Hello! My name is Rhythimi Valentine, and I would like to thank you for picking up this book. This is my first novel, and the one I hold closest to my heart. Now, I'm just an Operator, so I'm an inexperienced writer. I struggled for years trying to think of what to write for my first book, but when I witnessed this firsthand, I knew it had to be the first story I shared with the world. You see, there are three types of friends: Those who you cannot live without. Those like medicine, who you need occasionally. And then those who are like illness, who you never want. Over the course of my life, I have only ever made two real friends, and lucky for me, they were both the type of friends I could not live without. I moved away and went to a boarding school in Almia to become an Operator, and I left the only friend I ever had behind. However, within my first few weeks of school, I made another friend: his name was Keith. He's kind of an idiot, and a very stubborn one at that, but he's very caring, despite his outward appearance. Now, even though I had Keith by my side, I was still very lonely without my friend from back home. She was my childhood friend, and I loved her very much. I will attempt to describe her to you, but it's very difficult, because she's not someone who can be summed up with a few words. She's very wild, crazy, and the biggest thrill-seeker I have ever met. Her name is Katia, or "Kate," as I called her. I could never forget her, even after moving away. At first glance, you might not think much of her, but she's easily the most free-spirited and inspirational person you would ever meet. She was a genuinely good-hearted person; one of those "real" people you rarely find anymore. It's because of these two people that I'm writing this: my most important novel. I want to tell you the story of the bravest girl I have ever known, and the story of how she met my friend Keith. This is the story of how the only two friends I ever had fell in love.