When I stepped out of the train station, the sun had disappeared,
the sky once again fading into a deep sapphire blue.
The February air became crisp and cool again,
a little cloud puff with every breath.
The world had returned to normal,
as if the train was a warp between different dimensions.
Yet, there was a growing flame inside of me,
refusing to be distinguished.
With each step I will fan the flame.
With each step I will move forward.
I reached where I had intended to go.
It was the same as always before.
Quiet and forlorn. A forced peace.
But at least one person will never be abandoned.
Aoi, I'm here for you. Always.
I promised you I will be stronger, Aoi.
I've returned. I'm a bit different now.
You can depend on me.
The hospital halls were quiet as usual,
hushed voices and soft echoing sounds.
The clean whites were stiff and menacing.
But with every step, my confidence grew.
It almost felt like I was a light in the muted darkness.
I was proud. Proud that Aoi was depending on me.
I won't let her down anymore.
She was still sleeping soundly,
as if nothing in the world could disturb her.
Suspended in her own world,
she had placed all her hope in me.
I smiled at her as I took my usual spot beside her bed.
And as usual, her hand was warm and soft.
"I love you, Aoi."
"Today I learned something new."
"You can trust me now."
I watched her breathe, slowly, quietly, deeply.
Now, I knew she was sleeping in peace.
In the stillness,
we have returned under
the tender embrace of
the stars, the moon.
The sound of Aoi's song,
tinkling softly through the air;
music notes borne on
our slow breathing.
Memories woven in time
were drifting around us
like strings that bind
our hands together.
Our souls together.
Our hearts together.
I used to loathe this place.
But in this place, untouched by the world outside,
was the precious moment where Aoi and I could meet.
I wasn't sure when I had fallen asleep.
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Secondhand Memories (Pioneer English Cell Phone Novel)Teen Fiction
[Coming-of-age, Romance, Existential, Japan] Seiji and Aoi have been inseparable childhood friends and eventually, high school sweethearts. Believing in naive dreams and love, all seems well until a tragedy separates them with a chasm of frozen time...