“Aoi?” My voice cracked. It never does.
I saw a petite figure sitting, with very familiar short hair that reached down to the bottom of her neck. It had to be Aoi.
She turned, startled, and stood up. She looked at me in surprise. For me, I couldn’t feel anything but relief that I could see Aoi standing there right in front of me.
“Seii-kun? What are you doing here?”
I didn’t answer. I was numb from fear, and from anger. I couldn’t think of anything to say. Instead of replying, I rushed over with much determination and wrapped my arms around her, hugging her tight to my body. I felt her eyes fly open in delighted surprise.
“You’re… safe….” I mumbled in her ear. I felt tears threatening to build up. I was so relieved. I wouldn’t know what to do without her.
She sounded confused. “Of course I am… Silly, what were you thinking?” I felt her arms reach around me and hug me back. I felt my body relax. I finally was able to breath.