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 for blood transfusions, 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. He frequently watched 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, which he was never seen without and was sometimes made fun of for.
High school proved a trying time; with cliques forming and social norms governing popularity, Fen found himself being left out—partly because he was frequently absent and exempted from PE, rousing rumours, and partly due to his introversion and unusual interests. It was by serendipity that he met Pala at the school's sick bay, each finding that the other showed more interest in them than any other schoolmate had ever been. 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, but she happened to show up late...upon which occurred a series of events that are spoilers.