This story is actually a continuation of a shorter fic I wrote, Blue Birthday Cake, which is up on as a standalone fic. Because I re-titled it and ended up continuing it as part of a larger story, I've included it here as the first chapter. If you've already read it, then please feel free to skip ahead to Chapter 2! I just wanted to include it here because the rest of the story picks up immediately afterward and it seemed strange to just start there without the beginning in place!
Also: This fic contains a relationship between two male characters. If this squicks you, please do not read it! Flames will be reported as abuse. I don't mind constructive criticism, but if you have nothing reasonable to say and only want to threaten me, I will report you.
Finally, this fic contains spoilers up through the end of The Battle of the Labyrinth, in case you haven't finished it yet.
Thanks, and on to the fic!