Kyoko waited for Kuri-chan to
return. With everyone gathered together memories tagged along as
well, most but not all of them pleasant.
A few unpleasant enough to
provoke lies, like when she lied about not knowing what had happened
to Noriko during her last year in middle school. That had been a lie
out of consideration, but there were other lies as well.
Midsummer's eve 2040 ran from
sunny evening to blue dusk, and as the sun set on their party so did
her memories. Her first year in high school had been when she came
alive for real, but living hadn't been painless. But for the support
of Yukio she wasn't sure she could have held on to what was important
And Kuri-chan of course. Without
Kuri-chan her life would have been a very different one. One were she
survived rather than lived, just like her parents.
So Kyoko sat down and waited for
the woman who had been her closest friend for so many years. There
had been betrayals, but in the end none of them felt betrayed.
the beginning there had only been the strangest of friendships.