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Fuji walked aimlessly around in the castle. The King was away for a while, visiting people and projects all over the country, and Tezuka was with him, because the King needed advise everywhere. But the Seer had not been invited to come along, so he was alone and he was bored. He had already visited Saeki, but the other boy had been busy. The fact that the King wasn't at home didn't mean the servants didn't have a lot to do, the Queen was still there! He had also visited Eiji, who had been working in the garden, but it had started raining and the redhead had other things to do. He had to help to fix a barn.
So Fuji was alone. Everybody was working, but the Seer had never really learned to do anything else than predicting the future. He could read and write, but he already read an entire book yesterday and he wanted some action. So he was just walking around, looking for something to do or someone he could help. When he was in the basement, he almost bumped into one of the cooks.
'Kawamura-san!' said Fuji surprised. 'I'm sorry, I didn't see you.'
'Fuji-kun, nice to see you again, it's been a while!' answered the cook. 'Or is it Fuji-san now? You're in a higher position than I am.'
'No, I'm nothing too special. The fact that I was born with this ability doesn't mean people have to look up at me. I'm not better than anybody else. Please, just call me 'Fuji'.'
'Fuji it is then,' smiled Kawamura. 'Want to come to the kitchen? Then we can talk a little. We're making a special desert for the Queen, you could try it if you want to!'
'I'd love that!' said Fuji happy and he followed the cook. He finally had something to do now. He went to the kitchen and greeted Ohtori who was at work as well.
'Oh, Fuji-kun, long time no see!' said the tall man with a friendly smile. 'Here, taste this, it will be for the Queen's lunch.'
Fuji took the sandwich that was offered to him and took a bite. 'That's really good!' he said. He never got something like that for lunch.
'You can eat it then,' said Ohtori. 'We still have a lot of others, the Queen won't be able to eat them all on her own anyway.'
'And we still have to thank you in some way,' said Kawamura who started to work with the meat for dinner. 'Remember the first time we met you and we gave you some popped corn? You told us if we would ever meet a nice girl and I'm married now. Your predictions came true!'
'I met a really nice girl a few months ago,' confessed Ohtori, his cheeks were red.
'I'm glad to hear that,' said Fuji before he took another bite from the sandwich. 'But I only told you it was going to happen, I didn't make it happen myself, so you don't have to thank me.'
'But you gave us something to look forward to,' said Kawamura. 'Neither of us really expected to find a girl, but you gave us hope and now we both found our happiness.'
'I can taste it in your food,' laughed Fuji. 'This is really good! I hope the Queen will like it as much as I do!'
'You haven't even tried the desert yet!' said Ohtori. He took a box from the table and removed the lid. There were beautiful sweet cakes in it. They had all kinds of colors and there were pieces of fruit in all of them.
'Pick one,' said the tall man. 'Doesn't matter which one, they look different, but they all taste the same.'
'Can I really have one?' Fuji asked surprised. 'Why? Not to thank me, right? Because there is really no need to do that.'
'A little,' said Kawamura. 'But you're a really nice kid and we have plenty of these anyway. We sometimes gave something to others, but they don't really seem to appreciate it as much as you do. We enjoy it when people enjoy the food we make.'
Fuji looked into the box again and then took one of the deserts. The cooks gave him a plate and a fork to eat it. The Seer sat down at the table and took a bit. His eyes opened when he swallowed the first piece.
'This is really good!' he said. 'Ah, the Queen is so lucky to always get such tasty food!'
The two cooks laughed. 'Good you like it,' they said before they went back to work. 'Take your time eating it. We like it to have some company in the kitchen, but we also have to get the food done before lunch!'Fuji stayed a bit longer and talked to the two of them about the life upstairs. They hardly got out of the basement and they loved all the rumors the Seer told them. He could even tell them if they were true or not. Fuji enjoyed their company as well. The two men were quite a bit older than he was, but they were kind and didn't treat him like he was some kind of mysterious magician. Fuji also enjoyed the food they gave him very much and the cooks seemed to work harder when the cheerful teenager sat with them. So from that day on Fuji visited the basement at least once a week.