Kareshi Kanojo no Jijō told from the perspective of another student. A student struggling with average academic ability in a school of over-achievers. A student struggling with a blossoming and ambiguous sexuality. A student struggling with relationships and love. A student struggling with a darkness in their family's past. These are

Ano Hito no Jijō (That Person's Circumstances)
by
Saddletank

Legal bit: I do not own Kare Karo (His and Her Circumstances, or Kareshi Kanojo no Jijō). The wonderfully talented Tsuda Masami and Gainax do. The characters and places in this story belong to them, I'm just borrowing them for a while, and not making any money from them. I'll give them back soon and I promise nothing will be broken, grubby or scuffed.

Chapter One – The Place I Love The Most

This is the story of a girl
Who cried a river and drowned the whole world.
And while she looks so sad in photographs,
I absolutely love her, when she smiles.

- Nine Days, Absolutely (Story of a Girl)

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It is wonderful up here.

The sky is blue, the lovely white clouds go on for ever.

I love clouds. They are like dreams. You can see them, you can imagine them. You can never quite reach them. They hang there, beautiful and full of promise. I see them and think of pillows. Or another person's body. Just out of reach.

I stand here, my arms taut holding the railing, gripping fists, white knuckles. I'm like a spring ready to uncoil and go. But not yet. I can't leave yet. You haven't heard my story have you?

Up here the view is marvellous. It goes on and on across the city. The sounds, the smells, the happy buzz. So many people being happy. I think sometimes by being here their happiness will rub off on me. Happiness smearing onto me. Like my brother once did.

Why did that memory come up?

My mood is broken.

My brother.

What he did I carry with me all the time.

But up here, with the warm sun on my skin, the breeze on my face, and fresh air in my lungs I can almost be alive.

Almost.

Because today is special, today I am happy. She made me happy. Let me tell you about her. While I am up here let me tell you. In this place I love the most.

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8 May 2007

For author notes about Chapter One, please see my forum (click on my pen name).