"Flesh&Blood" Vol. 15 - Pirate Series Reading Club 🏴‍☠ ⛵

@pyororon Posting my thoughts here now that we’re re-reading volume 1 over on Natively. Figured it was more relevant here, and less likely for clicky fingers to view spoilerish thoughts for a book fourteen books down the line. :stuck_out_tongue:

(Marking these as spoilers for this whole book in general, since they cover my thoughts on characters and impressions of characters after having read this book.)

It’s fun going back to Kaito’s impression of Kazuya way back in volume one, and how he interprets Kazuya’s actions, now that we’ve gotten a look inside Kazuya’s head. Does make me wonder how obsessive Kazuya was at that point, and how much of it triggered post-Kaito’s disappearance. It also makes me realize how poor communication was between the two; I’m sure Kazuya didn’t realize just how little Kaito thought of their relationship, even wondering why Kazuya would bother to go to St. Christopher along with him.

Kaito’s evaluation of his mother is also spot-on at that point as well; it’s interesting to think he softened on both of them post-time tunnel. Kazuya becomes “my best friend” and his mom becomes “annoying” or some such; I don’t think he was this specific. Granted, I guess there’s no use complaining about your mom while trying to adjust to life 400 years earlier.

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It really ended up being great timing for a reread with Kazuya’s reappearance in the story.
Looking back I feel like I kind of understand why Kaito misunderstands Kazuya, there was definitely a lot of restraint between them in their interactions. It’s interesting how that seems to be mostly gone now that they’ve reunited despite the fact they’re still not being completely honest with one another.

His thoughts in that last Kazuya chapter about how he always had to be at the same level as Kaito so that he would rely on him the most makes it seem like it begun before albeit at a different level.

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I believe Kazuya even mentioned, too, that he was brought up to be a rather restrained person since his family was; a “don’t be too emotional” kind of thing, which could be easily mistaken for not caring or just putting up with someone’s crap, haha.

I don’t even know if I’d go that far, honestly. I feel like they’re still holding back, but just in different ways. I feel like it’s going to be really difficult for Kaito to talk about the full range of his feelings for Geoffrey and co., since he (thinks he) knows how hard it’ll be for Kazuya to lose him again, and I really doubt Kazuya’s going to go into detail about how his feelings for Kaito have started turning him into a hoodlum, haha. I do wonder if Kazuya can verbalize his feelings at this point, honestly; he feels a lot like Vicente did before several people pointed out to him, “huh, you really love Kaito, huh” → “yeah, like a brother” → “lol” → :flushed:.

I’m feeling the same. And not even the same level (though Kazuya probably saw it that way), but just a little bit better/higher, so that Kaito would always rely on him.

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True, there’s less of that awkwardness now but I guess that might be because they’re each putting on more of a front since they have more to hide. It seems like for them to truly be honest with each other things might have to hit the breaking point again.

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@pyororon More thoughts after finishing chapter 1 of F&B1: it’s super interesting that Kaito and Kazuya are completely flipped on the “what would they do if they got sucked into a parallel world and could go home” scale compared to what actually works out. I had to check once or twice that I was keeping up with who was speaking. My memory’s also been embarrassed; if you’d asked me before who said what, I would’ve sworn Kaito had said he would’ve stayed in the parallel world.

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So @pyororon, after re-reading chapter 2 in F&B 1, do you remember if Lily ever mentioned feeling to compelled to go her time tunnel, like Kaito seemed to be for his?

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As far as I remember she doesn’t really remember what happened directly before due to the drugs she was on.

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Ah, that does sound right, thanks.

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