Everything went black, but he could still feel his breath against the cold pavement. He heard footsteps and distant chatter. Although blurry, his sight returned. He looked up into the eyes of a man; was it his father? No, this man's eyes were different, they were kind and concerned. Slowly, the blackness returned.

He awoke to bright lights and soft beeping. Trying to raise his arms, he noticed wires attached to them. He traced the wires as they led to machines, some with numbers, some with lights, some with both. He heard far away voices. Something about this place made him feel uneasy, although he didn't understand why.

"Ah, so you're finally awake?" said the lady dressed in a lab coat. "Where am I?" Sora asked. "You're in a hospital," the lady responded , "but don't worry, you'll be back to normal soon." "Back to normal?" he thought, "What was normal? What happened?" Suddenly, images flooded his mind and the memories came back to him. "Will they send me back?" he wondered.

As the days passed, the wires decreased. He observed the different nurses as they came and went. In silence, he watched their every move and soon he learned how to disconnect the wires. Although this place was better than his home, there was something about it that made him feel like he was in another prison. So he began to plan his escape.

Shortly after nightfall, he disconnected the remaining wires that attached him to the machines, then he made the bed. He walked towards the window and went behind the curtain to check for the location of the latch. After spending several minutes trying to find the latch, he was interrupted by the sound of a man's voice.

"It's good to see that you're recovering so quickly," said the man. He had heard that voice before, but couldn't place it. He peeked from behind the curtain and saw a man, about the same size as his father, but with kind eyes and a gentle expression. "You'll be able to go back home soon," the kind man said. "Home…" Sora thought. Sora's expression puzzled the man. "You do know where you live, right?" the man asked. Sora shrieked back behind the curtain.

"I see," said the man, "You don't want to go back home. Well then, where do you want to go?" There was a long pause. Faintly, just above a whisper, the man heard the boy say, "I want to disappear." "You want to disappear? Why do you say that?" asked the man. "Because I never really existed to begin with," Sora answered, "No one ever noticed when I was around and no one wants me around. So I…I want to disappear."

The man thought about that for a moment, then said, "Hmm. I may be able to help you, but I need something from you in return. I need you to promise me that you will apply yourself to my training and work diligently and obey me. Can you do that?"

The boy nodded.

"Good. If you do as I command, then I promise you, in the end, you will disappear."

With that oath, Sora, the child who should have never existed, was carried away by the wind, disappearing into the night.


He was forgotten by all, save one. Tsukasa, his younger step-brother, could no longer take the blame and taunts he was receiving at home. "You are the weak one that let him get away. If we get caught, it will be your fault. Your little sister will suffer because of you!" Karina often told him. "You should have died on the street with him!" his step-father would say.

He found a job that paid barely enough and rented a small apartment in a run-down area. With him, he brought all of his belongings: his clothes, his baseball, and his glove. He also brought three things that didn't belong to him: the yellowed piece of paper, the picture of the woman he didn't know, and the key to the basement door of his parents' house that led outside. For some reason, he felt like he was entitled to these things.

After he unpacked and put away all his things, he came across the small box that contained the things that didn't belong to him. He unfolded the yellowed paper and then looked at the picture, and suddenly, he was almost certain who the woman was.

A/N: I hope you have enjoyed reading this adaptation of Sora's life. I know it doesn't completely follow the manga, but I think this version is a little more probable. The first paragraph of the first chapter came to me in a dream. After awaking and thinking, "Did I just see that?" I started to postulate the rest of the story. It was definitely fun to write!