This is our ninth session together. You aren’t forgetting your name less often, but it hasn’t got worse, has it?
No, it hasn’t.
Perhaps—just perhaps—when you come next week we will make great progress concerning the issue we’ve been discussing.
You mean my forgetting my name?
Exactly. If things go as planned, I should be able to determine a definite cause and even show it to you.
The reason I’m forgetting my name?
Of course it’s visible. I can’t go into details until next week. At this point, I’m still not sure whether it will work out or not. I’m just hoping that it will.
When you say a definite cause . . . you mean it’s something visible?
At any rate, what I’m trying to say is that we’ve gone up and down with this but things are finally heading toward a solution. You know what they say about life being three steps forward and two steps back? So don’t worry. Just trust me, and I’ll see you next week. And don’t forget to make an appointment on your way out.
The following week, when Mizuki entered the counselling office Mrs. Sakaki greeted her with the biggest smile Mizuki had ever seen on her.