Out of curiosity and also to make my self feel better because chapter 3 of WTL made me cry, do they end up reborn in better places?
Horio gets reborn as the son of a relatively well-off merchant. He’s the youngest of six, which…pretty much means he gets picked on all the time. But he also gets babied a lot, and so he grows up slightly spoiled, bratty, and overall a pain in the ass, but a well-meaning one.
As for Tatsuya…Tatsuya gets reborn as the son of a rice farmer. It’s a simple life, not glamorous at all, but it’s peaceful, he has parents who love him, and he never has to worry about going hungry.
He also has a little sister, five years younger than him. She has fluffy jet-black hair (”Like feathers,” he teases her. “My little bird, that’s what you are.”) and pale violet eyes that shimmer like jewels and he adores her more than anything else in the world. Sometimes though, he’ll look at her and feel a sharp sense of deja vu. Because he’ll see a ghost of someone else in her features (someone with ink-black hair and jewel-like violet eyes and a smile that’s beautiful in how honest it is) and he’ll feel something twist in his chest, something a lot like longing. It passes though (it always passes) and if he happens to hold his sister a little tighter on those days, well, that’s no one’s business but his.
(When she was born, his parents had asked him if he had any ideas for names, and without even thinking about it, he’d blurted out “Hisana.” To this day, he still doesn’t understand why he’d responded that way– after all, he’s never met a Hisana in his life. Still, there’s something about that name and the way it slips past his lips–instinctual, as easy as breathing– that makes him think he made the right choice.)