"Stay with me..." She begged, looking down. "Please..."

I tried to make my smile reassuring. "Of course." I answered.

She grinned.

"I always will."

The bed beneath me is so soft... heavenly, even. I grin slightly at that. This place would be better if she was here, but you can't have everything. And I've already made a new friend.

Katie is a complete nerd. But she's nice, and smart, and she actually likes me. Unexpected, but extremely welcome.

Speaking of which, there comes a knocking at my door.

I scramble to my feet, check that I'm not wearing anything embarrassing, and run to the door.

"Sorry." I say. "I only just woke up."

Katie smiles. "It's fine. It takes some adjusting." Katie is two years older than me, with long, curly, blonde-ish hair. She has lilac-coloured glasses and light brown eyes. Today she is wearing blue jeans with a grey swear, over what seems to be a plain white t-shirt. I smile slightly. Of course I notice the clothes first. Evie really drilled that into me. Rather than the package in her hands. "He asked me to give you this. I'm not sure what it is. He said you'd recognise it."

Curiously, I take the package from her hands. It feels like a box. There's definitely something rattling around inside. Katie seems just as keen as me to find out what's inside, so I immediately begin unwrapping.

Inside is a small white box, like a jewelry box. I feel like I recognise it, but I don't know-how


I open the box and take out the silver pocket watch inside. It's got a beautiful blossom tree design on the front, with gaps between the branches so you can see the purple clockface peeking through. My brother gave it to me.

"So you're really leaving again?" I ask. I try to act normal, but my voice betrays the sadness I feel..

"You didn't expect me to stay forever, did you?" Ben chuckles and ruffles my hair. He knows I hate that. "Hey, I've got something for you." He holds out a silver pocket watch on a chain that's wrapped tight around his fist.

I gasped, and my eyes go wide. "Wow..."

He chuckles. "I'm glad you like it."

And he's gone.

"What is it?" Katie asks, coming closer.

"Pocket watch." I answer. "My brother gave it to me, before he... left."

"Oh. Right. Where did he go?"

"The army."

"Ah. Is he still there?"

I shake my head. "No, he..." And then I realise something.

Katie is confused. "Then he what?"

"He was killed in combat. Mine went off, right next to him, apparently."

"Oh. I'm sorry. So - wait. You think - he might be here?"

I shrug. "I don't know. I guess I will find out."

Katie nods. "Wanna go get breakfast?"

I smile faintly. I've never seen anyone make the jump from death to food quite so quickly.