Wow. You definitely draw a distinction here between a normal (re: Perceval's) story and the enhanced (re: Merlin's) story. Loved Gawain's teasing of Arthur falling asleep during the first tale. lol!! Great effects. I felt as if the veil was being parted as I read it along with the characters. Once again it shows how Merlin lets his magic some times steer him rather than the other way around.
Thanks for sharing!!
Ah what was....Thank you for the Sara/Oliver bit. Appreciate it! :)
Ominous start to this piece. Wonder what's going to happen between them? Of course since Arthur considering magic use a betrayal of sorts, he might say that would do it. Then again, you make it sound like there's something much bigger looming.
Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve.... Thanks!
Oh wow...what an image. For such a brief account, you bring it to life very well.
Thanks for sharing. Poor Gwen and Elyan....
I do wish Neal had stopped James from leaving at the episode's end. Still James *really* shot him? Wow. Then again, Dad had shown he was willing to sell everyone out, I guess.
Can't wait to see what's next....
Great description of June's reaction and treating the wound. Also of Diana's response.
You've done well to introduce all of the players and their respective interests in Neal's welfare here. Love Elizabeth's remark about the dinner reservations. I can imagine Diana and Mozzie working together. (To quote the latter, let me make popcorn.)
Wish though Sara was involved. Bennett would be really needing a doctor in that case. Ouch!
Glad that they caught up with Bennett. Still would Jones be that careless?
Love how Diana slammed Bennett to the floor. Go, Girl!!!
Everyone gets justice. Still I'd think Sara wouldn't take no for an answer even if Neal told her not to come back.
Other than that, great story. Thanks for sharing!! :)
Thanks for reading and reviewing! It was a very pleasant surprise and, I admit, I read these while I was stuck in a traffic jam so they certainly brightened that situation.
As for Sarah, I think both of them were at the point where they realized they'd have to compromise to stay together long term and they hadn't fully made the decision until "the proposal" where they sort of (but not really) acknowledged that they wanted to stay together but neither was going to sincerely ask the other to change. If Sarah had returned that would have sucked them both back in and they weren't prepared to go through the cycle again. (Not that I don't think they would have been a great pair - certainly Neal's most positive match in the series - but that's not what this fic was about.)
YES!!! Merlin can actually use his magic openly. And I love Gwen like this. ROTFLMAO!!!!
Thank you for sharing this!
Hi! I like the beginning of this story. You definitely do a great job of shaping the landscape and allowing us a panoramic view of what Annabeth & Co. are seeing and experiencing. Her feelings would be typical of the young girl of that period marrying for her family's security and to further the line. Furthermore she has her duty versus what she wants to do. Okay I get that.
I love Percy's comment by the way about her acting like the ten year old. Yeah she was having issues with the Cyclops. So would a lot of other people. Okay fine for that situation. I just want to see how Annabeth adjusts to life as a Roman wife and hopefully a matron (that is if you don't a twist in there).
And as far as the end note goes, don't be so hard on yourself. This chapter isn't a whoopsie. It's actually the foundation for your character study. I'll be eager to see how you build on this.
Take care. Delving ahead now.
First, before I forget, thank you for reviewing, lovely. <3 I truly appreciate them, and this is probably one of the sweetest I've received.
I'm glad you liked the glimpse I give of Annabeth's life pre-marriage. She'd certainly be a nervous wreck internally, I believe, but she'd also be very sure about what she was supposed to do. I hope you enjoy what I've done with her character so far, and Percy's, too. I think my favorite part about this is that they haven't fully 'evolved' into their full potential - yet. A lot of character development doesn't happen until after chapter 35, give or take a few chapters. Prior to that, I'm really just developing their relationship and laying the groundwork down for the future parts of this. :)
Heh, thanks. Honestly, that whoops was more of an ironic 'oh no, I did it again but I'm not very sorry that it happened.' xD Sometimes, my sense of humor doesn't translate accurately across the internet.
Just a word of warning: keep an eye on the chapter number you are on for the first 15 chapters. Something happened when I was posting the first part, and these earlier chapters have been scrambled around for some reason. I've been trying to fix it, but I haven't had much luck yet, unfortunately.
Cheers and God bless! <3
Very nice scene here! I'm glad that Annabeth discovered that Percy isn't such a bad guy after all. Glad too that she gave the whole deal a chance.
Thanks! Looking forward to more.
Great character development here! Love the interactions. Grover's introduction allowed Annabeth and everyone to see more of Percy's kindness. Also enjoyed the scene at the end between the newlyweds.
Annabeth, however, I fear, is going to have to accept Athena's prophecy. Characters who go against the gods tend not to do well. Since A's growing on me a bit, I don't want her going wrong. Oh well.....
Thanks for sharing. Will read more of this when I can.
And an interesting beginning to Mergana possibilities perhaps? Nice conversation. How differently the series would have gone if something like this had happened.
I guess I am of two minds on this one. I don't have an issue with Arthur being Arthur. He would react like this to the events and Merlin's OOC behavior. What I wonder though is his compassion for Freya. Remembering after Will's death, I still recall Arthur saying how dangerous magic was and the rest of it.
I really don't see Merlin opening up to Arthur at that point. Yes it makes for a better alternate universe...it definitely does. Kudos to you for doing this. All I see though is Merlin closing up in that regard. Part of that is what happened at Ealdor in Series 1. (Arthur's words following Will's death.) Maybe Merlin might have opened up to Morgana or possibly Gwen at that point instead? I don't know....
Anyhow I enjoyed the piece. Thank you for sharing.
You set a very chilling scene here. Arthur's desire for reconciliation and Merlin's need to help Arthur may seem all right on the surface. Still they open the gateway for much more. It is very graphic but the detail is apt and well played. You also open the possibility that something else is loose in Camelot. Perhaps something else came through the portal between worlds as well?
Even after Samhain night ends, those spirits can still do great harm.....as Merlin will find out in a story's extension, I'm sure.
Thanks for your reply I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Perhaps if I will ever get past my writers block I might indeed continue with an extension. :)
You paint a very insightful view of Gaius reminding us of how far he will go to protect Merlin. Yet another facet of his personality. Well done! Thanks for sharing!
Nice moment.... Thanks!
Poor Merlin! He certainly needs to worry on all fronts (Arthur, Gaius, other stuff) doesn't he? You definitely show all of that in this piece. Enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing!
And thank you for reviewing! ♥
Hi again! Really enjoying the detail you're putting into this. Nice to see Alice and Merlin getting along. Also wondering if the effects on Gaius are a combination of age and magic maybe? Also good to see Arthur acting like the real friend and brother here. The sensitivity shows his growth as well....
Can't wait to see what else you come up with. Take care and thanks for sharing!
I'm afraid there's no magic involved here; poor Gaius has contracted Alzheimer's, though of course Merlin and Alice will know nothing about that.
Ah the realization sets in. This was very poignantly depicted. I like though that the group has come up with a plan within Gaius' current mental state for him to be happy with Alice. I just hope it works out.
Can't wait for more. Thanks!
Final chapter is up now so you can find out :)
Hi. It's a breath of fresh air that Arthur can actually talk about magic like this with Gaius (or potentially Merlin). What a pleasant chapter! Thank you for sharing! :)
Happy New Year!!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it and happy new year to you as well :)
Such is the fate of all overly harsh leaders. Some think of them as strong figures. Others see them as abusive, fanatical or tyrannical. You capture the dichotomy well here. Especially to put it in Gaius' POV is good too.
Love the Freylin moment here. Merlin's magic and heart lights up her darkness so well in your drabble. Well done! Thanks!
Hmm....it seems we have a clash of cultures in this drabble between the Pendragon kids. Chivalry (Arthur/Camelot) meets Anything Goes (Morgana/Gorlois' Kingdom). Morgana teaches Arthur a valuable lesson here which he doesn't exactly learn the first time through. (Lesson is even the prettiest rose can have nasty thorns.)