Chapter 15:

Hope - Part 1

Skipped a Beat

26th December 2018, I’m here, standing on a train station, waiting for the train to arrive, with Aoi. Bookmark here

Yeah, I’m going to Kyoto to meet Sachi. And I still don’t understand that if Aoi doesn’t believe me, why is she coming with me… maybe I should askBookmark here

“Can I ask you something?” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Yeah?”Bookmark here

“I still don’t understand why you agreed to come to Kyoto with me” Bookmark here

“I like traveling on trains”Bookmark here

“Oh…”Bookmark here

“Yeah, mostly when I get sad or something, I take the train to Ichikawa. And then come back sometime later”Bookmark here

Takahashi: oh… that’s what happened at that time…Bookmark here

“I see…”Bookmark here

“it’s not just that I like traveling. You always looked lost in your thoughts. But you never shared anything. So that day when you said that you have something weird to share, I thought maybe it is that. But it turned out to be a joke… that’s what I thought at first. But now I think that maybe what you’re saying is true. Maybe you did comeback from second year to first…”Bookmark here

“I understand that it’s not believable, but you still agreeing to come with me, I really appreciate that.”Bookmark here

“I was glad too that you are sharing your secrets with me”Bookmark here

“Because…”Bookmark here

Takahashi: I can’t tell her yet that she becomes my girlfriend. I don’t feel anything for Aoi, I wonder what happened that I fell in love with her…Bookmark here

“Because?”Bookmark here

“You were a really good friend in second year so I knew that I could share with you”Bookmark here

“Oh…”Bookmark here

“yeah”Bookmark here

“Oh, the train’s here, let’s go”Bookmark here

We both are in the train now. Only 6 hours until I meet Sachi. No, I have to find where she lives too, so more than that… what was her address? OH FUCK… I never memorized it, how am I going to find her now? I only remember the room number… or apartment number, was it? but where? Which hotel? What am I going to do now… Think think think think___Bookmark here

“Takahashi, what’s wrong?” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“I don’t know the address of her apartment”Bookmark here

“She never told you?”Bookmark here

“She did but… I forgot to memorize it”Bookmark here

“Oh… do you have it written anywhere?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, in my chat with Sachi… from second year”Bookmark here

“Oh… then you don’t have it right now…”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“Well, you should have memorized it before coming here”Bookmark here

“I didn’t know that I would go back to first year after second year, I thought that I still have third year to pass”Bookmark here

“Oh… so you don’t remember anything?”Bookmark here

“Just the apartment number”Bookmark here

“Well, that’s better than knowing nothing. We’ll figure something out, don’t worry”Bookmark here

“Maybe…”Bookmark here

“I want to know more about second year. Can you tell me What really happened in detail?”Bookmark here

“Okay”Bookmark here

I explained my situation a little more and after that we just sat there using our phones. Right now, it’s 15: 48. Just a little more till we reach Kyoto, and I don’t have anything in mind that how will I find where she lives.Bookmark here

(After getting off the train)Bookmark here

“Now what?” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“For now, let’s just search some hotels we can search online”Bookmark here

“Seriously? We won’t get anywhere like that, who knows how many places are there…”Bookmark here

“Well, you can’t just come here and sit idle. You have to do something”Bookmark here

“I know… well, come on. Let’s see what happens”Bookmark here

I don’t think we can find her like this… if I can’t remember anything and the whole day goes by… I’ll have to go back, we don’t have money to stay and never planned to stay the night here in the first place, but I don’t want to go back like this… according to Sachi, I did meet her. So, I have to meet her today otherwise things might change when I get back. I can’t remember anything right now but maybe something will come to mind later. For now, let’s just go check places we can find.Bookmark here

We have been going from place to place, looking for number 56… but nothing. Either there’s no room with that number or it’s someone else and that’s so embarrassing. It’s been almost 2 hours. I’m tired, and Aoi has to go through this because of me… I will have to apologize later. Bookmark here

“Do you remember her talking about where she lives or anything like that?” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“nope”Bookmark here

“Maybe talking about some places she likes here?”Bookmark here

“No, nothing comes to my mind”Bookmark here

“Without any lead, we can’t do much now. It has already been so much time. we have to go back too”Bookmark here

“I know… but I don’t want to go back without meeting her. If I do…I don’t know how much It can change the future”Bookmark here

“Oh…”Bookmark here

Takahashi: come to think of it, Sachi took us to places she liked in Kyoto. And I remember a sweet shop that she said went to a lot because it was near her home… If I go and check in that area maybe, we can find something… I should check how far that place is from here… 20 mins… that’s far…Bookmark here

“What is it Takahashi?” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Look at this, I remembered that Sachi took us to this shop on the trip. She said that it was near her place. Maybe we can find something”Bookmark here

“Maybe. we should try going there”Bookmark here

“Yeah”Bookmark here

(After reaching at the shop)Bookmark here

I should check for apartment areas or hotels in this area.Oh, not that many. Only 3…
OH, I remember now, it’s this one, 7 mins from here on foot.Bookmark here

“Aoi, I found it, it’s this one, I remember reading its name at that time”Bookmark here

“Oh… that’s good. We won’t have to check the other ones that showed up”Bookmark here

“Yeah, probably”Bookmark here

Now that I can see that I am going to meet Sachi in a few minutes. I’m getting nervous again… how will I explain the situation to her? I don’t need to tell her about the situation, I just need to tell her what happens and what to do. According to her, I said not to come to Tokyo. But now I know that that will not work. I still don’t know what to say… how to save her… even if I can’t think of any way to save her, at least I can tell her what happens.Bookmark here

It’s 18: 24 right now… and I think that this is the place… my heart is beating so fast…Bookmark here

“What are you waiting for? knock” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

*Takahashi KnocksBookmark here

*Door opensBookmark here

Takahashi: After a year and hours of struggle, finally…Bookmark here

(Aoi is standing a little to the right and behind of Takahashi)Bookmark here

Aoi: WOW… she’s so pretty. Is she the one? why is he standing still? Bookmark here

“Ta__” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Takahashi?” (Sachi)Bookmark here

Aoi: she knows him?Bookmark here

Sachi: what is he doing here… first of all, how did he find me… WOAH… what is wrong with this guy… now he is hugging me…Bookmark here

Aoi: what is he thinking…Bookmark here

Sachi: what happened to him in these months… he wasn’t like this in middle school. And who is she? She looks surprised herself…Bookmark here

“A year…” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Huh…?” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“Takahashi! (Takahashi let’s go of Sachi when he hears Aoi calling his name)” (Aoi)Bookmark here

Takahashi: Shit… I couldn’t control myself when I saw her… MANNN! This is really embarrassing…Bookmark here

“I’m sorry for this… Sachi” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Oh… You know my name…” Bookmark here

“We were in the same middle school”Bookmark here

Sachi: he knows about me? Wow…Bookmark here

“Yeah…” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

“You wanted to talk about something?” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“Well, come in…”Bookmark here

18: 44, the time I have been waiting for a year is now here… and I make a complete fool of myself… Right now, I am sitting here with Aoi, and Sachi is in the kitchen… we are like guests for her right now. This feels so weird. But at least she knew me. That makes things a lot easier for me.Bookmark here

She’s coming back from the kitchen… she brought tea…Bookmark here

“So, what is it?” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“Amm…” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“No, wait. First tell me how you knew where I live?” Bookmark here

“You told me…”Bookmark here

Aoi: why is he just saying it like that… she won’t believe itBookmark here

“Me? I have never told anyone and I’m sure I have never talked with you in middle school”Bookmark here

“Takahashi! What are you thinking?” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“I…”Bookmark here

Takahashi: nothing is coming to my mind… why did I even come here? I just feel like I have seen Sachi and that’s enough… No wait… she dies next year, that’s what I came here to do. I have to tell her thatBookmark here

“The reason I came here is because I have to warn you about something” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Ok… but how did you know that I was in Kyoto”Bookmark here

“You’ll go to Tokyo for second year, right?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

Sachi: How does he know that…Bookmark here

“In second year, you go to the same school as me. We become friends there, that’s how I know where you live, you told me in second year”Bookmark here

Sachi: this seems like a complete joke… but I become friends with him? He does know where I live and where I will go next year… I was able to become friends with someone like him? Though he’s a lot different now than the Takahashi I knewBookmark here

“And you expect me to believe that?”Bookmark here

“Nope, you told me that you never believed me. But the information I’ll give you, you have to tell the Takahashi you see in second year”Bookmark here

“What do you mean ‘The Takahashi you see in second year’?”Bookmark here

“I won’t remember any of this. that I met you or I told you anything”Bookmark here

“Why?”Bookmark here

“Ahh… even if I explain it, you won’t believe me. So, just remember what I tell you today”Bookmark here

“Okay… what did you even wanted to warn me about anyways?”Bookmark here

“At the end of 2019, you’ll get into a plane to come back to Kyoto and the plane crashes…”Bookmark here

“And I die?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“HAHAHAHAHA, what a nice joke”Bookmark here

Takahashi: I expected this to happen, but now that it is happening… it’s embarrassing, and it hurts a lot…Bookmark here

“No…” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Listen, your friend, she won’t forget this right?”Bookmark here

“Yeah”Bookmark here

“And she’s your classmate?”Bookmark here

“Yeah”Bookmark here

“Then why didn’t you just tell her? If I do get admission in the same school as you. She would be there too. So, she could have told me all this herself.”Bookmark here

“No… I had to…”Bookmark here

Takahashi: I can’t tell that Aoi leaves school in second year because of me…Bookmark here

“First joke about my death and then you don’t even have a proper reason why you are here. And you can’t even tell how you knew where I live”Bookmark here

“No… it’s not like that…”Bookmark here

Takahashi: she doesn’t believe me at all… well she wouldn’t, I just have to tell her what happens and what to do. What do I even tell her? I don’t know myself how to save herBookmark here

“He just missed you a lot and wanted to meet you” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Why? Wouldn’t I meet him in second year? He just had to wait 4 months”Bookmark here

“No… it’s not like that…” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Takahashi, why aren’t you telling her everything” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Because according to her, I never told her anything about myself. she found out about everything in second year. If I tell now, I don’t know how much it effects the future”Bookmark here

“I understand… but what are you going to do now? Just walk back?” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“I won’t…”Bookmark here

“What is it? Tell me” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“I… won’t go to second year after this year. I will go straight to third year. I have already passed my second year.” Bookmark here

“So, you are saying that last year, you were in 2019, and now 2018?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

“How will I even believe that? I know that you watch anime. But I didn’t know that you’re that much into anime…”Bookmark here

“This isn’t because of anime…”Bookmark here

“Will you just listen to what he has to say? At first, I didn’t believe it either. But now I think that it might be true” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Fine… Listening to a fantasy won’t hurt anyways…” (Sachi)Bookmark here

Sachi: since I watch animeBookmark here

“It’s not a fantasy…” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Well, you telling me about when I die does sound like a fantasy, who knows when someone is going to die?”Bookmark here

“Someone who has seen it happen”Bookmark here

“Oh… so you have seen my die?”Bookmark here

“Yeah…”Bookmark here

Sachi: this might be interestingBookmark here

“Believing for now, tell me. What happens. How do I die?”Bookmark here

“Next year, your dad has to leave Tokyo because of work, and he said that it was the last time he’s moving because of his job. So, he takes you with him, and that day your plane crashes”Bookmark here

“What day? What’s the date?”Bookmark here

“It was…”Bookmark here

Takahashi: should I tell her 27th December? At that time, I thought that there was still some time before she goes to Kyoto, so when she asked that she wanted to meet me, I spent normal timeBookmark here

“What??” (Sachi)Bookmark here

with her instead of worrying about her death. If I had known at that time that she was going to die the next day. I would have just tried to think of ways to save her instead of spending time with Sachi. If I tell her 27th, the last time I spent with her disappears… I should just say 2nd JanuaryBookmark here

“2nd January”Bookmark here

“At the start of new year huh…”Bookmark here

“Yeah”Bookmark here

“So? What do I do?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know”Bookmark here

“Then what’s the point of telling me that I die? This doesn’t help me in any way”Bookmark here

“I know…”Bookmark here

“What happens to the plane?”Bookmark here

“Engine Failure”Bookmark here

“So, I just have to avoid getting on that plane”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but how would you know that it is not that plane”Bookmark here

“When did I leave?”Bookmark here

“In the morning”Bookmark here

“Then I’ll just take a different plane”Bookmark here

“How? Your father is the one who bought the plane tickets. And you said that your father won’t listen to you unless you have a real good reason,Bookmark here

Sachi: he even knows that?... maybe he is right about what he is sayingBookmark here

which obviously none of us had. Just that I have seen you die.” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“You are right…” (Sachi)Bookmark here

Takahashi: TRAIN!Bookmark here

“You could take the train instead of a plane. It will take more time, but you will live”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but I don’t know if dad will agree, we both have always travelled through plane. I have never been alone on trains before. For that much time”Bookmark here

“Oh… You did say that you are his only daughter so he’s overprotective…”Bookmark here

Sachi: I shared this much with him? What was my relation with him…Bookmark here

“…yeah”Bookmark here

“But still, plane is not the option now. You have to take the train”Bookmark here

“Ok… I will try to ask him when the time comes…”Bookmark here

“Thanks”Bookmark here

“Just like you said before, yes I don’t believe you. But it won’t hurt me to remember this stuff. And if you are true, and we become friends in the next year, maybe I’ll believe this too”Bookmark here

“You will, I know” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

“Maybe…” (Sachi)Bookmark here

“It’s getting late, we should go back” (Aoi)Bookmark here

“Oh… yeah, it’s 19: 39. And it will take time on the train too” (Takahashi)Bookmark here

(In the train)Bookmark here

Will this really help? If her dad agrees and she travels through a train… I won’t know until I go back and see if she is still alive. For now, I have to pass first year. Bookmark here

I have made so many changes than before, but I don’t think it will affect the future much. Now, only Aoi and Sachi know what’s happening to me. And if I do shout at her, maybe this time she will wait, instead of going back to Ichikawa. Bookmark here

(Months later)Bookmark here

These past months were a little weird for me. Bookmark here

First thing, now I know where my jacket goes. That day, it was around 1 at night. Of course, it was cold, so I was wearing it. But Aoi didn’t think it would get that cold nor that we would get that late, so she didn’t bring any anything with her… and she was getting really cold, and I didn’t want her to catch a cold because of me so I gave her my jacket… and now I don’t have it. Bookmark here

Second… Aoi confessed… after some days of coming back from… and I don’t know why, but I couldn’t turn her down. So, I accepted… even though I don’t feel anything for her. I don’t understand why she would like me, but whatever. Third year won’t be like this probably. And she was my girlfriend when I started second year. So this was supposed to happen… or I should have turned her down. Then that day, I won’t shout at her at all… I don’t know, I shouldn’t make that many changes, just follow what happened.
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Other than that, everything has been fine. Now I just hope that Sachi is alive when I go back.
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Today’s 31st March, Sunday. And just like every time, I will go to sleep today and wake up on the first day of third year. It’s 22: 22 right now. I was thinking, what if I don’t go to sleep at all. What will happen then? should I try that? What if something happens because of this in the future. I should just go to sleep like normal. Don’t want to mess something up.
(Takahashi goes to sleep)Bookmark here

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