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Studying? Evan wrinkled his nose, obviously not liking the idea at all.

"No," he said. "No point in going back to school. I was never big on the whole education thing anyway. Something like bodyguarding or security's probably the best." He paused for a long moment, staring into space as they pulled away from the island towards the mainland.

"Firefighting, if I can manage it. But they probably won't take me with this on my record."
 

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So. He didn't like that. Jugemu tried to hide his disappointment. Evan was special. Sure he couldn't continue the Sideralis legacy, but he could create his own legacy from the ground up if he really tried.

But. That wasn't up to Jugemu. As long as he was able to serve, no matter what path his master took, he would be satisfied.

"Well, there's no rush," Jugemu said. "I'd understand if you wanted to go on a vacation, frankly."
 

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Vacation. God, no. Not at all.

"Feels like I was just on vacation. Totally separate from the world. I want to go drinking with Straga at some point, but god knows if he's even interested after how long I've been. Aside from that?"

Evan gave an exaggerated shrug. "Really, I don't care. I'll do whatever. So if you've got plans, suggest 'em to me."
 

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Jugemu wasn't sure what to say.

"I... I don't know what you want," he said simply, looking at Evan with an exasperated expression. "I promise I will help you with whatever comes next, but what comes next is up to you. I'm only here to serve. You choose your own destiny."

Destiny was a strong word, and it probably sounded a little ridiculous, but Jugemu spoke with absolute sincerity.
 

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Choose your destiny. How ominous. How... imposing? It felt like that.

His attempt to force Jugemu to have an opinion about his own life wasn't quite working.

But you know what? He was a little bit too tired for that right then. Too tired for another round of the Jugemu you should have an opinion about whether you live or die that doesn't start with the words 'whatever you wish'.

"Alright," Evan said. "We go home. We get Thai. We eat dinner. I crash into bed and sleep for a few hours in a bed that doesn't suck. Then we... I don't know. Hang out? Talk? Get to know each other?"
 

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Though Evan sounded a little uncertain at the end, Jugemu liked how clearly he spoke about what he wanted to start. All Jugemu wanted was to be told what to do. The last couple months had been rough by himself.

"Thai it is then," he chuckled, clearly pleased with Evan's decision. "Though I'm not sure whether you'd prefer it spicy."

'Home'. They were going home.
 

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Home was where you lay your head, after all.

"Spicy as hell," Evan said with a laugh. "So show me the place."

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The apartment was an apartment in only the vaguest sense of the word. There were four bedrooms (two too many), a full bathroom, full kitchen... the whole thing. It was pretty much a house. A flat house, with a single level, in a building with a security guard and a main office.

It was home, though.

Or at least it was home right until Evan spotted a note shoved under the front door.

"Eh?"

He'd opened, read it, and gone to find Jugemu before long, which shouldn't have been hard since they were in an apartment, but like... god, it was a bit too big for him if he was being honest.

"Jugemu?"
 

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Jugemu was kind of nervous. Part of him hoped that Evan would be happy with the apartment... but then again, he had a feeling he may have gone over the top by granting Evan so much space. But going from a mansion to a studio apartment would've just been unacceptable.

He wandered into the kitchen to check the fridge and see what ingredients they had available for dinner and what he'd have to pick up from the store, but then he heard his name and came wandering back to find Evan.

"Yeah?" he responded, eyes fixing on the note in Evan's hand with a passive curiosity.
 

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Evan probably would have liked a studio apartment over the current one. But it wasn't bad. It was just a bit of an adjustment. A mansion to a hole in the wall to a fancy cell to a mansion and now to a fancy apartment.

Never mind, it was a lot of adjustment.

"Invitation," Evan said, holding up the letter. "Someone's holding a tournament and they want me to participate. Sounds kind of sketchy, but... can't say i'm not a bit curious."
 

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Evan seemed interested in this tournament... thing. And that was fine. Perhaps something to focus on would help him ease back into civilian life (yes, Jugemu was being a bit dramatic here, it's not like Evan had been incarcerated for years, but let the boy be over dramatic okay? He just cares. A lot.)

"Well we could certainly check it out," he said warmly. "There's a few things I need to grab from the store for dinner but we can stop by and meet those running the tournament if you would like."

They were falling back into things like nothing had happened. It was a little strange. But at the same time, relieving. Jugemu had feared that Evan wouldn't be so accepting of the new life Jugemu had been trying to build for him. But he seemed unbothered. It was a relief.
 

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