Don’t joke [Part 2] (YuriAnnin)
“I won’t stay with you anymore…”
“Are you teasing? As usual?” I asked to be sure.
We’ve been together for one year now. Anna liked teasing me but this time she seemed serious.
“I’m sorry Yuria…” She answered, taking her bag.
I stayed here, looking at her, dumbfounded. She left me without more explanations. I felt so many tear flowing on my cheeks.
Why doesn’t she want to stay with me? Humans can’t stop loving someone suddenly, right?
I was so empty… I sit on my bed, crying.
— The Next Day —
I woke up late. Today was Sunday, so my mum didn’t wake up me. I was still dressing, I went to the bathroom quickly. My eyes were red. I cried all the night, in fact, I didn’t really sleep. I left the bathroom, mum was in the kitchen. She was cooking the meal.
“Did you have a nice sleep?”
“Y-yeah…” I answered quietly.
“Are you okay? Your eyes are red…” She said, looking at me, worried.
“I had a bad dream.” I said with a fake smile. “Where is dad?”
“He is at Kyoto for his work… You know, he left last week…”
Oh… I forgot that… I was just too tired.
“I’m sorry mum, I’m not hungry… I’ll take a walk.” I said, changing the subject.
“You seem bad but don’t come back too late.” She said with a little smile.
I needed to get some fresh air.
I was going to a little park. I made out someone sitting on a bench. It was Anna. I needed to talk to her. A boy sit by her side. I hid quickly behind a tree. I could see them. The boy grabbed Anna’s chin and kissed her. Yet she didn’t move, she didn’t seem stunned, but she was just impassive. Suddenly the boy started being angry. I couldn’t hear them, but she didn’t answer and looked him. Maybe she smiled because he wasn’t seem angry anymore. Anna’s smile always made me calm. That was hurt… I felt another tears on my cheeks. I put my back against the tree and went down slowly to reach the floor. I held my knees and put my head on them, I was crying.
Disappear, I didn’t want to talk to someone. She patted my head gently.
“Stop crying… Yuria, I don’t like to see you like that…”
I raised my head. It was Juri, she helped me to stand up.
“Tell-” She began to speak.
I fell on her arm… I was too tired. My stomach was empty and I didn’t sleep last night. I cried so much, I couldn’t stay standing up. She hugged me, I didn’t want to leave her arms.
“I-It’s… A-Anna…” I tried to say.
“We’ll go at home and you’ll tell me everything.” She said calmly.
— At Juri’s Place —
I was sitting on her bed. I finally stopped crying. Juri sat next to me.
“Y-Yesterday… Anna told me… She didn’t want to… be with me anymore… B-But I saw her… With a boy… They k-kissed…” I said, sobbing.
Juri pulled me in her arms.
“She didn’t give more explanation?” She asked, stroking my back.
She said nothing more… But my stomach gurgled. Juri laughed a bit.
“You need to eat. I’ll pick up some foods.” She said, pushing me kindly.
She went to the kitchen. I laid on her bed, I couldn’t resist anymore and I fell asleep.
— Few Hours Later —
I didn’t know how long I slept. I opened my eyes slowly, distinguishing Juri who was sitting in front of me. I sat on the edge of the bed.
“You’re awake, now eat. I don’t want to see you sick.” She said, handing a food.
“Thanks.” I said without smiling.
I took the food.
“I need to go back at home now.” I said, finishing to eat.
“Don’t worry, I warned your mother. You know, it’s late.” She said with a smile.
I looked at the clock. She was right, it was 11pm soon. I slept so much…
“I’m sorry Juri, it’s late and you didn’t sleep because of me… Moreover, we have schools tomorrow…” I said, looking down.
“It’s okay, I take care of my friend.” She answered with a bright smile.
“Thank you Juri.”
“Now you’ve eaten I can sleep on the sofa!” She teased me.
I wanted to answer, but she stood up and left me toward the living room..
“Good night.” She said, turning off the lights.
— The Next Day –
We woke up early because I needed to take my uniform at my home. After, we went to school. This year I wasn’t in the same class that Juri and Anna. It was our last year. We’ll graduate soon.
I’ve been avoiding Anna all day.
— After The School —
I left the school. I saw the same boy who was with Anna. He seemed mad again. Anna came toward him and he yelled at her.
— Few Days Later –
Anna’s boyfriend was there all the day. I didn’t talk to her since she left me. I was still love her, I couldn’t forget her and erase my feelings. So, today I wanted to have more explanation from her. I wanted to understand.
I left my classroom quickly and waited in front of Anna’s classroom door. She was with her friend. I followed her until the portal and decided to call her.
“Anna!” She turned toward me. “Please! Explain me!”
“I won’t talk with you…” She walked, but I continued to follow her.
“Why? Just, explain-” I couldn’t finish my sentence because her boyfriend interrupted me.
“You spoke. You know what will happens after.” He said coldly at his girlfriend.
She lowered her head and walked with him.
What? I didn’t understand…
— Few Days Later —
Even if I was still in love with Anna, I said that my feelings was all gone. When I saw her I felt the pain in my heart. I missed her… Her voice, her eyes, her arms, her smile, her lips… It was so complicated to forget someone.
I was going to the library of the school. There was a little room, always empty. I liked to stay here. I opened the door, but I hit something.
“That hurt!” Someone said and I turned on the light.
“I’m sorry!” I looked at her.
It was Anna, her body was covered with injuries. I closed the door quickly.
“Anna…” She looked at me, afraid. “What happened?” I said softly.
“…” She stepped back.
“Is it your boyfriend?” I asked, but the tears flowed on Anna’s cheek.
“P-Please… I can’t talk with you…”
I couldn’t believe it. Her boyfriend hit her, and she couldn’t talk with me… I understood a bit, but I didn’t know why she broke up with me.
“You need to leave him… Look at you, you’re…” I felt the tear on my cheeks too.
That was hurting to see her, but it was worse as she was like that.
“I can’t… He will hurt me if I do that…” She said, walking toward the door.
She left the room. I didn’t follow her, it was as if I’m paralyzed, my body couldn’t move. He hit her… Nobody couldn’t hurt my Anna. He will pay for that… She needed my help. I wanted and needed to help her.
— At Yuria’s Place —
“You seem elsewhere Yuria, are you okay?” My mum asked.
“I’m thinking …”
“Really?!” She teased me, laughing.
My phone vibrated. I took it and looked at the text.
A simple word. Where? At her home? Why? I left my place in the direction of Anna’s own.
— At Anna’s Place —
“Hi Yuria, are you looking for Anna?” It was her mother.
“Yeah, is she here?” I asked hurriedly.
“No, she’s going out with her boyfriend, but I don’t know where she is.”
“Thanks…” She closed the door.
Where was she…? Suddenly, an idea came in my mind. I ran to the manga shop of Anna’s parents.
— At Manga Shop –
The door was ajar. I pushed it slowly. It was quiet. I walked toward the back shop. On the ground Anna’s body was lying. She was half naked.
“Anna!” I yelled, but she didn’t answer.
Her phone was in her hand, I touched her back slowly, she didn’t move. I took my phone to call an ambulance. But a faint voice interrupted me.
“Don’t move, I’ll call an ambulance.” I said, sitting by her side.
I didn’t know what happened… Maybe he had tried to ra- No, I couldn’t think about that… I wanted to protect Anna without thinking at that…
— At The Hospital —
I was sleeping on the bench in front of Anna’s hospital room. I didn’t know what time it was. The policeman spoke to me, Anna’s boyfriend was a drug trafficker, and they found so many drugs in him place. So, he couldn’t hurt Anna anymore. Now, I waited for the doctor. He left Anna’s room and came to me.
“She’s weak but out of danger. You can talk with her if you want to.” I nodded and came at Anna’s room.
I opened the door slowly. Anna was covered with wounds, yet she smiled at me.
“Are you staying all the night?” She asked.
“Y-yeah, I was worried about you…” I said, staying at the door.
“Please Yuria, come closer.” She said slowly.
I walked to the bed, she grabbed my hand. I wanted to cry, I didn’t know why, but I wanted to cry.
“I’m sorry, I hurt you…” She said without looking at me.
“Yeah…” I said simply.
I was staring at her. I missed her so much…
“I’m afraid.” She said suddenly.
“By what?” I asked quickly.
“I’m still in love with…” She began.
I released her hand abruptly. The tears flowed on my cheek.
“What? But he hurt you! How can you say that?” I yelled.
I was mad against her. I wanted to protect her! Why was she loving him? He hit her!
“…You.” She said softly.
“Eh?” I could give like only answer.
“I’m still in love with you…”
I was dumbfounded. Why had she broke up with me? If she loved me…
“I didn’t want to break up with you… He threatened me… That’s why I couldn’t stay with you…” She continued.
It was like she read in my mind.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” I said, grabbing her hand.
“He wanted to hurt you too…” She said and her voice cracked.
I was sorry, I saw nothing, I couldn’t protect her…
I kissed her forehead slowly.
“You need to sleep.” I released her hand.
“Please Yuria, come back at home, you need to sleep too.” She said with a little smile.
“I’m safe here, don’t worry.”
I left the room and come to my place. I decided to come back tomorrow.
— The Next Morning —
We didn’t have school today, I came to the hospital to see Anna. The doctor said that she could go out but she was always weak and had so many injuries. When she was ready, we left the hospital. She walked behind me. I felt something grabbing my shirt. I stopped walking, Anna put her forehead on my shoulder and she gripped my shirt in her hand.
“P-Please, don’t leave me alone… Y-Yuria… I love you… I miss you…” She sobbed.
I turned around toward her and she released her catch. I was looking into her eyes. I put my hand on her cheek and touched softly her lip corner which was injured. That made her a grimace. I kissed her gently.
“I love you Anna.”