Lovely Silence (YuriAnnin)
Hey! I’m Yuria! I’m living in Tokyo with my mother. I’m a High School student and I’m really bad at studying. Whatever, I put all my effort in dance. I was at school, to another boring day.
“Yuria! We’ll have a new student!” Renacchi yelled next to me.
“Eh? In our class?” I asked my friends.
“Yes! I saw her, she’s pretty.” Juri answered me.
The bell rang and we sat in our usual seats. I was sitting next to Rena whereas Juri and Naachan were behind us. Our teacher, Yokoyama-sensei, came in with a new figure next to her.
“Good morning. It’s Iriyama Anna, the new student. She moves from Chiba. She’s mute but not deaf. So, I hope you will take care of her.” Yokoyama-sensei explained at the class. “Well, you can take the seat behind Oshima-san.” The teacher said while the young girl nodded.
Anna took place and the class started.
“Do you want to go out today?” Renacchi asked at us when we packed our bags.
“Yes!” Juri and Naachan said at the same time.
“Aaah… Sorry, I’ll go to the gymnasium again.” I apologized.
“Again?!” Renacchi pouted and crossed her arms.
“Yes, yes.” I giggled at her reaction and left them.
I put my bag down and turned the music on before to place myself in front of the mirror. I started dancing, my body follows the fast music. After few songs I paused myself. I took my bottle and drank the cold water. I cast a quick glance toward the door. A figure was standing here. I spat the water, shocked. The girl in front of me started giggling… without any sounds. Then, she slowly moved her hands in front of me.
“I’m sorry… That… was funny…” I said, following her hands. That wasn’t!” I said while she looked at me, surprised.
[Can you understand me?] She looked completely stunned.
“Do I startle you? I learned sign language.” I answered with a light smile. “By the way, my name is Yuria!”
[Nice to meet you. You’re a great dancer.]
“Ah… T-Thank you.” I mumbled, embarrassed.
[Maybe, do I disturb you?]
“Not at all. What are you doing here?”
[I just passed by.]
“I see. Anyway, I need to go, it’s already late. You should go home too.” I said while taking my bag.
[You’re right. See you tomorrow.]
Then, she left me and I reached my home.
I was sitting with my friends, around a table. The students in the cafeteria were noisy.
“Yuria, stop daydreaming!” Juri said while pushing my shoulder.
A familiar figure passed in front of us. I stare at her for a several seconds and decide to call the girl.
“Anna!” I called out and my friends looked at me, surprised.
The mute girl reached us and put her bag on our table.
[Hello.] She smiled softly.
“Do you want to eat with us?” I asked kindly.
[I don’t want to bother you.]
“It’s fine! Please!” I begged her while her smile grew up.
[Thanks.] She finally sat next to me.
“Here, Renacchi, Juri and Naachan.” I said and pointed out my friends who waved at Anna.
“Yuria, you’ll be fine for the test next week?” Renacchi asked a bit worried.
“Aaaaah, I hope so.” I showed a sad smile.
I felt a soft hand patted my shoulder. Then, I turned around and see Anna who was trying to speak with me.
[Do you want some help?]
I only stare at her, stunned.
[For the test, I can help you.]
“Eh? Really? I mean, is it okay for you?”
[It is. Are you free after the class?]
[I am! Thank you] I answered via sign language.
“Hey, we can’t understand you!” Naachan said while I giggled.
“Well, you don’t need to know.” I teased her who looked at me surprised.
[Can we go?]
“Yes!” I answered while bringing my bag with me.
Then, we walked together to her house. I didn’t talk, I didn’t dare. I felt embarrassed for the mute girl.
We finally reached Anna’s house and I broke this awkward silence.
“Are we alone?” I managed to say when we passed the door.
[Yes. Is it bothering you?] She smiled at me.
“No, it’s fine.”
We sat in her room and started working.
I’m walking in a dark street. Alone. I’m not afraid, I have the impression that it’s usual. I feel a warm hand grabs mine gently. I look toward the figure, my dad. I hear a ball bounces on a road. The time is slow. Dad’s hand leaves me, slowly. I see him run after the red ball. A flash dazzles me. I close my eyes before to open it a few seconds later. My dad, on the floor, his red blood covers him. I’m feeling dizzy. Something shakes my shoulder…
I opened my eyes and looked around me, dumbfounded. My tears were flowing on my cheeks. The girl in front of me extended her arm to wipe them with a soft smile.
“I-I’m sorry…” I mumbled.
[It’s fine. You seemed tired, so I let you sleep.]
“Thank you…” I answered and lowered my head.
[Are you all right?] She seemed worried.
“Just a nightmare.” I smiled before to talk again. “I will come back home. Thanks and see you tomorrow Anna.”
The silent girl waved her hand slowly while I left her.
“I was worried.” My mother said when I passed the door.
“I was with a friend.” I looked the old picture put on a table.
“Are you okay, sweetie?” My mother asked me, with a worried look.
“Yes.” I smiled sadly and left toward my room.
I put my bag down and sit on my bed, turning off the music on my ears. Closing my eyes, I fell asleep.
“You need to go!” Naachan told me while all my friends approved.
“Eh? Why? I won’t!” I said but Anna shook my arms.
[You need to go to this contest! You will win for sure, your dance is the best.]
“I don’t know what Anna says, but she is surely right!” Juri added.
“Well…” I looked at my friend. “Fine.”
“Yosha!” Juri shouted aloud.
[Why did you tell them?] I asked Anna.
[I needed their help to convince you.] She answered with an amused smile. [We will support you.]
[Thanks.] I smiled but my friends looked at us, annoyed.
“Hey, we can’t understand.” Renacchi grumbled.
Sometimes, we talk via sign languages, that’s our secret language. I’m feeling glad, I’m the only one who can understand Anna, I feel special.
Days passed, I finally won the dance contest. My mother became more and more worried about me and my bad mood but I kept repeating that I was fine. I was, it’s just… like something was missing.
“Yuria!” Someone shouted, brought me out from my thoughts.
“Hm?” I said, sleepy.
“Can you come with me, please?” Renacchi asked, like she was in a hurry.
“What happens?” I answered and stoop up nonchalantly.
My friend grabbed my wrist and pulled me until we reach a peaceful part of the playground. Here, I discovered a crying girl, sitting against a tree, her face buried in her knees. She cried hard without making any sounds. I sat next to her while Renacchi left us.
“Hey?” I said, trying to understand who this girl was.
She raised her head slowly, her eyes were red and tired.
“Anna?” I mumbled, surprised to see my friend as this. “What happens?” I asked kindly.
The silent girl put her head on my shoulder and I wrapped my arms around her. After a few seconds, I felt her arms which tried to move, I released a little my grip.
[My mum is in the hospital.]
[I don’t know.]
“Do you wanna see her?” I asked, looking at her.
She simply nodded, avoiding my gaze. I helped her to stand up before to speak again.
“Well, we will see her now.” I said with a soft smile.
[Now?] She seemed stunned.
“Let’s go.” I smiled after wiping the tears on her soft cheeks.
I grabbed her hand and brought the blushing girl with me.
We were standing up in front of the hospital. I looked at it, taking a deep breathe. Anna continued walking but I stopped suddenly, making her turn around.
[Yuria?] She looked worried.
“S-Sorry.” I mumbled and we entered into the impressive hospital.
I felt my heart turned wild and my head was spinning hard.
“She is sleeping now, you could see her in one or two hours.” A nurse said while Anna looked sadly her mother, far from us.
I nodded and we sat on an iron bench, in front of the door’s room.
[You don’t seem fine.] My friend looked at me without any smile.
“I don’t like this kind of place.” I answered while I felt her hand squeeze mine gently. “I will wait with you.” I told her and she put her head on my shoulder in response.
I opened my eyes slowly, looking next to me. Anna wasn’t her anymore. I shook my head and stood up quickly.
“Are you all right?” A nurse who was passing by, asked me.
“Where is Anna?” I answered, half dizzy and half panicked.
“The girl who was with you? She left toward the roof a few minutes ago.” I quickly thanked her and ran to the high place.
The young girl was standing up, leaned against a gate. I came closer, trying to make no sound. But, she heard me and turned around when I was almost next to her.
[Why are you feeling so bad?] She insisted with the same worried face.
“I told you, I don’t like hospitals.” I tried to reassure her.
“My dad is dead in a hospital. That brings bad memories.” I finally said, looking down.
I didn’t dare to look at Anna again. She was worried about her mother who was in a hospital room and… I just spoke about my dead father. But, a warm hands which wrapped mine gently, erased my thoughts. I raised my head slowly. Again, my heart was crazy but not in the same way. The silent girl was blushing badly. After a few seconds, I noticed how our face was close. It was like, I wanted to come closer, until our lips touch. Anna leaned toward me, looking at my lips. I slowly did the same. Our lips almost met but…
“Iriyama-san, your mother is awake!” A voice yelled.
We quickly pushed away, embarrassed with a red face.
“G-Go see your mother!” I managed to say, avoiding her look.
I stared at her, from behind. If the nurse didn’t come, will we kissed…?
After two weeks, Anna’s mother left the hospital. In fact, I didn’t talk too much with Anna, we tried to avoid each other. Finally, I decided to see her… I missed her.
“Hello Yuria, are you here to see Anna?” My friend’s mother said with a warm smile.
“Yes. Are you getting better, Iriyama-san?” I asked, going into the house.
“I am. She prepares her bag in her room.” The woman answered and I left toward Anna’s place.
I knocked against the door which was open a few seconds after. The silent girl showed me a surprised face but let me in. A gray suitcase half full was putting in the room with a few clothes around it.
“What are you doing?” I asked, stunned by what I saw.
[I’m going to America…]
I stared at her, gasping by the news. She passed behind me and closed the door. I felt her arms wrapped my waist while she buried her face in my back.
“I missed you.” I spoke, squeezing the girl’s hand.
Then, she released her hold, little by little. I turned around without speaking.
[I will be operated. I lost my speak ability when I was three years old. They can treat it now. It’s my last chance.]
“If it doesn’t work?” I asked, looking at her sad emotion.
[I will stay mute.]
I didn’t know about this. I always thought that she was mute since her birth.
“Anna… I-” She interrupted, putting her finger on my lips.
She leaned toward me, removing her finger from my lips. This time, I won’t let anyone interrupt us. I put my hand on her cheek and pulled her closer until our lips met. After a few seconds, we pulled away. She moved her hands slowly but, I couldn’t recognize it.
“I-I don’t understand.” I said, shameful.
She giggled softly, making fun of me.
[It’s fine, I will tell you when I come back in Japan.]
Every week, I tried to remember her last moves. Trying to understand what did it mean. This day too, I tried, alone in my room, waiting for my lover’s return.
“Yuria! Come over here!” I heard my mother calling me. “Open the door please.” She said without looking at me.
“Can’t you do it-” I gasped, seeing the tall figure in front of me with a bright smile on her face. “A-Anna?” I muttered while she hugged me tightly.
I turned the embrace back and we reached my room.
“I’m glad to see you, I miss you a lot.” I said, waiting for my girlfriend to speak.
Did the surgery fail? Why doesn’t she speak?
“Anna? Talk to me.” I lowered my head.
“Yuria?” An unfamiliar voice said my name.
I raised my head quickly, looking at her, stunned. She grinned at me.
“I love you!” She added gladly before to kiss me.
“Oh my god! Your voice is so beautiful!” I exclaimed, dumbfounded by what happened.
She only laughed at my stupid comment. It was the first time that I heard her laugh. It sounded like music. I smiled at her and wrapped my arms around her waist, pulling her for another kiss.
“Have you find what does it mean?” She asked when we pulled away.
“I swear, I tried but I didn’t find.” I admitted, a little ashamed.
“’I love you’ I said.” I finally knew the answer.
“I love you.”
“I love you too.”
It was our lovely silence.