Chapter 7:

Day 1

Scorpion Grasses or simply, Forget-me-nots

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” — Henry David Thoreau

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After careful considerations, Kibo decided to see if the pills work. There is nothing to lose. If something is wrong she can sue the doctor.Bookmark here

Will it be different? She felt excited. Bookmark here

This whole thing with soulmates is on another level. It seems too good to be true. Bookmark here

As she was preparing to sleep, she took one of the pills out.Bookmark here

It didn’t look special. It was white and round, but it had a strange symbol on them. Bookmark here

“This better work!” She swallowed the pill with water. “And now I’m supposed to sleep, right?”Bookmark here

She turned off the lights.Bookmark here

“Something is not right, why is this so easy?” She fell asleep while thinking about what awaits her.Bookmark here

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“MAKE WAY!”Bookmark here

“WAIT FOR ME!”Bookmark here

*honk*Bookmark here

*honk*Bookmark here

Kibo’s eyes opened wide as if she just woke up from a nightmare. Bookmark here

The sun is so bright!Bookmark here

Everyone was being in such a hurry!Bookmark here

Wait, why is Kibo in the middle of an intersection?Bookmark here

“Where the hell am I?”Bookmark here

The last thing she remembers was-Bookmark here

DID IT WORK? Is she in another universe?Bookmark here

The surroundings look like Tokyo but with little differences.Bookmark here

The view was incredible! The street was so tidy and the buildings were pretty tall.Bookmark here

When she turned around she saw a car coming her way fast. Then it hit her.Bookmark here

She was standing on a crosswalk! She was invisible to others, but she still could get hurt. Bookmark here

Kibo was too scared to move. So after all her first day was also her last, huh?Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, Aiko!” She closed her eyes and waited for the impact.Bookmark here

*hoooonk*Bookmark here

When the vehicle was supposed to hit her someone pushed her away.Bookmark here

“ARE YOU AN IDIOT?” The driver screamed after someone.Bookmark here

How is this possible? If she was invisible how come someone saved her?Bookmark here

The heavy body that was standing over her stood up. Bookmark here

It was a young-looking man. He should be around her age. The stranger extended a hand to help her up. Bookmark here

Kibo felt confused but she accepted the help. Bookmark here

“You can see me?” It was a complete shock for her.Bookmark here

“I’m looking at you right now, what do you think?” He replies sarcastically. Bookmark here

“It’s impossible! Doctor Chiba said-“Bookmark here

“I would be more worried about your knee than about the fact that you are not transparent.” He turns his back on her and starts to walk away.Bookmark here

“W-Wait!” When she made a step her right leg felt painful.Bookmark here

She looked down and saw a lot of blood coming from her knee.Bookmark here

“There is nothing I can do!” She searched with her sight for the stranger that helped her.Bookmark here

Kibo ran after him without hesitation. Was he the one she was looking for? Bookmark here

She sees him for a couple of moments and then he disappears into a building. It was huge and on the top was written: Feelings Factory.Bookmark here

“What is this factory?” She looks around. “This city is much bigger than the Tokyo I know.”Bookmark here

Besides that boy from earlier, no one knew about her. What is she going to do? There is no chance to find him inside that building.Bookmark here

“This is not fun! You better move and exit this fabric quick, stranger!” She says grumpily.Bookmark here

The only thing Kibo could do was to wait. She sat on a bench in front of the main entrance and tried to get comfortable. It will take some time.Bookmark here

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“Haru, you’re late!” A woman says.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, Annie! It was a complicated situation!” He replies while rushing to his office.Bookmark here

This day was important for him, but it already started badly.Bookmark here

He arranged his tie in front of the door.Bookmark here

“Now or never!” He says to himself.Bookmark here

*knock*Bookmark here

*knock*Bookmark here

*knock*Bookmark here

“Come in, Haru!” The man seemed a little pissed off.Bookmark here

“Good morning, director Ebina! I’m sorry for being late!” He bows and waits for orders.Bookmark here

“Well, I guess we all have bad days. It’s alright!” The man sighs. “I’m here because of your last report. We looked into that woman's background and you were right. She had emotions of grade 5.”Bookmark here

Beside his neutral expression was anger. He did it again! Because of him, another innocent person got arrested. All he could do now was to bite his tongue and don’t let his feelings control him.Bookmark here

“You did a good job, young man! The higher-ups are very pleased with the way you work! Only if everyone would be as hard-working as you… They will promote you again soon. Congratulations!”Bookmark here

“Thank you but the credits should go to you, director Ebina! Without your guidance, I wouldn’t be able to have success now!”Bookmark here

The man laughed.Bookmark here

“What a sweet talker you are! You are the type of person I like, keep up with the great work and I will assure you place in the government!” He put a hand on Haru’s left shoulder.” I have to go now!”Bookmark here

“Have a nice day!” He watched the man leave and close the door behind him. “A place in the government, huh?”Bookmark here

This is exactly his wish because this is what would make his father proud. But being promoted is also a higher chance to find the truth about this place called Feeling Factory. Bookmark here

He discovered that there may be another floor beneath the main body of the structure. It should be half the size of a normal floor so it is about 2,250,000 sq ft. Bookmark here

The problem is what’s inside. Bookmark here

The workers are not allowed to enter or to leave the fabric between 7 to 8 a.m. and 11 to 12 p.m. Bookmark here

About the number of persons employed here, the number is unknown. But he estimates that there are approximately 200,000,000 workers. Bookmark here

“But we are split in night and day shifts. So I’m left with 100,000,000 people.” He tries to connect these things. “That’s it! I got it! There are people down there. They must also do the same tasks as us, but why are they hidden from the rest? There still is a lot I don’t know.”Bookmark here

It’s frustrating. He lost a lot of time to gain trust and gain information. It’s very dangerous to know more than you are supposed so he tries to be as careful as possible.Bookmark here

He writes down everything he discovered today and then starts his actual work.Bookmark here

Times flies fast and at 9 p.m. his shift was over. He felt tired as always but he could finally go home now.Bookmark here

As he walks by the building a familiar blue shirt with flowers on it enters his sight. It was the same stupid girl like the one from this morning. She was sleeping soundly.Bookmark here

“Are you kidding me?” He gets closer and wakes the girl up.Bookmark here

“Get up already, suicide girl!” He says with a cold tone. ”Did you follow me here?”Bookmark here

She stands up quickly.Bookmark here

“Why did it take you so long? Wait; did you just call me suicide girl?” She frowns.Bookmark here

“I don’t even know you and you act like you’ve been waiting for me!”Bookmark here

What’s wrong with this girl? She must be out of her mind! Where are her bandanas?Bookmark here

Someone was walking their way so the boy tried to cover her arm since she didn’t have the special bandanas on her.Bookmark here

The girl pushed him away.Bookmark here

"Normal people can't see me." Bookmark here

She points to the windows behind her. She didn't have a reflection.Bookmark here

"How is this possible?"Bookmark here

Is he seeing ghosts? No, she seems like a normal person. She even injured herself.Bookmark here

“We need to talk!” She says seriously. “I am Aiko, by the way!”Bookmark here

Kibo must pretend to be her friend for this thing with traveling in another universe to work.Bookmark here

“I think suicide girl suits you better!” He points to her scars on the neck. ”Also you’re welcome because I saved your life!” He rolls his eyes.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry for being rude, I’m grateful for your help! Look, we must go to a private place otherwise people will think you’re crazy. From their point of view you are talking to air.”Bookmark here

“Why would-“Bookmark here

“ I can explain if you give me a chance. What’s your name, stranger?”Bookmark here

Yeah, she is out of her mind for sure. He tries to walk away again.Bookmark here

“I’m not letting you go so easy! I don’t know how much time I have left so let’s talk a little. I beg you!” She grabs his arm and gives him a sad look.Bookmark here

He sighs. Why is this happening to him?Bookmark here

“Haru.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“My name is Haru.”Bookmark here

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