They met as children in the forest that day. While being raised to have a face of stone, it was still impossible to hide all the wonder of her from his eyes.
She was an angel, aside from her feathered, ashen-gray wings, one of which was tangled within a net. He helped remove it only after she promised to stay at his side forever. The netting dispatched, she claimed she'd lied to him. However, she saw a large amount of sadness in his eyes, despite how hard he tried to hide it upon her words reaching his ears. Against the need to hide from humans, she felt a stronger need that she couldn't name, but it said with strength that this boy should be an exception.
"Actually..." she said, "as long as you never trust a word about me to other humans, I will stay at your side."
He promised that instantly and took her home with him in secret.
The years until his late teenage-hood passed, marking this his twenty-second birthday tonight. After he did his good