“Sharky?” You said, pushing his bedroom door open. You looked around his room. Your eyes settling on a lump under the blankets in the middle of his bed.
“Sharky I can see you!” You replied happily bounding over and jumping up on the bed to crawl over to the lump that was your best friend.
As you reached a hand out to touch the lump you heard quiet sobbing coming from underneath.
“Sharky? Sharky are you crying??” You asked, worry rising in your voice. “Why are you crying?” You asked again, grabbing the covers and pulling them back to reveal a very sad little bundle curled up in the middle of his bed.
He looked up at you and whimpered, his bottom lip quivering. “I…C-Couldn’t s-save you the o-other day and i-i-it made me s-sad.” He said, stuttering every second word.
“But Sharky you did save me you ran and got your mum!” You replied encouragingly.
“No I d-didn’t, that was your mum that told me to g-get her and all I did was run away and left you to die!” He started bawling again. “I can’t be a hero if I’m scared! I’ll never be a hero!”
“Sharky don’t say that! You’re an amazing hero and you will be the bestest hero ever! I just know it!” You yelled triumphantly.
He sat up and lunged at you, knocking you down with his tight hug and cried into your shirt. You just laid there and snuggled into him. Whispering words of love and encouragement.
Sharky was never really the same after that day. His confidence had taken a hit and he retreated into himself a little but you still loved him and you were determined to show him that he had the makings of a hero and he was going to be the best hero ever!
Seasons passed, days flew by and you and Sharky continued to play every day. You had promised each other that you would never go anywhere and you’d be best friends always.
One morning Mrs Kirishima bought Eijirou over to play so she could talk to your mum. You and Sharky headed off to your room to play with your toys and left the two mothers in the kitchen.
“Can I get you something to drink?” Your mum asked Mrs Kirishima.
“Oh no, thank you. I don’t think my stomach could handle anything right now.” She replied in a slightly saddened tone.
“Why, what’s wrong?” Your mum asked, worried for her neighbour who had become a good friend.
“Babe, I really hate to be the bearer of bad news but I’ve just been told we have to move at the end of this year, interstate. For work.” She said, her gaze dropping to the floor.
“Oh no. Really?” Your mum replied sullenly, her heart sinking in her chest. “Have you told Eijirou?”
“No I haven’t and I don’t know how to break it to him, he will be devastated.” She said, fighting back tears.
“Y/N is going to be guttered.”
“Well what should we do?” She asked.
“Listen, this might sound cruel but maybe we shouldn’t tell them.” Mrs Kirishima said.
Your mum thought for a moment then nodded slowly. “Yes lets let them play together often and then when you leave that’s it. If they know what’s coming it will make it even more painful.”
Mrs Kirishima nodded.
“I’ll be very sorry to see you go.” Your mum said, her voice quivering with emotion. “Y/N is going to miss Eijirou like crazy but maybe we could arrange for visits sometime?”
“Oh yes, let’s!” She replied, wiping a tear from her eye.
The fated day came and Eijirou came over to play like usual. He and you played for an hour or more when you heard the doorbell ring.
“EIJIROU!! YOUR MUM IS HERE!” Your mum called.
“That’s early isn’t it?” Eijirou said, turning to you.
You shrugged. “I dunno?”
You and Eijirou skipped down to the front door to where his mum waited. “Eijirou honey, we need to go into town.” She said doing her best to cover her emotions. “We’ll be back late so give Y/N a big cuddle, ok?”
Your mum looked the other way and wiped a tear as you two embraced, for what you didn’t realize would be, your last time.
“Have fun in town Sharky! You can tell me about it tomorrow.” You beamed.
“You bet!” He replied flashing you that big toothy smile. “I’ll see you then!”
Mrs Kirishima shot your mum a very sympathetic look and turned, leading Eijirou down the path.
As they hopped into the car that was parked outside their gate you realized you were still holding onto one of Sharky’s Crimson Riot plushy toys.
“Mummy!” You gasped. “I need to give this to Sharky to take to town!”
Before she could say anything you dashed down the steps and out the gate towards the car. It slowly pulled away from the curb and rolled down the road with you, running as fast as your little legs could take you, chasing after it.
“SHARKY!” You screamed at the disappearing car. “SHARKY YOUR TOY!”
He must have heard you because he turned in his seat and looked out the back window. He smiled and waved when he saw you, mouthing something at you as you ran.
“WHAT?!” You yelled. The car getting further and further away. Finally you had to stop to catch your breath and the car disappeared around the corner.
You shook your head and turned for home. Promising yourself you’d give it to him tomorrow.
Early the next morning you jumped up and ran to the front door. You swung it open and was about to run next door to Sharky’s when you saw a white van parked out the front. You paused. Men were carrying boxes and furniture out of Sharky’s house and putting it in the van. You turned and sprinted back inside.
“MUMMY! MUMMY!! PEOPLE ARE STEALING THINGS FROM SHARKY’S HOUSE!” You hollered as you raced to her room.
Her head shot up from the pillow, then she realized what day it was.
“Y/N, sweetheart come here a minute.” She said softly in her ‘just woke up voice’. “There’s something I need to tell you.”