(Author's note: Told from Sesshomaru's point of view.)

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"I accept responsibility for this ningen onnanoko because I brought her back to life using Tenseiga. It would be wrong to kill her again. This is my responsibility, to nurture her and protect her. If I fail, this Sesshomaru will be laughed at."

That was what I'd said to Inuyasha when asked why I kept Rin. Why I didn't just ditch her at another ningen village. But the truth was... I wasn't sure. Did I think of her as a burden? Did I truly love her? Was it neutral? My feelings bunched up inside me were threatening to release itself onto my face. But even if it would have, no one would have seen it.

When will I finally decide? I wondered, peeking behind a tree at my young ward. This matter has gone on too long for indecision. I must decide whether to love her or ditch her. What was answer and what was lie?

Getting another look at the young girl, I noted her energetic, forever-moving body. This young bud of nature was surrounded by a myriad of hana. She might have well been Cinderella surrounded by her forest friends. Unable to control it anymore, overwhelmed by my ward's emotions, I decided.

I love her. And as I promised to a hanyou, I will nurture and protect her from anything. I see now the truth of all through your eyes, Rin. Thank you.

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Translations:

hana: flower/s

hanyou: half-demon

ningen: human

onnanoko: girl

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(Author's note: This idea just popped up in my head so I decided to make it into a fanfic. A short one, but nonetheless, I hope ya'll have enjoyed it!!)