”A sister. I see,” she replied to Kazuo before murmuring to herself, ”So Satoko was right...”
She pushed her insular thoughts away, though, looking back up to the boy who looked so very much like her, her gaze serious. ”The only way you could have killed the Shadow was if you had a Persona...” She let that statement hang in the air, as if she wanted to say something else on the matter, but then looked away. ”Of course I have one...It wouldn't be possible for me to be here if I didn't...That also means you, at the least, have to have one...even if we completely disregard the Shadow.”
”I'm–“ her affirmation of her health was cut short as Kitano scooped her up into his arms, causing her eyes to widen in alarm for a moment. When she realized what was going on, however, a blush suffused her cheeks and she quickly looked away, stiff in his arms as she pointed out the directions, like she wasn't really that used to human contact, especially with a boy.
The walk wasn't really a long one...They'd only gone a couple of blocks when Kaoru began to look around, brow furrowed. ”This...looks right...” The words were scarcely out of her mouth before the streetlights began to flicker, and the glass of the building next to them seemed to ripple faintly as one of their reflections moved oddly, just like before. However, this time, it wasn't Kazuo's reflection, but the little first year Emi's.
As it shifted with a movement that didn't match, a glaring difference from the face it reflected was shown: the left side of the reflection's face was marred with a prominent scar, and the eye was damaged enough that it seemed to be completely white.
”There she is. Everybody walk through that,” Kaoru said, pointing at the pane of reflective glass that had the not-right reflection in it. ”Except you,” she said, glancing to Emi. ”You have to stay here so they can get back.”
~ Mirror World ~
Satoko paced in place, biting at her thumbnail. Kaoru had been pushed to the other side by the Chariot Shadow. That meant her theories were indeed correct; worse, it meant that they had been completely and utterly set up.
“Don't worry, Hibiki,” she said offhandedly as she walked quickly back and forth, whether or not the other girl had even shown a hint of agitation. “She knows my theories...If nothing else, she'll deal with the Shadow and return to this point on the Other Side, and maybe we can communicate...”
It was only the sixth time she explained it. It wasn't as though the mask-toting girl didn't get what Satoko was saying. It was more like the scarred girl was trying to convince herself.
And then, their moment alone came to an end as the glass beside them rippled, like the surface of a lake broken by a thrown stone. Satoko turned, brows furrowing as she stared at the glass, and then brightened. ”See, what'd I tell you?”
In moments, the view from this side was completely clear, showing the entire group from the Other World, with Kaoru in the arms of the large bully, and Satoko's own reflection with both eyes. ”Luck-eeee!” She exclaimed as her eyes fell on her own reflection, who was looking confused as the others began to step toward the weak spot between worlds.
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