Scared the little whitehaired girl hides under her blanket, pinches her eyes together so she doesn't has to see anything. Covers her ears with her hands. But it doesn't helps. The loud roll of thunder still reaches her ears, like the sound of the raindrops that are bouncing against her window. I don't want to hear this. I don't want to hear this. Why doesn't it stops? It's scary. So loud. A loud sound. Lightning? Thunder? For the little Soushou it's all the same. Her body is shaking while she trys even harder to ignore the storm. I want to be a strong girl. Daddy said strong girls are afraid of nothing. I heard him saying this to Mommy. I don't want to say I'm afraid. After some more minutes of her try beeing strong, the door to her room opens and a familiar voice rung out "Ume?", it was her father. Uratarou Soshou. For Umeko he is her role model of course. She wants to be like him. Strong. Fearless. Umeko wants to make her father proud, doesn't want him to be ashamed because of her. She feels how the mattress goes down a bit, as her father sits beside her, slowly pulls the blanket away so he can look at her "I-I'm not afraid daddy... It's.. just cold. Yeah. It's just cold. I'm not afraid.", she could hear the fear in her voice, letting her father easily know she is scared. On the other hand, she wasn't really lying at all, it was cold in her room. She hears her father sigh "Ume what are you talking about.. my little devil, come here. It's okay to be scared you know?", now confused she blinks, looking at her father, having her hands on the mattress and her eyes open "B-But daddy... I heard you saying strong girls are afraid of nothing.. You told mommy this..", her father looks kinda surprised, but he shakes his head slowly, pulling her into his arms "Ume that... Forget over these words. There is no one who is fearless on this world. It's ridiculous saying, there can be someone without fear. What I told your mother.. was just a joke, it's okay..", she feels his hand stroke over her head, while she pushes her face against his shoulder "Daddy.. I want.. to sleep with you.. and mommy.. I.. am afraid.. daddy.."
Laying between her parents, Umeko cuddled with her father, while her mother was stroking her head "Plum-Chii. You should sleep, you can cuddle with your father tomorrow after the academy.", but the little Soushou refuses "No, daddy has to tell me a story first!", she hears her father laughing, his chest was shaking "That's the reason you don't want to sleep little devil? Alright, I tell you a story. But close your eyes first.", Umeko did how he told her, waiting for her father to start. "Long, long time ago.. There was a young girl, beautiful black hair and blue eyes. Her eyes shined so bright, everyone who looked at her, felt like falling into the cloudless sky on a wonderful summerday. Her black hair was so smooth, the other girls in her age were jealous, wanted to have the same hair. Many boys wanted to get her love. Stealing her heart. But the girl always shaked her head, refused to be with one of them. Until she left her home and started a new life in a new village. There she met a young boy of her age, white hair, golden eyes. He was a stupid and optimistic guy, always smiling and playing pranks on others. The day the girl decided to talk to him, she saw the boy beeing with another girl, so she didn't spoke to him. She thought, he would never notice her anyway. But in the same moment, he saw her turn her back to him, walking away slowly. So he apologized and followed the blackhaired girl. This was the day, they fell in love. While she thought he never noticed her all the time, he did. She fascinated him from the very beginning, one reason was a jar of rose petals, she always had bound around her hip. Before they kissed the first time, she told him, these rose petals were a gift of her mother, and she always had it with her as a lucky charm.. And so they lived together from that moment on.. who knows? Maybe they are still living somewhere on this world? Having a wonderful little daughter.. Beauty of her mother.. but the character and look of her father.."
The young girl played sleeping, while her father was telling the story about himself and his wife, in a short version, but he always tells his daughter the same story again, and again. Umeko loves hearing her father telling her this story. "Good night.. Little devil... Or do you want to play some more?!", he laughed, began to tickle her. Umeko can't hold it back, laughes loud, tries to escape the hands of her father. Her mother is laughing too "Stop you two, haha, Plum-Chii you have to go to the academy tomorrow.", but Uratarou doesn't listen to his wife, in fact, he begins to tickle her too. "Feel the revenge of a old stupid man!", after more then five minutes of playing, Umeko lies between her parents again, all of them are trying to take a deep breath, so they don't laugh again. Then her mother kisses her forehead "Plum-Chii. Remember this: Even if you don't see star at the sky, even, if dark clouds are hiding them and you try to reach for them, they are always there. Aim for the stars Plum-Chii, and all your wishes will come true. Stars are souls of dead people who watch over us, believe in them, and everything will go like you want. And if you ever fall, if you can't get up again, me, and your father, will be always there to cheer you up. To help you, going forward on the path you choosed.", the young Soushou doesn't understands exactly what her mother tries to tell her with these words, but she nods, showing she heard it. "Oh, mommy. Daddy said, it's ridiculous having no fear. It is right?", she hears her mother giggling, while closing her eyes. "Yes. And don't forget, tomorrow, we go collect rose petals." Then her father kisses her cheek and smiles "Good night, little devil."