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“Someone once said that memories are just fractions of mind. When we remember, we fiddle these fractions around in what we think, the right way. Therefore memories are creations. To remember means to dream … And memories themselves are nothing more than mere illusions.”
As you guys may already know, i love manga. ^_^
We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) is my favourite manga so far. (It’s been my favourite for awhile now….
I’ll summarize the story in the main character, Nanami Takahashi’s point of view:
“In the beginning, i never would have thought I’d fall in love with the guy i hated the most ever since the beginning of freshmen year. But….I did. (lol fail)
After confirming that Yano liked me too, we began our journey that would one day continue and linger for year from then.
Before long, I discovered the the truth about His past, the past that he still struggles with to this day. I’m sure, one of these days, he will be grateful for the times we spent together; days that would sparkle hope in his darkest hours. We met many bumps along the way but at least i know….we made it. I truely love Yano from the deepest part of my soul.
At that time, Yano was just 15, barely 16, but the truth burdening him was always greater than his capacity.
5 years ago, Yano had to move away to Tokyo. Though we made a promise the night before, promising a year later to meet again in Tokyo (after high school). He was pretty sincere and at that time, I believed it to be true.
5 years have come to pass and still no words from him. 4 years ago, I arrived in Tokyo, hopeful of seeing him again. Now 4 years later, that hope still burns. For 4 years, I’m still searching for Yano. I think its because i know Yano, no matter what, would never forget a promise so important. I always knew he was unstable with his life but unless something absolutely horrifying happened, he would not break a promise. I need to know why. Why he never came to find me.
Today, I wonder what he might be doing at this hour, what he said, and who he met. On the streets of Tokyo, I try to catch a glimpse of that smile that i so long to see. And yet, the days still go by.
Maybe….tomorrow i’ll have better luck.”
Of course, the series is not yet complete but the day i will have the honour to read the ending is near! Thank you to Obata-sensei for writing such a touching and realistic love story! I am sure many ppl can relate to this real-life trauma.