[Peter sighs and rubs his temples. He felt for her, he did. He couldn’t even begin to try to understand all that she had been through. She was always so strong in his eyes, so yeah, it had hurt a bit to see her crumble like this. But the fact of the matter was that everybody had lost somebody. Some, like him, lost multiple people. At least her loved one was still alive. At least the hope that they might be able to be reunited some day wasn’t lost.] Listen. You did what you had to do. It wasn’t easy, but it was necessary to keep all of us safe. And for that I owe you. We’ll do everything we can to try to make things better, but we’re gonna need your help. the only way we can get a step closer to gettin’ you back to your daughter, is by taking Nexus down. Now are you with me on this?
You know I’ll do anything to get her back. She wanted nothing more than to hear that voice as she had before everyday, ringing musically and laughing happily. The yearning was so strong it felt like a heavy weight on her chest, dragging the pit of her stomach down and crushing her heart into pieces. I had waited for this moment so long, I counted the days until I could see her beautiful smiling face again. She was just a child when I went away I can’t even imagine what she must look like now. Her smile was sad, her eyes were dark with the lightness of her daughters memories. I should have expected a moment like that to be too good to be true though, right?
[Peter keeps his voice steady. He wasn’t in the mood for this but he wasn’t going to waste that kind of energy on anybody but the enemy when the time called for it.] I told you. I’m sorry and I mean that. [He points two fingers at her, right between her eyes, with his thumb up like a gun.] We were all staring down a barrel of a gun. I won’t even go into how many people we lost that day, but I’ll tell you this. I wasn’t going to let Manami be part of that.
[He lowers his hand.] How about channeling your efforts and anger towards something other than me, because I am not the enemy here. If your daughter, my niece, is gonna return, we better clean this place up so she can return to a place that’s not filled with death.
It was stupid of her lash out on him, she knew he was right, he always was. His intentions had only been for the better. No matter how hurt she felt she couldn’t continue standing around feeling sorry for herself when there were bigger things at stake. I’m sorry Peter, I know you’re a reasonable man. I just—Her hands were pressed to her forehead as she focused on suppressing the tears at her guilt, and pain. Maybe this is what I deserved . I left because I thought it was the right thing to do, I thought it would be better this way. But now I’m starting to regret my decision. I should have been there for her instead of walking away like a coward. She shook her head, and felt the solitary tear slide down her cheek, a traitor to her facade that had been hardened over many years. I didn’t even have the guts to tell her the truth, and now it’s too late. I can’t tell my daughter how sorry I am or how much I miss her.
I won’t be able to live with myself I lose the one person I loved the most.
I understand that. You think I wanted this? You think I wanted to keep her from you? I want Manami alive, Nat. The situation was dire and it was either everybody got captured or she could escape. And you know what? I told her to run. You should have seen your girl. Her eyes were lit up ready to go down fighting just like you. But that would’ve been a suicide mission. I wanted to give her a chance at a future so I told her to go.
I’m sorry but whether she comes back to you or not is up to her now. I didn’t do anything.
Don’t give me that crap! She hissed, her lip curling as she felt a flood of pain and rage course through her, physically forcing her towards him. She swallowed the hard lump building in her throat, realizing their proximity. Her face was inches from his, their breathing mixing heavily as a silence fell between them. She stood back, a hand running through her hair in an attempt to divert her emotional deterioration
No, you’re not allowed to say that to me. She looked to him, her eyes begging him to stop tormenting her whilst her face remained placid. You’re not allowed to when you’re just as responsible. You knew the moment I sent her to you, you could have turned her away and given her to someone else. But you didn’t. So don’t fucking tell me none of this is falls on you.
[His voice sharpens with a tint of annoyance.] Are you kiddin’ me? [He recoils his hands back as the glass flies out from his grasp and raises them to cover himself from the flying slivers of glass.] And where would she be safe then? Huh? She is away from Nexus hands and away from people trying to have her head on a pike 24/7. So yes, I dare to say that she’s pretty damn safe. She’s a smart girl. I believe in her.
It wasn’t your decision to make. I get to decide what’s best for her, she’s my daughter and I am her mother. Natsumi looked up from her now shaking fists and fixed him with a hurt look, her confusion of emotions causing torment in her. Slowly she breathed out and closed her eyes. I know she’s is.. She more than anyone knew what her daughter was capable of. Even from a young age she could see the fighting spirit in her, she wasn’t someone who would give up easily. Maybe she was better off in a different time where less harm would come to her. But unfortunately it wasn’t a guarantee. But if something should happen to her, what then Peter? Are you still going to tell me she was better off? At least here she could have been with her family, her real family.
I’d could have had the chance to hold my daughter again, and you took that away from me.
You mean I had the audacity to let her go off to the one place where she can be safest? She made the decision to go and I wasn’t going to chase her down and pull her back to this shit hole.
Don’t you dare tell me she’s safe. She breathed a bitter laugh. Don’t you say that, because you don’t know for sure! Her voice was broken, her mind burning in fury as her hand flew outwards in anger and connected with his empty glass, sending it soaring across the room and shattering, spraying the wall with shards of everything broken about her.
Nobody has time to play mind games with you right now. I told you. She escaped to the past.
Her chest rose and she felt herself falling, her hands gripped the counter digging her nails into the hard wood. How could you..
I trusted you with my daughter life and you have the audacity to tell me that you let her gone just like that.
In the past, if you must know.
What the hell are you talking about? This isn’t a game. I want to see her now.
Sorry to disappoint ya then.
What do you mean..where is my daughter, Peter?