Many have asked why Kaoru and I share a bed, others receiving a nosebleed just from the idea. The answer we've always given them was one that required no thought.
"Well, we're always together," One of us would always say. But, not today.
Though we are never apart, the reason we sleep in the same bed has more reason than just that. And today, I'm going to give you the full story, so, listen up.
We were about five or so, drifting off to sleep in our separate full sized beds. Our parents had set us up with different beds only because they thought we would be more comfortable that way. And we didn't mind sleeping apart, not for a while at least.
There were two nightlights in the room that remained on all night. One next to Kaoru's bed, and one next to my bed.
That night, there was a thunderstorm, which didn't scare either of us in the least. We'd seen plenty of them before, so there was no reason to be scared of them. The thunder was a little louder than usual, the wind was blowing quite hard, and the rain was pouring down harder than it did in most storms.
And that's when it happened.
The power went out, leaving our nightlights off, and leaving us in a pitch black room. Staring at the ceiling that I couldn't even see, I realized I was afraid. I'd never been totally in the dark before. Closing my eyes tightly, and turning on my side, facing the wall, I tried to ignore that fact that I was surrounded by darkness. I tried to fall asleep, but I wasn't having any luck.
I heard a tiny voice, almost a whisper.
Realizing that voice that called my name belonged to Kaoru, I quickly opened my eyes and turned to face him. His eyes were watering, and he was biting the end of his thumb. He looked absolutely terrified.
"Kaoru, what's wrong?" Even though I had a pretty good idea of what was the matter, I felt the need to ask him anyways.
It was at that moment he burst into tears. Acting without even thinking, I quickly pulled him into a tight hug, to comfort him.
"Hika..ru." He uttered my name in between his sobs. "The dark.. It's scary." He looked straight at me with fear in his eyes. I admit, I was afraid of the dark, too, but I needed to stay strong for Kaoru.
"It's alright, Kaoru. As long as we're together, we don't need to be scared."
My younger twin was a bit calmer than he was just two minutes before. While wiping the tears from his eyes, he asked me something. "Hikaru, do you.. Do you think it would be alright if I slept in your bed tonight?"
To be honest, I was a little shocked that he needed to ask. I don't think there was ever a time I'd said no to my brother.
"Of course you can, Kaoru. Come on up here." I extended my hand, silently offering him help up. He grabbed my hand and soon was laying next to me. "Let's try and go to sleep, okay?"
We lay side by side, my small hand in his, and his in mine. Both he and I felt calm. We didn't need to be afraid anymore, as long as we had each other. I slowly closed me eyes, feeling relaxed.
"I love you."
"I love you too, Kaoru."
After that night, we asked our parents for a bigger bed that we could share. They obliged without question.
It's been years since that night, but we've never stopped sleeping in the same bed. I guess you could say it's an old habit. A habit I don't think we'll quit for at least a while.
After all, we've nothing to fear, as long as we're together.