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Chapter Twenty-Nine: Never Let Me Go:

Akemi and I pulled up to the building in question. I narrowed my eyes as I looked out the window.

"You sure she's here?" I asked. "It looks abandoned."

"Yeah," she replied.

"How do I know?" I asked. My sister pointed out the window. I looked out to see a person standing high up on the edge. I tilted my head, confused.

"Is that her?" I asked.

"Only one way to find out," Akemi pointed out.

"Right!" I said. I leapt out of the car and raced into the building.

"Hurry, Kichiro!" my sister shouted behind me. The door closed after she said that. I went over to the elevator and pushed the up button. When it didn't light up, I kept pushing.

Come on! I don't have time for this! Please, hurry!

When the elevator didn't come fast enough, I turned and took the stairs. The number of flights didn't matter to me. I have to stop her. I can't lose someone else to suicide! Wait for me, Sakura-hime! Halfway up, my body started to get tired. I shook it off and kept walking. I can't stop! She needs me! I couldn't be there for Hitomi-chan, but I can at least be there for Sakura-hime! I pushed myself to keep walking. I can make it! I won't give up! I finally came to the door to the roof sometime later. I reached out my hand to the metal as I panted. I did it, I thought. No time for celebration, however. I pushed open the door and went outside.

Sakura-hime still stood on the edge, looking down. It's amazing that I wasn't too late. However, my thoughts got distracted by the sound of her crying. Hm? Is she really…? I slowly began walking over to her. If I can get close enough, mayb... To my surprise, Sakura-hime turned around, staring at me. Tears seemed down her face.

"Sakura-hime?" I asked.

"Why did you come here?" she asked.


"Why would you say that?"

Sakura-hime put her hand to her chest. "Nobody cares about me!"

"That's not true!"

"I care."

"Liar! You are all liars!" she screamed. I raced over to her, grabbing her by the wrists. She tried to fight me off.

"Let me go!" she shouted. "Let me go! Let me go! I just want to die!"

"No!" I yelled back.

"But why?!"

"Because I like you, okay?!" I screamed. "I don't want to see another friend die!" She looked at me with big eyes.

"What?" Sakura-hime asked. I lost all of my words in that moment.

"Uh..." I said. "It's just..."

"What did you say about me?" she asked. "Tell me! Please tell me!" I pressed my lips together.

"I like you," I repeated. "I like you, just don't die, okay?" Sakura-hime gave me a strange look.

"In what way?" she asked. I looked up her, blinking.


"In what way do you like me? Girlfriend-wise? Friend-wise? What?"

I shut my eyes, grabbing her wrists. "In any way that you want! Just don't die!" I panted and peeked up to see her wincing in pain. "What is it now?"

"You're hurting me!" she shouted. I looked down at my hand squeezing her wrists.

"Oh," I said in a low voice. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry." I quickly let go of her arm. Moments later, we sat on the edge looking at the city. I couldn't think of anything to tell her at first. I pressed my lips together as I looked down at my hands.

"It's nice this evening, isn't it?" I asked. Sakura-hime didn't even look at me.

"Why did you come here?" she asked.

"Hm?" I asked.

"Why do you even care? I thought you were more interested in Hitomi and going to college." She slammed her wrists in her lap. "I mean, what the fuck?"

I shrugged my shoulders at her. "I don't really know anymore myself."

"Then why are you here?"

"Hitomi's dead and there was nothing I could do to stop it." I lay back against the roof of the abandoned building."But you're still alive."

"So?" she asked.

"Don't die," I insisted. "I'm not saying this out of sympathy or because I'm trying to make up for not being there for Hitomi! I'm just..." I drew my eyes closed. "I'm just tired of not really living and being stuck. If you lived, I won't feel so stuck anymore. So, please don't die. Live my sake if you have to! Just live!" I opened my eyes when I heard her lying down next to me. Sakura-hime gave me a little smile.

"Can we stay like this until the others come get us?" she asked. I shrugged my shoulders as I smiled.

"Sure," I answered.

"Thank you, Kichiro-chan," she said back. Akemi and the others found us by nightfall.

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