*(Like blogs #1-#2, Lanval is still daydreaming to himself and
waits at his hostel for Guinevere’s party)


To the Knights and Ladies;

 The religious festival, “Feast of Whitsun at Winchester” has
arrived and our illustrious Arthur has finished reviewing the past year with his
accountants, and on bridging those individuals’ discrepancies with the clergy. I
know of this festive celebration because I’ve attended many, and after, left
only with a smattering of the gala’s spiritual wealth. This year I expect
Lancelot will be the celebrity of the celebration. Sir Perceval and Galahad
should be receiving their accolades for noble actions too. At this festival,
Arthur shall again bestow his/ and the kingdoms gifts upon his Roundtable
Knights; moreover, and as usual the counts and barons shall also receive their
fair share. I hope that the event goes as well as it has in previous years, I
have a hunch it will.

 Again, I wait for the party and wonder about that merrymaking,
and how it will affect the Ideal of the
Roundtable
, myself. Although, mine treatment to date, then/ as now being
expressive of those with less, I’m still cheerful. I am hopeful things will
change. It has given me strength, and as a witness to past gift giving, the
festivals have bestowed awareness. I know if my intuitions are right, Arthur and
his (extra, ha-ha!) knights will be expecting me at this feast, to attend and
lift their gratuitous spirit with a story. It has been my providence to know
whence my presence is most desired by their company. Also, I still hope the
Roundtable Knights are not too curious about my past vows of poverty. My recent
display of kingly generosity most likely has brought their mind to that
otherwise less known secret. I must keep Arthur’s spirit alive; furthermore, let
none know too, of my newfound lady and her generous love. She will cease to be a
part of my life, if anyone finds out about her.
 
*(Gawain and his entourage converge on Lanval’s hostel, and beg
him to go to Guinevere’s party. Lanval finally arrives at the party.)           
 
You would have had to have been there to believe the amount of food, wine, and grog
that was being served at Guinevere’s party. In amount I cannot remember such
abundance at an occasion. The women were beautiful, and the other charged
Knights stoically waited for their favors. I ducked out, and kept a fair
distance from the festivities. A little later, and by chance Guinevere came over
and we talked; furthermore, and to the point about making love. I demanded she
let me go, and told her that I would not betray Arthur. I was later arrested for
propositioning the Queen, but realized it was for my knowing a fairer more
attractive women than her. I was finally overjoyed when my beloved (lady)
sauntered into court, because it was the prerequisite for my being freed from
protective custody. 
 
(After, Lanval reflects on the future King Arthur’s Court)

It all kind of fits and falls into place, my destiny it was inevitable, my arranged
meeting with the fairy lady too. Now, my strength in character comes from
knowing that what was most important in my life King Arthur, and being a Knight
has been battered, and it steers with the blustery weather towards a new quest
of recapture, one reminiscent of the true spirit of my younger
days
 


Suite Du Merlin
10/10/2013 9:26am

Lanval, Lanval, Lanval......

To run off with this fairie witch was a mistake. The Fairie world was not meant for the likes of a mere vassal to the King. You may have fooled the court, but you have not fooled me. After all, I am the one who makes magic with the flick of a wrist, am I not? I could lift a boulder with my fingertip. Part the seas with a blink of an eye. Turn a knight into a chicken by quacking like one. Have you ever thread a needle without the use of your hands. You should try drinking tea and smoking whilst threading a blanket for the winter at the same time. Impossible? For those who were not meant to dabble in magic.
You were never meant to join the court of Arthur.

How troubling it must be to be away from the glorious king. It must be hard to imagine not being at the feast. Hard to imagine what the wine must taste like when it first smacks your lips. Hard to imagine the amount of noblewomen there are to share a bed with. How many there are to wed. Hard to imagine sitting beside the glorious king and watching what unfolds from on high.

Poor Lanval. Lost in a world that is not his own. The next time you mean to place your toes into the shore of magic and mystique, you might think to wear some sort of sandal; for the chill will freeze you where you stand.

Sincerely, and regretfully,
Merlin, magician of the court of the great, noble, courteous, reasonable, unselfish, forgiving, gracious, and magnificent, King Arthur.

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Sir Robin
10/10/2013 5:17pm

Oh Lanval,

What a splendid party you have described! I do wish I wish I was able to attend such an extravagant event. To bask in the presence of the lords and ladies and gorge on the vast amount of delicacies. Queen Guinevere is indeed quite the host. Her and King Arthur always throw the best feasts and parties.
However, I am aghast about how you confronted Guinevere! Where thou not afraid of the consequences that could have occurred?! Why good sir, you could have lost everything you have and been removed out from the kingdom. I admire your courage to do such a sing. To insult the queen in front of so many noblemen takes a great deal of courage. I could have never done such a thing. Even thinking about doing such a thing frightens me.
You are a lucky man to have had your fair lady come to your rescue. Heaven knows what could have occurred if she had not shown up. You are very lucky indeed to have a woman to protect and defend you. I am very envious and would love to be in your place. Err, not that I want or need a ladies protection or anything like that, I just um, want a strong woman. Yes yes that's it. If I was in your position I would have not needed a woman to protect me, I would have defended myself! Well, as long as the situation was not to dangerous.
I agree with Merlin's statement, you should not involve yourself with fairies. For a mortal to meddle in the world of the supernatural is very unsafe. But nonetheless, I am quite glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself at the party and that you were ultimately rescued and taken to safety by your love. However, I advise that next time you try and stay clear of such troublesome situations.

Sincerely yours,
Sir Robin

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Gawain
10/11/2013 3:30am

Lanval,

I find great quilt in asking you to accompany my friends and me to Guinevere's party. For if I knew the trouble it put you then I would have left you alone. I did not believe that your love was true. The punishment you received was not fair for all you have done. Your charity and well doing is much greater than I or any other Knight could commit. I have a new respect you as a Knight and the son of the great King Arthur. For the honor that you kept to your lady I will drop to one knee.

Sincerely,
Sir Gawain

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Ygrene
10/11/2013 7:45am

Greetings Lanval,

Oh how I love parties at the palace, you should never turn down an invitation from such honorable host, nevermind the confusion of the day. You should be encouraged to bask in the glory of royalty, and here the tales of battle from the chivalrous knights of the round table. Lady Guinevere, surely a sight for sore eyes, deserves to have all who she invited in attendance, for a lady's greatest joy is in her hospitable duties.Your courage to speak you mind is both fool hearty and admirable, there were many risks in your behavior. But a man must be willing to speak his mind if wants to be respected.

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Hank Morgan (Sir Boss)
10/11/2013 8:12am

Well good sir Lanval, that's a pretty great story you've got right there. I'm looking forward to the next party myself - having just arrived from my far-away home, I'm a bit famished and could use some grog!
While I respect your loyalty, mate, I've got to say - if this fairy lady is as beautiful as you claim, well then - I'd like to meet her friends!

I'm in a bit of a jam here myself, just like you were when you refused Guinevere - you see, I am being sentenced to die at the stake. Any chance you've got some time to help out ol' Hank Morgan? I don't have a fairy lady right now to help me out!

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Sir Bedivere
10/11/2013 8:29am

Lanval,

This problem you find yourself in at the moment is quite troublesome. To offend Guenievere or not, you still found yourself at the mercy of the court. I am glad you were able to saunter out of these charges. When i speak to Arthur later, i will assure him there was no harm intended. I must warn you though, to offend the queen is a crime even i may not be able to help you with. This party though on the other hand, its a shame i missed it. Women...Food, right up my alley if you ask me.

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Guinevere
10/11/2013 8:51am

Lanval, What a plight you found yourself in! Though I cannot imagine why I approached you so... I must have thought you were Lancelot. You are lucky that your ladylove took such mercy on you for Arthur would have banished you in a moment out of anger, even after all you did for him. Perhaps you are better off in Avalon where you can be open with your lady and away from such false friends.
I wish you the best of luck!
-Guinevere

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King Arthur
10/11/2013 8:52am

This is perhaps the strangest happening I have ever been a witness to in my court. While at first I became offended at your insults of my wife Sir Lanval, as they not only degraded her but I your liege lord as well, my understanding of the situation somewhat resolved my confusion and frustrations with you when your love entered my court. Still, you need not have insulted my Queen, for there are myriad ways a vassal to the King may return the affections of his Queen without breaking his faith with another lady. Moreover, you were given no cause to provide insult, there is no way to make right the slight you paid your Queen.
Your rather flamboyant exit perplexes me though. You rode away as a woman would, on the back of a horse though you are a knight. Perhaps this show of dominance on the part of your Fairy Queen is natural in the realm of the Fey, but not so in the world of men. Alas, the spectacle you presented end wise keeps my anger at you from persisting. You paid yourself more insult in this deed than you did the Queen, and thus having reduced your own manliness and credibility, you have also reduced the viability of your insults. At long last, the whimsical manner of your escape endears me to you Sir. It is true I paid you insult in not apportioning you, a most courageous, valiant and honorable knight hitherto, what you rightly deserved. A King must treat his court and subjects justly, and perhaps in dishonoring you in such a manner I had invited such insults, though my actions certainly do not expunge yours. I cannot help but wish you well Sir Lanval, for all your suffering in my court from my lack of affection, may your fantastical yet odd escape provide to you the happiness I did not, and your Fairy Queen the recognition and appreciation that I did not afford you as I rightly should have.

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