Memories of you

03/05/2010- Early Morning

"Was it worthy?"

The rest of the school's months were normal. Everyone thought it was strange how they all were in front of the schools gate at midnight, together with many other people. Still, everyone decided to ignore like some sort of creepy coincidence. Like Ryoji said, no one remembers anything. Their leader was short of happy and sad for it. Yukari wouldn't remember about her father's tragic death, Junpei wouldn't remember he failed to save Chidori, no one would remember the chairman's betrayal. But he was sad, since they wouldn't remember all the hardships they overcame and those that died saving them, like senpai. Strange feeling. Although he was kinda curious to know how they all come to see those events without the truth. Probably accidents and such was what filled those blank parts. Whatever the media had sold for the masses. The leader of the SEES found himself thinking about everything that happened. He was sitting on his room, musing about the last few months:

"Junpei didn't remember anything at all. He reverted back to that annoying guy he was at the beginning. Although he was somewhat different. He was more annoying back then. Whenever he asked me to go eat ramen at the Hagakure with him, he would always comment that he had someone that he loved, but he couldn't bring himself to remember her name or face. He then gets a little depressed, and says that he's not in the mood to go anymore."

"Kenji was somewhat recovered from his involvement with a teacher. Although he was babbling about the new ones that would teach them next year. That guy just loves the idea of taking some woman from older guys… He said he wanted to take a look at the teachers with me, but then remembered that his sister wanted to have a tour with him, so he had run away earlier."

"Was it worthy?"

"Fuuka-san still remembers that her cooking abilities are terrible. Which I'm glad, 'cause I wouldn't want to taste those things again. Although those rice balls were somewhat good. I was surprised when she said that she wanted to open an electronic club. She said that she wanted to work hard to accept herself for who she really is, and was looking forward to meet people that liked the same thing has her."

"Was it worthy?"

"Mitsuru-senpai remembers those days we spend together. It was funny that, smart as she is, she didn't had a clue about how to act in the Hagakure, was scared of going to the Movie Theater and some other simple things. She thanked for all the help and said that she would miss my company. She was confident that she would do well by herself, though. And I know she will."

"Was it worthy?"

"Akihiko-senpai was somewhat distant, but he still remembers our walk with Koromaru and the few times we went to the Hagakure. He seems to think that Aragaki died at an accident, but he said a part of his mind was screaming that this wasn't the truth. He said that he would be busy with everything from now on, but he couldn't get that feeling out of his head."

"Hitedoshi said that he thought that this country was going to the wrong way, and that he was planning to help it in the most basic way: becoming a teacher. I couldn't help but laugh at his idea. It was strange to think how he would deal with his students. But after the smoke incident, I guess he learned how to gain people's trust, and not simply try to shove his ideas trough people's head."

"Was it worthy?"

"I decided to visit senpai's grave. I remember the day he saved us after that stupid idea of going to the back alley at the station, and how he cried when we watched that movie with the puppy. I chuckled at those memories. Bet he would punch me if I say anything to the others. Then I remembered how he had faced death head on, without regrets. He really did earn my respect. That was the first time I felt bad about someone's death since the day my parents' had died."

"I also when to the bookstore. Bunkichi-san and Mitsuo-san were happy. They said that the tree was going to be moved to a hill were the entire Gekkougan High could be seen. They also were looking forward to the next year and hoped to meet more people like me. It's not easy to learn when let things go. They really are a kind and wise couple."

"Was it worthy?"

"Yukari-san still remembered the time we spend together. She said that she wanted to meet her mother and set things straight with her. She was still afraid of her, though. But she gained a lot of confidence in those talks she had with her mother over the phone, and was pretty sure that this time they would be able to make up for all those estranged years. She will be fine."

"Was it worthy?"

"Kazushi had that knee surgery and was finally healed completely. He said that he almost broke the back of the doctor giving him a hug when he said he could go back to the Kendo Team. He also said that he would train like crazy and that I should do the same. He would be prepared to the next championship, and I known that he will probably win next time."

"Was it worthy?"

"Koromaru was sitting in the Shrine. I think he too, like the others, have forgotten everything. But I had a feeling that he was thinking hard to try to remember something. He still seems to remember all those walks we had last year, though. That dog sure is something."

"Yuko-san said that she was going to study sports medicine. She was still flirting with me, saying that one day I would fall for her. She always was the most straight forward girl I've met in that school. She seemed happy as she walked away by the front door. I know she will succeed in anything she chose to do."

"Was it worthy?"

"I've met Toriumi-sensei at the faculty room. She was speaking with Terauchi-sensei. I've been thinking about saying my other name to her, but I didn't know how. I was kinda nervous and dropped my cell phone. She picked and looked at the screenshot. Well, that helped a lot. I've never been too good with words. I simply say what I think it would be best for the situation, but there's no way to say I'm Tatsuya without getting screwed. She got panicked and desperated, but once she calmed down, she even asked for a date. I almost started laughing, but that would be like asking her to kill me. She still noticed that, thought. She then shouted "screw this" and left the room, running. I kept laughing for a few days after that. Good thing that happened after her last class in this year, 'cause it would be hard to watch her class without feeling a little awkward."

"Was it worthy?"

"Keisuke-senpai was ashamed when he said that he didn't pass on the entrance exam of the college, but he was smiling at the same time. He decided to try again next year, saying he wasn't going to give up of his dream to become a doctor. He said that this time he would start to study earlier than before, so that's why he would pass next exam for sure. Lucky the way he is, he will definitely pass."

"Was it worthy?"

"Ken-kun didn't remember anything either, but he did had a feeling that he's forgetting something very important about his mother and about Aragaki-senapai. But he didn't forget the days we had gone to the movies and the days I've watched cartoon with him. He said that he liked the fact that I didn't treat him like a kid. I still think that he's trying to grow up way too earlier, though. But I'm sure the others will take care of him."

"Chihiro-san read about an article that made fun of the love born between a student and a teacher. She was mad at it, and said that she was going to make a protest letter about it. She also said that she wanted to stay at the student counsel. She still blushes every time she speaks with me, but she is way more open now. I bet she could become president of the Student Counsel when she gets to her senior year."

"Was it worthy?"

"Maiko's father was near the Takayoshi stand. He said that he received a letter from her and shared with me. He got mad that she said she wanted to marry me and was gone saying that he wouldn't allow me to "steal" his little girl. I laughed and remember the times I've spend with her, and I remembered the promise of not forgetting her."

"Was it worthy?"

"I was inside my room, on my bed when it hit midnight. Nothing happened, but I remember meeting a young boy at the shadow of this hour. He always wears a pajama and called himself Pharos. He said that he wanted to be friends. I didn't mind at the time, and I always thought there wasn't anything harmful about him. Never thought he could be the personification of Death."

"Was it worthy?"

"I've received a letter from a far country. It was from Andre Laurent Jean Geraux, or Bebe. He said that he was really learning a lot of things about Japan back at France and that he still sewed. His clothes won a contest and he named the clothes after me. I always thought he was creepy, and I couldn't make half of the words he says, but I always understand what he meant. I think."

"Was it worthy?"

"The other day, I've watched the news were Amazing Commodities attracted the attention of the media for not accounting for some expenditures. Everyone was making their own theory for the reasons of such act. Tax evade was the one of the most prominent reason. Tanaka evaded everyone, while using all the attention to make a commercial. The product was probably fake, but his smile was genuine. The first one. He even send a fax saying that it doesn't matter what he do with his own money, and that his consciousness was clear. That's probably true, but he said in a mocking tone, which made some people mad. Well, he had a reputation to uphold. And it's not like they would believe that he gave that amount of money to charity, anyway."

"Was it worthy?"

"The last time I went to the club, Mutatsu-san already had met his family. He left me a letter, saying that his son was still a punk and that his wife still complained a lot. Just like the old times, for what he said. Still, I bet that he won't trade this life for anything in the world."

"Was it worthy?"

"Mamoru send me a letter, too. He said that he was doing great at that factory job and that he was even training Kendo with some of the others workers. His mother was recovering and his siblings were doing just fine. His whole family passes every now and then to take care of then. I guess things will become better for him now."

"Was it worthy?"

"Nozomi left the city. Seems like he had gone to some tour around the world to learn more about food. He was pretty famous at the strip mall's Changall cafe. Never though a weirdo like him was that well-know. He did know a lot about food, so I guess he was well-respected among the chiefs."

"Was it worthy?"

"To my surprise, I've met Akinari's mother on the same bench we used to talk. Seems like it was his birthday. He died young, but from what his mother told and what I've seen, he died happy. He was at peace with himself. His mother said that she would live her life to the fullest, for her son, who could not live long enough to enjoy it. Personally, I think he enjoyed as much as he wanted. Or else, he couldn't have accepted death so peacefully. I've told his mother to publish his fable. And I know it will sell well."

"Was it worthy?"

Aigis came to his room. She was the only one that seemed to be truly disturbed for not remembering, and avoided him all the time. But she remembered in the Graduation Day. She was crying, like any normal human. He was tired. More tired than those days he went to the Tartarus being sick. But he wasn't ready to sleep. He hadn't finished what he had come to do.

"Was it worthy?"

He was resting his head on her lap, lying in a bench at the rooftop of the school. He could hear Mitsuru's speech back at the auditorium. But then it had stopped. Aigis was talking about how much he meant to her, and said the she would live only to protect him. He was getting more and more tired every minute. He wanted to close his eyes, but he still hadn't finished.

"Was it worthy?"

Aigis said that she too had made great friends, and then a familiar voice echoed. They were coming. She smiled. She said that soon they would be here and that he should rest, that she would take care of everything, and always be by his side. He remembered all the memories of the time he spent together with them. His eyes were getting heavy…

"Was it worthy?"

The door suddenly opened, and from there came out familiar faces. A happy guy with a baseball hat, a worried girl with a green hair, a red-headed mature one, a confident guy with a grey hair, a girl wearing a short mini-skirt, a faithful dog and a small guy. They remembered. They stopped and looked at the two that were sitting in the rooftop's bench. The blond girl let out a small smile and there were tears at her eyes. Finally, he fulfilled his promise.

"Took you guys long enough. I was getting tired of waiting…" Thought the sleepy blue-haired boy.

Through the past few months, he wasn't needed. Everyone seemed to be able to take care of themselves now. They lived their lives like any other person.

"Was it worthy?"

He let out a weak, small and frail smile. But it was a genuine one. He had opened the doors for the future for them to pass. It was up for them on how to walk from now on. He wasn't needed. But he wasn't scared, either. After all, he believed in them.

As he slowly falls for his eternal sleep, he starts dreaming. A dream that he arrives in the Iwatodai station, experiencing the Dark Hour for the first time. As for his friends, they might stumble at the first few steps. But they would move on, with their head held high, proud of what they had overcome, of what they had become and treasuring the memories and every second they had spent with a traveler that had exchanged his own existence for the safety of his friends. They would keep living, accepting his farewell gift: a chance to find happiness… at the brand new days.

"Was it worthy?"

"Definitely…"

A/N: Well, there is some slight alteration that I made. This was harder than I though. If you have the chance, I recommend seeing the last Hermit S. Link. Sorry if lacked creativity, but I've been really busy lately and just wanted to write something to relax a little (like I'm a creative person). Since I've finished P3 once again recently, the ending got stuck at my mind and I needed to let it out. As always, please review and tell me what you think.