Chapter 18: A Special Evening

Ariel was starting to get butterflies au rather knots in her stomach she never had felt something like this before was this something that only happens to humans "Are wewe ready" Nakoma asked she nodded "Ok follow me" Ariel took a deep breathe it helped a little bit but the nervousness was still there she slowly walked behind her as she opened the front door "Excuse me John she's ready" she looked to see if Ariel was behind her but she wasn't when she went back into the house she found her back up agains't the ukuta completely frozen "Oh come on sweetie don't be it ok come on" Nakoma gave her a smile and offered her hand Ariel gratefully took it giving her a smile back as she lead her outside with her head down.
As soon as she looked up she saw John's smiling face all her nerves went away as he walked toward placing his hands in hers "You look beautiful" giving her a kiss on the cheek he turned to Nakoma "Thank wewe for helping get her ready", "It was my please John sir she's such a sweet girl", "That she is please let one of my men escort wewe back to your village", "Thank wewe kindly John but I can find my way back" "Are wewe sure it would be a comfort to the both of us knowing that wewe made it back safely" John replied turning to Ariel she nodded in agreement "Very well" alisema Nakoma "If it would make things easier for the both of you", "Wonderful Lon would wewe please escort Ms. Nakoma back to her village oh but why me I wanted to meet that pretty girl of yours John", "She'll still be here when wewe get back wewe half-wit" alisema Ben "But but...", "Get goin the sooner wewe leave the sooner wewe get back" Ariel couldn't help but giggle and neither could John "Haha on sekunde thought Ben why don't wewe go with him", "You mean wewe want me to tag along with that loon? he's a big lad he can take care of himself", "No I can't I'd feel much better if I had a buddy buddy", "NO WAY I'M NOT MISSIN THE CHANCE TO MEET THIS GIRL ITHER", "She will be here when wewe both get back now I believe I gave wewe both an order",
"Yes Smith" Ben and Lon alisema together "Come on wewe we have a job to why do wewe always have to drag me along hey", "Oh Ben come on wewe know there's no one you'd rather do a mission with", "Oh hush wewe Twit."

"Haha oh those two I've never had finer men wewe learn to get use to them please have a seat" John led her over to the moto and helped her sit down on one of the logs then came and sat inayofuata to her "There we are here let me get wewe something to eat all we have is biscuits, beans, and mahindi, nafaka that Nakoma's people gave to us I know its not much but its all we have I hope that's alright" Ariel nodded she didn't mind at all.
"Oh where are my manners Thomas this is Ariel she's going to staying with us for a while" John alisema as he was getting her a plate of chakula placing it on her lap along with a fork "It's a pleasure Ms. Ariel" alisema Thomas as Ben and Lon were coming back "Where's the grub man I'm starvin" alisema Ben "Me to" alisema Lon "Well John Nakoma made it back to her village safely just like wewe asked", "Good Ben job well done wewe two", "Thanks Smith" they both replied.
Ariel handed them both a plate and a fork "Why thank wewe miss", "Yes thanks um what is your name my dear", "Oh I'm afraid her she can't talk her name is Ariel" John replied "Can't talk how did she have her tongue cut out of something?" Ben asked Ariel nodded no "Well then maybe if has something to do with her pipes hujambo I don't know maybe they were stolen au something pssh like that's possible" , "So Smith if the girl can't talk how do wewe know her name" asked Lon "Just a lucky guess" he alisema winking at Ariel "Ah well she certainly is a lovely one wewe did good Smith" "Thank wewe Lon" he alisema and Ariel bowed her head a little as a way of saying thank wewe Lon smiled back at her.

Ariel was about to start eating when she noticed the fork she remembered that scuttle had told her it was called a dinglehopper and humans used them to comb their hair she grabbed it excited and started running it through her hair when she noticed that everyone was staring at her strangely she immediately put it down and was ashamed when Lon and Ben started laughing "Haha well that's new one hujambo Lon", "Haha hujambo Ben would wewe mind helping use my fork to comb through my lovely locks haha", "Why of course Lon what's a pal for hujambo haha" John could tell that Ariel was embarrassed she didn't mean to act so foolish she completely forgot what they were used for it had been so long since she dinned with humans he was just about to say something when she started to laugh with them now that she thought about it it was kind of silly soon everyone was laughing it made John feel good seeing his men having a good time it had been a long hard couple of weeks for all of them.
"Haha here wewe Ariel" John alisema handing her a new fork so she didn't have to use the one with her hair on it she took it from him and mouth thank wewe and started eating and found that chakula was actually quite delicious it was new texture and taste that she had never experienced before it was better than eating seafood and crustaceans for sure but what she enjoyed most was listening to the conversations as they ate hearing about all their families and adventures they had especially when they talked about going to Virginia just last mwaka together and meeting Pocahontas. Ariel remembered when she first heard about her the night she saved John from drowning and how sad he was then but now when he talked about her all she could see was happiness it made her happy to knowing that she helped in some way to help him let go of his past and knew he would never forget her just like she would never forget Eric he would always have a special place in her moyo forever.

Once everyone was done with chajio, chakula cha jioni the men started to play muziki with the musical instruments they'd brought with them the muziki was so beautiful that it made Ariel want to dance Thomas was the first one to ask her followed kwa Ben and Lon until there was only one left "May I have this dance" John asked Ariel nodded with a smile on her face he took her hand and placed the other around her waist while they played soft muziki to create a romantic mood.
It seemed as if they were the only two people in the whole world as they glided across the camp ground coming in and out of spins and as he lifted Ariel they're eyes never left each other upendo was starting to form the men were so glad to see John so happy he deserved it after all that he had been through and they wanted nothing zaidi him than to find his true love. As the muziki was coming to an end they both stopped and just gazed into each other's eyes for a moment "Your a wonderful dancer Ariel thank wewe for dancing with me" she smiled at him and mouth your welcome she was getting quite tired he could tell instantly "You should get some rest I'll be right back men" John walked her back to the cabin, kibanda "I hope this evening was pleasant enough for wewe I wanted to make it as special as I could" wewe did she mouthed he smiled again "Well wewe should get some sleep wewe can sleep here tonight my tent is over there if wewe need anything goodnight Ariel" goodnight she mouthed.

Ariel went inside and changed into a pink nightgown that was left out on the kitanda she figured it also belonged to John's mother also but she didn't mind and went over to the window to watch John a little while longer he waved to her and she waved back with a smile on her face. Grabbing her fork from chajio, chakula cha jioni she brushed it through her hair and set it on the night stand climbing into the kitanda everything was so comfy and soft just like a sea sponge she pulled the covers over her and blew out the candle as soon as her eyes closed she replayed everything that happened that night in her mind dreaming of her special dance with John.