Perched on his horse, Uther frowned as his bachelor dropped the King’s lance in the mud. Eyebrows raised, he turned towards his advisor. The man, his features hidden beneath a cowl, simply nodded. The weight of the future was held within that nod. The assistant had a destiny that was greater than any other knight at the tournament.
Shaking his head and scoffing, Uther returned his attention to the young knight, reached down and grasped the offered jousting barb. “Merlin has faith in you, boy. But I have yet to see why that is.”
Arthur didn’t know why either.
Word Count: 99
This is my entry for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:
“This week we are giving you a page from the Oxford English Dictionary. The
ninety-ninth page, to be exact. (Click to enlarge.) From this page, you can
choose any word, any definition, to use in your post. (Please type your chosen
word in bold, so we know.) And instead of our typical 33-333 word limit, we are
asking for 99 words exactly.”
I chose the word “bachelor” and went with the third defintion: “a young knight serving under another’s banner.”
32 thoughts on “destiny”
Love it….and it’s very “you”. 🙂
Hahaha, yes, it is. I wanted to a shout out to all the various iterations of this story that line my book shelves and DVD binders, that have helped shape my imagination over the years, but I didn’t know how to do that in 99 words. 😛
You did it perfectly…well done!!
Great ‘shout out’ to all the iterations of this story. Enjoyed it 🙂
Hooray! Glad you enjoyed it. 😀
The bumbling boy who became king. Love that little snapshot of Arthur’s life. Very nice!
Than you. 🙂
Sometimes you don’t know…like this.
True. 😀 We never know what destiny has in store for anyone we come in contact with.
I’m a sucker for Arthurian Legend. Loved this! 😀
Hooray! I’m a sucker too. Glad you liked it. 😀
Oh I loved this, because we never really know what we are destined for , until it shows up.
Exactly! Thank you. 🙂
Nothing like having the ear – or the eye – of those in power!
I think we can all agree that having Merlin as an ally could only be a good thing. 😉
Very clever. I loved it.
Thank you. 🙂
Dropping the King’s lance in the mud! I love the idea that even future kings can start out on the wrong foot! Excellent writing that does tremendous justice to the prompt!
I like how the klutz was Arthur, who would one day be king. Merlin knows his stuff 🙂
not just a boy who would one day be king, but a boy who would one day be THE King, the one everyone knows the story of – a legend in his own right. 😀
Thank you. 🙂
What a great little peek into the legend – wonderful job!
Thank you. 🙂
I loved the line about the nold holding the weight of the future. Thanks for being a part of our big 99th!
I was pretty happy with that line too. 😉
I love all things Arthur and this is brilliantly done.
Thank you! Glad you liked it. 🙂