Chapter 2: Guy of Dreams?
After Nerine and her parents had their breakfast, Nerine rushed happily to the garden. Her parents were, as usual, busy with Makai's stuff. So she wouldn't find anything to do anyway at the castle. Arriving at the garden, Nerine stared at it's beauty. She stared at the beautiful, pretty lovely view before her. There were pretty flowers and roses everywhere, and the trees were green and shady and they looked so comfortable. There were also some small animals like squirrels, rabbits and butterflies. Nerine ran into the beautiful field happily and started playing with small animals. Cuddling some rabbits here and there, and running with some squirrels playfully. After sometime, she eventually got tired although she did have quite some fun. Sitting under a large shady tree, Nerine felt happy and relaxed. She looked at the blue sky and thought,
My life isn't really interesting...It's true I feel great and I have wonderful parents, but my life is rather boring. I want some adventure, some action, some...love.
Nerine could feel the wind blowing her hair away, and just then, a tall brown-haired man came and sat right next to her. "Hey, Nerine." Avi said as Nerine looked at him surprisingly. Avi has been Nerine's best friend every since they were young.The king and the queen, Nerine's parents, has asked him to be a companion to her so that she doesn't feel lonely living in a huge castle by herself. Nerine always considered Avi as an older brother but sometimes, she felt some much more feeling. A feeling she couldn't describe. Avi was a tall brown-haired handsome guy. He had brown hazel eyes and looked pleasantly good-looking.
"Heya, Avi. How are you doing?" Nerine asked as she smiled to Avi a big smile, as usual. Avi didn't look so comfortable. It looked like something was wrong, Nerine could read that from his eyes. But Avi didn't want Nerine to get worried or even know what's wrong. Trying to smile, he said,
"I am fine, as long as you are here." Avi winked and Nerine couldn't help but blush slightly. Avi always used to flirt with her, Nerine eventually got used to it. But Avi's worried face which disappeared a second ago didn't escape Nerine, and she was worried if something was wrong. Deciding to poke Avi about it, Nerine asked,
"Avi, is something wrong?" Avi looked a bit stammered when Nerine asked that question. He quickly smiled trying to pretend that he was alright. "Nope, why do you think that? Everything is fine as long as you are here." Nerine blushed slightly and got convinced that everything is ok. Looking at the sky again, Nerine asked Avi, "So, is there anything new?" Nerine expected an answer with no, but she was surprised when Avi answered, "Yup, there is something new." Nerine wondered what is it and eagerly asked, "Really? What is it?" Avi tongued to her with a child's face and said, "Nothing. Same kingdom as everyday." Nerine pouted and looked away naughtily. "Naughty you! I was excited to hear what's new. I am upset." Nerine closed her eyes to pretend that she was upset. Just then, Avi hugged her close to him and caused her to blush deeply. "Aww, did I upset you?" Avi looked upwards at the tree they are sitting under and noticed a beautiful pink rose. "Stay here, I'll get you something to make up for you." He let go of Nerine, and tried to climb the tree. Nerine watched carefully as Avi reached the top. He carefully touched the rose and plucked it out. Just then, turning back, he realized that the branch was cracking.He stammered and tried to quickly reach the other side before the branch breaks. But unluckily for him, before he reaches the other side, the branch broke. Before he falls down, Avi quickly closed his eyes to prevent any wood remains from entering his eyes. Opening them, his brown hazel eyes met Nerine's ruby eyes, his lips were on hers gently, sweetly and lovingly. Before he knows it, he was already giving her a kiss full of passionate and love. Nerine stayed there in shock, her face all blushing red. After breaking up the kiss, Avi realized what he did and quickly got off Nerine. Embarrassed, Avi didn't know what he just did or why. Nerine, although Avi got off her, still laid down on the grass, all red. Slowly, her eyes closed and she lost consciousness.
Chapter 3: Too much power, too much pain
Opening her eyes, Nerine found herself gazing in Alexandra's eyes. She felt so dizzy and fuzzy, and she could feel her head spinning. Looking around her, Nerine realized that she was back to her room. Her parents were there, Alexandra, some maids and Avi, who looked deeply worried. Doing her best to speak, Nerine said,
"What- What happened to me? And why am I lying here? Last I remember was..." Nerine remembered what happened between her and Avi earlier and that sweet kiss her gave her. She blushed when she remembered that Avi tried to get her that rose and instead fell on her and accidentally kissed her. For some reason, she enjoyed it. However, Nerine's thoughts were interrupted when she felt Alexandra hug her happily saying,
"Oh, thank God you are alright! I was so worried!" Nerine couldn't help but smile to Alexandra and return the hug warmly. "Thanks Alexandra, but what happened to me? Last I remember that I was in the garden with Avi." Avi blushed as Nerine mentioned him although he did his best not to show it. Nerine's parents approached her gently to make sure she is alright. "Honey, Avi carried you here unconscious. We immediately brought you here. The doctors examined you and...I think we found out what's wrong." Her father said with a bit of worry on his face. Nerine looked a bit worried seeing her father's worried face. Looking at him curiously, she asked,
"And what's wrong, Daddy? Did...Did anything bad happen?" Her father sighed before he continues,
"Dear, you already know that you are the princess of this kingdom and that one day, you will become the queen of this world. But...but because of this, you have so much power in your body. More than your body can take. You see, normally, you would get used to it. But you are vulnerable and your body is just too weak. I...I am sorry, but you will can sick easily and...I am afraid your body will suffer a lot until a certain age." King Forbesii felt somehow guilty as he explained the situation to Nerine, whose face was full of tears now. Her mother instantly rushed to her side and hugged her close. Nerine felt so safe and warm but inside, she was so sad to have to live like that.
"So, that's why I fainted in the garden?" Nerine said as soon as she calmed down. Her father nodded to her and then turned to Avi, who was looking worried for Nerine and somehow hurt to see her in such pain. "Thanks for bringing Nerine, she needed to rest." Avi tried to his best to smile although all he could do was a small smile. "No problem at all. It's my duty to make sure Nerine is all right after all." Nerine couldn't help but blush a bit. Her father then turned to her and held her hand in his. "Honey, if you want to go out now, you can. But please don't overwhelm yourself and rest well, alright?" Nerine nodded to her father and smiled a bit.
Reaching the garden with Avi, who insisted on coming with her, Nerine could feel the breeze again. Despite what her father told her earlier, Nerine felt somehow happy inside. Closing her eyes, Nerine ran to the field and imagined herself as an angel flying freely in the sky. She could see herself with large white wings flying between the clouds. She was so in an imaginary world that she ended up hitting Avi and caused them to fall to the ground.
Getting back again, Nerine found herself on the top of Avi. However, Avi's arms were around her waist and she was blushing deeply. Getting off him quickly, Nerine stood up and helped him up.
"Um, uh, sorry. I should have been a bit more careful." Nerine said scratching her head in embarrassment as soon as she helped Avi up.
Avi couldn't help but chuckle a bit at Nerine's comment. "It's ok. Just be careful, I don't want anything bad happening to you." Avi winked to her and caused her to blush a bit.
Walking in the garden, Nerine got to the tree where she and Avi sat before. Remembering what happened between them earlier, Nerine couldn't help but ask Avi,
"Why- Why did you...kiss me earlier?" Avi stammered as Nerine asked that question, not knowing how to answer. He himself didn't why did he kiss Nerine and couldn't think of anything.
"It- It was an accident, you know. The branch broke and I fell on you and uhhh...kissed you accidentally. I- I am sorry." Avi blushed remembering that kiss they shared. For some reason, he enjoyed it and he didn't even know why.
Though, Nerine smiled warmly at him to comfort him. "It's ok, really. S- Somehow, I...enjoyed it." Avi was surprised to hear what Nerine last said. He was about to ask her about it when Nerine suddenly continued,
"Oh excuse me for that! I...I..." It was then when Nerine suddenly began to feel dizzy and lose balance.