A Brother’s Forgiveness

As she lies there, she begins coughing. She wipes the edge of her mouth and looks at her hand; there’s a small red streak running down one of her fingers. She sighs and puts her hand down.

“Looks like I won’t be able to fulfill my promise to you…,” she quietly says out loud. “Hopefully, you’re watching from somewhere. You’ll be able to see I at least tried to make it…”

Trying to rest and see what will happen, the woman closes her eyes. As she lies on the ground, a warm, gentle breeze flows through the area, enveloping her. She can feel a light tingle traveling though her body.

“So this is what it feels like to die, huh?” She chuckles a bit and coughs again. “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. A lot calmer.”

Letting the sensation take over, a strong warmth begins hovering over her face. She slowly opens her eyes back up; there’s a single, orange Hitodama above her. Her eyes widen as she tries to reach for it, but her hand just passes right through. A small smile appears on her face and tears being trickling down her cheeks.

“Hey,” she says to the Hitodama. “It took me longer than expected to get here. Sorry. But I made it. I came to visit you.”

The hitodama begins to slowly float around her as if it’s listening to her speak.

“I had to go through hell to get here. I almost lost my life to a pile of bones,” she chuckles a bit. “It’s a bit ironic if you think about it. You were around them just about every day at your job. Well, I mean while they were still people anyways. It’s almost like they came back to life just to protect you.”

The woman stops for a moment and takes a deep breath.

“Protecting you from me… If anything, I should be the one who protects you. Not be the one who put you here.”

The woman tries to sit up. To her surprise, she can do so without much effort. She moves back and leans against a tombstone. The Hitodama moves closer to the woman and is now eye level with her.

“I know I’m the reason you’re here in the first place. At least… that’s what I think. All I know it your blood was on my hands when I finally came to that night. But all of this could have been avoided if I didn’t let my jealousy take over. I did, and now, I’m stuck as this damn Hannya for the rest of my life!”

The woman holds her legs tight to her chest and beings crying into her knees.

“I’m so sorry Tohru! I never ever imagined that any of this could ever happen. If I just knew how to control my emotions better then You’d still be here today… Hearing about how successful you were at your job and that you actually liked it just made me feel worthless. You finished med school so quick and even found a job within two weeks of graduating. Your life was just beginning and it ended so quickly…”

The woman looks at the Hitodama and tries to reach for it again, but her hand just passes right though again. She bears her fangs and slams her fits into the ground.

“I’m sorry for everything! I’m sorry for taking your life!”

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