”Will you com and play wit me eveyday here? ” The words were written on the note in messy handwriting.

Leyon nodded his head, giving Hikari a warm smile.

”Hey, Hikari… I can help you improve your vocabulary if you want. ”

”Realy? Tech me, Leon. ” Hikari scribbled on her notebook, and then passed it to Leyon excitedly.

”Okay. First of all, my name isn Leon. Its Leyon, L-E-Y-O-N. ” Leyon wrote down the spelling of his name in Hikaris notebook and continued, ”Do you get it now? ”

Hikari nodded in understanding.

”Good. So, you can call- write my name like this from now on. You can also write Ley for short if you want. My parents used to call me by this name… but nobody calls me that anymore, ” said Leyon, sadness crossing his face a brief second before he shook it off completely. Clearing his throat, he went on, ”See here. ” He wrote down some words in the notebook. ”You see this letter a? This should be written like… ”

Leyon placed his fingers on the notebook, pointing to the words Hikari needed to understand whilst the latter intently watched and listened to his teachings with a very determined look plastered on her face.

”Thats it. You just have to learn these for now. Then we can continue tomorrow, ” Leyon concluded.

Hikari beamed as she stared at her notes, scanning the contents of the lesson Leyon had taught her. She then looked up at Leyon. Giving him a wide smile, she instinctively opened her mouth to thank him. ”Thank You. ” Her lips seemed to move, forming the words but no sound came out.

As if consumed by grief, Hikaris once happy and brimming eyes suddenly lost all their shade. A single drop of tear cascaded down her cheek and fell on her notebook. Then came another. Before long, it became a full-blown wail. She was crying so bitterly, so painfully it was hard for Leyon to watch.

”Whats wrong? ” Leyon asked worriedly. ”Are you hurt somewhere? ” Confused and not knowing what to do, he tried to say comforting words to stop Hikari from crying but couldn . Nobody had ever taught him how to console a crying girl.

The more Hikari continued to cry, the more Leyon was confused as to why she was suddenly crying like that. He couldn help but feel alarmed at her condition. This Hikari, to him, was just like a delicate piece of glass, and he was scared if he touched her, she would break.

”I hate people who cry, ” Leyon suddenly blurted before he could stop himself. He had said it out of desperation and that seemed to have worked.

Hikari instantly paused and gazed up at him.

”Stop crying… I don know why you
e crying, but if you think crying can solve everything, if you think crying can fix everything, then just do it. Cry all you want, ” said Leyon in a serious tone.

Hikari looked at Leyon, confused and horrified.

Leyons expression had turned cold and placid. ”But if you
e crying for problems that you can solve or for things that are out of your control, then you
e just being stupid. You should know crying will never solve anything, ” Leyon said. ”My dad… taught me a man should never cry for things that are out of his control. He taught me crying won solve my problems, it will only show weakness and never make me strong. So, I will never cry. No matter what, I have to be strong to protect the ones I love. Even though I couldn protect… them. ”

The last words almost faded into a whisper, but Hikari fully understood what Leyon meant to say.

Quickly wiping off her tears with the back of her hand, Hikari took her marker pen and scribbled something in her notebook.

”Im sorry. Im okay now, ” it read.

”Good. ” Leyon smiled at Hikari.

Getting up from the soft grass, Leyon extended his hand at Hikari, motioning his eyes at her to take it. She accepted his hand, and he quickly pulled her up. ”Lets go home. ”

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