Mars v.9 by Fuyumi Soryo – 200 pages
Kira’s stepfather confronts her about Rei, and tells her not to see him. When he grabs at her, she panics and bludgeons him on the head with a clock. Thinking she’s killed him, she flees to Rei’s apartment. Her father survives and asks to apologize to her for overreacting about Rei, but Kira decides to start a new life with Rei, and moves in with him.
Kira’s disturbed behavior and what she tells Rei sheds new light on her character, and it was a dramatic jump ahead in the story to get a better look at the feelings she’s been keeping hidden, and how they will manage together from now on. I’m ready to pick up the next volume in the series.