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I had a dream about Rin for the first time in a long time.
The Rin in my dream still had the same elementary schooler face that he did the last time I saw him. However, according to the setting he was also in the spring of his second year of high school, same as me, and for some reason we were in the same class. I didn’t find that particularly strange. It’s something that happens quite often in dreams. The Rin wearing an Iwatobi High School uniform looked at me and smiled inside my dream. It was the same smile as back then.
“Hey, Makoto. Would you like to swim in a relay again?”
I vaguely smiled and looked at Haru.
We were on the roof during lunch break. Haru stayed silent and continued to eat his bentou with grilled saba in it.
I stared at Haru. But I couldn’t read his emotions. Even though I could normally tell what he was thinking without him saying anything. In my dream, I panicked since I couldn’t read him. At my hesitation Rin said “Haru says he’ll do it, right?” and without waiting for an answer he grabbed his arm. Haru’s hand eating his bentou stopped and he looked at Rin.
While Haru said that Rin pulled him and stood up. Without waiting for Haru’s response.
“Come on let’s go, Haru.”
Haru’s aluminum bentou box fell from his hands, and it clanged against the concrete roof and rolled.
I stood up.
When I looked around, the roof suddenly was filled with water, and Haru and Rin were swimming way off ahead of me. Even though I was in the water, no matter how hard I tried to follow after them, my limbs wouldn’t move how I wanted.
“Wait. Haru. Haru…”
That’s when I woke up.
I was a normal Iwatobi city morning as always, I was on the second floor of the Tachibana house. In my room.
Yesterday Spring vacation had ended, and today was the first day of the new semester. Even though it’s the point of the season where the mornings and evenings are still chilly, the collar of my pajama shirt was uncomfortably wet with sweat.
“Oniichan, what’s wrong?”
“Breakfast is ready?”
Ren and Ran said while peaking into my room with worried looks, having come to wake me up.