Yume Ga Yume Nara...
(If the Dream Was a Dream...)
Part Five

By Mia Koji/Yagyu Nasuti


"Is something wrong?" Anubis noticed Mia collapse in her computer chair.

"Am I that readable?" was Mia's reply. She didn't remove her eyes from the screen.

Anubis found the lack of acknowledgement discouraging, and he turned from the feudal armors tot he teenaged girl who held his attention. "Is it the boy?"

"His name is Yuli." Mia snapped, and tore her gaze away from her computer.

Anubis's brow furrowed, and he frowned.

Mia's face softened, and she turned back to the screen. "I guess I am that readable." She buried her face in her hands, and sighed. She began to rub her eyes. "I wish Kento was here to handle Yuli..."

Anubis gripped his staff, and walked up behind Mia. "I am certain Hardrock would rather be here as well."

Mia lifted her face away from her hands, and she looked up to Anubis with a perplexed expression. "Are you trying to rub it in?" She rose her tone. "I know that my friends are worse off! I don't need you to make this more stressful than it already is!"

"I am simply urging you to redirect your energies." Anubis seemed to be restraining his frustration.

Mia turned back to her computer screen once again, and rested one hand on the keyboard.

"I know it's hard in times like this, but we have to go by faith." Anubis's voice remained in its usual calm tone.

Mia sighed, and her shoulders dropped. "I wish I were like you, Anubis. Always able to think clearly through these situations."

Anubis bent his knees, and crouched down next to Mia to look up to her.

Mia looked down to him, her eyes curious as to what he was about to do.

Anubis's face was straight and serious. "What are you afraid of?"

Mia stared at Anubis. She furrowed her brow, and pressed her lips together. Her eyes began to sting. She felt so ashamed! She was so weak, so immature! She didn't want to admit her fears to Anubis...he already had so much to think about! She was seventeen! She should be able to take some responsibility for herself! She broke her stare away from Anubis, too ashamed to look at him in the face.

"It's alright." Anubis rested a hand on Mia's knee.

Mia looked to Anubis, and her tears overflowed. "I don't want anyone else to die!" She wiped her tears away with the back of her hand, in the manner of a little girl.

Anubis's face went blank. Mia lowered her head, and cried. She covered her eyes with her hands.

Anubis stood, and rested the staff against the table. He bent down again, and put his arms around Mia. "I'm sorry."

Mia pulled away, and directed her focus on the computer. "No one else can die." She mumbled, and focused on the screen.

Anubis stood there still, his arms still raised a bit. He lowered them, and stood behind Mia, looking over her shoulder.

The sun was hidden behind the pale grey clouds. The two heard a soft rumbling outside.

Mia turned in her seat, and faced the window. "Please say that wasn't thunder."

"It smells like rain." Anubis held his staff.

Mia turned back around, and continued to type. "We'll just have to make the most of our time."