His friends come to the funeral.
Mikoto stopped next to Kusanagi, hands in pockets, radiating warmth in the chill but without expression. Totsuka stood on the other side, close enough to brush arms and shoulders, a frown on his usually cheerful face. Neither of them looked “free.”
They stayed through all of it, caging him in with their bodies and their wordless care. He wasn’t alone in this world yet.
Kusanagi sighed. “Let’s go back to Homra.”
They stayed there too, Totsuka talking lightly, Mikoto quiet but present.
Yes, Uncle. I have friends that might help me serve.