"I love reading. You see, when I was younger, I did not have many friends nor was I good with people. I was always by myself. Alone. And reading was the only way for me to ease my loneliness.
Every day, I would just sit by myself with a book and read. Letting the time pass by me, in my own little world. That was until I met her."
"It was during elementary school, a new girl transferred into our class in the middle of the semester. She was a pretty girl.
Someone who, no doubt, would have fit in perfectly with the rest of the class. Yet, for some strange reason, the person she first came to approach was me.
And I will never forget our first meeting."
"Out of nowhere, she spoiled the ending of the book I was currently reading. She just outright told me how in the end; "The princess turned into a monster and devoured everybody! ".
I don't think I've ever gotten as mad as I did on that day." I giggled.
"Eh?! W-what kind of story was that?" He asked in shocked.
"A children's storybook." I replied nonchalantly.
"C-children story...? Umm... okay...?"
"Mmhmm... it was then; I told her that I would never forgive her. It must have come as a shock to her, suddenly making an enemy right as she just transferred.
That surprise look on her face, I still remember it now, it was so adorable." I giggled. "And that was when she began to follow me around, always trying to apologize and make up for what she did."
"Have you forgiven her?"
"Nope, and I never will." I promptly replied with a sly grin. He nearly fell out of the bench in surprise.
"Isn't that a little overboard for a little spoiler?"
"No it isn't! Don't you know that spoiling a book that someone is reading is the ultimate sin?!
Not only do you take the joy out of finding out the ending, but you also take away the excitement of reading through the story! It is absolutely unforgivable!!" I retorted; my cheeks puffed up.
"Wah! I understand! I'll make a note to never bother anyone when they are engrossed in a story and never give spoilers!" He cried out as he reeled back in fear.
"Good! As long as we understand."
"I understand you might be crazy..." I heard him mumble underneath his breath.
"What was that?"
"Nothing! S-so, what happen then?"
"We became close friends soon after, and we still are. But because I never did forgive her for that little stunt, she still tries to find ways to earn my forgiveness.
My favorite was when she one day came up to me and declared that she would become a novelist.
"I've finally got it! I'll write a story so amazing that you'll finally forgive me once you read it!" was her rationale."
"But it turns out she had absolutely no talent for writing whatsoever." I laughed.
"Yep. Every story she wrote was horrendous. At one point, reading them started to physically hurt me, impossible as it might sound. It was the kind of writing that almost make me dread reading."
"So finally, she came to me with this proposal. She said, "Ryuuko, it's no use. I just can't write anything. That's why, I have an idea. How about if you become a writer instead?".
It came as a shock to me. I have always loved reading, but writing was something different. Such a thing never crossed my mind before, since I didn't have the confidence to try.
When she came to me with that proposal, I thought she had finally lost her mind. But she said something I would never forget;"
"Ryuuko, I'm already your best friend so I'll become your best fan.
I'll be your biggest supporter so write as much as you can! Then once you become a world-famous novelist, you can finally forgive me because I'll be the one who gave you such a great idea!
"It was the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I could not even believe such a thing came out of her mouth. It was just... just so stupid.
But those eyes of hers that stared into mine when she was trying to convince me, were sparkling. They were so beautiful, as she said it to me with such honesty. I was touched."
"That was when I started writing. When the dream to become a novelist came to me. It's silly isn't it? To base your life decision on such a trivial thing, yet I was happy.
Because I knew that there will always be one person out there by my side, no matter what." I felt my eyes getting watery as I reminisced.
"She's a good friend."
"Yes, she is."
"You're a lucky person. Not many people can have someone like that as a friend. To have such support."
"You think so?"
He nodded his head in agreement, a kind smile on his face.
"Lucky... I wish I could have thought of that before. Because now..." I burst into tears as I grabbed my right shoulder.
"Why? Why did this happen to me? It's just too unfair!" I sobbed uncontrollably as all my emotion rushed out all at once. Quietly, Hideyoshi handed me a handkerchief.
He did not say anything, as he just sat there in silence, his eyes never breaking away from my face. My cries were the only sounds in this otherwise silent world.