I. Mountain Life
A region long covered with ice and snow, with the daunting snow-capped mountain towering overhead.
The environment is so severe that most people choose to settle as far away as possible.
However, as far as we're concerned it's a lovely place to live.
My brother and I arrived here three weeks after Master Attendant passed away, and we decided to make a new life on this snow-capped mountain.
On such a large mountain, we weren't the only ones with this idea, and sometimes when I went for a stroll I would discover signs of other Food Souls.
Sometimes I would even smell the scent of a Fallen Angel.
However, there was no communication between the various creatures that chose to make their home on this mountain that was covered with an eternal blizzard.
In a cave on the mountain, we made a paradise that belonged to us alone. However, because my brother enjoys a bit of excitement, sometimes we head down the mountain and visit the human market to purchase some amusing trinkets or to take part in various festivals.
But time flies, and soon several decades passed.
II. Lost Silhouette
"Oh, that's strange..."
I searched everywhere in the cave but Strawberry was nowhere to be found.
"Oh were did he get off to now?"
He's always telling me off for running around, so when I find him I'm really going to give him a piece of my mind.
"But where could he be..."
I mumble to myself as I leave the cave.
As always the snow lays thick on the ground. When I step on the snow, I often have trouble getting my feet back out again.
"He wouldn't sneak down the mountain, would he?"
"No, no... Strawberry's not like me..."
My imagination began to run wild while I searched for some sign of Strawberry.
It was just then that--
There was a loud noise not too far away.
"What was that? Could it..."
I rush to the spot where the noise came from, and I found just what I was looking for.
I called out his name excitedly before I noticed the huge shadow behind him.
III. Accident Occurs
"Don't come any closer!"
My brother's voice came from behind me, and I turned my head to witness something that I did not want to see.
The Fallen Angel in front of me continued to let out a terrifying roar that seemed to cause the entire mountain to tremble.
"Dammit, if that keeps this up it's going to cause an avalanche!"
I turned my head back and began to gather my spiritual energy, hoping to control its onslaught. However, the monster seemed completely unaffected and rushed at me instead.
Suddenly, I felt someone forcefully grab my collar. Using the inertia to dodge away from the Fallen Angel's surely fatal attack, I continued rolling end over end for several seconds before I came to a stop.
"Cough cough... Do you think maybe... next time you could..."
"Careful! It's coming back!"
My brother shouted urgently from my side and I straightened up, intending to help my brother drive the monster off... until I realized my spiritual energy was nearly depleted.
As though sensing my weakness, he stepped in front of me, reaching behind to hold my hand.
I could tell he was very afraid because the hand that held mine was trembling. But he kept up a brave front before me.
He really can be such an idiot.
It launched another attack at us. Faced with its overwhelming strength, I couldn't help but clenched my brother's hand tightly.
Is this really how it all ends?
IV. Last Wish
For a moment I seemed to hear the distant cry of an eagle, then we were swallowed up by a sudden avalanche.
"No one can stop the wrath of an angry mountain," I faintly heard someone say.
However, when I opened my eyes all I could see was snow everywhere, and us lying among it; there was no sign of anyone else. Even the Fallen Angel who had attacked us was gone, vanished into thin air.
My brother was lying beside me, unconscious for the time being but otherwise unhurt... However, the other person nearby could be...
Not long ago I was alone and on my way to visit the village at the foot of the mountain to buy my brother his favorite snack, then suddenly I was attacked by a Fallen Angel.
This was the first time I had encountered one in all the time we'd lived on the mountain. If my brother had been with me, the monster never would have been an issue.
But it was just me and I was a little anxious.
I held the monster off for a long time, but gradually I found myself losing ground. With my physical strength waning, I accidentally got my foot stuck in the snow. Watching the vicious Fallen Angel close in for an attack, I unconsciously closed my eyes.
When I thought I would never see my brother again, suddenly I was wrapped in a warm embrace.
I wanted to raise my head up and thank whoever it was rescuing me, but I discovered that the Fallen Angel's attack had pierced his body straight through.
The snow beneath him was stained blood-red, as were my hands.
I looked at the Master Attendant who, like us, had been saved from the avalanche by an unknown force.
His breathing was already very weak.
"Moon...I want to see you..."
He seemed to be mumbling something but his voice was too weak and was immediately drowned out by the roar of the storm.
I managed to make out his final wish though.
I summoned up my last ounce of spiritual energy and froze him into a block of ice as he took his last breath.
I knew there was no way to save him, but I could sense that he still carries a contract with another Food Soul.
So at least I hope his Food Soul might return to see him one last time.
V. Double Scoop Ice Cream
After the death of their Master Attendant in the year 290 of the King's Calendar, Double Scoop grew tired of obeying humans and mechanically carrying out tasks. Hence they decided to live in the remote land of Nevras.
Living in isolation upon the snow-covered mountain could be dull, but they were never lonely.
Because they had each other for company.
The days passed one after another, and just when the two were beginning to think that they would be able to live together surrounded by snow and ice forever, a Master Attendant appeared and ruined all that.
The Master Attendant was lost and separated from his companions during a blizzard when he spotted Strawberry on the verge of being attacked by a Fallen Angel.
Without any hesitation or regard for his own safety, he threw himself in front of the wounded Food Soul.
He sacrificed his own life in doing so.
As he breathed his last, the Food Soul he had rescued, Strawberry, froze him in a block of ice and brought him back to his home.
He hoped to extend the life of his savior long enough to find the Food Soul to whom he was bound to.
When Vanilla, his brother, learned about what had happened, he comforted Strawberry and used his own powers to help protect the frozen Master Attendant. And so, even though he should have died, he was preserved in the ice.
Two little Food Souls living in a cave protected a dying man's last wish.
Until eventually, one day a haggard figure appeared on the snow-capped mountain, barefoot and struggling to move forward through the ice and snow.
"Strawberry, am I imagining things or does the man in the ice look like he's smiling?"
"It's probably just be a trick of the light."
"That must be it...Anyway, shouldn't we go out today?"
"Good idea, it wouldn't be good if his Food Soul can't find the path to the cave."
"But will his Food Soul come? We go out every day and there's been no sign..."
Strawberry said with determination, looking at his brother.
"Uh-huh, I'm sure you're right!"
Vanilla nodded and took Strawberry's hand. And thus, the two Food Souls left the cave together.