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We see a wooden door opening. Masato steps out with Yume close behind. She has a backpack.
Yume: So, are we really gonna do this?
Masato: *takes in a deep breath* I need to do this, Yume.
Yume: *smiling* Ok then, let's get going.
Masato and Yume take their first step on the path from Masato's house onto the road.
Masato: *thinking* It's just one foot after the other.
Kimese: Don't think about it so much, Masato, it will be fun!
Masato: How can you always tell what I'm thinking? *he grins at Kimese*
Kimese: We are connected to each other don't forget. *grins*
Yume: By the way, I talked to Zenaku and Itari, they want to come with us.
Masato: *confused* uh... ok?
Yume: Great, we need to go to Akikai Lake then.
Masato: What!?! *irritated* All the way to Akikai? That's the wrong direction!
Yume: Don't worry Masato, we'll still get to Heisei-riku. It'll just take a little longer, that's all.
Shi: Yeah, besides maybe I can grab one of those special rainbow fish that live in Akik
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso. Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back. There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end). I reach. He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye. When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers. Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine. I follow him out the door.
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