At Water Tribe’s Sensui, a soldier tells Lili to please stay for no matter what please wait for Tetora and Ayura. Walking ahead of him, Lili says that those two will oppose her. The soldier says since it is like that, please give it up and do not insist on leaving for Sei. Lili stiffens when Tetora calls out that Lili still makes people unable to relax even for a moment. Just when Lili turns to face them and say that they are back, she is surprised to see the two are with Yona’s group. Outside the house, Haku and Jeha watch on as the others are looking at the pond [hopefully, there’s fish there or else, they are just looking at nothing. And, maybe Zeno is telling Yun to get that fish/es for food = free.]. Inside the house, Lili exclaims what’s up with that 3x. Tetora tells her that kind of words is truly disrespectful and they just so happen met the others and brought them here. Lili asks why they are here when she is about to go to Sei. Tetora says that is the reason why she brought them here. Lili asks if she asked them to help and that’s not good for this is Water Tribe’s problem. Tetora points for her to be quiet. She says that no matter what Lili says, it is too reckless for her to go to another country all by herself.
Lili says that she didn’t say that she’s going alone. Tetora asks then with whom is she going with and she told her before, the soldiers outside cannot go to other countries and besides, Yona and others are independent, unrivalled and advantageous. <- intense recommendation. Tetora says that in order to reach their goal, isn’t this the better way. Lili couldn’t refute her. Later on, Yona bluntly tells Lili that if there is a problem, then say it for they’ll help out. She is puzzled when Lili is crying ala waterfalls. Ayura explains that it is because obviously Lili wants to help Yona but she is always the one receiving help so she felt quite frustrated. Yona pats blushing Lili’s head and tells her that there’s no need for her to be apprehensive. Tetora thinks that Lili isn’t used to this kind of treatment. Lili explains the situation. The merchants of Sei are reselling at a profit that anesthetic [/Nadai]. Somehow no matter how many of the remaining Sensui’s anesthetics they have already destroyed, they still kept coming out from some unknown place. The distribution from Southern Kai should have already been cut off. She made the Sensui merchants go investigate it a bit.
According to rumors, Sei’s merchants are selling Nadai to the Water Tribe people through black market. Also, there is something more, there are a lot of people had gone missing at Kouka and Sei’s border. Yun says that is a bit scary. Lili says that in short, it is definite that there is some suspicious trend in Sei. She cannot just let it be because Water Tribe would once again be confronting danger and in any way, she wants to prevent it. Haku lets out a laugh that Lili asks why he is laughing. Haku apologizes and says that he only thought princess no. 2 has appeared. This made Yona embarrassed. Jeha tells Tetora that she really had it hard. Tetora says that Lili truly makes people perplexed. This embarrasses Lili. Yona tells Lili that she’ll definitely help. Kija says that he is going to travel with them. Jeha says that in short, tomorrow, they will first go to the nearby towns at the border to investigate. Tetora calls out to Yona and thanks her for agreeing to listen to their willful request. Yona says that it is okay for she is very happy that they asked her. Holding her side, Tetora says that basically, she should be giving her whole strength’s support to Lili but that is already impossible because of the last battle. [<- she got stabbed]. She tells Yona that she’ll leave Lili to her.
That night, Yona borrowed Lili’s night clothes. Yona asks if she really can sleep in this bedroom. Lili says of course, since the place isn’t that big, she won’t be able to sleep in the rooms with the noisy men[/boys]. At the guys’ side, they seem like they are in a camp with a pillow fight started by Zeno. Kija is happy to have a bed and sleeping under a roof. Yun scolds Zeno for creating a disturbance at his age. Jeha offers some drink to Haku. Back in the girls’ room, Yona climbs into the bed and tells Lili how shock she was upon hearing that she was banished from Suiko but then, it is really great to see her quite lively. Lili says of course, this time, her father would perhaps scold her again but then, it is very painful to just be a quiet spectator. Right now, her father can directly consult that king or perhaps, he can listen a bit to what she is saying. Then, Lili becomes flustered and apologizes for mentioning the king since for Yona, Suwon is.. Yona says that it is okay and actually, it is possible that Suwon would make a move. Lili asks if that person is Yona’s enemy since he is her cousin who seized the throne. Lili says that obviously it is like that but can Yona say that kind of words..and she should really hate him, right..? Since Yona didn’t reply, Lili apologizes for she is really blabbing her mouth..
Yona says that after her father was murdered and she just escaped the palace, she is only blindly sad, and once thought of being unable to forgive him. Once thought why such a nice person..but, understanding this country, seeing the Fire Tribe’s armed rebellion, seeing him at Sensui, she starts to think if perhaps, he is thinking that he is protecting the country in a different way from her father’s. Lili asks if she doesn’t want to get revenge. Yona says that this country needs a leader and if right now, she has a personal crusade against Suwon, it will only lead to the country’s chaos. If Suwon selfishly put in place a tyranny, then perhaps, she will truly go against him but right now, what she should do isn’t to go have revenge. Lili says that even if it is like that but.. Yona says that she has indeed had thought that she must have revenge but..actually..even if she thinks that she cannot forgive Suwon..but she never sincerely wanted to kill him. That person would show kindness in front of her and Haku so no matter what, she cannot believe that all of it is a fake. Surprised Lili asks if Yona..could it be..that you..towards Suwon.. Lili puts her arm around Yona. Yona says that right now, she wants to understand that person as to what is that person is thinking, what he wants to accomplish and what should she do by that time, and it is totally a different feeling with the past times at the palace, she wants to understand him.
Lili asks what about that man, Haku. Yona says that probably Haku absolutely won’t forgive Suwon even if for this country, Suwon is righteous, because compared to anyone, compared to other people, Haku trusted Suwon and his sadness is incurable. Yona couldn’t sleep so she decides to take a walk outside. She is surprised to see Haku sitting while looking up the moon. She goes to him and says that he is still awake. He says that she’s the same. She asks about everyone. Haku says that they are all tired to death and promptly went to sleep after the pillow fight. Haku muses that it really became lively. Yona smiles, then she remembered something. She tells him to wait a moment. She goes in the house and comes out again. She tells him not to move. Then, she puts a necklace on him and says that it is for him. While Haku looks surprised at the necklace with a shard, Yona says that she bought it before at Ryusui and she always makes a mistake on the opportunity to give it to him. She tells him that it is said that this lapis lazuli is a healing and protecting stone and it’s very beautiful. She heard that if it is presented as a gift to someone, and throw in a cherished desire, it will protect the other person. She made a wish that she hopes that luck will visit him. Haku holds the shard and smiles a bit. He tells her that a man should be the one giving this kind of thing to a girl.
Yona says that it is okay and anyway, it is no big deal for a man to wear a protective charm. Yona asks if he’ll wear it. He says yes. Pause. Yona bids him good night. Before she can leave, Haku holds her hand. Yona asks what it is for his grip is a bit painful. With his head down, Haku thanks her and says that he is super happy..he’ll treasure it. Yona smiles and says that it is really rare for Haku to be frank and for him to be happy, this can be considered as the power of the lucky protective stone. He says, “..Princess, if you can be happy, then for me, that is already [my] complete happiness.” This surprises Yona. She goes back into bed. This causes to Lili wake up and ask where Yona went. She is surprised to see Yona crying. Lili asks what happened, and where does it hurt. Yona says that she doesn’t know. Lili says that it is a surprised that she doesn’t know. Yona says that perhaps, it is because of happiness. Lili asks what’s going on. Yona thinks that what Haku said unexpectedly made her so happy and so uncomfortable [/painful]. Lili gently turns Yona towards her. Lili says that Yona’s face is a mess, where’s the handkerchief. Sitting up, Yona says that it is really great that Lili is here. Lili asks what she is saying. Wiping her face with a handkerchief, Yona thinks that she never knew, from when it had started, that for her, Haku has unexpectedly already become so special. She continues to weep while Haku looks at his new necklace.
Comment: And, the title of this chapter is very small gift. You know, when people starts to act out of the ordinary, doing things that one normally doesn’t do, that tends to be ominous. Is that a death flag? Somehow, I can almost imagine Yona seeing the necklace dropped somewhere and Haku gone missing. And look, they have a missing people incident here. But then, hopefully, it won’t be a repeat of Yona letting herself get kidnapped like before. How would drugs be related to missing people? Depends who are the missing people. Old people, young people, girls? Human trafficking? And the drugs are for money? So, Sei needs money and probably manpower? Getting ready for war? The production of Nadai has stopped from Kai but what if the ones making them went to Sei. Are Kai and Sei allies? If all neighboring countries are allies, maybe they can conquer and divide Kouka. Hm..is Nadai the darkness in the prophecy since that seems to be the recurrent problem here. How things will turn out depends on Sei’s motive and how strong it is. Are they scared or threatened that Kouka is flexing its muscle? If they have a brilliant strategist, they might want to replicate what happened with Kai but with a different outcome like provoke Kouka to attack and defeat them then annex Water Tribe. That would be interesting. But it won’t happen because so far, Yona and Suwon never fail.
Just as I thought, the mangaka would suddenly make Yona say, I’m been thinking, I’ve already thought, etc about revenge and other stuff. Really? All this time, I can only think is some glares, looking at the hairpin and one attempt. Anyway, it is established that she has zero interest in taking over the country or at least, knows that she is incapable of ruling a country better than Suwon so she won’t do anything. Ah, it does seem that for her, no one else can rule the country like Suwon does. What about the one beside you? Hehe, getting some grand ideas or rather hoping what I want would come true after reading on the net that Lapis Lazuli is traditionally a stone of royalty. ^^; I’m getting carried away. For Yona, Suwon is only worth taking down if he does something bad to the country and just think of who’ll be the ruler afterwards. She is giving him a chance to rule the country that is hopefully better than her father’s. She seems to be still in denial over how nice Suwon could have done that and not all of that niceness is fake. I guess she wants to understand him so that she can be empathize with what he did and tell herself that it is okay not to avenge her father or give justice to her father’s murder because sacrificing one for many is the best way to improve the country’s situation. The daughter isn’t complaining so no one else should. For now, I guess we can say that she'll just continue wandering around and help those who need help.
Still, it is indeed a very peculiar attitude to want to understand the murderer of one’s loved one/parent. Is it because she loves/loved him and he was really nice so what made him do that? She is interested in psychology? It seems she forgot that the main reason why her father was murdered is because of revenge and not for the country. If it is for the country, and this is nice Suwon, he could have use other methods to get the throne, do things for the country and not resorting to murder which is usually the last resort. Unless Iru isn’t the king that Haku knew him to be, and how he was portrayed before he was killed. Of course, for Haku, betrayal is unforgiveable. It seems that while with the others, he is just in some way trying to forget like how he was fooling around with the others, have to take care of Yona, and drinking with Jeha. At night, when he cannot sleep, he must be nursing the grudge like when Zeno talked with him before. I wonder if Haku was thinking of the possibility that for Yona, her happiness is Suwon so he seemed to say that quite seriously or rather, his face slightly bowed/not quite shown. If say, Yona still loves Suwon, I wonder if Haku would still want to kill him. Since Yona didn’t exactly tell Haku not to kill Suwon so I guess she is fine if Haku killed him since she couldn’t do it. It really does seem that these two are still tied to the past that is Suwon and haven't really moved on with their lives. Anyway, it seems that they will stay within the border so the dragons can go with them. And, they’ll really most likely meet up with Suwon again. Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. ~ Seneca, Moral Essays, Volume III: de Beneficiis