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“…All I’m saying is that it’s weird to keep track of how
many apples are in a basket. He
shouldn’t have been able to tell one was missing,” Gwaine shrugged as he bit
into his stolen apple.
caught you with it in your hand, Gwaine.”
Leon laughed. “It takes extreme
skill to miss a crime that you’re witness to.”
The other knights laughed while they rode along the forest trail.
not that funny, Gwaine.” Elyan
chided. “You should be glad that you
weren’t in uniform. Arthur would’ve had
wouldn’t. His Highness talks a big
game. I could get away again if I
wanted. We don’t even have to be out
right now, you know. We could just tell
him that we finished the patrol and he would be none the wiser.”
know. But it’s healthy to push the
limits.” Gwaine said cheekily. Everyone laughed. Gwaine opened his mouth to speak again, but
is it?” Leon asked him.
hear that?” Gwaine asked.
what?” The party went silent, listening
for any sound. “I don’t hear anyth—”
“Shh!” Gwaine shushed his friend. The party listened for any sound. Then they heard someone cough. “That!”
The knights looked at each other and began to ride towards the
sound. After riding for a short
distance, Leon held his hand up and motioned for everyone to stop. The knights dismounted and drew their
swords. Elyan signalled for everyone to
spread out and search the area. Everyone
went silent and serious. All except for
Gwaine, who was swinging his sword and loudly chewing his apple. After one particularly loud crunch, the
knights turned and glared at him. He
shrugged and everyone went back to their search. Just
as he was about to turn back, Gwaine heard another cough. His head snapped up and his gaze landed on a
gnarled old tree a few metres from where he stood. Suddenly serious, he dropped his apple and
brandished his sword. He stood against
the back of the tree and took a deep breath.
Then he spun around the trunk to the other side, pointing his phone at
the source of the sound. He dropped his
sword and sucked in a breath. Lying
against the base of the tree was a girl with matted H/C hair and covered in
scrapes and bruises. Although she was
barely conscious, she kept her hands firmly pressed against a wound on her
side. From her laboured breathing,
Gwaine could tell she needed help, and fast.
He crouched down to look at her just as her eyes snapped open. Her face filled with fear and she tried in
vain to squirm away from him.
don’t hurt me,” She gasped. Gwaine held
his hands up.
won’t, I’m here to help.” He told
her. A faint smile tugged at her lips,
and before he could react she was unconscious. Gwaine ripped a strip of fabric from the
bottom of his cloak and pressed it against the girl’s side. “Over here!”
He shouted. Footsteps thundered
towards him. Percival was the first to
this?” He asked.
don’t know but she needs help. Send
someone ahead and tell Gaius to prepare the infirmary!” Still keeping a tight hold on her wound,
Gwaine awkwardly lifted the girl into his arms and took her back to his
What happened to you?
you hear me?” You slowly returned to the
surface. “Miss, I need you to open your
eyes if you can hear me.” With a small
groan, your eyes slowly opened. An old
man with gray hair was standing over you.
“Well good morning.” He smiled
down at you. “Merlin, go inform Arthur
and his knights that the girl is awake,” You heard footsteps and a door slam.
am I?” You voice was rough and scratchy
from lack of use.
in Camelot. A legion of knights found
you injured in the forest and they brought you to me for treatment. May I ask your name?”
name is Y/N.” You said slowly. The man smiled and checked your wound.
nice to meet you Y/N. I am Gaius.” He took a small canister and dipped his
fingers into it. He rubbed some on the
wound and you hissed in pain. “I
apologize but this is necessary or else infection may set in.” You grit your teeth and nodded. As Gaius rewrapped your wound, the door
opened again and you heard a flurry of footsteps.
awake?” You flinched at the sudden
noise. Gaius shushed the speaker.
your voice, Sir Gwaine!”
“Sorry.” He muttered.
“But… she’s fine, right?” Gaius
finished tying off your bandages and stood up with a nod.
had been any later, she wouldn’t wake up at all.” You shivered at how close you came to
dying. Two men followed Gaius into your
line of vision. Both had dark hair, but
one had blue eyes while the other had brown.
you alright?” The brown-eyed one
asked. You nodded.
had worse.” He laughed loudly, earning
him a whack to the back of the head from Gaius.
were run through a sword, yet you’ve had worse?” You shrugged.
what I said, isn’t it?” Gwaine turned to
look at the men behind him. Gaius had a
kind look on his face and the other man laughed quietly. Seeming to remember the other man’s presence,
Gaius said something about ‘reporting to the King’ and left the room with the
other man. The brown-eyed man brought a
chair to your bedside and sat down.
by the way.
a beautiful name. How did you end up in
ambushed by bandits. I was actually on
my way here.” He sat up a little
to become a knight.” You answered
simply. Gwaine laughed. “What’s so funny?”
you want to become a knight?”
father was a knight, and it’s always been my dream.” He was still grinning. “You still find this funny?” His grin slowly fell.
course not, it’s just a woman becoming a knight is unheard of.”
why is that?”
women don’t normally take part in men’s activities.” This made you mad.
activities’? Who are you to decide what
is a man’s activity and a woman’s activity?”
You demanded. “I have as much
right to wield a sword as you do!” He
held up his hands.
didn’t mean to offend you.” You huffed
and crossed your arms, looking away from him.
“I don’t know how life is like where you are from, but things are
different in Camelot.”
“So? Just because something is the norm doesn’t
mean it can’t change.” You turned back
at him as your anger slowly dissipated.
“But I will become a
knight. You’ll see.” He chuckled softly.
hold you to that.”
been two weeks since you came to Camelot and you were finally allowed to get up
and walk around. You had actually become
unlikely friends with Queen Guinevere and you were on your way to visit
her. When you had first met, you were
still bedridden and trying to figure out what you would do for clothing. You had only brought the outfit you were
wearing, but it was pretty torn up so it was out of the question. When the Queen heard that the ambush victim
was a woman she immediately came to see you and offer you one of her dresses,
but you turned the offer down and instead asked for a shirt, trousers, and
“Y/N!” You turned to see Queen Guinevere walking
towards you. You hastily dipped into a
sloppy curtsey. “Hey, now. What did I say about curtseying?” You nodded.
“It’s alright. I see your new clothes fit you quite nicely.”
thank you again.”
my pleasure Y/N. I’m glad we have
clothes that suit your tastes. I hear
that they are quite unique.”
my husband’s knights tells me you wish to join their ranks.”
that’s true.” She smiled.
glad.” You looked at her.
course. I’m glad that someone like you
has come to Camelot. We have been
trapped in the old ways for far too long, in my opinion. My husband, on the other hand, is a little
harder to convince.” She smiled. “That doesn’t mean he doesn’t try. But King Uther trained him to respect the old
ways his whole life, and that can be a very difficult habit to break.”
won’t give up.”
know. And if you will allow me, I would
like to assist you in your quest.”
couldn’t ask you to do that for me.”
not.” She turned to you. “I’m offering.” She smiled again. “I would like to help you.”
would be honored to accept your assistance, My Lady.” You curtsied again despite her protests. “But how do you plan to help me? I very well can’t just waltz into the trials as
I am now.” You motioned to your
appearance. “I’ll be sent off before I
utter a single word.” She grabbed you
hand and began to lead you to the armoury.
we’ll just have to make sure no one finds out who you are.” She opened the door to the armoury and
motioned for you to go inside. She began
to mill about the room, grabbing pieces of armour off the walls as she
went. “Try these on,” She threw them at
you and disappeared behind a shelf. You
nodded obediently and began to strap the armour on. The door flew open and you hid behind a shelf
without looking. Gwaine walked in,
studying the shelves of armour with a bored expression. Knowing you could trust him to keep your
secret, you stepped out from your hiding place and continued to put on your
armour. You picked up a shoulder plate
and Gwaine whirled around with his hand on his sword. When he saw it was you, he smiled and
what are you up to, little bird?” He
started calling you little bird shortly after your arrival. You had asked him many times to explain his
nickname for you, but he’d always shrug and say he’d tell you later.
going to train to be a knight,” You grabbed a shin guard and put it on.
entering the trials?” You nodded. “But how?
Arthur will take one look at you and send you off.” You grabbed the breastplate and attempted to
strap it on. You couldn’t reach the
straps behind you, and Gwaine took it as his cue to step in. He approached you so he was standing behind
you and grabbed the straps. He fastened
going to disguise myself.”
not of noble birth.”
neither are you.” You pointed out.
are you so against me becoming a knight?”
He didn’t answer you. “That’s
what I thought.” You huffed as Gwen
I have a sword, helmet, and a letter confirming your background.” She looked up. “Oh, hello Gwaine.” He bowed.
Lady. I was just—”
just leaving, you interrupted. You
looked at him pointedly, daring him to argue.
He bit his tongue and nodded. He
turned and left as quickly as he had come.
Gwen looked at you with a cheeky smile.
was that about?”
rather not talk about it.” You said as
you put the helmet on. A horn blared out.
“And I don’t have time.” Snapping
the visor down and strapping the sword around your waist, you headed out for
your first day of tests.
that another student had witnessed the whole exchange.
returned to the infirmary and flopped down, exhausted.
day?” You turned to Merlin and flashed
him a tired smile.
think you might be in over your head?”
even a little. The tests last three
days, and I’m already finished day one.
Two more days won’t kill me.” And
without waiting for a response, you rolled over and instantly fell asleep.
to day three!” Arthur announced as he
strolled in front of the line of almost-knights. “And farewell to most of you. Because today, before you duel me for one
minute, you will duel each other for thirty seconds. If you both pass, you will both move to the
final stage. If you fail, you will be
asked to leave.” You tried to hide your
nervousness. You weren’t backing down,
but you hadn’t realized how stressful training would really be. Your gaze flicked over to the group of
knights watching, and you made eye-contact with Gwaine. He smiled reassuringly. “You will draw lots to determine who duels
who. Is that clear?” You all responded with a loud “Yes,
Sire!” You all drew lots and were soon
ready to begin. “On my mark!” You looked at your opponent, who had a very
suspicious grin on his face. Arthur’s
arm swung down and the duels began. Your
opponent came at you instantly, and you blocked his blow instantly. Deflecting his training sword, you thrust
your sword at him. You struck him in the
chest and he fell over. The duels
stopped. Arthur came over and helped
your opponent up. “You have proven your worth this far. But I can’t accept a knight who can’t last
thirty seconds in battle.” His face got
red, and he jabbed an accusing finger at you.
kick me out! I deserve to be here!”
why is that?” Arthur asked with a bored
expression. His tone suggested that he
was used to this reaction.
my opponent is a girl!” Your heart
dropped and Arthur stiffened.
this true?” He turned to you. Your opponent answered for you.
course it is!” Before you could react,
he stalked towards you and ripped your helmet off. The other knights gasped, and the blood
drained from your face. Arthur sighed.
He motioned for a guard. “Take her to
the dungeons.” He turned to you. “You are under arrest for lying to the
Crown.” A hand wrapped around your
shoulder, and it began to drag you roughly towards the dungeons. You looked over your shoulder. Arthur refused to look at you, and Gwaine was
staring after you sadly.
you alright?” You looked up from your
corner too see Gwaine standing on the other side of the bars.
course I’m not.” You said sharply. “I was so
close.” He sighed.
call me that!”
“Y/N. I’m so sorry this happened to you. But—”
what? It’s better this way? I was in over my head? I didn’t know what I was doing?” Gwaine was about to protest, but you cut him
off. “I don’t want to talk right
now.” You turned away from him and after
a moment you heard his footsteps fade.
As soon as he left, you buried your face in your knees, and, for the
first time since you were a child, you started to cry softly.
was around the corner. He heard every
sob, and his heart broke a little more with each one.
were snapped out of your restless sleep by a bell tolling. You stood on the small cot and craned your
neck to look through the bars. The
courtyard was in absolute chaos. You
instantly knew what was going on.
Camelot was under attack.
does it,” You grumbled to yourself. You
were not going to sit around while
innocent people were slaughtered. You
looked around, searching for something, anything that could help you get out of
your cell. You found a medium size rock,
and picked it up. You began smashing it
against the lock, but it didn’t give way.
that’s not a very bright idea, is it?”
You looked up to see Merlin leaning against the wall, watching you.
normally I’d laugh, but now’s really not the best time!” You snapped.
if you stopped attacking the door I’d help you.” You stepped back impatiently and Merlin
fished a ring of (probably stolen) keys out of his pocket. He opened your cell and you bolted out. “Wait!”
You stopped and looked at him in frustration.
is it now?” He threw you a sword and you
caught it in shock. You didn’t even
notice him carrying one. Deciding that
your question could wait, you strapped the sword around your waist and took
off, shouting your thanks over your shoulder.
You almost made it out of the dungeons before running into an
attacker. You drew your sword and
disarmed the assailant, injuring his sword arm in the process. You made it a rule to never kill unless you
absolutely had to. You ran up the stairs
to the courtyard and thrust yourself into the chaos without a second
thought. You cut down enemies in your
way, creating a path through the courtyard.
out!” You whirled around just as Gwaine
cut down an assailant about to run you through.
You nodded to show your thanks, but before you could jump back into the fray,
he wrapped his hand around your upper arm and dragged you to the edge of the
are you doing?” You hissed as you tried
to get away from him. He ignored you.
are you doing?” He demanded.
“You’re supposed to be locked up!”
expect me to sit around in the middle of a fight?”
“No it’s not!” You shouted.
“Why are you being so protective?”
wouldn’t understand.” You scoffed and
stabbed a man about to take Gwaine’s head off.
wouldn’t I understand?” He still didn’t
answer. “I don’t have time for
this.” You ducked around him, but you
were pulled back again. Before you could
react, his lips were on yours.
“Because I can’t lose you!” He shouted once he pulled away. You stared at him in shock.
“What?” He refused to look at you. You gently laid a hand on his cheek and
guided his gaze to you.
won’t.” And then you pulled him down to
kiss him again. When you pulled away he
had the same expression you had when he kissed you. So you took your chance. You passed the dazed knight and plunged back
into the battle without another thought.
“Y/N!” You heard a shout behind you but you ignored
it. “Y/N!” You could tell he was getting closer. An arm wrapped around your waist and tugged
you back, out of the path of a blade.
“Who are you to just kiss and run like that?” Gwaine asked with a smirk on his lips.
this is over, we can have a nice long talk but for now, we should really focus
and—Your Highness!” Gwen was cornered by
a pair of soldiers. She was trying to
fight them off, but you knew she wouldn’t last much longer. You looked around, but no one else seemed to
see. Before Gwaine could stop you, you
took off towards the Queen. You easily
took down the first man and moved to shield the Queen. “Run!”
You shouted at her. She nodded,
ducked under your arm and ran straight to her husband. Angry that his target got away, the uninjured
attacker turned to you with a snarl. You
held up your sword, daring him to make the first move. With a loud cry, the man lunged forward. You sparred back in forth until your
positions switched and he was the one against the wall. Seeing that his balance was off, you smacked
him with the broad side of your sword and sent him crashing to the ground. You stood over him, your chest heaving and
your sword at his throat. “Any last
words?” He looked at you in fear, but it
changed to a smirk. Confused, you turned
time to see your opponent from the trials run you through with his sword. He wrenched his blade out of you and you
collapsed to your knees, your hands shaky as they tried to stop the flow of
blood. The last thing you saw before you
blacked out was Gwaine screaming your name and Gwen running towards you.
woke in a daze. “You really have to stop
getting into these situations, Y/N.” You
looked up at Gaius with a tired smile.
fault.” Gaius chuckled.
guess it wouldn’t be, would it?” You
laughed, but it quickly turned into a bone-rattling cough. Gaius came over and helped to prop you
up. After the coughing subsided you fell
back against the pillows with a tired sigh.
are the herbs—she’s awake?” Merlin dropped
what he was holding. “I’ll fetch Gwaine!” You tried to stop him, but he was already
gone. You groaned.
going to kill me.” Gaius smiled.
think you’ll be fine.” Before you
could ask him what he meant, the door
“Y/N!” Gaius stepped out of the room and closed the
door behind him and Gwaine flew to your bedside. “How are you feeling? Are you in any pain? What do you ne—”
You chuckled softly and held up a hand. “I’m
okay. I told you before, I’ve had worse.” He smiled softly and brushed his lips against
so worried about you.”
wasn’t your fault. When you fell, I
thought… I thought I lost you for
certain.” He sat on the edge of your bed
and gently pulled you into an embrace. “I’m
so glad you’re safe.” You smiled and
returned the hug, but then your remembered your current state of affairs.
long until I’m sent back to the dungeon?”
He squeezed you tighter and let you go.
A dazzling grin was plastered on his face.
not going back.”
Guinevere told King Arthur what you did for her. He’s decided to reward you.” His grin got even wider. “He’s going to knight you, Y/N!” Your jaw dropped.
“Really?” You began to smile like a madman. He nodded and pulled you back into his arms.
“Really.” He kissed the top of your head and murmured
into your ear. “You did it, little bird.”