"As if! I have no desire of giving up either."
"Then I can expect that this next game will last longer?"
"Don’t say nonsense."
"It was a simple loss, not the first one and I doubt it will be the last one."
"I hope you’re not becoming careless."
"You aren’t simply accepting defeat are you? I have no desire to find another person to have a match with."
"Was it too fast?"
"There’s nothing wrong with it."
"It is just unusual for you to be so careless in your strategy."
"…. I’m shocked, Shintarou…."
"I didn’t expect that you would lose this shogi game so quickly."
LAYER ONE : THE OUTSIDE
- Name: Akashi Seijuurou
- Eye Color: Red/gold
- Hair Style/Color: Short and red
- Height: 173 cm
- Clothing style: dependent on occasion
- Best physical feature: eyes
LAYER TWO: THE INSIDE
- Your fears: failing
- Your guilty pleasure: horseback riding
- Your biggest pet peeve: When things don’t work as they should
- Your ambitions for the future: Carry on Akashi family name
LAYER THREE: THOUGHTS
- Your first thoughts waking up: Wash face, brush teeth
- What you think about most: The day at hand.
- What you think about before bed: What needs to be done the next day.
- You think your best quality is: Ability to achieve anything
LAYER FOUR: WHAT’S BETTER?
- Single or group dates: Single.
- To be loved or respected: respected
- Beauty or brains: Brains.
- Dogs or cats: cats
LAYER FIVE: DO YOU?
- Lie: No.
- Believe in yourself: Of course.
- Believe in love: Not something he thinks about
- Want someone: Not in particular
LAYER SIX: EVER?
- Been on stage: No.
- Done drugs: No.
- Changed who you were to fit in: No.
LAYER SEVEN: FAVORITES
- Favorite color: wine red
- Favorite animal: none in particular
- Favorite movie: Documentaries
- Favorite game: Shogi
LAYER EIGHT: AGE
- Day your next birthday will be: December 20th
- How old will you be: 17
- Age you lost your virginity: —
- Does age matter: Yes.
LAYER NINE: IN A BOY OR GIRL
- Best personality: Independent and self reliant
- Best eye color: Doesn’t matter
- Best hair color: Neat and clean.
- Best thing to do with a partner: Play shogi
LAYER TEN: FINISH THE SENTENCE
- I love: basketball
- I feel: calm
- I hide: the necessary
- I miss: freedom
- I wish: to enjoy things again
"That’s not what I meant—" Midorima stops midway to put his thoughts in order. It wasn’t like Akashi was just dismissing him with that, but it still felt like he didn’t feel any guilt or whatever thing it could be called. As for Midorima, he couldn’t quite describe his feelings at that very moment with precision, so he decided to just leave this while thing aside.
"I only want you to stop with it. I don’t like it, that should be enough of a reason."
"I’m surprised to find that it upset you so much." Akashi spoke with no humor. "You should understand that what I had said carried no weight."
"If you are truly mad at what I said then you should be able to tell me exactly what it is."
"Regardless, the joke had ended a while back. For you to remain being upset is unreasonable."
"While I am certainly uncomfortable with the whole thing, it’s not like I could simply erase all the evidence of the mess both of you created in these past minutes."
"However, what I can do is ask—no, tell you to stop this absurd game right now.”
"Do you wish to tell me why this is upsetting you so much?"
"The games that Ryouta wishes to play aren’t harmful to you as a person."
"Or do you believe that I would be careless enough to let a joke tarnish your name?"