Something rare happened: Hanako actually.managed to produce a smile. It was a small.one, but it was honest and warm and not the crooked one she usually showed to the world.
"That would be really...nice. Thank you." She said as an answer to Hime's offer. She never had considered cooking as an essential skill, had always preferred training with her sword over mundane tasks like that. Because of that, and there was really no nicer way to say it, Hanako sucked at cooking. Badly. Maybe it really would be nice to learn how to do it properly and become a little bit more independent in the process. It was really nice of Hime to offer it.
Then the subject became serious again. For a few moments Hana remained silent while she finished her meal. After that she sat there, motionless, the empty box in der hands, for a few more moments. When she finally spoke her voice sounded a bit coarse.
"I have left out mainly three things. The first was that no one that I asked could remember the Shinigami I thought I had set out with. He appears in no registry and, as I said, didn't leave any tracks when we entered the woods. As if I had imagined him as well.
The second is...they...the hollows...at first there were only two. I managed to hold my own and even killed one. Or so I thought. But suddenly there were dozens. And they...they killed me. No, they didn't just kill me. They tore me to pieces. I could feel everything. Every...fucking...piece."
Again, Hana went silent and stared at the ground in front of her. Her face showed how painful even the memory of this was.
"But this was an Illusion, too. Suddenly it stopped and I didn't even have a scratch on me."
She shook her head as if she could shoo away the memories with it.
"Anyway, when I chased after the Hollows I found them burning down a village. When I woke up after this I was alone. No corpses, no burnt doen houses, but the ruins of a village that had burned down years ago. And this."
She took out a small piece of paper. On one side was just one Kanji, the japanese word for flower:
花 'Hana'. And on the other side six names:
Hanako looked up to Hime.
"My name is also written with that Kanji. It is as if this was a game somebody played. And I haven't been there, since then. It is in the woods ag outer Rukongai…"
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