This is a story that kinda takes place in an alternate universe, but not really. It's my fantasized way of how Corn and Kyoko met. Hope you like it!

Chapter 1

Sniff Sniff

'What's that noise?'


'Who is crying?'

A girl with dark black hair emerged from the bushes around her. Her pale face was red with flowing streaks where the tears had left their mark. "Why do you cry?" I asked the girl.

"I'm a failure!"hic "…failure…"sniff sniff "I'm sorry…" "…so hic sorry.."

It hurt to watch her. The pain was flowing out of every pore of her skin and made the air thick and suffocating. It was the most painful thing I had ever seen, and it was more common than I would have ever imagined.

I tried to fly up to her and comfort her but my wing had been broken by a cat. Instead I tried comforting her with gentle words. "You are not a failure. You can never be a failure if you know how to smile. So prove to me that you really can smile."

"O-Okay, Mr. Fairy, I'll try." She managed a small and fragile smile, but it was also a pure one that cleared the air.

"Good…see for yourself, you are not a failure with a briliant smile like that!" I ushered her towards a small puddle. My words seemed to penetrate as the smile became wider and spread farther across that small face.

"My name is Corn." I introduced myself, "What's yours?"

"Kyoko!" The voice rung as she pronounced the name that she was so proud of.

I smiled at her pureness and thought, 'She must be around 5 or 6'

"Ow!" My wing! It hurts…

"Are you ok Corn?" Kyoko seemed genuinely concerned as anxiety spread across her face that held a smile no longer. "Oh! Your wing, I didn't even notice! I'm so sorry Corn!"

"It's o-"

"No it's not! Wait here and don't move! I'm gonna go get the first aid kit!"

I watched as Kyoko disappeared through the bushes just as quickly as she had appeared with tears in her eyes. I don't think I'll ever forget that face, for as long as I live, I don't think I ever will.

15 minutes had passed when I heard the rustling of the branches and saw a figure appear from the bushes. This time, I came face to face with glowing green eyes and a long tail that followed right behind. The cat lunged at me but I was frozen in fear, waiting for the sharp claws to pierce me yet again. The blow stuck and I passed out from the pain.

When I awoke hours later I found that it didn't hurt as much. I reached toward the wound that spread across my torso only to realize that my wounds had been tended to. With that, I fell back asleep.

When I woke up again I saw that smiling face of the little girl. 'What was her name again?' 'Oh, that's right, Kyoko…' I looked at my new surroundings and saw many unfamiliar things. There were no leaves or bugs to speak of and there were unnatural shades of pink covering walls. I could not even see the sky, but I didn't feel scared at the new developments as you might think. In fact, it was an odd sense of calm and security that overcame me.

"Good morning Corn!" came from Kyoko as she saw that I had gotten used to my surroundings.

"Good morning Kyoko." I replied in turn. That smile would become familiar to me, as would those tears. Now that I think back on it, that's what really led me to expect that we'd be together forever, starting with that precious moment in the woods. But of course, she couldn't tend to my wounds forever, and neither could I stay away from the forest and my family to be with her. These facts didn't stop my heart from dreading the day that we would eventually part, though.