I guess time doesn't flow in order, does it - A, B, C, D? It just sort of goes where it feels like going.
("The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")
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Had I done the right thing by not telling her? Maybe not. Who on earth wanted the right thing anyway? Yet what meaning could there be if nothing was right? If nothing was fair? Fairness is a concept that holds only in limited situations. Yet we want the concept to extend to everything, in and out of phase.
Her smile steps offstage for a moment, then does an encore, all while I'm dealing with my blushing face.
I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all.
One last word of advice, though, Mr. Okada, though you may not want to hear this. There are things in this world it is better not to know about. Of course, those are the very things that people most want to know about. It's strange.
You know what girls are like. They turn twenty or twenty-one and all of a sudden they start having these concrete ideas. They get super realistic. And when that happens, everything that seemed so sweet and lovable about them begins to look ordinary and depressing.
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