While their father is contemplating over the divorce paper, his wife arrives and tells him that the children are gone. Since their winter clothes are also gone, maybe they head outside. Outside, Ai is already crying that she can’t move anymore and she wants to go home. Yuzuru removes some snow from her feet and tells her that they have to continue doing their best. Ai asks what will happen to them if they couldn’t find the shooting star. He assures her that he will find it and he promises that he won’t let her be all alone for they will always be together. Then, Ai falls down a cliff when the ground gave way. Yuzuru quickly jumps down, too and grabs her hand. While lying down on the snow, Yuzuru asks if she is fine. Ai says she is okay and exclaims how amazing it is for him to fly towards her. Still lying down, Yuzuru says that it is good that she is energetic. He pats her head and happily exclaims that it’s great that she is okay. Then, some people exclaim that they found the kids. And it has been 9 years since they failed to convey their wish to the shooting star and since that winter day, Ai hasn’t seen her brother again. At some provincial town in Suwa, Nagano, Ai calls out to her grandmother that her mother won’t be coming home today and she’ll bring back washed clothes upon her return. Ai heads out to school while riding her bicycle. She is currently 14 years old, third year junior high student. Just when her grandmother comes out to tell her to go to grandfather, Ai is already gone. Grandmother notices a mail. It is address to Ai and there is a picture of a shooting star with a note ‘Went to see you’. She is puzzled for the name of the sender and address is not written. When Ai is 6 years old, their parents divorced. The reason is because they are both professionals that they can’t get along with each other. She is taken by her mother to her hometown where she lived with her grandparents. When she lived in Tokyo, she went to Disney and Ueno zoo but she forgot all about it. She only remembers two things: wishing on shooting stars, the painful feeling of running while looking up the sky and then.. Ai arrives in school and greets her two friends. The long haired girl says that she brought their new cake and she would want to know their opinion about it after they eat it. It is made of pineapple and turnip. Then, her friends tell her to look at the gate, there is a good looking guy there. Is he an exchange student? He looks a bit older than them. Ai looks surprised when the guy turns to look at her and smiles. He suddenly pulls her to him and hugs her. He says, “Ai..you’re slow.” Ai starts to cry and starts calling out to her brother. Narration: “And that is our happiest memory. Before falling in love, the time when we are still siblings.”
Comment: This chapter is more on the effects of absentee parents who always quarrel whenever they are around. It seems to somewhat made the children cling on to each other more and wanting to be always together forever. It doesn’t help that Yuzuru is more of a ‘hero-type’ who is always there for her and would do things to make her happy. I guess Ai possibly can’t find anyone better than Yuzuru and same goes with Yuzuru. Well, it is possible that Yuzuru already likes her during that time whereas Ai is more innocent about her want to be with him forever. About the parents, it is kind of sad to see how children can be badly affected by quarrelsome parents that they would wish on anything just to keep the family together. Anyway, I wonder what happened for them to start having romantic feelings. And when they do, that would be the start of the problem since it is incest and disapproved by society. Scans by DayDreamy.
Quote of the day:
If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so. ~ Lev Grossman.