Chapter 9:

It's Quiet Here

School For The Mediums

“Hadi-chan!” Bookmark here

As soon as we were safely inside, Shizuko snatched me up into a hug. I almost toppled over as she threw herself on me. Bookmark here

“Oh, we were so worried about you!” She snuggled into my chest, crying and sniffling. “I thought we were going to lose like how we lost Aoko! I got so scared! I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t do anything! That’s how worried I was!” Bookmark here

Her arms wrapped tighter around me, so tight, in fact, I was struggling to breathe. “Shizuko,” I whispered, her arms were squeezingBookmark here

“She’s lying she did eat.” Hiroto was leaning against the shoe wall with a smile. Bookmark here

She pulled away from me. “Shut up, Takahashi!” She wacked him with her arm, before she glued herself back to me. Bookmark here

Her arms clenched me even tighter as she blubbered and whined. “Oh Hadi-chan! I missed you! We tried to visit you but they wouldn’t let us in! They said they wanted to make sure nothing would start up the allergic reaction again while they were running tests! And we would have been at the hospital when you were getting discharged but stupid Ichiro-sensei tried to stop us from skipping school and tried to scold us on---.” Bookmark here

“---Shizuko.” I interrupted, patting her shoulder. “You’re kinda---.” I stopped to catch my breath. “--Smothering me.” Bookmark here

Her hug was unyielding and constrictive. I was nearly sure she was going to crack or dislocate one of my spine bones. Bookmark here

“Oh, sorry!” She bounced back with a sniffle. “I just was really worried.” Bookmark here

As soon as Shizuko backed away, Hiroto gave me a little hug. “We both were really worried.”Bookmark here

Luckily, his hug wasn’t as breath snatching as Shizuko’s. Bookmark here

“We thought you were…you know.” Shizuko wiped tears from her eyes. Bookmark here

“Correction, she---.” He pointed to Shizuko and she glared. “--Thought you were. I know you’re a cool tough cookie.” He smiled. Bookmark here

I rubbed my neck and gave both of them a light smile. “Well, I’m alive. Alive and…?” I couldn’t finish. Bookmark here

I should say I’m alive, and I feel great to be living. That I’m so, so, excited to have an incredible support system like my friends and my family. Bookmark here

That’s what people should say in situations like mines. They should be grateful and happy. Bookmark here

They’re not supposed to be an emotional wreck, or…be hearing things.Bookmark here

On instinct, I tensed. Bookmark here

And right about now I should be hearing something strange, shouldn’t I?Bookmark here

I swallowed, preparing my mind for a yell, a scream, a mutter, a whisper, or just plain gibberish. Bookmark here

But nothing. Bookmark here

It’s just me. In my thoughts. Me. I’m talking to myself. Bookmark here

Me? Just me?Bookmark here

What’s going on? Why is it so quiet? Bookmark here

“Hadi-chan?” Bookmark here

“Huh?” Shizuko’s voice pulled me from my thoughts. Bookmark here

She tapped her head. “You’re spacing out.” Bookmark here

I blinked. “Sorry.” Bookmark here

My head is quiet. Bookmark here

No, way. Bookmark here

It’s actually quiet right now. Bookmark here

I’m not hearing the voices right now. Is this really happening? Normally they come in out like a tunning radio, but now…?Bookmark here

Swallowing the air, I waited.Bookmark here

It’s like they really did shut up when I told them to shut up. Bookmark here

No way. Bookmark here

I blinked again. Bookmark here

I don’t know why I can’t hear them right now. But honestly, why should I care why or how when I can’t hear them anymore? If it’s quiet then that’s alright for me because it means I’m not crazy!Bookmark here

A surge of happiness rushed into me as I faced Shizuko and Hiroto. Bookmark here

“Uh, sorry again, for spacing. It’s probably the whole ‘heart stopped for 3 minutes.’ Makes me absentminded I think.” Bookmark here

A smile was starting on my face. “In fact, maybe it did more than that. Messed up my brain for a second. But now?” I shrugged, smiling giddy, I’m sure. “I think I’m suddenly feeling better!” Bookmark here

“You are?” Hiroto and Shizuko said in unison. They both sent looks to each other. Bookmark here

Confused, I’m absolutely sure they were. I’ve gone from shouting shut up to news, crying and frowning, and now smiling like the world’s biggest fool. Bookmark here

I probably seem so strange right now. I know it. But what can I say? Bookmark here

It’s so quiet in here.Bookmark here

Miao Miao
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