Shared Dreams

Momo goes to visit Sachiko, and learns that they've shared a dream. Also that Sachiko is not in a very good place, physically or emotionally. But that will probably all be fine eventually.

Date: 2017-01-30
Pose Count: 24
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 18:27:13 69845
The Kimura estate is as ostentatious and non-kid-friendly as ever. Perhaps it's worse, now that its sole childhood resident is a recovering coma patient. Momo is allowed in as a matter of course, although she's cautioned by Sachiko's nanny not to tire the poor girl out.

The slightly homely woman leads Momo to a wing of the house she's not been in before. A room on the first floor, back away from the front, where the first glimpse of Sachiko can be found: cinnamon colored hair braided. She sits in her wheelchair at the edge of the room, near a window that looks out on the back yard. The room has several toys: books and dolls most prominently, but Sachiko sits alone in a white gown, staring without playing.

"She hasn't been very animated, since coming home," the nanny explains to Momo quietly as she ushers the small girl into the room. "Sachi-chan, someone's come to see you."

And with that, Momo is left alone in the room with Sachiko.`
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 18:45:23 69850
Momo stepped into the room with her hands clasped in front of her. She regretted having not visited Sachiko at the hospital, but she had a chance to see her now.

Momo also wasn't really sure where you stand socially with someone that hasn't been awake for months. Were they still dating? Were they still friends? Did they really even know one another any more? What if Sachiko had changed while she slept? What if she was weird now?

There was that dream, the weird one, to hope for a happy reunion but something about that still felt off and Momo didn't feel right relying on it for hope. So she quietly stepped into the room and stood there with her hands clasped in front of her, wriggling a little. "Um, hi."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 18:49:55 69852
Sachiko doesn't look up as Momo steps into the room. She just keeps staring out the window quietly, seemingly uninterested in who might be visiting her. Seemingly, but the moment she hears Momo's voice something changes. She straightens just a little in her wheelchair, seemingly frozen in uncertainty.

Because those same thoughts Momo is having are going through Sachiko's head: where do they stand? What if Momo hates her? Are they even still really friends?

"Momo-chan," Sachiko mumbles quietly, as she decides to be brave enough to just turn her head. She can only catch sight of her friend out of the corner of her eyes. "Hi." Either she doesn't know how, or doesn't have the strength, to reach down and turn her chair. She does seem interested in shifting more, but there's only so far she can turn herself.
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 18:58:36 69856
Momo steps up and around to stand just a little ahead and to the side of Sachiko, smiling with flickering uncertainty. "Hello Sachiko. Are we still friends?". Momo doesn't skip a beat, just going at it like a little pink tiger.

She briefly glanced at the window, trying to see what Sachiko had been looking at before returning her attention to her, hopefully, friend.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:03:50 69858
Out the window is nothing so special except grass and bushes. There's nothing of particular interest. There's no explanation at all what Sachiko was looking for.

The question, so blunt and straightforward, catches Sachiko only slightly by surprise. She blinks at Momo, then shrugs her shoulders a little. "I dunno. I thought you hated me because I was in the coma. You didn't come to see me when I woke up, but maybe you couldn't. Do you wanna be friends, still?"
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:08:15 69859
Momo nods her head firmly, not the slightest hint of doubt in regards to that question in her mind. To the other comments though... She looks a little sheepish.

"I didn't really get a chance to get to come see you. Things have been hectic at school and stuff, and I'm a little behind because of a few days I missed a month or two back, and I just haven't caught up so I've been taking extracardicular classes.". She doesn't seem to realise she said the word wrong.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:12:17 69860
If Sachiko notices, she doesn't say anything. Instead, she just shrugs a little, before returning her gaze to the window. "I'm probably going to have to get tutors to catch up. Kimura-sama won't let me retake the year, but I missed ... all of it." She sighs quietly, then closes her eyes. "I dreamed about you," she says after a moment.
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:14:37 69862
Momo makes sure that Sachiko doesn't see the brief expression of immense puzzlement and interest on her face, before speaking. "Oh? What kind of dream was it? A good one, I hope. I wouldn't want you to have a bad dream because of me."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:15:26 69863
A faint shrug of Sachiko's shoulders. "You made me eat potatoes," she says quietly, wrinkling her nose. "I don't like potatoes very much. And then you put me in a glass case, and it shattered. It was scary."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:16:58 69864
Momo's face drains of colour and expression as realisation sets in. Her fingers move to her Prism Crystal at her throat, gently clutching it as she responds to Sachiko. "Oh... I'm sorry. I don't want you to be scared because of me, Sachiko. Never ever.".
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:20:34 69865
Sachiko looks back towards Momo, head faintly tilted. "I don't want to be scared because of you, either," she answers honestly.

There's a long pause before Sachiko asks, "Do you hate me because I was scared?"
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:22:57 69867
Momo shakes her head vigorously. "No! I could never hate you.". She offers a reassuring smile to Sachiko as she runs her thumb over her crystal.

Why the same dream? What made that happen? What will happen now?
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:25:37 69868
Sachiko doesn't smile at Momo's reassurance, but she does nod her head just a little. "Okay," she says, accepting it. Looking back out towards the yard again, Sachiko sighs and asks, "So what happens now? I'm supposed to learn to walk again. The Doctor says I can maybe dance again, but I don't know if I care. Anshi's not going to see it."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:32:45 69870
Momo reaches out and lays a hand on Sachiko's shoulder. "Well, I can watch and so can Reiko and everyone else. You won't have to dance for nobody at all at least. I could even try to dance with you again, so you don't have to do it alone. That is, if you really want to.".
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:45:55 69874
The hand on Sachiko's shoulder draws a look of uncertainty. Sachiko stares at Momo's arm, then slowly traces it back up to the pink-haired girl's face. She stares at her worriedly for several moments, then asks, "Do you want me to dance?"
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:46:46 69875
Momo looks into Sachiko's eyes, smiling softly at her. "I want you to do whatever makes you happiest, Sachiko. Right now, that's all that matters. That you're happy again.".
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 19:48:36 69878

Sachiko seems almost disappointed in the answer. Her eyes fall away once more, and she looks out quietly at the yard. She seems to diminish, drawing in on herself, as she admits, "I don't know how to be happy anymore."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 19:57:45 69880
Momo tightens her grip on Sachiko's shoulder in what she hopes is a reassuring gesture.

"Then I'll show you how to be happy again, and I'd like to see you dance. Happily though. So we have to get you happy first.".
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 20:00:01 69882
Sachiko lets her eyes drift closed at that. "If you say so," she replies softly. For a moment she doesn't say anything else, as if she's just going to leave it at that. But then, softly, she mumbles, "Can you push me to my bed? I'm getting tired, and the chair is uncomfortable."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 20:02:41 69884
Momo slowly steps around Sachiko's wheelchair and starts pushing her towards her bed. "Everything will be okay."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 20:04:29 69885
A faint shrug is Sachiko's reply to that statement. It clearly doesn't feel that way to her, but she's not going to argue right now. She's too tired. When they reach the bed, Sachiko reaches up to grab the blankets, and tries to pull herself forward. She doesn't even manage to slide more than an inch or two on her own before mumbling, "Stupid," to herself. She sinks back down into the seat and asks, "Can you get my nanny to put me in bed? I can't stand up on my own."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 20:07:15 69888
Momo blinks softly at Sachiko. "Do you want me to help you? I can, it'd be no trouble at all.".
Sachiko Hayakawa 2017-01-30 20:09:26 69890
"Sure, if you want to," Sachiko replies quietly. She wrinkles her nose, but then almost immediately sneezes ... just a small little sneeze. She wrinkles her nose again, then reaches up to wipe her nose on the back of her arm. "I'm sorry I'm not very good company. You can stay and sleep with me if you want to."
Momo Akatsuki 2017-01-30 20:10:31 69891
Momo starts to quietly help Sachiko into bed and even climbs in with her afterwards, laying atop the covers though. "I guess it wouldn't hurt to nap for a little while with you. It's Saturday, after all.". She smiles lovingly at Sachiko, glad in her heart of hearts her friend doesn't hate her, or know they shared a dream.