Sometimes, silence could be so loud. It was something that was calm,a nd tranquil. Something that allowed us to gather our thoughts, and be able to break something so fragile as silence with our thoughts, now hardened and strengthened into actual words. The single word that left the mouth of Erna was something that Henrex wasn't entirely surprised. With someone of her position, it wasn't exactly a stress-free job. Her position in the Guild of Heroes, along with the Iramasha Family would certainly leave someone like her to be engulfed by the amount of responsibilities that she would be tasked with.
And Henrex could relate to that, albeit he overdid it quite a bit. He was the Lieutenant of the Covert Operations squad of the Gotei United. He was someone who had to set a heavy example for the other members of his squad. As Kuro was AWOL, and Tsubasa was...well, Tsubasa -- it was pretty much down to him to manage the division. It was indeed a very mind-melting process if he somehow ended up getting behind with the work that he needed to do. It didn't help that he had things he needed to do for Vastime, and of course, the Guild of Heroes. So, Henrex's eyes closed slowly and nodded softly in understanding.
But, there was something that did in fact, surprise him. That was when Erna asked him to help her with the stress. A long pause came after, and Henrex took a deep breath, before nodding his head once more. It was something strange for someone to go to him for something such as stress. So, Henrex's head tilted slightly at the notion, before another pause."Of course."
He said, blinking twice as he spoke.
As he said this, his eyes darted around, scanning the form of the Fallen Angel, before turning back to her. While he couldn't see much of what was happening to her, he could clearly see that her skin was having small pulsations, which was furthered by the goosebumps that rippled down and and down her skin. While he could tell that Erna was, for the most part, in control, there were moments where even she would end up having small breaks in this. But, before he was able to mention this, Erna spoke once again.
The male's eyes closed softly, before he felt the gentle touch of wind pass them by, causing more chills to creep down his spine. His left eye twitched slightly, as the wind softly brushed against the bare eye socket, causing a small burst of his tear ducts, to which Henrex quickly blinked away. As Erna finished her next statements, Henrex was quick to analyze them.
Become a pillar? The male's brow furrowed in uncertainty, his mind going to work on the word in an attempt to figure out what the phrase might mean. But, as he was thinking, his thoughts were once again answered by the red-eyed Angel."A pillar that can help the foundations of our home stand. I require more heroes to help provide a sense of direction, balance and stability to The Guild of Heroes. A leader cannot sustain themselves alone on their power, so I want to see if you have the ability to be a pillar for me."
Henrex's eyes slowly closed, his mind now understanding both the meaning, and the scope of what Erna was speaking of. Now, it was his turn to think, and contemplate what his response would be. It was something that he was both obligated to do, as well as something that he wanted to do. What she said had been true, a leader could not sustain themselves alone on their power. But, there were the fifteen words that she had said next. She wanted to see if he had the ability to be a pillar for her. So, with Henrex inhaling quietly, he spoke."After what you've done for me, it's something that is right for me to repay you with. Not just that, sister...but it is something that I would gladly do. I would gladly become a pillar, to bring further support, balance, and direction towards the Guild of Heroes. It would be my job as a hero."
He whispered, the young man's hand extending outwards softly, and soon placing itself on Erna's shoulder, before his own twin red eyes, met the equal gaze of the Angel.
Whatever the test was, to challenge his ability to be the pillar that Erna and Cirno needed...he would face it head-on.
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