Summary: One shot in which Ritsuka hurts himself and Soubi helps him get through the night.

Disclaimer: I don't own Loveless Josh Groban's song "Walk away", which inspired this fic with just the lines "Scarlet and gold"

A/N: Writing helps me pass the time waiting for the next chapter of the manga.

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Faint moonlight filled the bedroom with a ghostly glow. Sitting on the floor, Ritsuka ignored the chill of wind spilling through the window's small opening as he scraped a shining blade across his wrist.

He would clean the knife after his mom left the house, as usual. She would notice if it went missing. She always noticed the little things- if a chair was out of place, if a hair in his brush was the wrong color, every miniscule detail of disorder. In spite of that, she threw dishes to the floor and tore the house apart in rage.

He knew she was unwell. He knew he was unwell, inflicting such harm to this skin. This awareness was not in any way tied to preserving his well-being, however if he damaged this body further the real Ritsuka would not appreciate it. Scarlet and gold flowed in a streak down his arm.

Lost in the sea of torment and depression, he did not realize the window opening more. He was not aware of the man's presence until a large hand gently touched his own when the fighter sat beside him.

Startled, he turned with evident embarrassment "Soubi".

The mellifluous voice passed through air "Punish me".

Turning away Ritsuka whispered, "What are you saying?"

"When you feel anger or sadness, do not harm yourself. I am your servant, punish me. Another hand rose to gently caress his chilled pale cheek.

Ritsuka placed his hand atop it and whispered only, "Stay with me tonight".

As the numbers on the digital clock turned from 1:00 to 2:00, and on to 6:00am, they sat together in comforting silence.

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