I drank can after can of beer with Augustus until innumerable empty beer cans littered the beach. Augustus didn't talk much, so we merely sat there side by side in the tranquil night. Nevertheless, I felt incredibly calm and peaceful.
The stars in the sky shimmered. As I looked up at the starry sky, I breathed in the fresh air deeply.
“Mr. Adler, I heard that people will become stars and watch over their family after they pass from this life. Do you think it's true?” I asked in a murmur as I gazed up at the sky.
At that, Augustus turned and looked at me, the look in his eyes unfathomable. “That's just a myth to coax children,” he replied mildly.
I chuckled, but my gaze remained fixated on the starry sky. “No, I don't think so. I believe that Mom must be looking down at me now.”
Augustus then reached out and caressed my hair. “When did she leave you?” His expression was exceedingly tender as he stroked my hair, and warmth radiated from his eyes.