Chapter 5: Sorry?
Hikaru had hurried home after getting an information overload by Chihon. She was worried, or maybe just paranoid, that Haruki was plotting something while she was out. Or maybe hurting Yuugi. Or both? Completely flustered and out of breath she stumbled into the living room, but Haruki and Yuugi where just doing what they said they would. Playing an old Crash Bandicoot-game. They both looked up at her the moment she walked in. “Are you okay sis?”, Haruki asked. Hikaru just nodded. “I found out something… Interesting about the witch hunts.”, she muttered. Silence fell. Yuugi looked from Hikaru to Haruki and back, and cleared his throat. “Guess I’ll be going then…” He got up, but Hikaru stopped him from walking out. “When did you visit the library?”
“Last week, before we had to turn in those papers for biology.”
“Why? You hate books and always use the internet.”
Yuugi sighed. “Hika-chan…” He pouted at Hikaru. “There’s a computer virus running around freely! I don’t want to get ill!” He folded his arms. “It’s been in the news for two weeks straight! There are no scanners that can pick it up yet, so I’m offline for two weeks now. You really didn’t know that?”
Hikaru actually didn’t know that. But Haruki seemed to know. “That’s why I told you to go to the library.” Yuugi smirked at Hikaru. “Sleeping is for the weak isn’t something to take seriously!”, he told her. Before Hikaru could reply, he walked through the front door. “See you guys tomorrow!”
There was a lot of silence after Yuugi left. Hikaru told Haruki what Chihon had told her, but her brother didn’t jump up on the defenses or confess. Instead he was worried. “But there’s nothing weird happening with me…”, he told Hikaru. “That’s because I haven’t been caught yet, I think…”, she replied casually. “You… Actually think I’m going to let you get killed, aren’t you?” Haruki seemed sad, defeated really. He just walked away from the conversation, leaving Hikaru alone.
It was a cold but calm night. No stars, no moon. No lake either. Just a clean, pitch-black sky and a grassy slope to sit on.
Only to sit on, because she couldn’t move once again.
“How long will this go on?” It was the same question as she was asking herself.
“I don’t want to do this, you know.”
He was kind. Somewhat. Was he really her brother? He sounded differently.
Yes. She was tired too, but you didn’t hear her complaining. Although that was probably because she couldn’t move.
For once, a dream ended without scaring Hikaru.