“I wanted to give you these.” Ryuhei walked to a shelf behind the desk, taking a few books before holding them out to [Name].

“Here, the books you recommended. I anotated them as well.”

“By the way!” Ryuhei suddenly spoke after moments of silence. “I have someone I like who really likes books. Can I have some book recommendations, like how you gave recommendations to that girl who texted you?”

“Oh, right. I remembered, thanks.” [Name] took the books, still shocked at what happened earlier.

“And..” He gulped, sweat trickling down his forehead. What he said next was an answer that Ryuhei didn’t expect.

“I like you too.”

Unfortunately, the two didn’t have much time to spend time with each other. Ryuhei had to go fight against Big Deal due to work.

“Stay safe, okay?” [Name] gave Ryuhei his biker coat, worried as he saw how strong Jake was in his own eyes when [Name] fought him.

“Chill, [Name]. It’s not like I’m going to fight Jake or anything. Xiaolung will take care of him.”

“Xiaolung is back?”

“Yep, came back around a week ago or so.”

“Well, alright then. Don’t die.” [Name] sent Ryuhei a genuine smile, wishing him the best.

“Of course I won’t. Who do you think I am?”

“I’m being serious. Even if Jake isn’t going to be there, there’s still probably gonna be people who might be stronger than him, like Sinu. Don’t let your guard down.”

“It’s fine, don’t worry about me.” Ryuhei placed a hand on [Name]’s hair, ruffling it. “Mitsuki has allowed me to fight Sinu if he gets in the way, it seems like she’s finally gotten over him.”

“Well, that’s great. I’m glad she’s feeling better. It seems like you gotta go now.” [Name] spoke after taking a glance at the watch on his wrist.

“Alright then. I’ll give this to you first, and I’ll take it back when I get back to prove that I’ll come back alive!”

Ryuhei placed the keychain of the blue penguin on [Name]’s palm, asking the latter to keep it for the time being.

“Okay. You better come back in one piece, Kuroda Ryuhei.”

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