looking into the abyss

"It occurs to me," Makubex said one day, "that I have no idea about how far this obedience of yours goes."

"Far enough," Kagami said, and that was the end of that day's talk.

"I wonder," Makubex said, a week later, "how much I can trust a man who says what you say."

"Farther than Fudou Takuma," Kagami answered, and tilted his head so that his earring swung and glinted.

"Perhaps," Makubex finally said, a month after that, "I should try pushing."

"The only true power lies in making others go farther than they want to," Kagami agreed.

Makubex nodded.