By Senji Kuroi

Twelve tales concentrating on the tiny paradoxes and daily realities skilled by way of a guy in his sixties.

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Kyusuke requested, frightened she would possibly not have the capacity to remain upright. the lady reeled, bicycle and all, while a block of wind smacked into her, and she or he gave a similar cry back. —I can’t retain going. —Just take it slowly and it’ll be ok. We’re correct within the course of the wind. at some point soon Kyusuke grabbed the slim baggage rack in the back of the motorbike and all started to push. the girl appeared thankful and, with this impetus from at the back of, began to movement ahead with doubtful steps. it sounds as if she acknowledged anything to him, however the wind ripped her phrases to shreds and blew them away so he heard not anything. He driven the baggage rack with better strength when it comes to answer. there has been a lull within the wind and the bicycle unexpectedly shot ahead. —Hey! he heard her cry out, dismay mingling with a bit chuckle because the handlebars dragged her skipping alongside. however the video games the wind performed with them simply lasted till they bought to the sanatorium extra down the road. preventing, Kyusuke attempted to tug the bicycle to a halt. the lady, noticing a transformation of their growth, grew to become and checked out Kyusuke quizzically. —I’m stepping into the following, he acknowledged, pointing on the signboard and nodding goodbye. —Oh, you have been going to the medical institution. I’m so sorry. because the collar of her wine-red coat flapped within the wind, he observed a glance of misgiving in the back of her glasses. —It’s only a checkup. to work out if I’m alive or no longer. you are taking care now. —You’ll be high-quality. You’re evidently in sturdy future health. solid success with the checkup. virtually wasting her footing within the gusting wind, the girl stood as firmly as she might and gave him a stiff little bow from the neck. whilst he opened the door and went into the ready room, the air used to be muggy, with an alien, cellar-like odor very varied to the surface. Kyusuke well-known a touch of pharmaceutical pungency in it as he introduced the aim of his stopover at to a girl at reception whose face he knew, then got rid of his woolly hat and reduced himself onto the lengthy bench. since it used to be the afternoon or as a result of powerful wind, there have been no longer many folks waiting—just a mom with childrens and an previous woman. As Kyusuke adjusted to the stagnant air of the room lit by way of fluorescent ceiling lighting, he felt sweat commencing to shape on his brow. was once it simply his mind's eye or have been his heartbeat and his pulse a bit quicker than traditional? It was once tense to imagine he’d come all this manner just for Dr. Kumano to discover his blood strain better than basic. If he asks me why, I’ll play the geriatric card and positioned it all the way down to the powerful wind and the temperature distinction from open air. He remembered the outdated health care professional as soon as telling him that a few people’s blood strain shot up on the mere sight of the white coats of the sanatorium employees. “I can’t preserve going. ” The little shriek the girl gave with each gust of wind got here again to him. For it slow Kyusuke heard the sound of a kid crying at the a ways facet of the door earlier than he was once summoned into the consulting room as a substitute. there has been a much bigger window than within the ready room and even if the blinds partly blocked the rays of the afternoon sunlight, the room felt as vivid as though he had simply climbed up from a cellar.

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