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Fuji's twelfth birthday was a happy event. All the kids in class liked him, so they all brought him a little present, since he had no family who could give him something. Fuji had to go to the tailor first thing in the morning to get his work outfits ready. Because of that he was the last one to arrive in class and was happily surprised to see his chair and desk were decorated by his friends.
Proudly the Seer sat down on his chair. This was something he had not foreseen and he really loved the surprise. He thanked all the others for the presents they gave him and he carefully opened them all.
Classes were almost the same as every day, except for the fact that Ryuuzaki-sensei gave Fuji a little more attention. At the end of their classes Fuji told all of his classmates something they wanted to know about their future. It weren't big things, but the happy smiles when he told them what kind of good things would happen always made Fuji feel happy as well.
'Ryuuzaki-sensei, do you want me to tell me something about your future too?' he asked when he had helped all the kids.
'I can predict my own future,' she said with a smile. 'I will work here and teach many, many more kids the same things I have learned to you.'
Fuji smiled. 'Yes, I can see you teaching in all the futures you could have, but you're always smiling, so I guess you don't mind, ne sensei? But there is more. In almost all those futures he will find out.'
The eyes of the teacher widened. 'What are you talking about?' she asked.
'You know what I'm talking about,' answered Fuji. He didn't really dare to look at her, but forced himself to do so. 'He will find out.'
'I see,' she answered. 'Thank you.'
'I'll be going now,' said Fuji. He gave her a small smile before he turned around and walked out of the classroom. As he passed his desk and chair he touched them once more before he walked out. He would really miss this place. He had started to love it in those seven years he had been there. But now that he would start to live in the castle and learn how to be a better Seer and he would get to see Tezuka and Saeki more often again.
With his arms filled with presents Fuji walked to the castle. All his other things were already waiting for him in his room at the end of the hall way on the second floor. He entered his room and put the little presents down. It made his room have something personal and he felt much more at home then when he had been five years old.
Fuji looked out of the window and watched the people who walked over the square to their houses or to the dining area. He had walked there himself so often, but he wouldn't spend much time there anymore from now on.
He woke up from his thoughts when he heard a knock on the door. When he opened it he found Tezuka standing there.
'Happy birthday,' said Tezuka. He handed Fuji a book. It wasn't a book from the attic and it wasn't a book from Tezuka's personal collection. He, or his father, had bought this specially for him.
'Thank you so much, nii-chan!' said Fuji happy. He hugged Tezuka before letting him into his room.
'You shouldn't call me that anymore,' said Tezuka.
'Why not?' asked Fuji. 'I like it!'
'We're going to meet at the King's meetings. You can't call me nii-chan there,' reasoned Tezuka.
'I guess you're right,' sighed Fuji. 'You're always right. I'll call you Tezuka then, do you mind?'
Tezuka shook his head. They spend the rest of the evening talking about all kind of things that Fuji would have to do now that he was officially 'training to become a Seer'. When it started to get late Tezuka left and Fuji went to bed.
The next morning he had to wake early. Before he had to go to his first meeting with the King he had to go to the tailor again. He quickly got himself dressed before he left the castle. The Seer was surprised to see that his first outfit was done already.
'I enjoy making your outfits,' said the tailor with a smile. 'More interesting than all those boring outfits of the servants or those flashy ones of the King. Would you like it if I give all outfits a different pattern? The King doesn't allow me to use other colors than white and blue, but I can still make them all different!'
'I would like that,' said Fuji. He didn't like wearing the same every single day, like the servants and even Tezuka had to do. His friend always wore a dark suit, but different from the suit of the butler.
'Could you make me a casual outfit too?' asked Fuji. 'It seems I'm growing again.'
'Good for you,' said the tailor. 'It's been a while since you grew out of your clothes! I'll make you something and I won't use blue or white for it. That would get boring, don't you think?'
'Thank you very much,' said Fuji. He took the finished outfit and went back to his room. He put the clothes on, combed his hair and went to get some breakfast. He was late, because he had to get his clothes from the tailor. Tezuka was already there and he was already eating.
'You're late,' he stated.
'I know,' smiled Fuji. 'I had to get my new outfit from the tailor. But I brought my cloak with me, so when I'm done with breakfast I can put it on and go straight to the meeting with the King.'
'They made a place for you at the round table. All the Dukes and Earls seem to trust you after you prevented that war from taking place.'
'I didn't help them much,' said Fuji. 'They did most things themselves. I only told them what I saw. I couldn't have done that without them either.'
'That is what they expect of you,' said Tezuka. 'You should be proud, it's hard to get a place at the round table.' He took another bit from his breakfast.
'I will be proud then,' answered Fuji. They finished their food and walked to the meeting room together. Today the most important people of the country would gather once again, but this time not to talk about things like war, but about more simple things, as how to arrange the collecting of the taxes without problems. For King Atobe the real important question was if the taxes could be raised, but he never told that to the Dukes and Earls.
Fuji got seriously bored that first day. They hardly asked him anything and he didn't know much about taxes. He didn't have to pay them, nobody at the castle had to do that, but since he worked for his food and a room at the castle, he never had gotten any money in the first place. The families got some money every month, so they could get things they needed for their children, but Fuji had never gotten anything.
Instead of joining the conversation Fuji watched Tezuka. He stood next to his father and was obliviously paying attention to every word that was said. He had to learn, so he could advise the King about these kind of things in the future.During their dinner Tezuka and Fuji went to the attic and Tezuka explained everything Fuji didn't understand. From that they on they had such study sessions almost every day. Whenever Fuji didn't understand it Tezuka would explain it. Now and then Tezuka wondered if the Seer really didn't understand. He could see more than anybody else and that way he could also figure out much more, but Fuji always insisted Tezuka would explain everything to him. But the future adviser didn't mind, he liked spending time together.