The only important detail she had to remember was to be at the dock at the edge of the pond at noon.
"I'm late! I'm late!" Ahiru panicked as she raced across the water. When she reached the dock she sighed with relief. "Fakir is still here!" She thought. "Quack! Qua-quack!" she called out to him.
"Hey, Ahiru." Fakir replied.
She tried to hop onto the dock. "Qua-qua-quack. Qua-qua-quack." Fakir smiled and knelt down, scooped her up and set her on the dock. "You look a little frazzled. Maybe this will help." Fakir pulled some bread out of his bag and pulled some pieces off for her to nibble on. Ahiru gratefully began to eat.
Fakir settled down in his usual chair and began to write. After Ahiru finished her sna
The woman laughed. "Catch me first, Fakir!" she called back, holding a feather quill above her head. Sunlight glinted off a gold band on her left ring finger.
"Why you moron... prankster!" Fakir yelled back, continuing the chase. She laughed even harder at that. They ran through the meadow, treading white and yellow flowers underneath them. Both of them were smiling through the chase despite Fakir's earlier words. Once Fakir could almost touch the hem of her long skirt trailing behind her, but she darted away before he could get closer. Panting, he stopped and rested his hands on his knees and heaved to catch his breath.
Duck turned around when his footsteps stopped. "Oh, c'mon, you giving up already?" she complained, looking back and crossing her arms.
Panting, Fakir lifted his head to look at her. He smiled wryly. "Nope!" He sprinted forward. Duck squealed and turned
. . . and he only seemed to have gotten worse with time.
It had been four months since Fakir had turned her human again, and while people had not remembered her – though Charon did, he said it was hard to forget the one girl Fakir didn't hate at his school, Ahiru had blushed at that – she had made friends with Pique and Lillie again, and she was once again enrolled in the academy. Life had been good for Ahiru, she was still incredibly clumsy but without having to worry about heart shards, and ravens she'd been able to focus more on dancing, and – with Fakir's help – she was getting better.
Now Ahiru clearly remembered the first time she met Femio-san, he wasn't someone you can r