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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Chapter 27

By Jamie Ford

Chapter 27

Empty Streets (1942)

  • After watching Keiko's family leave, Henry walks around Seattle trying to figure out what to do next. He's definitely not going back to school today.
  • He runs into Sheldon again, who says he's sorry for this whole situation and that this war will end, just like all wars do.
  • They walk to Nihonmachi together, and it's eerie to find all the streets and shops empty. Everyone is gone.
  • The sight of Japantown just reminds Henry of all the time he's spent with Keiko here. Then Sheldon pulls out his sax and starts playing a song to all those empty streets, adding a soundtrack to Henry's heavy heart.
  • Henry listens for a while and then waves goodbye to Sheldon and heads home. Before he gets to the apartment, he stops to buy his mother a flower.

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