Hakumen: There was a lady by my side. She had been a friend of mine since I was a child. We were the best of friends. …Although she could be…forceful, at times.
Tsubaki: So she was your childhood friend? That’s pretty common. Sounds like she just couldn’t bear to leave you alone.
Hakumen: This lady walked the same path as I - the path of a warrior. But even then, she was always by my side, always reminding me of this appointment or that responsibility. It was … frustrating at times, but I cannot deny she was something of a comfort as well.
Tsubaki: I…I’ve always kind of hoped for a relationship like that…
Hakumen: Unfortunately, our situation…changed. I felt there was something I was bound to do, and I left her side. I was selfish. Naturally, she followed, hoping to put an end to my foolishness.
Tsubaki: I can really understand how she must have felt…
Hakumen: …But I was young, and the young are fools. I was no different. I refused to listen to her. I thought only of myself…and she died.
Hakumen: I lost her… and in doing so, gained yet another Burden for my soul. But her death was not in vain. Her sacrifice taught me the strength that comes from fighting for the sake of someone other than yourself - the courage that one must have to sacrifice themselves. That knowledge has made me stronger. I fought the Black Beast, a monster that knew nothing save despair and madness. The technique that bears her name guided my sword, and the courage she taught me guided my heart. It is because of her that I was not simply another casualty of the Great War. I would tell her … I … can tell her … Thank you. And if I could … I would ask her forgiveness.
Tsubaki: … Hakumen … sir … I think you don’t need to ask for her forgiveness, because she never blamed you for anything. I..I don’t know what else I could say, but… Oh, I’m so sorry. That’s very rude of me.
Hakumen: No… I apologize for making you listen to such a foolish story.
Tsubaki: I really envy that lady… After all, it was because of her you were able to beat the Black Beast, right? Someday… I’d like to be a woman like that.
Hakumen: For you, such a thing would be as simple as breathing.
Thank you… Tsubaki…
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