Mia Koji stood alone on her balcony that autumn evening. Yuli, after much resistance, was finally asleep in her full-size bed. The computer screen glowed through the window inside, seeming to nag her to get back to work, for there was more than enough to carry her through the night.
She turned her back on it spitefully, leaned forward on the railing, and stared into the night sky. The stars and moon seemed so peaceful, one could almost forget the savage battle happening in a place closer than she would've liked.
The wind had a tiny hint of winter in it. Mia held her arms then, and warmed her elbows. She looked down to her watch.
" she breathed a sigh. It was half-an-hour after midnight. She didn't feel tired, thought she told herself she should be. She could hardly have a restful spirit knowing that her dearest friends were quite possibly experiencing some of the worst moments of their lives. And here she was, stuck in her home, unable to do anything but put faith in them.