Today is a day like any other. It has been for a while now.
I wake up, and I wipe away the tears in my eyes. I must have shed them while I was sleeping, but I have only faint memories of what I dreamt about.
It's weird... I feel like I'm forgetting something really important... I sit up and glance around my room. It's the same as it's always been. Nothing has changed since when I was younger, yet it feels natural to examine my surroundings when I wake up, as though it might suddenly change the next day.
As I wash my face, I stare at my reflection in the mirror. Same black hair, same blue eyes. I pay close attention to them, for they mean the most to me for some reason. My eyes are flat, reflecting the way I feel inside, struggling to get through each day. I've been doing this for as long as I can remember, to make sure that it is my own reflection in front of me.
Why have I started to feel like this? Each day when I wake up, there is an ache in my heart that cannot be explained. Perhaps it is because of the dreams, or perhaps it's always been like this.
I eat breakfast slowly in preparation for the day ahead. Getting dressed, I brace myself for whatever life throws at me today. Opening the door, I head outside, onto Sunset Terrace. The landscape of the town is what catches my eye.
I step outside my home, into Market Street. It's the heart of Twilight Town, with all of its liveliness. I've been here forever, but seeing it like this each day brings a sense of joy and happiness, if only for a moment. I close the door behind me and head to Station Heights. There are many people around, but the crowds do not bother me.
Each day is a struggle on its own, and I don't know why. I know that life awaits me, challenging me and threatening to drag me into darkness, though I fight against it as best I can.
If I think back hard enough, I think I know when this all started. It was that day.
That night when everything changed.
When I realized that my summer vacation was... over.