Chapter IX: Confession

Not another moment went by with Zero still in chains. Kaname huged him tightly to his chest as they both slid to the floor. He whispered Zero's name over and over. He's just so happy that Zero is alright and that he can finally be happy.

"Kaname," began Zero, his eyes tearing up.

Seeing Zero with such a vulnerable expression, he can't help but fall for this man again. A huge lump began to form in the back of his throat that prevented him from speaking. Instead, he just held onto Zero, tears flowing from his eyes. "Z-Zero...I-I'm so glad you're alright," he managed to whisper into Zero's ear.

Kaname's breath made something twitched down in Zero's groin. Embarrassed, he hid his face deeper in Kaname's brown hair, reveling in his familiar scent. H realized what he had just done and blushed a brighter red. He realized how much he missed Kaname's sent. He missed it a lt. "K-Kaname…" whispered Zero. I've missed you, he said in his head. "What," Zero mouthed to himself, surprised. I-I missed him? I missed K-Kaname? But why…? I'm just a slave, aren't I? No. I'm his slave. I'm Kaname's. I'm nothing special, right? I mean, isn't Shizuka right? That I'm not worth anything...?

The light in Zero's eyes started to dim. His lips began to quiver when he thought about not meaning anything to...Kaname, someone who showed such tenderness to this poor, broken Zero. Tears of sorrow flooded his eyes and trickled down his face at the mere mention of losing Kaname, someone whom he came to deeply love. Love?! Yes, he thought, that makes sense. Love. I love Kaname. Zero's hands clutched at Kaname's back tightly.

"K-Kaname," stammered Zero. "I-I love-"

Scattered pages began to crinkle with being stepped on. "Kaname! How dare you do that to me! A pureblood! I WILL KILL YOU!" spat out Shizuka, interrupting Zero's confession. With an old antique sword she found by a fallen shelf, she once more ran at Kaname. With her frail human body, she swung her sword at them, aiming for Kaname's dark head. Kaname grabbed the long blade with a hand while his other went for her heart, piercing her chest cavity. His long fingers circled her heart in a vise-like grip. Shizuka dropped the sword and began to howl in agony as her heart was being completely crushed. He squeezed it slowly so as not to kill her right away and so she'll feel the pain reverberate throughout her entire body. Until, finally, her heart began to beat no more and it became much in his grasp. Kaname pulled out his hand along with the heart pulp and dropped it to the floor with a plop! sound.

"No!" came Ichiru's voice. "Shizuka! What have you done to Shizuka!?" he hysterically cried, as he ran to her fallen form. He uses his own blood to try desperately to get Shizuka to drink.

"That won't work," Kaname began to explain.

"You don't know that!" cried Ichiru, repeatedly.

"It won't work because she has no heart and is already dead. Plus, she died as a human so she can't be revived. I have the ability to transform purebloods into humans. So she's dead for good. She will not be coming back."

"No no no! Drink, Shizuka, Drink! You must drink...please, please just drink…" Tears were falling down Ichiru's cheeks.

"Shizuka knew what would happen to her if she ran at me again, especially with that frail body of hers. So, in other words, she chose death and to die by my hand. She chose to die and leave you behind. She chose death over you, Ichiru. There is no coming back from that. But you are free from her now. You know longer have to do what she says. Neither does Zero. He is free." Kaname offers his hand to Zero and obliges by taking it.

"Zero, time to go," Kaname said gently.

"Y-yes," he replied as they both started for the door. After a lost and longing look back at his precious twin's despair-ridden face, allowed Kaname to guide him outside, silent tears falling. Outside the building, he paused and turned to Kaname.

"K-Kaname, I-"

"Zero, I-" they said in unison.

"Ah-" began them both again.

"Huh-hum." Kaname cleared his throat. "You go first. I'll wait."

"Uh, okay.." Pausing to get his bearings, Zero decided on, "K-Kaname, I-I love you!" His sudden confession took Kaname by surprise.. Did he just- Did Zero just-just-confess his love for me!? Kaname's eyes sparkled with pure joy. His feelings were reciprocated! In this joyous moment, Kaname couldn't help but feel so good inside. He grabbed Zero's face and lifted it up to meet his own. He kissed him slow and hoped that his own feelings came through.

"Zero," breathed Kaname, "I've always loved you. From the very first moment that you entered my life, I've always loved you… I'll protect you and I'll never let you go, even if you beg me too. So stay with me."

He loves me, thought Zero.

"I will."