I quickly shut the book after that. I really didn't want to see any more. No, now it was all coming back to me. The horrible memories of that day…
It was about a month after my birthday. Ryou and I had decided to go out to dinner that night, but since the restaurant was so close, we just walked there. When we were on our way home, we saw some suspicious-looking guys who were holding a gun up to a woman's chin. It looked like they were laughing.
Without a word, Ryou started running towards them, but I grabbed him by the wrist.
"Ryou, I know it's a bad thing, but… if you go over there, they'll hurt you too." But Ryou shook his head.
"No, you don't understand, this is how…" he swallowed. "I lost my mom and my sister to people like them. I can't just stand by and watch." And without another word, he worked his way out of my grasp and started running. I didn't get a chance to stop him, so I chased after him.
Ryou ran all the way up to the men. "Let her go," he growled. They smirked.
"Ah, look a' this kid! He thinks 'e can save ya!" Even from where I was standing a few feet away from him, the man reeked of alcohol and cigarettes. Ryou pushed the woman out of the way.
"You can kill her, or you can kill me!" he shouted.
The next bit happened in slow motion. There was a bang, then an anguished scream as he fell to the ground. The men ran away, not wanting to be caught at the scene. I ran towards him, who now had a small hole in the middle of his stomach.
"Ryou!" I screamed as the world suddenly returned to its normal speed. He turned his head weakly to look up at me .The woman pulled out a phone to call the hospital right before she ran away, too.
"Ba… ku… ra," he muttered.
"No, Ryou, don't try to talk, save your strength, the ambulance will be here soon, just hang in there…" I begged, a sob emitting my throat. His blood was covering my hands.
"Bakura, I… I love you," he whispered, his voice getting quieter with every word. "I'm sorry…"
"No! Damn it, Ryou, you promised me!" I screamed. "You promised that you wouldn't leave me, right? Aren't you going to keep that promise!"
He smiled weakly. "I… won't…I'll still always be there for you…" And with that, his eyes closed, and his body fell limp in my arms. There was nothing that I could do; the only person I had ever loved, damn it, ever WOULD love, was gone.
"Ryou? RYOU!" I cried, knowing that it wouldn't help at thing. "Damn it, Ryou, you're just pretending; it's all just a joke, come on, open your eyes!" But after that, I couldn't say any more. I sat there in the middle of that alleyway, holding his bloody body, and sobbed.
I clenched my teeth. "You really did break your promise, Ryou," I muttered through my tears. "After everything I did for you, you couldn't keep your only promise…" Even though I knew it wasn't his fault, I was still blaming him. What kind of selfish bastard was I?
I wasn't going to look at any more pictures. No, I couldn't do it. Instead, I decided to move on to the next part of my day.
I was going to visit his grave.
On my way there, I stopped at the store to get some flowers- I could never remember the actual name of them, but I was able to pick out his favorite flower by sight.
The cemetery was really quiet. There were a few assorted people there, but they were too far away from me for me to hear what, if anything, they were saying. It had a haunted feel to it. But that kind of stuff never bothered me, so I continued on until I got to the spot I needed.
As I approached from the distance, I noticed that there was another figure in front of the stone. As I got closer, I realized it was a woman. A woman who I had never met, yet looked… strangely familiar. I sat down next to her, and neither of us said a word. It was around ten minutes of silence before it finally hit me.
"You're… the woman he saved, aren't you?" Without looking at me, she nodded.
"But how did you know where to come?"
"Call it… woman's intuition," she said before finally turning to look at me.
"And you were his friend, right?" I nodded, even though there was more to it than that. She held out her hand. "I'm Anne. It's nice to meet you." I nodded and returned the handshake. She looked at her watch.
"Oh shit, I have to get going. I'll see you around, maybe." I nodded, and she left without another word. I turned back to look at the grave.
"A whole year, huh, Ryou?" I whispered. "How have I even managed to make it that far? But wow… I didn't expect to see her here, did you?" I laughed a little.
I spent the rest of the day there. Right up until the sunset had come and gone. It was one last sunset that we could see together. That was one other thing about Ryou. Every single night, he put everything aside so that he could watch. I laughed at him for it at the time, but now I finally understood. It really was a beautiful thing. I stood up and brushed myself off. I took one last look down.
"I was wrong, Ryou. You never really did leave me, did you?"
Seira-g: That's it! The end of the story! I have to say, I had a lot of fun writing this story. Ryou, if you have anything to complain about, I don't care. I don't want to hear it.
Ryou: All I wanted to say was that I'm glad I at least died heroically.
Seira-g: That's the spirit!
Bakura: Personally, I was happy with how it ended. *steals Ryou's last cream puff*
Seira-g: NOES! That was supposed to go to a reviewer!
Ryou: THAT'S what you're worried about! *growls and shoots Kura with the gun he somehow got last chapter*
Seira-g: Now's not the time!
Bakura: Review… it's the only thing I want from you people… *dies*
Seira-g: Aww, how sweet! Um, anyway, this is getting crazy… see you next time!