To him, she looks less shy or reserved and more contemplative, hoping to mull over his words while free from judgment. The way her eyes avert - surely she must be thinking of a dozen things at once, looking to factor in the many aspects of a conversation: Body language, tone, eye contact, and then the words. All those things which came to him subconsciously… was she worried about them?
"Yes. I can only speak from my own experience. Of course, this situation depends on the other person as well. If they aren’t ready to accept your feelings, they will turn away. In which case… better luck next time, right?"
( There’s something in his voice that strikes her as peculiar. Kirigiri wonders momentarily about this experience of his, an experience that seems to have allowed him some serious insight on the subject at hand. Kaworu was more difficult to read than most, and she does not intend to intrude on his past - she knows the nuisance of that. )
❝I quite agree. But, it’s not something I plan on stressing over. What happens happens, and I do not intend to pursue the object of my feelings—a single rejection is quite enough. I think there’s no point hiding that it is myself I am talking about, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed.❞
"On your world, it is. I belong to the senate and we follow strict rules before engaging ourselves in golden games. We don’t just simply plot something out of boredom or for the sake of entertainment. We plan this out; work it to the whole extent with rules and regulations in mind. We have different regulations but we’re now in a world where both laws don’t apply."
❝Well, despite the grim nature of that plan, I’m impressed. If you’ll excuse me, I was thinking more along the lines of a ‘crime of passion’, but it’s clear to me now that’s not the case.❞
❝Still, I keep to the laws I know. Modern criminal law is the basis for most of my principles as a detective, but the majority of crime is dealt with in such a dreadful manner nowadays that I suppose that doesn’t mean much.❞
"I’m sure your friend would appreciate hearing your feelings, even if they don’t necessarily reciprocate. A strong friendship can weather almost any circumstance. So assuming they’re as close to you as you are to them you shouldn’t be worried about ruining your current relationship. Just be honest with them, and I’m sure they’ll appreciate it."
❝Well, I don’t waste my time with people who are unwilling to co-operate with me. A one-sided friendship isn’t really my forte, and a rejection in the romantic aspect of things will hardly shatter my composure.❞
♣ Straight to the point, as usual. Celestia Ludenberg had come to expect this sort of behaviour from Kyouko Kirigiri during her stay in Hope’s Peak, as… sudden as her eventual exit had been. But it wasn’t a trait she disliked. Among the other students that she’d shared that school with, Kyouko and Makoto were among the more tolerable - perhaps even admirable, though the gambler would never admit such things to them personally.
“Oh? And which is it you would like an explanation for, Kirigiri-san? My appearance in this city? Even I have no plausible explanation regarding the hows or whys. Or perhaps you are looking for an explanation for the actions I took on my final day in the school? No, I believe you already know that information as well.”
( Kirigiri nods, giving voice to a thoughtful hum, her eyes flashing. She supposed it was a rather ill-timed question - for all her hours spent making numerous discoveries, she herself was still unsure of the answer. )
❝I see. While it’s true that I am aware of the circumstances that were present the last time I saw you alive and well, I’m afraid even I can’t answer the former. Well then, a different approach… how much of our time at Hope’s Peak can you remember, exactly?❞
"That’s something no one can tell."
❝What I mean is, I am a detective - I work on the side of the law, and numerous aspects of your aforementioned scheme are highly illegal.❞
"Assuming this is a good friend of yours, one you really don’t want to spoil the friendship of- even if they don’t reciprocate I’m sure they’ll want to maintain your close relationship."
"And really, there’s no definitive way of knowing what will happen until you try. This romantic interest might be just as interested in you as you are in them, hypothetically of course."
❝You forget, we’re speaking hypothetically… It’s not a friend of mine. I have…it’s really not my business…❞
( Kirigiri sighs, defeated. )
❝I see little point in carrying on this false pretence any longer… Matters of romance are a rather foreign concept to me, and I’ll admit… there is someone I have in mind.❞
"You don’t have to. It’ll happen… soon enough."
❝I think you’ve informed the wrong person.❞
”..and I can prove it to you one day.”
❝What a promising proposal - though I can’t say I’m eager to take you up on it.❞
[To: Kirigiri-san] - [From: Naegi Makoto]
i'm perfectly fine, you don't have to worry about me!! sorry about that...i'll definitely pick up the slack then so you don't have to work harder than you already do.
it was nothing special! sorry for the confusion they caused too. that experiment really came at the worst time but i guess it shouldn't be surprising...anyway, i think that's a great idea! maybe the cafe right across from the train station?
[ TO: 苗木 誠 ] [ FROM: 霧切 響子 ]
Thank god... knowing that you're alive and well enough to reply to my text messages is some form of reassurance. There's no need for that, honestly - I haven't really had much work to deal with in this past week or so. That will change soon, I'm sure.
The apparently spontaneous nature of these experiments is... irritating, to say the least, but I'm sure we can work around it in the future. And that suits me just fine - when are you available?
"I’ve seen it successfully happen before my eyes. Four times, I believe."