Chapter 1No Longer A Child
"For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercieswill I gather thee." ~ Isaiah 54:7 ~
A hot Japanese sun shone through the white curtains of IzumiMizukiyo's bedroom. (Pronounced 'E - zoo - me Me - zoo - ke - o')She turned over in bed, ignoring the sun's call to wake up. Not to beignored, it shone into a mirror standing on the right side of Izumi'sfuton, reflecting a bright glare onto her sleepy eyes."Okay, I'm awake," she said groggily, sitting up. Satisfied with her acknowledgement of the new day, the sun dispersed it's reflection,leaving Izumi to rub her stunned eyes. Though she wanted to movethe mirror, the glare served as a useful alarm clock. Sitting up in bed, she began brushing her black hair in the small mirror, talkingto the reflection as to a familiar friend. "Did you enjoy mygraduation?" Not waiting for a reply, she continued, "I'm so gladyou could come! My parents meant to be there, but something cameup. I'm sure they would have come, if they could." Her face fell alittle, but brightened upon the next thought, "Mrs. Tanaka, our teacher, called us 'young women' at the ceremony yesterday. Shenever called us that before," Izumi added quickly, as if Mrs.
"Journey of the Heart" by Judith Bronte