today I learned that forgetting knee high boots on a hike with a new friend will rapidly make you good friends when he then has to carry you through the flooded trail due to your own lack of foresight ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
OKAY SO. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START.
I don’t even know. Let’s start with Fai’s look of ACTUAL GENUINE SURPRISE here. He’s completely caught off guard. There was no way in his mind that Kurogane had figured that out, and yet here it is, and he is not prepared for this at all. No trace of a smile anywhere on his face. His guard is completely down.
And in a bit of a dick move Kurogane jabs his injured leg because okay, maybe Kurogane isn’t quite as good at this new “caring” thing than I was willing to think. And it hurts him, so confirmation that Fai can still be badly injured and feels the pain of it when it happens.
But then Kurogane launches into a morality speech. Like, this is Kurogane giving a speech on morality here. I’m dying to see what point he’ll end this with on the next page, but for now I think it’s important to point out that he’s basically going “yeah murder is bad and stuff but…”. In which he’s drawing a very clear line between himself and Fai, and I think it’s either going to be the honesty thing (like “I murder people but at least I’m honest about it”. Which seems off topic here, so maybe unlikely) or the mortality thing (as in “I murder people but you don’t value your life at all”, which seems more on track).
I don’t think he’s offended that Fai never told him, but I think he’s pissed that Fai doesn’t actually put any effort into surviving anything. He’s an absolute pro at fighting but he doesn’t actually try to win in the proper way, he just plays around. He used all his darts at the beginning of the battle and then just started avoiding things, and instead of taking the disadvantage seriously he just stood there, plainly stated that he was out of weaponry, and allowed himself to get hurt.
So he’s not doing it properly, but Kurogane also seems to be more than a bit mad at him for not caring about himself when Kurogane clearly does.
Fai’s also doing the eye thing in that last panel there, so, you know, that worries me.
I liveblog Crystal, and I have a follower that does nothing but leave Crystal hate in the replies in my liveblog (on almost every post of it, at that!). I’ve asked her kindly to stop, as seeing a shower of negative comments in my activity is really exhausting, and I’ve suggested that if she doesn’t want to see it, she can always blacklist my Crystal liveblog tag. She refused, because she claimed that shitting all over my liveblog was “fun”, and I was forced to block her.