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it's only slaughter, we're only liars, it's only blood
There was one bright spot in the sea of blood and pain that was Chizuru Yukimura's childhood. When her father let her out of the cellar, when he had to take a break from the constant experiments and torture, there was her best friend - her only friend - Hachiro Iba. She loved him in the way that only children could love each other - pure, innocent, expansively unconditional. She never stopped to think what would happen if he found out the truth about her. That she was a monster, who ripped out hearts and feasted on human flesh. He would accept her, she knew it, just like he always had. And for a while, he did. But then he left her. She should have known better.
When a caged beast is full of hate, a cage isn't enough. Kodo Yukimura flees Edo because he is afraid of his daughter. On the hunt to find and kill him she falls in with the Shinsengumi, and finds in them a monster to mirror her own - a man with glasses who speaks softly but is full of the same steel and hunger and madness. War rages and all are pushed to their limit, men turn to beasts just to survive, and in the eye of this storm, in stunning stillness, Hachiro Iba finds Chizuru again.