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“Merlin, wait for me!” Vivien called as she hurried up the grassy hill after the blue clad wizard, pushing the brim of her tall red pointed hat up out of her eyes as her long golden hair swayed behind her.
She hurried up the slope after her mentor, looking up at the small owl riding atop Merlin's staff imploringly.
“Archimedes, ask him to slow down!”
The little owl puffed up, ruffliing his feathers as his head rocked.
“Pinfeathers, he's not going to slow down and you know it!”
Vivien cringed as she continued to scramble after Merlin who maintained his brisk pace. Being his apprentice, or whatever it was she was supposed to be, was no easy task. He wasn't malicious or even mean spirited but he never seemed to wait for her. Whenever he had it in his mind to go somewhere off he went and she'd best keep up or miss out on whatever lesson he intended to impart that day.
Vivien looked out at the valley below them. Two great rock formations rose out from the walls of the valley, pointing upwards towards the sky. The valley itself was covered in thick green forest, high reaching treetops blending together to create a verdant emerald carpet across the world. Vivien was so taken by the view that she didn't realize that Merlin had stopped until she walked into her mentor's back and almost fell backwards.
“Oh, gracious,” Merlin remarked as he turned to her, stroking his beard as she flushed in embarrassment. “Are you alright girl?”
Vivien nodded, hiding her face beneath the broad brim of her pointed hat. “I—I'm fine.”
“Fine indeed!” Archimedes hooted. “If you walked any faster the poor girl would be going backwards!”
“Oh, well, I am sorry.” Merlin said absently. “In any case, we're here.”
Vivien blinked and looked back to the valley she'd just been admiring. What was so special about this spot? She couldn't see anything beyond the natrual beauty of it all. Frowning, she looked up at Merlin who was watching the valley intently. There were times when she wondered if perhaps the old wizard was starting to lose his mind she had to admit.
That was when a resounding boom echoed across the valley.
“Ah,” Merlin remarked. “Wonderful, we're in time.”
Vivien meant to ask what they were in time for but that was when she saw it. Across the valley, between the two rock formations a massive shape of gray stone was lumbering towards them, each thunderous step shaking the ground beneath Vivien's feet.
“Wh—what is that?” she stammered in disbelief as the human-like monstrosity continued towards them.
About the creature's crown circled birds and it towered over the rocks jutting towards the sky as Vivien gawked at it. It's passage though was marked by great destruction as its shuddering tread created great furrows in the ground, ploughing up trees with shattering cracks that echoed across the valley.
“We have to stop it!” protested Vivien as she turned to Merlin. “It'll destroy the valley!”
“Hmph,” Archimedes puffed up atop Merlin's staff. “She doesn't seem to understand Merlin.”
“Oh?” Merline remarked as he looked to Vivien, seeming to notice her distress for the first time. “Oh, well, I suppose you must think this rather destructive.”
Vivien looked down at the giant's progress through the valley as it bowled over trees and continued onwards with any care for the damage it was causing.
“Can't you stop it?” she asked urgently. “Use your magic!”
“Now why would I do that?” Merlin asked with a frown. “The giant isn't hurting anyone. It's just moving from one spot to another, much as we just did.”
Vivien's concern heightened. “But we didn't destroy anything!”
“Did we not?” Merlin asked as he waved back the way they'd come. “Do you think the grass feels that way? What about the ants whose trail we tread through? Is that not as destructive as our dear friend there?”
Vivien frowned, looking back the way they'd come and seeing the bent stalks of grass that marked their path. How could Merlin compare the path they'd worked up the hill to what the giant was doing to the trees in the valley below?
“I don't understand.” she said with frustration evident across her features.
“Well, that's today's lesson.” remarked Merlin with a fond sparkling in his eyes. “What might seem important to us,” he swept his hand out to indicate the giant as it passed them by, its towering presence looming above them like a mountain. “Might be quite irrelevant to others.” he pointed down at the earth beneath their feet. “Simultaneously, we might not perceive that which is important to those who we do not have consideration for.”
Vivien looked down at her feet and realized that a small beatle was crawling over her shoe. She frowned, looking up at Merlin with a scowl.
“Why should I consider something beneath me?”
“Why should the giant? After all, to it you and I are simply little bugs.” Merlin replied. “If you can't be bothered to consider a lowly beatle, why should a giant consider you?”
“You're wasting your time.” Archimedes chimed in. “The girl can't wrap her head around the concept of caring for something she doesn't take notice of!”
Vivien scowled up at the owl, as much antagonist as tutor at times.
“No one asked you Archimedes!”
Merlin chuckled. “Well,” he waved his hand and a basket and blanket appeared, settling on the ground before them. “Since we have spent all this time trekking up here, it would be a shame not to enjoy the view.”
Vivien took a seat on the blanket but her mind was ill at ease as she looked at the valley where the giant's passage. Trees were bowled over, great impressions were everywhere across the valley to mark its footprints. Something touched her hand then and she looked down to see an ant crossing the back of her palm. She lifted it up, looking from the little insect to Merlin who was enjoying his meal before scowling and flicking it off the back of her hand without another thought.
Archimedes observed this and puffed up in silent indignity. The girl had much to learn about what it meant to be a wizard.
Something inspired by a piece by Blazbaros who was kind enough to let me to take inspiration from their work.

Today's Lesson by Blazbaros
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JoeBlue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
oh nice. I just saw that pic in my feed
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Fun times eh?
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JoeBlue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
yeah. hm...you think there would be something like this more often with the jedi.
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
I've seen similar things in some stories in the past.
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JoeBlue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
then I'm just blind |D
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LinkWannabe42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
She... she's training under a wizard, yet this is the strangest concept to her?!

Also, lovely to see this, I really liked the idea behind it :3
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
That's kinda the point, she's inspired by a character from Arthurian legend about a woman (who may or may not be human) who wanted to learn Merlin's secrets etc.
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LinkWannabe42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Really? Cool! Where did you hear about that?
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
I started researching of course.
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LinkWannabe42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Well how dare you!!!
Where did you find the story?
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
I looked up: 'did Merlin ever have an apprentice?' and embellished.
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LinkWannabe42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Yay for creativity!!!!
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Timberwolf1969 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, what can I say.

If there would ever be a sequel to The Sword in the Stone, this should be part of its story.
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Well you flatter me greatly and I'm glad you enjoyed my little piece.
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Gusindor Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow this is really good!
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Glad you enjoyed it.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD You had me at "pinfeathers".

This actually ties in really nicely to the image, I'm glad I could inspire a little vignette like this :D
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Glad you enjoyed it and thank you again for letting me use your material for inspiration.
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