Merlin, Merlin, Merlin - 1st November 1007

  • Nov. 1st, 2011 at 11:57 AM
not_a_clotpole: (Uh....huh)
He certainly knows how to make a feast awkward.

Last night was Samhain, so of course there was a feast. I've never cared for feasts at the best of times, but ever since Father's illness and Morgana's betrayal it's been even worse. For the first few months I was completely alone up there at the head table, sitting beside the empty King's Chair, trying not to notice it.

Of course, a few months ago Uncle Agravaine came so things have been less...awkward, but still.

Anyway, for once I thought the feast was going rather well, then Merlin had to make an ass of himself and faint. Actually faint, it's not as if I worked him too hard today! He barely had to do anything! And it wasn't incredibly stuffy in the hall either.

Honestly.

Still, Gaius assured us all that Merlin is fine and that he'll be up and about tomorrow, which is good...I mean I wouldn't want anything to be seriously wrong with him, aside from his general bizarre behaviour.

But fainting, really? He's such a delicate flower.

Sometimes... - 4th October 1007

  • Oct. 4th, 2011 at 11:55 PM
not_a_clotpole: (My Thinking Face)
I just want to give up on Council Meetings.

Season 4 spoilers! )

I guess all I can do is prepare myself.
not_a_clotpole: (My Thinking Face)
Yes, those...other mes, they disappeared as quickly as they arrived.

I'm not sure what to make of the fact I managed to keep Merlin completely unaware of their presence, honestly, I think as a servant he could do better. Still this really wouldn't have been a good time for Merlin to get professional.

Of course, having to babysit...myself for a whole day meant I didn't see Guinevere at all. Not even so much as a glimpse across the courtyard!

That situation had to be rectified today, and I'm pleased to say it was. After all, a good knight always succeeds in his mission.

Gaius told me today that Father has remained bedridden since the incident a few days ago, it's not exactly good news, but at least he isn't talking to 'ghosts'. I'm steeling myself to visit him tomorrow, I can only hope that he'll recognise me, I just don't know what to do when he doesn't recognise me or is under the impression that I'm someone else.

But then that might be too much to hope...

I'd rather not think about it.

Bad News From Gaius...- 21st September 1007

  • Sep. 21st, 2011 at 11:56 PM
not_a_clotpole: (Comforting Father)
Father's condition has deteriated once more, Gaius has informed me that he's halluncinating once again. He seemed to be under the impression that Lord Gorlois had returned. He kept talking about his own execution, just...ranting. I don't know. Part of me wishes I could have been there to help him...somehow, but the other part of me, God I don't want to see that, no-one needs to see that. I just wish...

And news like this is going to have to be passed on to the Council and no doubt they'll want to bring up the Regency Bill again. I suppose they have a good point, a mad king is no king at all.

But I just hate the very thought of it. This wasn't the way I wanted to become King.

I am not looking forward to tomorrow's Council Meeting...

Training Schedule... - 6th September 1007

  • Sep. 6th, 2011 at 11:55 PM
not_a_clotpole: (My Thinking Face)
Is basically...every chance I get for the next three days, the honoured 'guests' will be starting to arrive tomorrow, which probably means every chance I get won't be very much. Especially with Father still not much better, Gaius was hoping that a change in the weather might precipitate some change in his condition, but no luck there. So, I will have to take on all those meet and greet duties as well. There's not even Mor-

Merlin has taken to fussing over me, which is just bizarre, although it wouldn't be the first time, he seems absolutely convinced that he's supposed to be looking out for me. It's actually rather funny (and all right...maybe a bit touching) because God knows he can barely lift a sword. Still, I suppose it's the thought that counts.

All the same, I notice he hasn't bought my nightly fruit bowl in, is that too much to ask really? I have to tell him every second day it seems.

Which I best do now, maybe one day he'll learn.

Oh God... - 26th August 1007

  • Aug. 26th, 2011 at 11:55 PM
not_a_clotpole: (Bummer)
Gaius found Father wandering the halls of the castle tonight. This is the first time he's been out of his room in months and sadly it was not an indication that he is feeling better. In fact he was all but raving, and God only knows how many servants he ran into before Gaius got to him. I mean, yes, everyone knows that Father is...not in a very good place at the moment, but actually seeing it? That's another thing altogether.

So now I have to worry not only about the leaders of other kingdoms and what they think, but what people of Camelot think as well. At this rate when Father recovers no-one will trust him to be able to rule once more.

Speaking of the other kingdoms...the invitations have been sent, hopefully everyone will agree to show up, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do if they don't.

And I also have Guinevere's birthday to think of, the only bright spot in otherwise dreary and disheartening week.

I could use some annoying by Merlin right now...where is he? He hasn't even turned down my bed covers yet! Lazy, incredibly lazy.

A Scroll Arrived Today... - 20th July 1007

  • Jul. 20th, 2011 at 10:32 PM
not_a_clotpole: (What? -Fingers)
Not that we don't get almost a hundred scrolls every day (and if Monmouth had his way he'd read every single one out loud during meetings), but this one...

I don't even know what to say, or think.

It is from my Uncle.

My Uncle!

This is the first I've ever heard of him! I never even considered....

Obviously the news was a bit overwhelming, I barely had a chance to digest in fact, when all of sudden Morgana was there. Not...Morgana as she is now (God knows what that is), but when she was a little girl, just beginning to learn how to duel. How did it all go wrong?

After all that I could have done without a sudden trip to that Nexus thing. Although I did get rather good advice, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.

Still! An Uncle, out of nowhere! Gaius and Monmouth have authenticated the seal and assured me the man really does exist (although apparently they decided never to mention this to me!), so there's no reason not to accept his request.

I've never actually invited anyone to Camelot officially before, it's...nerve-wracking. I hope I didn't make too many spelling errors on my reply...

Highs and Lows... - 14th July 1007

  • Jul. 14th, 2011 at 11:31 PM
not_a_clotpole: (My Thinking Face)
It's been a day of both.

Firstly, the weather broke overnight so the knights were finally able to train. God forbid we end up getting rusty!

Nothing quite like a training session, or the Gwaine-encouraged sheninigans that followed, which mostly involved trying to throw each other in the river. I'm pretty sure I managed to win, of course.

Unfortunately, the fun couldn't last and I found myself sitting on another Council Meeting. The Councillers are getting restless about Father's condition. They grilled Gaius unmercifully, not that it's helped much. Father is the same, neither here nor there...

It was enough to make me talk to myself, or at least I thought I was alone. Typical of events these days, I wasn't. I suppose at a time like this I could use advice...from any quarter.

But it's beginning to look more and more likely that Father will remain in the fuge...and that offical steps will have to be taken.

And I don't want official steps to be taken...

Well, That was Embarrassing - 27th June 1007

  • Jun. 27th, 2011 at 11:25 PM
not_a_clotpole: (My Thinking Face)
After yesterday's fun at the tavern I was in no state to be on a council meeting, at least that was my claim. Gaius, however, was of quite a different opinion and I suppose it wouldn't do to let down Lord Godwin just because I had a bit too much mead.

But I'll tell you who was useless today - or at least more useless than usual - Merlin. Good God, give that man a bit of cider and he's under the table! Gwaine and I had to carry him back to his room! And he hasn't shown up for his duties all day. Gaius mentioned something about him suffering his comeuppance, before he gave me a disgusting tasting potion and sent me on my way.

It'll be amusing to see my manservant tomorrow I can tell you that.

Lord Godwin, the Council and I discussed the consolidation of our resources with Cenred (the kingdom) being so unstable at present. Father did have a point when he mentioned that Lord Godwin's (and some day Elena's) lands were strategic. They'll certainly provide a place to keep a force in case one of the factions in Cenred decide to try something.

I wonder...should I be writing this? Can Morgana read it, I sure as Hell hope not. Perhaps I should try some sort of test? How, I'm not sure...aside from a few days ago there's been no word on either her or Morgause, hasn't been for months. And if she can see this, well...she can just not respond.

I should give up on this book all together. It's magic after all...

Problems, problems... - 15th June 1007

  • Jun. 15th, 2011 at 11:22 PM
not_a_clotpole: (My Thinking Face)
With the arrangements of the touranment that is. For one thing who's going to host it? Someone has to, but God knows who. I certainly can't (if I'm going to participate and I will). I don't have Father or Morgana to assist. I don't know who's next in the line of...tournament hosting duties. The only one who can tell me that is...Monmouth.

It was a fun few days of avoiding him I suppose.

God I hope it's not him! We'll never actualy get a chance to compete if that's the case!

Maybe...hopefully, I can just nominate someone myself.

I think I'll pick Gaius, he can be a man of few words when necessary...

This better work out!

Guinevere is Unwell! - 13th June 1007

  • Jun. 13th, 2011 at 11:06 PM
not_a_clotpole: (Default)
Which would explain why I've had so much trouble finding her these past few days, despite Merlin giving me her schedule (with Morgana...gone she doesn't really have an offical post in the castle, which makes it hard to know where she'll pop up next). Today I finally had success, I thought we could have some strawberries together - especially after what I went through to get hold of them.

However, I found her on the verge of collaspe! I hope it's nothing serious, she said it wasn't bad enough to get Gaius involved, but I'm not sure...I'm thinking of sending him a message to go and see her tomorrow morning.

Gaius has been coming to my rescue a lot lately, I certainly haven't had to put up with Monmouth so much. It's a wonder he hasn't recieved any honours...not that I can actually think of any appropriate to give him. And of course, in order to find out if there are ones I'd have to...

Ask Monmouth.

I think I'll avoid that for a while.

Tomorrow is intensive training with the knights! I'm looking forward to it - as I'm sure they are. I have a good feelin about this.

As lon as Guinevere gets well soon...

And so it goes on... - 2nd May 1007

  • May. 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 PM
not_a_clotpole: (WTF?)
Yesterday's speech went surprisingly well...at the end the people where actually cheering my name!

Today went less well, when I received news this morning that Guinevere was in a deep sleep, one that even Gaius couldn't rouse her from. It goes without saying that I had to go to her directly, despite the council meeting. (Why there was even a council meeting today, I don't know, it's Beltane, a time for celebration for God sake!)

We...er...I managed to wake her up and all was well, although I'm sure to get an earful from Monmouth tomorrow, he's going to want to let me know everything I missed...in detail.

The bonfires are still going, in fact, tonight is when the Knights go out amongst the people, enjoy a few mugs of mead and just enjoy ourselves.

Which is I want I'm going to do now! Monmouth be damned!

Five Days... - 25th April 1007

  • Apr. 25th, 2011 at 11:58 PM
not_a_clotpole: (So...Embarrassing...)
The Feast of Beltane seemed so far away only a few days ago, but now it's just around the corner and I haven't prepared even half of the things I need.

For example, the speeches, I have to make a number of them, to the townspeople on the opening day of the festival, at the feast and on the last day. Do I even have that many words to say about Beltane?

I may have to ask Monmouth for assistance, but really? That might be the last thing I ever do, the man is known to speak for days, DAYS.

But there's no-one else I can ask...except perhaps...

Gaius! He'll remember speeches my father made in years past, it's my only hope.

I can't ask him right now of course, but first thing tomorrow morning, definately.

There are NO words... - 7th December 1006

  • Apr. 15th, 2011 at 11:46 PM
not_a_clotpole: ({Trapped in Merlin's Body} Pout!)
For what has happened... I don't know who's responsible and why they did this...

But when I woke up I was Merlin... MERLIN!

And that's not all, he was ME!

He had to wear my clothes and go to my council meeting!

Whereas I got stuck with Gaius...who obviously thought I was Merlin so had no compunction ordering me to do his chores.

I was praying that everything would go back to normal...but here I am...still stuck in Merlin's body and probably going to have to sleep in his bed!

If I have to clean that leech tank...I swear...
not_a_clotpole: (With Father)
And well...it wasn't as clear cut as the last few times I've been there...

Father is going to recover! I don't know how Gaius managed it, and I don't think I ever will, but he found an antidote.

But...well...I don't know...I went to that Nexus place, to ask about if I should have done more. With the woman I mean...who poisoned him in the first place. Incidentally...she's escaped, some of the 'better' guards are out searching for her, but it's been hours and hours now and I'll assume she's long gone. If she knows what's good for her however, she won't be coming back. I don't know if she was telling the truth about the creature, but if she was she would be executed for using magic and if it wasn't she'd be executed for high treason.

What bothers me and what the Nexus couldn't help me with was whether or not I was right not to order, to put it blunty, the woman to be tortured to extract information since she kept claiming she didn't know what posion it was. To be honest it didn't occur to me until some hours later that I could have ordered such thing at all. I pleaded with her better side, but I didn't think to do anything more.

Is that a sign of weakness? I don't know...I like to think I did the right thing, but would my father agree with me? I don't know...

And writing all this time hasn't done a thing to help me...bloody ridiculous waste of time...

If it wasn't so late I'd train, in fact, to Hell with it...I'll just go out. Otherwise I'll never get to sleep.
not_a_clotpole: (Grrrr)
As does Merlin who woke me up at the crack of dawn this morning. The idiot! I mean he saw me last night (obviously there was some wine mixup), what made him think I'd appreciate that? I felt like my skull had been clobbered by a mace! It was so bad I couldn't even get up for two hours, but I finally managed to see Gaius wo gave me an effective, but almost undrinkable remedy.

Which made me fall asleep.

Long story short, there was no hunting today...hmpf.

But I finally woke up, head clear and ready to face the day - er evening - er night. Or so I thought. I went out for a bit of a walk to get some fresh air and suddenely ended up in some bizarre alternate universe with these things called vampires...that like to suck blood...but apparently they have a problem with wood. Which is a plus I suppose. I'm sure I - that is the other me - will be fine.

I'm still trying to figure out if that was the most disturbing thing that's happened to me this week or if it was meeting that look-a-like of Father. Seeing as the later wasn't trying to kill me, I guess the former wins out.

It'd be much appreciated if the Nexus could stop pulling me around...I've said it before, and I'll say it again, as Prince of Camelot I shouldn't have to live under these conditions.

Nor should anyone really...it's just rude.

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