The Marriage of the Sea King
By Lady Germaine
In the next year, Desmond got immense! He was now around 1,200 pounds, and in love, body and soul, with Dela. In his new room, Desmond was free to move around; he just chose not to. He was too lazy.
Desmond awoke next to his beloved, his belly crying out with hunger. He woke up Dela with his belly noises. Dela curled up to Desmond. "Good morning, honey! How are you this morning? Hungry?" Dela asked to Desmond's back fat.
"Maybe, I don't know! Let's ask the belly. Belly, are you hungry?" Desmond asked his belly, which growled in response. Desmond giggled and nodded.
"Okay, what would you like? Cake, or pie?" Dela asked.
"Both! Mmmn!" Desmond said, rubbing his belly.
"Okay, my little piggy wiggy. I'll be right back!" Dela said, getting into his wheelchair and jiggling Desmond's belly rolls. He went out to find a cart full of pie and cake leftover from Desmond's nightly feeding and came back into the room. "Now, would you like me too feed you?"
Desmond said 'not to ask questions that you already knew the answers to' and 'to feed him!' Dela got to it, feeding him the pie first. He rubbed half of the pie on Desmond's face. Dela then got to the cake. It was a big, triple-tier monstrosity that Desmond laid the first tier on his belly. Desmond began to bring it up to his lips, smearing the cake frosting between his moobs, gut and rolls. He even got some in his hair!
"Sorry. I guess I go a little over board when I feed myself!" Desmond giggled, as some frosting fell off of his hair.
"That's alright, darling. For after today, you won't ever have to worry about feeding yourself again!" Dela said, turning back around, and fixing his hair in the mirror.
"Because we're getting married, later this afternoon!"
"Oh!" Desmond shot out of bed, spilling the cake on his belly and started waddling around the room.
"Whoa! Put some clothes on!" Dela joked, sticking out his tongue. Desmond's length was minuscule, compared to the rest of him, not to mention, his fat covered his junk up. "Don't worry about it, honey. It'll be fine!" Dela tried to calm him down, but Desmond just kept on waddling. "DESMOND! Honey, calm down!" Dela shouted at him.
"Wha-? Oh, okay." Desmond said, still waddling. He came to a halt by Dela, who brought his hand up to tassel his hair. "What do you want? Today I, Desmond, son of the late King Adrain, and the living Queen Gwennevre, brother of the living princess Lilly, am getting married, to you, King Delacroix, son of the god, Poseidon, and the goddess, Amphitrite and brother to Nova. I'm just a little nervous about changing my body!" Desmond sat down on the bed, the bed groaning with Desmond's weight.
"That's perfectly understandable, baby!" Dela said, cuddling into Desmond. "Hey, do you want to see what I look like? With the tentacles, and everything?"
Desmond nodded. "Yes. I would like to see what you look like. What I'm going to look like." Desmond said this because he was going to change into an octoperson after today, and he wanted to be sure he had at least something phallic. Desmond got up and got on Dela's lap. Then Dela wheeled him outside of his room. Since Desmond had gotten so fat, everything in the castle had had ramps for wheelchairs for Dela, which meant easier walking for Desmond.
Dela wheeled out to the hallway. Dela went down into the depths of the castle, and to the pool-like bathtubs that Desmond and Lilly liked to play in when they were kids. Desmond got slowly out of Dela's chair, and jumped into the pool, making a huge splash.
"Whoa!" Dela said, getting wet from the splash. "Thank you, you enormous fat ass." Desmond giggled and splashed water. "Desmond, honey, get out of the pool for a moment. When I expand out, I'll get really huge, and I don't want to crush you." Desmond got out of the pool/tub and the moment his foot left the water, Dela dived in.
Dela started to change almost immediately after he dove in. He changed into an eight legged creature, with tentacles of pearl white. He also grew 4 feet, until he was standing at his full height, over 10 feet and he grew wider.
"Well?" Dela asked. "What do you think of me?" He looked meekly up at Desmond and splashed some on the surface of the water.
"What do I think? I think you are beautiful, all shiny and pretty. I don't see why you're marrying me, a mortal!"
Dela swam over to him, cupped his hands around Desmond's chubby cheeks and said "I'm marrying you because of how much I love you."
"You're just saying that. You are only marrying me because of my family! If it were Lilly and not me, I bet you'd--"
"I bet I'd be bunking with her handsome brother! Desmond," Dela sighed. "I love you more than anything! Now, don't be sad." Dela said, drying Desmond's eyes. "Today's a happy day."
Desmond zipped his lips. Dela moved over to let Desmond in, and Desmond got in, and laid on Dela's stomach.
As they floated, Dela suggested that they have a picnic later that day. Desmond nodded and grunted. He liked having picnics with Dela, because Dela always fed him.
"Okay, we have to get out, because I don't want my bride to be all pruney!" Dela said. "Get your towel!" He ordered as Desmond got out. Dela watched him shake and waddle his ass, getting out. "Mmm, my! You have a gorge-ous ass, my dear! It makes me want to kiss it." He pursed his lips as Desmond covered up with his towel that a servant had laid out for him.
Dela was ready to get out. He started to, but then remembered he was a cripple on land, so he had to wait for Desmond to get him out. Desmond helped him out of the pool, Dela's legs crippling underneath him.
"It's so weird that I can be this big monster in the water, but I get out and I'm not." Dela sighed, lying against Desmond's chest. "Oh! I must tell you about one of your gifts from me." He said, really excitedly. Dela told Desmond about his present; it was a house on a secret island, closed off from the rest of humanity. It had a water slide, sliding in the foyer, and a private water slide to Desmond's bedroom. Dela had built it while Desmond was either eating or sleeping. Desmond set Dela down in his chair. "Oh, I must give you this!" Dela smiled as he went over to his pants. He got in his pants pocket and pulled out a ring, holding it up to Desmond.
"Oh, Dela! It's beautiful!" Desmond gasped. He put the ring on his right ring finger, and held out his hand, admiring it. The ring had a humongous pearl on it. He looked at it along with his ring of the ruler.
"Yeah, it was made with melted doubloons. I had some friends make it. You'll meet them when we move to my kingdom. Anyway, I didn't think of giving you a ring because of our arranged engagement. But your finger needed a ring. Do you really like it?" Dela asked, looking up at Desmond.
Desmond walked down the hallway while Dela rolled along the hallway. "I don't like it." And when Dela frowned up at him, he giggled and continued. "I love it! Thank you, Delacroix." Desmond said, getting tired from walking. "I'm tired, and hungry so, let's eat, already!" Desmond said, getting a little angry.
Dela smiled up at him and grabbed him around the love handles and pulled Desmond on top of him, kissing Desmond on the lips. "Relax! You'll get food when we have our picnic! We will have some of your favorite food. So, tell me what are your favorite things to eat, besides cake and pie?" Dela winked at Desmond.
"Well I love ham, steak, chicken, and hamburgers are good too. I don't get them very often because we live on an island! Hey, Dela? Do you get to eat land animals very often?"
"Yes. I get to eat all kinds of things! And you will too, when we are married." Dela smiled at his bride-to-be. They rode along, Dela listened to Desmond's breathing, until they got to their picnic spot in the garden. Then, Desmond got up, and picked Dela up then gently placing him down on the picnic blanket. "This, too, shall be easier, when we are down in your Crustopia, I'll bet." Desmond said as he plopped down on the picnic blanket.
"True. Just be glad I allow you to walk for I could of just as easy immobilized you!" Dela winked up at him, and stretched out. He stared up at the clouds, until Desmond moaned.
"Feed me!" Desmond said, rubbing at what he could reach of his belly. Then the food started! Macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, and cheeseburgers with all the toppings, followed in a sizable orgy of food. Desmond continued to eat long after he was full, grunting out commands to Dela to give him more eat.
After they had finished, Dela rolled over onto Desmond, fully embracing him. "Oh, hello!" Desmond said, grinning. Desmond kissed him sweetly, and deeply. Then Dela tickled his underbelly, making him laugh.
"I love you, you know that?" Dela asked, nuzzling against Desmond.
Desmond puffed out his tummy great big. "Yeah I know, and today, we'll crown that love." Desmond told Dela. Dela fed him bits of steak and potatoes, and lamb, and hamburger, and lobster, while Desmond just sat back and ate.
While this was going on, Desmond's younger sister, Princess Lilly was watching from a corner. She had red hair like Desmond, and chubby cheeks. Ever since Desmond was gaining weight she had to, since Lordon was making their meals with rich ingredients. She was sure with Desmond gone, she would lose some weight. She made herself known by clearing her throat. She walked out onto the garden, and curtsied to her brother. "Desmond, you need to get ready! Come with me." She hurried back inside.
Desmond got up, and followed Lilly inside. "Oh, Lilly!" He called after her. Lilly was going way too fast for Desmond to keep up, causing him to turn red, and gasped for air. "Wait up, will you?"
Lilly came to a stop and her shoulders quaked like she was crying. She turned around and came to a complete stop. "What if... What if you forget us when you go down to live in Crustopia?" She said quietly. Then she turned around to Desmond and shouted, "What if you forget about me?"
Desmond stood there and looked down at her. "No, Lilly, no. I won't forget about you guys, up here! I love you all! Here." He took out something she couldn't see in the dark corridor. He placed it in her hand. "That is yours. Now let's get up into the castle. It's too dark down here."
"Okay." She opened a door to her right, and let Desmond go in first. She followed him in, and opened her hand up. She looked in her hand and saw it was a ring box. She quickly opened it; it was the ring of the ruler! Lilly let out a gasp and threw her hands over Desmond. "Wow, you mean it? You really think I can do it?"
"Well, if there's anybody who could do it, it's you!" He smiled at his younger sister. He walked with her the ways to his room, then turned to her and said "I'll come see you on your coronation day, how's that? Of course, you are almost of marrying age and your fathers dead so there's no one to tell you your mate. So, how about I do that?"
Lilly grinned up at him. "Actually, I've already picked out someone!"
"Oh, really? Who?"
"David, the town baker. He makes those cakes you like so much, that we have on days when Lordon has the day off!" She giggled, thinking about her crush. David had these chubby cheeks, a big chubby belly, and big, strong arms from shoving the cakes into the ovens. He had blond hair and bright blue eyes. He would make a fine king, to rule alongside Lilly. "Do you think he'll make a good king?"
"Yes, I do. Now, help me get ready!"
Lilly helped Desmond change into his wedding dress. It was a dress that he had tailored to fit him. It fit him tightly across the belly and went down the back.
"You look gorgeous!" Lilly told him, as they were by his vanity, brushing out his hair.
"Oh, thank you." Desmond replied. Then as she was doing his eye makeup, he started crying, silently.
Lilly enquired what was wrong. "It's just... I'm scared." He choked out.
"Why? You already know you love him!"
"Yes, but the thought of it, it's just unnerving. I mean I'm going down there, to live as an octoperson! That's the part that's scaring me! I'm changing species!" Desmond gasped out.
Lilly rubbed her big brothers broad back. "It's okay, Dessy." She used the name she used to call him when they were younger. "You won't know, until you try. Are you afraid it'll hurt?"
"Yes. But I know it will hurt even worse without him in my life!"
"Okay, then. If you're afraid it'll hurt, why not go through with it? I mean pain is only felt for a brief period." She smiled down at Desmond.
She finished brushing his hair, putting on his makeup, and spritzing him with perfumes that clung to his skin. She helped him up, and lead him out. "Well, I think, it's for the best."
Desmond calmed down and went with her. He walked, but he was more than used to Dela taking him on his wheelchair. He sighed. "You know, I think I'll like the kingdom of Crustopia better now." Lilly ask him why, and he responded with "Everything floats down there! Are we almost there?"
Lilly looked over at Desmond, and saw that he had sweated through his makeup. His eye makeup ran like a river, and he was breathing heavily. She said, "Yes, Dessy. We're almost there. Do you need to sit down, and take a breather? Your eye makeup is ruined, by the way. Would you like to sit for me to fix it, at least?"
Desmond gazed down at Lilly and moaned. "Yes, please. My feet and legs are killing me!" He wheezed out. He had the servants replace all the normal benches around his castle with strong reinforced benches, which he plopped down on to have a rest while Lilly fixed his makeup. He closed his eyes as Lilly got to work.
"There, all done! Now, don't you look pretty?" Lilly woke him up from his nap.
Desmond jumped awake, his big belly shaking. "Huh?" He asked, yawning. "Oh, yeah, the wedding! We must go." He heard noises coming from the behind the first door, so he got up, and went towards the commotion.
The whole town had come together for their wedding! Desmond composed himself and waddled to his mother who was standing by the wedding party. "Hello, mother. Ready to give your boy away?" He whispered, linking his arm into his mothers.
Queen Gwen sighed, and turning to him, straight faced, whispered back "You know, I am, for I don't want that man wreaking havoc on our land."
"Oh, pish, mother! He wasn't going to wreak havoc on our land. He loves me!" Desmond said as he waddled alongside his mother down the aisle.
Desmond looked up to see Dela looking at him. He smiled. His mother let go of him, but he was ready. He waddled up the steps, to stand beside Dela. He looked back to see Lilly right by him, smiling up at him. He smiled at her, and Lilly smiled back, putting her hand on his shoulder and squeezed. He took a breathe, exhaled, and told Dela, "Let's do this!" Dela placed his hand in Desmond's, and the ceremony began.
"By the powers vested in me, I now prenounce you husband and...er, husband? You may kiss the groom!" Said the preacher. The two brought their arms around each other and kissed, deeply.
Later on, Desmond was seated beside Delacroix at their reception, talking with his guests as Lilly walked up with a guy and introduced him as David. "Hello, King Desmond, King Delacroix. It's nice to meet you!" David said, bowing, and taking Desmond's hand and kissing it. "I'm in charge of the cakes!" David said, puffing out his chest.
"It's nice to meet you to, David!" Desmond smiled up at David. "Those cakes were amazing! So fluffy, and light. However did you make them." Desmond rubbed his belly, thinking about the cake.
"Bakers secret, your highness." King David told them. "I plan on taking the princess down to my shop, on Monday to see how I do things. Is that alright, your highness?"
Looking at the look on Lilly's face, Desmond couldn't say no. So he told them yes! Of course!
After Desmond had eaten for a while, he and Dela were about to get going down to the kingdom of Crustopia, because Dela said that his brother was still down there, and he wanted to do what was right. He didn't tell Desmond what this was, so Desmond wondered, as he said goodbye to all of his wedding guests and dove into the ocean.
Desmond transformed almost instantly, into a chubby octoperson, with tomato red tentacle, to match his hair. He floated around until Dela said, "Desmond dear! I know you're fascinated with your new legs but we must go down to Crustopia!" Desmond followed Dela and found Nova. Dela had explained his relationship with his brother to Desmond as Desmond listened intently. Nova had once, long ago, tried to stage a coup with his mind control and Crustopia's guards. Nova had black hair, and black tentacles to match. He was currently tied up in chains. Dela, with Desmond draped around his shoulder, swam up to Nova and looked very disappointed in him, which, to Desmond, was the worst punishment imaginable. Dela began to speak to his brother.
"Brother-- I know you don't like these chains, but..." He was interrupted by Nova.
"No, shit, Dela! Ew, is that your beloved? How lovely he looks, in his new skin!" Nova grinned at Desmond. Desmond coward behind Dela while Nova kept talking. "Lucky you, Dela. Of course, he was a nasty air breather, so you have to take that into account." He grinned down at Desmond as Desmond cowered in complete terror.
"Now, wait a minute, Nova!" Desmond yelled up at him, "I was an air breathing human, th--." He got out before Dela held his hand up.
"That's enough, Desmond, baby," Dela said and turning his attention to Nova, said, "I've sentenced you to live at the North Pole, but clearly THAT hasn't worked. So, some time on land will do for you; just try not to call them 'nasty air breathers.' They tend to hate that." Dela said down to his brother. "You won't have any powers up top, and you'll have three years to find a mate who'll love you, as you are! Be it male, like my Desmond, or female!" He finished as a whirlpool came down on top of Nova, picking him up and tossing him around.
Nova screamed as he was hurled around like a rag doll. Nova finally saw the light, as a town came into view. He landed with a huff, and a groan. He was outside of Cherbourg-Octovia, France. He got up and walked up the wharf, finding a small outdoor cafe and sitting down.
A small dark pink haired person, who had bright purple eyes said "Sorry, we are close-d!"
Nova looked up, frowned and growled "I am not bothering you!"
Nova now saw that the person was a boy, barely out of university, and quite handsome. Nova just didn't know how to talk to the boy. Luckily the boy knew how to converse.
"Oh, well we're closed anyway. I'm extremely friendly to people. My parents say it will get me killed one day, but we all 'ave to die sometime, right?" He laughed, a teehee sort of laugh.
"Right." Nova wasn't giving out any information about himself. As the boy talked, Nova got increasingly anxious. But he couldn't just leave, until the boy said his name was Henri and that he was lonely and needed someone to walk him home.
"Allow me, Monsieur Henri! My names Nova, by the way." Nova said, getting up.
"Oh, you are quite tall Monsieur Nova!" Henri said, following Nova. Then, he realized Nova had no idea where he was going. So, he got in front, with Nova following. "So, what about you? How did you find yourself in France?" He asked Nova while walking home.
"Me? Well, I was a rich kid who had tried to stage -- well, just, I was rich, now I'm not." Nova just left it at that. "I do have enough for a room, then I suppose I'll have to get a job..." He trailed off.
"Nonsense!" Stated Henri, reaching in his pocket for the key to his flat. "Stay with me tonight!" He said, reaching the flat's door, and opening it. From within came a smell, like old cheese that had been left out in the morning sun.The smell came wafting out, making Henri blush and explain, "It didn't smell like that this morning! I swear!"
Nova looked about the small apartment, and saw that it had a small kitchen off to the side, with a windowed front.
Nova laughed and said "That's alright! I'll just sleep here tonight and then be on my way. It's not going to kill me! Then again we all have to die at some point, right, Henri?"
Henri kept blushing as Nova walked into his flat and fell over some boxes. "Hey, how did those get there?" Nova asked playfully, rubbing his head while Henri gasped.
"Oh no. I let you into my home, and this is how the gods reward me?" Henri asked the sky, coming to Nova's aid. "Are you hurt?"
"No, I'll be fine. Ouch!" As Henri moved him, he saw that Nova had a bump on the back of his head. Henri gasped again.
"Oh my, you're hurt! 'Ere, let me get you something." He got some bandages from the small dresser by his door, and put it on Nova. "There, better?" Henri asked Nova, looking deeply into his eyes. "Do you want me to kiss it?" Henri asked winking at him.
Nova looked into his deep, bright purple eyes, and said, "No. I'm afraid I can't. You know how your parents said you'd be killed if you kept telling people about your personal life? Well, I have severe anxiety and can't let a person I've just met, kiss me!" Nova exclaimed, pushing Henri away. "Thank you for the bandage, though Henri."
Henri offered his hand for Nova. Nova took it in his and pulled up, bringing Henri down on him. "Sorry!" Henri apologized to Nova.
"It's quite alright! You didn't hurt anything, it's just, get off my belly!" Nova exclaimed, pushing out his belly. Henri giggled and got up.
"So, you want anything to eat, Monsieur Nova? I make delightful deserts." Henri said, going over to the kitchen, ignoring the overpowering aroma of spoilt cheese.
"No, thanks, Henri. I would rather go to bed. You see, this morning I was... Kicked out of my apartment! Yes that's what I was doing. I lived with my brother, Delacroix..." Nova began.
"Oh, Monsieur Delacroix... Sounds French. Is it?" Henri took a bite out of the cheese in his refrigerator.
"No, my parents named him Delacroix because they thought it was pretty. They said they named me Nova because the name reminded them off a supernova." Nova smiled and yawned. "I think I'm tired. So, I'll sleep on the coach?"
"No, no, no, you will never be able to fit on my little couch! You're too big and tall. You are sleeping in my bed." Henri said taking a bit more of the cheese before going out to his living room. "I will sleep on the couch."
"Alright. If you're sure I won't be intruding?" Nova complained. He went into Henri's bedroom, and it had boxes everywhere. "You aren't moving, are you?" Nova asked, kicking one of the boxes. That cheesy smell exploded out, making him gag. "Hey, Henri? This box here's your problem!" Nova picked it up, and sniffed it. The smell of rotten cheese was emanating out of it. Henri came into the room, and sniffed the box in Nova's hands.
"Yep. That'll be it. Ew! It stinks." Henri pinched his nostrils together. It stunk like there was no tomorrow! Henri took the box, and explained that he would take it outside. He went out the door, while Nova breathed a sighed of relief. With a sigh, he fell on Henri's bed, completely knocked out.
It was about a week later. Nova had been feeding Henri at every chance he got and he and Henri got even closer, as Henri realized that maybe his flirting was turning off Nova. So, Henri stopped, and Nova got closer to him, finding him little, and cute.
Nova suggested, one evening, to take Henri out to eat dinner. (Henri said "of course.") So they went out to eat at an Olive Garden and Nova got to see what a good eater Henri turned out to be. He slurped down soup, ate breadsticks, and shovel pasta down his throat. The whole scene was so exhilarating, that Nova nearly wanted to shout stop and do him on the table. He imagined this was what Dela went through every day with Desmond.
"Oh waiter?" Nova said as Henri begged him to let him finish. "No, I have a plan. Oh, wait just a minute waiter! A few boxes, s'il vous plaît? And is it too much to ask to see a dessert menu? My friend here is not done."
Henri's eyes went wide, and he clapped his hands. "So, when did you notice you were... How you say, not into ze womans?" He asked, placing his hands down on Nova's.
Nova giggled and said, "When I met you." in his most sultry voice.
The dessert menu came and the waiter explained what there dessert choices were. Henri picked out something they could share (Henri ate the majority) and sent it back. While they waited Henri told a little about him, that Nova didn't know. Like that he was picked on at his elementary school, for being too petite and that he made a delightful chocolate raspberry soùffle.
Dessert eventually came (it was a slice of yummy strawberry pie), and Henri dove in, barely letting Nova take a bite. Nova smiled while Henri ate and when it was done for, Henri licked the strawberries off of his fingers, sat back and let out a burp. Henri said "Ah." As he rubbed his pooched-out tummy, he let out another burp and said, "Oh! Excusez-moi!"
"Oh my, you're really hot tonight! Come on, let's go home and feed that belly of yours!" Nova said. Henri fanned himself and agreed.
Nova hailed a taxi cab, for Henri was far too stuffed to walk very far. Nova had to help Henri in the taxi, Henri sitting down hard.
"Oh, thank you, Nova. I'll pay you back, *hic* when I have the money." Henri said, his hand on his belly. "Hehe! We are going to have a food baby! Feel it?" Henri stuttered, placing Nova's hand on his belly.
Nova smiled down at him and rubbed his belly pushing a few burps out off him.
Henri had fallen asleep by the time they got to the apartment, so Nova payed the cab fare, and carried Henri into the building. He pulled the covers out and set him down on his bed. He pulled the covers up to Henri's chin, and brought his mouth down, about to kiss him. But he stopped about an inch to his lips and couldn't do it. He got up, and walked out, whispering "Goodnight, Henri! Pleasant dreams baby." He shut the door, and walked out to his kitchen.
He jotted down a note, 'Going out for fresh air, by lover's river. Be back when you awake, my sweet. Love, Nova,' and left it on the table by the front door. Then, he opened the door, and stepped out. There were fewer people out at night, so Nova felt like a swim. The river had a bridge over it, where young lovers came to kiss and cuddle. He came up to the river and sat on the edge of the bridge. He looked around him, and dived in.
He came up with his long, dark hair, flowing and black tentacles curling around him. He sighed, floating, and thinking about Henri. Henri was so small and cute. He made Nova feel funny, but it was a good kind of funny, a kind of funny that he just couldn't explain. Nova always smiled when looking at him, and he was always happy when he was around Henri. "Oh my goodness! I'm in love with Henri!" He realized.
Just then, Nova heard voices, so he dove under the water. Coming up, under the bridge, he hid his face underneath the water. Only his eyes were showing.
"Oh my goodness. What is that?" He heard a girl say.
"I don't know honey. It looks like man!" He heard her boyfriend say. "Call the police, honey! They'll be interested to know what we've found." She whipped out her cell phone to call them.
He thought 'Oh, shit!' as the people called the police.
He played dead as he was brought up, his black hair in his face, his tentacles slowly shrinking into his body. "Whoa, this big guy wasn't like this before! We have to study this oddity." So they put him in ice cold water, and transported him to this lab, on the outskirts of town. That water was okay, because he was used to much colder temperatures, living near the arctic, back home. He was too scared to do anything.
Henri opened his eyes, and yawned. "Well, Nova, I see you've finally got me into bed!" He turned over and stated. But, Nova was nowhere to be found. Henri patted his belly with worry; a few new found inches of fat had formed. Henri wondered where he was as he got dressed to start the day. Going outside of the door that he had heard Nova close the night before, he went into his kitchen and got cold leftover lasagna out. He munched on that while thinking about Nova. He really didn't know anything about him, other than that he was a strong silent type, and that he made Henri giggle like a schoolgirl whenever he was nearby. That was when he noticed the note.
Henri waddled over and read it aloud. "Going out for fresh air, by lover's river. Be back when you awake, my sweet. Love, Nova! Oh, it's true! He does love me! I have to find him to let him know that I feel the same way about him." He sighed, and went out the door.
Henri waddled down the hot sidewalk of his French home, desperately needing water. Henri held his stomach down and was huffing and puffing by the time he reached the river in the center of town. But he couldn't find Nova, anywhere! He looked down at the water, studying it, when suddenly, he gasped. What if Nova had fallen over the edge of the bridge and drowned?
He quickly whipped out his cell phone and dialed the number for the police. "Hello? Yes, I am Henri Duemont, and I would like to report a missing person. Oui, Monsieur, he has only been missing for about 24 hours. No, he's not a French citizen, but he's my... Oui, Monsieur, I get it. You don't need to shout. If you're not going to help me I'll just have to take it into my own hands. Goodbye, then."
Henri sighed as he closed up his phone and looked down at the water. He gazed down at the water, and spotted something blowing in the breeze, caught on the end of a plank of wood on the bridge. It looked like a few black strains of hair that were Nova's color! Henri gasped, and thought 'How could these have gotten here?'
Henri heard some people talking and he eavesdropped "Yeah, this huge fucking monster was pulled out of the water! I know, because I was there!" The boy said to his friends as they sat around, staring up at him.
"Excuse me!" Henri interrupted, waddling over to them. He sighed when he got over to them and asked "But, where did they take this monster?"
The boy looked at Henri, up and down, and said, "Why do I care? You're a chubby guy, eh? Want a cheesecake, tubby?" He poked Henri in the stomach, hard with a smirk on his face. "Yeah, you're probably going to cry now! Boohoohoo!" He mocked Henri.
"Stop it!" Henri teared up, wiping his nose with the back of his hand.
"Or what, tubby?" The guy said, poking his belly hard. "Are you going to sit on me?" The boy fained fear. He brought out a knife, and said, "What about I cut all that fat off of you, tubby?" Henri, seeing the switch blade, screamed.
Nova heard him telepathically. But he was locked up, in a tank in freezing cold water! Nova quickly begged, telepathically, to his brother. 'Let me have just a little power back because my beloved will be killed!' Nova asked Dela. Dela asked him back was he admitting that he 'loved' a dirty air breather? Nova answered 'Yes! I admit it, I love a filthy air breather! Now give me my powers back!'
Nova felt his powers flowing back into him, as he felt more powerful then he had in eons. He saw that the corners of his tank were cracking. He broke free! As the scientists gasped, he took over their minds! He said telepathically 'Release this octoman for he has done nothing wrong!'
The scientist had no choice but to put their keys in the door unlocking it as Nova fled the lab. 'You will remember nothing of this, including finding the octoman under the bridge. Is that clear?' They nodded, then as Nova was going, the scientist snapped out of it. They were confused as to why they had unlocked the door.
Nova quickly glided over the street. Nova hoped he wasn't to late as he saw Henri, cowered in the corner. This boy was kicking him and pulling at his overhang! They were calling him names like fat ass, tubby, lard butt, and all manner of foul names that Nova had to do something. Nova creeped up behind them, really quietly, and telepathically entered their minds.
Nova thought 'You... leave... this... boy... alone!!' He roared. Henri cowered in fear as the boy ran off, and Nova came down to his level. Picking Henri up with his tentacles, he rocked Henri as thought he were a child. When Henri realized that this monster wasn't going to hurt him, he curled up in the arms embrace and even though he was bruised and crying, he fell asleep.
Nova took him back to his flat. The town was just waking up. It looked like it was under a spell as Nova climbed to the floor that Henri's home was in, and laid him on the bed. Nova placed him down and was just about to kiss him to wake him, when Henri woke up. "Mmm. Nova? What on earth...?" Was all Henri got out before Nova put a hand up to stop him. He cleared out his throat and started to speak. He placed his hands over Henri's before speaking.
"Henri, do you want to know my true purpose up here was?" (Henri said yes, of course) "Well, this..." He stepped back letting Henri see all of him. "This is my true form. I am what you mortals would call an octoperson. I was born this way, along side the sea king Delacroix. We were born to Poseidon and Amphitrite. Anyways, my father always thought so highly of Delacroix, bringing him to the parties and social get togethers..." His voice started to crack, thinking of Dela, and his childhood. He looked down at Henri, who was listening intently, took a deep breathe and continued. "He didn't pay me any mind. Mother did, and she knew I was jealous, but not enough to usurp the throne. So, I tried to stage a coup. I'll spare you the details; suffice it to say, Delacroix wasn't happy, as he had to kick me out. I fled to the North Atlantic, and there I stayed until I telepathically sensed that my brother had left the throne to marry some fat boy with tomato red hair. So I tried to steal the throne. But we got in a fight and he proved to me that day, why he was the king of the sea. He beat me up, and I escaped with my life, but not my pride. I was at the bottom of a hole that I couldn't escape from. Until after Delacroix's wedding, he came down with his beautiful bride, and sentenced me to live up above with you humans." Nova was crying by the time he finished. So much so, that he felt a little hand on his chin bringing his lips up, and kissing him.
He felt wetness on his cheek to realize that Henri was crying too.
"My brother charged me with a goal, of sorts. He charged me with the goal of marrying somebody up here within three years. Henri..." Nova knelt down, put his hand on Henri's belly, and asked, "Will you marry me?"
Tears were streaming down both faces as Henri cried out, "Yes! Yes! Yes, a million times yes!" He was so happy that he would be... Wait a minute! Had Nova said that he lived at the North Pole? There was no way he could survive up there, much more than a few hours. Nova explained that once Henri became his husband, that he would be immortal, too, and all that blubber along with it as well. Why did Henri think Nova had been filling Henri up these last few weeks. Henri grinned up at Nova, happy at last, to have found his beloved.
Many years have passed since Desmond had seen his homeland. He went up as close as he could to the boardwalk, and saw this young man walking on the shore. He almost went up to him and asked him "Young man, are you the son of Queen Lillian, and King David?" The young man thought he saw tentacles going under the sea. He ran to his mother and said "Mother, Mother! I think I just saw grandma Lillian's brother!"