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12 January 2009 @ 03:36 pm
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Title: A Knight with a Difference
Rating: G
Characters: Robin and Lancelot, implied Lance/Herbert
Summary: Robin notices Lance acting strangely after the knights get back together.
Notes: Takes place between “Twice in Every Show” and Tim the Enchanter

Robin eyed his friend curiously. Lancelot had set up his sleeping area, and now paced restlessly around (and occasionally over) the scattered bedrolls and loitering knights. A few birds and rabbits caught more by luck than skill roasted over a few fires with hungry men waiting anxiously for their dinner. Normally Lance would be right up with them, jostling for the best piece. But he had been… off since the party had regrouped with King Arthur.

Robin reclined on his bedroll, ignoring the rocks poking his back. Several knights disliked the rough conditions Questing entailed, but Robin was used to much worse conditions, and was pleased to simply have a blanket to sleep under and meat in his hand. Lance had come from a similar situation, so it couldn’t be the food that had him restless. He waited until Lance stalked closer to speak. “What’s got you out of order?” Robin queried.

Lancelot stopped and turned, narrowly avoiding a minstrel. “Wot you mean ‘out of order’?”

“You’re pacing like someone’s locked you in a schoolroom.”

Lance snorted and plopped down on his bedroll next to Robin’s. “I don’t get why we’re pissing about in the forest. The Grail ain’t gonna find itself.”

Robin blinked in surprise, glancing around the shadowed woods. “We can’t travel at night, Lance. We couldn’t see where we’re going.”

“It’s a full moon,” he insisted.

Robin frowned. Lance was suddenly in a hurry to find the Grail? Before it had been of little matter to him. “Walkin’ about is easier than farmin’ pigs,” he used to say. Indeed, the only knights who wanted to get this trip over were the ones with families or sweethearts back in England.

Unless Lance had found a sweetheart. It was certainly possible. Now Robin was curious. However, Lance did tend to get violent when he got angry, and Robin did not want to be on the receiving end of one of his tempers. Lance seemed agitated now, but not yet angry. It should be safe to probe a bit.

“You, ah… have someone waiting for you, then?” Robin tensed, prepared to duck a blow.

Lance shot him a sharp look, but just looked back at the ground as he nodded slowly. “Aye, but I can’t go back until we find the Grail.” Robin couldn’t help but stare at this friend, whose mouth was set in a tense line and brow wrinkled with anxiety. The man was actually in love! No wonder Concorde had been even more cheerful lately.

There was a problem, though. The Grail had been missing for ages, and… “Will she wait for you?” Robin asked gently.

Lancelot nodded again, this time with conviction. “Aye, ‘e’ll wait for me. I know ‘e will.”

With that he stood and continued roaming. Robin smiled at his back, happy for his friend. Perhaps someday he would find a love like that. Some beautiful girl with a love for music and—

“Wait… he?
Debris K.: Bring out the dictionary by iconsbycurtadebris_k on January 13th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
lj-cut, please?
Liaohliamylia on January 13th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I love you.

I tried to write a fic like this once but it was long and unfinished and a bit boring. This is much better.
VioletJimJams: Squeevioletjimjams on January 13th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Thankies. ^^ I've been wanting to do something like it for a while.

And a longer one about when Lance finally does go back to rescue Herbert. Of course, that one would be mostly from the POV of Herbert's flashy grooms.

If I could figure out their names.
Liaohliamylia on January 13th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
I've been bouncing an idea around in my head for a long time (I'm talking years, here) where the knights concoct this ridiculous plan where Robin and Patsy go undercover as guards (presumably by finding their look-alike guard counterparts and stealing their clothes) to get Herbert away from the castle. I imagine it would be harder, because Lance showing up and gaying everything up and killing people probably did nothing for Henry's mood toward Herbert.
VioletJimJamsvioletjimjams on January 13th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
I figure it's something a lot simpler, with Herbert's grooms simply helping him out the window, following shortly after, and Henry not too upset because HE can marry Princess Lucky (and her hugetractsofland), and cause Lance receives some excellent pig farming land from Arthur after the retrieval of the Grail.
Liaohliamylia on January 13th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
I TOTALLY IMAGINED THAT AS WELL. Henry just deciding to marry Princess Lucky himself.
VioletJimJams: Squeevioletjimjams on January 13th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
At least he'd be attracted to her.

Which can either be a good or bad thing, depending on what she's like. If she's as greedy and mercenary as he is, they'll make a splendid couple. Lance and Herbert can adopt their inevitable daughter and raise their niece themselves. If she's a nice girl, some legal loophole will enable her to avoid the marriage and become Queen in her own right now that her father is dead.
phantomreviewerphantomreviewer on January 13th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I love this.

Brought me out of a bad mood, which can be hard to do, so definatly wonderful!

Tauretaureleafsilver on January 14th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
*gurgle* Adorable. Just adorable. I loved it. ^^