Chapter 7

Years passed and every summer Allen would either stay with the Exorcists in their kingdom or Kanda would go to the other kingdom ruled by Mana. The two got along very well, considering Kanda was not the most social. But he seemed to act different around Allen, better. When he was with Allen he seemed to be having fun and would flash a rare smile every now and then.

The kings were proud of their decisions having the two learn to become friends, but at the Princes grew up their next challenge was finding a bride to become their queens. Kanda was 18 and Allen was 16, plenty old enough to get married. There was many balls held with lots of dancing, Kanda never partaken in any socializing, he just stood in a corner. Allen, on the other hand, would dance with any girl that asked him. He was like Kanda, he didn't want to socialize and dance, but it was only polite. As Allen danced, smiling at the girl in his arms, he looked over at Kanda. Each time he glanced over he noticed the exorcist's eyes on him. As their eyes met every single time Kanda would look away and try to act nonchalant. At the end of each ball, Kanda would always leave the ballroom and go somewhere else.

Allen finally decided to follow.

Kanda walked out and down to the forest and walked into it, Allen following. As they walked, Kanda finally stopped sitting on a cliff ledge overlooking the lake.

Allen smiled, as kids they use to jump off the ledge into t the lake below. Allen sat beside his friend and looked up at the stars in the sky. "Beautiful night." He said, trying to make conversation with the normally antisocial teen.

Kanda grumbled and turned away.

"What's wrong?"

He stayed silent.

Allen glanced back at the sky. "Kanda… Do I ever cross your mind?"

"What?"

"Just answer truthfully."

"No." He answered.

"Do you like me?"

"No."

"Do you want me?" Allen asked trying again.

"No."

"Would you cry if I left?"

"No."

"Would you live for me?"

"No."

"Would you do anything for me?" Allen asked, getting desperate.

"No."

"If you had a choice to save one life which would you choose, your life or mine?"

"My life."

Allen got up, "I'm sorry to have disturbed you." He walked away a bit hurt. He knew Kanda was cold, but never that cold. After years with him he swore he felt a little more toward the exorcist than just friendship. Allen pushed the stupid thought from his head and walked back to the Order. As Allen reached the beginning of the forest something grabbed his hand and turned his around faster than he realized. A set of lips pressed against his as Allen's heart beat faster. Allen felt his eyes tear up and he pushed away. "You are such a jerk! I can't believe you just did that after saying those things to me."

"I told you nothing but the truth." Kanda said softly.

"And the truth sounded horrible to me."

"Then you didn't understand my answers."

"How?" Allen demanded, angry.

"The reason you never cross my mind is because you're always on my mind. The reason why I don't like you is because I love you. The reason I don't want you is because I need you. The reason I wouldn't cry if you left is because I would die if you left. The reason I wouldn't live for you is because I would die for you. The reason why I'm not willing to do you anything for you is because I would do everything for you. The reason I chose my life is because you are my life."

Allen felt his eyes tear up and he buried his face into Kanda's jacket. "I love you too."