Character(s): Uther, focus on Lancelot
Word count: 114
Disclaimer: None of them are mine.
Summary: “Sacrifice to preserve unity. That proves you worthy.”
Author's notes: Uther’s thoughts during his final in-castle scene during “Lancelot” and coda to the episode.
translation note: in Old English, -hood indicates a state of being...ie "maidenhood, brotherhood" (this is also why I laugh sometimes when in the recent UK series Robin Hood, they say "catch Hood and kill him")...to quote Methos, "I'm easily amused"
Your actions speak to your credit, Lancelot. You who have desired knighthood more than all else in the world, and you now turn your back on being welcomed as a knight – you do so deliberately, by your own chosing.
I had not thought you would comprehend the pressures laid upon those of nobility who don the armor and serve their King as knights. You have proven me wrong, but in a way that slights neither of us.
Had you remained, I would not have changed my mind – for had you remained, you would not have proven yourself willing to sacrifice. As you are now and as you have done now, of that, I approve.