Bottle - Inktober
Shikuru emptied his third bottle ... Usually Hariken would have noticed or made a move to stop him, but he knew it was a way for her to silence the jellyfish demon.
The worst way ...
"A merchant will join us," he said, breaking the silence. "We need equipment for the next days"
She replied with a movement of her eyes while taking a sip, revealing her sliced arm for a moment.
_ "These clothes are hot ... Where did you find them?"
"I found them when I was waiting for your return, we had to cover ourselves for the rainy weather."
Still the same eyelid movement, and another sip.
_ "How can we pay for what we eat?" she worried.
_ "There was money in these clothes ..."
"I see ..." she replied after a silence. Hariken expected a stronger reaction than he would have swept away by silence. Shikuru was now used to seeing the samurai act pragmatically for their survival, but he knew that something else was in the mind of the girl. something more terrible than the influence of Kurage, now full of alcohol.
Shikuru was drunk, sure, but also drunk with sorrow.
_ "For what ... For what I did to you ..."
_ "Stop ... Do not torture yourself, you're probably right, I'm not able to contain Kurage ... I think you're right ..."
_ "You know it's fear that guided me in my choice."
"No, I do not want you to talk about it anymore I do not want you to tell me that you're scared, I need you to make that decision against my will because you thought you were going to do the best ..."
He was silent. The minutes passed and a candle ran down the bottle that served as its support.
"Hariken ..." she said again. "I have something to ask you ... something you would categorically refuse ..."
_ "I know what you're going to ask me ...
I do not know what we will do with his child when we find him but ... That's why I called this merchant ... "
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