Arthur didn't really have much of a stomach for anything right now, but he'd force himself to eat for Gadget. After all, she'd take the time out of her life to try to comfort him. His weak smile faded as his eyes half closed and he hung his head low.
It was then a voice spoke, and a plate of sweet smelling cookies was placed on the table between the boy and mouse. Arthur lifted his eyes to see a beautiful woman standing next to them. She had a sheepish smile on her face, telling them she'd overheard their conversation. The boy blinked as the woman apologized for the situation with Kopa, then telling him it may have been for the better. "How could it be for the better? He was the only dad I ever had and probably ever will have." His voice was quite somber as he spoke this.
The woman then told them to ignore what she said and turned her attention to Gadget. Apparently, the two knew each other. Gadget called her "Nani." Arthur thought that was a nice name, very fitting for the woman. As the mouse began to nibble on one of the cookies, Nani asked Arthur who he was. He sighed. "My name's Arthur, but everyone calls me Wart.""It's nice to meet you, Ma'am."
Arthur listened to Gadget with a sad look as she spoke to him. She told him that while he was right that he'd only have one father, there was always a chance to make new friends - or even a new family! The boy raised his head and smiled weakly again. "I...I guess you're right." he said, his voice having returned to normal and also a bit lighter.
The mouse then offered to let Arthur stay with her; she'd care for him. He blinked. "You...you'd do that for me?" His innocent face had lit up some, and his mood certainly seemed happier. He then thought for a moment. "But I don't want to impose. That would be rude." Of course, Arthur was little trouble. He certainly didn't take up much space (considering how small and how much of a beanpole he was), and he was very polite and obedient. The boy was also good at chores; after all, that's all he ever did when he was under Sir Ector's care.
Post by Nani Pelekai on Mar 29, 2009 8:39:10 GMT -5
"Nice to meet you, too. And, well, I'd like to call you by your first name if it isn't too much trouble. I don't think 'wart' fits you anyway." She complimented, arching an eyebrow. Why would they name him such a thing? She carefully looked him over and was quick to realize that he was wearing the clothes of one. She remembered studying about a King Arthur during Highschool . . . could this be him?
Maybe she was just dreaming? Perhaps she was letting those books get to her head. She had to remind herself that she wasn't always the brightest crayon in the box.
She watched the youthful boy eat, her heart dropping to the pit of her stomach, much of this seemed like a heavy dose of deja vu. The Hawaiian looked around warily, noticing there wasn't the flurry of customers she was usually confronted with, and decided that her time here was not pressured.
She could be of some assistance, she hoped. Her eyes drooped a little when Gadget mentioned the too true fact. Fathers only come about once; kinda wish they came twice, somehow, she thought childishly, a pouty frown visible on her slightly pudgy face.
Nani grinned. Did Gadget just do that for him?
"A new O'hana isn't a bad idea, you know? Family's what keeps it all together - even if the members in it aren't related at all. A broken family can be fixed with, as Gadget mentioned, a few good friends." She said, hoping she didn't sound too cheesy.
"Like, hmm, the only family I have left is Lilo, my sister. But much of my family consists of...erm..aliens too, and although they are different...eh...they certainly bring the house dow - I mean, piece us back together. " She muttered, scratching her head.
"It seems most of the people here don't have parents. Have you two noticed that?" She asked brightly.
Tell me once and for all, is it. or is it not, anything eatable on this menu, an annoyed voice could be heard from the opsite of the cafe.
The voice belonged to a rather irritated owl, right now busy with killing off the poor cafe worker, with his gaze. Beside him, sat an elderly man, dressed all in blue, pondering weather it were a way of denying the ownership of said owl.
Merlin, recently returned from some emergency back in Camelot as the king`s guardian, had decided to drop in for a quiet afternoon at the cafe.
Well, with Archie making a big scene he could forget "quiet."
Arthur smiled weakly at Nani. "I don't like it much, either." he said in reference to his nickname. Honestly, he didn't know why he kept bringing his nickname up. It was such a horrible name, used to degrade him. Perhaps Arthur was just so use to be called that, he'd made it a habit to mention it.
He took up one of the cookies and slowly brought it to his mouth, taking a small bite out of it and chewing slowly. In his depression, the boy didn't really have much of an appetite. He was forcing himself to eat for Gadget. Arthur then swallowed and then listened to the kind mouse retort his statement about imposing. She said she wouldn't have brought the offer up if she'd thought he'd be intruding.
Nani said the idea of a new family wasn't bad, even if they weren't related. She said she'd only her sister, but some aliens as well who made up her family. Arthur didn't know what aliens were, but he then realized something. He'd never thought of that before! The boy's face brightened up and he looked back at Gadget. "Oh, thank you, Ma'am! You're very kind!" he said. While no one could ever replace Kopa in Arthur's heart, he had to accept the fact that his lion father was gone.
It was shortly thereafter that a cranky voice could be heard. The boy recognized it immediately. He turned his gaze to the old man dressed in blue across the room. "Merlin! Archimedes!" Arthur called to them, glad to see his old friends. He needed them in a time like this.
"Oh, hey, there's Merlin." Gadget really liked the kindly wizard in a fatherly sort of way.
This was new. He had an owl with him.
Now, normally, no mouse in his right mind would go near an owl. But Gadget had learned not to be afraid of predators here in the park. They never tried to eat you. In fact, they were really pretty friendly.
Gadget waved at the sorcerer, then turned her head to gaze at Arthur. "You know him?"
"Hey, wait a minute. I remember you, Arthur. You fell into the river and almost drowned a while back." Gadget could've slapped her own forehead for forgetting.
Merlin turned his head as he heard two familiar voices. Even Archie turned his gaze away from the waiter long enough for the poor man to get away.
Arthur, the old wizard brightened up in a smile at the sight of his dear student. How have you been? he questioned the boy concerned, finding it rather worrying that they got separated so often. After all the young king were his resbonibility, and the recent happenings back in camelot were rather alarming.
The next moment he caught sight of a familiar mouse, why, hello Gadget, he greeted. What have you been up to lately?
Don`t mind Archimedes, he assured her, as the owl excamined her with his sharp gaze for a moment. Just as the old wizard knew he would, Archie`s considering gaze soon got replaced with a friendlier one, as he politely nodded a greeting at the rodent. He`d never been one for conversing with his lunch.
Arthur was undoubtedly happy to see his tutor, though it only made him feel slightly better. He smiled weakly as Merlin saw them and approached them, Archimedes perched on the tip of his hat. When asked if he knew the old wizard, the boy turned his head and nodded slightly. "Oh, yes. He's my teacher." Gadget then mentioned that she remembered Arthur from when he nearly drowned in the Kali River Rapids. As he looked her over, he began to remember her as well. "I remember you now, too." he said.
Merlin came up to the table and greeted Arthur first, asking him how he'd been faring. The boy sighed. "Not so well, Sir." He didn't really know how Merlin would react to the news that Kopa had abandoned him. Probably upset, no doubt. The wizard then greeted Gadget, asking what she'd been doing as of late. She merely responded that she was "hanging out" and nothing more. Arthur guessed she wasn't sure how Merlin would react either. Seeing how Archimedes looked at the tiny mouse brought a little laughter into the boy's heart, but not enough to ease his pain.
Merlin glanced back at Artur through furrowed eyebrow as he admitted he didn`t feel very well.
Why don`t you tell what bothers you on a bright day like this? he asked concerned.
Once again turning his attention back to gadget, he winked. Why, yes i am indeed a teacher. In fact Arthur isn`t the only student i`m in charge of. Perhaps you`ve met the gypsy girl Esmeralda? he questioned, knowing that his little apprentice was known in wide circles.
The old magician chuckled as realization seemed to dawn upon her. Why, how many King Arthur`s do you know?
"Oh, sure, I went to a party she hosted." Although they had met, Gadget couldn't really say they were friends or anything.
how many King Arthur`s do you know?
She thought about that for a few seconds. "Ummm...I think...none." Then, turning to Arthur, added, "Not counting you, of course."
"Golly, I've never met a king before. At least, I don't think so. And a legendary king, too."
Looking at the boy's forlorn expression caused the little mouse to think about people's conception of royalty. "You don't usually think of kings having problems like normal people. Not that you aren't normal or anything."
Arthur nodded to Gadget. "Yes, he is. He's been so for a while now." Actually, it hadn't even been a year yet, but that would change soon. He then turned his attention to Merlin, who asked him why he was so troubled. The boy sighed. "Oh, Sir! Father...he...he abandoned me." The news was most distressing, most distressing indeed. It was still hard for Arthur to accept that Kopa was gone, the only one the boy ever truly felt comfortable calling his parent.
Gadget then asked him if he was the King Arthur. Before Arthur could speak for himself, Merlin jumped in and answered for him. He nodded. She seemed rather amazed by the fact, and pointed out a stereotypical thought about royals. "Well, I do..." the boy said solemnly. Right now, Arthur wished all his problems would just disappear. But everyone knows that wasn't going to happen.