Friend Ship

Once upon a time, there was a Friend Ship.  Long ago, it was just a raft.  The rudder was vague, the sail was thin, the deck was easily swamped.  The ship grew over time, piece by piece.  First, a strong hull developed after they found a shared passion.  Next, a wide deck sprung up after they supported one another through a hard time.  Finally, a powerful diesel engine rumbled into life after they shared more and more experiences.  Now, the Friend Ship could weather any storm.

Years passed while the Friend Ship floated at the dock.  They didn’t use it anymore, not like they once had.  Its hull rusted, its deck splintered, its engine seized.

Eventually, they came back to try again.  They dusted off the controls, repainted the cabins, and hung a new flag.  Together, they rounded the island just like they used to.

The Friend Ship thundered through the choppy surf, but then, the winds got stronger.  A powerful gale swept into the Friend Ship.  Despite the quick cleaning, the Friend Ship hadn’t been in a storm for a long time.  Its hull started leaking, before long, it changed back into a humble raft.  When the raft sank, they found themselves separated at sea.

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Open Position

Every school had a mysterious transfer student, but Chisaki was unique.  She neither isolated herself nor sought the approval of her classmates.  A boy in 2-A saw the bulletin first, the frenzy ensued minutes later.  Chisaki was accepting friendship applications.  There were no specified criteria, but applications must be submitted by the end of the day.

Some made their petitions in person, fawning in the hallway.  A few students ordered mountains of flowers to ingratiate themselves.  Others wrote pages and pages to plead their case.  One even assaulted a teacher to put the school on lockdown and give everyone more time.

Before the final bell Chisaki held a stack of applications 50cm tall, several articles of jewelry, the keys to four cars, thirty-two professions of love, 8kg of chocolate, and enough flowers to fill a botanical garden.

She would eventually make her decision and accept a friend.

The rest of them would have to try harder next time.