I exhaled white breath and looked at the river where the ring had been thrown away from the bridge.

Today is Christmas Eve.

What in the world am I doing here on the night of such an important day, even though Eita san had invited me to join him, and I even canceled that invitation and came to this place……

At first I ran out with the intention of getting into the river to look for the ring, but it is no exaggeration to say that it is impossible to get into the river in such cold weather that your breath turns white.

Besides, there is no way I could go into the river and look for the ring myself while telling Eita  san not to look for it……

Christmas Eve, that is the day my father gave my mother the engagement ring.

Since they did not join the registry on that day, Christmas Eve is not their wedding anniversary, but it is still an important day for the father and mother, filled with memories of when he proposed to her.

On such an important day, the precious ring that my father gave to my mother was in the river, and I couldn’t even look for it. I gave up on the idea that it would never come back and could only look at the river from the bridge where the ring was thrown away…….

I felt sorry for myself and sad that the ring would never come back, and a single tear rolled down my cheek.

“What am I really doing, I…..”

If I hadn’t cancelled Eita san’s invitation, I wonder if we would be laughing and talking with each other right now.

Thinking about it, I wonder if they should have forgotten about the ring and just spent time together with Eita san.

I’m a cold person for wanting to be with Eita san even if I put aside the precious memories of my father and mother.

“Father,  Mother. I’m really sorry……”

While muttering such things, I stare at the river where the ring has been thrown away.

The current seems calm, but my heart is in a torrent because it won’t let me find the ring no matter how long I wait.

I thought that even if I didn’t find the ring, coming to this place might make me feel better, but instead of feeling better, my sadness over the loss of the ring was amplified.

“I don’t want to give up……”

I turn my head to see if I can do something about the situation where I don’t want to give up but have no choice but to give up, but I can’t come up with a good idea.

I can’t give up, but maybe I should.

If I don’t, I can’t move forward.

Neither my mother nor my father would want me to be unable to move forward because of their rings. 

Just as I was about to make up my mind and return home, I heard a voice calling my name.

“Kohime !”

Why is it that this person is always there for me when I want him to?

I never want to depend on him anymore, because it would be a nuisance for him if I depend on him forever.

And yet, when I saw the person who called my name, I felt relieved.

“Eita san. Why are you here?” 

Apparently, I have become a woman that can no longer live without Eita san.


“Wow, what a beautiful scenery……”

I had come to the observatory on the top floor of the building with Kohime who was staring at the river where the ring was thrown away from the bridge.

I was relieved when I saw her gazing absorbedly at the sparkling night view.

When I received a call from her saying that she couldn’t see me today, I wasn’t sure what had happened, but I kept my cool and thought about where she might be headed, and what popped into my head was the river where the ring had been thrown away.

Since there were no other clues, I hurried to the river where the ring had been thrown away, and there I found Kohime.

If I had not found her, I would not have been able to bring her to this place today.

I had to avoid such a situation at all costs, so I was glad to be able to bring her here.

“Hey. It’s more beautiful than I expected.”

“Oh, um, why did you bring me here?”

I asked her before she could answer my question.

“Before that, please answer my question. If you were in that place, you must be shocked when the ring is gone, right?”

When I asked her this, she looked away as if she was having difficulty answering my question, and then began to speak.

“I told Eita san that Eita san’s life was more important than the ring, but it seems that the ring was also very important to me as well…. As time went by after the ring disappeared, I realized that I had lost the ring, and my sadness increased, and I couldn’t do anything about it……”

“I knew it.”

Kohime had told me that even if the ring was lost, it would be fine as long as I was safe, but that couldn’t be true.

“I’m so sorry.”

“Of course the engagement ring your father gave your mother is very important, and there is no need to put an order on which is more important. Both are important.”

“Eita san……”

“Kohime, here.”

“—Eh !?”

She looked at the box I had taken out of my bag, and her eyes widened as she got closer to the box.

“No way, this is !?”

“……Yeah. It’s the engagement ring that Kohime treasured.”

What I took out of my bag was the engagement ring that Kohime had handed to me.

“W-why is the ring that was supposed to be thrown into the river here !?”

I was asked that question, and I began to tell her how the ring was found.

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