Even until the end of time, I’ll continue to search for my little blue butterfly…
Chapter 1: Prologue
“May I take shelter with you from the snow?” I stare at the girl in front of me, her long chestnut hair falling down her shoulders. Her big round brown eyes stare at me with a gentle gaze and her plump lips are turned upwards into an inviting smile. I stare at this girl, familiar yet different, as the tears fall down my face. I don’t even try to stop them, because it’s finally happened, the day I’ve been waiting for since my final revival, the day where I met my soulmate, my Airi, once again. I never stopped believing. “Excuse me, is everything ok Sir? Are you hurt somewhere?”
I finally return to my senses and quickly wipe away my tears, I must look a complete mess. “Of course, I’d be happy if you did.” I smile pleasantly and her previously concerned expression becomes happy again. She stands beside me and fiddles with her camera. I find myself watching her intensely, until she glances at me from the side with curious expression and I immediately look away, finally realizing I was staring. I’m happy to see her, but I must remember that although I know who she is, she doesn’t know me in this timeline. I must make it appear that we are meeting for the first time. I try to make small talk. “The snow is really coming down huh?”
“Mm, yup!” She’s still her same cheerful self. “Do you dislike the snow? I personally find it relaxing. Isn’t it just wonderful to watch it fall and slowly pile up on the ground and trees?”
“I’ve never really thought about it to be honest. It’s always just been background cover and a real mess to drive in in. But I guess it is kind of nice, especially watching it with someone else.” She blushes and I realize I’m staring again. “I would think it would be I mean!” I turn away blushing.
“Mm.” She responds with a simple nod and the silence between us is stifling. I guess taking the initiative this time to break the silence, she adds to the conversation. “So, what are you doing in a place like this alone? You look like a professional, were you on your way home from work?”
“No, I was actually just taking a break. I’m just a manga artist, I wouldn’t go as far to say I’m a professional or anything.” I fidget nervously. “So how about you? Are you a photographer?”
She shakes her head. “Uh-uh, I’m actually attending university, for what exactly…well I’m not really sure to be honest. I just enjoy taking pictures for fun. Capturing moments in time is my hobby. I know it’s a bit strange, but I’ve just always had this obsession with time. Weird huh?”
I feel a warm sensation in my chest. It’s a feeling of…destiny. I know now, I mean I’ve always believed, but now I know for sure, Airi is my destiny and I will always find her in any timeline. “No, it’s not weird at all, it’s great, really.” She smiles, seeming pleased with my response. I finally reach out my hand to give a proper introduction. “My name is Satoru, Satoru Fujinuma.”
She puts out her hand to meet mine. “My name is Airi Katagiri, nice to meet you Fujinuma-san.”
After our hands touched, the rest was history. A week after this meeting we went on our first date. Two weeks after that, I met her parents and she met my mother. Three weeks later we were engaged and one month later we were husband and wife. Two weeks after that, she was with child. Three months was all it took for us to reach our happy ever after. Three months may seem short to onlookers, but for us, it had already felt like a lifetime.
Just three months to build the rest of our lives, but it took only three years to tear it apart and send me to the pits of despair. On a cold, stormy night, where the snow fell thick upon the ground, my Airi and our child Saori, were taken from me in the instant it took for a careless driver to run us off the road. It was on that night, that I found myself faced with the need to call upon revival again, but there was just one problem…it never came. Even four years later, I’m still waiting, but I refuse to lose hope, because I believe in my little blue butterfly. I believe that just like before, it will bring her to me. The thing about revival though, is that it’s not an infinite thing. I thought that I knew what it was all about. I thought that it was meant to be a chance. A chance to go back and make things right. A chance to go back in time and change a future. A chance to reset the timeline and start again, building something new just as I did with Airi in this one. Just as I used it to go back and save Kayo all those years ago. I thought I knew about the phenomenon known as revival, but now I realize…I knew nothing.
So now, I’ve decided that I’m done waiting around for a miracle to come to me. I’ve always waited for my little blue butterfly to send me a sign, but this time, I will go to it. I will find my butterfly, no matter if I must enter the depths of hell, traverse worlds or transcend time. Somehow I will find a way to reach it, to pull it within my grasp and go back again. If I can, if I do it, then surely, I will find her. I will find them both. Because if there’s one thing I know about revival, is that it will always lead me to you. So wait for me Airi, Saori, I’m coming soon.
You may think you know the truth about revival, but soon you’ll see, you know nothing at all…