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A strange stillness followed. I slowed my breathing and set my legs. I watched the darkness for any changes. It felt like it was slowly turning.
“It is too late for her and too late for you.”
“I’m not going to talk to you. I’m only going to stop you and get Ami back.”
It felt a bit of flame curl through arm. I held my arm out.
The darkness receded.
“You have no chance. No hope.”
I said nothing in return. I just turned slowly in the darkness, watching for any changes.
“She suffered as a human. I have released her. I will release you too.”
I turned at the source of the voice. Ami stood before me, hands at her side and dressed in white.
She bowed her head. I knew it wasn’t really her.
“Don’t fight. There is peace to be found here. Stay with me, and I’ll make you happy.”
I flailed at the image of Ami and it vanished like a mirage.
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I noticed another wave of wind this time, but I immediately knew the source. Nathan darted with all speed to Ami’s side. Even I couldn’t match that.
I did follow closely behind him. Nathan lifted her into his arms. He held her with the care a mother holds her child. He had a little trouble holding her, but Miki helped.
Ms. Ishida came from the stairs, gingerly lugging a futon across the floor. It was meant to be Nathan’s, if he stayed on the first floor. Nathan used it to make sure Ami was comfortable. She was still unconscious. Katsumi went to go get a moist pad to put on Ami’s head. Ms. Ishida brought some smelling salts and water.
My head was a storm of bewildering, unreconciled conflicts and questions. Ami’s state of being took precedence over all the rest, but in the back of my mind I wondered if Katsumi was serious about what she’d said about Nina. I figured Katsumi knew more abo
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Part of me still doubted the idea as soon as I’d said that. Katsumi had all but assumed that was the case. We sat down on the couch and looked at the recipe a few more times. I picked up a cup of tea and sipped it lightly. We couldn’t find anything else useful.
Ms. Ishida clutched her hands together. “Who do you think could be responsible?”
I wet my lips with the tea. I gave a small, cute cough. I didn’t actually feel like I was talking through helium. That implied something was changing my voice. This was my voice. It still didn’t quite feel like mine though. I wondered if I’d get used to it. Jamie didn’t seem too upset about it after belting out a song.
However, our voices had been changing subtly all the time we’d been here. I had to wonder though why none of us had the urge to leave earlier. To any normal group of guys it would’ve been a no-brainer, you leave and fi