Summary: They always played this game, helpless against the heavy torrents of despair that threatened to overtake their lives at every juncture. Kakasaku, Spoilers up to Manga 452
Notes: This is the launch of part 2 of this story; it's already long and getting longer. It is rated M for a reason; the themes are ADULT. The story is a bildungsroman, or a coming of age story, with themes of sexuality, brutality, and occasional gore. It is not a fluffy romance, though the pairing is an eventual promise.
Playing the Game, Chapter 1
Playing the Game, Chapter 17