Tengu of (Mis)Fortune, Thread 2 Keymaster 2013/09/25 (Wed) 01:25 No. 23061 [Reply] ▼
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Okay. This is bad. This is clearly a very nasty combination of guilt, self-doubt, and bitterness at life all flowing together into a steaming, goopy mess of... of... not-feeling-goodness or something, I dunno! I'm not a shrink.
But Hina's clearly suffering, here, and I don't like seeing that. I don't like seeing people cry. It's too depressing. I've seen enough of that to last a lifetime. And I've lived a very long time indeed.
So! Right! Crying Hina, and Kasen looks about as clueless as I do! So, um... gotta give her some support. Gotta let her know that things will be okay. Right.
Carefully, I scoot around the table until I'm sitting next to Hina. Then I gently wrap my arms around her, pulling the goddess into a gentle hug.
Hina hiccups a little bit and settles into my arms, wrapping her arms around me in response. Poor thing... it's like she's pretty much hanging off of me. This must really be eating her up inside. As she sobs into my shoulder, I start running my hands through Hina's soft green hair and start making gentle noises, trying to calm her. It works a little bit, and Hina's crying subsides, just slightly. I notice that Kasen has slipped over and is on Hina's other side, watching her sadly. The hermit looks at me, giving me a nod.
Huh? Oh! Right, gotta say something. Ummm... what to say, what to say. Hm, this is tricky, but I'm sure that I can handle things!
"Hey, Hina?" I murmur quietly.
"...Yeah?" Hina whispers back.
"This is stupid, okay? I mean, what you're doing right now. The crying stuff." Hina seems to shrink at my words, and Kasen gives me a sharp look, but I shake my head. "No, no, I'm not criticizing or anything, just hear me out. Okay?" Hina hesitates, then nods. I sigh deeply, then continue.
"Now Hina, it's true that life has dealt you a pretty bad hand. Nobody can deny that, or that you
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