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After I saw to it that he was actually going back to his room to sleep, I went off and wandered around in search for the stairs to the roof. It took me long enough to find them, as they were at the end of a hallway I was sure I'd never seen before. Much like he'd said, she was up there staring out into the city. I started to feel a little lightheaded up here because of the height, but I decided not to focus on that.

Black was standing a few steps ahead of me with a cigarette in her hand. I didn't know that this was something she would partake in. She didn't seem to notice me as I walked up to her side.

“Hey.” I tugged on her sleeve to get her attention.

“Oh, you're awake. They said that you might not wake up...” She said, her voice shaken up.

“I don't remember it being that bad?”

“You probably didn't see where exactly you got hit. Hawk had recovered and was worried about you, too. She said something about you possessing a skill much like Red's?”

“I don't remember too much. Everything still sorta hurts.”

She shook her head.

“Then why did you come up here? You should be resting.”

“I had to see you.”

“Not sure if I should be flattered or annoyed right now.”

“Sorry, I'll go back...” I turned around and started to walk towards the entrance.

“You don't see it, do you?” Her voice was quiet with anger.

“See what?”

“When they said you probably wouldn't wake up...it meant that I would've lost you. I can't stand to even think about that. I've been so beside myself ever since you collapsed that day...I'd never forgive myself if something happened to you.”

“You won't just find another 'White', will you?”


“What happened to the others?” Even though I couldn't see her, I knew she was getting tense.

“They're gone.” Her voice came moments later.


“I failed them. I couldn't protect them from this place. From this shitty world. I wasn't strong enough.”

“Did they ever do the same for you?”

“I don't know. I didn't consider that.”

“Well, I know I don't do too well in a fight, but I want to have your back.”

“It's alright. The shit I get into...I don't expect you to be a part of that.”

“What if I want to, though?”

“I doubt I can change your mind, then.” She sighed and threw what was left of the cigarette over the edge of the wall.

“Since when did you smoke?”

“Only when I'm very stressed. It's one of the few things that helps ease my mind, somewhat. You are one of them too, you know?”

“Everyone needs a vice, I guess. I try not to go back to what I did before, but it's hard to fight that habit. Even though I got nothing from it, the urge is still there.” I briefly felt an itch where those scars were.

“Yeah, it'll be like that for a while.” She was close behind me.

When I turned towards her, she came forward and embraced me. I got very tense as my wounds started to ache again. Black seemed to notice and loosened her grip. I'd also forgotten for a brief moment what had happened between us and why she trusted me so much right now. The confrontation with Red had really taken a toll on me and I was almost ashamed that I couldn't remember something so important.

“I'll make her pay for this.” Black's voice was bitter, as if she knew my thoughts.

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