At the time, I didn’t understand what sickness of the mind meant. Was he infected, was it some bacteria, or a virus?
“Well, I have to go.”
“Wait,” I called out as he turned away. “Even if we can’t meet at school, I can still visit you sometimes, right?”
“I don’t know about that,” he seemed to be hesitating, “I won’t be living at home anymore.”
I gasped, “Where are you going then?”
“To a small bungalow for rehabilitation, or that’s what they call it, but it’s really just a small house. I’m moving there in a few days to start living by myself.”
“Where is it?”
“I can’t tell you that.”
I was speechless. Until then, the idea of keeping secrets from each other was an impossibility to me. If he really couldn’t tell me, then the truth must be worse than I could imagine.
“Shun.” My mind was completely blank. I didn’t know what to say. “Are…are you really going to be totally alone? What about Subaru?” I asked, mentally prepared for the worst.
“He’s at home,” he said simply. “I wanted to take a walk so I snuck out by myself.”
I was slightly relieved that Subaru was okay, but I was still getting more worried by the second. What in the world had happened to Shun?
“Is there any way I can help you?”
He didn’t answer. The only sound was the buzzing of the wasp balls.
“Shun, I’ve always lo-”
I was so close to confessing my feelings for him, but he interrupted.