Chapter 2: Rediscovery
The next morning begins and it is darker as bright outside but Cloud must be going to the forge before the sunrise begins because it would be too late and on his first day he won’t be too late. Merlin woke him up, together they had breakfast and after this, Cloud goes to his work. He is a little bit nervous but still excited what awaits him there and what he learns today. But like the blacksmith said, he mustn’t do the heavy work on the first days.
As Cloud reaches the forge, he sees a flicker light from the candle in the house and fire from the oven, which is standing outside, he is burning already. Very timid Cloud steps into the roofed area and knocks on the door, which lead into the house. He opens it and looks carefully inside. The blacksmith from yesterday and two assistants are sitting on a table. They noticed the knocking on the door. Friendly they are welcome Cloud to come in: “Not so shy, my boy, come in.” As he steps inside into the warm house, says Cloud unsure: “Good morning.” The blacksmith waves to Cloud to come on the table: “Morning. Come here to us. We are still taking our breakfast.” Cloud had a completely another expectation of it. He thought, when he arrives the forge, everybody are still working and that they eating their breakfast later. But Cloud does that, what the Blacksmith said and sits down in this little round, in front of the boss. With his hands in his lap and his look down below, Cloud sits very shy on the table. The strong blacksmith is trying to take Clouds fear: “Yesterday you were happier as now. Say, how’s your name?” Cloud frighten a little bit as the blacksmith speaks to him, and he answers: “Well, yes. My name is Cloud”, then he looks to the blacksmith and asks: “And…how is your name?” With a big grin he says: “I’m Barret. I hope, you will like it here. The day before yesterday, our forth man leaved us because he found a better job as this here. So, you had very big luck, my boy.” Cloud has his fingers one into another and rubs nervously his thumbs against each other: “I see. Yes, then I had really luck. Thanks again, that you gave me this job.” “No Problem, little boy. Where is your food”, asks Barret him. Cloud had no idea, that he should bring some food to his job: “I didn’t know that you take your breakfast now. I ate at home already.” But Barret doesn’t speak about the breakfast: “And what is with lunch and dinner? What are you eating then?” Clouds eyes become big: “D…dinner? To the lunch I would buy something for me.” Barret lays his arms on the table, to get a comfortable position: “We are working so long until everything is done what we must do for the day. And that can be very long. For the first days we don’t let you working for so long because you are so young and inexperienced. But there comes the time, where you must working until the late evening.” Cloud nods: “OK.” He can’t say anything more, he has too much respect for Barret.
Then the breakfast is over and Barret claps in his hands: “Guys! Let’s work, she doesn’t make it from alone.” Said and done. The men are standing up and Cloud too. Barret takes him under his wings and in the first place, he shows him what they are making in the forge. From the melting of metal, to pour the melted metal into the shapes. Outside, beneath the roof, you must forge the metal. One of Clouds new assistants is still working on a horseshoe now of an ambos. It glows red-orange and the assistant hammerings on it. Very often he looks at the horseshoe so that he sees, if it gets his ideal form. When he thinks it’s perfect, he puts the horseshoe quickly in cold water. It steams very much and it becomes very hot under the roof.
Many things are forged like Horseshoes, weapons, hooks, armament, eyes etc.
Cloud asks: “What shall I do today?” Barret looks down to the boy: “You take care that the fire in the oven doesn’t get out. The place, where are you firing the oven, is inside the house. Then I will teach you, how you melt metals and which the best you can mix together. And when we still have time, I will show you, how you to pour the melted metal regular into the forms. That’s not so easy, you must get a feeling for this.” Cloud agreed with all of them and he wouldn’t contract him. Besides that he is so excited how everything’s works now. Barret shows him, how he let the fire still burn and then Cloud must do it by himself, it isn’t so hard. Just he mustn’t forget it. Then follow the theory and praxis. To learn, how to mix the best metals together. Barret tells him, which is optimal and shows it. Cloud asks him: “Do you have a pencil and paper? Then I can write it down and learn at home.” Barret didn’t know, that Cloud can write because he didn’t tell it as he was yesterday there to the interview, maybe this was his luck. Barret answers: “Forget that again. Here you are learning just by doing. Can you see the scratched lines into the melting pot? There are shorthand’s, there you can see, how many metal you must use and which ones. But you can just use it, when you know what you will forge. Don’t worry about it, if you doing it very often, you will get it very fast in your beautiful head. And if you make some mistakes, then I won’t rip him off from your neck. It is normal. Everyone must start and makes some mistakes. So, it’s no reason to worry.” It’s good that Barret said it to the beginning because Cloud gets scared for a short moment.
As Barret starts to explain different compositions and which one is using most by swords, horseshoes etc, is Cloud very overtaxed. It is very much of all. Some compositions Barret shows him also and he is still working up his plan for today too. “You see, it would be the best, when you try to remember how much metal you are using to give it into the melting pot, until the liquid condition reach the marks”, explained Barret and Cloud just nods because he looks like spellbound at the melting pot. The melting of the metal needs a little bit time and Barret says: “Ok my boy, now you have your first impression. How is it?” Cloud is honest: “It is really much to remember all these things. I’m a little bit confused in my head.” Barret knocks on his back: “Really? Then go out and take fresh air. You have a break. When metal is melted I show you, how it would be mixed and poured. But before you go, lay something in the fire of the oven.” Cloud nods again and brings the fire much more to burn. Barret gets an idea: “Hey boy! When you are going out, can you bring something for us too? Look around in the forest, please. There a berries. They just grown in this season and they are so damn delicious. Can you bring them to us?” “Yes, of course I can do that. I know the forest a little bit”, he said happy and then he go. One hour is enough to find the berries, to pick them up and come back.
In the forest Cloud decides to search on another place, where he wasn’t before. He must make the decision because the berries on the bushes are almost picked up already. On the new roads he is finding some berries but still, the bushes are already empty too. Through the searching he doesn’t notice, that he gets deeper and deeper into the forest. And then he makes a discovery, which he had never counts. In front of him is putting a beautiful sword into a stone. He is nearing it, just to take a better look. The sword looks almost new. Just a few scratches are to see, maybe it gets them from the battles but they don’t deform his beautifulness. “Who was bringing it to that place”, is Cloud mumbling and goes nearer to the sword. Then he decides to touches it. Suddenly it begins to shine. Quickly Cloud takes his hand back and is frightened about that what happened. And now he is worry about, that he did something bad. He won’t touch it again and decides, that he have enough berries and goes back to the forge.
In the forge Cloud is telling from his discovery: “Barret? In the forest I found a sword. It putts into a stone. Do you know something about it?” Barret takes some berries and put them into his mouths and explain Cloud: “I don’t know why it is there. I just know that no one can put it out. There is that legend.” “A legend”, repeat Cloud asked and Barret tells him more: “Yes, only the right owner of this sword can put it out from the stone and would become the king of Camelot.” Cloud has another question: “What do you mean with the right owner?” “Well, a descendant of king Uther. He was the last king and died in a battle. And that no one wrong gets the thrown, only his descendant can put it out of the stone, as proof from his decent.” “Aha…”, and Cloud furthers on, “I’ve touched it and it starts to glow. Did it glow too as some other ones touched it?” Barret is surprised because he never heard of it: “No, that’s new to me. Maybe it was just an illusion from you.” But Cloud is still sure that is wasn’t an illusion but says nothing more. “Come on boy, we must working”, Barret says.
The working day for Cloud is fating. He learned a lot and it was a really exciting day. As he comes home, he told Merlin everything what happened, including the story with the sword. Merlin must laugh: “A sword, you say? Mmh…maybe you will learn something more about it as you really want.” Merlin knows about it because he was the one, who put that sword into a stone and also he knows all his history. Cloud is just confused: “What do you mean, Merlin?” The old magician doesn’t tell him and speak more in mystery: “Be patient, my boy. It doesn’t need so much time anymore and then you will know it. I’ll promise you.”
Chapter 2 End