Written for AtFirstTweak's "Love Takes Shapes Challenge." Shape Prompt - Heart

I don't know when you took it from me. One day I realized it was no longer in my possession. For so long, I had fought to protect it from the hurts of the past. Shunned by both humans and demons alike, I would never let anyone close enough to hurt me, to know my weakness.

My need.

My need to be touched, my need to be needed…my need to be loved.

For so long, I thought it was my destiny to never know the simplest caress. I never thought love was intended for me. I thought I was destined to be alone, a mere half-breed doomed to a solitary existence. I never thought there would be anyone's life I would value above my own.

Then you appeared.

A mystery from the future tied inexplicably to the past. When you declared you'd always be by my side, I dared to hope you were truly sent for me. By the end of our quest, I knew you were meant for me and I was meant for you. Surely, the kamis saw it that way too. But you were gone back to your future because your need was greater than mine. You took it with you for safekeeping, sheltered in your love.

I know one day you will come again. Until then, you hold my heart and only you can return it to me.