Chapter 40: A Father’s Final Words

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As tired as his body felt, Hiko was hardly sleeping. They had been coming to the hospital each day after work to visit his father for just over a month. He did not really believe in miracles, but perhaps there was some divine intervention that kept his father alive. As his girl snuggled into him he was reminded that in a single moment everything could change. Hiko had never been the type of guy that concerned himself with consequences. Now, that was all he was thinking about. Truth was, he was angry.

The door to his father’s room opened and then closed. Oddly, there were no noticeable footsteps which told Hiko that the person that had entered was light in step; most likely another Kari. Still, he felt tension throughout his body until the visitor spoke and he realized it was his grandfather, “The two of them still have not departed for Hoshino, their worry for you is keeping them from moving forward Tadayoshi. I hope you are not encouraging this behavior.”

Hiko felt the bite in his grandfathers tone and remained still while his father responded, “Whether I am or am not isn’t really any concern of yours. However, if you must know, they intend to leave today.”

“Good, I would hate to see them put their lives on hold any longer.” There was a tension filled silence that followed before his grandfather added, “I have spoken with your doctor and he has informed me that you will be released in a couple of days. Considering the circumstances, I believe it would be in your best interest to return home to Meratoia and stay with me.”

“I would rather be shot again.”

“That can be arranged.”

As much as he tried to hold it back, Hiko snorted which caused Tationy to stir. He held her tighter to relax her and when her body finally stilled Hiko spoke, “Glad to see the two of you get along so well.”

“We get along perfectly fine, when your farther does not give me lip,” His grandfather stated.

Tadayoshi noticeably sighed, “Let’s discuss something else.”

Even though the moment was open to further conversation, silence overtook the room. Hiko sighed, his hold tightening which caused his girl to stir once again, “Tationy, we should probably get on the road and leave dad to get some rest.” The wiggling of her body numbed his thoughts momentarily and when he finally managed to collect himself he caught her staring down at him. A brief smile adorned his lips as he watched her stifle a yawn and very sluggishly pull herself away from him.

It would be on unsteady legs, she moved toward Tadayoshi and gave him a hug which is father returned, “Take care of my son.”

“Of course,” She practically whispered and it was only moments later that Tationy had slipped out of the room with his grandfather giving Hiko and Tadayoshi a moment of privacy.

The two of them had never been very good at this farther and son stuff so it came as no surprise when the awkward silence overtook the room. Hiko thought for certain it was never going to end and even if it did, it would not be because of anything he said.

Eventually his father spoke, “Somewhere in the world right this moment two loving parents are sending their child off to school for the first time. A mother and a father, holding hands and praying that their child remains safe and that every dream is fulfilled. I wanted that for you, but Ako and I failed at our responsibilities. We could not make it work and as I alone send you off to school, I can only hope that you have learned something of value from me that does not force you down the same path I have walked. No matter a parent’s hopes and dreams for their child, all they can really do is trust that their children have taken with them the best parts of whom they are and not the worst.”

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“There are some who cannot look past their own wants and desires which ultimately ends up with them hurting so many people. They just do what they want and to hell with the consequences. There is not a person in the world who has not made a mistake and sometimes they are for purely selfish reasons. Growing means accepting you are not perfect, owning your screw-ups, and fixing what you have broken no matter the cost to you. It will not be easy and there will be times that you cannot make amends.”

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“Many people think that running away is easy. They do not have to deal with the heaviness of the burden that is weighing them down. Who they are and what they want are in direct conflict because instead of speaking up, they act out emotionally or physically and wound themselves. Strength comes when you say no; put your foot down and scream it if you have to. This is my life, this is my will, and stand your ground. Certainly you will not make a lot of friends, but you will be able to hold your head high.”

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“Don’t confuse distance with avoiding. Some will run away to hide from their problems, while others will put distance between them and the source to heal. There will be moments when the emotions are too strong and the pain too heavy. There is no shame in needing space, but you have to understand that the world does not stop moving simply because your life feels as though it has. Distance can be a good thing, not just for healing emotionally or strengthening a bond, but it also comes with its own difficulties and should never be an option unless the wound is simply too unbearable.”

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“Some people are young because of their age and others because of their mentality. They will look at the world and see all the things that are fun and adventurous. Love is heart-shaped eyes and swirling romance where everything is peaceful and wonderful, but they disregard anything that forces them into adulthood. It is alright to enjoy life and stay young for as long as you can, but eventually you have to grow-up and understand you have responsibilities. That does not mean you have to stop appreciating what the world has to offer, but if you go through life seeing only flowers and sunshine you will never be able to handle when things are not perfect. Which makes it harder to survive the ups and downs that life will always give you and inadvertently you force the people around you to grow-up faster than they should or shoulder all of the responsibility.”

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“There is always that one person that has it so easy. Life is good, everything goes perfectly, and all of the ups and downs that others experience seem to somehow bypass that one individual. No one is without demons. Don’t look across the fence and see how green the grass is and assume that this person has it all because it is an illusion. We all are just magicians, tricking people into seeing what we want them to see.”

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There was a momentary pause before his father added, “I know you feel forced. The Kari Foundation was never a future you wanted. Right now there are probably thousands of young men and women living lives and following dreams that their parents laid out for them. They are confused and struggling; feel as though they have given up a part of their soul just to carry on the responsibility they are shackled with. I understand that burden, I really do Hiko.”

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Definition: Oma – Words of wisdom spoken by a Kari father to his son before the final trial into manhood. They are considered the parting words between parent and child because after the trial the Kari boy will be a man and is believed to no longer need the guidance and support of his father.

“Just before your final trial, it was my duty as your father to impart upon you some words of guidance and wisdom that you could carry with you into manhood. Like many things in your life, I failed. It has been years since your trial and most of your adult life I have treated you as a willful child. I do not have the right to ask you to accept my words, but I hope that you will take them with you as you pass into the next stage of your life.”

Even as his father hung his head and waited for some sort of response from Hiko, the words were not readily available. Tationy would remind him that Tadayoshi Kari was his father and mistakes were made, but that Hiko was still loved. As the years passed the distance between father and son became so great that they could not even be in the same room together without arguing. Sometimes it felt as though their very presence was enough to bring on heated words. He did not want to have the same relationship with his son that he had with his father. The urge to snap was always there. A few fatherly words did not change the pain and distance, but it was a start.

Hiko felt uncomfortable as he spoke, “I should probably get going. Take care of yourself.” His father simply offered a brief nod of his head in acknowledgement. Most likely, Tadayoshi Kari did not expect anything more than that, so as Hiko stopped at the door his final words to his father probably came as something of a surprise, “I don’t really blame you for not wanting to stay with granddad, but someday Tationy and I are going to have a son and he should have the opportunity to meet his papa Yoshi.”

Not about to give his father an opportunity to speak he rushed to leave and as the door closed behind him he heard a softer side of his fathers voice he never imagined, “I understand.”

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Hours later, he and Tationy had arrived to Hoshino. Due to their late start, Hiko had expected his cousin, Semei Kari to have already arrived and be unpacked. However, that was not the case and by the time he did it would be well past dinnertime and the sun had already begun its decent.

From where he was on the balcony, Hiko watched as Semei climbed from his vehicle and made his way toward the door. It would not take long for him to find his way to Hiko’s location and as he scrutinized his cousin’s appearance he asked, “Did something happen, it is unlike you to be so late?”

“No,” Semei responded curtly.

“Tationy and I did not take a room, she thought we should wait for you.”

“There was no need.”

Crossing his arms over his chest, Hiko was certain that there was something wrong, but he could not place his finger on what it was. After a moment of trying to decipher what his gut was unsuccessfully telling him, Hiko lost his temper with a snarl, “Something feels off and I don’t fucking like it.”

Semei noticeably sighed, “Don’t read into it, Hiko. I just want to unpack and get some rest.” There was a momentary pause, “Seeing the two of you have not picked a room, I rather liked the one on the lower level. If that is acceptable, I will go and get my stuff.”

“Ahh, that is fine. Do you want some help?”

“No, thank you. I can manage.”

Hiko sighed as he watched Semei walk away certain that something was off. It made his head hurt trying to figure it out, but over the past week even Tationy seemed different; tense, jumpy, and her sleeping was worse than it had ever been. She had kept telling him that she was just anxious for school, but his gut was screaming at him that it was something else. Of course, he was not as smart as Tationy and Semei, so it was certainly possible that the two of them were working themselves up over academics.

Grumbling under his breath he realized that he might actually be the more relaxed of the three of them which meant that he would have to manage the two high-strung overachievers. Just the thought made him want to get in his car and give up on school.

~Fini

The Prequel has come to an end, but the story will continue in The College Years. Coming Soon!

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17 comments

  1. I really hope Tadayoshi and Hiko heal their relationship somehow. Tadayoshi still has so much to give to his son, and later on his grandson, and Hiko still has much to learn. But like all things that are worth doing, it’ll take time. Hopefully not so much time that one of them dies before it happens. :\

    It was nice how you used past, present, and future cast members to highlight Tadayoshi’s words to Hiko. That was very cool to see.

    LMAO oh Hiko, if you only knew the reasons behind Semei’s “being off”, and Tationy’s not sleeping well… Now I wonder if Hiko will figure it out sooner, or later, or way later. (I confess I am excited to see Tationy and Semei butting heads, but you know the reason for that haha.)

    Looking forward to “The College Years”!

    • Hopefully we will see Tadayoshi and Hiko make some progress in the positive. It is an uphill battle.

      Thank you. It seemed appropriate for the cast to represent his words. Give some insight into who they are, their own struggles, as Tadayoshi gives his son some final advice.

      HAHA, yeah he is a little slow. We do not know what happened at the Hospital, they were both there. Did they talk, didn’t they? Did they hug? Comforting can be its own complication. HAHA.

      We will see it eventually. He does figure it out, but he is a bit slow. It takes him a little while, especially where Semei is concerned because he is Kari and a Kari would never. Is the thinking by most Kari men.

      HAHA, yes, we will definitely see some butting heads and some not so butting heads. MAHAHAHA. ^_^

      Thank you for reading, I am glad you enjoyed and soon The College Years.

  2. I really like how you made it is from Tada’s words, like what he said, represents everyone. U know what I mean. hahahah I’m having a hard time to explain things, most of the time. *cries* At first I read the title, “father’s final words”, you know what I was thinking about? I was like, wait, this suddenly sounds like, really his final words, like he’s going to die, this is going to be the last moment Hiko ever spoken to Tadayoshi. Like. Ok, maybe I watched too much dramas. hehe.

    YAY for the college years! \O/ Feels like ages! \o/

    • It does feel like ages. Thank you, I am glad you like the chapter and yes, I considered that people might think it his actual final worlds. So mean right to do that to everyone.

  3. I read the entire chapter and there is a lot of wisdom and truth.I was so amazed.You’re a great writter and I hope I could catch up some episodes as soon as I can.Plus your sims pictures are still fabulous.

    • Thank you hun. I hope you are able to catch up and enjoy the story, including future chapters as they are posted. Awe, you are such a dear. I consider my sims pictures a work in progress, always, but I keep trying to improve. I am glad you like them. Thank you.

  4. Compared to mine (okay I am proud of my sims and the stuffs I made sometimes because it’s a very heavy game for my computer) your pictures are lovely, mine are always crappy.I also would love to write in English correctly as I do in French but it’s so hard for me.

    • I think your pictures are great. You are too hard on yourself. Well writing in English just takes a little resolve to do it, and it helps to have someone how is proficient to read it over and help you. More importantly, there is a place called spellcheckplus that is pretty good that does grammar and spellchecking, that I recommend for writers.

  5. I’m giving WP mobile another try so I ended up picking at the last chapter. That speech is so well written, I enjoyed reading it even though I don’t know everything what’s going on yet.
    It’s interesting to see Tationy being all cute and feminine here, surely want to find out how Hiko managed to make that happen.

    • Thank you. I appreciate that. How is WP mobile for you> Was it easy to use? She has her moments of being cute and feminine in the chapters that I may or may not use we see a much different side of her with Semei then we ever do with Hiko. Including a softer and cuter side. Hiko and Tationy used emotional blackmail to get each other to do what they wanted. HAHA.

      • WP mobile is ok, but I can’t navigate all too well to find the right chapter.
        I think Tationy’s strenght is somehow more noble. I could picture her being with different guys, but it feels like she’ll find something to love in them and take it with patience.
        Emotional blackmail is always a great way to get someone xD

      • Yes exactly that is a great way to describe Tationy when it comes to love. Yeah I can imagine it being a pain on mobile. I have a hard enough time just looking at tumblr now and again on it, cannot even imagine trying to navigate wp.

  6. IT’S OVER?!?!?! O_o
    That was so good, though! I really hope that Hiko and his dad repair their relationship somewhat… I can see Tationy being their ‘glue’.
    Can’t wait for the college years! That was really cool how you used snippets of the other characters’ stories to convey Tadayoshi’s words.
    Are your other stories following on from this? I mean the Exiled Prince and the sequel?

    • ^_^ Yes this part of the story is over. The next part, which is the continuation is the College Years which is in the works, after then there is another part, then another part. It is meant to be a series of stories.

      We will see what happens with the cast in the college years and we will learn if Tationy is the glue that binds father and son together or is just a patch.

      Thank you, I am glad you liked it. It seemed fitting and important to convey each characters story through Tadayoshi and hopefully Hiko takes away from that, but we will not know for a bit.

      The Exiled Prince, The Exiled Prince Reloaded, and Aslann were all stories that take place prior to the prequel. They are really alternate non-canon stories for these characters, but you get to know them in different ways and learn more about Aslann. The characters have changed considerably between those three stories and the prequel. Some people like those stories better, some like the prequel better, but I say to think of them as a different reality entirely.

      Though I always put easter eggs in the prequel and other stories. So there are things that are referenced, for example Tationy saying that she seen Hiko as a monster is a reference to him in The Exiled Prince Reloaded. Those three (The Exiled Prince, The Exiled Prince Reloaded, and Aslann) are stand-alone stories and have no direct relations to the prequel other then they are the same world an characters.

      You will learn quite a bit of back history though about these character sand Aslann if you take up the challenge of reading them. The College Years however is the second part that follows the prequel and it is in the works. I have written several chapters for it that did not work out the way I want, I am on the 10 attempt. HAHA, hopefully it will go better. ^_^

      Thank you for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it, keep your eyes peeled for the College Years.

      • TENTH attempt? Woah. Good luck, I hope it gets easier!
        I am definately quite excited for the college years, I’m glad this wasn’t the end-end.
        I really love all your characters. None of them are perfect, but all of them are so real…
        I will definately go and read the other stories! 😀

      • Yeah tenth, might soon be eleventh. HAHA. I am struggling with the start of it a bit. Hopefully it will get better.

        I am glad you enjoy it and I did try to make the mas a authentic as possible. Being perfect is not realistic to me, so I wanted them to all be flawed in their own ways so people could relate to them.

        Some of the characters are quite a bit different in them, but they have their own charm in those stories as well. TEPR is probably my favorite. It picked up toward the ending and really is what transitioned me from doing another story to telling the prequel.

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