Angel or Devil?
Brighter than my future
okay but THIS, this right here is so fucking important because after Mo tells him about his more traumatic experience (something that has tormented him for years, in silence, without being able to verbalize it) the FIRST thing He Tian says to him is: “you did nothing wrong”.
YOU DID NOTHING WRONG.
and i can’t explain how moved i was while reading that panel. the accuracity of He Tian’s words finished this chapter in the most tender, compassive way. because, one of the most important things in order to treat/help a person with pstd is telling them that the incident which caused so much pain in their life it wasn’t their fault. it wasn’t. in order to overcome and move on from the guilt that has had you paralyzed all that time, you need to hear it from somebody else, the perspective from an outsider who listens to your story, and who with that understanding is entitled to tell you that you weren’t responsible for that, you didn’t have to take care of that burden, you didn’t deserve all that suffering.
knowing that, in fact, it wasn’t your fault, allows you to forgive yourself. and by the love of God, Mo needs it. he is a good boy who has been in the middle of horrid situations only because of the circumstances. he deserves to enjoy his life, to walk without being afraid, to make bonds. to love and be loved.
the hug in the end is the final physical reassurance he needs in that moment, and i’m so so grateful for that. a bitter chapter indeed, but with the promise of a hopeful sequel.