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“Alright I've got an idea, follow me.” It's an idea as simple as it is practical. The village is surrounded by uncultivated fields (fallow so the soil can rest you assume). The field you pick is on the southwestern tip of the village. It's flanked by road and hill. The gentle slope on the hill makes it a pretty good spot to lie down and watch the stars. Kaguya has been following you closely, her arm wrapped around your own. The many potholes along the road are almost invisible at night, so you've tried your best at not to stumble accidentally. You find a nice spot on the hill, in between the tall blades of grass. The ground is dry and hard, so you shouldn't get your clothes very dirty. “This looks like an okay spot.”
“For what exactly?” Kaguya looks at the spot vacantly, even after you sit down.
“To look at the stars. It's a good idea right?”
“Oh you.” There's a playful chuckle from her. “We can do this at home.”
“But you've got to admit, there's something special about laying in a field looking up at the stars.”
“It certainly is a nice cliché, I'll admit.” She sits down besides you. “And I've never gotten a chance to do it before either.”
“There you go. That's reason enough to enjoy this.”
The night sky is full of speckles of light. The new moon seems to peer from a lonely corner of the heavens; this night is dominated by countless far-off suns. You recognize parts of the most obvious constellations. Beyond that, though, you're pretty useless. Still, there's no need to be an expert to enjoy the intricate tapestry above you. There's a prevailing silence as both of you stare at the sea of stars.
“No matter how many times I see it, the night sky is beautiful.” Kaguya breaks the silence. “To think that in every direction there are countless stars, many of them with other planets and moons.”
“Just a little. You know, Eirin told me that there are stars everywhere, we just can't see them all because they're too far away.”
“I've heard that.” You recall your school life. “Their light hasn't reached us yet”
“Say, can you identify any constellations?”
“Only some.” You point at the an obvious one. “There's Orion.” You scan the sky for anything else. Wait, that can't be right. “And apparently that's the Southern Cross?!” It's a easily identifiable constellation, but you doubt your assessment.
“You sound surprised. What's wrong with those stars over there?”
“Well... It's just that they shouldn't be visible over here. We are in the Northern Hemisphere, right?”
“Um, I don't know about that. I've never bothered to ask Eirin about things like that. I just know a few things about stars. Eirin is usually kind enough to point out constellations when we're outside.”
“That's okay. It's not a big deal. It's just a small thing anyways. I'm sure an amateur like me is just mixing up things.”
You stay silent for a while after that. Off to the distance, voices, carried by a breeze seem to come from the direction of the village. The grass rustles softly and the occasional warble of a nocturnal bird is a reminder that you're in the middle of nature. It's a bit chilly tonight. And you don't have a coat on. Well, it's not unbearable or anything. Just mildly uncomfortable. On the other hand, the chill is making you feel more alive than ever, you can clearly feel your heart pumping and are aware of every breath that you're taking. The cold earth below feels strange to your hands. You let your hands wander, feeling the texture of soil, rocks, and grass.
“Hey Shirou?”Kaguya's soft voice rouses you from your self-aware mood. You look at her in the dark. Your eyes are accustomed at the lack of light and you can see where her face quite clearly. “Sorry to bother you if you were concentrated. But, there's something that I've been wondering for a while...”
“I wasn't thinking about anything too important. So don't worry. Go ahead and ask whatever it is you want.”
“Well... it's a bit silly...” She hesitates for a moment. “But, well, are you feeling homesick?”
“Homesick? Me?” That's not something you had though about. Your life before coming here feels like it happened an eternity ago. Too long to even think about missing it. “No, never even thought about home until now. Did I do something that made seem like I was homesick?”
“No, not really. But I thought that just maybe you might be.” She hesitates again. You can't tell because of the shadow, but something tells you that she's genuinely concerned. “Do you regret coming here then? I never did give you a choice in the matter, did I?”
“I-” live my life with no regrets[/i[, you want to say, but decide against acting cool. “I've never regretted coming here for a moment. So you really shouldn't worry about it.” You move your face closer to make sure she can see your smile. “I have free food, a room, a warm bath. Plus there's a whole bunch of interesting people around. Even if I sometimes I have to do things I don't feel like, it's worth it.”
“That's a relief.”
“Wait, you haven't let me finish.” You roll onto your back, placing your hands on your head. “Plus, best of all, I'm extraordinarily lucky to be able to spend so my time with my [i]bwestest bwuddy.” If you hadn't been lying down you know that Kaguya would have laughed at how you're cringing.
“... that's really nice of you to say.” You feel warmer as Kaguya presses up against you, placing her head on your chest. “I would have hated myself if you thought things were horrible here.”
“I would have let you know. Probably.” Well, maybe as an act of solidarity you would have kept your feelings to yourself. “Is there anything that made you start thinking about this though? I know I can be a bit weird, but you can trust me to be honest.”
“It wasn't anything you did really. I don't really know myself why I started thinking of these things. Normally I'm more of a happy-go-lucky sort of person. I should probably get more sleep.”
“It probably wouldn't be a bad idea. Just sleep in tomorrow.”
“Maybe. If I feel like it.”
“Ask Eirin for something to relax you if you can't sleep.” If you asked her, she'd probably want something in return, but Kaguya is definitely an exception.
“I'd rather not bother Eirin about it. It's nothing that major to begin with.”
“Well, if you need me for anything, then I'd be glad to help. So don't hesitate to ask.”
“Would you want me to ask even if it's something you can't really do anything about?”
“I'm sure that I'll always be able to do something. At the very least make you feel better by sharing.”
“Hm, I wonder...” She sighs. “There's a lot of things, in my experience, that no one can do anything about. The passage of time might make things slightly better, but the problem never truly goes away.”
“This isn't like you. Are you sure there's nothing wrong?” Something about her words strike you. You feel like she's talking about something that you know about too.
“I'm pretty sure I'm alright. Sorry. It's just that at this time at night I get these weird thoughts. Don't worry about it. I'll forget about it in a moment.” She raises a hand to point at the sky. A trail of light streaks across the cosmos quickly. “Look, there's a shooting star over there. Make a wish.”
There's only one thing that you can think of in a brief instant.
“So what did you wish for?” You ask Kaguya.
“That's a secret. You?”
“I guess it's a secret as well.”
“Fair enough.” She laughs, shaking your body in the process.
The breeze picks up a bit, making the grass in front of you sway violently. It stops completely after that, making the night seem completely dead. Kaguya's warm presence is the only thing that makes you feel truly alive while gazing at the jeweled sky.
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