The biggest mystery in my life... Is how I met Hotaru, the best thing that ever appeared in my life of eternity...
It was the 2nd day of summer, wondering around the forest which I grew up in, which saved this poor little soul of mine and made me immortal... Well, in a way... I'm a 18 years old boy, how long have I been 18? You wouldn't want to know that...
I don't know how many times have I wondered around this forest, being warned by my guardians that some humans are lurking around the forest, be careful not to touch them, they say... I wonder what it feels like to touch another being that is just like me...
While I was toying around with the broken branches, trying to make a tiny house out of sticks, I agree that it's very childish, but living an eternity is pretty boring sometimes... I heard a voice, someone is crying, I look around and found a little girl crying. Is she lost? I ask myself. I tried to get as close as possible without her noticing, I hid behind a big tree and wondered, what is a child doing here? Is it a Yokai? I tried to get closer to her and noticed that she's human! "What is a human child doing here?!" I whispered, "I must not get any closer to her!" Though, I've never met a human before, I was told that humans are selfish, pathetic, short life and especially dangerous. But I'm special.
Slowly, I walk further and further away from her, then I stop to wonder, how are human dangerous? That human child seems to be harmless... I took a glance at her, and still saw her crying, she not only seem harmless, but yet also pitiful... I couldn't leave her there alone, I sighed and called out to her,
The child look up and noticed me,
"W-why are you crying?" I continue
The child stood up and took a good look at me, she must've thought that I'm one of her kinds, she had a very bright smile on her face, she jumps and ran towards me,
"Waah! A person! I'm saved!" She shouted
I was surprised and dodged her. Of course she fell and look disappointed.
"S-sorry..." I said quietly. I was trembling, I couldn't stop myself from shaking...
"Y-you're human right?" I continue, the child look confused as I continue, "if a human touches me, I'll disappear..."
"Disappear? What does it mean to disappear?" She asked, out of curiosity, she tried to touch me, I step back, further and further away from her. Finally when I was also caught, I grabbed a huge stick and hit her head with it.
"Ugh.. Ow..." She held her head tightly, "i-it's true..." She said, "Onii-chan is not human... No ordinary human would hit a child that hard..."
I sighed, "to disappear means to go away and never come back, no matter how much you wish for it... It's a cursed Yamagami-sama placed on me in exchange to let me live forever..." I explained.
The child looked sad, "I'm sorry." She apologized.
I point the stick a her, "here." I said, "you're lost right? I'll help you get out from the forest."
She again jump up and ran towards me, "thank you!" She shouted with joy
"You never learn, now do you...?"
"Hehe... I'm sorry..."
I did as I said, I helped her out of the forest. We were walking down the stairs, I took a glance at her and turn back.
"It's like a date~" she said.
"If so, then it's a very boring date.."
When we reached the bottom, I gave her directions back to the village. She smiled and thank me. As she ran, she stopped and turned around, " can I come again tomorrow?" She asked.
"If anyone steps into Yamagami forest, they'll be lost and may never find their way home ever again.. Was what the villagers said right?" I replied.
"My name is Takegawa Hotaru. What's yours?"
I didn't reply. The child looked sad, she turn around and ran while shouting, "I'll come again tomorrow with a thank you gift!"
"It's Gin." I said.
Tomorrow came so quickly, for some reason, I seem to be very eager to meet the human child... Knowing the consequences, I still wanted to meet her.
I waited at the stairs for hours, but she never came...
"Maybe she's not coming?" I said, I let out a sigh and continue "I knew it... I shouldn't have got my hopes so high up..."
Just when I was about to lose hope,
"Gin!" She called out, "sorry... I'm late..."
She was sweaty and tired, I felt bad for doubting her but yet I wondered, she kept her promise... Even though I tried to threaten her, she still came... Why?
Hotaru held the plastic up, "here." She said, "like I promise, I got you a thank up you gift."
"Oh, thanks... You didn't have to though..." I said quietly.
Hotaru smiled and gave me one of the ice cream, "This is a ice cream." She said
"I-I know that.. Thanks."
"Can you eat it, Onii-chan?"
"Yeah. Just because I'm not allowed to touch a human doesn't mean that I can't eat their food." I said, I took the ice cream, raised up my mask until my nose and bite it.
"Brr... It's cold..."
"Haha, yeah, it's suppose to be~"
The took another bite, and point the stick at her again, "shall we go?"
"La la la la la~"
"What are you doing?"
"It's call singing."
"Is that so..."
Just being with her, I learn a lot of new things. Things like new words, new foods, new stuff and so on and so fort... But the best thing I learn was new feelings...
As we're walking deeper in the forest, one of my guardians tried to scare Hotaru... It was a fox Yokai.
"A human..." It said, "Gin, can I eat it?"
Hotaru got scared and hid behind my back, I shook my head, "sorry, but she's with me."
The fox Yokai tried to threaten Hotaru, "human... If you touch Gin... I'll definitely eat you..." It said
"ACHOO!" I sneezed...
*sniff* "sorry..." I look around and couldn't find the fox Yokai... I wonder where did he go...
When I turned to Hotaru, she was shaking. I thought that she was crying, so I freaked out, "o-oi, don't cry! It's just a fox Yokai, it's gone now, so you don't have to be afraid anymore... So stop crying... Okay?"
"Ahahahaha...hahahaha! This is hilarious!" Hotaru laughed
"Huh?" W-wasn't she crying earlier? Wait wa?
"Hahahaha! You sneezed so loud! Hahahaha!"
Oh... So it was about my- what!
"Stop laughing! It's not funny!"
As I watch Hotaru laugh, I saw something bright around her... She's...she's shining... I wondered how are humans a threat when they can laugh this beautiful... When they can shine this bright... I don't get it at all...