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                            6
    Half a year quickly passed. I still can not forget about what happened on June 22.
    While still in class, I received a telegram from home telling me to return home immediately so I hurried back.
    It was already evening when I got home. The house was as always, but mother wasn’t cooking in the kitchen although it was already dinner time. I went to mother’s room right away and saw her in bed.
    “Mother, what’s wrong?” I asked.
    “Oh, Masao, you are back. You must be hungry. Go eat dinner first.”
     I finished dinner as fast as I could and went back to mother’s room. Mother was up on the bed, but she didn’t say anything when I sat down. Instead, she lowered her head and cried.
    “Mother, what happened?” I asked her in surprise.
    Mother wiped her tears and said, “Masao, please forgive me. Tamiko’s dead. It’s my fault……”
    “What! Tamiko’s DEAD? WHEN? WHY”
    Stunned, I asked, but mother only started to cry again, even louder. I knew that      Tamiko was dead, but nothing more. I have never seen mother crying so hard.
    Just then, big brother and his wife came in, and it was she who told me the story.
    Last year, Tamiko’s parents’ acquaintance proposed to marry Tamiko. The parents were pleased with the proposal and asked Tamiko to marry him, but Tamiko refused. So, Tamiko’s mother came to ask mother for help. She thought if my mother asked Tamiko then she’ll say yes for sure. But, Tamiko still refused and cried.
    “Tami, you hate this marriage because you want to marry Masao, right? You know I won’t allow that.”
    Mother told Tamiko coolly. Hearing this, Tamiko stopped crying all of a sudden, and lowered her face in silence, but this time she said “I’ll do as everyone says.” In November, she got married.
    Soon, she was pregnant. However, the child died inside her womb at just six months, and Tamiko’s condition worsened so she returned home, and finally died on June 19.
    “It was my fault. My fault that Tamiko died.” Mother couldn’t stop from crying so everyone was worried and had no choice but to call me back.
From sister-in-law’s story I finally understood why Tamiko had died.
    At last, mother was able to stop for a little and said, “Why did I say ‘you definitely can’t marry Masao’? Why did I say something so mean? I did such a terrible thing. It was my fault that Tamiko’s dead……. Masao, please go to Tami’s grave for me tomorrow. Please apologize for me.”

    No matter what the reason, to tell me after her death is an awful thing. I wanted to see her. Tami must have wanted to see me too. I passed in front of her house so many times, and yet could not see her. I want to see her, even if just one more time……. So many thoughts were flooding my mind.
    “Tomorrow morning, I’ll go to Tamiko’s home right away.”
    I didn’t cry in front of mother and sister-in-law, but as soon as I stepped into my room I burst into tears, and cried for the entire night.



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