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The Red Rose of Love

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I'm tired of him getting hurt because of me, the young Rose Princess, Anise Yamamoto, thought. Once again, Kaede had been hurt protecting her; however, this time it was so bad he had ended up in the hospital.

"It's not your fault, Lady Anise. Both as a Rose Knight and as a person, Kaede would do anything for your sake," Seiran said, trying to cheer up his beloved Anise.

"That doesn't mean I don't feel bad about what that idiot did!" Anise snapped.

"I-I'm sorry..." Seiran replied, tears filling his eyes. "I just wanted to make you feel better."

"I'm sorry, Seiran," Anise apologized. "I'm just a bit uptight right now. Thanks for trying to help... and thanks for coming with."

"Kaede..." She said sadly as her eyes caught sight of a red rose bush growing outside someone's house.

"You know what red roses symbolize?" Seiran asked, catching her line of sight. "Love."

"We've been together for a year, Seiran. You don't have to play the shipper in that way anymore," Anise said, chuckling. "Besides, I love Kaede because he's Kaede... not because he's the Red Rose Knight. So... don't reduce us to our roles... that held us back for so long..."