Ean caught up to Sakura in the hallway. "<Sakura, wait->" he called out. And surprisingly enough, she did. She turned and waited for Ean to catch his breath.
"<I’m sorry,>" Ean said once he had. "<About earlier. I didn’t mean to snap at you. I just… I…>" He fumbled with trying to explain himself.
"It’s okay," Sakura interrupted. Ean blinked in surprise, but she continued before he could say anything.
"I was being stupid; caught up in the freedom from… from the aliens," Sakura said – though she meant to say the freedom from her clan’s expectations. "And, well, you’re cute, Ean, in a kind of hopeless; helpless sort of a way. But I’m a master ninja. Let’s just face it: I have no business getting involved with a nice, normal boy like you.