Chapter 7: Not like a king but like a teenager
After Cloud and Aerith declares their love to each other, they are very happy together. Of course it isn’t easy for them because they can’t see each other so often. But somehow, they know that it would change someday and they are trying to see each other so often it’s possible. They making experiences in their relationship which you are must do, to keep the relationship up. They become closer physically and learning there too. Sometimes they have little fights too but they clear them very fast.
On a summer day where Cloud is learning a lot in bureaucracy and in swordfight again; after the lessons with Zack, Cloud is sitting in a chair and says: “I’m not in the mood for all of this today anymore. It is warm and I sweat. It is hard to learn something under these temperatures. And it is so nice weather outside.” Zack takes a seat next to him: “You are right but you have your duties. For you it doesn’t matter how the weather is, you must work and you are not the only one. We can finish the lessons for today but then you must learn something else, I think. How I estimate Merlin…” Cloud doesn’t care about him: “Maybe but we aren’t machines, we need a break from time to time and so far I know, I’m the king here and can do what ever I want.” Zack gets a grin: “Well, you misunderstand something as to be a king. You can’t do what you want. You must take care, that everything’s alright in your kingdom and that no chaos rules here. You must be there for your folk and that needs a lot of wisdom.” But Cloud knows all these things: “I know that, Zack. What I mean is, I can take my breaks if I want. I won’t take free for days or weeks. Just for today. And it is still afternoon, the rest of the day we can create nice if you want, or not?” Zack shrugs his shoulders: “You are asking the wrong person. I’m just a…lets say employee here. I haven’t the right to say, what you can do and what not. You should better go to Merlin.” “Yes, that’s true”, confirms Cloud but he has to say further, “But I don’t care what Merlin says today. We are teenagers and we can’t learn every day. We need our free time and today I’ll take it. I know, I can’t leave the castle without guardians and I don’t want it. Today I just won’t learn anything anymore and I want have some fun with you, Zack. It isn’t too much what I want, right?” Zack still understands what he means: “Sure not, but like I said before, it doesn’t lays in my hand to decide. Of course we teenagers haven’t so much discipline but we are different as the other ones. We have a higher position. Talk with Merlin about that, I’m the wrong person.” Cloud nods: “Good but I like it, that you understand me.”
Cloud goes to his father and he is wondered that he his there so soon: “Boy, why are you here so soon? Your lessons with knight Zack should be longer, if I’m right.” “I know, but I’ve decided that we are finished for today with the sword fighting”, he explains Merlin. His stepfather rises up an eyebrow: “Why? It is very important that you can use a sword as fast as possible.” The young king says: “Maybe but it is just for today. But the exercising is so hard under these high temperatures. It is still afternoon…please let us go, Zack and I, going out into the garden. Just for today. We…or better I need a break. I’ve learnt so much the whole week. I’ll do everything what you’ve said and tried it.” Merlin has understanding: “Alright, I allowed it to you both. You made a great work along the week and so you deserve it.” You can see happiness in Cloud’s face: “Thank you very, very much, Merlin! I knew you have understanding.” Right away he runs to Zack and tells him that they get their break.
For the rest of the day, they take their well-deserving break. They are going into the garden of the castle and Cloud asks Zack: “Do you hunting?” The bigger one answers: “Not directly, not without a guard. As I was alone, I did it sometimes but it is not so easy. If you do that, you should really go in a group because the animals flee very quickly. And before you can sneaking on them or before you can shoot an arrow, the animals aren’t there anymore. Why are you asking? Do you want to go to a haunting?” Cloud is unsure: “I don’t know. I think, it is very exciting and funny to be in a group but I believe I can’t kill a living creature. Because they are want to live too.” Zack can understand his view: “That is in deed a bad look if you see a killed animal but when you must survive, you must do that. And how is it said? It lives still inside of you. It isn’t really dead. Many people out there are killing just for fun, they are taking a life without thinking. The living creature must die for nothing, only as a trophy and that can’t be. In this way you can rotten out a forest…” Cloud agrees: “That’s true. But I can’t do this. Even I must survive…” Zack patting through Cloud’s hair: “You don’t know that. You must be in this situation, to judge about it.” Cloud nods: “Yeah…that’s true too. And…”, his words would be break up by a female voice which is calling: “Cloud!” Both, Cloud and Zack, turns around and see that Aerith is running to them. A smile is to see in Cloud’s face and he opens his arms that he can catch and hug her. And that’s how it happens. Both are happy like two children, just with a growing up touch: a kiss. Zack turns away from them but it doesn’t need a long time. Then Aerith asks: “What are you doing here?” Cloud says: “We finished our lessons earlier as usual and just talking.” Aerith is glad: “That’s great, right? It is very hot today even it is afternoon already but it is still a pressure.” Zack gets an idea: “We can go to the fountain to fresh our faces.” The couple agrees and so the three are going to the fountain of the garden.
There they bow over the edge of the fountain and fresh their faces. The cold water is a great feeling and after then they sit on the edge. Cloud is sitting between Zack and Aerith. Then Zack gets a funny idea. He is leaning lightly back inconspicuous and let slip quietly his hand into the water. Suddenly Cloud feels something cold on his back and then he hears the sound of the water. He looks to Zack, than behind himself and says funny: “Hey! Don’t make me wet!” With a laugh Zack says: “Come on, it’s what you need.” Then Cloud starts to splash at Zack too and then it becomes a little bit too much. The water doesn’t land only on the two bodies anymore, the stone plates are becoming wet too and Aerith a little bit also. With her hands she protects her face but she is laughing together with the boys. Then you can hear the sound of a big splash. As Aerith takes her hands away from her face, she sees that her boyfriend is laying in the fountain. He is now completely wet and looks up to Zack: “That was not fair!” Zack doesn’t know of anything: “You lost your balance. I can’t anything for that.” With and faked grin Cloud says: “Yes because you splashed a lot of water into my face.” There have Zack a new lesson: “Now we know, about what we can work the next time: Your balance.” Zack stand up and reaches his king a hand to help him out of the fountain. Thankful Cloud takes Zack’s hand and he pulls him up. Cloud steps out and Aerith must so much laughing: “You must look at yourself, Cloud. You should be glad, that it is so hot for today.” Suddenly Cloud grabs her shoulders and just for a second he let her falling back. Aerith frightened because she thinks, she fall into the fountain now but Cloud still holding her, it was just a fake. She touches her heart: “You fright me almost to death.” Cloud laughs: “You see, never laugh about a king. No, it was just a joke, my dear. I would never push you into the fountain.” She gives him a kiss on his cheek: “I know…” Zack scratches his head: “Are you done with your flirty things.” Cloud stands up and knocks on Zack’s shoulder: “What’s wrong? Envious? Jealous?” Zack strokes Cloud’s hand away from his shoulder and says livingly: “You won’t believe me but it is nothing from both.” The three are starting to laugh.
After a few talks to each other on the edge of the fountain, makes Aerith a discovery: “Oh! Look! This bird over there! He is so iridescent.” A few meters away from the three a bird is picking on the floor and Zack sees a chance: “Shall I catch him?” Cloud makes a protest: “No, you won’t kill him!” Zack raise up an eyebrow: “Did someone speak about killing? I want to catch him alive and show him Aerith then.” Aerith means: “Its OK, you mustn’t do that, Zack. I can see him very perfectly.” The young knight swings his arm: “Nope. I know how girls are. Everything’s what is full of color, pretty and shiny, you want to see it from near.” Aerith want’s to stop him but Zack is going to the bird already. Slowly he walks to him. His strategy: Sneaking, suddenly jumping and then catch him. The first two points are working wonderful, just the last point doesn’t. The bird noticed him and flies away from him. But Zack isn’t Zack, when he gives up so fast. He following the bird half through the garden and Cloud and Aerith just can laugh about it because the noble knight lost his honor. The bird flies back to the point where everything’s starts. Along the fountain, back and forth. Suddenly Zack stumble on the edge from a plate from the ground and falls into the fountain. And not just he, he drags Aerith with him. Cloud is still sitting on the edge and looks behind himself into the fountain and has fun. Aerith is sitting in the water and Zack falls of his all fours but one of his arms is around Aerith’s waist Probably he wants so save her fall a little bit. Aerith must laugh about what happened, she finds it very amusing. Full of wonder Zack looks at Aerith and suddenly he feels something inside of him. Her laughing is infecting and she looks more beautiful when she is near to him, the water doing the rest to make her prettier. Her eyes are full of warmth. Zack must gulp but he just smiles at her, he won’t that someone notices his new feelings and let Aerith go. Cloud stands up and helps his girlfriend to step out of the fountain. After that he wants to help Zack too but he come out of it alone. Now Cloud says: “Look at you Aerith. Now you are very wet.” She looks down at her body and spreads out her dress a little bit to the sides: “Well, I want to know how it is.” Zack goes behind Cloud and says: “But you look so much prettier as the king.” Aerith becomes embarrassed and Cloud steps lightly on Zack’s foot. He complains: “Ouch…” Cloud jokes: “Oh, great white knight. Are you killed already when someone is stepping on your toe?” Zack makes a counter: “Will you take a bath in the fountain again?” The king gives up: “I’ll stop! I’ll stop! But you are right. Aerith indeed looks so much prettier as me, it doesn’t matter in which circumstances.” The black haired man knocking on his own chest: “Ha! You see? So, you future queen, remember that.” She becomes more embarrassed: “That’s enough you two. I’m not so great and now you are being quiet.” Cloud goes to her and lays an arm around her: “My dear, Zack is right. But it’s still sad, that he noticed it so late.” Cloud glance in a funny way to Zack and he makes a silly face: “Oh, forgive me. If I knew that I can make compliments to your wife, I’ll have started it for a long time ago.” Everyone is laughing from her hearts, even Aerith don’t like it if someone calls her as the queen but for today, it’s alright. It is a wonderful day and she won’t start a discussion.
The years are passing by and the three have so much fun together. They are enjoying it so often they can do. After the happening on the fountain, Zack fells in love for Aerith. No one knows, that this has heavy consequences for them.
Chapter 7 end