Yuuki glanced at the Chairman who was quietly eating his dinner. She shifted her gaze to her place again, the back at the Chairman. He looked at her a smiled.
"Yes, Yuuki-chan? Did you need something?"
The girl ducked her head, embarrassed that she had been caught staring. "Um, no. I-I was just wondering if you had forgotten something important."
The Chairman thought for a moment, then jumped up.
"Ah! I did forget something!"
Yuuki perked up. So he hadn't forgotten, unlike Zero.
"I have to meet with the Senior Council tonight! And I forgot to tell Zero-kun to help you with algebra!" He stood up. "I'll go get him right away!"
Yuuki's face fell. So he had forgotten.
Her foster father rushed from the table out of his private chambers, the door slamming behind him. She was left alone.
Yuuki got up from the dining room table and took the dishes into the kitchen. She began to wash them angrily.
Stupid Chairman. Stupid Zero.
She jumped when she heard the door open. Turning around, Yuuki saw Zero standing there, staring at her.
"Why are you crying?" he asked.
Confused, she touched her cheek and was surprised to feel that it was wet. She didn't realize that she had been crying.
"It's nothing," Yuuki said, swiping away the tears, only to have more replace them.
"Dammit," she muttered.
Zero came over to her.
"What's wrong, Yuuki?" he questioned, reaching out to whip away her crystalline tears.
She pushed his hand away roughly.
"Go away. I don't need someone who forgets important things near me," she snapped.
Zero just stared at her.
"Close your eyes," he ordered.
Her friend scowled at her. "Close them."
Annoyed, Yuuki closed her eyes. She heard Zero flick the lights off.
"Hey! What the hell are you –"
"Just shut up and trust me," Zero told her.
"Fine," she huffed.
She listened to Zero move about the kitchen. Yuuki heard a match flare and Zero's soft breath as he blew it out.
"Open your eyes," he commanded and she did.
In front of her was a tiny cake that read 'Happy Birthday.'
She looked at Zero who smiled at her.
"Did you really think we'd forget?" he asked teasingly.
She blushed sheepishly and blew out the candle, making her wish. Zero lit it again.
"Wait. Why –"
"Open you gift," he said, cutting her off and holding out a small box. "It's from me. The Chairman really does have a meeting with the Senior Council, so he'll give you his gift later.
She opened the box.
"It's empty," she said, looking at him.
"No, it's not," Zero said and leaned forward, placing a gentle kiss on her lips. "Happy birthday, Yuuki."
She smiled widely at him. Her wish came true. She hugged Zero tightly. This was her best birthday ever.