Prologue:

A silent breeze blew by, rustling the fronds of grass, and stirring the humid air. Warm air rose to the sky, stirring the heavens and the stars, but most of all, moving my heart. Leaning my head against the warm shoulder to my right, I murmured: "Yuu…. will you leave me?"

No response…

Tugging gently on the sleeve of the youkata that Yuu was wearing, I asked again. That beautiful face looked at me. The face that I knew since I was born, the face that I had seen for the first nine years of my life, and the face that I had grown to love. Those ultramarine blue eyes connected with my dull, grey ones. Much as many would regard our love as mere children's affection, for we were only nine and six respectively, I knew that our love run deep, more profound and passionate than any of the youths on kyuuen yoru (courtship night). "Allen…" he said, before embracing me, pressing my face into the crook of his neck. " I… will never leave your side. Not now, not ever. We may be children, but whatever happens, I'll take you through it. I swear, when the time comes, when it's our turn to experience kyuuen yoru, I will take you as my bride." smiling happily, I held his wrist, admiring how the ivory beads encircling his hand gleamed in the light. those very beads were my birthday present to him, and a symbol of my affection.

"Allen… I will be with you… always." closing my eyes and letting myself get engulfed by warmth, I muttered… "愛してる…"

But little did I know that that sweet fantasy would end so soon…