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Dark Breath
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Character/s in the cover Cain Heel (Ren Tsuruga)
Volume 30
Arc Dark Breath arc
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ACT.180 ACT.182

Dark Breath is the 181st chapter of the Skip Beat! manga series.


Kyoko is completely unable to sleep. It might have something to do with being under the covers with Ren. Worried about what he's been going through, she watches over him.

Chapter Summary

Kyoko couldn’t sleep so she has been counting fairies. She is already at 53,336 fairies. The fairies are greeting her and thanking her for giving birth to them. Kyoko couldn’t sleep in a position like this wherein she is beside Ren in one bed. Kyoko looks at Ren’s face. She thinks that he looks better now and his body isn’t trembling. She feels that he isn’t an ordinary person.

Kyoko recalls how she ended up lying beside Ren in bed. When she arrived Kyoko asked Cain what happened to him. Instead of answering, he asked her where she went. She told him that she went to buy breakfast. He tells her that it is dangerous to go alone at this time of the night, but she says that it is nearby.

Kyoko is a bit tense when Ren insists that she cannot go out alone by herself. Seeing Ren’s serious eyes, Kyoko apologizes to him. Cain tells her its alright and then opens his arms, spreading the blanket across is shoulders wide. "Come." Kyoko freaks out that he's asking her to step into his arms, admitted that he couldn't mean anything else. She wonders if she's supposed to, as Setsu, do something as brazen and clinging and wrapping herself around him. It's not something siblings would do, but it is possibly something that these two siblings would do.

Kyoko contemplates on this for a while, gradually concluding it's the appropriate thing to do for the characters, when Ren looks somewhat pitiful and calls "Setsu" again. She goes to him and he hugs her within the blanket. Kyoko couldn't come up with an excuse not to do it, besides, she worried that Ren would disappear into thing air if she didn't go over there for him. She remembers that it felt the same when he suddenly snapped out of it after attacking those thugs before. At that time, she wondered if he was Ren or Cain.

Even if it is unusual, she would just dismiss it that he’s Cain because if it isn’t like that, it is quite frightening – it would mean a mercilessness like BJ's exists within the real Ren Tsuruaga. At that time when he hugged her, his fingers were cold and he was trembling. It felt the same as that moment when they'd touched hands after his near-accident with the Dark Moon car stunt.

Kyoko continues to remember similar recent moments, like how surprised he was when Kyoko told him he was smiling while fighting Murasame. Kyoko realizes that something weird is happening with Ren ever since he started to act as Cain, as if he is fighting against something.

She notices Ren has an extremely tense expression in his sleep even in that moment. She realizes that it isn’t just her imagination.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Characters in Order of Appearance
  1. Kyoko's Fairies (Kyoko's imagination)
  2. Kyoko Mogami (Setsuka Heel)
  3. Ren Tsuruga/Kuon Hizuri (Cain Heel)


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