Posted: July 18th, evening
[ After settling in a new shinki and checking on Mikoto, Tatara takes a moment to himself to sit outside in the sunset and talk everything out. No video this time, friends -- he doesn’t feel like showing his face. And he has a valid reason for that. ]
Hello everyone. For those of you who might not know yet, Johan Andersen is gone. I went by his temple today to find it missing. From what I know, this means he’s gone home.
He was a dear friend of mine who will be sorely missed. He was--...
[ ...more than just that. And now, he’ll never know.
Tatara’s voice breaks a bit there, prompting a pause. But this isn’t a time for mourning, he reminds himself; he really should stop talking about Johan as though he’s lost when for all he knows, this is a happy affair. For all he knows, Johan got to go home -- back to his family, his friends, all those people who missed him dearly; perhaps even more than Tatara will. So after the noticeable pause for breath, an airy sort of chuckle follows. ]
I know wherever he is now, he’s happy.
[ That’s right -- wherever he is, I’m sure he’s just fine. ]
I took his shinki, Sakon, home to my temple. He’ll be with me from now on. I’ll keep him safe.
[ That’s the important part: Taking care of those left behind; those who are sad, (even if he is, too). He takes a breath, and even over audio only, one can practically visualize the forced smile he dons. ]
I guess that’s it! See? Everything works out in the end.
Somehow, it always does.