Dry Tears – Chapter I, Reflecting
The Before Time is what I call it now. In the Before Time I was happy. With myself, grades…everything.
And then he left. The end of the Before Time.
Now it’s now. Now I’m much different. Before, I spent at least an hour getting ready, with my hair and make-up and everything. And now I barely comb my hair and have no make-up on. My hair is much more straggly than before. Before it was neat, clean, and shiny.
I also think more now. In the Before Time, I could speed-read and soak everything up like a sponge. But now I do the same, except I pause and reflect. Maybe re-read it a few times, skip back a few pages, and then go back to where I was.
And at night, I think at least an hour before I sleep now. Reflect upon the day.
There’s also one major difference. In the Before Time, my eyes were always sparkling and shining like the stars on a dark night. But now the pupils are large as if there was darkness everywhere and there is little shine. I have lost most of my friends except a western girl from America, Jennifer Molzon. She was always loyal to me. Always.
And you never really know what you’ve had until you’ve lost it.
My name is Innei Tani. I am at the age of fifteen and attend Shiritsu Daitou High School.
School was like every other school day. My mom drops me off, I go to my locker, and pack my things in neatly. Some girls to my right are obsessing over someone’s fuku, but it was barely anything. They glanced at me, and I stared back, and they averted their eyes.
Jealousy, probably. I was still considered the most attractive girl in school, although I now had somewhat a state of shabbiness.
I close my locker and wander the campus almost aimlessly. No one understood. They were all concerned about looks, and who’s going out with who, and dances, and some are even concerned about grades.
But those barely mattered.
The thing was, I refused to cry. Always. It was like that ever since I was born. When I was born, my dad video taped it. I came out calm. I never cried. Never. But when Michieru died like that, so suddenly…I wanted to cry more than ever. But I refused to.
The Federation of Keys barely understood. Some were sympathetic, but the strict, heartless bastards just brushed it aside. But it was love. It had to be.
I bumped into a guy, about as tall as me, all of a sudden.
“Oh…!” I cried softly. I glanced and brushed some hair out of my eyes. It was someone I’ve seen before. What was his name? Aderianu Nakai?
“Oh, sorry!” he said. He immediately searched the ground, thinking I might’ve dropped something. I grinned a little.
“Sorry,” I said. “It was my fault. See you in math?”
So that’s how it went. And somehow, I was on a date with him. We just wandered the streets a little. But I didn’t like him. Because he wasn’t Michieru. It was just wrong…Somehow…
I turned a corner into an alley and strode down.
“Hey…where are you going, Tani?” Nakai said, following me. “Tani…” I stopped. In front of me and to my right were brick walls, but to my left was an escape. Just another alley. I faced the alley, and turned my head towards him. Then I tilted it a little.
Then it was like there was wind. But there was none. But my grayish silver hair began to flow and sway as if there was wind. I put my hands behind my back. A cat came out from behind a trash can. Black. It purred and stared.
Nakai was transfixed. He just couldn’t stop staring.
“Tani…” he finally whispered. I stayed as hot and sexy as possible. I waited, my eyes made soft and poured into his like water. I concentrated. He blinked. I was gone.
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