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I first met him in the corner store. The first I thing noticed was his hair; it was too perfect- a wig. The second thing I noticed was his smile. He was wearing dentures, in other words, fake teeth. The third I thing I noticed were his eyes. They were a bright blue- a beautiful blue.
I breathe into my hands, rubbing them together for warmth. Just a few more steps… I tell myself.
Everyday I would visit, because of him.
I scan the candy aisle for something sweet.
"Hmmm… What should I pick…?" I mutter to myself. My finger floats above each piece of candy. I want chocolate.
"The Moeji chocolate is pretty good." I hear a voice behind me.
"Hm? Oh does it really?" I spin around and see a boy behind me.
"Yeah!" He grins at me. I instantly knew that there was something off about him.
"Oh well, I guess I'll get the Moeji chocolate then." I smile at him.
The leaves crunch under my feet as I walk closer.
"That'll be a dollar then!" He says enthusiastically.
"Oh! You work here?" I ask, surprised.
"Yup!" He grins at me again. I notice that his teeth are white, too white. They're also too straight. Fake. They're fake teeth. Dentures.
"That'll be a dollar for the chocolate miss!" I dig into my wallet for a dollar.
"… I'm guessing you don't have a dollar?" I laugh slightly.
"I have twenty dollars. Mind breaking it for me?" I ask while smiling.
"Here, just take it. It's on me!" He slides the bar back over the counter.
"Oh! Thank you…" I read his nametag. "Len."
"Haha, no problem." We stand there for a few minutes.
"Hi Len…" I whisper.
My eyes start wandering. I eventually notice his hair. It's so… Polished. Neat. Not one strand out of place.
"Ah! I see you've spot my roof!" He laughs. I stare at him curiously.
"Huh?" I dumbly ask.
"My wig." He explains. I make a small 'o' and nod.
"Had cancer. Went through chemo. Said my hair would grow back fine, but it came back in patches and clumps. So I decided to shave it all off and get myself a roof." He grins again.
"That's horrible!" I blurt out. "I'm sorry!"
"Haha, no problem! Most people are." I notice a twinge of sadness in his eyes.
The silence between us is awkward until Len broke it.
"So… What's your name?" He asks.
"Oh, my name is…"
"I'm back again. Remember me? Rin…"
"Rin huh? You have a pretty name…" I notice a small blush has appeared onto his face.
"T-thanks." I feel my heart beat increase.
"Uhh… My shift ends in a few minutes…" He hesitates. "Wanna hang out?"
"Uh, yeah! That sounds great!" I nod eagerly.
I kneel down. "How are you?" I whisper.
"Great! Just let me close up the store…" He leaves off. "Wait for me outside."
I obey and wait outside for him.
"I-I miss you." I feel my throat tighten.
"Sorry for making you wait!"
"It's okay! I didn't wait that long." I laugh lightly. His face flushes red.
"Hey, you're not wearing your… roof." I point out.
"Boss makes me wear it. To be honest, it's really uncomfortable. I brought a hat, so don't worry about it." He shows me a black baseball cap.
"Oh…" I leave off.
"Haha, yeah…" He laughs nervously.
"So… Where do you want to go…?" I question. He stays silent for a minute.
"… I haven't gotten that far yet… Haha… Hah. Erm, where do you want to go?" He asks.
It's my turn to stay silent. "How about… We go to the park?" I suggest.
"Sure. Sounds great!" He nods.
"I went to the park today. They're destroying it for new buildings… I knew how much you liked that park, so I tried stopping them, but… But I couldn't." A tear slides down my face.
We've arrived at the park and sit down on one of the, many, benches.
"So… Um…" Len starts off.
"Hm… I…" I begin.
We both look at each other and laugh out loud.
"The weather's pretty nice today, huh?"
"Yeah… it is." My eyes scan the park.
"Hey Rin… Let's hang out tomorrow too."
"Ah! Sorry Len." I quickly wipe the tear away. "I got you something."
I shift through my purse.
"Here it is! It's your favorite, Moeji. Remember? I think they're going to stop making these those… Sorry about that Len." I sniff again.
"I also got you some flowers… They're red Zinnias. I thought you would like them."
"Hey Rin!" He notices my upset expression. "What's with the long face?"
"Ugh…" I groan. "I failed my math test today."
"Oh. So that's it."
"Oh? What do you mean by that? It was a big math test! And I got such a horrible grade on it!" I complain.
"What did you get?" He asks cautiously.
"A B minus. Can you believe it?" He looks at me strangely before laughing loudly.
"Wah? What's so funny?" I huff angrily.
"Come on Rin! A B minus isn't that bad. You'll survive!" I punch him playfully.
"Shut up Len."
"Hey, Len. I got a B minus on a math test today… I blame you. I kept thinking about you during the test… With you occupying my mind, I couldn't concentrate at all!" I laugh lightly.
"Hey Rin… I'm really tired… Would you mind if I sleep for a little while?"
"Take as long as you need…" He rests his head on my shoulder.
"Thank you… for everything…" I feel a tear slide down my face.
"No problem… Len."
"Good night Len." More tears start falling. With shaking hands, I lay the bouquet of flowers and bar of chocolate on his grave.
"I, I'll s-see you tomorrow L-len." With that, I run off.
'Bye Rin… See you tomorrow.'
Behind a tree stood the cemetery's care keeper.
"Quite a faithful young'un…" He chuckles quietly to himself. He picks up the bouquet and bar of chocolate.
"I'm going to take these and put them somewhere safe." He says to the grave in front of him.
1990 – 2011
If you didn't understand what was going on, here's the deal:
Len had cancer. Went through chemotherapy but still died a few years later.
The italics are events from the past. The regular typing is present day.