I was in a daze the whole day. I'm sure that I worried my friends but I just couldn't stop thinking about what my mothers had told me the night before.
'Hikiri-chan!' My mother's called out. I went downstairs to see what they wanted.
'What is it?' I asked in a soft voice.
'Your brother is coming home tomorrow!' They screamed, delighted that Aniki would be home after all these years.
When I heard that, I was torn between being happy and scared. I was happy to see my older brother after all this time, but I was scared since everyone would finally know that I wasn't who I pretended to be.
This may be a little confusing, so let me explain it. My name is Ijyuin Hikiri and I'm sixteen years old. I have a brother two years older than me named Akira. I was born blind so for the first ten years of my life, I was treated as though I was a fragile flower and had private tutors instead of going to a real school like my very overprotective older brother.
When we moved to Japan, my brother got accepted into a really famous school but before he could even go and see the school, he suddenly decided to go travel the world with our father. He didn't have a reason to go; he just felt it would be a great adventure.
My mothers were going to move me back to our home in America, but I begged them to let me try the school we were at for at least a year so I could at least know what it was like. They were reluctant at first, but eventually agreed.
The thing that took the longest to convince them of was letting me go to school disguised as my brother instead. The reason I wanted to do this was so that nobody would treat me like I was something fragile and they might actually become my friends.
The chairwoman of the school was notified and she agreed to let me do this. When I asked why she agreed so fast she told me it was because it seemed like fun and she was starting to get bored of the everyday life she lived. I couldn't have been happier that I was finally going to be able to go to a real school.
After the first year trial was up, I was given the choice of continuing school there or going back to America. I chose to stay here since I had some amazing friends and I had also become the treasurer of the elementary division even though I was blind. It was hard at first but things were made easier for me by them taking time to add a line of brail under the text so I could read what it said. It also helped that I was able to easily and quickly do the calculations in my head.
My father probably knew what was going on but luckily for me, he didn't say anything to Akira. If he had, my brother would have come back and taken his place in school, scolding me for 'doing something very dangerous'. I knew he was having fun traveling everywhere so nobody told him anything and none of my friends or anyone else at school noticed a thing. (My mothers are very good at making up disguises. They taught me how to do it myself just in case as well.
Now that my brother was coming back though…I wondered how my life would change. My mother's must have noticed how I felt because they said, 'If he finds out, we'll convince him to let to still go to school there only as yourself instead of having to disguise yourself. We know how much you love it there.'
I smiled brightly and thanked them many times before I went to start dinner. Though I was happy, I couldn't help but feel it wouldn't be very easy or go over very smoothly with everyone at school.
By the time I got home, I had spilled many things, run into multiple walls, tripped over nothing, missed what everyone said completely, answered half the questions in class wrong even though I knew them, and much more. My friends send me home early from my duties as the treasurer and told me not to come back until I was feeling better.
I was grateful to them since it meant I had more time to figure out what I should do. As soon as I walked in the door, my mother's grabbed me and ran up the stairs. "What's going on?" I asked, wondering what was happening.
"Your brother will be here any second," They said as one of them started taking the pins out of my hair while the other hid all my school uniforms and picked out a nice and simple dress for me to wear.
I understood now and hurriedly changed as soon as the wig was pulled off. When I was out of my uniform and into the dress, I brushed my waist-length hair free of any knots or tangles and tried to calm my rapid heartbeat. I listened as my mother's hid anything that would give away me going to school.
We all understood that if Aniki found out, he would get angry. None of us felt like dealing with him when he was angry. We all froze for a split second when the doorbell rang.
In an instant, my mother's were down the stairs and opening the door, welcoming my brother home. I followed at a slower pace and paused at the bottom of the stairs. "Where's my welcome back hug?" He asked. I could tell he was talking to me and I just knew he was smiling.
With a small smile of my own, I went over to him and hugged him, whispering, "Welcome home Aniki."