Once they got to Son Mundok’s place everyone was gathered around the group to hear of their travels and adventures, finally getting the whole story of what the Lightning Beast and the princess had been up to since they had departed from Fuuga. This took several hours to recap and eventually Mundok insisted with Yona’s pregnancy she should see the tribe’s doctor right away. Yoon agreed with this and went with her and the elder, wanting to compare notes with an actual trained physician. He took Shin-ah with him just in case as sometimes Yona needed support walking when she got too tired, and at least the Blue Dragon wouldn’t make the boy genius irritated like the princess’ husband would the whole time. In the meantime, Mundok had shown the rest of them a large room, where they could unpack all their items and spend the night. Before leaving with the princess, he said that he would prepare a separate room for Yona and her husband Jae-ha once they got back.
“While your grandfather's gesture is very kind, Hak, I highly doubt Yona dear will complain if we have to share the room with you guys for a few nights.” Jae-ha chuckled.
“WE might complain because we already hear enough at night from your damn tent.” Hak grumbled. “Since we’re all well aware you can’t keep your damn hands off the princess.”
“Oh there’s that jealously again Hak, are you sure you don’t want to watch for pointers?” Jae-ha teased, quickly dodging as the Thunder Beast swung his glaive at him. “I really hope you won’t walk around town with that, you might scare people into thinking you’ve become homicidal.”
“Well if a certain Green Dragon knew how to keep his damn mouth shut….” Hak grit his teeth, but did agree to put the weapon away with their other items.
“Jae-ha stop provoking him already!” Kija complained, crossing his arms and huffing. “We all know you’re a vile pervert that can’t hold back how much you enjoy flaunting your relationship with the princess in front of all of us, no matter how indecent it is!”
“Awww I’m just making up for lost time, after all we had so many weeks of hiding it and I couldn’t let you all know for the longest time how much my heart soars for our lovely Yona…” Jae-ha chuckled, making a dramatic pose. “Besides isn’t it a husband’s duty to gush about his adorable wife?”
“Gushing is one thing, bragging about it is what you’re doing.” Hak growled.
Zeno just laughed at the group. “Zeno thinks it's cute how much the Ryokuryuu shows that he adores the little miss!”
Jae-ha smirked and wrapped an arm around the Yellow Dragon. “Ahhh Zeno, being a once married man yourself you’re the only one that can sympathize with me.”
The Ouryuu nodded. “The little miss is so happy with Green Dragon there’s no reason to argue. Besides their hearts will probably melt when the little miss has her baby so their mind will be off Ryokuryuu then. Hopefully your child is perfectly healthy, that’s what Zeno wishes for.”
Kija stiffened again at that. “… Hopefully things go well with the doctor considering the princess was pushing herself until now… Especially that time she got sick.”
“Well she is stubborn as a mule, luckily Yoon got her to rest eventually.” Hak sighed and rolled his eyes. “… You ok there, White Snake? You seem pale whenever the kid being born is brought up, I doubt the princess getting sick once will affect it that badly… And besides that’s why I said to come here, the midwives have delivered lots of kids perfectly fine. She’s in good hands here.”
“H-huh? N-no I…” Kija’s eyes strayed to Jae-ha, then back to the Thunder Beast. “I’m just worried about the princess, that’s all…”
Jae-ha sighed and stepped up to Hak, placing a hand on his shoulder. “Hey since we’re waiting for Yona to come back, how about we have that little talk outside?” he then winked at Kija and Zeno, as he had told the dragons before he was going to let the Lightning Beast know their secret soon.
“What you can’t talk about it here either?” Hak raised one eyebrow. “… Suspicious, Droopy Eyes. I figured it was something you don’t want to say in front of your wife but…”
“I’d rather speak to you man to man.” Jae-ha said with a smile, walking towards the door. “As for what it is, you’ll have to come with me to find out.” He then left the room.
“…. Ok what the hell is he hiding from me?” Hak growled, turning to the Ouryuu and Hakuryuu. “You two know something, don’t you?”
Kija stiffened again. “… It’s… It’s best if Jae-ha tells you himself…”
Zeno nodded. “Please mister, whatever you do don’t tell the little miss what he’s about to tell you. For her sake. But it is important and… Has to do with the child.” The Yellow Dragon had a very unusual serious look to his face.
“… With their kid? What the hell…” Hak narrowed his eyes, but then stepped outside to find the Green Dragon leaning against the building. “So what is it?”
“Not here, I want to make sure we’re alone and no one is listening.” Jae-ha said rather seriously, taking a stroll a bit away until they made a bit of distance to the trees surrounding the village. “This should do. I’d rather not have any eavesdroppers that could listen in.”
“If you wanted to lure me away to kill me just know I won’t go down without a fight, and if this is about me not wanting to throw my life away in a fight protecting Yona because I have nothing left I’m not suicidal, moron.” Hak joked, cracking his knuckles together. “Also if it’s a sick invite to join you and Yona in a threesome, the answer is hell no.”
“WOW, you really thought of every scenario I could be meaning to talk to you about, didn’t you Hak?” Jae-ha found himself laughing at that, rubbing his chin. “Though damn I didn’t think of that last one, but it might be hard to talk Yona dear into something that kinky…” he grinned, noticing the Thunder Beast glare at him he shook his head. “But really, me try to kill you? I never knew you had such terrible impressions of me Hak, you’re like a little brother to me.”
“With you? Who the hell knows maybe that’s why you keep irritating me about the princess thinking I might try to steal her away from you or something.” Hak grumbled, crossing his arms over his chest.
Jae-ha chuckled at that one. “Oh Hak, you couldn’t be any further from the truth. In fact I’d be happy if you did steal her away.”
Hak blinked a few times. “…. Ok now you’re just bullshitting me.”
“Am I though?” the Ryokuryuu asked with a sly grin, leaning up against one of the trees.
“Alright enough with the games, Zeno said it has something to do with your kid, so speak up already.” Hak growled. “Those guys have been acting awfully weird lately whenever the kid is brought up, I know they keep denying it but there’s something they know and won’t fess up already. If you’re keeping something from Yona that could threaten her life I’m going to beat you to a pulp here and now!”
“Calm down Hak, Yona’s life is not in danger.” Jae-ha held up his hands defensively. “She’s not the one they’re worried about when our child is brought up…” his eyes strayed to the side.
“…. The hell does that mean?” Hak balled his hand into a fist, he was getting tired of the Green Dragon dancing around the subject. “Out with it already.”
“Hak, haven’t you ever wondered what happens when a dragon is born?” Jae-ha started off, leaning casually against the tree as he crossed his arms over his chest. “I mean we don’t know for sure if Yona dear is carrying the next Ryokuryuu, but the chances are extremely high. That little power display back in Xing I have a feeling wasn’t just our powers alone, Zeno and I agree it might have activated due to the child inside her, but we have no way of confirming it until the baby is born.” He sighed as he continued. “But anyway, haven’t you ever wondered what happens to the previous dragon when the new one comes along? I mean you don't exactly see two of the same dragon at the same time, right? You didn't see anyone else with dragon powers when you went to Kija and Shin-ah's villages, did you?”
Hak’s eyebrows creased at that. “… So what, are you trying to tell me if your kid has the dragon’s leg you’re going to suddenly become useless? Does the power just suddenly go away and go to the next generation?” he asked.
Jae-ha snorted a laugh. “… If only it were that easy… But see the dragon’s powers are tied to our lifespans so once these powers wither up I won’t be a nuisance for you anymore…”
Hak’s eyes widened at that, he took a step closer to the Ryokuryuu. “… No… You’re kidding…” he gasped, then realized the Green Dragon wasn’t joking with that serious face he gave him. “So you’re dying?” he choked. “So that’s what this has been all about?! You’re going to leave Yona?!?” he punched the nearby tree, causing it to crack. “You fucking bastard! How could you do this to her-“
“I don’t have a choice here, Hak.” Jae-ha interrupted him, looking at him sternly. “Be it my child or some other kid from the Ryokuryuu Village, a new Green Dragon WILL be born eventually. And when that happens my time is up, that’s just how it is. You think I’m thrilled with the idea of leaving Yona a young widow? Of course not, it’s why I’ve been trying to push her towards you all this time and get you to act on your feelings for her!” he grumbled and ran his fingers through his emerald hair. “I never dreamed she would have fallen for me instead, I was perfectly fine with stepping back and keeping it one sided and never letting her know of my affection, but she dragged it out of me that night in Sensui. After all, isn’t that how you felt back when she was in love with Soo-won? As long as she was happy that’s all that mattered, right?”
Hak gulped at that one, dammit he saw right through him. “… Still, you moron… You let her get this close to you only to hurt her in the end when you die.”
“Unlike you I couldn’t resist her charm forever Hak, that’s just against my code of honor as a gentleman.” Jae-ha chuckled, shrugging his shoulders. “She loved me and you sure weren’t winning any points in her heart with how you hid your feelings so I gave in. I never expected her to conceive so easily but I guess that’s my punishment for giving into my desires, as I said a new dragon would be born sooner or later and actually I’m glad it’s Yona and my child.”
“… Are you insane?” Hak looked at him bewildered. “You’re talking about the very thing that’s going to kill you, and you’re telling me you’re HAPPY that it’s your own kid?!”
“My village was hell on earth, Hak.” Jae-ha said with a rather dark look to him as he spoke of this. “I swore that I’d never allow another Ryokuryuu to go through what I did. I had every intention of breaking in there the minute I'd feel the next one being born and stealing it away, then giving it to someone I could trust to raise the kid properly. Probably Captain Gigan, she’d know what to do.” He chuckled then. “So this way if it’s Yona’s kid, I know the next Ryokuryuu will be in good hands and I can rest easy. Besides Hak, I’m not going to die right away, it takes time for the powers to slowly transfer to the new dragon.”
Hak stepped a bit closer to the Green Dragon, his eyes narrowed. “… How long?”
“Most dragons live 3-4 years after the new one is born.” Jae-ha explained, then held up a hand to let Hak know he had more to say. “But we Ryokuryuus are stubborn you see. My predecessor lived until I was 12, and I’m far more stubborn and handsome than he was, so I plan to break his record. Besides, no other dragon has had a new one born while they are serving the Crimson Dragon, so my odds of living longer are pretty high actually.”
“…. Still, to keep this from Yona…” Hak growled, balling his fists again.
“And if you were dying would YOU tell Yona?” Jae-ha narrowed his eyes at him. “No, you wouldn’t. Especially right now that she’s pregnant and very delicate. Also as I said, we don’t know for certain that my child is going to be the next Ryokuryuu, so why should I worry her about this when it might not even come to pass anyway?” he placed a hand on the Thunder Beast’s shoulder. “I’ll tell her after the baby is born, I promise. But I want her to at least have a little time with the kid before she starts blaming herself saying that her love is killing me and all that. And you know just as well as I do she’ll do that.”
“Alright you’ve got me there…” Hak grumbled, looking to the side. “I still should break you in half for doing this to her, you’re going to hurt her so much when you…”
“Yes and that’s the favor I need to ask of you, Hak.” Jae-ha said with a smile. “While I’m confident I should last a good enough time to see my kid grow up… I can’t ignore the fact that we have no idea when my fate will happen. It could be 15 years, it could be 5 years. So that’s why I want to ask you…. When I’m gone, let Yona fall in love with you.” The Ryokuryuu said, looking straight into his eyes. “There’s no one else I can ask this of, and you love her as much as I do.”
“………….” Hak was stunned speechless, his eyes wide and his mouth agape. So many emotions going through his mind right now… Anger, rage, sorrow, depression, more anger… He then grabbed the Green Dragon’s shoulders and shoved him hard against the tree. “… ARE YOU COMPLETELY INSANE?!?” he shouted.
“Well, they do say love makes you do crazy things.” Jae-ha joked, not minding the pain one bit.
“You’re nuts! You’re fucking crazy!” Hak shouted, smacking him several times against the tree. “You’re seriously asking me to go after your wife as soon as your body is barely cold?!? What kind of sick moron are you?!”
Jae-ha let his smile drop, grabbing the Thunder Beast’s shoulders in response. “… Yona’s far too young to be left a beautiful widow and alone the rest of her life. Hak, you can grow old with her, provided you don’t throw yourself in front of a blade to protect her, I don’t have that option.” He explained. “I’d ask Kija or Shin-ah, but the cycle would repeat itself as soon as the next Hakuryuu and Seiryuu are born… And it isn’t like Zeno or Yoon really look at her that way… So no, it HAS to be you.”
Hak didn’t seem to know what to say, he merely released the Ryokuryuu from his grip and backed up a bit, shaking as he didn’t know how to process all this. “…. Yona doesn’t love me that way and you know it. And shit, I had a feeling White Snake had a crush on her but Shin-ah too? Ugh…”
Jae-ha chuckled at that. “Can you blame us? Yona’s just far too loveable and easy to fall in love with. Save your jealousy for me Hak-kins, I'm the only one that acted on it.” He then pat the Thunder Beast on the back. “Don’t you know Hak that love on the rebound is the easiest kind to achieve? Yona dear will be lonely when I’m gone and you can be there to pick up the pieces of her heart, and maybe then she’ll finally see you are more than just a big brother.” He sighed, taking a more serious tone. “… Hak really, you’re the only person I can ask this of. I dread the thought of leaving Yona so soon but I’m done with running away from my fate, I’ve been running ever since I fled my village and it’s about time I just face it.”
Hak still looked at him like he was crazy. “…. I still can’t believe you. You’re a walking dead man and you're more concerned with telling me to go after YOUR wife when you're gone? What kind of fucked up pervert are you?!”
“Would you rather I ask you to join that threesome after all?” Jae-ha joked with a perverted grin. “I wouldn’t mind sharing Yona-chan once in a while with-“ Hak punched him right in the face for that one.
“You… You… You fucking idiot!!” Hak growled as he watched the Green Dragon wipe the blood off his nose with a cloth from the punch. “So this is why you won’t let me get over her and keep up your stupid teasing! You DON’T want me to give up on her! So I’m just supposed to pick up your leftovers or some shit?!”
“Oh come on Hak, we both know you’ll never get over Yona.” Jae-ha chuckled, shaking his head. “I just don’t want you to feel guilty when I’m gone and STILL not make a decent move on her when the opportunity will basically be handed to you on a silver platter.” He then smiled. “Besides, I know you’ll take care of her and my kid, that’s all I want. And you won’t have me around anymore to make your life miserable, you should be happy knowing you only have to deal with me for a few more-“ he was stunned speechless when the Thunder Beast suddenly hugged him.
“…. I don’t want you to die, Jae-ha.” Hak growled, saying his name for once to stress how serious this was. “Sure I think the princess made a HUGE mistake falling in love with you, but you’ve made her happier than I’ve ever seen her in her life. You understand her on a level I feel like I never could, and you were able to win over her heart when all I ever could do was just sit back and watch, hoping she’ll at least be happy. You’re an asshole, a pervert, an egotistical bastard and you drive me fucking insane sometimes, but you and all those dragons along with Yoon are like family now.” He then released the dragon, and punched him one more time in the gut. “Which is all the more reason I’m pissed as hell at you that you’re going to hurt her even worse than I ever imagined when you drop dead suddenly!”
“Oooowww…” Jae-ha winched, holding his stomach as he smirked at him. “I actually expected more punches from you Hak, you’re holding back.”
“If I beat you too much your wife is going to notice and bitch at me for abusing you.” Hak growled, cracking his knuckles again. “But then maybe I’ll just end up telling her what you’re hiding and-“
“No, don't you dare tell Yona about this, not yet.” Jae-ha replied with a stern look. “Not in her current condition. I told you I’d tell her eventually and I will.” He sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. “… Trust me it’s not a conversation I look forward to.”
Hak just groaned and held his head, still trying to get a grip on things. “… I never thought I’d meet anyone that could love her as much as I do, leave it to you of all people to prove me wrong.”
“Well if you ever need a few lessons on how to properly court a girl I could help Hak.” Jae-ha offered with a grin, placing a hand on his shoulder. “But I must say I’m touched to hear you say you don’t want me to die, and here I thought you said you didn’t care what happens to me?”
“Shut up.” The Thunder Beast hissed at him. “… For Yona’s sake, you better fucking live as long and stubbornly as you can, got it? Or else I’m going to be heavily disappointed in you.”
“Well now I can’t have that can I? I have a reputation to keep.” Jae-ha chuckled, wrapping an arm around him. “I know I can count on you for this Hak.”
“I haven’t said I will just yet, moron.” Hak growled, glaring daggers at him. “I’ll protect Yona of course, I always have and always will… And I’ll watch out for your kid too, after all it’s her child as well. As for the other thing…” he looked away, feeling a twist in his gut just trying to even think about it. “… I… I don’t make any promises, but I’ll try to make sure she doesn’t stay gloomy over your ass.”
“I couldn’t ask for anything more Hak.” Jae-ha said with a chuckle. “There’s no reason Yona should pine over me the rest of her life, it’s why I want to live every moment with her to the fullest, so that she has plenty of happy memories to look back on.” He then pat his back and started walking back towards the village. “Now all this serious talk is so unlike me, so how about we go have a drink or so? I really hate dwelling on the inevitable and much rather get back to adoring my lovely wife once she returns.”
“… Geez you never change, even with a subject this serious...” Hak grumbled and shook his head. “Guess I’ll have to find a new drinking partner when you’re gone, White Snake can’t hold his liquor for shit.”
“Maybe Zeno then? We both know he can’t get drunk.” Jae-ha shrugged. “Or you could try Shin-ah if he gets a bit better at it.”
“I just can’t get over how calm you are about this whole thing…” Hak pressed, following him. “We’re talking about you DYING, that doesn’t bother you? Only the part about leaving the princess seems to be the thing bugging you most.”
“I’ve known about this my whole life Hak, it’s why I value my freedom and living my life the way I choose to so much. We dragons know we have short life spans as we watch our predecessors wither away before us.” Jae-ha explained. “It’s just hard for you to understand because you only just found out. As for Yona, of course that’s the thing that bothers me most. But that’s been on my mind for a while too how I can’t grow old with her, as badly as I’d love to. I envy you there Hak.”
“…. So Kija and Shin-ah eventually will…” Hak felt another twist in his stomach just thinking about it. “… Does Yoon know about this?”
Jae-ha sighed as he stopped walking and turned to face the Thunder Beast. “Yeah, it’s why they’ve been giving me those gloomy looks lately knowing what my fate is. Zeno’s been a bit better at hiding it but he knows as well, after all he’s outlived all the dragons. Poor Yoon walked in on us discussing it once so that’s why he knows.”
“And there’s really no way to tell for sure if your kid is the next Green Dragon yet?” Hak pressed.
Jae-ha shook his head. “I’ll feel it when the next Ryokuryuu is born, so will the others. I actually felt it when I was a kid back when Kija and Shin-ah were born, the dragon’s blood calls out to us that way. But until then all we can do is watch and wait.”
“… You’ve come a long way from the filthy perverted pirate that didn’t want to become our comrade.” Hak couldn’t help but smirk slightly, placing a hand on his hip as he walked.
“I was told from the time I was born that I had to serve the Crimson Dragon and give my life to him, I wanted nothing to do with a life of slavery like that so I ran as fast as my leg could take me, swearing that I wouldn’t let fate decide my life for me and nothing could change my mind, gods be damned.” Jae-ha chuckled at that. “Leave it to Yona to get out the golden chain and drag me back down to the ground. For the longest time I blamed my feelings for her on the dragon’s blood, it’s all the more reason I kept trying to push her in your direction. But as time went on I just…. Stopped caring if it was the dragon’s blood or not. I just wanted to be by her side and see her smiling face.” He smiled warmly, looking a bit dreamy thinking about his wife. “When I finally just gave into my feelings and she returned them so fiercely, I knew I made the right choice. I would have regretted never telling her and never feeling her love like this. In the end it’s worth it, no matter how short it’ll be. The only thing I regret is how painful it’ll be for her once I’m gone...”
“Jae-ha…” Hak seemed at a loss for words, seeing as they were approaching back to the village he didn’t press it further, especially when he spotted the princess coming up towards them.
“What are you two doing out here? I hope you’re not fighting again, husband.” Yona said with a huff once she approached them, stressing the last word as she did when she was being serious with the Green Dragon.
Jae-ha chuckled as he turned towards his wife, petting her on the head. “Of course not Yona my darling wife, Hak was just showing me around his hometown that’s all.”
“Is that why you two just came from the direction of the forest?” Yoon asked, his eyebrow raised in suspicion.
Shin-ah just stood silently behind Yona, Ao perched on his shoulder eating a nut.
“Where’s the old man?” Hak asked, trying to change the subject.
“Mundok went back already, I saw you two here and wanted to find out what was going on.” Yona explained, twisting her mouth. “You two were already fighting before we got here, so I hope things didn’t get worse.”
Jae-ha just winked at Hak. “Oh you know me, Yona dearest. I merely make a joke about wanting to see the beauties he spoke of here and he’s already suspicious of me.” He leaned in and kissed Yona’s cheek. “As if I’d ever betray your lovely trust in me, no one can compare to you.”
Hak twisted his mouth with a grumble, but decided to go with it, for Yona after all. “He was busy taunting me that I need to hurry up and find a wife of my own, I told him to mind his own damn business.” He waved a hand carelessly.
Jae-ha smirked at that, glad the Thunder Beast was going along. “Oh but Hak you’ve seen how married life inspires me, I just want you to have a chance at this happiness as well.” He wrapped his arms around Yona from behind, pulling her close. “After all, Yona-chan here doesn’t want to see you pining over her forever.”
“Don’t push it Droopy Eyes…” Hak grumbled slightly.
Yona blushed slightly as she leaned into her husband’s embrace. “Well t-that’s true Hak, I mean if you ever found someone you shouldn’t spend your life alone…” she looked to the side slightly, still feeling awkward knowing how the Lightning Beast felt about her now. “I want you to be happy too, just like I am with Jae-ha.” She smiled.
Jae-ha smirked at that one. “Yes Hak that's true, spending your life alone is a terrible thing, isn't it?”
Hak’s eyebrow twitched at that. “You…”
“So what did the healer say Yona love?” Jae-ha asked, quickly changing the subject as he caressed her swollen belly.
“That she’s been pushing herself too much and needs to take a rest, like I’ve been saying!” Yoon snapped, folding his arms over his chest. “But the doctor also agreed with my estimate on her delivery. Actually I want to compare some things with a few of the midwives tomorrow, I mean I know a few things about how to deliver a child but it wouldn’t hurt to learn a few more.”
“That’s our Mother Yoon, are you worried you’ll have to deliver Yona dear’s next child?” Jae-ha couldn’t help but tease, making the princess blush even worse.
“J-Jae-ha!” she protested.
“What my lovely?” the Green Dragon chuckled and kissed her cheek. “With how easily you became pregnant the first time it’s only natural to assume it could happen again.”
“Knowing you, it’ll be a miracle if she doesn’t end up with one kid after another…” Hak grumbled slightly, rolling his eyes. He really couldn’t get it how the Ryokuryuu could joke so easily after telling him something so serious.
“Anyway I’m starving so let’s get inside!” Yona said, pulling herself from her husband and heading towards Mundok’s place.
“Yona what did I tell you about running?!” Yoon growled, chasing after the princess.
Hak waited until Yona was clearly out of earshot to turn to Jae-ha with a scowl on his face. “… Seriously? If this first kid isn’t your death sentence you really shouldn’t gamble with fate by having a second kid you know.” He hissed rather low. “I swear, sometimes you really act like you have a death wish or something.”
Shin-ah looked between the two men, then turned to the Green Dragon. “… You told him…?” he asked.
Jae-ha chuckled at Hak’s response but chose to answer the Seiryuu first. “Yes, I felt it was about time we let him in on our little secret.” He then turned to the Lightning Beast. “And I told you Hak that it doesn’t matter if it’s my kid or one from my village, the next Ryokuryuu will be born eventually. Besides the more children I can leave behind with Yona dear the more she’ll have to remember me by and not be so lonely.” He shrugged his shoulders. “After all I can’t help myself with my beautiful wife, you really think I could resist getting her pregnant again?”
“Pervert.” Hak scoffed. “You just keep giving more reasons you need to live longer with her, moron.”
“I never said I was going to go down without a fight, Hak. If you thought that, then I’m heavily disappointed in you.” Jae-ha said with a smirk. “I only said I’m not running from my fate, I know it will happen but I intend to live as long as possible with Yona.”
“You sure sounded like you were giving up when you asked me to….” Hak’s words trailed off, he didn’t dare say it.
“Now, now, Hak. As I said I can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that it can happen, not that I plan on letting it happen.” Jae-ha waved a finger tauntingly in front of his face. “I’ve told you what’s going on so that you’re no longer in the dark, and now it’s up to you if you honor my request. Just know that all I want is for Yona to be safe and happy when I’m not here anymore. Now if you’ll excuse me, my wife is waiting for me naturally.” He then turned on his heel and headed towards where the princess and boy genius went, showing he was done with the conversation.
“… Shin-ah, how long did the last Seiryuu live?” Hak asked after a moment.
Shin-ah paused for a moment, petting his squirrel before answering. “… I think I was… Four… When Ao died.”
Hak clenched his fists at that. “… Will any of you know when he’s about to…?”
“He’ll grow weak at first… But once his power is gone… He…” Shin-ah didn’t seem to want to finish. “… But… Jae-ha said he plans to live as long as possible… For Yona.”
“If you ever know when that’s going to happen to you Shin-ah, or if you know Kija is about to…. Tell me, please.” Hak said, looking right at the Blue Dragon even though he had his mask on. “… Because it’s going to kill Yona to lose you guys one after the other…. Especially if it starts with Jae-ha…”
Shin-ah merely nodded. “It would hurt her to lose you too.” He said after a moment. “We’re all… Family.”
Hak slightly smiled at that, patting the Seiryuu on the shoulder. “… Yeah, I guess we are. So let’s keep an eye on that stupid big brother of ours and make sure he lives as long as possible with the princess.” He then started to walk with the Blue Dragon back towards Mundok’s place. Jae-ha’s words were still ringing in his head as they walked and his request. ‘… Could I really do that though? Make a move on the princess right after she loses her husband? … It just feels so… Wrong. Dammit, why does this have to be so complicated? And why does it seem that Yona’s suffering and heartache is never going to end?’