Disclaimer: it's not I know it because I own it. XD
I hope you liked the last chapter. And Sorry for the long wait.
*-nee = big sister
You are the Reason
She told herself that this day, she doesn't want to do things that could remind her of Pete Pamps. But it seems like it can't be helped though.
She was sitting on the blanket she laid on the lawn as she wait for the time the aviation show would start as indicated on the flyer she encountered hours ago.
She kept on arguing with herself as she was sitting, almost spacing out. She was just snapped back to reality when signal flares were fired. It signaled the start of the aviation show.
She was sort of startled with the first two to three performances. But during the next ones, she subconsciously started crying. She just became aware of it when the child standing beside her took notice of it. She felt her cheeks and there were really tears. "I-I'm sorry." She told the child as she wiped her face and walked away slowly.
Before she could walk any farther, she felt hands pulling the bottom of her shirt. It was still the child. "I don't get it. Why were you saying sorry a while back?" He asked. Tazusa then also came to thinking. "Are you alright?" asked the little boy again.
"Y-Yeah. I guess I'm alright."
Tazusa was speechless.
"Anyway, I'm Peter." The little guy introduced with a warm smile and extended his arms for a shake hand.
"Yeah. Peter Pamps." Tazusa's eyes widened at the statement. She was so surprised that she totally forgot about the hand shake the boy was waiting to be responded. She stood still and speechless for sometime until, for the second time around, she felt the boy pulling the bottom of her shirt.
"I was asking for your name. I'm Peter Pamps." And then again, he extended his hands for a handshake. And this time, Tazusa managed to respond although everything inside her head were still a mess.
"I-I'm Tazusa. T-Tazusa Sakurano." She answered plainly, agitate showing on her face.
"Tazusa Sakurano?" Peter asked thoughtfully as if trying to remember if he had heard the name yet, "That name, sort of, sounds familiar" recalling harder this time but seemed to have failed. "I'm sorry but I can't remember. But for sure, I have heard it somewhere before, your name." he stated to the girl who was half-thinking-and-half-not. Being at the stage she was, she didn't understood what the boy has just said though she heard the words clearly. They just won't register.
Still spacing out, she just felt herself being dragged by the boy. Only then did she somehow forget about the mess inside her head.
"W-Where do you think are we going?" She asked.
"Just follow me."
"Eh? Where to?"
"Just follow me."
They continued walking. Tazusa was at first wondering where to until she remembered her first (and last) date with Pete. This was the place they went to, to watch airplanes.
"Hey." Peter called Tazusa's attention.
"Do you know this place?"
"Yes. Sort of."
"Really? I thought I was the only one who knows about this." He said while giving Tazusa a quick look, dismay sounding from his voice. Then they stopped walking.
"We're here!' Peter announced.
"This place," Tazusa murmured under her breath, "this is really the place," she continued in her mind.
She looked at the little boy who was quietly smiling to himself while watching closely the plane that's currently doing its routine on-air. While they were walking, she was filled with thoughts that she didn't had the chance to take a good look at the boy. Peter undoubtedly looks like Pete. Blonde hair and big blue expressive eyes. "Plus he's surname is also Pamps, is that right?" She remembered the boy's introduction moments ago when he saw her crying.
"Can I call you Tazusa-nee? I'm not totally comfortable calling you just by your name, you see."
"Uh. Uhm. S-Sure." She replied. Then some silence crept in.
"Tazusa-nee? Do you like Airplanes?"
"Eh?" She was startled for the sudden question. But even so, she managed to answer with a "Yes."
"Really?" The blonde boy eyed her smilingly then gazed back to the plane doing the exhibitions above them. "That's good to hear because I love airplanes too!" He excitedly exclaimed. Tazusa looked up the sky. And there was another silence. Just as the silence is growing deeper, Peter turned her attention to Tazusa. And at that time, he saw that look again. The same look on her face just before she started crying a while back.
"Are you really alright?" He asked for the second time that day.
Then Tazusa became aware that Peter was looking at her. She felt her cheeks to check if she was crying again. "You're not yet crying. But if you haven't noticed yet, they might have started falling already." Peter reminded. "You said you love airplanes, didn't you?" He continued, "If so, then why do you seem so hurt when you look at them?" This time, he sounded like he was insisting for an answer. But Tazusa couldn't answer him straight in her current state, and that's what her face read.
"Alright. I know. You couldn't answer me now right?"
"I-I'm sorry." She whispered. Just enough for him to hear.
"No. I'M sorry. I shouldn't have asked you such a hard question." He looked at her, guilt is written all over his face. And so she felt guilty as well. She approached Peter and told him, "no. No one is at fault. You just asked it out of concern and curiosity. It's alright," while she tap his head gently. When Peter looked up at her, smiling again, she turned her gaze to the plane doing the exhibition. And so did Peter. And then, silence. Until Tazusa broke in, "Anyway, why did you bring me here?"
"My brother brought me here once. He told me this is the best place to watch plane exhibitions because from here, every routine can be easily seen particularly the flaws and all." He smilingly answered.
"You seem to know a lot of things about aviations, eh."
"My brother taught me all that when I was younger." He proudly replied, "You know what," he continued, "My brother is a great aviator. He is actually my idol. But," he was cut-off, and then came that sad look on his face, "He met an accident." With that said, Tazusa's body immediately stiffened, her eyes widened, in short, her world seemed to have stopped revolving at that very statement. "I knew it, that's why he looks just like him. He sounds like him. His customs are that of an English man's. He knows a lot about aviation. And his surname is Pamps. HE'S PETE'S BROTHER!" She thought to herself. Actually she just needed a confirmation. And what she heard was more than enough.
She was once again out of her mind for sometime until her attention was called back to earth when Peter asked her, "Tazusa-nee? Are you alright?"
"What's you're brother's name again?"
"My brother's name? It's Pete Pamps."
"P-Pete… Pamps" She murmured to herself, her fists clenched into a knuckle on her side.
"Tazusa-nee, is something wr-?" He wasn't able to continue his question when he saw tears running down Tazusa's cheeks. All that he could say then was, "Tazusa-nee?"