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“I... I see.” That was, frankly, a great deal for Abalia to take in. She wouldn't lie and say that she was entirely comfortable with the touching, particularly that stroke of the cheek. Yet her own intuition, that sense all good officers of the law seemed to have for an atmosphere of right and wrong, truth and deceit, told her that she would be fine. That last bit at the end put her slightly on edge, or at the very least had her a bit discomforted, as she certainly didn't think much of her own “beauty” per se, nor was she much fond of having it pointed out. However, she could not deny that she genuinely appreciated how forthcoming about it Mirja had been. Not many were, and that did a great deal to build trust in Abalia's eyes.
So, after a few more moments to collect her thoughts, Abalia stood from her seat, looking straight at Mirja. “Truth be told, a part of me wishes for nothing more than to leave here, to give you a simple 'thank you, but I must decline' and never actually return. Perhaps that is the part of me I have always listened to, for as long as I can remember.” Lowering herself into a very deep bow, then, Abalia carried on, “But, I will do so no longer. I have my duties with the Gotei to attend to, but truth be told, I doubt I will be much missed if I come here whenever I am on leave, or off duty.”
Taking in a deep breath, Abalia found herself nervous even as she knew that this was almost certainly her best course of action. “I would gladly accept your offer of a room and work, if you are truly willing to have me. I will do my absolute best both in training under you and in any work you might ask of me. I cannot express what this means to me, Mirja, and so I will simply say 'thank you.'” It had been nerve-wracking just to ask that, that she could still hear that faint concern in the back of her mind, but no. She would stay, she would learn, and while she could not deny a bit of apprehension at this prospect, Abalia could not deny a feeling of what she could only call excitement.