It was a few minutes later when Kurogane came out of the bathroom, looking a little paler and more uncomfortable in his face. His wings were hidden, but in the bathroom there was a small pile of feathers where he’d sat down and meticulously pulled several out. He stood beside where Fai lay on the bed and looked at him. “We can…look ridiculous together now.”
“Hm?” He noticed he had hidden his wings. “What did you do?” His eyes went wide as he ran to the bathroom. There was a horrified look on his face. “Idiot! Your beautiful wings!” Fai covered his mouth, tears coming up. “Why would you do such a stupid irrational thing?!” He glared at him. “You’re an idiot!” His fists were clenched, so tempted to punch him.
“Because,” he looked down at Fai’s fists. “You’re so worried about what people see of you, and what they think of you, that you have trouble accepting yourself. While people put me on a pedestal and assume what I’m supposed to be, rather than who I really am. Just because we’re missing a few feathers doesn’t mean we don’t have wings, and even if we didn’t have wings it wouldn’t mean we weren’t angels.”
“You’re a fool. A complete fool Kurogane.” Fai shook his head. “We didn’t come here to be rebels or ‘break the norm’. This isn’t some amazing heroic inspirational movie. We aren’t here to break the rules.” Fai looked at him sadly. “It’s why I was attacked. Regardless of Seal’s thoughts towards me. It’s why I was killed in the first place. It’s why my soul was given to the devil.” He sighed. “I need to clear my head. I’ll be back.” Fai started to leave the apartment.
“I’ll be here,” he called to him, letting his tattered wings out now that it wasn’t a secret anymore. “I’ll still wait, even if you don’t come back.”
It was hard getting around on foot, so he didn’t go far. He went enough to find an empty garden. He walked around for a while and then looked to make sure it was empty before letting out his wings. With the nearby pond he cleaned off the dried blood. He hid them once they were cleaned and poorly attempted to meditate but he did calm down after a few hours. Fai returned later that night but didn’t return to bed, instead settling down on the couch.