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Old 2008-12-01, 18:13   Link #67
Vexx
Obey the Darkly Cute ...
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: On the whole, I'd rather be in Kyoto ...
Age: 60
Normally if a guy puts up with this, its because he's counting on some sort of delicious cuddly reward at the end (the spiny exterior hiding creamy nougat filling).
Ryuuji is pretty durable - he doesn't cower before Taiga - but he seems to *need* to take care of her (warts and all) - initially because he thinks it'll move him into reach of Minorin. As it goes on though, he seems to have forgotten that goal mostly --- middle of the swamp, so busy fighting alligators you forget the goal was to drain the swamp.

If they wanted to be particularly tragic, the author would have Taiga falling head-over-heels for him, but him rejecting her because he remembers he was targeting Minorin. Aieee, that'd be messy.
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