Chapter 10:


Scorpion Grasses or simply, Forget-me-nots

“There are no regrets in life, just lessons.” — Jennifer Aniston
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When Kibo opened her eyes she was laying in her bed. She stands up wanting to see if she returned to her universe.Bookmark here

Everything was in its right place and the box of pills was still well hidden in a drawer.Bookmark here

“What if it was a dream? How can I confirm that it was all real?”Bookmark here

She checked the time and saw it was 8 a.m. She should give Doctor Chiba a call.Bookmark here

*ring*Bookmark here

In the end, no one answered so she left a voice message.Bookmark here

“Good morning, Doctor Chiba! I’m Aiko Okada, we’ve met yesterday. I wanted to update you on my situation. I took a pill before going to sleep and the results were amazing! I would like to believe that I traveled to another universe, yet I’m afraid everything was a dream. I was wondering if there was any way of knowing the truth. Now assuming that I successfully met with my soulmate, I can confirm it was him for sure. Would you like more details? Phone me back when you get this, please! Have a nice day at work!”Bookmark here

As she hung up, her mother called from the kitchen.Bookmark here

“Kibo! You’re going to be late for today’s interview if you don’t get out of bed!”Bookmark here

She was right! The girl forgot about it. She tried to get ready as fast as possible.Bookmark here

In 20 minutes she got out of her room running for her life.Bookmark here

“Good morning, dear!”Bookmark here

“Good morning!” Kibo yelled while running past her mother.” I’ll get going!”Bookmark here

The woman giggled.Bookmark here

“Take care! I’ll wait for your good news!”Bookmark here

She called for a cab while exiting the building to make sure she gets just in time.Bookmark here

“Haru would scold me if I ever arrive late,” She thought to herself.Bookmark here

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“You've met hour soulmate?”Bookmark here

“Why do you sound so surprised, doctor?”Bookmark here

“You don't get the chance to hear about people who travel through universes daily, do you? Tell me more about the boy.”Bookmark here

“I don't know a lot about his background, but I can describe his looks if you want.”Bookmark here

“It's better than nothing! But first tell me his name and age, please!”Bookmark here

“Haru Chibana. Same age as me, 19 years old. Pretty tall, slim figure, pastel purple hair, and eyes. When his face muscles relax he seems a little bit scared.”Bookmark here

“Is he handsome?” The doctor giggled as her expression changed.Bookmark here

Haru's image appeared right before her eyes. A stupid smile carved on her lips.Bookmark here

“Handsome?” She questioned herself.Bookmark here

No, that's not the word she was looking for.Bookmark here

“He's perfect.” Kibo says after a while. “His shy smile is the sweetest thing in the world and his eyes seem to be portals to a fairytale.”Bookmark here

The man looked amused.Bookmark here

“These kids are getting more and more dreamy!” He thought to himself.Bookmark here

“Can you give me some details about his world?”Bookmark here

“They all live in one country named Tokyo. There are many divisions, but only 6 are important. They are Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Surprise, Fear, and Disgust Districts. The government built a factory to control people's emotions.”Bookmark here

“That’s a lot to process. Thank you! Anything else?”Bookmark here

“Everyone must wear some sort of bandanas that record your feelings and manifestations. They work wireless and are made in that factory that I told you about earlier.”Bookmark here

The doctor wrote down everything that the girl said.Bookmark here

“You did a great job!” He says while analyzing the situation.Bookmark here

“Will there be any side effects if I keep going to his universe?”Bookmark here

“You will always wake up tired because your mind will be active each night you take the pills. Besides this, there shouldn't be anything else.”Bookmark here

“I see! I wonder one more thing. Why I am invisible to others in that world?”Bookmark here

“You do not belong in that place. The universe is rejecting your existence, but you have a purpose! If you are fated to meet someone, they will be able to interact with you. After your 100 days are over”Bookmark here

"99" She interrupts the men.Bookmark here

“My bad! After your 99 days are over, you won't be able to return and his world will erase every piece of memory about you. Also, our world will destroy the information about that Tokyo. Your memories about ever meeting Haru will also disappear.”Bookmark here

“If this is the end, what's the point of finding my soulmate? It seems that my work will lead to nothing.”Bookmark here

“Let me tell you a little secret. Then you will decide if is worth it or not.”Bookmark here

The doctor gave her a serious look.Bookmark here

“Sometimes is not about you having a happy ending, but making one for the person you love most. Your case is rare because your purpose changed. You don't necessarily have to make him fall in love with you. You must bring him as close as possible to what he considers happiness.”Bookmark here

Kibo gazed at the man in front of her. She understood his words, but she wanted to be egoistic this time. After all, everything was for her dead friend.Bookmark here

“It's still early to make a decision.” She says while playing with her fingers.Bookmark here

This stupid fate for traveling through universes was supposed to be Aiko's future. If she would have survived the accident she would still not have the happy ending she deserves.Bookmark here

What would she say in this situation? What would she choose? What would she do?Bookmark here

“Give me a sign!” Kibo yelled out of frustration. “I don’t know what to do anymore!”Bookmark here

On her way home, she stopped by her friend's grave. She brought her a beautiful bouquet with white roses, Aiko’s favorites.Bookmark here

“It’s been a while… I hope you’re well!”Bookmark here

Kibo took some deep breaths before talking again.Bookmark here

“I grew fond of your help in difficult moments. No matter how much time passes by, I still find myself searching for your advice. May you help me again today! You’ve got a pretty handsome soulmate, Aiko!” A sad smile formed on her face. “He’s your type! He’s a little shy, but this makes him look cute! Haru is also a poor soul like you and me. He deserves better… What if I make it worse for him? I promised I will be there for him, but it’s not me the one supposed to help him.”Bookmark here

As she was complaining, a child approached her.Bookmark here

It was a crying little girl.Bookmark here

“Miss, have you seen my mother?”Bookmark here

“I’m not good with children!” Kibo thought to herself.Bookmark here

“I didn’t see anyone here. You should look for her somewhere else.”Bookmark here

The kid hugged one of Kibo’s legs.Bookmark here

“I’m scared! I don’t want to be alone!” The girl kept sobbing.Bookmark here

*sigh*Bookmark here

“I see… Let’s go look for your mother then.”Bookmark here

“Thank you very much!” She stopped crying and showed a bright smile. “I think she went this way!” The child pointed to the right.Bookmark here

The two of them started walking to an unknown destination. They didn’t know where their feet led them, neither the time they find the women. Still, the kid had a feeling that her mother was around here. She had a feeling that somehow they will reunite again if she tries to find her.Bookmark here

“I see you know pretty well this place. Why do you need my company then?” Kibo asked out of the blue.Bookmark here

“I’m not scared when I have a friend! I mean I want my mommy back, but until then, I have you.”Bookmark here

“The situation is still the same, kid.”Bookmark here

“No! It’s a little better!”Bookmark here

As she was ready to explain why she let out a loud “YAY!” and run to a woman.Bookmark here

“Mom!”Bookmark here

“Sara!”Bookmark here

It turned out that the kid’s hope wasn’t in vain.Bookmark here

“I was so worried! Do not leave my side ever again!” The woman caressed the girl’s hair.Bookmark here

“Mommy, this kind girl helped me find you!”Bookmark here

“Thank you! If I can repay you somehow-“Bookmark here

“Ma’am, you’ve got it all wrong! I didn’t do anything. I just walked along with your girl, so don’t worry about it!”Bookmark here

“You are incredible, Aiko!” Kibo thought to herself as she smiled. ”I guess someone is waiting for my return tonight!”Bookmark here

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