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The People v. Zelos Wilder
Part One - Pre-trial
Subpoena: Lloyd and Sheena
"Hey, slow down, will ya!"
"No way, Sheena. Speed up if you wanna catch me!"
"Lloyd!" she growled. "When I catch you—"
"If you catch me."
Though seething on the outside, inwardly Sheena was having the time of her life. There'd never been much time for fun and games while the young summoner was growing up. But here she was at twenty-one years old, legally an adult by even the strictest of standards, playing an impromptu game of tag with the man she loved. Or was it keep-away?
They'd been having lunch when Lloyd ran off with the last apple after he'd already had three. A big grin was plastered on his face. Whenever he cast her a backwards glance, he held the apple up to his mouth, threatening to take a bite.
She forced herself to suppress her grin. Serious face, girl. Eye of the ogre! Lloyd had matured a lot in the two years since their Exsphere-hunting journey began, but he still knew how to cut lose and have fun. They were finding Exspheres only occasionally now, just three in the last month. They could both sense their journey was nearing its end, and were purposefully stretching it out, making every day count, because once it ended, their relationship would never be the same. The pressure on Sheena to return home and assume the chiefdom had increased sharply these past months. Grandpa wasn't long for this world, and she couldn't properly govern her village from the back of a protozoan.
Sheena stretched out her hand. Lloyd was allllmmmost within reach. She took a flying leap, but he dodged and took a true flying leap, unveiling his wings and hovering just out of her reach.
"No fair using wings," she said.
He tossed the apple back and forth between his hands. "All's fair in love and war, Sheena."
"Oh really?" Not bothering to dust herself off, she closed her eyes and began to chant. A glowing circle of black and violet beneath her feet signaled the coalescing of energies. "I summon thee—"
Lloyd panicked, dropping to the ground immediately. "No, wait, wait. You can have the apple. I was only teasing."
She ceased her chanting, saucily sauntered over to him, and took the proffered fruit. She kept her eyes locked on his as she took a bite. "Wise decision, Irving."
"Heh. Zelos is right. You can be really scary sometimes."
Sheena cocked an eyebrow. "Thanks for bringing up that pervert. I just lost my appetite." She left the apple in his gloved hand.
Lloyd found himself unconsciously tracing the impressions her teeth made on the fruit while watching her walk away. "Sorry."
"S'okay. You can make it up to me later."
Lloyd shrugged, and took a bite out of the apple, tasting a hint of kirima. Sheena's lip gloss. He smiled.
"What are you smiling about?"
"Just looking forward to making it up to you."
Sheena blushed. "Lloyd..."
Lloyd dropped the apple and before it struck the ground his swords were in his hands. Before it had rolled more than five inches, he was wheeled around, both swords pointing at the source of the voice. Before it came to a stop, Sheena was at his side, the afternoon sun glinting off her spell card.
"Ah...and Sheena Fujibayashi. This shall make my job easier."
"Tell me your name, and I will tell you mine."
The stranger consulted the scroll he held. "Yes...definitely Lloyd Irving."
Lloyd turned his head slightly toward Sheena, keeping his eyes on the stranger. "So, is this guy an enemy or what?"
"I don't think so," she said.
"Right you are." He rolled up the scroll, pulled another from a bag at his side, and started forward, hands in the air. "I am no enemy, but a simple server."
"You mean servant?" Lloyd asked, lowering his weapons a bit. It was tiring holding them up like that.
"No, I mean server." He handed them each a scroll. "You've been served."
Lloyd sheathed one of his swords to accept it. "Served what?"
"Subpoenas," Sheena said, surprised. "We've been summoned to the royal court in Meltokio."
"It's Zelos," she said, "He's been arrested."