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This is perhaps the 8th time that Yuuki is reading Anna Karenin. She doesn’t know what but there is something in the novel that captivates her and she couldn’t help but buy a copy every time she goes on a cruise. Since her husband died 6 years ago, Yuuki has acquired the strange habit of going on cruises by herself to nowhere every year.

As she was immersing herself in the all too familiar paragraph, a certain scent took her off the page. It is a very familiar scent but is something she has very vague memories of. She tried to recall where and when she has smelled that scent before but failed. It is just a very familiar scent, a scent that seems to evoke something deep in her heart, something that she wanted to remember, something that is important, but also something that she can no longer remember.

With a deep sense of frustration, she has no choice but to continue reading but her mind could just not let go of the thought of the scent. In just that instant, a voice called out her name. “Yuuki, is that you?”

She looked up and saw a man, in his early sixties perhaps, looking at her quizzically but with a pair of eyes that seems so young, so eager. For a moment, her heart started beating and pulsating violently and she found herself at a lost for words. “Is this him?” she thought. “It couldn’t be. He is dead.”

After 40 years of not seeing each other, he can’t simply just appear. She still remember the occasion when they had to be separated against their will. They were so much in love then. Their love didn’t come easy and they have gone through many hardship to be together but finally, they still had to be separated. Everyone they knew, everyone that loved them, cried for them.

Seeing him again after 40 years, she felt the same warmth. Perhaps she is still in love with him. Perhaps the love never really did go away and even if she is married, it is only him, him alone, that is in her heart all these while. There is a certain longing, she wanted to just to throw herself and hug him, but social protocol does not allow it at this moment. Plus the fact that they are both more than 60 years old now.

“Takao, is that you? It has been such a long time. A really long time”.

“Yuuki, yes, indeed it has been a long time.”

“How are you?”

And Yuuki invited him to sit down and they chatted for the whole day, and well into the night, as if there is no time to catch up on all those lost years. In their heart, they knew that they still love each other deeply. They are their first love. And will always be their first, and only love.


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When she received the short note from him, she now understands what he was trying to do. All these months of coldness is really uncalled for. “What have I done?” she thought to herself.

Just barely three months ago, she saw him with another girl, walking hand in hand in the departmental store, looking so happy in each others arms. She refused to believe it even if she saw it with her own eyes and as soon as she reached home, she threw herself on the bed and started crying and punching the pillow in anger and frustration. She even thought of committing suicide.

What has she done to deserve this? He was just as sweet as honey just the night before and she really thought they will get married and have kids and a happy family. But her whole world collapsed just right now. She thought maybe, well maybe, that’s just his old friend or god-sister or just an overly zealous colleague but it just didn’t seem so. They are just like a pair of lovebirds. It is unmistakable.

So for almost three whole months, she avoided him, avoided his calls and even pretended not to be home when he waited for her outside her house for the whole chilly night. She even avoided to go online to check her e-mails and chat with her friends, something she never imagined herself being capable because she simply cannot live without the internet.

But the hurt is just too deep and she needed time to be quiet. “Have I been acting too hastily?” “Should I just listen to him and see what he has to say?” “Well, he may just make up some stories…” “But what if….” All these questions pops into her mind and she can’t seem to be at peace with herself. She has lost weight.

But just tonight, she saw a pink coloured envelop at her doorstep. She knew its from him but after almost three months, she thought well maybe let’s see what he has to say.

She opened the envelop and saw just one piece of paper. Her tears started to flow as she read the letter.

She immediately rushed out of the door and ran to the bus station. She reached just before 9 p.m. He was standing just the opposite side of the road and he saw her running. He smiled and started to run across the road, wanting to hug her and kiss her. He misses her really so much. So very much……

As he was running across the street, he heard shouts of people but he was too happy to see her to pay attention. It seems that it is their fate that a bus ran out of control and rammed into him. Maybe they were never meant to be together after all.


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