26 years ago
You are born. You're a spring baby. You're a sort of first. You are the first son for your father and first birth for your mother. At the same time your not a first. You are second child to your parents. While big sister Rei is your half sibling you don't know the difference. Why should it matter? You're family. You're supposed to love each other and take care of each other. That was the most important thing.
24 years ago
He's dead and you're two. You don't comprehend the situation. Why would you? What need is there for a child of two years to know or even comprehend the meaning of death. The only thing you cared about was eating those delicious bananas that big sister Rei was giving you. Did you know that your parents were gone? No, because big sister Rei was taking care of you. She was playing and you couldn't help but giggle at the faces she made to you. Big sister Rei is so much fun.
Then mama comes home and people are talking to her. Why? She's on the floor. Why? You don't know. You can't ask. You're only two. Mama's sad. You don't know why, you're only two but you feel it. "Papa?" That's the first thing you say. "Papa?" you don't know why. The word just comes out. Then big sister Rei is crying. Why is she crying? Big sister Rei doesn't cry. Why is she sad? "Papa?"
16 years ago
You're family is made of three people and your ten. You barely remember your father. Only reason you actually know what he looked like was because of all the pictures your mother has. Pictures of your father holding you, pictures of the two of you and big sister Rei, and a some pictures of the family very happy. That's all you have. Pictures. Is that why you feel so stifled?
When your in public with mama and Rei you're an okay kid. You behave and put on a good performance of being the well behaved kid. It's what you feel you have to do. Why? Mama is a elementary teacher. She's sweet and loving. Rei is well behaved, smart, and what one may hope for a daughter. Maybe that's why. They set the standard and you feel you have to follow it. That's why you're happy when you get to play with your friends because you don't have to worry about looking like a good son.
10 years ago
You're not as worried about looking like the good son. You act out a little more but nothing over the top. At least you don't get caught. You hang out with your friends a lot more, a few that aren't exactly to your mother's liking. They're cool though and you like them. So long as you did your homework things seemed okay. Your favorite thing to do hang out with your best friend Adriel and his older brother. They lived in a foster home but the best thing about Adriel was the way he talked about wanting to see the world. It was something you wanted to do. The problem came when Adriel offers you the chance to leave with them. The plan was that after Adriel's brother turned eighteen they were going to take off and start their adventure around the world.
Main issue with this. You're on sixteen. In your mother's eyes your basically still a baby. Maybe you can wait though. Wait until after your high school graduation. You go talk to your mother It's hard though. Your mother starts asking you about college, about what you plan on studying after high school. You try to bring up your desire to see the world but as kind as your mother is she doesn't approve. She wants you to finish high school, go to college and then if traveling is something that you want to do you can do it. After college is what she repeats.
You can't wait though. You can't. You love your mother, you love your big sister Rei but you can't keep up with the standards anymore. You want to be free. So you make what will be one of the biggest decisions in your life. You're leaving.
5 years ago
You're currently in London and you're twenty-one. It's been five years since you left home and you think about that day all the time. The plan was meeting in the morning. You meet up with Adriel and his brother and they'd be hitching a ride with another friend. Adriel and his brother had all planned out and you were just along for the ride. That was half the fun. Not really knowing what would happen but taking the risk none the less.
Your group moved around the states, you didn't stay in particular place too long unless you guys were low on money. Then you may have stayed longer in a city or town to save up some cash while maintaining a low profile. You were still underage and a runaway. If you worked it was odd and simple jobs and you got paid in cash. The less you had to lie the better. Not all your money making ways were moral though. On more than one occasion you helped Adriel's brother pit pocket. You're goofy charm tends to help with the distraction. Internally you can hear your mother and Rei chiding you for what you were doing but this was the adventure you wanted and you'd push their voices aside get the job done. You try a few times but you're not exactly good. You're better off being the distraction than the actual thief.
You didn't stay in the states forever though. Eventually your group found a way sneak out of the states and you made your way to Europe. You reinvent yourself but keeping your first name. You continue to move around. Stopping when cash is low. That's how your travels eventually led to London. Your group stays longer than what was norm. Currently working in a cafe. You actually like it. The people are great and pay is good. It almost makes you feel like you want to set up roots but you can't. You remind yourself that you have to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
Then the day happens that makes you start to sway. You met her. It had been a normal day. You were wiping down a table and picking up the cups and plates. You were reciting some french, you've been teaching yourself french when a voice corrected you. You turn and you see her, she smiles at you as she corrects your enunciation. You look at her in awe, take a small step forward and do the only thing you would do, slip. You slip and drop the cup with leftover the coffee, spilling the remaining content onto yourself. She just smiles and hands you the towel to dry yourself. You were hooked.
3 years ago
You're in Tokyo and you're 23. You've been in Tokyo for about six months now. It's where the wind led you. The city is beautiful with so much to see. This is a part of your heritage and you do your best to honor it. You know how important it would have been to your father and you try to not disgrace it, at least not anymore than you have. Running away from home wasn't exactly the best idea when trying to honor your father. The guilt has begun to burden you more. You think back on your mother and Rei, what they must be doing and they must have handled it when you left. You had left on a whim, no note or anything. You never called or sent them a letter to say that you were alive. Nothing. How foolish you were. How cruel. The foolish decision of a child who though he was ready to be an adult. Sometimes you stop to wonder if you should go back and then you decide against. How could you face them? You can't. That's why you carry on.
1 year and a half ago
You're in London and you're 24. The time has finally come where you part ways with Adriel and his brother. It's time. The adventures life of traveling that you once enjoyed no longer is the life that calls to you. At least not in the way it once did. So you part ways with them, thank them for all the fun and memories you'd share and wish them luck on their future adventures. You make way back to London, the place that had first made you consider settling down. You stop in a few places to make money for the trip until you reach your destination. You return to that cafe that had been so good to you. In part for the familiarity and the other part was because you hoped, an inkling of hope, you'd see her again.
6 months ago
You're in London and you're 25. You're hope was worth it. There she had been. As if nothing had change. One day you strike up the courage and you ask her on a date. You didn't think she would. She was a spirited personality. You had a dorky charmed and when you tried to act smooth you usually failed. Somehow it worked though and you last a year. It's your anniversary and there's been a thought on your mind. The thought of marriage. The thought of spending the rest of your life with the girl of your dreams. There's one thing holding you back. The fact that you haven't been completely honest with her. Marriage isn't the topic of discussion that night. The truth is and you tell her everything.
You're in San Diego and you're 26. You step onto ground that you had not walked on in ten years. As much as you thought you never really believed you'd ever come back. Now here you were. You're fiancee was in London waiting on you to return. This was something that she had urged you to do. You don't know if it's closure that you're looking for. You know enough to know that this may not be a happy reunion. Truthfully you don't know what to expect. All you do know is that when you walked into that building and see Rei walking to you the only thing you can do is take in a deep breath and say. "Hey sis. Long time no see." with a goofy grin and nervous crack in your voice. Yeah, this was going to end great.