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“I love it when Kagetora saves her from the river. I can't believe the other Kagetora was so close and they didn't see each other!”NeoSerenity wrote this review Thursday, June 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It isn't Kagetora's wish that they jump back into time, he is totally against it, but when Beni jumps from the building into the hole that will do just that, what else can he do but follow her? He has sworn to protect her with everything he is. Unfortunately, as they are not holding hands at the time, they do not emerge in the same time as one another. Oops!
Beni finds herself in a time slightly before where she meant to be, where she finds herself face to face with a 14 year old Kagetora! She recognizes him, of course, but he doesn't know her, and she dare not tell him who she is. But she listens to him talk of his loneliness, and tries to be there for him. Technically, she is being held a prisoner in the village, but she is not tied up any more. It is odd for her to see Kagetora and Hitaki so young, before their rift. Makes her wonder what happened between them to cause it. Beni wants to reach out to Kagetora, but she doesn't know how to do it without freaking him out. She manages to make a connection with him by talking about her own less than pleasant childhood, things that they have in common.
Renkaku goes to see Enji to get some clothes for Beni. Enji isn't thrilled about Beni being there, which Renkaku puts down to jealousy. Enji hints of a doppelganger for Renkaku, someone she saw in a town 7 leagues away. She speculates about a traitor being in their midst - and gets more than she bargained for. Meanwhile, Beni has learned to light a fire the old fashioned way! She's very proud of herself until Kagetora shows her the ember that is always kept burning in the brazier, and she is a little miffed he didn't mention it sooner - like before she wasted her time! But she puts it to good use anyway, in a lantern. Walking about the town with her lantern, she almost runs into Renkaku, who is afraid she saw his bad eye. She reassures him that something like that doesn't matter. He doesn't remember how it happened, and she tells him that probably saves him the memory of the pain as well, trying to put a good spin on things.
When Kagetora and Beni talk to Enji, she has no memory of Renkaku being there, or borrowing clothes for Beni. She tells them that Hachikuma has hinted that Renkaku might be the traitor in their midst, which Kagetora flatly refuses to believe. Renkaku can tell when people are lying, but no one can tell about him, which is something to be considered.
The other Kagetora, realizing he must be in a time where Beni isn't, returns to Beni's present, he is in the wrong one, going back to when he first met her. And he recalls that even though when he first met Beni-sama, he thought how much she looked like Beni-hime, he remembers that when he first met Beni-hime, he thought she looked like someone too, but who? Whenever he tries to remember that, he gets dizzy. All he knows is that he has to try again.
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