Regret

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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I was performing a service to burn the personal effects of a recently deceased person when it happened. As I read prayers, suddenly a woman appeared beside the flames. I’d seen the photo, so I immediately knew who it was. It was the deceased.

She appeared unhappy over something, so I asked her if there was something else that she would like burned alongside the other items. She nodded, and held out a cell phone.

Rather than burning it, perhaps making sure the functions no longer worked would be a better choice. After some debate, I took the phone from her. Throwing it into the flames, I watched it burn, and the woman disappeared.

I don’t know what was troubling her, but something on the phone must have filled her heart with regret. I prayed for her spirit to move on and clapped my hands together.

 

Original Japanese

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