Days passed since the article concerning Akumi's parents arrived in the paper. In the first week or so we didn't gain much response relating to the subject matter, but we did face a lot of support from the local townsfolk concerning our mission.
Just looking at them expressing their gratitude may not have been the best solution to the matter, but it was just what I needed to be able to keep going, even if it is only for the sake of making Akumi happy again.
Regardless, not long after that event, I went to collect the letters from the postman as the usual. Searching them, I noted something different in the usual bills and letters exchanged from Han – something that could make the newspaper excursion worthwhile.
"Akumi, you've got mail!"
I shouted inside the house, hoping to gain much of a response from her. Then I finally heard footsteps from above, and in a dash she made her way downstairs donning a sky blue dressing gown and what looked like green dragon slippers.