The Aftermath: Part 19"There is NO WAY I am wearing PINK, Emma."
"Awww! Come on! Just try it!" Emma says.
I look at the pink, short and floaty dress she's holding out to me.
"Come on, RJ! It'll be fine!"
"You can't make me!" I say, running out of my bedroom.
Emma chases after me and I dart into the dojo, only to fall flat on my back.
I ran into sensei!
"Sorry, sensei!" I mumble, darting behind him and hanging on to his kimono.
"What is wrong?" He asks, bewildered.
"RJ? Emma calls, walking past the dojo.
"Emma's trying to make me wear pink, and I really can't, sensei! can I hide in the tree? Please?!"
Sensei chuckles. "You may."
"Thank you! Thank you!" I say, climbing up the tree and blending in with the leaves.
"Sensei?" Emma asks. "Have you seen RJ anywhere?"
"No, Emma, I have not."
"Are you sure?"
"Well, I did see her run out into the tunnels."
"Thank you, sensei!" Emma says, running off. "RJ?"
I get down from the tree. "Thanks again, sensei!" I'll make your tea for the next two weeks!"
Sensei chuckles. "
So many times.
I've walked these halls.
I've a in this seat.
All too many times.
Coffin after coffin.
Sermon after sermon.
Ashes to ashes.
I just want life.
But all I have is death.