Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Seven: Band of Brothers

Determination

Hajime wanted to know why Kasumi didn’t leave with the others. She wanted to be with him no matter what, and understood the risks. Hajime kissed her, and I’d like to think that it was the first kiss for the both of them.

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Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Six: Bushido

February 1868

Everything has seemingly gone wrong. Saito drank the Water of Life and became a fury; the shogunate’s forces are dwindling; Inoue and Yamazaki died on the way to Edo; the demonic trio is still out there, and my father isn’t my real father.

Kasumi reunited with her—well, her stepfather when she returned to her childhood home in search of something to help Saito with the fury bloodlust. Continue reading Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Six: Bushido

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Five: The Water of Life

The men allied with Kazama tried to get Kasumi to join them. The allies of Kazama were allied with the Satsuma domain, but were only using them. They sicced the Satsuma warriors on Harada, Shinpachi, and the Guard of the Imperial Tomb. As the fighting erupted, Kasumi had to make a decision:

I…”

>>Was worried about Heisuke.

Tried to negotiate with the demons.

Heisuke was sad, confused, and conflicted over his decision to leave the Shinsengumi and follow Itou. After Heisuke fought off some enemies and defended Kasumi, he regained his focus and declared, “Any bastard that thinks he can come after you will have to get through me first, because you’re what I’m fighting for!”

Heisuke tried to fight Amagiri again, but Kasumi was attacked by two Satsuma soldiers. Heisuke threw his katana and wakizashi at the soldiers to stop them, but his dropped guard afforded Amagiri a critical strike.

Harada and Shinpachi rushed through the crowd to their ally’s side. “Dammit, Heisuke! You can’t die here!” defied Shinpachi.

No! You can’t die, Heisuke!” cried Kasumi.

I was shivering, but I reached out to wipe the blood desperately from his cheek.”

Sorry, I… I wanted to be there for you a little longer…” Heisuke choked out. “Heh… Screwed that up pretty good… didn’t I…? Sorry, Kasumi…”

No, Heisuke… I wasn’t ever so important that you should have given your life to protect me!”

I’m fine… Don’t… worry about… me…”

Liar… No, Heisuke was just considerate, and didn’t want to worry the others. Always considerate.

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