Author's Note: I'm back! Sorry for the long wait, but I've been busy with school and stuff. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this next chapter and thank you for reading!
Day 4: The Dream About Me
"Seiji, aren't you at all worried about Farhan?"
"Well its obvious isn't it? Without him around, I don't need to buy more food."
"How could you say that, Seiji?"
"Yeah, how could you, Seiji?"
Seiji turned around and saw Farhan standing a few meters behind him. He looked like he hadn't slept the previous night, but the way he spoke and stood gave the impression that he had slept very well. It was almost creepy…
"What… what happened to you? Why didn't you come to school?" Seiji asked.
"I… slipped into the seventh circle of hell," Farhan replied.
His eyes suddenly glowed and the world was thrown into darkness. A forked tongue emerged from its grinning mouth. Seiji and Midori screamed and fell down, shaking uncontrollably. The demon before them spoke in a deep voice, "Won't you come back to hell with me?"
"Hey… Seiji… Hey! Midori? Hello? Wake up, please. Come on!"
"Huh? What? Oh, sorry about that, I just sorta wandered off there for a sec. Well, are ya hungry? We were gonna go out for dinner."
"Uh-huh… Well I'm not feeling too well, so I'm going to go on home. What's up with Midori?"
Seiji raised his right arm. Midori had retreated into the sleeve of his uniform and was shivering uncontrollably. Seiji panicked. Was she sick? Was she going to be alright? What happened? He tried to get her to come out, but she didn't seem to want to. He only found out why when Farhan told him to look across the street. Midori's mother was standing there looking at them.
"Uh… Seiji… that woman's been staring at us for a while… Do you know her?"
"She's Midori's mom, but what is she…"
He didn't manage to finish his sentence. Haruka ran across the street and begged him to follow her home. She mentioned that it was the only thing she could think of. Seiji and Farhan agreed and followed her back to the Kasugano residence. She led them into Midori's room, where she started sobbing hysterically and left. Kouta was there waiting for them. Midori finally showed herself and he explained the situation to them all…
"My… body is… dying? But… how?"
"I don't know, Midori. But your mother had a few doctors examine your body and they've all said the same thing. You only have a few months left."
"A few… months? Why? God… why?" Midori said as she cried.
"This didn't happen the last time!" Seiji said angrily as he grabbed Kouta by the collar of his shirt, "The last time, her body still functioned properly when she was on my hand! So why is this happening now?"
"I don't know! I really don't know!" Kouta told him.
"Darn it! DARN IT!" Seiji shouted.
"I have a theory…"
They all looked at Farhan who was leaning against the wall on the far side of the room with his arms crossed as though he didn't care about what was happening. He moved closer to Midori's bed, where the rest were gathered, and sat down on a chair nearby. Midori wiped the tears off her face and Seiji had let go of Kouta.
"The first time Midori left her body behind, she was just a soul. The body would still be able to function on it's own without her soul being there, so nothing happened. This time however, it is highly probable that she dragged some of her tangible essence out of her body along with her when she became Seiji's hand again."
"What's a tangible essence?" Seiji asked.
"Maybe it was the wrong word to use… Let's just say that this time; she brought more of her body along with her than the first time. Without those certain elements within her body, it could cease to function properly… and will eventually lead to the body dying. She won't be able to go back... and if somehow she detaches herself from you, like the last time, after her body is dead… she'll be gone forever…"
Those last two words echoed in Seiji's head. He felt a stabbing pain in his chest. He didn't want her to die. The words kept echoing. Then, only "forever" was heard and something hard hit his head. Seiji jumped up screaming and fell out of his chair. He blinked, a little confused. He wasn't in the Kasugano residence, he was in class. What was going on? He touched his forehead and knew instantly that it was a piece of chalk that hit him; his fingers were covered in a fine white dust.
"Sawamura! Wake up! Apparently, you didn't hear me the first time. You fall asleep in my class again and you'll be stuck in this year forever!"
"A girl, you say? You're pulling my leg, Han. What kind of girl would be interested in me?"
"Yes, a girl… and when did I become, Han?"
"When I decided not to include Far."
"Okay…. But I am serious. She wants to meet you."
"Hmmm…. No! I can never love a girl other than Marin!"
"She looks exactly like that doll, y'know."
"Really, she does? I mean… it's her personality that matters. Not her looks."
"She's…uh… she's…. a cosplayer."
Shuuichi kept quiet for a while, mouth agape. When Farhan decided to leave, however, he grabbed him by the waist and begged to be taken to the girl. Ayase watched them suspiciously as she left the classroom and then decided to follow them. Seiji stayed behind and was last to leave the class…
"Something weird happened…"
Ayase followed the two boys like a ninja. She'd hide behind random objects and stick close to walls; so that they wouldn't see her if they turned around. They stopped in front of a restaurant and she crept closer to hear their conversation…
"She's inside. Her name is Yu-chan and she'll be sitting at table 14. Good luck."
"Thanks… and hey… here's something for ya."
"Oh, no I can't possibly take your money."
"No, I insist!"
"Farhan! I know what you're doing?"
"Ayase? What are you doing here? Huh? What?"
"You're running some sort of escort service! I saw Shuuichi pay you and I heard you say, 'She's waiting for you inside'."
"What?! I never… How could you think…? You've been following me for two hours?"
"Since the end of school, now don't change the subject! I knew letting you stay with Seiji was a bad idea. I should have told the teacher something!" she said as she grabbed hold of his left ear and pulled him along, "Come with me!"
"OW! Hey! What are ya doing? Stop it! That hurts! Let go of my ear!"
Seiji told me about a nightmare he had when he fell asleep in class today. I was quite scared listening to his description. Apparently, my body was dying and unless I managed to leave his arm in 3 months, I'd be stuck on him for the rest of my life.
I used to think that I'd be wonderful to stay this way forever, but now… Well anyways, it was just a nightmare, so I shouldn't take it so seriously. Since Seiji's having nightmares like this, he must love me more than he really says he does. Heehee.
Farhan isn't back yet. He came home at 3.00 am two days ago and yesterday, he was here earlier than Seiji and I. I'm starting to wonder if he's gotten into any trouble. His eyes still showed that eerie emptiness whenever I look at them. Seiji hasn't noticed yet and if he has, he isn't saying anything.
I hope there's a way for us to find out what's happening. Then maybe Seiji and I can help him.