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Bedtime Story, Part 2

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0:00 That day, from the radio I had left on came an endless repetition of the same story. 0:08 Very soon, in an hour or so, the Earth will pass into a stream of dust and debris drifting through space. 0:18 Friction with the atmosphere will make the fragments glow, and the resulting light will presumably radiate in streaks across the night sky.

0:27 The discovery of tonight’s meteor shower came three years ago. 0:33 That already three years have passed since then is a profound thought. 0:37 Come to think of it, three years would be about the same amount of time that has gone by since Shiina and I first met. 0:47 At first, reports conflicted, and there was even a rumor that a massive meteorite would fall from space. 0:55 Some people built underground shelters or bought up provisions. 1:01 Although when it was quickly determined to be just a meteor shower, the panic disappeared.

1:08 I opened the window to find a round moon shining. 1:14 By coincidence tonight’s moon is full. 1:18 Shiina will apparently spend the night here. 1:21 In order to get permission to stay overnight, she had stepped outside the room to put in a call to her mother. 1:29 On returning, she listens closely to the radio. 1:34 Soon she opens her mouth to speak, and in that pleasant voice so familiar to me, she began to tell tonight’s bedtime story.

1:46 But the tone of today’s story was different than usual. 1:54 It felt strange right from the opening. 1:57 She began suddenly, saying, “I have a supernatural power.” …….

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