Bianca and Hilde made a stop at a nice restaurant while waiting for nightfall. They both felt prepared for their confrontation with the Goryou and they wanted a quiet moment to themselves.
“Hey, Hilde, why did you say yes?” Bianca asked.
“What do you mean?” Hilde queried.
Bianca took a sip of her drink. “Well, we barely knew each other and you’re a pretty serious person. So, why did you say yes when I, you know, made advancements on you?”
Hilde thought for a moment. “Truthfully, I almost did. I thought you were just toying with me and that you were probably like that with all girls. But then I noticed something.”
“And what was that exactly?” Bianca asked.
“Your pain when you thought I was saying no,” Hilde stated. “That made me realise you weren’t playing around. That you were actually interested and, truthfully, I was very attracted to you.”
“Well, I knew that much,” Bianca said. “I just didn’t know that I was so obvious.”
“You did try to put up an aloof front,” Hilde said. “But, hate to break it to you, Dear, you are not good at concealing your emotions.”
“I guess I’ll have to figure out a spell for that,” Bianca stated. “Then again, it did help me land you so maybe it’s okay.” They held hands and just gazed at each other for a moment.
“You know,” Bianca said. “It’s interesting that we’re both the first girlfriend we’ve properly introduced to our families. My sisters were really surprised and your dad didn’t even know you were gay.”
“Maybe not,” Hilde said. “But he did know my first girlfriend really well. He kind of thought she was just a close friend though.”
“Oh?” Bianca asked. “What was she like?”
“You don’t need to be jealous,” Hilde said. “I dated her in High School. We broke up about ten years ago.”
“Sorry,” Bianca said. “I really shouldn’t be jealous. You’re right. But I am curious about what things were like for you back then. I’ll bet you were the perfect student. Always at the top of your class.”
“I’m pretty sure I’ve told you this before,” Hilde said. “But I was actually a terrible student. I used to ditch classes to play at the arcade. My girlfriend and I would miss so many classes that our teachers used to call us delinquents. I didn’t start taking things seriously until I learned the criteria for a career path in law enforcement.”
“That story does sound familiar,” Bianca confessed. “It is hard to imagine you, of all people, as a bad girl though.”
“I wasn’t bad, I just didn’t care about school,” Hilde said. “It’s totally different.”
The pair paid their bill and left the restaurant.
“It’s about time,” Bianca said. “You know we’re going to have to watch the Goryou kill again, right?”
“I remember the criteria for calming it,” Hilde said. She thought for a moment. “Can’t you use magic to make it look like it killed someone?”
Bianca shook her head. “It’s a nice idea, but not one that’ll work on a magic creature. At least we know it’ll attack a criminal.”
“Maybe so,” Hilde muttered, adjusting her newsie cap. “But even criminals deserve the chance to redeem themselves and reintegrate into society.”
The pair returned to the warehouse district. The sun was just setting. This was their chance to soothe the Goryou and send it home, before it could kill anyone else. All they had to do was find its, hopefully last, victim.
They didn’t have long to wait. They heard a scream ring out in the night and hurried towards it.