Shun and Kin lost their parents in a car accident two years ago. During the will reading, everyone was shocked to learn that their father had appointed Mikoto, a young and single stranger who is only ten years the twin’s senior, to be their legal guardian.
Mikoto was surprised too. He came to know the twin’s father while working in the cafe. They clicked off so well that Shun’s father “adopted” Mikoto as his younger brother.
Life after the funeral was not easy for the three of them. But they worked hard to understand each other and learned through laughters, tears and quarrels to become a new family. Kin and Shun have come to love and respect Mikoto very much and Mikoto, too, has come to appreciate his new family.
Mikoto left his father’s house when he was 17 yrs old. He rented a room with the small inheritance from his deceased mother and worked part-time in a cafe set up by a group of old retirees while doing his studies.
His landlord and also one of owners of the cafe was a retired banker. He saw in Mikoto the son he never had and took him under his wings. He taught him to make good coffee, do sound investment, and how to enjoy his life. He became his mentor, his father and the family Mikoto has lost.
When his mentor passed on, he left Mikoto a house, his kimonos, his books and his cat.
Mikoto would wear his mentor’s kimonos during important occasion or whenever he feels lonely or lost or misses his mentor.
“Even with whatever people want to label me with,
there are so many other sides to me.”
~ Wiz Khalifa ~
Mikoto has many labels given to him: bastard, son of a money schemer, ruthless, talented , handsome etc. He has learned to ignore them all even when he was a boy. For these labels do not define him. He knows no boundary and he will not be limited by anyone.
“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~
At the animal rescue centre a couple of years ago.
Mikoto’s friend, a volunteer at the animal rescue centre, sought his help to take some photos of the animals who were ready for adoption during the term break. And that was when Mikoto first met Kin who was a young cat then.
The centre has just managed to rescue the barely alive Kin from his owner after they received a tip off that the man has been abusing his cat. They were afraid that they might have to put Kin down as he suffered a hit on his head, some broken bones on his chest and fore limb. But Mikoto succeeded in convincing them to let him care for the kitten.
Since then, Mikoto visited Kin everyday and cared for him. Initially, Kin cowered in fear whenever Mikoto tried to approach him. But after some time, Kin started to accept his presence and finally even allowed Mikoto to hold him. Everyone in the centre was happy to see Kin’s steady recovery and trust in man again.
When Kin was finally out of danger, Mikoto took him home and the triplets adopted him and gave him the name “Kin [金]” because of his pale golden fur. And Kin is happy to find a home where he is loved and safe.