A door opens and a guy with black scruffy hair with an orange and black bandana tied around his head, "I'm home!"

"Papa, welcome home!" A young girl with light brown hair trots over to the young man.

"I'm home Kotone," the boy puts his book bag on a hook on the wall and takes his shoes off before stepping up onto the wood floor.

He picked up the girl and walked into the living room to find an older man with long dirty blonde hair lying face first on the ground and a puddle of tears underneath his face, "It's not fair, I'm her real father…."

The boy put Kotone down then sat down on a cushion at the table, "Come on Ken, cheer up."

The old man sits up and looks his daughter in the eyes, "You love Daddy don't you Kotone?"

The little girl blinks a couple times, "Of course I do! Kotone loves Papa!" She hugs the boy with black hair.

Ken falls back onto the floor and begins to cry again, "Rei… I give up on being a father. You can be Kotone's father now. I'm just going to die now."

"Fine by me," Rei takes a bottle of water off the table and starts to drink it.

"You're so cruel Rei!" Ken sits up again giving Rei a half assed glare, tears still running down his face.

"You said it not me," Rei says as he stares off into space.

Ken gives up on getting pity from Rei and lies on his back using Rei's leg as a pillow.

Rei continues to drink from the water bottle but uses his free hand to run his fingers through Ken's long hair.

After a while of silence Rei knocks on Ken's forehead, "Hey get off, I need to go take a bath."

Ken sits up, "Alright…"

Rei stands up and heads to the closet to grab a towel. Kotone tugs on his shirt, Kotone wanna take a bath too."

Rei smiles at the girl then takes out a second towel, "Let's go." The two walk for the bathroom and Rei shuts the door behind them leaving Ken all alone in the living room.

After hearing Rei turn the water on, Ken picks up a remote and clicks a button, "Guess I'll listen to some music and read a book." Some jazz starts to play and Ken grabs a comic book off a nearby shelf so he wouldn't have to get up.

Rei drains the water from the tub and starts to dry Kotone's hair, "Lets dry that beautiful hair correctly."

After getting dressed Rei carries Kotone to her room and puts her to bed. He shuts the door behind him and goes back to the living room to find Ken asleep on the floor. Rei crouches next to Ken, "Hey Ken, you're going to catch a cold if you sleep here."

Ken doesn't make any signs of waking up so Rei leans in and stares at Ken's sleeping face, "I'll do it you know."

When Ken still doesn't react Rei stands up and kicks Ken across the room. The old man jolts to his feet, "What the hell Rei, wha'd you do that for," He yells as he stomps over.

"I wouldn't have done it if you had woken up when I told you to!"

"So you had to kick me? Why didn't you just shake me awake?"

"Forget it; I woke you up so I'm going to bed!" Rei turns to leave.

"I'm not finished Rei!" Ken grabs Rei's hand and yanks it causing Rei to turn back around but Rei wasn't able to stop and runs into Ken who wasn't holding his ground so the two fall on the floor.


Rei starts to get up and realizes that Ken was underneath him, their faces only inches apart. He blushes and starts to get up but Ken pulls him back, kissing him gently on the lips. Rei was too shocked to do anything.

Chapter two

Rei finally snapped out of his daze and sat up covering his mouth. His eyes looked hurt, disgusted, and confused all at the same time.

Ken stood up and started to leave the room but Rei threw a cushion at him, "So that's it? You're just going to kiss someone and walk away?

Ken looks down at Rei, "There's nothing other than one thing I would say but you don't want to hear it…"

Rei stands up, "I don't get you at all! You have a daughter for crying out loud! Didn't you love your fiancée?"

A door slides open and both of them turn to see Kotone rubbing her eyes, "Papa?"

Ken walks over to the three year old girl and kneels down in front of her, "
Did we wake you up Kotone, I'm sorry. Come on, let's go back to bed."

Having been ignored once again Rei yells some more, "You bastard, at least explain it to me!" The young man runs out of the apartment and down the stairs into the rain.

Ken stands where he was in silence for a moment before taking his daughter back to bed.

Rei ran and ran for a long time under the rain until he stopped in the middle of a brick wall. He sat down, facing away from the wall and brought his legs up to his face to hide his tears. He could hear the splashing of footsteps and the faint whispers of people as they walked by but he didn't care.

After thirty minutes of the same footsteps and whispers a set of steps stood out from the others. Most footsteps went around him but these seemed to come straight toward him. But he figured they would just pass by just the same.

The splashes continued to get closer until they stopped right in front of him. Rei wasn't going to look up until he noticed that it had stopped raining. But he still heard the rain so he looked up to find Ken in front of him holding an umbrella over his head.

"I knew you'd be here," Ken said. When Rei didn't reply, Ken grabbed his hand and pulled him to his feet.

This made Rei react, he slapped Ken's hand away and jumped out of the safety of the umbrella, "Don't touch me you bastard!"

"Rei," Ken started.

"No, I don't want to hear it! Just get out of my face!"

"Rei, just listen to me!" Ken grabbed Rei's hand and pinned it on the wall behind him.

"Why the hell should I? You didn't want to tell me back at the-," Before Rei could finish Ken moved forward, silencing him with a kiss.

"You know why you came here right? Here of all places should mean nothing to you! But it does, doesn't it?" Ken lowered his head to look Rei in the eyes, "You came here because this is the first place we met.

"However, what you don't know... I this is also the same place she dumped me." Ken looked to his left and Rei could tell that he was remembering the moment. "I had no idea... She just stopped and told me we were done and that Kotone way my problem...

"Then she hailed a cab and disappeared." Ken was on the verge of tears and he tried to rub them away but it only seem to make it worse. "I waited... and waited. But she never came.

"And then you appeared," Ken looks back at Rei and smiles sadly. "You took us in when no one else would even dare look at us. Just when I had given up on life you save me! You became my hope! And I fell in love with your selfless kindness!"

Ken pulls Rei into a hug and Rei sensed that if he rejected the man, then he would shatter into a million pieces. Rei hugged Ken who only hugged tighter in fear that Rei was going to push him away.

"It's alright Ken. I won't kick you out. And I won't abandon you. I'm not like her."

Ken looks into Rei's eyes, "Really?"

"Really. Now let's go home," Rei took Ken's hand and they walked home, together.