The light of the morning sun illuminated the cloudy sky. The wind was crisp and a sharp chill lingered in the air. At a nearby playground, two children, no older than eight, were happily playing.
“Aiko, I'm gonna get you!”
“You'll never catch me, Sanosuke-kun!” The little girl shouted at her friend as she ran far ahead of him.
“I'll show you! RAAAAWR!!!”
Sanosuke started to jump at Aiko but quickly realized she had stopped running. His friend was standing still in front of a blonde stranger.
He rested his hand on his friend's shoulder but got no response. Her eyes seemed fixated on the mysterious girl as if she were in a trance.
“Is this your friend? We were just playing together,” the stranger spoke up. She kneeled down in front of the two children. “What's your name?”
“S-Sanosuke.” the boy replied shyly.
“Would you like to play with us?”
Sanosuke nodded innocently and the girl