The rain has stopped and the ground is wet. People are coming out of their home. The leaves of the tree are a bright shade of green. Rain washes the old, bringing the new colours forward to the world.
Trotting on the same road that Takayama Ari has taken only a while ago, Ai outstretches his mind-sense and searches for Ari.
No matter how much he looks for her, he can't sense her. Ai stops running and spins around, trying to hear anything suspicious. The trees often whisper. The wind also carries messages. One only needs to pay attention to it.
And he hears something. It's a soft mewl. On the sidewalk, a small weed is growing out of the crack in the concrete. It's leaning to its left, swayed easily by the breeze. Ai notices that the tall trees are quiet but a little one is whimpering.
Ai sends his energy into the little plant, helping it gain some strength. When the weed seems to be stronger, he asks it, "Have you seen a woman with…"
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