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"ouch." izumi hissed in pain, the boy glancing up at her as he mumbled an apology. "it's fine." she sighed, as he continued to carefully apply antiseptic on her wounds.
silence enveloped the two as izumi stared at the boy, watching as he was concentrated on taking care of her wounds, blowing on it so it wouldn't sting as bad. she wondered what was going in through his mind at that moment. did he regret what he was about to do? or did he hate izumi for interrupting him? "we've met before, haven't we?" he questioned, bringing her out of her trance.
"hm? we have?" she questioned, acting dumb. she didn't want to involve herself further with him, if something went wrong then she only had herself to blame. she was also surprised that he was able to recognise her considering how short their encounter was.
"at the convenience store." he reminded, hoping she could recall the event. izumi simply shrugged, avoiding his eyes. he sighed, nodding his head. "okay, forget that, what about saving me? why'd you do it?"
he just wanted to hear the words that he had been unintentionally craving for. something to convince him that the girl before him acknowledged him and cared for him. even if she was a complete stranger, at this point he didn't care about who it was, just as long as there was someone. someone to tell him that it was in fact good for him to live a little longer. that he was wanted in this world.
"because you needed time." he looked up at her, raising a questioning eyebrow. "everyone has a purpose to find, you're just someone who lost their way." he nodded, although he didn't understand what she meant by a purpose. instead he glanced back down at her wound and grabbed a plaster from the bag of medicine he had bought from the pharmacy, taking the back off before placing it on her hand.
izumi mentally sighed, her eyes softening as she stared at him. she probably sounded crazy to him, but her words did have an important meaning.
"what's your name?" he questioned, looking up at her. a smile graced her lips, somehow instantly brightening the once depressing atmosphere.
"park izumi." she answered. "yours?"
"lee felix." he returned her smile with his own awkward one.
"well, felix," she stood up from the bench, surprising felix from the sudden action. felix expectantly looked up at her as she turned to face him. "i hope to never see you on that bridge again." she held out her hand, waiting for him to take it. he hesitated, staring at her hand for a few seconds.
"only if you be my friend." their eyes met and the young girl smiled, nodding her head. taking her hand, izumi pulled the boy up to his feet. "that's a deal then." he smiled, their hands still holding one another. izumi couldn't help but fall into that smile of his again. it was a real smile, that also seemed to hold genuine feelings.
izumi finally snapped out her daze and pulled her hand back, tucking both hands into the pockets of her jacket. "i should get home, before my dad finds out i snuck out and kills me." izumi lied. she knew that once her father was out, he was out, not even a bomb going off could disturb that man's sleep.