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Alternative ending of King Arthur’s Tale
Arthur walked through the halls of his castle, contemplating what it meant to be a good king, husband, and friend. He loved both Guenevere and Lancelot enough that he would die for them. Deciding what he had to do he turned on heel and walked quickly back through the castle to the dungeons.
“Open the doors.” Arthur said as he walked into the prison holding his wife and friend. “Please come out, Guenevere. You too, Lancelot. Neither of you have to worry. You’re not to be harmed by anyone in the kingdom, the least of which is me. I have come to get some things off my chest, and apologize to both of you.”
Guenevere and Lancelot shifted uncomfortably in front of him. He had been fading mentally for some time, and neither knew if this was some cruel ploy to kill them.
“Guenevere. I have loved you from the moment I saw you. I owe you an apology for focusing on my kingdom above our relationship for so long. I also need to thank you for being as supportive and understanding of my aspirations. It was my failings as a King and husband that led to this, I am both grateful to you and ashamed of my actions recently.” Arthur said before turning to his knight. “Lancelot, my oldest and most trusted friend. It was only natural that I leave you in charge while I pursued my fool’s errand. Furthermore, how could you not fall in love with Gwenivere? She is undoubtedly the most amazing woman I have ever met. You are truly honorable, and remain so, even through everything that has happened. I am sorry for my outburst earlier which resulted in you both being imprisoned here.”
Arthur’s face suddenly looked pained, but he gathered himself up and continued with his speech.
“While I feel hurt by both of your actions, I also want nothing but happiness for both of you. It has become clear that in my vanity I have ignored and underappreciated both of you in addition to the rest of my kingdom. As of tomorrow, I will be making a proclamation in which I will abdicate the throne to you, Lancelot. I will present you with Excalibur after the announcement.” He said, “I will take my leave of you both now, and you will not be locked in the prison any longer. You may choose to do as you please and go where you want. I wish you a happy and prosperous future.”
Arthur, the broken shell of a once-great king, looked at the ground and left the room as fast as he could before returning to his room where he would spend the night admiring Excalibur before fulfilling his promise the next morning. He would then leave the kingdom and fade into obscurity while Britain would rise to a fair a just rule of the world.