Kuro slammed the door open as she rushed into the living room.
Hinagiku was washing the utensils in an apron. She wanted to greet her.
"You're finally back. Where were you? Go wash-"
Hinagiku didn't finish because Kuro ran past her and shut herself inside Wu Yan's room.
She shut the door with such ferocity that Mikoto who was watching TV knew something was wrong.
She sat up.
"I don't know."
Hinagiku panicked slightly.
"Kuro, are you okay?"
"Come out, Kuro."
The two's questions were met with silence.
Hinagiku is worried.
Wu Yan entered the living room as the two girls turned to him for answers.
They wanted to ask him but he raised his hand to assure them.
"It's fine, you two go to your rooms."
He grabbed their hands.
"It's just a little turbulence before the reunion. I will have a chat with her."
Hinagiku and Mikoto acquiesced.
The two returned to their rooms after looking at his room one more time.
He inhaled deeply before knocking on his door.
He called out to her.
He sighed after Kuro ignored him.
"Kuro, listen to me..."
He placed his hands on the door. He can hear her breathing.
"I did want you to go home with your mum."
He explained as Kuro listened to him on the other side.
"But, that doesn't mean I am abandoning you. You're family to the three of us."
"Friends and lovers might be close and know many things about you but family is still important. I know you missed your family, right?"
The breathing inside his room stopped for a few seconds.
"Your mum sealed you because she wanted your unborn self to live normally. That wasn't an act of abandonment. That was her love."
He lowered his voice.
"I know you're smart enough to understand that."
Then, someone spoke up.
"Why? Why wasn't it me?"
"I want a normal life too. I thank her for doing that but why did she have to seal my memories? Is my past self not worthy of a normal life just because I have magic knowledge?"
"It's a bloodthirsty and crazy world in the magic realm. You were supposed to be a sacrifice in that crazy world."
Wu Yan explained.
"Do you want your daughter to live while knowing she was a tool?"
"What's the point? I am not in it!"
Kuro yelled back.
"So what if she wants the other me to live normally, I was born from that sealed memory, I was sealed away, I was abandoned, wasn't I?!"
"What's the point?"
He raised his voice.
"You're Illya, are you not?"
"The other Illya has a family, friends, and everything I wanted! I am just a fake!"
"I am just a fake with the useless memories and all the pain."
"So you want to continue languishing in that world of yours?"
He knocked on the door as if he was knocking her head.
"Friends, family, the life you want... I thought you treated us as family, Miyu & co as friends, are you not enjoying your current life?!"
She sounded visibly panicked.
"It's not like that."
"Listen to me, Kuro."
He closed his eyes.
"I think you should prove yourself by living your life to the fullest. You're a miraculous existence, don't let your past overshadow the present."
"If you can't even accept yourself then aren't you still just the pitiful you from the past?"
"Look, I know it sucks to think you're fake. And, I know it sucks that you have to continuously suck mana from other people just to live in this world."
"But, you got your family, friends, life, and I think it is great you found them."
"Now, your real family is at the tips of your finger. This is your happy ending. Don't turn your back on this or you will really regret it."
Wu Yan bitterly laughed.
"I am looking for another way to create an Archer Card because I want you to live your second chance at life. If not for you, do it for me."
Kuro slowly opened the door.
Her red and puffy eyes suggested she cried a lot. She hasn't stopped yet.
"I am sorry... I am sorry..."
He squatted down before giving her a hug and rubbing her head.
"You did nothing wrong."
"I am sorry... I am sorry..."
She continued sobbing and apologizing.
"Onii-chan gave up on my card to let me live and go to school. You gave me a home but I still doubted you and said you wanted to abandon me, I am sorry, I don't know why I said those things..."
"It's fine, you did nothing wrong..."
He assured her.
"I just want you to live happily. Hinagiku and Mikoto want that for you too, do you think you can continue chasing your own happiness? Do it for us if not for you."
She let go of her pent-up frustration and sadness before letting lose her cries.
"I am sorry!"
"It's fine, everything's in the past."
"I am sorry! I truly am!"
"Shush, it's okay..."