It is deep in the night.
The stars and the moon were tired from lighting up the night. They hid behind thick clouds.
Fuyuki City also dimmed down as the citizens entered peaceful sleep. The temperature of the city slowly fell as it continued to lull more into the sweet embrace of dreamland.
Two individuals, one small and one big stood in front of a residential unit.
Kuro looked at the familiar building with a complex look.
This is Kuro's original home.
Her true home.
She looked like a kid who ran away right down to how she hesitated to knock on the door.
Wu Yan waited for Kuro to be done with her mental preparations.
He can see her slowly gaining confidence.
"Okay, forget about it."
Kuro wanted to retreat.
"I don't think it's the right time yet."
"You don't think so?"
"Are you sure about that?"
Kuro knew there was no hiding from him.
"I just don't feel right. Especially after what I said to Mum in the park."
"It's your home, you have to bite the bullet."
He patted her head.
"Come, she is waiting for you."
"Can't we wait until tomorrow?"
"Sure, and then it's going to be the day after tomorrow, right?"
He rolled his eyes before nudging her forward.
"Faster, I told your mum to wait for you. Do you want to make your mum wait an entire night?"
"Onii-chan, are you trying to drive me out?"
"Nope, I just think you should live here."
He shook his head.
"My house is always open for you. But, your home is here."
"But I still need to replenish my mana."
"What am I going to do for mana?"
"Just come see me, sheesh..."
"You already said my mana is enough to provide you with supplies for 2 months per mana session, why are you worried about mana insufficiency?"
"Okay, what about unexpected battles?"
"I am screwed if I run out of mana."
"Just come back after the fight."
Wu Yan pursed his lips.
"Anyway, stop wasting your energy on pointless rebuttals. You're going home tonight."
She shut her eyes before hitting the doorbell.
Before she could hit the bell. The door opened on its own.
A warm and radiant smile greeted her.
Irisviel was waiting at the door.
"Yes, it's Mama."
She greeted Kuro like a prim and proper wife. She anticipated Kuro's return.
It is as Wu Yan said. Irisviel waited patiently for her.
She must have waited near the door the entire night.
If she didn't come home, Irisviel would've spent the night waiting at the door.
Kuro is the first one to break into a sob. She apologized.
"I am sorry..."
Irisviel got down to eye-level with her. Her red eyes suggested this wasn't easy for her too.
"I am the one who should say sorry."
Kuro choked up.
"Onii-chan was right. Nobody is wrong, you were always looking out for me."
"Regardless of the cause, it's a fact I caused you sadness."
"But, that's all in the past. I am just glad you're back."
Kuro bit her lips.
"I am sorry..."
"No, that's not it."
Irisviel beamed at her.
"What do you say when you're home?"
Kuro looked at Irisviel. Wu Yan also assured her with a smile.
She wiped away the tears at the corners of her eyes. She inhaled deeply.
"I am back..."
Irisviel greeted her.
"Welcome home, Illya-chan."
"No, that's not it."
Irisviel corrected herself.
"Welcome back, Chloe-chan..."
The mother and daughter hugged under the soft moonlight.
Wu Yan silently backed away.
Miyu called out to him when he got near the mansion's gate.
"Is Kuro going home?"
"Yes, you could say that."
"Good for her."
He rubbed her head.
Miyu felt safe when he rubbed her head.
"I am just wondering what it feels like to have a mother."
Wu Yan stopped.
He squatted down.
"Don't think about it if it hurts you that much. Let the past be the past and move on with your life."
Miyu said with distant eyes.
"I don't know what happened to your family..."
"But, I am glad you're living your life happily."
"Otherwise, that would make me sad too."
Miyu leaned in while Wu Yan accepted her.
"I am happy."
He rubbed her back.
"Glad to hear that."
The two hugged like the mother-daughter combo some distance away from them.