Alternate

He loved her for what she wasn't.

When she would cry, he would comfort her.

She would scream, he would watch silently.

Then she would become the void again.

And he would be silent.

Because that's what he was expected to do.

When she would ask why he was still there,

"Because I love you for what you aren't."

And she would become angry.

"Because you cannot love yourself."

And she would be silent.

Because that's what she was expected to do.

When he would stay up all night worrying about her,

She would sink deeper inside herself…

Protect herself from the world.

Protect the world from herself.

And maybe that would work…

If she wasn't scarred from love and battle.

If she could love herself.

The taijiya and houshi were said to live happily ever after.

But then again…

Fairy tales always had alternate endings.