Born on Havaiki to two immigrant parents, he has lived most of his life here, leaving sometimes to visit his grandparents across the ocean in two different countries. Growing up with thalassemia, his childhood was punctuated by long visits to the hospital, and he was often unable to participate in physically-taxing activities with other children his age. His parents, insisting on sheltering him assiduously, did not help his chances of forming a social circle.
Adventurous in spirit but often denied the freedom to satiate it, Fen devoured a great amount of fiction in his childhood, watching the decade-old animated series that were always airing on Havaiki TV, then discovered novels and comics, which were easier to enjoy at his own leisure. He later started producing his own stories and comics in notebooks.
In middle school, some rumours were spread about Fen and his frequent absence, reaffirming his desire to keep to himself. His high school classmates are not as mean, but with cliques forming and social norms governing popularity, he finds himself being left out. No one is openly hostile, but others find it hard to relate to him through the barrier of his introversion, and often believe he is "odd" or unfriendly.
It was by serendipity that he first met Pala after school. Soon they were spending all their class breaks together, and events came to pass that led them both to hold their friendship in the highest regard.
The year they turned sixteen, Pala took up an intern job at the Promenade Hotel, and he became a part-time pizza delivery guy. One day during that fateful summer break, Fen decided to meet her before work...(the rest is omitted due to spoilers)