Cadi is rich.
He was born into a rich family, and has been pampered and given whatever he wanted since day one. However, he is simply different from the average, spoiled child; he is not bratty, nor conceited. His father had left him when he was young, and his mother often ignored the young pup, wallowing in her sadness, leaving Cadi to play with Rikko, the only servant that cared enough about Cadi to willfully stay with him. Or maybe it was just because Rikko didn't have any family, and was adopted in as a worker to Cadi's family. Cadi was often home alone, since none of his neighbors wanted to come over and play, and so Rikko was Cadi's only friend. Cadi was often a curious little boy when he was young, and was always nosy, and getting into trouble.
Cadi is approximately four months old when he discovers the glass jar upon the shelf.
He had managed to escape Rikko and her overwhelming protectiveness of the young master, and decided to do some snooping around in his mother's room while the latter was outside. The tan-furred wolf/fox stares at the fine, glittering powder in the jar, colored an unsaturated, unsightly shade of red. When Cadi's mother discovers that her son can see her heart, she gives him a small, corked, blue jar tied to some string that has a small, tiny heart in it, glowing a slight pinkish color. It's his heart, she tells him. Cadi promises that he'll treasure it forever and make it big, strong, and glow bright. He doesn't understand the sadness in her smile as she looks at him and her crumbled heart.
Cadi starts school at the age of eight months.
He wears his first scarf, a plain, green one with simple leaf patterns, his heart dangling on a sturdy, black cord, hidden snugly beneath the fabric, even though no one else can see it. He introduces himself in front of his class, and smiles at how they respond. They treat Cadi like a normal child, unlike the servants at his house, who always address him with overwhelming respect. It turns out that Cadi is a quick learner, and he aces his lessons. He also makes a new friend; a brown wolf pup by the name of Sariah. Cadi gets along with her well, and he smiles at the golden glow that comes from her heart. He feels his own heart beginning to glow brighter.
It's been a couple months, and now Cadi is a year old. He has lots of friends at his school.
Sariah is still his best friend. However, one day, she's not in her usual spot, next to Cadi. He looks around, worried, his fur fluffed up with anxiety. He excuses himself from class by saying he has a stomachache, and goes to look for his friend. When he finds her, he frowns. Sariah's heart is flickering, and he can barely see the radiant, golden glow that used to be there. She says her family was captured by humans [giant, bald creatures with two legs and tentacles] last night, and she had been the only one who escaped. She slams her paws into the green-eyed fox/wolf in hysterics and frustration, but Cadi doesn't mind. In fact, even as she beats him, cries on him, says sorry to him, he can feel his heart grow one size bigger at knowing that he can be there for his friend. It's around then when he realizes how important she is to him.
Cadi doesn't necessarily know what love is. But he's learning.
Cadi and Sariah made a new friend; a black and white mutt, by the name of Daero. What used to be just cuddling between Cadi and Sariah now includes the cheerful Daero; talkative, bright, smart, and popular. Cadi notices his frowns whenever Sariah goes to spend time with Daero instead of him. Cadi notices the bright golden glow in Sariah's heart whenever she's next to Daero, with his heart a blazing blue, and Cadi feels his own heart flicker a little.
Six months have passed, and the three are still friends.
Cadi feels that enough is enough. He knows that he loves Sariah. He pulls Sariah away from her friends while she is talking to them. She wants to know what Cadi wants from her, and is obviously annoyed. Cadi takes a deep breath, and opens his mouth
Sariah smiles at the voice, and looks around to see Daero. Daero nods to Cadi, a quick greeting, before smiling brightly at the she-wolf.
"I've wanted to say this for a while, but will you marry me?"
Cadi sees the look of surprise on Sariah's face at the sudden question, and hopes, begs, and pleads inwardly that she'll say no, no, no, so that he can say what he wanted to say.
"Yes," says Sariah.
The wedding is here. Cadi is the best man.
Today, Cadi wears a white scarf with fancy, silver leaf designs. His heart lays in its pretty blue jar, hidden beneath the scarf, a slight crack on its glassy surface. He smiles robotically at the sight of Sariah, prettily dressed and awaiting her moment. Cadi nods to Daero, who is wearing a black tie with silvery-white leaf markings. The wedding is magnificent, the site surrounded by cherry blossom trees, the flowers just beginning to turn into a shower of pink as it is spring. The grass is a bright, healthy green. Cadi's family helped arrange the wedding, getting it done in no time at all.
The music starts. The priest is there. Daero stands proudly, the blue glow of his big heart almost blinding to Cadi.
Then Sariah appears.
She looks beautiful, with her headpiece and clean, shining fur, wearing a white veil on her shoulders that is connected by a red jewel, both originally belongings of Cadi's mother. But that is not what Cadi sees. Cadi sees the bright, golden glow of her heart in its jar, labeled 'Daero' in big, bold letters. He sees how the heart glows and shines for Daero, not him.
Cadi sees the two at the altar, and he wishes and wishes that this wasn't happening, but it is. He feels the glass walls protecting his heart beginning to cave in, and he doesn't want to hear the words about to be spoken, but he does.
"Oh," the tan foxwolf murmurs. It only takes two, short, simple words, and Cadi's heart shatters. He feels the glass dig into his heart, and he can feel it bleeding to the ground. But of course, only he can see it and feel it. He sees the two leaning against each other happily, their hearts, shining beacons, as his own heart's glow flutters, and finally dies out.
Cadi remembers the promise he made his mother, how he wouldn't let his heart crumble to dust like her. But now he realizes, there's more than one way for a heart to die. Cadi looks back at the two newlyweds, and realizes that Sariah is happy, being with Daero.
Cadi turns back and goes back home, leaving his broken heart behind.