Akane froze the moment someone touched her. The little girl fell silent and her puffy eyes widened. “Please don’t,” She whimpered, too afraid even to move away. “Please don’t hurt me- I’m sorry I can’t fight you- but, but, please don’t-”
Hotaru blinked in confusion, was this girl that scared? She felt her heart melt at the child’s words and gently ran her hand through the younger girl’s hair. “Shh…It’s alright, I ain’t gonna hurt ya….I’m a nice girl, promise.” She cracked a reassuring smile, sure she didn’t know how to exactly deal with children, but she figured the first step is to gain their trust. Though, she herself never gained anyone’s trust when she was young, nor did she have any to this day.