In another sleepless night, Anna calls up one of her old friends to check up on her ex-boyfriend, Henry.
Chapter Four: Wandering:
I should be sleeping now. Yet, here I am. Wide awake staring at the ceiling. Asato-kun already went to sleep. Nothing can wake that man. I rolled my eyes. Lucky! I rolled over on my side. My eyes caught that tree outside our window. Its pink petals made my stomach churn. I narrowed my eyes at it. This three looks bigger than all of the others here in Meifu. I’m not sure. I blinked a few times.
The more I think about it, the more that I can’t stop asking about this damn tree. I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t here when I first moved in. I sat up, starting at the pink blossoms.
For some reason, they reminded me of the Eda clan legend. Sen made a pact with the mother to save his dying fiancée. Desperation drives people to do rash things. That mix with love is just messy.
I closed my eyes at that thought. That’s what happened with my Asato-kun and with Henry. Wait a minute. Why has my ex been on my mind today? I shook my head. Weird and I had his memories or me erased for both our sakes. No, I don’t regret it at all. So why has he been on my mind today?
I glanced over at the clock on the wall. It’s about one in the morning already? No way, it couldn’t have been that long. Oh man, I really need to sleep. However, I don’t understand why I did this next thing.
I got out of bed and went over to my bag. I pulled out my cell phone and dialed the first number in my head. I glanced over at the futon as the other line rang. Yeah, he’s not getting up until he has to. All of Meifu could be in flames right now and Asato-kun would sleep right through it.
“Hello?” a hard Jersey accent asked. I quickly sat still.
“Angie!” I whispered. “It’s me!”
“Anna?” my friend asked. “What’s the matter? Why are you whispering like that?”
“Shhh!” I said. “It’s one in the morning here.”
“Anyway, I have to ask you something.”
I swallowed before I spoke. Oh crap, why am I doing this? I could just hang up. Hang up and forget this whole thing. It’s so easy. I could do it. Really I could…
“Uh… how’s Henry?”
I pressed my lips together. Why am I doing this? The impulse felt good at the time. No so much now.
“We got into a fight last year when he found me,” I lied. “He went back to California after he could get me to leave Japan and now he pretends that he doesn’t know who I am.”
There came a pause on the other line. “So that’s it,” Angie mumbled.
“Nothing. We wondered why he didn’t remember you.”
“Yes. How is he?”
“You can ask yourself; he’s over here with us right now.”
“Yeah, Clare is getting married and we’re celebrating right at Applebee’s right now.”
“Would you like to speak to him now?”
I shook my head. “It’s okay. I just wanted to know how he was.”
“He’s fine. Anything else?”
I shook my head. “No, it’s fine.”
“Okay. Bye then.”
“Bye.” I hung up the phone and went back to bed. Sadly by two in the morning, I still couldn’t sleep. I turned my attention back to that tree outside. The glowing is giving me the creeps. Nearly jumped at that sound again. The demonic crickets were a bit louder than last night. I winced as I rubbed my ears.
/What the hell?/, I thought. The buzzing didn’t stop until about three in the morning. Again, I didn’t get any sleep at all.