“You’ve been crying for a long time, haven’t you?”
The voice startles Rei. She has been crying alone in the room. Or, so she thought. She blinks her tears and raises her face, turning to the voice.
“I smelled tears.”
Rei looks at the closed door and locked window, snuffles, and, narrowing her eyes, shifts herself.
“I won’t hurt you. I wanna help you.”
Rei crawls to the corner and hugs her legs, tucking her school uniform skirt under her thighs and burying her face between her knees.
“Don’t you wanna get out of here? Be with your friends out there?”
“What about Mari? You used to play with her when you were little.”
Rei shakes her head.
“How about Kayo?”
Rei lets a sigh out.
“Hm. There’s got to be somebody…”
Rei clenches her fingers.
“What about your family?”
Rei takes a deep breath.
“They want the best for you.”
“Can’t be that bad.”
Rei puts her arms over her head. The room becomes quiet, and Rei inhales the hush.
“Do you wanna die?”
“All it takes is courage. To end it once and for all. You won’t have to suffer like this.”
Rei keeps herself curled up, hunched into a ball.
“Or, you can muster that one-time courage and run away.”
Rei’s head twitches and her eyes emerge.
“To somewhere far, far away from here.”
Rei’s eyes traipse around the room and stop at the closed door then swing to the locked window.
“And keep running.”