It was a bright, sunny day in Naturalia and Gareth and Miles were on their way to talk to Merlin. Gareth was an eager, outgoing, and adventurous boy whilst Miles was the opposite he was intelligent, cautious, and suprisingly for his age he was wise. Unspokenly Merlin had always preferred Miles and one day hoped to make him his apprentice. Miles wondered why Merlin had asked him to come and meet him for a “”serious discussion!”” this afternoon. As Gareth and Miles were nearing the meadow just before Merlin’s house Miles asked
”Gareth why do you think that Merlin wanted us to come to is house?”
”Don’t matter to me ”Gareth stated””he told me that he’s gonna invite knightmaster Aries to come an’ that Aries might knight ‘me’ . I hope so, I’ve been preparing to be knighted for two years ”
Gareth paused ” you think ‘he’ll knight me?” ” I don’t see why not” said Miles looking at his muscled behemoth of a friend.
”I can’t see why he’d knight me for sure” Miles continued” you’re gonna be a knight and what am I gonna be? I’m not strong. I’m not fast. I’m not athletically inclined at all and all the things that I could do are either taken or require physical ability which I don’t have !”
Gareth sighed”so you’re not athletic. you’re exaggerating. there are things you can do yet my friend, things that only require the skills you already have: reading and writing”*Gareth began to raise in volume*” I CAN’T WRITE, I can’t READ but you can and few have those skills.”
Gareth and Miles reached Merlin’s doorstep. ”Now let’s see if I can’t get knighted!”said Gareth cheerily. Just then the door swung open and Merlin’s massively tall and gray-robed figure entered the doorway
” Let’s not get our hopes up just yet children.” said Merlin in his deep and powerful voice”but don’t destroy your dreams either…just..be cautious”Merlin gave Miles a quick glance then lead them inside where Knight-master Aries’s magnificently-muscled figure sipped ale while filling the entire armchair, and more (he sometimes drank too much ale and that has a consequence) Aries looked up from his ale
”Hello boys. Still practicing your swordsmanship Gareth?” asked Aries
”Yes,Sir!” stated Gareth proudly Gareth saluted as he said this for effect
”Merlin why did you ask us to come to your house today”Miles questioned
”I didn’t ”ask you to come here today”.”said Merlin” I told you to come here today”
”Yes sir but I thought it would be more polite to say that you asked us to come”replied Miles
”True, my boy true, touche.”stated Merlin
”Yet you still haven’t answered my question: why did you want us to come here today?”inquired Miles
”Yeah, why?”asked Gareth
”Because children a wizard can only have magic for a time equal to three life times and in ten minutes that time will be up and all of it will flood into my cane and my apprentice must grab it before the magic dissipates or else the demons of Nezreal will get my magic”said Merlin gravely ”and that must not happen…Miles I need an apprentice which, you know that already now”turns to look at Aries and Gareth.”Aries could you please take Gareth to my ceremony room”Aries takes Gareth into the ceremony room”as I was saying I need an apprentice;and I wanted to ask you if you want to be my apprentice”Merlin looked into Miles’s surprised expression which quickly changed into one of happiness and honour
”I’d love to be your apprentice, I would be honoured;didn’t you mention that your magic was going to flood into your cane and that your apprentice must grab it, or something like that.”Miles looked at Merlin for a moment and watched a smile spread slowly across his bearded face.
”yes but until then let us relax and prepare for that event”Merlin said smoothly and both Merlin and Miles took seats across from each other.
Meanwhile Gareth was teeming with what could only be described as sheer enjoyment as he kneeled in front of Knight-master Aries while Aries tapped him on the shoulder with his knighting sword and said ”I declare thee Sir Gareth of Naturalia.” After the ceremony Gareth burst out of the ceremony room and yelled ”I’ve been knighted!”
”What are you trying to do boy wake the dead”Merlin snapped