The hospital room seemed to have grown more brighter than before, which only made Hanan feel more sick about being inside the room. She nervously glanced back between her sister and mother, who each looked away from each other in shame.
"Come on," Hanan muttered, gripping the armrests of her seat, "Say something you two... or I'm the one who's going to be admitted next."
Swallowing a knot in her throat, Haneen looked up to face her mother. "Mom, I-"
"There's no need to apologize, Haneen," her mother regarded her with a soft expression, "I should be the one to apologize to you. My behavior before was unacceptable and shameful."
"I-I should apologize as well," Haneen said. "I just left without trying to talk to you any further... I'm sorry."
Her mother smiled. "You have nothing to apologize for, dear. A mother should support her children through whatever decision they wish to go through."
"So are we cool now?" Hanan breathed heavily, the color returning to her skin, "Man, this is so intense."
Their mother chuckled. "I haven't seen you this pale since the turtle incident. You make me look like I'm the healthy one here."
"W-Why does everyone have to bring up the turtles?" Hanan cried.
Haneen smiled. "Maybe for our next trip, we should go the aquarium so Hanan can confront her fear."
"Absolutely!" their mother nodded.
"Absolutely not!" the purple haired twin protested.
The family laughed as time passed on.
Seeing Suko and Takako's small apartment room made Haneen realized something.
"You know, I don't see a bed or futon out. Do you two sleep together under the kotasu?"
"Don't even joke about that," Takako glared.
"Well, we have once," Suko admitted, taking a sip of her tea, "She turns a lot in her sleep."
"H-Hey! That's was because we had to clean the futons out! Don't support this!" the auburn haired woman blushed.
"But you and Suko-chan are already married," Hanan snickered.
"I always imagined Suko wearing a tuxedo and carrying the blushing bride, Takako." Saru added with a smirk.
"Shut up, Monkey!" Takako shouted.
"For the last time, it's Masaru!"
The rest of the night went on as lively as ever.
"Hey, Haneen," Takako approached her, "Mind if we talk outside for a bit?"
"Oh, sure thing." Haneen stood up and the two walked out of the room.
The night sky shined from the full moon above. There were little to no lights lit, so the stars were beautifully made the sight wonderful to gaze at.
"So, Seto decided to move to Tokyo," Takako said, leaning against the rail, "Monkey won't admit it, but he's pretty sad about it."
"Really?" Haneen looked at her, surprised. "Was it because of the rumor spread about him?"
"Perhaps, who knows really. I always knew behind that oh-so-perfect smile he was hiding something."
"Yeah..." Haneen glanced down at the pavement below. It was sad to think someone like him would commit such an act before in his past, but she never expected him to run away from it.
"So how are you feeling?" Takako asked suddenly, "I, um, heard about what happened yesterday."
"There's no need to worry about me, Takako. I'm fine." the green haired twin said, "Some things just weren't meant to be. That doesn't mean I should give up on life or finding love."
The auburn haired woman sighed. "It's just sad to see how hard you tried. Sorry for giving you so much shit this whole time."
"Oh, trying to warm up to me, huh? You know, I probably wouldn't mind dating you if you weren't so obsessed with exercising."
Takako puffed her chest out in pride. "Well, with a body this sexy, I have to keep in shape." she winked.
Haneen tore her eyes away from staring. "I-I wasn't expecting that reaction."
Takako chuckled. "One of these days, once you get a girlfriend, I'm gonna tell her all of your embarrassing secrets."
"What do you know about me?"
"I know your swimsuit tore off in the fifth grade and had to use sea kelp to cover yourself."
Haneen blushed. "T-That's barely worth mentioning!"
"Okay then, allow me to list the other twenty!"
"Twenty? How on earth did I embarrass myself that many times? Liar!"
Before the two could argue any further, the door swung open.
"Hey, we're about to take a group photo!" Hanan shouted, "Hurry up!"
The two ceased and made a mental temporary truce. They walked back inside to enjoy the last event of the evening.
The sun shined brilliantly over the wet steep road, poodles on the streets and the waves in the distance glistening.
Hanan yawned. "Some days, I forget school is just around the corner. Man, I'm so tired."
"Perhaps you shouldn't have danced so much yesterday," Haneen said, turning a page in her book, "Then again, last night was a mess as well."
"Um, sis," Hanan stopped, looking at her sister with a sad expression, "I'm going to apply at Kuro's... so, um, I won't be at home as much."
The green haired twin smiled softly. "It's fine, Hanan. I'm glad you're finally going after a job."
"But, won't you be lonely all by yourself?"
"Maybe, but I know you'll come home, so there's no need to feel worried about me. Just focus on your own happiness, okay?"
Hanan smiled. "You're the best, sis."
Haneen smiled back. "Thank you."
Amor Vincit Omina. Love Conquers All.