They fought in the same zoo Wu Yan picked for his first date with Kurumi . Wu Yan used a lie to force Kurumi into confronting the inevitable truth . From that day onwards, his words had materialized a crack in her iron-will to carry out her beliefs .
Kurumi didn’t want to admit it . Even if it’s a harsh truth, she refuses to admit what she had been doing all these years had no intrinsic meaning to it .
She had been fighting against humans and running from them just like Tohka and Yoshino . She lived like a soldier in constant combat . She didn’t have Tohka or Yoshino’s luck, she didn’t find that someone who offered her an arm of support . She ran and resisted until she finally killed her first human .
After that, killing became almost second nature when confronted with hostility . She numbed her mind with the constant killings . Maybe this is why she became a spirit, maybe this is her reason of existence .
At least, that’s what she thought before she killed even more humans . The existential crisis came back like a bad round of flu . What is she really doing with this life?
Kurumi came to a conclusion, this existential crisis stemmed from the fact that spirits like her had no futures .
If that is so, Kurumi should condemn the past that brought her here .
She started finding ways to go back to the past to change what has been done .
To escape this meaningless life of killing, she must kill more to go back in time . What a cruel joke . She wanted to laugh but she’s too blase to do so .
Wu Yan barred her from going back to change the past . Denied of both past and future, what becomes of her now? Kurumi couldn’t think of a reason to keep going .
“You live for me, you’re mine from now on!”
“Don’t go dying on me, I won’t allow it . ”
“My existence is yours?…”
Kurumi stared in disbelief as Wu Yan rubbed away her tears . She recalled the day her clone got done in by Mana . She observed from a dark corner and she saw him wiping away the blood staining her dying clone . If she recalled correctly, he said something along the lines of:
“Abandoning the past is no different than running away from it, facing it and accepting it is the only way you can move forward . If you don’t have the courage to accept the past the future will always remain far away from you . Forget changing the past if you can’t do that…”
Kurumi didn’t forget how he murmured about saving Kurumi just one time .
“Am I not a lost cause?”
Kurumi blurted out . Wu Yan stopped his hand .
He sighed and he caressed her cheeks while showing her a very smug grin .
“You can’t reject me…”
Kurumi’s eyes wavered before she laughed .
“Ara ara, stealing my lines, that’s very cheeky of you…”
Wu Yan shrugged and he continued .
“If you can be so tyrannical I don’t see why I can’t have my way with you . I am getting the feeling that if I don’t do this, you’re going to whip me so hard after this . ”
“But, you’re the one who rejected me, multiple times even…”
Wu Yan smiled .
“Don’t even think about saying no . ”
“What a dictator…”
Kurumi licked her lips before she gave him a charming smile in kind .
“It’s not unpleasant though…”
Wu Yan instinctively knew he just dug another grave for himself but what’s done isd one .
Suddenly, stars started moving in the sky . A familiar noise rang .
They exchanged looks and they bitterly laughed .
“AST is really starting to behave like cops . They just can’t arrive in time…”
Wu Yan said in a sarcastic manner . He picked up Kurumi and he approached Kotori .
“Let us return to Fraxinus, those AST members will be here any minute now . ”
“We are bringing her along?”
Mana got up, she’s still hurting all over from the fight . Tohka supported her so she wouldn’t fall . She frowned at wu yan .
“Kurumi lost the power and will to resist, I reckon she would be easy to handle even if we bring her back to Fraxinus . ”
Wu Yan sounded like he didn’t care what Mana had to say . Rather, he’s not worried that Kurumi will fight back . Mana felt helpless about his confidence but she didn’t continue her protest .
Kotori looked like she’s in pain so Wu Yan called out to her .
“Kotori, you okay?”
She nodded . Kotori couldn’t hold on much longer and Wu Yan knew this .
Wu Yan asked her to hold on until they get to the ship .
“Endure for just a bit longer, I will seal your powers after we return to Fraxinus . ”
Wu Yan spoke into his communication device .
“Reine, teleport everyone back…”
A blinding pillar of light engulfed them and they disappeared after the light faded .
The gang returned to Fraxinus in a blink of an eye . Reine and Kyouhei greeted them after coming out of the operation room .
“Is everyone okay?”
Reine saw Kurumi who is in Wu Yan’s arms .
“Reine, you take Kurumi, Mana, and Shiori to the medical center . ”
Wu Yan passed Kurumi to Reine . It might have been Wu Yan’s hallucination but Reine looked very serious for some reason .
Kyouhei supported Mana and he followed Reine to the medical center .
When they are gone, Wu Yan sighed in relief and he raised his hand .
The sealing bracelets shined brightly and after the girls glowed up in red . Their spirit powers started getting sealed away .
Wu Yan’s eyes widened as if he’s surprised with the results .
When the spiritual powers that supported the girls’ armor went away, naturally, the armor that lost its energy source de-materialized .
He stared at their figures so hard his eyes might just pop out . The girls are also shocked, the room fell into an awkward silence .
As time slowly passed, Kotori lowered her head, she shielded her modest peaks from Wu Yan’s view before she unleashed a massive kick to his solar plexus .
“Are you done ogling?!”
Wu Yan fell in a beautiful parabola, he hit the floor head-first and he had only one thing to say .