Ryo

SHIMIZU

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部屋の部屋

Rooms

narrative

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. It was her daily habit to view the ordinary countryside landscape from the same position. The elderly man did not pay much attention to her and kept himself busy with the house work and gardening. They spent everyday in the same way repeatedly without conversation, they were neither happy nor unhappy.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. One day, a couple in mid-thirties visited there with the escort of a real estate agent. They were asking about the site such as history, sunshine, wind as well as the confines of the site. The elderly woman stood closely to the backdoor which was carefully opened and listened to their conversations. When the couple walked around and came close to her house, she shut the backdoor and later opens it again. The couple came to notice her existence.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. Since then, the couple came to see the land sometimes. Once a while, only one of them came. The elderly woman watched the couple carefully from the backdoor which she constantly opened and closed while they are around. The couple came to feel unsettling about her behavior.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. Half a year later, the couple bought the land. And in another half a year, their house has been built. It was built on the ground where there was nothing, the view she had everyday has been lost. The elderly woman looked at the brand new house that is in square shape and covered with white surface, with a mixed feeling of irritation, envy and nostalgia.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. She pricked her ears to hear the conversations and the noises of opening doors and windows of the new house. After one month, she almost learned the life pattern of the couple. The man of the couple stays at home and the woman seems to go to work on week days. On weekends, she heard their friend's visit and they were introducing the new house.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. One morning, she could not bear it anymore. She stepped out from the backdoor and walked into the couple's premises. The man of the couple was surprised to see her walking in their site. He did not take it seriously and let her pass as he did not wish to have trouble with the neighbor right after moving in.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. On that night, the man of the couple told about the event to the woman who came back from work. She was also shocked but they decided to keep calm and watch the situation for a while. Despite their hope, the elderly woman's behavior seemed to get worse. She tried to open the front door or peeped into their new house from a small gap between the curtain and window. The man directly warned her at last but she denied what she have done.

The elderly woman was looking at the land next to her house from her back door as always. The couple was discussing about the measures for this unexpected affairs. They did not have an evidence to talk to the police or were not sure how to talk about this matter to other neighbors. They were disappointed that their new life has been ruined. Later, their conversations were gradually lost. The house was filled with depressed mood

30 years later
The couple became the elderly man and woman.

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