As the red-headed princess of Kouka, Yona lived the ideal, though sheltered, life within the walls of Hiryuu (Red Dragon) Castle. Doted on by her pacifist and cowardly father, King Il, and protected by her childhood friend/bodyguard, Son Hak of the Wind Tribe, (who has loved her since they were kids, but keeps his feelings in check). She cherishes the time she spends with the "love-of-her-life" (and older cousin), Soo-won. Though, on the night of her 16th birthday, everything changes when she witnessed someone close to her, murder her father.
I'm glad everyone has finally been able to get up
But there's more than one important thing in my life
I can't believe I have to be nursed like this at this age...
Can't raise his arms
...Hak, are you not feeling well...?
...What do you mean?
Yoon, I've got something to do tomorrow, mind if I leave for a bit?
What are you doing?
...Just meeting with someone
But wait, Yona, you want to find somewhere to take a bath tomorrow, right?
I don't mind
Jae-ha and the others still can't move well enough, so you should go with Yona when she takes her bath
Ah, it's fine!
I'll be fine, so Hak should go to where he wants to go!
I'll stay with her until she finishes her bath
Hak has to go somewhere
*splash splash splash*
I gotta do it fast
I can't make him wait
The way the little miss bathes is intense, huh
It's because she doesn't know whether we'll live or die tomorrow, apparently
Hak looks so sad
Why? I don't understand, but
It's my fault
At any rate, I have to make sure I'm not an annoyance for him anymore
Sorry for the wait!
Little miss, that was too fast, you're still wet
Your bow is crooked
The water was cold so I got out quickly
You'll catch a cold
I-I'm fine! I'll dry off myself
Hak, you have something to do, right? You can go if you want
It seems like when Hak talks to me, his face stiffens
Where are you going?
Who are you meeting with?
Can I come too?
I want to be kind to Hak
I want Hak to smile
See ya. If anything happens, shoot off a signal flare
He said he's meeting with someone, but who?
Someone from the Wind Tribe?
Can move a little now
It's warm here
Here, lemon tea
Ah, thank you!
Did something happen with Hak?
Not really, nothing happened
You're bad at lying, Yona-chan
has a dark expression on his face
what I should have done...
It's okay, take it slow
...So Hak... had a fiance
And you see...
Hey hey hey, I said to take it slow and then you suddenly dropped a bomb on us
Are you certain about that!?
Yes, I heard Hak talking with the Wind Tribe yesterday. It seems like Mundok decided it
Mundok is the one who raised Hak, right?
Hey, Zeno-kun, Shin-ah-kun! Is this really the time to be sleeping!?
We've gotten to the good part!
The Wind Tribe hero
So what did you do...?
Since the people at the Wind Tribe have been waiting for him for three years, and he has a fiance, I thought he might want to go home to Fuuga for a bit
So I asked him...
Then he asked, "Do you not need me?"
But it wasn't about that, it's that he's always saving me
So if the time came that I'd be okay without him
I thought that I'd give him his freedom back...
Eh? No, that wasn't what I meant at all
Yona... doesn't that sound like you told the thunderbeast that you don't need him...?
I know that wasn't what you meant, but
In that situation, saying that makes it sound like the thunderbeast doesn't have a place here
And since it's the thunderbeast, it makes even worse
...That's not how it sounds, is it...?
I wonder why...
I was trying so hard then...
I hurt Hak...
I couldn't say it better...
...I don't think it's about finding a better way to say it
If you just tell him honestly
what you're really thinking...
The thing about the fiance might be some sort of misunderstanding too. Why don't you ask Hak about it?
Uuh... I'm scared
Do you not want Hak to have a fiance?
If you were to ask whether I'd want that or not
I'd say I'd hate that
That's what I thought
So then, you should tell him that too
He could have gone to see Ayame-san
Hak said there was something we needed to talk about, but then he wouldn't tell me
I think he's mad...
Something you need to talk about it, huh
But... If you're not honest with him, Yona-chan
Not only might he not want to talk about that, but isn't it possible that he will go away somewhere because of this misunderstanding?
Are you okay with that?
Even though he just left
I miss Hak
He came back...
Nii-chan, do you have food in that bag?
I got it from a band of merchants
Food and weapons and such
You went to meet with merchants?
An acquaintance of mine is part of the group, I knew they'd be around here this time of year
Hak, I'm sorry about yesterday...!
...Why are you apologizing?
I didn't communicate well and I hurt you
I heard you talking to the Wind Tribe yesterday
I thought that I had always been stealing you away from the Wind Tribe
And not only that, you...
You have a fiance
Oh, you mean Ayame
He doesn't deny it!?
Ah, I can't say this right
So that's why you were pressuring me to go home and saying things like that you're giving me my freedom back
I have to tell him
It's not that I don't need you
I have to tell him
You're important to me
Stay here with me...
...What was that...
I... told you, haven't I?
Over and over again
I'm not leaving you!
Shouldn't that be clear by now!!
It's not like I do it out of a sense of obligation
Figure it out already!!
The Wind Tribe is important to me!
And if something happens to them, I will go and save them!!
But my home
is right here!!
You don't have to apologize
Please don't say things like "We're all right now, go back to Fuuga" like I'm an outsider
I just want you to know that
And one more thing
Even though you're such a child
You said you're giving me my freedom back, but it's not like I'm following you because of King Il's orders
King Il was the master I swore absolute obedience to
Maybe you don't think that you're as important as him, but
I followed you
And I was overwhelmed by your strength and your p@ssion
I decided I would live for you
You're the one that taught me
the pride in serving someone!!
Thank you, Zeno-kun. Kija-kun, do you need one too?
I... have said a lot of things that probably left you exasperated
But can I ask one thing?
What about Ayame-san...?
If you're not going home
So then, does that mean it's not an order...
You know... I'll just say this because I don't like misunderstandings. The fiance thing was just one of Grandpa's whims
Ayame has a lover!
Eh? Wait, so does that mean she broke up--
YOU'RE THE ONE I LOVE!!!
Don't "Eh?" me!!
Ayame has a partner, the one I love is you, and I don't have a fiance!!
I'M TIRED OF THIS ALREADY!!
YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THIS FOR ME, RIGHT!?
What will the dumbstruck Yona do after Hak's declaration!?
Glad we got that straightened out
Next chapter on sale January 20th