SkyGem: Hey guys! Well, this is the conclusion of Blind, I hope you like it.
Time Skip, 5 years,
"I'm home!" I called as I walked in.
"Oh, Takashi-kun! You're home!" called Touko-san as she walked in. "So? How was your first year?"
"It was hard! But, I did pretty good."
"That's good!" she said. "Now, why don't you rest for a while? You must be tired, I'll call you when dinner is ready."
"Okay," I said as I went upstairs to the room that used to be mine. I looked around, feeling a strong sense of nostalgia for my high school days, for my high school companions, and not just the human ones, but the ayakshi ones also. It had already been 5 years since that day and I had learned to cope with being 'blind,' though that didn't mean that I was happy. At times, I still felt lonely, especially since sensei left.
"What?You want me to leave? Why you little-"
"Wait, sensei, let me explain," I cut him off. "I want you to protect the book of friends, until one day, you find someone from this family that can see ayakashi, then you have the task of helping them return all the names, okay?"
"Please, sensei," I said.
Looking disgruntled, he finally said, "Fine!"
Even though I was happy that he had actually agreed to help, I also felt sad at the same time, and, with tears welling up in my eyes, I said, "I'll miss you, sensei..."
"I'll miss you too, brat," said sensei before he disappeared. Once he was gone, I finally allowed the tears to fall, the loneliness tearing me from the inside out.
As I remembered that tearful goodbye, I felt the loneliness afresh. Even after all these years, it hadn't gone away, it had just been put on hold, burried deep inside, waiting for a chance to show.
"Takashi-kun!" called Shigeru-san from downstairs. I went down and ate dinner and then came back up to my room and went to sleep.
The next day, I decided to go explore. The little town hadn't changed much, and that made me feel a little better. I visited many places, like the shrine where I had met sensei, amusingly, the rope still had not been fixed yet, even after all these years. I stayed there, sitting, remembering all the good times, until, over in the bushes, I heard a rustle. Then another. Suddenly, a little kid, about 11 years old came out and turned to look straight at me.
When he saw me, he gave a happy squeal, said, "Natsume!" and rushed at me, hugging me.
"I-I'm sorry, but do I know you?" I asked, confused. The kid had brown, shoulder-length hair, bright, inquisitive eyes, and was wearing a shirt that was a few sizes too big and looked like a dress, he was also wearing a woman's sun hat, the ones with the wide brim. He looked extremely familiar.
"Don't you recognize me, Natsume? I'm the kitsune you helped out long ago!"
Kitsune? No way! It's really him! I thought in surprise. "It's you! What are you doing here?" I asked.
"I heard you were coming home, so I disguised myself as a human and came to find you! I missed you so much, Natsume!"
Listening to him, the sense of longing I had felt yesterday returned, only ten times fiercer. Suddenly, I couldn't help myself, I burst out crying, hiding my face in my hands.
"Natsume? Whats wrong?" asked the kitsune looking worried.
"N-nothing," I said, wiping away my tears. "I-it's just that, I-I guess I miss the old days."
"Yeah, when I could still see ayakashi."
At this, he looked sad and said, "I'm sorry, Natsume. But, you know, you're not as alone as you might think."
"What?" I asked, confused.
"Hehe, it's true. Natsume, the reason I'm here is because, everyone wanted to let you know that, even though you cannot see us anymore, we're still with you, and we still care about you."
I smiled and said, "Thank you, you don't know how much that means to me."
After that, we spent the entire day together, catching up and having fun together, just like that time at the festival.
That night, while laying in my bed, I suddenly realized something, while I was with the kitsune, I would sometimes see shadows that maybe shouldn't be there, at the time I hadn't thought much about it, but now, it all seemed suspicious to me now. And, though I could not remember it clearly, there were also times when I could just barely feel a comforting presence, like that of a long-time friend. Somewhere in the middle of all this, I got tired and drifted off to sleep.
The next day, I was woken up by a tickling sensation on my skin, and, when I opened my eyes, all I saw was a wide expanse of silky, white fur. At first, I thought I was dreaming, and, when I looked up, that thought was reinforced. Why? Because I was looking straight into the face of Madara, the demon dog, a face I hadn't seen in years. I smiled, enjoying this dream a great deal. I raised my hand to pet him, marveling at how real it felt. I sat up, and when he didn't disappear, I realized that he was real.
"S-sensei?" I asked in surprise.
He looked just as surprised as I felt, then, suddenly, his face split into a blissful smile and he said in the voice that I had missed so much, "Natsume........"
Throwing my arms around his neck, I almost shouted, "Sensei!"
We stayed like that for a while, basking in each others presence, then a thought came into my head. Why is he here? Then, suddenly, I remembered what the Kitsune had said yesterday, "You're not as alone as you might think." I also remembered all those shadows that I had seen yesterday. So this was what he meant.
I smiled, also remembering that strange feeling that I had yesterday, that presence. It was sensei! He never really left me!
"Welcome back, Natsume............."
SkyGem: Well, that's it. It's not one of my best works, but, the idea was cute and I really wanted to get it down, I just wasn't really paying attention while writing it. So, what did you guys think? Please comment/review.