i hope i won’t get sick too
Sudden cold stings her lungs and sunlit snow burns its brightness into her eyes. Dirty smoke irritates her throat and soon she’s coughing hard with her eyes screwed shut.
Even over her coughing, her ears pick up the sound of gentle footfall, softly crunching over the snowy ground. She opens her eyes to squint at the source, knowing that neither her nor Sabi have their feet on the ground, but finds nothing but lonely footprints tracking along with no owner. She pauses her wheezing and coughing for a moment as best she can to question Sabi about the prints.
d’you see those?
I hope you don’t get sick too.
You pat her back comfortingly when she starts coughing and you sigh inwardly.
Might be a good idea to go back to your home, huh?
You notice Oreko watching the footsteps appearing in the snow, and you tense up a bit. You don’t exactly want to explain the presence of your invisible childish doppelganger.
Yeah. I do.
Just one of the people living here. Usually she’s. Just invisible. Sometimes I see her but usually she’s hiding.
but we’re adventuring.
She frowns at the suggestion of going home. Home seems rather boring and pales in comparison to all the neat places outside the water.
is she shy?
She waves hello in the general direction of where the invisibleperson seems tobe.
True. I just don’t want to strain your lungs a lot.
She waves in the direction of your little self, and you don’t expect a reaction at first, but then she’s standing there, scarf flowing in the wind, and then she bolts to Oreko and hugs her leg, babbling.
You don’t exactly know how to explain this. You rub the back of your neck nervously, unsure of how Oreko’s going to respond to this.
She gasps when the girl suddenly materializes, even more shocked when she runs up to hug her. She glances between the child and Sabitsuki, noting the uncanny resemblance. There’s a sense of familiarity, too, and she’s not sure that it’s just due to the fact that the girl looks like a younger Sabitsuki.
i knew you…
Tears sting her eyes and she hops down to hug the little Sabi, memories suddenly flooding back. Of course she knew her. They were best friends.
She stares back at the real Sabitsuki, arms still wrapped around her younger self.
how could i forget