The Solstice Celebration | String of Stardust

String of Stardust

~Suzette ✧ Chapter XV~

༻The Solstice Celebration༺


     Steadily I open my eyes, allowing the soft morning sunlight to shine through. It is so early, the Sky is still tinted rosy colors from the dawn, and a dewy smell lingers in the air. Perhaps I should have slept longer, yet I am already entirely awake…

     The Solstice is here!

     I gaze over to see if Hikaru has awoken as well, but he is soundly asleep. In my excitement I almost shake him awake, before suddenly stopping myself. Knowing him, he has likely remained awake far later than I…so for now, I decide to let him be.


     I look around for the faerie, hoping perhaps to have someone to converse with for a little while; however, it seems they have left—that is, before they materialize right before my eyes.

     “Uh…” I utter, “Do you always disappear like this when nobody is awake?”

     “Why would I not?”

     Well, I suppose there is no reason they need to be seen, then…

     “So,” I begin, “When does the celebration begin?”

     “I’m sure it has already begun—but, your kind does not typically celebrate the entire day, do they? At least, not without rest in between.”

     “No, typically after some hours everyone is too tired to continue, or they have business elsewhere, until the evening…” I pause. “For a woodland faerie, you seem to know more about humans than one might think…”

     “I would hope so,” they reply, and for a moment it almost seems as though they smile. “I’ve studied your kind for a very, very long time.”

     “I see,” I reply faintly, gazing away from them and out into the forest instead.

     “No inquiries?” they chuckle, “That seems unlike you.”

     “You…no, it appears most are bothered by it,” I sigh.

     “Curiosity is not an ill trait to have; at least, of course I would not think so. And besides,” they continue with a wave, “I don’t have any secrets other than those others entrust to me. So ask whatever you please.”

     Swiftly I gaze their way, ruminating over the great many questions I could ask of them…

     “So…if you have studied humanity for some time, how did we capture your interest?”

     “Long before your kind came to this land, I discovered one of your artifacts. I hadn’t a clue where it had come from, yet I kept it safe, always hoping one day I may discover its secrets.

     “At last, once humans arrived, it was clear these creatures were the origin of the strange object. They were quite like us, the fae, yet also quite like the animals; yet, most of all, they were like the gods… Of course, I had to watch them, study them further—I’d already become well acquainted with the ways of the fauna and flora of this continent long ago, and was craving a subject I did not thoroughly know. Though many ages have since passed, and one may think that subject would too turn dull and lose its luster, your kind certainly proves to be endlessly fascinating.”

     I glare at Chêne with a look that I quite imagine mirrors my first vision of them: utter bewilderment and fear in equal measure. Perhaps a bit less so than before, for I feel fairly certain that they shall not harm me; yet, a shadow still yet remains…

     “…Soléiâ is over three thousand years old.”

     “That’s correct.”

     “Chêne…how old are you? Even the most elder of trees do not live so long, do they?”

     Now, they unmistakably smirk.

     “I cannot definitively answer either question,” they reply. “But if I say I am older than Death itself, would you believe me?”

     Once more, I gaze away, the sense of unease becoming palpable.

     “I hear your kind is fond of tricks…so I cannot answer definitively either.”

     They laugh quietly.

     “Most humans, upon meeting me, seem to believe every word I say in spite of the tales, just because my mere presence seems fantastical enough, they are willing to believe all; yet, you’re one of the few who keeps your skepticism. It is nice.”

     Involuntarily, I begin to tense up.

     So far, they have been surprisingly kind, even reasonable…yet in this moment, they carry an unnerving, alien aura.

     As though they had read my thoughts, they speak again.

     “No need to be alarmed, I am simply speaking without much thought. Perhaps someday your logic will find out the answer to that question for certain. Although I know that is not the one you particularly care about.”

     My eyes slowly focus back upon them.

     “What is that to mean?”

     “Just remember,” they declare, leaning closer to myself, “Fae are perceptive on a level you can hardly comprehend. It’s simple for us to detect the emotions of humans which you supposedly keep hidden. This is why, amongst our own, we are so carefree—there is hardly such a thing as a secret. And this, too, is why we appear so mischievous to your kind—you are so easy to fool. And, if we allow you just an inkling of the perception we naturally possess, the results can be quite amusing to see. Do you understand?”

     I pause, considering their words.

     “Chêne…could you truly know my secrets?”

     The idea is ridiculous; and yet, everything about this affair, perhaps everything about my life by now, is thoroughly ridiculous…

     They lean even closer to me, and it feels as though their tall, slender shadow engulfs me in darkness.

     “Of course I do,” they whisper, “Even the ones you attempt to hide from yourself. That is why I tell you this. It seems useful for you to know.”

     “How am I to know you are not lying?”

     Chêne glances to the side, before their tree green eyes lock together with my own.

     “I do not know the specifics of everything; and besides, it would be rude to just state it outright,” they whisper, “But I know it involves your thoughts upon a certain someone lying right beside us. Am I correct?”

     My heart skips a beat. I glare at them. I move my mouth in an attempt to form a sentence, to say anything; yet, instead I remain speechless.

     They move away from me once more.

     “Tonight, at the celebration,” Chêne says, “Be careful. Hopefully the other participants shall all be too drunk to care one way or the other. But if you give them a reason to, your secrets may not remain secrets for much longer.”

     “How am I to avoid that?”

     “Go along with the festivities. Don’t be prudish, lest they find it more enjoyable to watch you flounder as all is revealed about you. Do not act so surprised by everything either, or they may try to exaggerate your reactions. Just be as inconspicuous as possible, and go along as everyone else does. Understood?”

     “Yes,” I mumble. “Mâzjêr né…thank you for warning me.”

     They merely nod and go silent, as do I. All I can do is merely close my eyes and sigh.

     It is quite amusing: I am frequently amazed at how many secrets Hikaru holds. Yet, we truly are not so different, are we…?

     “Ah,” Chêne says after a moment, “Ašon bon.”


      The long day continues on just as any other. Eating, drinking, attempting to amuse ourselves to bide the time. It feels quite strange; normally by this time on the Solstice, I would have already returned home to rest from the festivities—even if faeries supposedly begin earlier than us. This is a celebration of the day, after all, it would be a tad nonsensical to celebrate only in the evening. Yet, I suppose for all the things faeries are notorious for, being logical is not among them.

     “Hikaru,” I say after a while, “Should we prepare to leave?”


     He stares at me as though I had said some nonsensical riddle.

     “Well…” I sigh, coming to the realization, “I suppose we have nothing in particular to prepare with, do we?”

     “Like changing into nicer clothes?”


     At this, he laughs.

     “Even if we did, you wouldn’t want to do that anyways,” he replies. “This isn’t exactly that kind of celebration.”

     “I suppose it would be different amongst faeries…”

     “Not just them; but, I guess with your position, you wouldn’t go to a festival like that.”

     “Oh, you mean amongst…” my voice trails off and my face flushes; I never quite know how to say this in a way that seems kind and proper…

     “Yeah,” he mutters. “It’s fine, you’re not missing much in particular. Usually there’s just hordes of people in various states of drunkenness, dissonant noise all around…clearly others enjoy it, but it’s not for me.”

     “Will today’s festival be that way?”

     “Probably a little, but there shouldn’t be hordes of fae, at least.”

     For a moment I sit quietly, thinking.

     “Hikaru…are you sure you wish to do this? You do not seem particularly enthusiastic…”

     “Don’t worry,” he replies. “It’s good to be a bit uncomfortable sometimes—well, that only makes it sound worse, but—” he sighs.

     “If you’re there, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it,” he says softly. “And if not, it is only for a short time. Really, don’t worry about it, okay?”

     I grin slightly.

     “Mâzjêr né…you truly do not have to do all this.”

     “It’s no problem,” he replies, breaking our eye contact. “Maybe it’d be best to head off soon; the Sun has already come fairly low in the Sky.”

     Chêne leads Hikaru and I through the now far too familiar forest, although it is not long before we come upon unfamiliar scenery. As we walk along, the forest floor grows increasingly dense with grasses and brush; even the trees seem somehow wilder than those we have encountered thus far. While there is still much daylight about, the forest itself is surprisingly dark and cool, only thin beams of light shining through the cracks of the canopy. In many ways, it quite resembles Florêt Folwêkhdin…and it is difficult not to grow uneasy at the thought. Even if that journey turned out well, I suppose…I would prefer not to relive it again.

     After some time, just as during that night, the sound of music slowly but surely grows louder; however, it is doubtful this could be any more different from the music of that dark forest. Unlike the divine, operatic voices of the ancient wood, here the sound of voices is replaced by some shrill sort of pipe and the chaotic beating of drums. Eventually, we reach the source of the festivities…another small clearing within the forest, with an alarmingly large bonfire within. Despite Chêne’s warning, I stay by Hikaru like a burr caught on one’s clothing.

     “Shall they burn the whole forest down?” I ask him frantically.

     “They can contain it fine, there’s no need to worry.”

     I take his word, yet it is still difficult not to become concerned at the intense flames; even from this distance, the heat nearly causes me to sweat.

     The three of us enter the clearing—though I attempt to appear inconspicuous, it is difficult not to rigidly grip Hikaru’s hand and the comfort it brings.

     With our presence, everything ceases. The music, any dancing or conversation, the entire gathering becomes silent and still. For what seems an eternity, the faeries stare at us with their darkened eyes…and beyond Chêne, I at last have an image of the creatures Hikaru so often speaks to. Though I am a little less startled, as I have grown used to our current companion…I still find myself rather shocked nonetheless.

     Similar to Chêne, all the faeries bear a vaguely humanoid shape, bent and accentuated with beastly features. They all resemble different creatures—rabbits, mice, possums, owls. There are even many which resemble insects; and, while they are not quite as tiny as their counterparts, they are certainly quite smaller than even a newborn child. I am surprised at just how small all the faeries truly are: with Chêne being so large, I simply assumed most faeries were a substantial size. And yet, almost every creature here is smaller than even myself. Most of them wear simple clothing draped around themselves, yet a few are covered in nothing but fur, feathers, or the hard skin of insects.

     At last, a faerie resembling a fox is the first to speak.

     “Chêne, you really did come!”

     Nearly all of the faeries in the glade swarm around their larger kin—it appears they scarcely notice Hikaru and I at all!

     “Why would I say I’d come if I would not?”

     “You’re late!” the fox exclaims.

     “And,” adds a small faerie with the wings of a robin, “Why would you come here of all places?”

     Chêne chuckles, and for perhaps the first time ever, I see them smile in quite a genuine way.

     “I’m not like the gods, or those human kings and nobles—I’m not truly above anyone.”

     “Hikaru,” I whisper, “Is Chêne like a king, or their equivalent, of the faeries?”

     “They don’t have government, but…” he trails off, thinking. “Chêne is one of the few beings at all that nearly every faerie respects, so I guess you could say they’re something like that.”

     “Hey,” the fox says, looking in our direction, “Why are those here?”

     “You idiot,” a rabbit faerie reprimands, “Chêne said they were bringing humans along, remember?”

     Before I realize it, a small blue faerie with iridescent butterfly wings lands on my shoulder—!

     “I have never seen one up close…” they say in a soft voice, caressing my hair with four tiny hands…

     “I…” I begin, shifting my eyes to see them better, “I cannot say I have seen a faerie this close either.”

     At this, the small creature laughs innocently. I cannot help but smile, as admittedly it is quite cute…

     “…Hmph,” the fox mumbles, crossing their arms. “But why?”

     Their rude tone clearly signals this “question” is more so a dissatisfied statement, yet Chêne answers regardless.

     “Because,” Chêne says with a commanding tone, “They are my friends. Their travels have brought them far away from their own kind, yet they still wished to celebrate this blessed day; therefore, I brought them here. Understood?”

     The fox droops their ears, looking away from both Chêne and ourselves.


     “Can we…go back to the music?” chimes in a different rabbit faerie, sitting by a drum. Now, a new voice begins speaking.

     “You never had to stop,” says Hikaru.

     Scarcely a second passes before the music and festivities begin once more.

     “So what shall we do—?” I ask Hikaru.

     “I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a party, so perhaps you’d know better than me.”

     “Where are you going?” asks the small faerie sitting upon my shoulder, who for a moment I had forgotten was there. “Chêne said you are traveling?”

     “Oh, just to the northern provinces, although—”

     “Do you want something to drink?” I return my gaze down, seeing the rabbit faerie looking up towards us. “Humans don’t mind alcohol, do they?”

     “Not at all,” I say with a slight laugh; to say humans “don’t mind” is surely an understatement.

     “What do you have?” Hikaru asks, and I look over to him, slightly shocked.

     “You enjoy alcohol?”

     “Suzette, surely you don’t think that’s strange.”

     “No, I just suppose…you never appeared to me the kind of person who would enjoy alcohol.”

     He laughs loudly.

     “Well, I’ve not had it in who knows how long, but I’m not against it. And,” he adds, looking back to the faerie, “What do you have?”

     “We’ve wine, mead—”

     “Can we have mead? Would you like that, Suzette?”

     “I have never tried it, yet perhaps I shall like it.”

     “Then I’ll be back!” the rabbit hops away into the forest, through the small throng of their brethren. Before long, they return with two simple clay pots

     “Mâzjêr né,” Hikaru and I both reply simultaneously.

     “What is your name? And yours as well—” I add towards the small faerie still perched upon my shoulder.

     “A name? For us…?” the small faerie mumbles.

     “Fae don’t usually have names,” Hikaru replies for them. “Chêne is an exception.”

     “Why not?”

     “Chêne’s actually important,” the rabbit says.

     “And we’re not so dumb we can’t keep track of each other,” says the fox from before, sitting nearby with a devious smile.

     “Ugh, why are you being like this?” the rabbit turns towards them angrily.

     “These two almost trampled me in the forest, running around like madmen! I’m lucky I’m here right now!”

     Trampled? Yet I do not recall…

     Yet soon I realize it: this is not who they truly are. They may easily be some small plant, scarcely noticeable… So then, shall they attempt to make this entire night miserable? Or do as Chêne warned—no, that cannot happen—perhaps this truly was a mistake…

     “Pšyku vrémond…we didn’t realize,” Hikaru replies softly with a frown, seemingly taken a little off guard.

     “Don’t you say sorry, this idiot needs to learn to respect those above them!” the rabbit exclaims, punching the fox’s arm.


     Soon the two begin bickering with increasing intensity. Hikaru gently clasps my hand, and both of us slink away, hiding amongst the others here.

     “Hopefully the others are not upset at us…”

     “If it’s any encouragement,” Hikaru says quietly, “Most fae don’t consider deeply, or mind if they happen to be walked over. They’re plants after all…”

     “Then why is that faerie upset?”

     “Well, they all have their own personality—not unlike you or me.”

     “Ah, I see…” I reply, attempting to focus, yet admittedly not listening terribly deeply. Instead, I cannot help but focus instead upon the strange music; while one faerie has grown ire for us, I must remain calm, act as though everything is normal. It appears this is becoming just as tense as I had feared…

     From the side, Hikaru and I drink our mead—and I find it more enjoyable than anticipated, though it is not as sweet as I would have preferred or expected from a drink made from honey. And so he and I stay, gazing amongst the rest of the guests. To be truthful, it is enjoyable in its own way, watching the strange myriad of creatures in the clearing…and, at least, it is certainly more peaceful than arguing with them. Some can be seen prancing around the fire, others chase one another, and others still have clearly drank far too much so that they can scarcely move. Studying them, despite their appearance, they truly do not appear so different from ourselves. And yet, even so…

     I cannot bring myself to converse with anyone, or even go amongst them. Perhaps we are quite different, or perhaps not; yet regardless, I feel foreign, entirely displaced. The thought of speaking to anyone gives me a strange anxiety. With this, I look upon Hikaru…

     “Do you tend to feel this way?” I whisper to him.

     “What do you mean?”

     “The feeling of lingering upon the outskirts, never quite able to belong in society such as everyone else…”

     He sighs.

     “So it seems this was a bad idea after all,” he utters, eye drooping down towards his drink. “If you would like to leave, we can go and maybe try to make your Solstice a little better.”

     “N-No, I know how much trouble you went through—”

     “You’re sad…” Once more, it is the rabbit from before who speaks. “We can’t have Chêne’s friends being sad…”

     “Ah, well…” I stumble, “I suppose I just have never attended a celebration such as this, nor have I ever met so many faeries before today, so all of this is a bit…”

     “Hmm—” the rabbit puts their—hand?—to their chin, and lightly thumps their large foot on the ground. As they do so, I ponder upon why they are being so kind to us…yet perhaps it is just as Hikaru said, that this too is a part of their personality.

     “Why not dance with us?” they suggest at last, “Do humans know how to dance?”

     Although I try to stifle my laughter, it is becoming increasingly difficult.

     “My, you seem to think humans scarcely do anything!”

     “How am I supposed to know?”

     At this I cannot help but smile, and for the first time since arriving I believe I have at last discovered a little comfort.

     “So then, you want to dance with us?”

     “Oh, well…I do not know how to dance as you do.”

     “Then how on Earth do humans dance?”

     “The music tends to be more…slow and melodic as we dance. And one tends to dance with a partner…”

     “But, there are two of you?” the rabbit looks up to us with puzzled eyes.

     “It is—well, I suppose it is a tad difficult to explain…” I reply. In truth, it is not difficult at all to explain that one typically only dances with a romantic partner; yet, I would prefer not to linger upon that.

     “Is that not so, Hikaru?” I nudge his arm, but it is a moment before he responds. It appears he has dazed out entirely…!

     “R-Right,” he says with uncertainty, clearly proving my suspicion.

     “Why don’t you two dance together and show us how humans do it!” the rabbit clasps together their hands excitedly.

     “Oh, we cannot, I am entirely too unsuitable…” I say softly. “I am not quite tall enough or slender enough, it would merely be strange…”

     “I think you’re fine…” Hikaru says even more quietly. “Not that you have to dance with me, just—there’s nothing wrong with you, at least.”

     My heart tightens; I am sure it shall be an embarrassing sight, and yet—

     “Hikaru…would you like to show them how humans dance, perhaps?”

     Whether I hope he shall agree or decline—ah, truly, I do not know…!

     Momentarily he pauses; yet soon, the warmth of his palm envelops my own.

     “Well…I don’t see why not,” he says quietly, with a soft smile like the moonlight…

     “Oh, I’ll go get the lyre—!” the rabbit exclaims, hopping off.

     It is not long before the music from before quiets, and the faeries surrounding us cease their dancing. Some sit in preparation for what is to come, and others still begin conversing with one another quietly.

     “Hikaru,” I whisper, “Do you believe this is bothering the others here?”

     “Not at all—if it was, you would know.”

     “Then I shall trust you,” I reply quietly, facing him.

     I inhale deeply. It is merely a tad awkward, with our incredibly varying heights, which becomes quite noticeable as we face one another. Still, his free hand clasps my shoulder; and mine, likewise, reaches for his hips—

     “Ah, please forgive me…” I say quietly, “I know I am a tad unseemly…”

     “Not at all,” he says, “That will probably be me; it’s been quite a long time since I danced,” he adds with a nervous chuckle.

     “I do not mind, as long as you enjoy yourself,” I say.

     His subtle smile becomes a large grin.

     “The same for you.”

     And with this, the clear, tender notes of the lyre begin to resound in the clearing, much more beautifully than I imagined possible based upon the music from before.

     One step, then two—steadily at first, for we move rather ungracefully as we gain balance on this quite uneven ground. Yet it is not long before every twirl becomes fluid, our gowns whirling around us in the air—

     With each step we draw nearer to one another, until my body is touching his; and I lean my head against his navel, hugged by the scent of lavender as our warmth melds into one.

     I close my eyes and soon, before I realize…everything slips away.

     No longer are we in the forest, but rather a large, barren ballroom. The music is merely an apparition in our minds, with the quiet clacking of our steps and the warmth between us being all that exists. I gaze down, into his ruby eye, and smile softly—

     Slowly I open my eyes, the ballroom returning to its true form as a forest. The music appears to become louder again, more than just a fantasy. I gaze up into his eye, and smile softly—

     Has…everything truly changed so much? Or is it much the same as before?

     The lyre continues on.


     From that moment onwards, the night becomes much more enjoyable as Hikaru and I continue to drink, and so too grow more comfortable. A part of me wonders if perhaps someday, Hikaru may grow more comfortable with human society as well, as I have watched him steadily lower his walls here…

     As the evening continues on, the faeries steadily begin dispersing, as the day of the Solstice grows to be no more. The fire becomes little more than embers, and eventually the only light illuminating us are fireflies…there are more than I have ever imagined possible, alighting the grove such as a glittering stone. It is intensely beautiful…

     I sit against a fallen tree and close my eyes, enjoying the newfound silence. After the celebration, it is so peaceful. That is, until I am jarred by a body thumping into my side.



     “Are you well?”

     “Yeah, I’m fine,” he mumbles, slightly slurred.

     “…When previously have you consumed so much alcohol?”

     “It was…it was…” he pauses for a moment, attempting to hold himself steadily upwards. “I think it was…3053! That’s when it was! It was…gods, it was shit…”

     “That was over a decade ago!”

     “Damn straight it was! Luckily…you don’t even want to know…”

     Now, I cannot help but burst loudly into laughter.

     “What’s so funny?”

     “N-Nothing,” I reply. “Yet I…believe it would be best if you rested.”

     “Yes, you’re right,” he says, leaning into me. However, soon he shoots himself up, clearly disorienting himself.

     “Is something the matter—?”

     “Pšyku,” he whispers hardly coherently, placing his hand to his face. “Obviously I’m a bit…a bit…out of it.”

     “No, you need not apologize,” I reply, lightly placing my arm around him. With this, he sinks into my side once more, further, further, my pulse growing wild all the while, until at last his head is firmly upon my lap.

     “Suzette…” he whispers almost imperceptibly, clearly falling in slumber, “Is this…”

     “Yes, you are well. Do not worry.”

     He adjusts himself into a more agreeable position. As he does so, his flowing hair falls to the side, revealing the fullness of his face…the crude scar where an eye should be, every line worn by time and sorrow.

     Without thought, I begin stroking his hair—

     “Hikaru, is—”

     He chuckles.

     “Yes, it’s all right,” he replies with a grin.

     “Suzette…” he whispers, “I’m so grateful you’re here…mâzjêr vrémond né…”

     My face begins growing warm…

     “You are the one that is helping me…I should be thanking you.”

     “Hmm, I guess,” he says, “But I’m…still grateful it’s you.”

     “What for? I have not done anything…”

     “You made me come here. Okay, not—not literally, but…surely you know…I wasn’t the best, but I tried.”

     “You were not the best…?”

     “You know,” he mumbles, waving his hand as he speaks, “At talking to everyone, interacting with the rest of the party…I’m sure you noticed sometimes, sometimes I dissociated from everyone, but…

     “Being an outsider…” he trails off, even longer than before, “It’s…maybe I make it seem easy, or not, but it’s really not easy. Never blending in wherever you go, never being ‘normal’…even though I feel better with the fae, something like this is…is still a bit…

     “Even if you’re an outsider, it’s easier to go out in the world when you’re not alone…so, Suzette, I…”

     “I still do not feel I have done much,” I whisper, still caressing his hair. “It is not as though I am not enjoying myself; it is not a sacrifice…”

     He smiles and closes his eye, although says nothing further. After a short while, another voice greets me.

     “I believe it is my time to go,” Chêne says, appearing out of the shadows.

     “Shall you first say farewell to Hikaru? I believe he has fallen asleep…”

     “He’ll understand. And I am sure we will meet again before your journey is over.”

     “I hope the celebration was enjoyable for you, Chêne…although we scarcely saw you at all.”

     “I had hoped you two could manage yourselves. Luckily it appears I was right.”

     “Yes…and it seems your warnings were not needed, despite that one faerie who wished to quarrel with us…”

     “Indeed; although it appears your secrets were still revealed.”

     “H-How so?” I gaze towards them, panicked. “I do not recall anyone saying anything—”

     “I do not mean the secrets you keep from others. In this instance, it appears to be yourself. I noticed something in you was repressed, yet now it’s not.”

     I become completely still.

     “He is one of my good friends, of your kind,” Chêne says uncharacteristically tenderly. “Be kind to him.”

     I remain silent.

     “Vwârdnie,” they continue, “I am sure we’ll be meeting again.”

     I nod ever so slightly as Chêne disperses within the forest.

     I merely gaze down upon the man sleeping in my lap, his head now leaning into my abdomen. I reach outwards and cusp his sleeping face within my palm. I gaze upon him mesmerized, enraptured, mind overflowing with thoughts…

     Hikaru, my Hikaru…we are truly so different.

     Wherever you go, you appear so strange to others…you found yourself here from a faraway land, shunned for that snow white hair and rosy red eye. And as you aged, the gap with yourself and the world only widened—your passionate love for a man, your fondness for a fallen goddess; your struggles with speaking to others and meeting their eyes, in finding companionship… Now, you must spend your time studying plants and their spirits, the people of old and the stories they told, all on the road alone. And yet, even so, as woe and sorrow have swelled in your chest—you have never allowed yourself to become cruel and bitter; even still, as decades have come and passed, you remain gentle and kind, giving your everything for but a mere friend…

     I know…I sincerely know I am too young for you, who is so knowledgeable and world-weary…I am too dull and plain, for someone who deals with so many wonderful, fantastical things; I am too small and round and unsightly for one so tall, so strong, and so thoroughly beautiful…I know, Hikaru. And that I am a mere woman, and not your preference—oh, I know, this is all so thoroughly ridiculous.

     I understand now why you hold the Moon so dear, why you consider yourself her priest: you truly are alike, yes? You both are eyed with suspicion by all; yet, in truth, you are magnificent, brightly shining in the darkest depths of the night, bringing light wherever you go…

     It is a farce for a wildflower, so meek and common, rooted firmly in the Earth, to fall in love with the Moon…the flower may feel its light and dazzle at its radiance, but the two can never truly meet. Of course, I am well aware of this. I am not a fool…

     Yet, even so…though I cannot admit it to you, to the one shining so brightly within my Sky—at least I may admit it within my own heart.

     Lêm sâ tsiâ né…I love you, Hikaru.


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