Shinjiro stared at Rena for a moment before saying, “You….defend….me?”
He uttered the words like he never used them before, blinking a few times before he responded properly, “I am certain I can handle myself. One does not carry a blade such as mine purely for looks, young one.”
He motioned with his head for Rena to lead on again, trying not to get insulted for having been thought vulnerable. Maybe in danger? Sure, but vulnerable? He gave up on being that years ago.
“We’re a peaceful village, so we like to keep things peaceful~” Rena said, although knowing at the back of her mind that the Watanagashi festival was a day where violence does occur. She joyfully skipped in the direction of her house, almost reaching there but not fully. Rena could see it in the distance, calculating 5 minutes until she reaches her home. She then turned around to Shinjiro.
“So whenever I see mean people, I do the ‘eyes’. It works everytime because we’re known for that. The rules of Hinamizawa states that if one person will be mean to one person of our village, another person from our village will reinforce that villager. In other words, if one from Tokyo throws a rock at us, two of us will throw two rocks at them.” She raised her fingers accordingly with what she said, and simply smiled as she turned around to continue to her house. “You’re in Hinamizawa —you are now a part of it~”