Chapter 5: A new friend
“I wish you a wonderful day, Majesty”, says Zack very friendly to Cloud first. Then he speaks to Merlin: “I’m very thankful for your invitation. I will give my best to make a great swordfighter out of the king.” Friendly Merlin nods to Zack and then Aerith says something: “I’m going home now. Cloud, I…uhm…will come back to you again very soon. I wish you the best.” She turns around and passing Zack. Both are looking superficial at each other and after Aerith left the room Zack asks the king: “Nice girl. Does she belong to you? It seems, you are trustful to each other.” Cloud shakes his head: “No, she doesn’t belong to me. We became friends, were I wasn’t a king, that’s why we are so trustful.” Zack crossing his arms for his chest: “Well, well. Anyways, I’m here to teaching you how to handle a sword. I visited a very good school about it. It needed a long time to arrive here because some peoples are standing in my way.” Merlin breaks up: “Young knight Zack, please don’t forget your story and tell us later. I think you need some rest and something to eat. Everything’s ready, only for you.” Zack gets a big grin: “That’s a great honor to me. But please, don’t make so much expenditure because of me.” “Don’t worry, it wasn’t an expenditure for us”, Merlin says.
On a table, into a room next to the throne hall, the three are eating their late lunch. The table is, even just because of one person, very festive. Together they are eating the delicious venison. Zack asks the king: “Why are you eating with us? Isn’t it usual, that the royal family is eating alone?” Cloud looks sad on his silver plate, where laying a piece meat on it: “Well…I haven’t a family anymore. They all died already. Merlin took me and raised me up.” Zack didn’t know that, he thought, it’s a whole royal family: “Oh, I’m sorry about it. I thought there are more members of your family.” Quickly he will change the issue: “Well then, when shall I start with your lessons?” Cloud is holding out of it because he has no any idea from it, that’s why Merlin answers him: “Tomorrow. Which time exactly, that is your decision. It’s just very important for me, that the king becomes very strong as fast as possible.” Zack eating his meat and says after then: “Alright, I’ll do. But it is still strange, that I must teach a king.” Cloud is embarrassed and light red overcome his face.
After the lunch, Zack would be lead into his place, where he shall stay. The night is getting over, without any happenings.
The next morning, after the breakfast, ordered Zack his first lesson. In the training room, that is build at the side from the castle, are meeting Cloud and Zack. Cloud has brought Excalibur and Zack is amazed from the sword, even Cloud doesn’t take it out of the scabbard: “Wow! That looks very noble.” Then Cloud pulls it out from the scabbard and holding it in front of himself and Zack is much more impressing: “It is so wonderful. The blade is unique and pliant”, then he asks, “Can I?” Cloud nods and gives it to Zack. And because Zack isn’t the right owner, the sword lost his shine and become heavy in Zack’s hand and he must put the peak on the floor. “How are you carried the sword”, Zack is surprised. But Cloud can explain it: “Like the others too. But the reason is, I’m the only one who can carry and lead it because I’m the right owner of it.” Zack gives the sword back to Cloud and says: “I see. The rumor was true then. That no one could pull the sword out of the stone, right? This rumor went over the borders. Many people tries it to get power and wealth but they failed. Only you could do it.” Cloud nods and have another question: “Yes. But say, where do you come from?” The blue eyes, which are similar to Cloud ones, get tight and Zack says very serious: “I can’t tell you. Just this: Someone send me to a journey, with the reason, that the time is coming that I should stay at someone's side. No one could say it to me, who it was. But then I got a letter, which comes from Merlin. He heard of me and ordered me to come to Camelot. It seems that you are the one, who I shall help.” The person, who sends him, was his mother who raised him up, the lady of the lake, fairy Viviane but Zack does hide that fact. And Zack knows too, that Excalibur was created in the forge of the water kingdom. He self wasn’t there as it was created but Viviane told him about it, and it is forbidden to him to tell about the water kingdom. Cloud takes a seat on a wooden chair and wants Zack to sit next to him. The man with the black hair takes it and is thankful for that. The young king has another question: “Yesterday you said something, that you had many adventures. What exactly for adventures?” Cloud is a very curious human and loves it to hear some exciting adventures. Zack lays his arms into his own lap and tells about his last days: “Where shall I start? Maybe how I got my home. I crossed a castle, which was protected by a man who calls himself the cupper knight. I guess he got the name from his amour which shines like noble cupper. I just would go into the town but he doesn’t let me in. Instead he challenged me. I should fight against his knights and if I defeat them, then he would let me into the town. I don’t know why it was a condition. However, he let ten knights fight against me at the same time. I defeated all of them. After that, he must thought, he must double the knights and so I must fight against twenty knights. I can tell you, that was the hardest thing what I ever did before. But I defeated them too, somehow…and then the cupper knight wants to fight against me too. Believe me, he made my life to hell but I could defeat him also. After that battle I had troubles to stand on my own feet.” Zack hides here an important detail too: The lady of lake helped him from the background. She cured him ever and ever again. And she converted the cupper knight into a flea. But all this Zack can’t tell Cloud. Zack speaks further more: “Then it becomes strange. As I could go into the town, the people of the town lead me to the graveyard. For a short moment I felt me very unwell because I expected something else to thank. However, there was a metal plate and just a determined knight could pull it up. Similar like to your story with the sword. And there it means, who can pull up the plate, his name would engraved in this plate for eternity. I tried to pull it up the plate and…did it. Then they wrote down my name on that plate and it was a really strange feeling, it’s like you are standing in front of your own grave. And so I found my home in this town. Just because I’ve defeated the cupper knight. And there I got Merlin’s letter. And on my way to Camelot, I fought many other battles too but they were a child’s play instead of the fight with the cupper knight and his knights. Well, if I see my home ever again is very questionable. We will see.” Now is Zack story over and Cloud is somehow fascinated, even Zack told it very coarse: “Then you are in deed a great swordfighter and you can teach me a lot.” Zack make his typical grin and says: “Yes, I am. I can teach you so many things. By the way, we shall begin now.” But Cloud has only one question of his heart: “Zack, how old are you? You look so very young.” The knight scratches his back head: “I’m 16 years old. I know, for this age a have many experiences. But I’ve learned to use a sword as I was a child. They told me, I’m very talented and become better as a knight who is grown up already. I can’t tell you why it is like that but I must say, I don’t care about it. Don’t let you scared from my young age, I can teach you a lot. I have much experience, like you know.” Cloud stands up and says: “Good, you will show and proof it to me in the next weeks, how many experiences you have. But I can’t really judge it because I don’t know much about it.”
And so they start their first lesson. Of course, in the first place Cloud must learn how he holds a sword correctly. And still these needs a little bit time if he gets it. The next thing what he must learn is, with slow exercising to swing the sword correct and he mustn’t left the right position of the sword. But Zack notice too, that his king has a fast understanding. “You know, if you learn so fast like now in the next weeks, you become very fast a great swordfighter”, Zack praises his boss and he can’t really believe it: “Are you sure?” Zack nods confident: “Yes, you are having a hidden talent. And I’ll bring it out of you.” Both smiles at each other and the lesson go further more.
It is to tell, that Zack hiding a lot more as he told like Merlin do it too. Merlin hired Zack from Angeal (=Galehaut). Angeal is an enemy from Cloud but he doesn’t know it yet. Zack has a deep and strong connecting to Angeal, it is almost friendship. Angeal lets go Zack to Cloud for a special reason. He wants to find out, how strong Cloud and his knight are become.
Chapter 5 end