Part 1: Sad Good-byes

"I'm home!"17- year old Sora Takenouchi yelled as she walked in her front door. She had just come home from soccer practice She opened the door to her room and tossed her duffel bag on her bed. She was feeling really good. Then again, she usually did after playing soccer. It was her absolute, number one favorite thing to do.
Just then, Sora's mom called her from the other room, "Sora, would you come here for a second?"
"Sure!" Replied Sora. She walked into the living room and stood in the doorway. Her mom was sitting on the couch. Sora could tell form the look on her face that this was not good news. "What's up Mom?" Sora asked.
"Sora sit down," her mom said. Sora sat down in an armchair facing her mom. Then her mom continued, "Sora, I wish there was some way around this, but there's not. Sora, we have to move."
Sora couldn't believe this. "Move?! Move where?"
"To a town about five hour's drive away from here"
Sora jumped up. "Where are you going?' her mom asked.
"I just need some time to think this over," Sora said as she walked out the front door, slamming it behind her. She walked around with her hands shoved in her pockets, muttering to herself, "What am I going to do now? What about my friends? My soccer team? Tai?" Sora finally wound up back at the soccer field. She climbed up in the bleachers and sat down. The boys soccer team was just finishing their practice.
Tai Kamyia was just about to leave the field when he noticed Sora sitting in the stands. He climbed up and sat down next to her. "Hey Sora," he said.
"Hey Tai," she said without even looking up.
"What's wrong, Sora?" Tai asked her.
Sora looked into Tai's eyes. She knew she could tell him anything. Tai was her closest and oldest friend, as well as being the love of her life. "Tai, I have to move. My mom just told me today."
Tai couldn't believe this. They'd been best friends practically their whole lives and he didn't want to lose her now. "Moving?" He said, "Moving where?"

"Some town five hours away. Oh, Tai, I don't want to leave." Sora started to cry on Tai's shoulder. Tai put his arm around her. He hated to see her this sad. He loved her so much.
As sad as she was, Sora was happy Tai cared so much about her. Just being with him made her feel better. Sora and Tai just sat there for a while. Then Sora happened to glance at her watch. "Oh man!" she said, "Tai, I gotta get home"
"Yeah, me too" Tai replied.
"Tai, thanks a lot. I just needed some one to talk to."
"Sure. Anything for a friend."
"Thanks again. You're a really good friend." Sora hugged Tai and kissed him on the cheek. "Well, see ya around.'
"Yeah, see ya."
When Sora got home, she found her mom had already stared packing. "Sora! Is that you?" Her mom yelled as Sora walked in.
"Yeah it's me." Sora replied
"Good, I want you to start packing up your stuff"
"Whatever" Sora walked into her room and stared at a picture on her desk. It was a picture of Tai with one arm around her and the other around his sister, Kari. They were all smiling. Sora was going to miss Tai so much. She really didn't want to leave. She sighed and stared packing up her stuff.
Two days later, Sora's mom woke her up early so they could get an early start on the five-hour drive. Sora had slept in her sleeping bag the night before, since all her stuff was packed all ready. That morning, Sora packed up the last of her stuff and took one last look at her room. Then she walked out to the car.
Sora was about to get in the car when she hard a voice behind her. "Sora! Hey Sora, wait!" She turned around. Tai was jogging toward her.
"Tai!" She exclaimed. She was so happy to see him. She leaned in the car window and said to her mom, "Just give me five minuets, ok?" Her mom just nodded.
Sora ran to Tai. Tai took both of her hands in his and said, "Sora….. I don't want you to leave, but I had to come say good bye and tell you…… that I love you, Sora."
Sora let go of Tai's hands and threw her arms around him. "Oh, Tai. I love you too." Sora's mom honked the car horn, totally ruining the moment. Sora yelled, "Just a minuet!"
Tai looked into Sora's eyes and thought, "It's now or never." Then he kissed her. He wanted Sora to stay right here with him. He didn't want to let her go.
Sora's mom impaietntly honked the horn again and yelled, "Sora! Come on, we have to leave!"
"Well, Tai," Sora said, "I guess this is good bye"
"Yeah. Sora, just remember, I'll always love you, forvever, no matter what. No matter, how far apart we are. So, good bye"
Sora looked deep into Tai's eyes. She knew she had to leave but there wasn't anyplace she wanted to be but right here in Tai's arms. "Good bye, Tai. I'll always love you too, forever…"

Stay tuned for part 2: What do I do?