Naminé had taken to the library a lot recently. She had found so many books of all sorts of subjects that she would love to read. She'd particularly found herself enjoying a fantasy series written by an author called Ursula K. Le Guin. Having just finished A Wizard of Earthsea, the young Nobody was returning to the library to search for the next book in the series.
Turning the corner, Naminé bumped into someone who'd been coming down the corridor. Immediately, she apologized before looking up to see a familiar face. "Marluxia!" she exclaimed, both surprised and a little frightened to have run into the former Lord of Castle Oblivion. She took a step backwards, almost afraid of what Marluxia would say or do. Yes, he had said that he'd leave her alone for the most part, but she didn't exactly trust him.
He'd had a hunch about the library, and was rather pleased when it was proved correct - though he was startled when she bumped into him, blinking and reaching a hand to steady her gently automatically. He paused a moment, then relaxed and smiled at her faintly, releasing her shoulder as he let his hands fall to his sides. "Ah, Namine. I was looking for you..."
Naminé gathered her courage to face Marluxia; even now she still had a hard time talking to him. "And why would you be looking for me?" she asked, the worry that Marluxia might be up to his old plans again coming to her and just barely noticeable in her voice.
He paused, then gave her a wry smile. "Not for any reason you're thinking of, I'm sure. I merely wished to show you something..." A small pause. "Ah, also - do you have your art supplies with you...?"
Naminé gave a worried little pout. She couldn't be quite sure of that. "Alright," she said after a moment. "My art supplies are in my room, if you don't mind making a detour." She turned to head back down the hall.
"That's fine; I'd like you to bring them." He followed easily, arms folding over his chest as he watched her, speaking quietly after a moment. "How do you like it here, so far?"
Naminé had to be curious about what Marluxia was up to. The last time he'd had her bring her art supplies with her when he wanted to talk to her was at Castle Oblivion. Suspicions were rising within her mind. She continued down the hallway without saying anything about what she was thinking. "It's a wonderful world," she said. "So many people are here and there's so many things to do here. It's..." she hesitated. "It's a nice change to what I've known."
Marluxia's response was a faint smile as he glanced at her. "I'm glad to hear that... it is rather pleasant here, isn't it? Plenty of fascinating people... and plenty of room for my garden."
Naminé gave a light nod, surprised that Marluxia wasn't upset or offended by her subtle remark on Castle Oblivion. Sure, she hadn't outright said that this place was better than the castle, but really, what else had she known? "I've seen the gardens recently," she said. "They're looking lovely."
Just because she was a bit frightened of Marluxia still didn't mean that she couldn't compliment him. She did like him, despite everything that had gone on.
Considering Marluxia's current change of heart - pun unintended - he bore the slight to Castle Oblivion far better than he would have at the beggining of his stay here. Regaining his heart, for as brief a period of time as it had been, had given him much to think about... and regret.
He was pleased by the compliment, though, and didn't hesitate to show it, smiling a tad smugly. "Thank you. I'm pleased with how they're coming along; plus there's ample oppertunity to experiment..."
As they talked, Naminé remembered how the two of them had been before everything had gone down. She had missed just being able to talk and be friends with Marluxia and talking to him now reminded her of those days. It made her relax a bit, really.
Upon reaching her room, Naminé opened the door and stepped in. "I'll be back out in a moment," she said. She turned and went deeper into the room. After a moment, true to her word, she came back out, her sketchbook and pencils in her arms.
He nodded as she entered the room, giving her a brief smile. "No rush." It wasn't as if it was going anywhere, after all - if there was any reason to hurry it was only because Marluxia was anxious to have Namine's reaction.
He smiled at her again, fleeting, when she reappeared, uncrossing his arms and pushing off from the wall. "Shall we go, then?"
"Just lead the way," Naminé said. She'd follow Marluxia, if only out of curiosity to see what it was that he was so intent on showing her and out of respect for someone she still cared about.
He gave her a half smile, moving to do so. "I'm sure you're curious as to what this is about... bear with me for a little longer. It would ruin it if I told you about it before hand."
Naminé nodded. "Alright. I'll wait, then." She closed the door to her room and began to follow Marluxia as he moved.