Three weeks after their relationship started and survived the threat of seperation, Tsuzuki and Anna enjoy a moment after the rain.
Chapter Thirty-Two: Sakuramochi:
You ask me what I thought about
Before we were lovers.
The answer is easy.
Before I met you
I didn’t have anything to think about.
--“IV” from The Love Poems of Marichiko by Kenneth Rexroth 1978
August 1st, 2009. Last night’s leftover rain dripped from the leaves in the trees. The morning sun had just started to shine. Tsuzuki and Anna sat on the back porch enjoying the view.
“The rain’s stopped,” he said.
“Yeah,” she replied in a tone that sounded a little sad and distant.
“Aw, why do you say it like that?”
“It’s just… I miss the rain, that’s all.” He gave her a kind smile. He softly held her hand.
“Aw,” he said. “It can be much better when the sun is out.” She didn’t speak. He noticed her face.
“Don’t tell me you’re going to bail out on me every time the sun comes out!” She shook her head.
“No, I’m staying through—no matter what!” She held his hand for emphasis. He smiled at her.
“Sounds good to me.” They looked out at the damp summer morning.
“Think they’ll ever accept our relationship?”
“I highly doubt it, but at least we can stay together until… well, you know…”
“Yeah.” More rainwater dripped from the leaves. She smiled to herself.
“I’m going to enjoy being stuck with you.” He smiled back at her.
“So am I.”
“I love you, Asato-kun.”
“I love you too, Anna-chan.” They shared another morning kiss on the porch.
They still are damaged people. Love can’t fix them in one day. However, its therapy has only begun for Tsuzuki and Anna. The rain has stopped now. Time to enjoy the warm summer sunshine.