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Title: Absolution
Fandom: Arthurian Legend
Disclaimer: I do not own nor do I profit from these characters.
Rating: PG
Author: Alex (alex_cat_45@yahoo.com)
Type: 200 word Double Drabble
Note: I always felt sorry for Lancelot.
Summary: Lancelot seeks forgiveness.

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ABSOLUTION

Lancelot rode across Salisbury Plain. He stopped at the place a mortally wounded Arthur had been taken on the barge to Avalon. Arthur had believed with all his might that he’d been appointed by God to lead his people. It made him a good king. But those he loved had suffered.

He closed his eyes and for a moment, he was not a grizzled old man but a knight in shining armor, come to Camelot to offer his service and devotion to the brightest star in the sky. The only one who came close to his radiance was his queen, Guinevere.

Lancelot had loved them both immediately and disastrously.

He sunk to his knees on the damp ground bowing his head and praying, as he had thousands of times since Arthur had left this world, for God to forgive him and allow him to forgive himself.

To his surprise, he saw Arthur beckoning to him, smiling. Lancelot rose and went to him, throwing his arms around his King.

“It has been long and I have missed you, my friend. Guinevere will be glad to know you have come at last.”

He was found with a smile on his careworn face.
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Title: Camelot Undone
Author: [personal profile] alexcat
Type: FCH
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Arthurian Legend
Disclaimer: I do not own them. They belong to the ages and are therefore in the public domain.
Warnings: None
Beta: None
Pairing: Guinevere and Lancelot
Archive: OEAM, Ao3, Alex’s Story Book
Author’s Note: This is from legend, not the awful tv show or any movie.
Spoilers: Only if you don’t know the legends.
Summary: The lovers discuss their sin.

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CAMELOT UNDONE

“Do you love him still, my Lady?” Lancelot asked as he smoothed back golden hair that had come undone from the pins and ribbons that had held it.

“I will love him as long as I have breath in me, as will you, dear Lancelot.”

Lancelot lay back on their bed of soft grass and sighed as he looked up into the blue sky. “Then why do we betray him as we do?”

“As much as I love him, he will never be completely mine. He belongs to this kingdom, to destiny more than he ever will me,” Guinevere said as she sat up. She turned her head to look at her lover.

“Does that give us the right?”

She laughed bitterly. “Of course not. Don’t be a fool. We are damned for what we have done. I only hope that by our actions, we have not damned him also in the eyes of God.”

“Would God do that?” Lancelot asked as if she alone could answer him.

“I know not the mind of God.”

“Nor do I. Perhaps we should give up this foolishness before it dooms us all.”

“I fear we are too late for that, my dearest knight.”

The day was drawing to a close as the sky began to darken almost imperceptibly. The queen and her knight dressed and returned to the castle, unaware that the man they had spoken of, Arthur himself, watched them silently from the shadows.

He did not blame them entirely nor was he as angry as he should have been. He knew they were right in all they said. That was the saddest part of all.

~end~

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