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It's all together possible that Arthur is truly not aware he's in the… 
16th-Oct-2011 08:26 pm
Ready to Give Up
It's all together possible that Arthur is truly not aware he's in the Nexus, which isn't surprising consider he has his hand over his eyes.

He's sitting on the floor, almost curled up in a ball. He seems utterly dispondent.

There might be tear stains on his cheeks and anyone who's close enough might hear a broken whisper. "Why?"
16th-Oct-2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
What happened? *Stats is concerned.*
16th-Oct-2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Arthur drops his hand and blinks hard, as if fighting back tears.

"Oh...I'm here." He looks about the Nexus sounding dazed.

"It...My father...he...he died."
16th-Oct-2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry.
What happened to him?
17th-Oct-2011 01:18 am (UTC)
"Me, he was wounded saving me." Arthur looks like a man condemned. "And then... I brought in magic, to try and save him, I should have known better!"
16th-Oct-2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Swindle is passing by when he hears...something. He's not close enough to hear the whisper, but he notices Arthur and slowly comes over. "Arthur? You okay?"
17th-Oct-2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Usually Arthur would be more than a little shocked by the robot, because...it's a sight he never sees!

But he doesn't even notice this time, that could be because he doesn't move his hand from his eyes.

"He's dead...my father is dead."
17th-Oct-2011 11:53 am (UTC)
Swindle is silent for a moment, then says softly, "I'm sorry."
19th-Oct-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Arthur rubs his eyes with the heel of his hand.

"I'm to be crowned tomorrow..." His voice is dazed.
16th-Oct-2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
There was nothing that she could say or do to change what had happened or to save Arthur from his grief. Though it had been years - years in which a great deal had happened - since the death of her own father, she remembered the sharp sorrow that had filled her chest as acutely as if it had been yesterday.

Time would help, perhaps, but it would never truly heal.

Wordlessly, Gwen sat down next to him, resting a hand on his shoulder. She had no love for Uther, but, in that moment, she would have given anything to have him back in Camelot.
16th-Oct-2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Arthur drops his hand from his eyes and turns to her, inclining his head to kiss her hand.

"It doesn't seem real..."
17th-Oct-2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
"I know," she murmured, "It isn't fair."

Uther might have been a tyrant, but Arthur was a good man and he didn't deserve to lose his father in such a terrible way. He didn't deserve any of the hardships that he'd faced or the weight that rested on his shoulders.

"You will be a good king, Arthur. You will make your father proud."
18th-Oct-2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Arthur leans back and cups her cheek in his hand.

"I hope I can...I hope I can make Camelot proud too."

He drops his eyes, because he's not totally oblivious, he remembers what his father did to hers only all to well. "You're too good to me, you know that?"
18th-Oct-2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
"Of course you will," Gwen replied in earnest, reaching out to tilt his chin and encourage him to meet her eyes. "I have always known it. So do the people."

At that, Gwen shook her head. It was not a sense of duty that made her behave as she did. It was love and trust and a thousand other things that were often too deep and too wondrous to put into words.

"I wish I could do more."
16th-Oct-2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
"Arthur?" April can sense pain from him, and gently touches his shoulder. "What has happened?"
16th-Oct-2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Arthur looks up, his eyes are decidedly red-rimmed.

"He's gone...I'm...King."
17th-Oct-2011 12:42 am (UTC)
She remembers the pain of losing Jonathan, and gently provides her sympathy. "I am so sorry Arthur. I wish I could have done something."
17th-Oct-2011 01:20 am (UTC)
April unwittingly strikes a nerve. It's not personal, the way he flinches. "Magic is what killed him, I should never have-"
16th-Oct-2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ed had been passing by and stopped when he saw Arthur. "Why what? What happened?"
17th-Oct-2011 01:22 am (UTC)
Arhur looks up, his face is wracked with sorrow and guilt. "My father...he's dead..."
17th-Oct-2011 01:24 am (UTC)
Ed stares at him. "Oh god. I'm sorry. I know what it's like to lose a parent."
17th-Oct-2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Arthur is quiet.

"I just...I don't know how...I can't image life without his presence...without him being upon the throne."
17th-Oct-2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
There's little as attention-grabbing as vulnerability. Or perhaps Telrim notices the wrong kind of things. Either way, the Controller stops, assesses what's going on, and approaches cautiously, slipping on a worried expression.

She crouches nearby, careful in case his torment is more than emotional. She asks in a low, gentle voice, "Arthur? Are you- what's wrong?"
17th-Oct-2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
As a knight Arthur would notice such things too. He certainly didn't plan on been publicly seen, that's why he had retired to his chambers or at least he thought he had.

But he has, he looks up and swallows with difficulty.

"My father...he...he died. He just..."
17th-Oct-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
"He-? Oh. I'm sorry. Are you on your own? Do you... um."

Hm. It turns out humans have no effective protocol for responding to grief. Telrim grumbles at the ill-preparation and starts figuring out how to adapt her own strategy.

"What happened?" she asks softly, in the meantime. "If... if you're OK talking about it."
18th-Oct-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
They don't really...especially not Arthur who has no ability to deal with emotion at the best of times and this is definitely not one of those times.

"There Merlin...and Guinevere..." Arthur realises how much he owes those two, but still...

Arthur doesn't really want to talk about it, but he finds himself doing so anyway. "He...there was an assassin, he came to kill me, it should have been me..."
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