Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"My Dad Was Known As The One-Eyed Reaper From Hoshinoumi": Hugh Otosaka

"My Dad Was Known As The One-Eyed Reaper From Hoshinoumi": Hugh Otosaka

By Reiko Arisugawa-Bell
The Spirit News
September 3, 2077

Even though his right eye has been replaced by a prosthetic eye that allows his eyesight to be restored, the scar that Yuu Otosaka was forced to bear in his youth remains and is passed on to his son Hugh, who is diagnosed with heterochromia, which activates only when his mood is that of a serious nature. It has not stopped him from working as an executive for a local business in Canberra, rather, the experience and the resilience inspired his son to reveal to his father a past that he has come to terms with.

"My dad was known as the One-Eyed Reaper from Hoshinoumi," said Hugh after practice at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, ahead of Leafa Spirit Gridiron's match with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. "He would take away the special abilities of people until he was the only one left standing. But when he woke up one day, he lost his memories of everything that took place. He was in a wheelchair for two months before he could walk and run and make love to my mother again.

"When I was 12, I saw a tape that was made by my mother (Nao Tomori, Leafa Provost) of people with different supernatural abilities. One mom saw me take a look at the proof, she told me everything about her and dad when they were students at Hoshinoumi. Mom told me that she withheld everything so that I would be the one to tell him.

"At first, Dad thought I was making it all up. But when he placed a hand on my head, everything started to come back, and his right eye was hurting again. Thankfully, I was able to salvage enough money over the summer to pay for a new right eyes that would allow Dad's vision to be restored. Now he can see with both eyes, but the scar still remained.

"I asked Dad, 'hey Dad, we can also fix the scar so that you will look better.' He refused, saying, 'I don't want to separate myself from what I did back then with Nao. I love her, as much as I love you, and I believe that this scar is my bridge between then and now and the future. I want to bear this scar, knowing that I did what I could to help the world the way I want to, without cutting any corners to do it.'

"Dad then said, 'Use your own ability to change the world. Don't cut corners like I tried to do and like what your mom, your aunt and your uncle tried to do. Believe in your own inner strength, because when you do, you can do anything you want. In life it's okay to take the long way home, as long as you get there no matter what. That's all I ask, and nothing more. Can you do it?' I said, 'Yes, sir!'

"My father is the best role model I could ever have. Without him, I couldn't be where I am today. Seasons don't fear the reaper, nor do the wind, the sun, or the rain. We could be like they are. Don't fear the reaper."