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Rei wasn't sure what to make of the other woman now. She was agreeing that Momo wouldn't change overnight -- but that had been Rei's point. Growing up took time, and with time, Momo would
act like something more than a puppy. Hadn't the woman just been complaining about the fact that Momo didn't seem to know any better right now? Honestly! This was why Rei disliked engaging in general conversations. Those that hated being wrong, herself included (although she refused to admit such a thing), often ended up making very little sense when they contradicted themselves. She wasn't even sure what she should say. Agree or disagree? Point out that the woman was proving her point? It just seemed like a waste of time at this point, so Rei didn't say anything at all.
Of course, it was hard to really care
about such things when the woman was just proving to be ignorant, rude, and uncivilized. Yes, Rei didn't always take criticism well, but it didn't seem as though the other woman did either. Pointing out such a thing would be pointless, too. Obviously the woman seemed to think she was immune to everything she said in regard to Rei, so why try and throw it back in her face? The whole argument was proving to be rather roundabout and silly. It was still frustrating, of course. Rei's patience had vanished long ago, not that she had had much patience to begin with. But what could she say in retort to the woman? It wasn't that she was worried about losing any shred of dignity by arguing on the same level as the woman -- Rei didn't really care what people thought of her, at least not people she didn't know. And how many people did she know that she really cared for their opinions?
"This, a conversation?" Rei snorted. "Maybe in your world it's one, but in mine, it's not. It's a disagreement, and that's putting it nicely. Conversations are between friends, and you and I aren't friends. We're not even acquaintances. A conversation is pleasant, and if you think this is pleasant, then you're on your own. I find this neither pleasant, nor much of a point." It was really just time for Rei to walk away. What did it matter what this woman thought of her? Or what Rei thought of her? They had no reason to talk to one another again, so it would be perfectly fine for Rei to leave and not issue an apology -- an apology she would never have given anyway. She wasn't one to say sorry to anyone, if her lack of a friendship with Mina was any indication. Why waste her breath apologizing when she honestly didn't feel sorry about a single thing she had said thus far? And who was the woman to even deserve
such an apology? No, there would be no apologizing by Rei today.
Rei was slightly taken aback by the woman's anger about her friends. It surprised her that she had been spot on -- obviously friends were something of a touchy subject with the woman. Of course, the threat couldn't really be taken lightly -- even if Rei said nothing about it to anyone, her father would hear about it at some point. He always did, and he would feel some silly need to warn Rei to keep her mouth shut, to avoid confrontations that had no real meaning, and not to do anything that would bring attention to him. As much as she hated him for it, she also knew she couldn't do anything that would earn his anger toward her.
Pressing her lips together, Rei studied the woman before speaking again. "Apparently I've hit a nerve. You're right, I know nothing of you, but you know nothing of me, either, and you would do well not to do anything you'll come to regret later." Part of this was said in order to warn the woman to keep her cool -- not because Rei would do something, because she really did have her hands full at the moment, but because there was always the chance one of her father's men would suddenly appear, and that would be tedious. As much as Rei liked to keep people away from her, and pretend not to care, she did have a conscience -- and seeing people harmed because her father deemed them a threat of some sort, didn't sit well with her conscience. "I can assure you, we won't be running into one another again. I wouldn't stoop as low as to acknowledge that I've seen you before, let alone that I've run into you. Think what you want about me. It's not as though that'll be anything new. As for me, I'm done here. A simple walk in the park has turned into the worst possible idea, and I'd rather spend my time somewhere a little more enjoyable. You might want to take your time before going back into civilization -- you could use some work with your manners, among other things."
Still scowling, Rei moved Momo around in her arms, and turned to leave. She wasn't sure where she would go, because she also need to cool down, but standing around with the woman was the last place she wanted to be right now.
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