The Haunting of Harrowstone

Memento Mori

“You don’t trust people, do you?”
“It’s not that.”
“Then what?”

“Look. I grew up with only Kaoris to rely on. I understand a certain…hesitance. With people. But after awhile it becomes a trap, you know? Just another barrier to doing what you want. Well, if you know what that is.”
“Of course I know what that is!”
“Heh. Finally got some emotion out of you. So what is it, then?”
“…it doesn’t matter.”
“Sure it does.”

“Ach. Forget it. Listen, all I know is, running away doesn’t solve anything. Believe me, I’ve tried it before. If you run away once, you’ll have to keep running for the rest of your life.”
“Are you…running from anything?”
“No—eh. Damn it. That’s a lie.”
“Aja— ! What are you doing?!”
“Kissing you. Why, do you object?”

“…not at all, actually.”
“Gods above, are you BLUSHING?”
“Heh. I WOULD fall in love with a man who growls like an angry bear.”
“Eh, I decided I should take my own advice. In for a copper, right?”

“Don’t look at me like that. I’m not going to break in two if you don’t feel the same.”
“No! That’s not—I mean, I—I didn’t mean—Aja—”
“You’re blushing again.”
“It’s very endearing. I’d commission someone to paint a picture, but I rather want to keep the moment to myself—”
“Damn it, Aja, I’ve been in love with you since we were seventeen!”

“And that…is…not at ALL how I wanted to say that—shit. I’m not doing very well at this, am I?”
“You’re doing fine.”
“I…don’t want to lose you. I don’t think I could handle that. If I can’t protect you—”
“Protect me? Ha! What the hell did you think I did before you came along? I can take care of myself, thank you.”
“I didn’t mean to offend you—”
“You didn’t. Just making a point. Believe me, I’m not going anywhere.”
“You’re stuck with me, I’m afraid— ! …going back to the kissing, I see.”
“Do you object?”
“Not in the slightest.”



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