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20 July 2020 @ 05:34 pm
Her Husband was....  
Author: archaeologist_d
Title: Her husband was….
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Annis/Caerleon
Character/s: Queen Annis, Caerleon
Summary: Queen Annis thinking about her husband and the mess he left behind.
Warnings: none
Word Count: 240
Camelot_drabble Prompt: pt 419:bingo-round 2- 4x05: His Father’s Son
Author's Notes: none
Disclaimer: Merlin characters are the property of Shine and BBC. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Her husband was an idiot.

Annis knew ahead of time that the Pendragon boy wasn’t going to stand for Caerleon pushing his way into Camelot territory. Yes, incursions could be lightning-quick, but when Camelot figured out who was behind it, they would not just sit by and allow it. Any idiot could see that.

Her husband was stubborn and reckless.

Caerleon was a good king for the most part, and Annis hadn’t much choice in husband anyway, but usually he listened. Unless he was drinking or getting all wound up with his arse-licking idiot friends. Then he was blind, then he wouldn’t listen to calmer and frankly smarter voices like her own.

Her husband was a fool.

Did he really think he would bluff his way through if or rather when he was captured? That Pendragon wouldn’t press his advantage? That he wouldn’t kill Caerleon if he had no choice? Uther certainly would and she expected his son to do no less.

Her husband was dead.

And now she had to clean up his mess. She mourned him in her own way, but saving her kingdom was more important. Now, she’d have to save face. Now she’d have to force young Arthur Pendragon into retreat, to prove that her kingdom wasn’t weak, that she wasn’t to be trifled with. Now she’d have to move her armies into place and thousands might die, all because… her husband had been an idiot.
addie71: Arthuraddie71 on July 21st, 2020 12:40 am (UTC)
Queen Annis was a much better leader than her spouse and the kingdom a better place for it.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on July 21st, 2020 02:28 pm (UTC)
She was. I thought she was better than most of the leaders in Merlin. Tough but fair, willing to listen and change her mind when she found out she was wrong.
Tonyundercardboards on July 26th, 2020 10:00 am (UTC)
that was an apt way for Annis to describe her husband. great insight on what she was thinking after Caerleon was killed.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on July 26th, 2020 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. Glad you liked it.
Eurydice: merlin - camelot: cat_o_weneurydice72 on July 28th, 2020 04:17 pm (UTC)
I always loved her. Thank you for giving us a peek inside her thoughts!
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on July 28th, 2020 09:55 pm (UTC)
I thought she was a very interesting character. I wish we'd seen more of her.