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“Mi-chan, I have to go.”
I want to scream “NO” at the top of my lungs. I want to throw myself in front her. I want to bar her way. To kneel at her feet and beg her not to leave.
But I know her well. And as much as I know she cares for me, I know also that when she makes up her mind she will not be stopped. So instead I screw up my courage, smile and try unsuccessfully to hold back my tears.
“Have a safe flight. I’ll be waiting for you.”
Her power surges like a giant wave. I feel it wash over me. My skin tingling, my hair splaying out behind me. She turns her head to look back at me - one final glance - giving me that gentle, reassuring smile that I already miss. My breath stops as she holds my gaze for a moment. A moment that seems to stretch into eternity.
Then the moment breaks.
She turns her face forward once more but I can still see her expression clearly. Her smile has become fierce and wild. Eyes sparkling with anticipation.
I have known her my entire life. We have shared so many things throughout our lives. Our deepest feelings... our hopes... our dreams... But I have never seen this side of her before.
She is a trapped, wild thing yearning for freedom.
Yearning for the skies.
I am startled from my thoughts by a sudden metallic ‘clank’ as the clamps holding her Striker Unit in place are released. I had only glanced away for a brief moment, but in that brief moment, she is gone.
I follow the path of her flight. Her arms spread to embrace the wind, a flurry of cherry blossoms in her wake. Even as my heart is breaking, I can’t help but smile. She looks so very... happy.
A wild thing, returning to the skies long denied her.
Suddenly I realize that this - this - is the part of herself that she was unable to share with me. She had told me all about her time in Britannia with the 501st Joint Fighter Wing. The friends she made... the battles she had fought... the fears she had overcome... But she never talked about flying.
Although I believe I always knew when she was thinking about it. On bright sunny days, with skies of deepest blue and alabaster white, I would find her alone on her favorite hill, her eyes focused far away from home - a hint of tears, welling up but never allowed to spill over.
In every other way, she was the same Yoshika I had grown up with, the same Yoshika I loved with all my heart... But since she had returned from the war it felt like there was something, some part of her, that was always unsettled.
Her form is now fading in the distance and I can’t help but think that now she is where she truly belongs.
Now she is free.
"Be safe my Yoshika-chan. Be happy. And please think of me occasionally, as you will be in my thoughts."
"I’ll be waiting for you."
"I’ll always be waiting for you.”
~ fin ~
mikaylapetrodos: I really enjoyed the story and I hope you publish the next part of the book soon. the plot line was always easy to follow with plenty of plot twist thrown it. I think it would have been better to explain how some characters got involved in the story more instead of them just showing up.
spec4huff: Thank you for creating this world. I am a 6'3" veteran that thinks himself tough. But the piece of literature you have created made me misty eyed on a number of occasions. I want a love like this. Thank you again, I would totally buy this book and hopefully the sequels to this ever enchanting lov...
CurlyRed: I read this entire book in just under 4 hours I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! i found myself emotionally attached to the characters and making personal connections that i had never experienced before while reading a book! I was constantly wanting to read more, every chapter left me on a cliff hanger tha...
Diana123: Wow! This story is very emotional to begin with. And then it is also exciting, interesting and amazing. There are so many moment and situations in this story that really moved me and made me want to cry (to begin with – the story about little Norm not knowing what a hug is, then the death of his ...
mullikin902: Do not start reading this book unless you have enough time to finish it in one sitting, because you will not be able to put it down! Superlative! Addictive! Deliciously wicked characters you can't get enough of. Impatiently waiting for the sequel!
Nabeel Parkar: This book was absolutely amazing. I can't put it in any better words. Any other book had me rushing through its paces to get to the end. Not this one. I savoured every word and I'm glad I did. For the first time reading a book, I cried. And being a boy, that is embarrassing as well as amazing. Ma...
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catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.
Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...
Alex Rushmer: Chapter One: Not much is happening in this chapter, but I was absolutely fascinated by the depth of your character development. I love how you just sat there with the reader and explored Eddward. Usually, that sort of thing gets boring very fast, but this was actually really cool! He's so unique ...