"To take from the universe, you must give" (32.3), says Akiva.
Karou feels queasy and uneasy as she wonders who felt the pain for each frivolous wish she's made over the years. Is having blue hair worth that?
To change the subject, Akiva fills Karou in on the history of his world, Eretz.
There, the chimaera and the seraphim have been at war for years.
Akiva sees the chimaera as ungrateful: "They were nothing but barbarians. We gave them light, engineering, the written word" (32.34).
Karou's opinion: "The seraphim want to rule the world, the chimaera don't want to be ruled, and that makes them evil" (32.33).
Hm, when you put it that way the seraphim sound downright imperialistic.
Akiva then reveals that the tattoos on his hands, the marks on the backs of his fingers, are tally marks for each chimaera he's killed.
His fingers look like bar codes, so he's killed a lot of 'em.
They end up going to a teahouse to chat. The waitress recognizes Karou as the flying girl. Then Zuzana calls, and says she's coming there to meet up with her.
As if things weren't complicated enough.
Karou tries to think through her dilemma.
He as the enemy of her family. And yet, something tied them together, stronger than any of that. […] Anything she did to fight against it felt like discord, like disharmony with herself. (32.116) And he's hot. Did you forget how hot he is?