Levi smiled warmly, “You can call me Levi, Captain Levi. Thank you for sharing this story with me. I will let you stay on my ship, as long as you help out and carry your own wait. Or I’ll let you off at the next port, if you want.”
“Really? You would do that for me? No one has ever been kind to me before, Mister Captain Levi, sir. I would love to be back on the ground again, so, if it isn’t too much of a bother, I would like to take you up on your offer. I’ll help out on the ship until then though, so you don’t have to worry about me! Thank you, Mister Captain Levi! Thank you!” Zephyr was crying happily now. He ran up and hugged Levi tightly.
Giving him a firm hug back, the captain assured him, “Of course it isn’t too much of a bother. We’ll have to do something about your clothes though. I think I still have some of my old garb from when I was your age. I’ll look around in here while Firious takes you on a complimentary tour of the ship. How does that sound?”
“That sounds great! Thank you so much, sir!” Zephyr gasped, lighting up with delight. Firious and the two men left, showing the boy around the ship. Levi chuckled to himself as he watched them leave, then got up and started digging through drawers, trying to find some duds for the lad.
“That was very kind of you, Captain Levi,” Hataru remarked. “Your father must have raised you well, for you to be so kind to a little mistreated boy. It’s unbelievable, really. Most people would have turned up their noses, but you, you’re helping. It truly is remarkable.”
“Oh, you think so?” Levi turned around and looked at her, and he was caught off guard. His pupil dilated, wanting to take in all of her splendor. Her elegant, cyan eyes sparkled in admiration, and her satin gown shimmered with the beauty-defining curves of her body. Her ruby lips were shaped perfectly, and her gorgeous, long russet hair cascaded down her back.
Her soft cheeks grew pink under his gaze, but it only added to her charm. “Yes, I do,” she said with sincerity.
“Oh,” it was Levi’s turn to blush, “Well, I... I, uh.” He took a step toward her.
“Yes?” She took a step toward him.