Pairing/Characters: The Ravenclaws, some other.
Summary: Ravenclaw students have a tradition: storytelling. Terry Boot started this tradition and now he holds story nights for his friends. Join them as they discover new worlds through stories (Muggle and wizard alike) and learn some important life values.
Disclaimer: I own nothing but the plot.
3. The Sword In The Stone
"So, how about another story night?" Anthony asked one afternoon in the Ravenclaw common room, where he had been sitting with Terry and Michael.
Terry seemed deep in thought for a moment, before answering, "Well, other students have been asking me about it. Plus, it's been a few weeks since the last one. All right, why not?"
Michael smiled and got up from his armchair.
"I'll go tell Ginny and some other Gryffindors. Tony, you can tell the Hufflepuffs."
"Okay, I'll tell them. Terry, you think of a story, all right?"
Terry smiled and nodded.
That evening, everyone was seated comfortably once again.
"Terry, mate, what are you going to tell us tonight?" asked Stephen Cornfoot.
"Well, I thought about it," said Terry, "and I decided to tell you one of my favourite legends, 'The Legend of King Arthur', also known as 'The Sword In The Stone'."
"What's it about?" asked Seamus Finnigan.
"Are you daft, Finnigan?" asked Wayne Hopkins. "It's obviously about a sword in a stone."
To stop further arguing, Terry stood in front of everyone and said, "It's a legend that describes how young Arthur became the King of England. It's not very long, but I always find it quite interesting. Shall I begin?"
He found no complaints, so he began.
"Once upon a time, a king called Uther Pendragon ruled England."
"His name was Uther?" asked fourth-year Gryffindor Boris Petrov. "That's quite a strange name."
"Like you're the one to talk, Boris," said Owen Cauldwell, a Hufflepuff second-year.
"Hey, what's wrong with everyone today?" asked Terry. "Why are you all fighting?"
"Sorry, Terry," said Wayne. "I think we're all just stressed out because of Umbridge."
Terry shook his head and continued, "Well, this king Uther Pendragon had a son, Arthur. Nobody knew where little Arthur was, because the powerful wizard Merlin hid Arthur for the boy's safety."
"This story features Merlin?" asked Stewart Ackerley. "That's brilliant!"
"So, after King Pendragon died," continued Terry, "everyone fought for the throne, because young Arthur was nowhere to be found."
"Did they even look for him?" asked Ginny Weasley.
"Well, who knows," answered Terry. "The noblemen who hoped to conquer the throne would've definitely been better off without Arthur. Anyway, on Christmas, Merlin appeared in a London cathedral. The citizens of England asked him who their new king would be. Merlin told them that one sword would decide the king. After that, he disappeared in a puff of smoke."
"Wow, Merlin sure had a flair for the dramatic," said Dean Thomas.
"When the people exited the cathedral, they saw a large stone in the middle of the courtyard. On the stone stood an anvil with a sword stuck in it. The sword was beautiful, decorated with rubies and emeralds. There was an inscription on the anvil. It read, 'Whoever shall pull this sword from this stone shall be the rightful King'."
"So all they had to do was pull the sword out?" asked Demelza Robins.
"Well, it was enchanted, of course," replied Michael. "Only the true king could pull it out."
"So, only young Artie?" asked Hannah Abbott, smiling.
"Only young Artie," replied Anthony, returning her smile.
"Well, every knight in the kingdom tried to pull the sword out of the stone, but no one could do it," said Terry. "A few months later, a large knight tournament was to be held. An old man came with his sons, Kay and Arthur."
"How subtle!" said Wayne. "Like we don't know who he is."
"Anyway!" continued Terry, already annoyed because of all the interruptions. "Anyway, Kay was to compete in the tournament. Before it began, Kay realised he had left his sword in his tent. He sent Arthur to get it. Arthur searched and searched, but he couldn't find the sword."
"What is he, blind?" asked Caleb Matthews.
"Yeah, how hard is it to find a large, heavy sword?" added his twin, Cooper.
"Well, I don't know if Arthur was nearsighted, but the point is, he couldn't find the sword," said Terry. "On his way back to the valley where the tournament was being held, he noticed a large sword stuck in a stone in front of a cathedral. Even though Arthur knew stealing was bad, he was afraid of his brother, so he decided to take that one. He approached the stone and simply pulled out the sword."
"And thus, a new king was born!" said Hannah.
"All hail King Arthur!" shouted Justin Finch-Fletchley. "The greatest king of all!"
"Aw, Justin's got a crush!" teased Hannah.
Justin's ears turned pink.
"I like girls, Hannah," he muttered, obviously embarrassed.
"Aw, we like you too, Justin!" said Susan Bones, hugging him.
"How about we continue?" asked Anthony.
"I was just about to say the same thing, Tony," replied Terry. "So, Arthur brought the sword back to his brother. Kay quickly realised what sword that was, so he shouted, 'Look, I pulled the sword out of the stone! I'm the new King of England!'"
"That bastard!" shouted Wayne. "How dare he?"
"Such dishonesty... This Kay was not an honourable man," said Ernie Macmillan.
"Well, Kay's father didn't believe his son. He took the citizens to the cathedral and stuck the sword back into the stone. He told his son to pull it out again."
"Good man, this father of his," said Thomas Bradley. "Does he have a name?"
"Well, in some versions he's called 'Sir Antor', in some versions he's 'Sir Ector'. Some characters just don't get a name," said Terry. "So, Kay tried to pull the sword out of the stone, but, of course, he couldn't. He fell to the ground, ashamed."
"Serves him right," muttered Michael.
"Kay admitted that it was, in fact, his little brother that pulled the sword out. Arthur came up to the stone and pulled the sword out once again. Everyone shouted out in joy, for young Arthur was the new king! Suddenly, Merlin appeared."
"In a puff of smoke, no doubt," said Wayne, eliciting a few chuckles.
"Merlin told the people that Arthur was King Pendragon's son and the rightful king. He ruled England for a very long time and was respected." finished Terry.
"It was a great story, Ter," said Anthony.
Most of the students agreed to that and Terry beamed.
After that, everyone left for their common room.
While in bed, Terry, Michael and Anthony discussed their ideas for the next story. Anthony suggested another Muggle fairytale. Michael threw a pillow at him. Terry smiled and silently thanked Merlin for such great friends.