Please don’t look at me with those eyes… not with those eyes that, so long ago, I came to—-
Aichi’s secure hold, however subtle, was anchoring him in place, forcing Gaillard to look back into those large azure optics and filling him with the utmost guilt. Was it his old knight’s disposition that was keeping him from denying those pleas? Why didn’t he just simple disperse his flames and be done with it? Why—
"…Please don’t leave so suddenly like this. I thought… w- we were going to work together with everyone…”
Gaillard bellowed, baring his fangs for a moment before calming once more, bowing his head as he ripped away from those small fingers.
”I will return to as I was and how I shall always be! To my place of birth and death! To nothingness! I have exhausted my usefulness, Aichi-sama; What better outcome for me is this before I become nothing but detrimental towards your fate?! Wash your hands of me and let it rest!”
It was anything— all Aichi could do to keep him from simply walking away. Without answers, reasons, nothing. And the pain it etched into him shone through his hues, glistening with sorrows so far unspoken to the knight who had sworn his dedication to Aichi’s safety.
Why turn away? Why leave? Don’t leave…
Aichi almost jumped out of his skin at such a stern and biting bellow. Gaillard hadn’t raised his voice to him at all prior, it was… quite terrifying to hear…
So much so that Aichi had to root himself to the spot just to hold himself back from jumping away. Though the anguish in his glittering hues mounted at the sleeve being torn from his fingers, outstretched helplessly to recapture what had been lost.
Nothingness? That sounded like—
"No! Th- That’s not true! You’ve still got plenty that you want to do, don’t you?! I won’t, I… I don’t want you to leave! I thought… w- we were going to work together, become allies. Friends. That’s… not wrong, is it? Would it hurt… for us to be close like that? Or would I be endangering you?”