Episode 56: Melissa

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Ran came out of their room

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Ran came out of their room.

Cole raised his eyebrows. "Really?"

"What did you expect me to do?" Ran took a long breath. He was shaking. "This is my little brother we're talking about."

I put a hand on his shoulder. "I don't blame you. Ame seems to think it'd be dangerous for us to be in there while she's doing whatever she's doing."

Ran flipped open his phone. "I need to call Hannah."

Ran was waiting for Hannah to pick up when Ame came out. Her face was wrinkled.

"How is he?" I asked.

"He needs to rest, but he'll be fine." She turned away and muttered, "That was terrifying."

"Hannah!" Ran was still shaking. "Wait, no! What about—?"

She appeared in front of us. "It's fine." She took a breath. "Tell me everything."

We went in the kitchen. Cole and I sat together. Hannah sat with Ran. Ame was off by herself.

"Where should we start?" Cole asked.

"Star came out of our room. He wanted breakfast. Honey followed him out," Ran said. "A few minutes later, she started barking her head off. I came out to see what was going on. Star was in so much pain he could hardly stand."

Ame jumped in here. "It was just like what happened to Missy..."

"Oh, my God." Hannah's eyes were huge. She put her hand over her mouth. "Ame..."

We looked at them like they both grew second heads. "Missy?"

Ame pulled a black-and-white photo out of her pocket. "Melissa..."

It was a picture of Ame with a girl who looked to be around seventeen or so. They were wearing similar dresses. They looked like little girls' dresses, but what did I know? I didn't live in that time. Ame's was dark and the girl's was light. They were like two sides of the same coin.

"When was...?" Hannah asked.

"October 24, 1929."

Cole and I studied their faces. "Is there something significant about that date?"

"1929 was not a good year," Ran said. "That was when everything started going down the toilet."

Hannah smiled and whispered in his ear, "You don't remember why that day was important, do you?"

We stared at them.

"Do you think that it happened cuz she died?" Ran asked.

Hannah shook her head. "Everything was already going down the toilet by then."

"It was the day the stock market crashed in America," Ame said. "Things went downhill for them and other industrialized countries after that. It was not the easiest time to be alive."

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