Nothing Left Behind

Author: Ukari

To say here is far, and to call yonder nearby. Stories on the edge of the every day, strange tales you may or may not be moved by. Strange, curious, fantastic stories told by me, you, him and her. There are many stories but they’re all concluded within a single page, each story around 200 to 1200 characters in length, a short story collection you can easily read. Please enjoy them. Updated every Saturday at 6pm.

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It was snowy.

There were few people on the road home from the station, and not a single footprint in the freshly piled snow. Taking care not to trip over, I hurried home. Then I quickly stole a glance behind me.

As I thought, he was there. A man in a coat had been following me all the way back from the station. What should I do? If I acted unnaturally, it might push him to do something stupid. I decided to grab my phone from my pocket. If I pretended I was talking to someone, then he would leave me alone.

“Hey!”

Right at that moment, he called out to me. My body went stiff. My feet froze on the spot. I glanced sideways, and the man ran through the snow towards me.

“You dropped this.”

Smiling, he handed me the strap from my phone. When I pulled it out of my pocket, it must have fallen off.

“Thank you.”

I bowed my head and apologised in my head. ‘Sorry I was so frightened of you.’ The man waved and continued on past me.

I put the strap back on my phone, and seeing as I didn’t need it anymore, put it away. Now I was the one following him. I went to take a step, and my breath caught in my throat.

The man walked away from me, but he didn’t leave a single footprint in the snow.

 

Original Japanese

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