"Shino?" Akiyatsu came slowly towards Akumarou. "Listen, you have to calm down. You can cry, but you have to control your power. Do you hear me, Shino?"
Akumarou looked at him, but didn't say anything.
"Okay, so we'll calm down together" said Akiyatsu, sitting on the floor. "Give me your hand. Please."
Shinohara looked at him and took his hand.
"You see?" Akiyatsu smiled sadly, closing Shinohara's hand in his. "And now you have to calm down. Everything is okay. You're safe now. I am here for you, I will protect you. I promise."
Shinohara closed his eyes and sighed. The black fire returned to his hands.
"See, it wasn't that bad" Akiyatsu smiled sadly and stood up. "You saved only these things which are important for you. Everything else burned down."
"Tell me, Akiyatsu" started Shinohara. "Tell me, why people, who make us happy, suddenly become angels and everything changes? Tell me, why these people, whom we wish death, continue live? Tell me, why the world isn't fair, Akiyatsu. Explain me this, I beg you."
Akiyatsu was still frozen. He only watched Shinohara's blurry eyes and said nothing.
* * *
The strong wind was blowing. Shinohara was still kneeling by his foster mother's grave.
"I have the feeling that we shouldn't be here" said Amanoshi queitly, standing next to Akiyatsu.
"But we have to" replied Akiyatsu.
His voice was also queit.
"Humans are cruel" said Amanoshi. "And I thought that only we are."
"You were wrong" replied Akiyatsu, walking up to Shinohara. "Shino, humans are dying. You have to accept this. You won't change the past by sitting here. Sachiko is dead, but you have to leave and not waste her death. Even if your life is eternal. Because you don't know if someone will kill you."
"Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas" sighed Shinohara, standing up. "It's all what I want to say. "Go with me to my new house, I'll make you some tea."
"Amano, go to the grocery store and buy me some pears" Akiyatsu said, shoving a handful of yen into Amanoshi's hand.
"No "please"?" Amanoshi said indignantly.
"Alright, alright. Please, buy me some pears" Akiyatsu said sweetly.
"Like a good old marriage" Shinohara sighed, kicking a little pebble.