Alright! Moving onto the story with Chapter 1: Opening Ceremonies. For the clothes that Luke & Guy are wearing-They're just wearing their costume titles; "Viscount" for Luke and "Hopeless Dreamer" for Guy. Sorry, I forgot to mention there are spoilers. ;
Thanks to all that are reading, hope you guys enjoy this chapter! Please R & R!
Spring Beats Chapter 1
"Ungh...Too...Tight..!" The redhead complained, as he tugged on his stunning new clothes thinking it will loosen up. "Natalia, isn't there a bigger size perhaps?" Luke whined from the other side of the changing room door that was separating the two.
"Of course not! It's one of a kind," Natalia stated while she waited patiently outside of the changing room door with Mieu beside her. "Be careful! Father is counting on you to take care of it...Like a real noble would."
Luke groaned from hearing her say this again. As much as how nice she's being, there are some times that he wished that she could pipe down a little. Dismissing the thought, Luke looked up at himself into a mirror, staring at his completely new look. First Luke started looking at his hair, which was fixed up to match the part. He softly touched his slick side-brushed bangs. It was irritating that he even had to put on hair gel to keep the strands stay in place. He literally looked like he was getting married from the way it was fixed. Next was the tight-ass clothes. Natalia was right with saying how nice the clothes were, but...why did they have to be so tight? It was amazing he didn't hear anything rip while struggling to put them on. Last were the boots. Thank Lorelei that they were movable. It felt odd to have them reach up to his knees, but he could manage. Overall, Luke really did transform into a new noble.
He even kinda liked it.
'...Wow. Even I'm impressed.' Luke grinned at himself when the thought came up.
"Luke! Get out of there and show me already!"
"Okay, okay! Just a sec!"
Luke suddenly felt a bit embarrassed to show himself. He shyly opened the room door, and peeked outside. Natalia sighed when she noticed what Luke was trying to do. Forcefully she pulled his hand out, making Luke stumble from his only cover. Her eyes lit up like a christmas tree when finally took sight of the new noble.
"Oh my, it looks absolutely admirable on you Luke!" Natalia gushed out, her hand covering her 'O' shaped mouth. Luke scratched the back of his head, more embarrassed than he was before he stepped out.
"T-Thanks Natalia..." Luke looked down to avoid any eye contact. Mieu circled around Luke in a adorable manner, admiring his master in the new style.
"Master looks so cool!" Mieu exclaimed, "Master looks like a storybook Prince!"
Natalia clasped her hands together, "Yes, you're exactly right Mieu. Luke really does looks like a storybook Prince."
Luke gritted his teeth and turned around. His face was turning red. He couldn't take any more of their comments, and by they way they were heading-he knew if he didn't do something this will go bad.
"Well, I'm done. Should we go get started?" The noble said flatly to try and change the subject.
"Why yes! We should hurry. We wouldn't want anyone waiting to see you like this!" Natalia hurriedly went down the flight of stairs nearby. She was so impressed by Luke's "transformation" that she couldn't wait to see what everyone else has to say.
Luke watched the princess run off. He shook his head lightly, "Jeez, now she turned into some sort of fangirl, or something..."
Luke and Mieu hurriedly stepped onto the elevator on the left wing of Baticul square. The two were getting more and more excited with each minute passing. Luke has never had an a official birthday like this before because he wasn't able to go outside when he was younger. This was going to be absolutely awesome. A whole day dedicated to him. Luke didn't want to seem conceited, but he couldn't help it. Well, this is his birthday anyways.
The teen bounced in place in excitement while the elevator slowly passed down the levels. Through the crossed metal, a round orb flew by the two, and floated up towards into the clearless blue sky. The Cheagle stared at the mysterious thing before he tugged on his master's boot, "Master! Master! What was that thing that flew past us?"
"Oh, that's a balloon Mieu," Luke explained, "You hold it around, and...uhm..well...you just hold it cause it looks cool." There was seriously no way how to explain what a balloon was to the Cheagle.
"Master can I have one when we get into the square?" Mieu's eyes sparkled into his new interest. The noble sighed before he smiled and nodded.
"Yeah I'll get you one. Don't worry. Just remind me later on."
"Yay!" Mieu exclaimed with his excitement pouring out until the elevator slowly hit the bottom floor. A guard politely bowed to Luke and Mieu before the gates of the elevator opened. The two took a small step out of the elevator. Taking a glance around the area, their eyes shined to what they saw around them. It looked like a small carnival had stopped by. The booths were filled with games, events, food, even little goodies for tourists! Rides were nearby such as a rollercoaster that wrapped around the hill, and a haunted factory attraction that connected to the abandoned factory. Near the entrance, the dojo had transformed into a small stage where you could watch performers. Bakers and cooks were giving out food out to the little children who were enjoying the festivities on the second floor. Even the Coliseum was booming with competitors to show off their strength for the audience to enjoy. Baticul was transformed into a whole new city for this special day.
The noble couldn't even control his excitement anymore. Luke rushed down the flight of stairs, looking around the town of booths that scattered around. His heart was racing and eyes were twinkling.
"This...This is so AWESOME!" The teen yelled out in awe. He didn't even care about his composure at the moment. He was just so damn happy.
"And this is all for your special day." A familiar voice joined in. The figure wrapped his shoulder around Luke's neck. The teen jumped up a little before he turned his head to the side to look at the mysterious man around him.
"G-Guy!" Luke bursted out, kind of surprised that Guy came out of no where; like he always did back then. "J-Jeez you scared me for a sec there..." Luke's excitement started to tone out. He calmed down a bit, but for some reason his heart beat kept on going faster. "Y-You could of told me about where we could've meet up...!" Luke pouted. He placed his hands on his hips to pretend he was annoyed.
"Nah, I thought it would be better to surprise the young-I mean, Sir Fabre," Guy smirked. He reached a hand over to ruffle Luke's hair, but he stopped when he noticed it was gelled. Guy whistled a tune and swung back his arms into a cross, examining Luke like if he was a Fon Machine. "Looking smooth there, Luke."
Luke flushed a bit at Guy's comment. He nervously looked down on the floor, and pulled on the collar of his uniform out of habit. "P-Pfft...I-It's not like I wanted to wear this...I just kinda..had to."
"Well whatever the reason is I like it," Guy smiled happily, "Plus I get to see you once again."
By the way Guy was commenting Luke, it made him feel like he was a women. "Sh-Shut up, Guy, I'm not a girl y'know!" Luke exclaimed. Obviously Guy's comments weren't making anything better to his already burning face.
Guy chuckled seeing Luke's expression. He hadn't seen that expression for so long. Well, more like his best friend for so long. This was the perfect chance to make up for any lost time in their friendship.
"Ahaha, I know. I just missed you y'know?"
Luke looked up at Guy, innocently nodding, "Same. Being alone in the Manor is sooooo boooring. There are no more training days, Natalia bugs me to start studying more, and I'm getting lonely." Mieu jolted when he heard the last part. The Cheagle started to tug again at Luke's boot. "Master! I've been with you the whole time!"Mieu cried. Luke sighed, remembering that his pet was still beside him, "Don't worry Mieu, I know you've been with me." Luke took a glance at Guy, finally noticing that the swordsman wasn't wearing his usual attire.
"Huh? Guy why are you wearing that?"
Guy was wearing a jumpsuit used for piloting the Albiore. The front chest area was black while the oppsite side was white. Beneath the tight golden crowned belt he wore was the reverse coloring of the top part. The collar necklace Guy often wore was in a different color. He also had a pair of goggles sitting on top of his head.
...It looked good on him for some reason...
The blond laughed, "Tsk, Tsk, Luke. You finally noticed? What happened to noticing every little thing about a person?" Luke retorted smugly, "Well, sorry. I was too busy being flustered by your remarks-" Luke stopped there, realizing what he just blurted out. He quickly changed the subject before the swordsman could comment more to make it worse.
"ANYWAYS. Again, why are you wearing that?" Luke asked.
"There was a opening to pilot the Albiore as an attraction for the guests. I had to take the chance cause I always wanted fly. All morning long I've been giving people ride. Noelle's finally here to take my shift, so I'm free for now," Guy said sighing out freely, "You wanna tour around the place with me?"
Finally. Finally, he can start roaming around. Luke was secretly waiting for Guy to say something. Now that Guy's here, Luke could make the day more fun. Perhaps tease him more with his Gynophobia? Or maybe shove him into the haunted factory attraction? Maybe he can help win some booth games...All these childish thoughts rushed into Luke's mind in an instant. The redhead nodded eagerly in response, "Of course! I was waiting for you to finally ask to check out the place!"
Luke unexpectedly took Guy's hand and dragged him into the festival. Guy blushed slightly when Luke took his hand. The blonde shook off any weird thoughts, and followed Luke. Luke, himself, wasn't thinking of anything weird with the hand holding. His mind was on all the fun that's ahead of him. Meanwhile, Mieu followed closely behind. The forgotten Cheagle was going to say something to slow down, until he saw a man passing out balloons to children.
"Ahh! Balloons!" he cried out happily. Mieu bounced off into a different direction-separated from Luke and Guy to gain a balloon, leaving the two to themselves.
Walking through the streets, people congratulated Luke on his birthday. They were clapping, cheering, and also thanking Luke for his heroic efforts with the world. Luke nervously waved back to some people. He had to act like a noble would since it was the King's request. It was kinda hard to adjust to the new gesture. He unconsciously clenched Guy's hand a bit harder from feeling embarrassed with all the love. Luke had never learned how to take compliments easily, nor to say anything nice back nicely most of the time. Guy noticed this, so he strode a bit faster to walk right next to Luke, giving him a reassuring smile on the side to tell Luke to just keep on going.
Luke noticed Guy's smile. It made his heart flutter. Of course Luke didn't know why. He looked to the side to avoid Guy from seeing his blush. Midway through the festival he stubbornly casted the thought away to stop and take a look around. "Hmm...What should we do first?" Luke asked Guy while tilting his head to the side. The older male also stopped to take a moment to think, tapping his chin in the process like he always did. The redhead was patiently waiting for a response until a low growl came from his stomach. He blushed and covered his hands to his stomach, laughing nervously.
"Ahaha...I just realized I haven't ate anything yet..." Luke trailed off hoping Guy wouldn't scold him. Guy laughed as well, patting Luke's back.
"Let's go get something to eat then. My treat," Guy proudly said walking off. Luke smiled and followed after his friend.
Two figures that blended into the crowd looked at each other after seeing Luke and Guy walk off.
"Hey, Colonel...Are you thinking of what I'm thinking?" The smaller one questioned the much taller figure that was next to her. The taller man snickered.
"I'm pretty sure we're both thinking of the same thing, Anise," he replied back to the smaller girl with a wide smirk across his face,"The party for the blind lover won't happen until tonight. Should we start amusing ourselves in the meantime?"
The smaller figure, Anise, giggled happily, "Yippe! Operation flirting is about to begin!~"