Kannagi wore no real outward expression of emotion. Other than the splitting cracks along her cheeks and nose, her face was as plain as it always looked; though her blue eyes were stoic, not betraying sadness, anger or any other feeling within, they were focused on Sojiro's words. Why had she done what she had? There was some soul searching going on in her mind already and his demands for an explanation, though possibly rhetorical, did make her think. Her independence had given her great strength. She needed no one, especially not since she had left the Irezumi. Wrapped up in proving her worth and enjoying her freedoms, Kannagi hadn't made any friends. After four years in the village, she hadn't a single person to rely on and with the ties to her family severed, the woman always stood for herself.
In a mission, she generally took over. Not because she was a leader at heart, but because Kannagi couldn't rely on her partners to do their jobs. They looked down on her, thought of her as less capable, not just for her womanhood but because of her late start to the shinobi in general. She couldn't count on them, that is what she had always thought. Sojiro's words made a contest of that. Had he been in charge? Well, yes, probably, but such a ruling had never made a difference to her. The kunoichi was so careful and competent that often she had the ability to ignore any plans in place or set up private plans of her own. Always, they had resulted in a successful mission, but maybe it was her that was unreliable. How could other genin trust her if she had never trusted them? Had she ever truly given them a chance? And even now, knowing how capable both of her partners were, could she still justify her actions as helpful to the mission at large? If she had placed her trust in Sojiro and Genkumaru, then maybe it would have worked out better. Maybe Sojiro was right about some of the things he said. She didn't do it to feel special, to put her own or anyone's life at risk. Kannagi had done it because she did not trust these people. She didn't trust anyone, she thought to herself with a sad realization.
Still, her blue eyes betrayed no hint of her thoughts. She remained silent as she considered Sojiro's words and he headed away after reprimanding Genkumaru's emotional reactions on a mission. When Sojiro turned back and addressed her as a friend, her eyes finally grew wide with disbelief. After everything they had done, he wanted a relationship with her? A relationship built on trust? She was made speechless, though this time not by choice. Her actions had indeed done Sojiro a disservice and she owed him. Some day, she would settle those accounts, but for now, Kannagi let him go.
The blue haired woman turned to Genkumaru who had defended her, which was also strange to her. It was clear some of his words were correct, but in this situation, she had indeed made a mistake. His confession of his reaction to her leaving the group on her own reconnaissance mission disturbed her. He had betrayed and ignored his partner and his friend. He put himself and the whole group in danger. Kannagi had done so as well, but it was a cold calculated mistake that she planned now to learn to rectify. This wasn't the first time Genkumaru had risked himself and made a mistake because of his emotions. It wasn't even the angle of her being a woman, perhaps. She had often pointed it out to him in an attempt to help him find a way to better respond to his heart's first temperamental reaction. It seemed that her powerful argument with him just days earlier, before the mudslide had even occurred, was already lost on him. His words out loud guarded her honor and capability, but his actions just continued to show how weak he was afraid Kannagi was. He saw her as a damsel, over and over. Her hands tightened into hard knots at her side when he defended her mistake to Sojiro. Even now, he was trying to protect her with his emotional ties to her presence. Could she not handle the sharp words of Sojiro on her own?
Her blue eyes closed as she breathed slowly in and out, calming herself. However, it seemed Genkumaru's confessions would not stop there. As Sojiro departed, he outed himself in a passionate declaration of his love for her. He claimed irrationality and that Kannagi could not refute. As he made a bloody vow with his hand and his kunai, Kannagi allowed a frown to slip into her porcelain visage. She took note of his promise as he handed her the kunai. She held it until he started to walk away. With a deep inhale, Kannagi called after him in a stern voice. It was the first thing she had said this entire time. "Your impulsions warrant comment. I will still act as a friend to you, I will still assist you if you require it," The kunoichi hurled the kunai then, aiming to strike the earth besides his feet. "But keep your vows and your sentimentality. Your words, promises, blood covered vows... Genkumaru, they show that still you are fickle and overwrought by your heart's desires. You risk your life and mine by being blind to this, my friend."
Kannagi ran a hand through her blue hair, looking at the aftermath of the explosion all around them. "You certainly risk your life by continuing to discredit me. I am not an accolade, a trophy upon your shoulders that you can sport to buff your insecurities. I suggest your focus is to work on yourself. I have my own personal flaws to attend to." Her words might have been harsh, but she had always been blunt in her truthfulness with Genkumaru. It made no sense to take his kunai and his vow and enable him to use this moment for dramatic motivation. What Genkumaru needed was genuine and real change. Only time would tell if he could reign in his emotions and be his own shinobi. It was an ironic opposite to what Kannagi needed; she needed to learn trust and dependence, at least enough to follow the orders of a leader. Genkumaru needed to learn independence and inner strength; his muscles needed a stalwart heart to match.
Kannagi was unsure how this might change their dynamic, understanding her words might not be taken well. Sometimes, honesty was painful but she was devoted to a life without lies, a life where she didn't have to hide herself ever again. The blue haired shinobi would pause and watch him, hoping he wouldn't break down again right there. She was uncertain that if he did that her help in relieving his mental pain would be good for him in the long run. Briefly after, she followed after Sojiro. She would make sure the mission was complete and if Sojiro asked her to leave him, then she would. However uncomfortable it might be, Kannagi was still ruled by her duty.