From Me To You @nezukana
Revelation

The metallic faces of the coin glinted around the edges from the sunlight as Kanao held it against the sky. She turned it back and forth, watching the coin play with the light as she pondered.

The coin—originally known for choosing one neutral decision over another—had become the random chooser of the “safe yet unsatisfactory” choice and her truest desire. When the coin landed on the safe side, her small rebelling thoughts grew; she found herself disagreeing with the side the coin landed on more, wanting anything more than to do the opposite—to join in on friendly banter, participate in joyous activities, cheer up a friend, greet someone, bid them good luck or goodbye—and it was strange.

The coin—originally known for choosing one neutral decision over another—had become the random chooser of the “safe yet unsatisfactory” choice and her truest desire. When the coin landed on the safe side, her small rebelling thoughts grew; she found herself disagreeing with the side the coin landed on more, wanting anything more than to do the opposite—to join in on friendly banter, participate in joyous activities, cheer up a friend, greet someone, bid them good luck or goodbye—and it was strange.

Why did it matter which side it landed on? Why was each side given a right and wrong answer when a few months ago, it was simply an answer and an alternative answer?

A few months ago…

That’s right, it was a few months ago; that’s when everything began to change— 

“Oh, Kanao!” Kanao faced Nezuko as she skipped towards her, her hanafuda earrings dangling around her face. “You’re just the person I wanted to see!”

—and it was because of her.

Kanao clutched the coin tightly.

“You probably know this already, but I’ll be leaving soon to go on another mission. I just wanted to thank you for giving me and the boys a place to stay and for being so nice to us, so—” Nezuko bowed, “thank you very much!”

Kanao smiled and flipped the coin.

Tails.

“It’s no trouble at all. Goodbye.”

Nezuko sat down next to her. “I’ve always wondered, but what do you use the coin for?”

Kanao held out the coin. “It helps me make decisions. I assign each side an action and do whatever side it lands on.” She turned the coin to the ‘tree’ side and showed her. “Because it landed on tails, I said goodbye.”

“What would have happened if it landed on heads?”

Kanao flipped the coin once more.

Tails.

“I can’t answer that.”

“Aww, please?” Nezuko leaned in closer as she pleaded, her expression akin to a baby kitten’s.

Kanao shook her head and turned away.

Nezuko pouted. “Why do you let a coin decide everything for you? Have you tried making decisions without it?”

Deciding on something without the coin?

If this was a few months ago, she would have confidently said she has not. Recent events, however, muddled the line considerably and she could no longer tell the difference between orders and her own conscious actions.

“It’s not that simple.”

Kanao expected Nezuko to respond but she didn’t. Instead, she gazed at the clouds and hummed; she must have gotten distracted.

It happened quite a lot.

“Hey, look at that! A bird!” Nezuko bounced up and down as she pointed.

There was in fact a Kasugai crow meandering its way to its next location, but when Kanao looked back, her hand felt noticeably empty; the coin was missing.

What— 

“Looking for this?” Nezuko waved the coin in front of her face, and clicked her tongue as she snatched it back when Kanao grabbed for it. “Nuh uh, not until you do these two things for me first.”

That was ridiculous.

Kanao reached for it again but Nezuko was too quick; she brought her hands down and sat on them, leaving Kanao to grab at nothing but thin air.

Nezuko smiled cheekily as Kanao slumped defeatedly. “You done?”

It wasn’t like she was getting it back any other way.

When Nezuko made her first request, she sighed; of course it was going to be the alternate option.

Do I have to? Kanao thought as Nezuko rocked from side to side, saying “I’m waiting” in a sing-song voice. Before she could overthink it, Kanao gave her a hug, if she could even call it that. 

Did it count if it lasted for less than a second?

“You’re not the type of person who gives a lot of hugs, huh?” Nezuko teased. “Never thought Little Miss Perfect would be bad at something!”

Bad? Was it really that bad? “And you can do better?”

“Yep, but I’m not going to show you right now.” Nezuko held out her hands, both tightly clenched into fists. “Anyways, pick the one you think the coin is in!”

Kanao hesitated.

Unlike the first request, she had to actually choose an option and there wasn’t a coin to help her.

Her eyes flicked to one fist, then at the other, and back again, deciding to choose one but second-guessing herself because what if it was in her left hand instead of her right? But, what if she was correct before and it was in her right hand? There were no physical indications of the coin being in one specific hand, either.

“Come on, Kanao! I believe in you!” Nezuko cheered, before jiggling her right fist. “Is it in this one? Or this one?”

Kanao really didn’t know.

After some time, she gave up trying to logically guess and pointed at random—Nezuko’s left hand—and hoped for the best.

When Nezuko opened it, there was… nothing.

Dammit.

“Oh well, that’s too bad.” Nezuko shrugged, but dropped the coin into Kanao’s lap anyway.

What? But she chose wrong… 

“Why are you still giving me this?” She asked as she picked it up; it was still warm.

“I was just using it to prove that you can make decisions on your own; wasn’t planning on keeping it.” Nezuko replied. “So how do you feel? About deciding on something on your own for the first time, I mean.”

How did she feel?

Scared. Indecisive. Overwhelmed. She could go on.

But, it was also strangely liberating. Freeing.

It may be ironic of her to say this since she picked randomly, but she felt like she was in control of her destiny during that little moment.

“I felt... good”

“Glad to hear it!” Nezuko beamed. “I want you to do that for all your decisions from now on. Instead of using the coin, listen to the little voice in your heart; if you follow it, I promise it will never lead you astray!”

“That’s… surprisingly inspirational.”

“Yeah, I may have stolen that line from my brother.” Nezuko chuckled. “I really do have to go soon but,” Nezuko pulled her in for a hug; it was infinitely warmer and more comforting than the one Kanao initiated earlier, like she had done this a million times before. 

It was nice—really nice—and even as her heart thrummed uncomfortably in her chest, she wished she could stay in her arms forever.

Stay in her arms forever?

Oh.

A gust of wind buffeted the clearing, rustling leaves and carrying the wind chime’s music into the sky. Soon they separated, Nezuko bidding Kanao one last goodbye and a promise to see her again, Kanao giving her a curt nod, too flustered to do much else, before Nezuko left.

Kanao rolled the edge of the coin along her thumb as the wind chimes rang, mulling over her new realization. 

I couldn’t possibly— 

But what if—

Have I considered— 

But here’s the thing— 

As more of her thoughts interrupted each other, her mind quickly became a jumbled mess; she stared at the coin in her hand.

She did informally promise not to use it anymore, but surely using it one last time for this purpose wouldn’t hurt, right?

She stood and walked to the center of the clearing; taking a deep breath, she tossed the coin up as high as she could—the sunlight glinted off the metal faces as it tumbled through the air—and she asked herself:

Do I like her?

When Kanao caught the coin for the very last time, she revealed its face.

Tails.

She hummed. Then without further hesitation, she turned the coin onto its other side, looked to the sky, and smiled.

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