Seven Years Later (Hanging By A Moment)

By Christochi Ishida

15-year-old T.K. Takashi was sitting on the couch in the living room of his family's apartment. He sighed. There she was, the most beautiful person he knew. And he wanted to tell her something again that he had only told her once before, when he was eight. He wanted to tell her just how much he loved her.

Desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I'm closer to where I started
I'm chasing after you

When he was eight, sitting on a park bench next to her, he had kissed her softly for the first time and told her how he felt about her. Now he couldn't stop thinking about her. Everything she did, he worshiped. He wanted just to hug her and hold her and kiss her again like on the warm, spring night long ago. But he didn't have the nerve to tell her how he felt.

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

Forgetting all I'm lacking
Completely incomplete
I'll take your invitation
You take all of me

He sighed again. Damn you, Davis! He thought. If it wasn't for you, I'd have already told her... He wasn't even paying attention to the movie on TV that he had invited Kari over to watch. All he could think about was her...

I don't got a worry in my head
I'm livin' life the way it should be lead
I truly love you my dear Kari
We're just hanging by a moment you and me

I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

Suddenly, a really mushy love scene popped up on the screen. T.K. suddenly straightened in his seat, staring solidly at Kari. It was now, he told himself. If he didn't do it now he never would. And he'd lose his true love.

There is nothing else to lose but you Kari
There is nothing else to find but you my love
There is nothing in the world
That could change my mind
There is nothing else
There is nothing else but you
There is nothing else

Don't want to change
Drowning in love and truth
I'm closer to where I started
Chasing after you

Kari turned around as T.K. knelt down beside her on the floor. His eyes were wide open and he seemed nervous about something.

"What's wrong, T.K.?" she asked him.

"Kari, I need to tell you something." He said. "Years ago I did something and told you something that I meant with all my heart. Now it's almost like I never said it. We're really good friends...but I just want so much more..."

Kari stared at him, wondering what he meant. Then, suddenly, the memory came back...'she had gotten hurt by a bully that was tormenting T.K. T.K. showed great strength and courage to wait for her for over an hour, while at the same time he was bleeding, to see if she was okay. Later that day, she and T.K. sat on a park bench. Suddenly, T.K. leaned over and kissed her and told her that he loved her...'

Kari blinked and stared straight at T.K. She smiled and wrapped her arms around his neck. T.K. looked so startled he was slow in doing the same around her waist. Then T.K. summoned all his courage, looked Kari straight in the eyes and said;

"Kari, I truly love you and I want to be with you forever."

Then he leaned down and kissed her on the lips. And Kari, eyes watering with pure happiness, happily returned the kiss.

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

I don't got a worry in my head
I'm livin' life the way it should be lead
I truly love you my dear Kari
We're just hanging by a moment you and me

Just hanging by a moment

Just hanging by a moment

The End