips faded, and he paled, breath coming out harshly for a moment. "Lancelot... he is here?" he asked, his voice low. After everything, of all the people who could turn up... Lancelot was the one he was least looking forward to seeing. The thought of seeing him again was sickening, and briefly, Arthur wondered if that meant Guinevere was here, too.
Pushing away that dark thought, the blonde took a moment before answering; "Camelot...is hard to describe," he explained. "When my father died, I took over ruling, but much was changed. Magis is feared there, and trust was something that was gained through much strife. I formed the Knights of the Round Table, and together we've tried to keep peace - men of noble and of peasant families coming together to achieve equal happiness." He paused. "You would like Camelot, I think... it is beautiful, especially at night, in the late evening time, when the lanterns glow in the windows to welcome strangers." he gave a slight smile, lost in the past for a moment before forcing himself back into the present.
Listening to her, Arthur couldn't tell whether Ruby was trying to make him feel better, or worse. The idea of using magic was sickening - despite having nothing against it particuarly, he couldn't help but feel nervous about using it himself, in any sense. From what he'd seen, any use of magic always meant something bad would happen to those who used it.
Seeing Ruby's face drop, and her shoulders heave a bit, Arthur placed a hand on the girl's shoulder, hesitantly, worriedly. "Ruby, are you quite alright?" he asked, softly, his voice filled with honest concern.
Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 7, 2014 14:43:43 GMT -5
Arthur let out a bitter laugh, the hand holding his fork shaking a little. "If I never see him again, it'll be too soon." he swallowed hard, shaking his head. It wasn't polite for a Knight to speak so of anyone - not even someone who had betrayed them - and this was the first time since Lancelot and Guinevere's betrayal that Arthur had let his anger show like this. After a moment, the blonde offered Ruby a weak smile, hating the concern in her features. "My apologies," he murmured. "That man..." he swallowed hard. "My wife left me for him, many years ago. He was a trusted friend."
That was all he'd say on the subject, but he'd felt that Ruby deserved an explanation of some kind.
As the conversation turned back to Camelot, Arthur's worries eased just a little, and he smiled, nodding. "I would be honoured to have you as my guest, Ruby," he murmured softly, then smiled at her. "Though please, call me Arthur. I am no King here." He nodded, sighing softly. "I once wished I could be someone else... a peasent or farmer, in Camelot. Now I have what I wish, and for the most part, I would rather know that my Kingdom is safe."
The fact that Guinevere might have taken over Camelot haunted Arthur more than he'd like to admit, especially as she'd been pregnant. He nodded slowly as Ruby spoke, realising that her words held much truth. "This place has much charm of its own," he admitted. "Despite the challenge, I would be interested to get to know it better," he gave her a hesitant smile.
The sudden glare from Granny made Arthur start, and he let out a soft chuckle, shaking his head. "Be happy you have someone who cares if you live or die, Ruby," he advised softly. "She may push you, but at least she'd probably protect you, should harm come your way." A look of wistfulness crossed Arthur's features before it was quickly gone again, and the blonde took another long drink of his ale.
Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 8, 2014 6:27:08 GMT -5
Arthur shrugged, swallowing hard. "It's probably for the best. To be married to a King is no easy feat, though I do wish I could know of the child." He chuckled at her words and nodded. "My apologies, old habit I'm afraid," he admitted.
He sighed, shaking his head. "From what you tell me, the only who may know is Lancelot, and I'd not trust anything he said." the King laughed softly. "More free? Anything is freer than being stuck to live one step behind a mage for the rest of your life."
Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 8, 2014 7:03:25 GMT -5
Arthur sighed softly, taking another drink of his ale with a slight wince. "Seems like mages are everywhere," he murmured. "Can never get away from them, like shadows." He shook his head, listening to Ruby instead of focusing on his own thoughts. "Where would you like to go?"
He frowned a bit and nodded, only just realising now how very tired he felt. "With your permission and blessing, I'd rather sleep for a bit, if you've no objections?" he paused. "Perhaps later, we could go hunting?"
Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 8, 2014 7:37:08 GMT -5
Arthur laughed softly. "No man is truly free, Ruby. Each is subject to the condition of his people, his mind, and his heart." he nodded as she led him to the room, opening the door and holding it open for her as any true knight would, before stepping inside himself.
The King looked around, taking in the various strange objects, and frowned a little, uncertain as to what all the many devices were in there, and what they would do. "Perhaps you could explain some of these... contraptions... for me?" he asked, turning to Ruby with an apologetic expression on his face.
Post by Arthur Pendragon on Apr 8, 2014 10:17:36 GMT -5
The King listened to what Ruby was saying carefully, and nodded., smiling abit at her awkwardness regarding bathroom duties, then nodded to assure her that he was listening. "I'm sure I will be fine," he assured quietly, then chuckled softly. "Before I became King I had no servants, I know how to dress myself," he made sure to say the words gently, should Ruby take it in an offensive manner.
"Thank-you, Ruby, you have been most helpful." Stepping to her side, Arthur took her right hand and pressed a gentle kiss to it, before letting it go again. "I am most grateful to you."