So. It was that day again, huh.
Their day. His - Red’s - day. Fire had come to hate this day.
When had things gotten so complicated? They used to be so simple, back when they were children, when Green and Blue would come over and they’d celebrate together and play silly games just like they always did, but on that day it’d be special. Their mother would get them gifts and they never cared about who got what because in the end they’d share everything anyway.
It was a happier time. It was so long ago.
As the years went on, when Red and Green started to drift apart, their relationship growing strained as they went from being friends to rivals, when things started to go wrong, a lot of that happiness simply… disappeared.
By the time they turned 15, away from home, out in the Kantonian wilderness where they only had each other, they barely even acknowledged the date at all.
Now, Red was back in Kanto, alone, and Fire was here, in Unova, still running, always running, and he shouldn’t look back at what he’d left behind because it was forever out of reach and yet he did, and when had things gotten so complicated-
With a grim smile, Fire raised his can of soda, speaking to the empty space in front of him.
“Cheers, brother. Here’s to another year without me.”