The Red Balloon (NaLu)

Chapter 25

Jude's P.O.V
It was summer and I was at a camp. On one side of the lake was the boys camp and the other was the girls camp. We only ever saw the girls on "missions". The first time I met Layla I was in the woods. I was with my friends. We were collecting fire wood. "Jude there's dryer stuff over here!" My friend shouted on me. I ran over to him looking at the wood
"That should do" I said as i bent down to pick it up. I heard someone coming up behind me so I quickly turned around.

It was a bunch of girls "Hold it right there!" One said.
"What's up ladies" My friend Roan flirted. One of them started acting sensitive, timid and helpless. She said
"We have been looking for dry wood for hours! We aren't aloud to go back to the camp with out any. We even have to go across the river to this side. We had to break rules! so...could we have these?" Roan smiled. He was going to say yes but I butted in and said.
"Nice acting, but no" I burst out laughing at the girl and she looked shocked.
"How did you-"
"Wait up!" A girl came behind them. She had blonde hair which was in bunches. She wore the girls camp outfit but part of her shirt was ripped. She was quite pretty, but I didn't admit it.

"Layla, where have you been?" The girl asked.
"sorry! I got attached to a tree" She showed them the rip in her top and they all laughed. She turned red with embarrassment. Suddenly she noticed us and asked "Who are you people?" I lifted up the wood and replied
"Just campers" My friends smirked and walked off with me. All that night I couldn't stop thinking about that girl, Layla.

The next day we were called to the campfire. We all stood in a mix. We weren't very organised. One of the leaders stood on top of the hay stack. "Alright boys today we will be working with the other camp!" There was whistling and cheering. It was silented by the horn of a bus. It was from the girls camp. It pulled up next to us and the girls neatly came out of it. Each of them got into groups and lined up, in straight lines, next to us. Their leader stood next to the hay stack. "Alright, we will be putting you into teams of four. Two boys and two girls" On the board your teams are written down, Please in a-" All the boys ran to the board. "ORDERLY FASHION BOYS!" She shouted. It didn't stop us. The girls were dismissed by her and came over behind us.

"Jude I'm with you!" Roan said coming over to me.
"who else are we with" He shook his head and continued
"No idea, however our group has to meet in front of cabin C" We both got out of the swarm of people and headed that way.

There was two girls already there. It was Layla and the girl from yesterday. "Ladies" Roan smoothly said.
"Introductions the girl instructed.
"My names Roan, The pleasure is yours" The girl tutted and said.
"My names Liko, call me Li"
"I'm Jude" I said rubbing the back of my neck.
"I'm Layla, it's nice to meet you" Her hair was down today. She looked so pretty.
"Layla! What are you doing?!" Li said facing her "Put your hair up! If madame Jolan sees you, your dead!" Layla sighed and tied it in a pony tail. It was messy but she suited it. "Lets go then"

Roan walked with Li and I walked with Layla. It was quiet between us. Roan and Li were arguing about something. "so" She said breaking the silence between us.
"Did you find wood last night?"
"Yeah, It was slightly damp but it still worked" I nodded and we went back to silence. We met one of the leaders who was holding an '!' sign.

"Hello campers!" He said.
"Hey mike" Roan said.
"Oh it's not Mike. My names Kornk. I'm the dilivery man!"
"What?" I said confused.
"Play along!" he sighed. "Any way are you from cabin c" We all nodded "Great! Here!" he handed us a envelope and said "Goodbye for now!" He hopped off into the woods. In side was a clue.

"Everything has to start some where, your first quest shall begin at the start" Li read it aloud.
"At the start?" Roan thought aloud. Layla took it out of her hands.
"the start...Like at the meeting point?" I shook my head.
"too simple" Ronan agreed with me. "Let me see" I looked at it. It must be something they've told us before, like a minor fact. i read the beginning again. "Everything has to start somewhere" I got it! "Didn't our leader always tell us the random things about the beginning of this camp?" Roan nodded.
"Yeah! Was it not something about cabin A!"
"Well then lets get going!" Li said running a head. We got there but the other team was already there. "Look who it is!" Li said taunting the girls. They turned around and spotted us. It was Kan and Liam from our camp, I didn't recognise the girls. One of the looked at Layla and giggled with the other one. She whispered in the other ones ear. The other one joined in giggling.

"Hey Layla! We found you a bath!" They pointed at a puddle and laughed.
"Shut it Karin!" Li shouted at the one who said it "You too Naloi!"
"ugh, Temper!" Naloi moved over to the guys.
"hey..." We awkwardly said. Their little joke made no sense? It wasn't even funny. "Hey jude, hey roan" Liam said. Naloi and Karin looked over at us.
"who is who?" Karin asked.
"I'm Roan and thats Jude, my lady" Roan thought of himself as a ladies man. Naloi made vomiting sounds. Karin came closer to me.
"So, you must be Jude" I stared at her and nodded. "Well! My, my you are the looker" She got evem closer to me so I stepped back.
"Thanks?" I didn't know what to say.
"Don't thank her?!" Li stormed over to me "She bullied poor Lay-" She quickly turned to Layla and said "I didn't mean that! Well I did bt not in the way that they mean it! I meant she bullied her for as long as we've known her!"
"Not my fault her family is poor and works under mine! Poor little slave girl! The only reason she got here was because of my family!" I turned to her in disgust.
"What's the need to pick on her?!" I asked basically shouting.
"OO I like 'em fierce!" Naloi joined in.

"Hey guys" The instructor came over to us "lets get started then" The day concluded of exercises and won against Karin's team, which Layla was happy about. We came in 3rd overall which meant we got to have special cabin 3. 1st got a 5 start meal and a 5 star cabin, 2nd got a 4 star meal and 4 star cabin and 3rd place, we got 3 star cabin and 3 star meal. it was all for a night. We had all became good friends in a day. Li and Roan still argue but I got to know Layla more.

We were sitting on the porch outside the cabin looking at the stars "Today was fun" Roan and Li were inside. "It was better than any other day, so far" She continued.
"So far?" I questioned. She came closer to me and pointed to the stars
"how many stars is there, do you think?"
"uhm, I don't know over a trillion?" I hesitated. She giggled at me. She was the first person to find me funny.
"so far we do not know but one day we might" I was still confused but I went with it. She took her hair out of her pony tail to get more comfortable. "You know when I was younger my mother used to read this book to me and my siblings. 'Key of the starry heavens" it was called. It was basically cabout this little girl who was looking for the 6 keys to find happiness. I don't know why but I was fascinated by it" I was still confused "One day my father took me to a science centre where they studied stars. It was like I was transported to another world. I told him it was the best day ever. A scientist over head us. Her name was doctor Lucy. She was a beautiful young woamn with lonf blonde hair. She was like the master of the stars. She knew every thing about them." In the back ground Li and Roan were shotuing
"Shut up you trout!"
"please my lady, your words curse me!" I got up and closed the doors so she could continue.
"She told me it was my best day so far. I didn't understand, but then she told me that if I waited until I give a day that title i will find something even greater"
"So basically, there's more to come"
"Thats a great way to say it!" I laughed at her and lay down on the porch. She lay by my side. her head was on my chest.
"Say Jude" She started again.
"yeah?"
"after...after this do,do you think we will see each other again?" I could feel my heart speed up so I tried to slow it down.
"I hope so" She giggled again. It was so romantic, it was so-
"ITS READY!" Li shouted us in. We both shot up and ran inside.

It was three years later I saw her again. She hadn't left my mind at all. I wasn't with another woman during that period. I was in a coffee shop with a business man. I was trying to borrow money from him to advance in the Heartifilia railways which had been passed down to me. I was a young boy with a picture of my future.
"What good will this do us?" He asked taking notes.
"You will make a massive profit!"
"Yes but Mr Heartifilia this could go in two directions. I can't say yes right now but I will discuss it with my boss"
"So possibly yes?"
"yes.." I jumped out of my chair and shook his hand.
"Thank you kind sir! Thank you!"
"no-not at all" he picked up his breif case and left me in the middle of the shop. On the way out i heard him though. "newbies" He tutted. I sort of hurt but I was in too good of mood. I spun around celebrating.

I stopped and fixed m shirt. "Right then I-" Suddenly I noticed a woman with blonde hair on the floor "I am so sorry, mam" I helped her back up as she sorted herself.
"Thank yo-" I looked at her. She looked like the woman Layla described.
"Dr Lucy?" I asked. She shook her head. Suddenly her eyes lit up.
"Jude?" I nodded my head. A smile grew on her face "It's me Layla!" I stepped back to look at her.
"no..."
"Yes!" She jumped up and hugged me tightly.

We ended up talking for hours "So you remember Dr Lucy"
"Well you look exactly as you described her"
"So i'm ehm..." She blushed "beautiful..." She awkwardly asked
"Of course you are, you always were" I suddenly froze. "I just said that out loud didn't I..." She laughed at me
"Oh no it's that time already! I must get going" She stood up.
"Nice seeing you Layla" I said smiling. She reached into her purse and pulled out a card.
"here" She handed me it.
"Layla Chari, writer, contact details...Your a writer now?"
"Yeah, I'm not very good though. My numbers on there so we can meet again" I blushed at her.
"You want to meet me again?" she nodded. "Weird. People these days never want to see me more than once."
"Well I will be the first. See you around!" She left leaving a warm feeling in my heart. I watched her leave. The sent of vanilla and strawberries filled my nose, it was just like one of those cheesy movies - or in other words perfect.


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