“Dreams? I’ve never thought about that, I suppose I like this path..” Hinome Hyuga
The state the child was in was simply devastating. She had to make sure he was comforted in this place with what he went through, but their surroundings weren’t making it easier. Especially with the sudden outburst of the little girl among them. She unbeknownst to the both of them was aware of their relation of each other, but it wasn’t her place to butt in and expose the truth. They should find it out for themselves or from their shared father. But she knew that this wasn’t the right timing of pressuring the boy into revealing answers.”The truth about the mystery of your similarities will be unraveled in a matter of the right timing--” She spoke out loudly towards Daichi, then her gaze shifting back to Yuhara who was ridden with anger.”But this is not the place for this! There are bigger things at stake here, the lives of a whole clan!” While this message was originally meant to the both of them, her last message was only intended for Yuhara, staring at her with a hardened gaze.”I am sure you’ve been taught to not give in to your emotions in times of missions and battle, compose yourself! I want you to comfort this boy rather than angst him even further and that’s an order!” Her voice wasn’t anything like her soft and warmhearted tone, it was stern, sharp, and lacked empathy. Truthfully, she knew very well that she was in a place of confusion and anger, rightfully so. Had Hinome been in her position at this age, she would be fuming as well. But she showed no mercy to her peers or the new generation when it came to the rules and protocols of not alone the clan but the way of the shinobi as well.
Her gaze shifted back to the little boy, as her sternness evaded and she was sure to relieve herself back into the calming state she was in before. This was when the boy mentioned the state of pain he was in, but also mentioned he hadn’t noticed anything among the village and only in his home, his clan. Her eyes showed empathy and pity, as they softened up while the veins from her face slowly disappeared; she unactivated her byakugan. Her lips slightly parted as she wanted to say something, but she decided to not speak when she noticed Takewa come out of the spot he hid in earlier. His pained expression had only seemed to worsen, so much that she felt the pain of his in a way reflecting onto her. The way he carried himself as he approached them, a much-lowered stance with signs of severe nerves as he didn’t dare to look at all of them in the eye at first. It was unusual to see him like this, and so she wondered what caused him to feel like this?
Her eyes grew larger when she heard it, the loss of a whole clan; Daichi’s family. She could literally hear the young boy’s heartbreak even more, of what was left of it. The message was shocking, it was shocking to hear about the world’s state; people being replaced with someone else from another place. To Hinome, it was when it all started to make sense… that moment she met the both of them in the living room, with their grins and laughter that haunted the room and gave her an uneasy feeling. It wasn’t just a prank… she had every right to feel scared back then. She had gulped a few times too, knowing this wasn’t the time to let any tears escape because it wasn’t her place too. She hadn’t lost anyone today, it would be selfish for her to lose control of her emotions right after telling Yuhara it was unprofessional to do so. But it wasn’t just the loss of a whole clan that had her stuck in melancholy. It was guilt, the guilt that she had a chance of stopping them right then and there. If she had insisted them to stay, or if she chased after them… then perhaps this all could’ve been evaded. The self-blaming made her feel depressed, nauseous even because she knew it could’ve been prevented. Her mournful gaze met the begging eyes of Takewa, who had hoped she could have forgiven him. She knew very well that that’s what the look meant. It was very clear that while he hadn’t done it, but his doppelganger that he too felt extreme guilt. While the indigo-haired woman had a lot of questions, she couldn’t bring herself to speak. She was aware that Takewa couldn’t ever do this, but if the word went out to the public, who was to say they were as understanding as she was? What of the children that were with them? Their reaction frightened her the most at this moment.
And then, the footsteps she knew all too well had made their way towards them. Her gaze followed the footsteps, staring at her fiance who’s cold gaze vanished the moment he laid his eyes on her. She knew, she knew very well that just by the look of him he wasn’t the same person, just like Takewa described himself to be. Both of them were replaced, by figures who were much more coldhearted and completely different from the original ones. For a moment she thought to recognize Sayū once they shared eye contact, but his mannerism towards her wasn’t the same. Well not to her to be exact, but it was the lack of interest he had in his surroundings or his clansmen. Even though he always wasn’t a fan of the hybrids, his lack of joy of their presence was exaggerated to the point of disgust. Her figure stood still as he approached her, her expression alone would tell him that she was aware of what happened and what was going on right now. And it pained her that it happened because she knew, that no one had wanted this to happen… even the real Sayū. With him here, she hoped that the children would find comfort in themselves and remain silent. “Wait, right now? Things aren’t safe right now, dear…” While she had hoped to halt him, with the way he already placed his hands on her hips she had a feeling he wasn’t gonna wait and listen to her trying to convince them to stay. It was clear that he already was in a hurry, for what she wasn’t exactly sure. She glanced at Takewa with begging eyes, the same moment her fiance had asked him to join them. While she was worried about the clan’s safety with all three of them gone, she needed Takewa to come with them. Whatever Sayū had planned, had a high chance of something dangerous. Right now it was best they weren’t anywhere near the leaf either, had anyone been watching them they could be planning to take action for possible arrests or interrogations or worse. No… she needed to keep them safe this time.