~5 years old~
Kanade peeked around the corner of the hall that led into one the sitting rooms in her family's castle to see her parents sitting on the couch having a serious discussion.
"She can’t leave the grounds until she can control it." Her father
"I don't understand why she isn't able to ignore it." Her mother had a frustrated tone. "Isn't it just colors?"
"No, it's said that she can feel, touch and see emotions. Unlike us who simply harbor only one of those traits."
"Then she is truly cursed."
Her father let out a sigh, "She doesn't understand yet, but being around her will only make things more difficult for her."
"She'll get lonely..."
"The Kurans will surely let their boy come visit her as a playmate. That way we will only have to worry about seeing her when she gets hungry." Her father said, emotionless. Her mother nodded
~6 Years Old~
Kanade ran through the main hall and out into the backyard where she found Kaname leaning against the large apple tree reading a book. "Why do you always read?" Kanade asked Kaname as she set down her porcelain doll beside him. She leaned over him, peeking at him from over his book.
"Because I like
it." He kept his eyes glued to his book. He was the same age as her and he
was always reading such complicated books with no pictures.
"Why?" She asked.
"Why do you ask so many questions?" He looked up at her and she stared back at him.
"Because you’re always wondering and it makes me wonder." He gave her a confused look before returning to his book. "Will you read it to me?" She asked.
"You’re that curious?"
"Curious?" She had never heard that word before.
He laughed. She was
filled with his amusement. She had never felt that feeling before, she had
never seen someone genuinely smile or heard someone laugh and not be
pretending. It was so nice.
"Okay, I'll read to you."
~8 Years Old~
"Kanade! Come on let’s get off the roof now! We need to go back to the
party!" Kaname called after her as she ran ahead of him. She looked back
at him with a goofy grin.
"But isn't this fun?!"
"You could get hurt!"
"Not when Kaname is with me! I can do anything if I have Kaname!" She shot her arms up and suddenly lost her balance.
She was falling; it felt like she was falling forever, but instead of coming into contact with the cold hard ground she fell into Kaname's arms. How did he move so fast?
"Kaname!" She wrapped her arms around him and nuzzled her head into the crook of his neck. "Let's not go back to the party. I'd rather just stay here with you."
~15 years old~
"Kanade!" Kaname searched for his lover under the apple tree,
desperate to get her to come back to the party. She jumped down from one of the
branches and fell into his arms.
"Kaname!" She laughed and kissed him on the cheek.
"Kanade, we need to go back. Everyone is looking for you."
"I don't want to go back. I hate parties, I'd much rather spend my time with you than standing around with those old boring vampires." She whined and he set her down.
"I know, but it's necessary." He moved some stray hairs away from her face. "There is something I have been meaning to ask you… and I guess now is a good time as any." He got down on one knee and she stared down at him in confusion. "I understand we already planned it, but I never asked you officially..." He grabbed her hand and gazed lovingly in her eyes as a grin appeared on her lips. "Kanade Takanashi, I love you more than anything. I have loved you ever since I laid eyes on you. You're the most beautiful being on this world and I am not worthy of such beauty, but if you'll have me… will you marry me?" She jumped into his arms and crashed her lips against his.
"Of course I will Kaname!" She smiled so hard she felt her cheeks begin to ache, but she loved every minute of it. She loved that he felt nervous when he asked her such a question that he already knew the answer to, she loved his relief and happiness with she said yes, and she loved how much love he felt for her every minute of every day.
"Kanade!" She heard her father yell from inside.
"Let's tell him at the my birthday party in the fortnight." Kanade whispered, resting her forehead against his.
"I can only hope I can wait that long."
Kaname, you were the only one who smiled genuinely…
You were the only one who would save me when I fell or care when I was sad, you never lied to me, you healed my pain, you cared for me when no one else had, you made me smile, you gave me strength…
How am I supposed to live without you?
"Kaname!" He stopped and turned towards her. “I just…” She ran up to him, got on her tiptoes, and lightly pressed her lips against his. The burning pain coursing through her, tears ran down her face. He grabbed her waist and she wrapped her arms around his neck. When he pulled away he rested his forehead against hers.
So much pain.
She was burning.
Kanade’s eyes shot open and she let out a small scream from the
sudden pain of her changing back from vampire to human. She gripped onto a
blanket that she was tucked tightly underneath. Then suddenly the pain was
lessened to a bearable stinging. She looked around, realizing she was in her
bed, in her room. Zero was sitting at her bedside.
When their gaze met he immediately got up and headed towards the door.
"Zero." He stopped without glancing back, waiting for her to say what she needed to say. "Please stay, I don't want to be alone." He paused for moment before walking over to the wall opposite of her and sitting down on the floor. “… It seems the cat is out of the bag…”
"Why did you lie?" He held his head downcast.
"I didn't think it would make a difference… I wanted you to accept me for what I am, a pureblood. If you can’t do that then there’s no point..."
"Your blood.... tasted different." She noticed that his hands were made into fists.
"Yes, the more times I turn the more vampire I become. You may experience some changes in how you see things, but you will not be burdened by any of my powers.” She lightly smiled. "Did I satisfy your hunger for the time being?"
He narrowed his eyes at her before getting up and leaving without a word.
Kanade let out a sigh as she tried to recall all that had
happened during her episode. She couldn’t remember anything after she made her
way to the apple tree.
"Kaito called." She looked over and Yagari was standing in the doorway.
"You were worried about me?" She grinned.
"Of course I was." He grumbled, lighting a new cigarette. He slowly walked over to her and let out a sigh. "He told me what happened…"
"Don't be mad." She whispered.
"I'm not.... although I do not approve the method, it’s better than killing you. And it seems that it worked. So, Zero will take his place again as your guardian."
"What?!" She knew what he was doing. He was trying to get her to be friends with him again. "You idiot! Zero hates me! I'm a pureblood, his sworn enemy!" He narrowed his eyes at her.
"I know that, but I think that this is the best course of action. You might go mad again and you will need Zero to be there to make sure you don’t hurt anyone." He blew out some smoke.
“It can only happen when I’m in my vampire form anyway! If I just don’t drink any blood unless necessary I will be fine!”"You'll switch classes immediately." She sat up, ready to strangle him. But her head started to pound. She let out a whimper in pain. "You lost quite a bit of blood, so you really should rest." He walked out before she could protest any further.