This is for Zel/Amelia lovers. Unless you like this couple, do not read. This is an awful fic I'm writing out of pure boredom. -_- WARNING: MUSH GALORE AHEAD. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! Okay, enjoy! ^_^

Amelia strode through the dark forest. It was getting hopeless. She and Lina and Gourry had been searching all day for Zelgadis. Two nights ago, he had simply disappeared. He had no reason to leave, and was angry with no one, so they were worried. Perhaps someone had kidnapped him? No, he was too powerful a shaman, and was too defiant to go quietly with an enemy. Of course, they could not rule out the possibility entirely, and Amelia was beginning to suspect it.

The princess was near the heart of the forest, now. She quietly and carefully stepped over the large stones or occasional fallen tree. Judging by the sky, it was going to pour before morning. She sighed, but kept going. (A righteous heart never turns back, right? ^_^)

Suddenly, she heard a noise. The some leaves were rustling in the distance, but without the aid of wind. She paused, her defenses up, listening. She turned her head to the source of the noise, but in the night, she saw nothing.

"Gourry-san? Lina-chan?" She called out hopefully, but no one answered. Her stomach knotted as she took a hesitant step into the dark.

The sound shifted as she got closer into muffled whimpers. No longer afraid, she began to go faster towards the animal in need. She put up a light spell, but there was no animal.

It was Zelgadis. ( O_o I'm sure none of you saw that coming.) He was curled up in a tight ball, sobbing. He looked both emotionally and physically exhausted.

"Zelgadis-san? Zelgadis-san. what happened?" she asked tentatively.

"Go away, Amelia." He managed to choke out.

Amelia paused for a moment, shocked by his defensive tone. "I can't leave you alone, Zelgadis-san, and I know that you don't really mean that."

She knelt down beside him. He began to stand up, but she wouldn't let him leave. She put a hand on his shoulder and forced him to sit.

"Zelagadis-san, has someone wounded you?" she asked a little more forcefully. He didn't answer. After a moment, Amelia said, "Let me see your wound." She reached out towards him, but he pushed her hand back. Just the feel of his stone skin made her wish to be in his arms, then and there, but she couldn't. Something was wrong, very wrong. If anyone were to be in anyone else's arms tonight, he would be in her arms, not the other way around.

"No one has wounded me." He sounded sincere, and she believed him.

She did not question him for a while, knowing that he must be incredibly embarrassed right now. Neither of them said anything. Suddenly, Amelia's desire to care for him overwhelmed her. She inched toward his shaking body, and caressed his back gently. The light spell had gone out long ago, so she could not see his face, though his shaking and shuddering became more violent.

Suddenly, he began to shudder and weep uncontrollably. She didn't know what to do, so she simply caressed his back some more.

"It's okay," she whispered, "it's okay."

She could feel small drops of warm rain plop into her midnight hair. They ought to be going back to the inn. Reluctantly, she told Zelgadis, and they stood up to leave. She had enjoyed not being the vulnerable one for once. Finally, she was able to take care of Zelgadis, rather than the other way around, but she knew that they needed to go.

Without saying anything, they silently walked back in the direction of the inn as the warm rain fell.

More to come! Don't worry, there's lot's of romance ahead, although it's getting kind of hard to write it from the girl's perspective. Please review!