Title: Knightly Quests
Character/s: Arthur, Gwaine, Leon, Merlin
Summary: Merlin, Arthur and the knights go on a quest to retrieve a magical artifact.
Word Count: 551
Author's Notes: In the legends there are lots of Quests. This is not one of them.
It was all supposed to be easy, A simple plan. Find the magic gemstone, bring the magic gemstone back to Camelot, use the magic gemstone. (and Oh, what magic was said to be contained in that stone his hands were just itching to get hold of it) He could have retrieved it single-handedly, but of course, Arthur had to hear about this enchanted stone being hidden in a cave and decide that he and the knights had to go on a Real Knights Quest to retrieve it and bring it back to Camelot’s vaults. He should have known then and there it would end in disaster. These quests almost always did.
As he rode along he imagined the things he could do with it, could it perhaps, as legend had it, transform into a magic mirror, a looking glass that would enable him to see anywhere he wished. It would save him a lot of sneaking around
The trip itself was unusually mundane, no bandits, no beasts, magical or otherwise trying to attack them. He even found himself agreeing with Gwaine’s longing for a Wyvern or something similar to break the monotony. He tried to think of all the things he could use the stone for. Unfortunately the knights around him were a distraction to say the least. They sang, they joked, they ate continuously. No matter how much stew he cooked, it never seemed to be enough. He tried not to mind, after all when it mattered, the knights were always dedicated and focused.
Actually, the cave itself was rather disappointing too, he thought as they walked up to it, small and damp, not the usual sort of spot for a sorcerer to hide a magical artifact. No booby traps or three-headed dogs guarding it, which was Gwaine's other wish.
It didn’t take long to locate it. A bright blue gemstone certainly did not belong in a cave such as this, the fact that it was also wrapped in a bright red cloth gave its whereabouts away immediately.
Leon found it with a shout, Gwaine then asked to a look at it, and Leon threw it to him. Merlin could only look on in dismay as the knights proceeded to toss it around to each other. Finally he put a stop to it by shouting out, only to watch as it flew through the air and land with a crash to the ground. They all stood around as Merlin gingerly picked it up. He frowned when he saw the crack that appeared down the middle. "Oh no!, you’ve broken it!” he exclaimed. He couldn’t even find it in himself to be angry about it, everything had gone so smoothly, it had been to good to be true. He sighed as he wrapped the stone back up and walked outside and placed it in his saddle bag, perhaps it could be fixed, but it was unlikely.
“Well” Arthur said ruefully, “that’s one quest that won’t make it into the history books"
He missed the withering stare Merlin threw him as they all mounted their horses for the ride back home. Perhaps they might get attacked by a magical creature on the way, Merlin thought hopefully, he might even not attempt to stop it, well straight away at any rate.