Hello, and welcome to my personal World!
- Created By kita mikichi
Haru sits silently underneath the window, the sunlight filtering in, the picture of him and the dark-haired woman in his hands. If the kid in my nightmares is me, then...the woman... He thinks back to a previous nightmare in which he remembers hearing the woman’s screams. ...That woman..is her. Who is she, then? Why can’t I remember her?
Haru recalls the other day, when he and his friends had gone hiking, and Asha had asked about the picture.
“Who is that with you in the picture?” Asha asks as Haru turns to walk away again. “Is it your mom? She’s very pretty.”
“My mom...” Haru murmurs. I – I don’t even remember my mother...What did she even look like? He remembers that in his dream, he had been grabbed away from the woman. She had tried to protect him. Was she..my mother? “Why...? Why can’t I remember?!” Haru cries. All I do remember is...running... I’ve been running forever... No matter how hard I try, the earliest I can remember is after I’ve already started running...
A stinging pain courses through his left arm, and he drops the photograph to grip the bandaged wound. Kind of ironic...that even though I’m a healer,..I can’t even heal myself. “It..hurts...” he cries. He tries to use his ability to heal his arm, but it doesn’t even dull the pain the way it had the night before. Instead, the rest of his body begins to ache and he doubles over. What happened?! Why does everything hurt?! In the next instant, Haru is on the ground, unconscious.
“What is Haru-san so afraid of?” Asha asks, finally breaking the silence. “Who are ‘they’?”
Hikaru finally looks Asha in the eyes for the first time since she walked in. His eyes are filled with fear and grief. “It’s because of something that happened a long time ago,” Hikaru answers. “Something so terrible, Haru has these horrible nightmares about it. I don’t know exactly what he went through,..but the people who did it to him are chasing him.”
“Why?” Asha asks. “What do they want with Haru-san?”
“I don’t know,” Hikaru replies. “Haru never told me. All I know is that they’ve been chasing him for years. He’s been running for who-knows-how-long. I just happened to come along for the ride when he came to my town a few months ago.”
“I don’t understand!” Asha cries. “Haru-san told me his parents move around a lot, and that’s why he’s always traveling. Was that all a lie?!”
Hikaru begins fidgeting guiltily. “The truth is...Haru doesn’t have any parents. It’s just him. Him and the strays he picks up along the way.” Asha stares at him, dumbfounded. Everything Haru had told her was a lie. He has no parents; that is why she never sees them. He lives here at the skating rink; it isn’t just somewhere he goes in his spare time. “Haru makes that stuff up because he has to,” Hikaru tells her. “If anyone knew he was living alone, he’d be an open target. Do you understand? You can’t say a word about this to anyone else, not even Suzuki!”
“Suzuki-san already knows,” Asha says. “She figured it out on her own. But I didn’t believe her. I wanted to believe that what Haru-san said was true.”
Hikaru sighs. “I’m sorry.”
Asha glances over to Haru. “So the real reason Haru-san is leaving..is ‘cause of those people?”
Hikaru nods. “He didn’t want you to know, Asha,” Hikaru explains. “He didn’t want you to worry. He didn’t even mean to get you caught up in all this.”
Haru starts mumbling in his sleep. Both Hikaru and Asha tense up for a moment. “You should go,” Hikaru says.
Asha nods and gets up. As she is walking to the door she stops and casts a glance over her shoulder. “You guys lied to me,” Asha says. Hikaru frowns. “But you’re still my friends. My best friends. I don’t care what happens. I’ll help you however I can.”