CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Artist: Bloodborne - Song: Hunter's Dream
He snapped back to reality as Calypso shouted at him, telling him to cut it out. He got control of his breathing, taking a deep breath, calming himself down. She was right -- now wasn't the time to grieve. He could tell that she was hurting too, but right now, they needed to clean this up, leave, and then Henrex could reconnect with his family. He took another deep breath, quietly exhaling as he lifted his hands, casting Daichi Tenyo again and picking up the pile of debris he had dropped.
He had to keep going, even if it was hard to accept that Ulv was dead, even if it felt like he was partly responsible for his inaction. He tempered his emotions, setting the group of debris he had lifted on the pile and picking up another set, he began moving them to the pile, having fallen silent not long after Calypso shouting and her throwing the broom to the ground, something that caused him to briefly flinch -- the number of times Ulv decided that the best way to solve his problems were to punch him in the face immediately coming to mind. But, he just focused on moving the debris, before finally speaking a few moments later."Sorry about that. But, also, thank you. I needed it."
He tried to offer a warm smile, his demonic power releasing small, gentle pulsations of positive emotions to try and release the tension in the air and to ease the irritation that she felt. It wouldn't be forced, but it was something that he at least attempted to offer to make up for the...rather embarrassing display moments prior, especially for who was basically a step-niece...if that was even a thing."If you don't mind asking some other questions, were you...close to Ulv? You were kind of testy about the topic before, but, just now you said she was dumb and terrible, but you're also...upset. What did she do to...to hurt you?"
His expression changed to one of concern. He might have just met her, but, Ari was like a sister to him, and if Calypso was her daughter, she was just as much of a family to him as Atsuko was."Another thing...you were able to tell how much that hit me. Even if you were looking at my physical reaction, you still could tell there was more to it. I'm guessing your powers revolve around, or at least have something to do with emotions?"
He paused for a moment, contemplating what he wanted to ask her next. He waited a few moments, before finally speaking, his voice lowering."If this is crossing a line, just say so and I won't press about it. Your other parent is Mana Asthavon, isn't it? You renounced the name, but, what made you want to do that?"
It wasn't exactly something that required Sherlock Holmes -- her lack of wanting to share her so-called "former" last name, him knowing Ari fairly well, and knowing what his surrogate little sister had experienced during her time in Shadow Fall, as well as knowing who the organization was headed by. But, it was still something that he knew could be a touchy subject, especially with what she had said before.