Episode 1: Departure

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"I have so much to say. Make my day. Receive this message well. They will tell."

"The time has come to return to your second home at long last, Key Keeper

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"The time has come to return to your second home at long last, Key Keeper..."

I sighed. I was sitting on the couch in the den, a cup of coffee in hand. I hated winter with spring as a close second for my least favorite season, but sometimes, summer could be pretty awful too.

I loved the sun. I truly did. I often craved its warmth. Still, it didn't necessarily mean I didn't want to be woken up at 5:30 on a Monday like I was today.

This girl in a flowing white dress visited me just like she had every night this month. She told me it was time to go home. I didn't even know what that meant. I was home. I hadn't been camping since Mama and Dad took me right after I graduated. That was really the only time I was "away from home".

She had called me the Duke of Takiran at different points. I was no duke. I was just the son of businesspeople. I lived in America, not England. There was no aristocracy in this country. I wasn't even sure if I'd been out of the country. Dad had. I wasn't sure about Mama...

Tea came in with the vacuum. "I'm sorry, Young Master. I didn't realize you were in here. I can vacuum later."

"It's fine, Tea." I heaved myself up. "I was just about to leave."

"Would you like some creamer for your coffee, Young Master?" Tea moved the vacuum out of the doorway.

"I'm fine."

That girl's voice wouldn't give me a moment's peace. A noisy vacuum wouldn't change that.

Ore no makeda... Guess it was time to figure out what this girl wanted.

She was right about one thing. I did want to return to my second home...

I had woken up on a bench that day. I'd needed a nap after all the excitement. The sun had bathed me in her warmth and acted as a security blanket like the one that kid from the old cartoon dragged around with him.

That was when a girl with silver hair ran up to me with a grin. "Have a nice nap?"

"Uh-huh!"

Why had I fallen asleep? The reason eluded me. I thought that didn't happen until after I got home to Earth.

Tiana pulled me into a hug. "I'm so happy. I knew you'd come, Little Brother."

"Me, too." I relaxed into her hug. "I always knew you were out there."

How had I forgotten? She was so warm. Just like Mama.

She took my hand. "Look at this. You'll love it!"

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