- Free! (2)
"What would have happened if I kissed you that night? Instead of running away." He closes his eyes and recalls the brilliant bloom of fireworks in the distance, colours playing across Makoto's face, his mouth caught up in a snarl, brows furrowed in frustration...
"I would have kissed you back. So hard."
Haru smiles, heart clenching at the thought of what could have been. Yet, he feels safe, secure. At peace with the way things are now. "There's a universe where I kissed you."
(or: the years have changed a lot of things, but not the way Haru feels. This time, he's not letting go.)
Nagisa's not mad anymore. He's so heartbroken that there's no room left to be angry. His parents hate him, and as much as he likes to pretend it doesn't matter to him, that he'll be with Rei anyway and forget all about them, it still hurts. Horribly. They're his parents. They're supposed to love him no matter what, the way he loves them.
Of course he cares what they think.
(Or: young adulthood is hard. With a little help from his friends, Nagisa learns that family is what he makes of it.)