"Did you know that Kaito's in Sky Valley?" Ekaterina asked Dmitriy as she approached.
He raised an eyebrow. "Yes."
"Why didn't you tell me?" she asked calmly.
"Didn't think you'd want to see him, after what happened," he shrugged.
"Reasonable." After a minute of uncomfortable shuffling, she sat down. "He apologised."
"Did he now?"
"And asked after you."
"Doesn't mean he's changed, Kat. He remembered the big brother that kicked his arse, big whoop."
She nodded quietly. Though silence was usual between them, Ekaterina didn't like this one. She wanted to find something to fill it, and nothing came to mind; she wasn't particularly interested in small talk, with anyone. Then she remembered what had happened earlier in the evening.
"We're not going to be able to go to that cafe again, or even that part of town," she whispered after a while.
"I know," Dmitriy answered.
"I can deal with her memories if you want," she offered.
He shook his head. "I'd rather she remembered. Besides, the memories might have become long term and you know how messy it gets after that happens."
"Didn't think of that."
"What are we going to do? We've been compromised."
"What can we do? Where else are we going to go? We can't go back to the colony, not after last time."
"We'll see, I guess," Ekaterina sighed.
"Yeah, we will."
"You fell in love her, didn't you? Noel, I mean." The answering silence told her everything. She nodded. "I thought so."
"This is all my fault," he mumbled, running his fingers through his black hair.
"No it's not, Dmitriy; we both got too involved. We forgot our most important rule."
"Stick to the shadows, lie low," he said.
"Exactly. That's what we should have done."
"Well, it's too late to change it now. The past is past, and what is, simply is."
Ekaterina nodded and reached out to squeeze her brother's hand. He seemed shocked by the contact; he knew it was rare. She smiled sadly and stood up. She walked away, her head low and deep in thought.
She walked wherever the corridors took her, her feet occasionally scuffing against the filthy floor. There was only the odd noise coming from Sky Valley's inhabitants. Most of them would either be asleep or out.
She didn't look up as she travelled through the dim corridors and only vaguely noticed the small flame skittering over her skin. Then she ran into someone.
"Oh, sorry," she mumbled, stepping out of the way and moving to walk away.
The man she'd run into grabbed onto her arm loosely to stop her from leaving and panic began to spread through her chest, constricting her throat. He seemed to noticed and released her immediately, stepping back. The panic dripped away, though didn't leave her completely.
"Are you okay?" the man asked her.
She looked up, recognising his voice. The grey eyes that watched her intensely were the colour of coal.
"I'm fine, just fine," she nodded.
"No you're not," he whispered.
She looked up at him, staring into his eyes, getting lost in them. She was about to say something when she heard: "Kat!"
She turned to look at the source, to see Kaito jogging towards her. He was grinning, though his eyes were tentative as if he still weren't sure she'd forgiven him. It was then that she realised she had.
"Hey," she said with a smile.
Kaito seemed to relax and pulled her into his arms, enveloping her in a hug. She didn't hug him back but the familiarity of him was enough to comfort her. He seemed to notice because he was still smiling when he stepped back.