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AU (17/6/17 - )

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Seojun Edan
Two days since the defeat of Victoria had happened, and Seojun still laid in the infirmary, unconscious. The doctors working there concluded it was an overwhelming amount of adrenaline and chemical imbalances that knocked him out and decided he'd be fine in a couple of days.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane was seriously worried about Seojun, and she felt guilty for what she did during the confrontation with Victoria - disarming him and telling him to shut up. Wearing a light kimono, due to the hot weather, and sandals and carrying a bottle of water, Akane rushed to the infirmary. When she told the nurses that she was currently on hiatus from lessons, they directed her to Seojun's bed. She sat on the seat next to the bed.


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Seojun Edan
This ironically was the most peaceful Seojun's been in awhile. He laid in a soft hospital bed, still wearing his clothes from that night, covered by a blanket. He had barely moved from his original positioning, just slightly shifted to the left. His green hair covered his forehead and stretched far enough to cover part of his eyelids. Signs of a needed haircut.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
After taking a drink of her water, Akane put the bottle down. She then looked at Seojun, giggling a little at how much he needed a haircut. "I'm not really the type to talk to people while they're unconscious in the infirmary, but I'll make you an exception Seojun. If you can hear me, please do something."


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Seojun Edan
The flicker of a smile appeared on his face before it relaxed into a blank state once again. He wasn't exactly awake but felt the presence of something comforting, causing him to spare a second-long smile.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"So you can hear me. That's a start. I'm no nurse but after what happened to you, there's a likelihood that you'll have temporary amnesia. In that case, I'll help remind you of some things. My name's Akane. Akane Igarashi."


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Seojun Edan
He shifted slightly, farther away from her as he continued to peacefully sleep.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Do you want to sleep? Do you want me to go away even though I stopped being morally right and going to lessons in order to see you?"


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Seojun Edan
The familiar trademark smirk lit up his face as he heard her words, he could almost laugh but he couldn't see what he was laughing at. The smirk disappeared as his eyes flickered open, blinded by the hospital lights.


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Welcome back to Eart- I mean Elementrium, Demon Duke." Akane founded herself making more jokes than usual. "I'm joking, you're not a demon. You're just peculiar."


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Seojun Edan
"I'm hurt," he mumbled softly. He sat up, rubbing his eyes. He blinked a few times, trying to focus on something to stare at but, everything still looked slightly blurry. "Where...?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane returned to her normal serious personality. "The Infirmary. You're in the Infirmary of the Academy. You were brought here from the Fire Kingdom Palace."


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Seojun Edan
He turned his head towards the source of the familiar voice he couldn't quite recognize. He squinted, unable to remember Akane's appearance. "Fire Kingdom Palace? Infirmary? What?" Then it became apparent that he didn't know the girl beside him. "Who are you?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Looks like I was right." She grabbed the bridge of her nose and sighed, before looking at Seojun. "You're Seojun Edan, a Duke of the Fire Kingdom. I'm Akane Igarashi, a Knight of the Water Kingdom. We're both Elementals, and we live in a dimension called Elementrium. Are you following me so far? I don't know how I'm going to explain this to you."


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Seojun Edan
"...I don't follow. We live in a dimension? Elementals? I honestly don't understand at all. You're... Ah.. Ah-Ka-Neh? I'm saying that correctly, right?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"You at least know my name. Yes, that's the correct pronunciation. Elementrium is a different place to Earth, where the two of us were originally born. While Earth has humans, Elementrium has humans that have special powers. Watch." Akane watched out for any faculty, before demonstrating a bit of her powers to Seojun. "I harness the power of the element of Water. You harness the power of the element of Fire. Water and Fire are just two of the elements that Elementals can have."
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Seojun Edan
He watched her, fascinated as if he was five again, the tutor teaching him how to read. "I can make fire? How? Teach me!" he exclaimed excitedly, shifting towards her. "Please?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane smiled, out of pity. "Are you in any pain?"
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Seojun Edan
He knit is eyebrows in thought. "No... My eyes hurt a little but I'm okay." His eyes lit up again in excitment and speculation. "Why am I here? What happened? You mentioned the Fire Kingdom Palace? Did something happen there?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Well, like I said before Seojun, you're a Fire Kingdom Duke, which also means that you're a member of the Edan family, which is the royal family that rules over the Fire Kingdom. At the Palace of the Fire Kingdom, where King and Queen Edan resides, there was a big confrontation. Me, you and several other Elementals went to confront Princess Victoria Edan, your cousin somewhat, who plotted to take over the Fire Kingdom. During that confrontation, you shot her and fainted."
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Seojun Edan
He blinked. "Me? Shoot someone? How could I? I don't get it."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
She spoke quietly, when talking about the confrontation. "The normal you is impulsive, and when the confrontation went awry - mainly because there was someone else who suddenly joined in fighting Victoria, normal you acted out of impulse and shot Victoria. In my opinion, even despite my way of thinking, I thought that what you did was the right thing. Victoria is not a nice person. But at the time, I didn't think that you did the right thing."
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Seojun Edan
He listened to her quietly without interruption and stared at the ground when she finished. "Is... Is she okay?" he asked. "I-I didn't kill her, right?" Seojun looked up at her. "I didn't kill her, right?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"No. You only shot her in the calf. I assume she's imprisoned right now. She mentioned something about her parents arranging a marriage for her as punishment."
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Seojun Edan
Seojun let out a sigh of relief. Brushing his long bangs out of his eyes he stared at Akane once again, trying to place her features. "Akane Igarashi... Akane Igarashi... No. I still don't remember you."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I'm just a Water Knight. Nothing else. I'm as dull and uninteresting as that. You came into contact with me after another thing that...impulsive you did. You did kill someone Seojun, before the whole situation with Victoria. You killed one of my bosses, and technically I should hate you for that. But I don't."
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Seojun Edan
His eyes widened to the size of saucers. "I killed someone? Are you saying I actually ended the life of someone? I-I killed a general? What do you mean I killed someone?!" He groaned and fell back, struggling to comprehend the weight of what he had done.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"You told me about it on the day we first met in the Academy's training room. We were having a conversation - shortly after our sparring practice, about Victoria. I talked about how people in the Water Kingdom treated the news about Victoria's plan as nonsense gossip. Then you said that you were half tempted to let Victoria win so that everyone could realise how foolish they were. I said that Victoria would have a hard time conquering the Water Kingdom, since she also had plans to conquer Elementrium too - only if she was successful in her plan to take over the Fire Kingdom, as we have a vast army. You retorted with the statement that while the Water Kingdom has a large army, it only takes psychological will-breaking battles to win a war, and how the Fire Kingdom could have better troops and generals than anyone. I replied to you by saying that even if you did have the best troops, we have the most vigorously trained Knights. And after that, that's when you revealed that you murdered one of the Head Generals of the Water Kingdom's army. I vowed to find the evidence to arrest you, as it was my duty as a Water Knight. You then said that you were able to cover up the crime, so that the case was closed and reported as a "disappearance". I said that you were still adding fuel to the fire, as I kept you in my sights. You then promised me that if I was able to find you, you'll admit to the murder. On my behalf, I promised that if I failed, I would let it go."
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Seojun Edan
"That... I..." Seojun pushed the blankets away and stood up. His stiff limbs protested as he walked around to the other side and stood next to Akane. Her explanation had rekindled memories and now he was determined to know more. "That sounds like... me. What else happened between us?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"At one point, you wanted me to help you find your mother. But that was delayed by what happened with Victoria. To be fair, we haven't known each other long - but what I do know is that our relationship is very complicated."
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Seojun Edan
He ran his fingers through his hair as he thought harder. "Find... my mother?" He stared at Akane in question as he bit his lip. Things were coming back to him, he couldn't deny that. But what bothered him was that he still couldn't remember Akane. "I-I remember that. But I don't... Remeber..." His eyes filled with guilt. "You."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane felt sorrow. "I guess I should leave then. But before I do, there's one thing you can remember about me, besides the fact that I'm just a lowly Water Knight; I was your companion."
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Seojun Edan
The last four words sent him into a spiral of emotions that caused him to step forward and lean towards Akane. "I want to remember you," Seojun whispered, before he brought his lips to hers and kissed her.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
She turned bright red at being kissed. She never thought that this would ever happen to her. "I don't know what to say or feel right now."
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Seojun Edan
He pulled back, chuckling. "Do you feel a sense of comfort? Does this feel right?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane giggled before looking at Seojun. "I feel so many things right now, emotions that I wouldn't normally feel, but I definitely know that this feels right."
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Seojun Edan
His usual playful tone returned, replacing the clueless one he'd been sporting for awhile. "Then this was worth it," he mused. "Like I said Igarashi-san, you're stupid. But in a good way." As if nothing had happened, his normal mischevious smirk was back.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"So you're calling your companion stupid?" She pretended to frown.
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Seojun Edan
"Akane, I was kidding~" he laughed before stealing another kiss. "I wholeheartedly remember you. I wouldn't be able to forget your voice, even if I tried."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"You faked amnesia, just to kiss me?"
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Seojun Edan
He grinned, innocently stating, "No... Okay, maybe... Alright, yes, I faked amnesia to kiss you. But can you really blame me?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I'm not so surprised anymore. This definitely sounds like something you would do. So, you like me?"
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Seojun Edan
"Something like that," he murmured. "But let's see where this goes first." He ruffled Akane's hair, noticing her outfit. "Whoa, is that a kimono?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Yeah." She smiled.
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Seojun Edan
"That's so cool... I know you're from Japan and everything and you guys have festivals, right? Ahh, that's neat." He sat in a chair next to her and sighed, staring at the ceiling. "Everything looks weird. Maybe I hit my head when I fell, but everything is blurry."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I hate to say it, but maybe you need glasses."
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Seojun Edan
He pouted, "What if I don't look good with glasses?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"You're handsome, Seojun. You'll look great."
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Seojun Edan
He smirked. "Really? Handsome enough that you'd kiss me again?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane turned red again, before finding the courage to kiss him. "There you go."
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Seojun Edan
The smile on his face was ridiculous. "Are you really skipping classes to see me?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I was worried about you."
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Seojun Edan
"Now I'm more important than school. Take that moral compass," he teased her. "But uh, seriously..." He scratched the back of his neck awkwardly. "Thank you."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"It's okay, Seojun. I can't deny that I've grown to...care about you."
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Seojun Edan
"You make that sound like that's a bad thing," he responded humorously. "Well, if you're correct... I'm going to need glasses. Hey, you should help me pick them out."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Sure. I can help. Where should we go for them? Earth or here?"
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Seojun Edan
"Earth. I haven't been to Earth before. I want to see it."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Which country should we go to to get the glasses?"
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Seojun Edan
"Who cares? Let's go to all the countries. Wait, don't I need to take an eye test or something to determine what type of prescription of glasses I need?"


Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"It depends on the country."
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Seojun Edan
"Alright, what country should we start with then?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I'm gonna be biased and say Japan. I could take you to Sapporo."
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Seojun Edan
"Alright, Sapporo, Japan it is. Oh, we're going to be doing this during school too."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I can give my moral compass a break for once. And I have privileges since I'm a trusted Knight."
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Seojun Edan
Then Seojun sheepishly stated, "Isn't there like... a law against shooting a member of the inner royal court? Like Victoria?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Are you asking this because you think you're going to become a fugitive? Seojun, you helped take down a tyrannical Princess. You won't be punished for it."
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Seojun Edan
"You sure? This is the fire kingdom we're talking about."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"I'm sure of it. I mean going from the way you think, Grace should be arrested also - since she attacked Victoria. But the King and Queen knows what Victoria did, thanks to Nate, so they'll see that if they have to punish anybody, it will be Victoria. So you won't get punished. They'll more or likely thank you for helping to restrain their crazy daughter."
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Seojun Edan
"I shot her, in the calf!" he exclaimed dramatically. "Not like I'm actually concerned for my psychopathic cousin but it scares me that she reminds me of..." He shivered, "...Me. Agh, being associated as being unstable like her makes me shudder."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Think about it this way. You would only become a fugitive if you had killed Victoria. But you didn't kill her. And besides, you two are on different levels. You're nowhere near Victoria's level."
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Seojun Edan
"Right," he sighed, his tone a mix of sadist humor and true sorrow. "Forgot for a second I'm more messed than Ol' Vic. For once, she wasn't hellbent on destroying society... now was she..."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"No. Victoria is the messed up one. Your level is lower than hers. And she was hellbent on causing destruction in order to get her own way."
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Seojun Edan
For a second, anger flickered in his eyes before it dimmed and diminished. "Stop... that. Stop fantasizing me so much. I'm not as good as you think, whether or not your moral compass is fucked up. Stop... Stop trusting me so much, damnit."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane became increasingly irritated with Seojun. "You're not the worst person in the world. There are people, even people who are close to you, that have done worse things. You don't know my past, do you?"
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Seojun Edan
"I-I..." He frowned, diverting his blurry vision from Akane. "No, I don't."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"We've kissed, so I think I can trust you enough to tell you about my past. There's a reason why I'm so obsessed with morals. It's because it's one of my ways of repenting for the past. When I was a member of the Yakuza."
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Seojun Edan
"So... Is that like the Japanese Mafia?" he inquired. "Wait does that mean you assassinated people? How does the Yakuza work?" His questions pretty much overlooked the point of the beginning of the story.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Yes, the Yakuza is the Japanese Mafia. And yes, I had to assassinate people. Even innocents. The Yakuza is too complicated to explain."
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Seojun Edan
"Aw... Well, continue then. I'm listening."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane was slightly irritated at how Seojun just overlooked what she said, but then shrugged it off and proceeded with her story. "The first part of how my life came to be starts off in Japan, obviously. I was born in Sapporo, which is known for its mountains and ski resorts. I am actually the only Japanese member of my family, my mother was born in Macau and my father was born in Hong Kong."
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Seojun Edan
"Macau and Hong Kong, huh? We should go there after Japan."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"We should. I have a feeling you would love Macau. It's the Las Vegas of the Eastern world." She mused, before continuing the story of her history. "My parents eventually met, fell in love, got married and moved to Japan, and became Japanese citizens. They changed their names, becoming the Igarashis. When I was younger, I was a child prodigy when it came to judo."
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Seojun Edan
As Akane spoke, he began toying with his long bangs, contemplating what color to die his hair next and what type of hairstyle he would request when he finally came around to cutting his hair.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
She turned to see if Seojun was listening to her. She wasn't surprised to see that he was playing with his hair. Not wanting to creating a new argument, after what had happened earlier, Akane proceeded with what she was saying. "I took up judo as a sport in elementary school. While that was going on, my parents became low on money - since they liked to spend it on really expensive things. That's when they had to borrow from a loan shark."
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Seojun Edan
Seojun scrunched up his face in distaste. "Loan sharks, they're the worst. Did your parents bother checking the company they bother loaning from?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"No, they were foolish enough not to. And because they didn't check, they ended up getting involved with a Yakuza affiliate. At first, my parents payed the loan back regularly. But that changed when my aunt from Hong Kong came to visit us."
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Seojun Edan
"What did your aunt visiting have to do with changing a paying schedule?"
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"You'll see. There's more. She was even worse than my father when it came to spending loads of money. Her life wasn't the best either - she'd been divorced several times, she was sexually promiscuous and she was self-employed as a stage makeup artist, but she couldn't find the time to search for clients. When she came to my parents, she asked for money."
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Seojun Edan
He let out a groan of annoyance and slumped in his chair. "You should be glad your parents aren't even remotely similar to me. I would've told her to f*ck off and get a proper job that pays well."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"Good luck with that, because she's dead. Continuing on, my aunt was unaware that my parents were borrowing from someone she knew. That's right. My aunt personally knew the loan shark. I don't know how they knew each other, though. Eventually, my parents became stressed over having to divide money between my aunt and the loan shark - and they lost focus on their payments and gradually paid him less. That ended up with the Yakuza visiting my family. My aunt was killed by them, in front of my father. I came home to the dead body of my aunt in front of me, and I was just so confused. I remember seeing the henchmen there, staring at me."
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Seojun Edan
"Those are some weird henchmen... I don't know how I'd react to that... Probably ignore the dead body and go get a snack or something."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"That's just like you. From what I remember back then, I was just confused. I knew that the men were bad, but I was trying to understand why they were there. I had no clue what was going on at the time, so I had every right to be confused. Then the next thing that they did answered every question that they had. The men decided to strike up a deal with my parents. They'd leave them alone and give them money, in exchange for me. They did that because the loan shark told him about my judo skills, and thought that I'd make an excellent Yakuza affiliate when I got older."
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Seojun Edan
At this, he let out a hard, cold, humorless laugh. "They literally sold you off to a giant murder-driven organization because of money? That is so... sick. I murder people for a living and even I find that disgusting."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
"My parents agreed to the deal, and I ended up being trained under the Yakuza. They forced me to abandon my education, but they couldn't stop me from attending a judo club - as I used to sneak out in private. The teacher of the club encouraged me to be honourable, and taught me the positive impact of having morals. It was dangerous for me to do this, since I was involved with the Yakuza, but I wanted to be a good person - so I believed the teacher. I wasn't scared of the Yakuza, since I learned to be stoic - so receiving any punishments from them was less traumatic. Then, as I got older, I was given my role. I was a messenger. I had to bring people to their deaths, and sometimes I had to incapacitate them with my judo skills. I got sick of it when I turned 11, and I asked the teacher for advice on how to weaken them. I didn't tell him that "them" was the Yakuza, I just told him that I wanted to weaken some enemies. He told me that what I could do would be simple, but it'd go against my honourable mindset. I agreed to it, even if it would be dishonourable. The plan that I had went successfully and I was able to escape the Yakuza. Around the same time, I discovered my water powers. I didn't use them though, since doing so in front of the Yakuza would have had serious implications. I made my way home, reunited with my parents, accepted their apology - I was too tired to have a grudge against them, and I told them everything. They took me to Elementrium and the Water Kingdom, and I became a Knight - after training, of course. I hoped that becoming a Knight would be my redemption.
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Seojun Edan
"You're too forgiving for your own good, Igarashi-san. I would've abandoned the people that gave me away unless they proved something to me. Why would you need to redeem yourself? You did what you needed to do and you shouldn't feel guilty about it." He straightened up in his chair and stared her dead in the eyes. "...Makes me remember you're nothing like me."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane looked at the floor, feeling sorrowful.
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Seojun Edan
He reached out lifted Akane's chin. "Akane, look at me."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane looked into Seojun's eyes.
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Seojun Edan
"You are not, and never will be, a bad person. Everything you do is honorable, whether or not you've been taught so or not, because you do those things for people you care about."
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane felt like crying.
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Seojun Edan
Seojun pulled Akane into his arms and rested his head on hers.
Akane Igarashi QB
Akane Igarashi
Akane wrapped her arms around him. "There's one last thing I should probably tell you about."
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Seojun Edan
"Mm.." he hummed. "What is it?"
Akane Igarashi QB