我在堅彌地城海旁那把長椅坐下。我們曾經在這長椅上坐了好久，為了把對方的臉好好看清，為了把相遇的一瞬間延至永遠，至少我倆是如此心存希冀。現在，一個人在舊地坐着，「then I have all the time to think about you」，這是借你的話說。
It was another late night after work. Not in the mood of going home, I started to stroll along tram route from Central to Kennedy Town Praya – our Kennedy Town Praya. The walk took 1 hour and 6 minutes, and I spent all those minutes to space out. Whatever seen and heard on the road were unseen and unheard, just like the snippets of our moments were picked up, let go and repeat. It has almost become a ritual.
When we miss each other, we walk. We walk from Central to North Point, Causeway Bay to Sai Wan, Tin Hau to Chai Wan. We walk on our own on the same road thinking about each other.
“The distance we have walked should be long enough to round Hong Kong Island once.” I said.
“No, at least twice.” You replied within a second.
You may have a better grasp of distance, yet, however the precise calculation is, numbers cannot tell that the fact that we live apart in a parallel universe; we walk the same road and take the same ferry in the same city but our existence simply happens to be in different dimensions. There is mercy though, two straight lines might cross at some point, even it will only be a fleeting moment.
I settled on the bench at the Praya, on that very bench where we spent so much time gazing at each other’s face, trying to turn an ephemeral junction into eternity – at least we were so wishing. Now, sitting here alone, “I have all the time to think about you”, a quote of your words.
It came to the break of dawn when I was home. I took a bowl of rice out from the fridge. Going through the freezer there was a teensy weensy piece of cod fillet. I put the kettle on, made dashi, seared the cod fillet, and made myself a bowl of ochazuke to wash off the weariness of a sleepless night in a morning of tranquility.
Months later, I opened the app where we used to chat on, and found an unread message from you. You sent me a song called “Sleepless Night” from Soda Green, on that same night.