Shimiko was glad that the twins were not bashful around her. It meant that they felt safe and comfortable when she was near. It was clear from their reaction reading the letter, and from the words that followed, that they were thrilled to be admitted into the clan. Shimiko held them tightly as she found herself overwhelmed with emotion. It wasn't pain or loss though. It was a fulfilling and joyous feeling. It made her weep even though she tried to fight back the tears. No amount of sacrifices or brutal murderers could replace the high she felt at this moment. For a brief second, all of the worries of the world had been washed away. All that mattered now was her being there for the twins, and the twins being there for her.
"I swear I won't ever leave you guys. I'll always be there for you, I promise."
Shimiko knew that the natural course of the world was for people to die. For them to get old and perish away. It was a harsh reality but not one she would let them face anytime soon. While it was true that the Church taught such inevitabilities could be reversed or staved off through the glory of Jashin, Shimiko wasn't sure she was worthy of receiving such a blessing. The most devout and worthy of Jashin would be willing to sacrifice anything for their Lord's sake. And for the first time in her life, Shimiko had found the only people that she would never sacrifice. It was a blasphemous thought, and Shimiko knew better than to dwell on it. Yet in her heart, she knew it was true. No matter how small or fleeting that belief was, it was the honest truth.
Shimiko broke the hug and wiped her eyes, re-centering herself.
"Okay so, soon we'll be heading off to the mountains to meet the rest of the Clan. I'll get everything packed and ready to go. You can take your new puppy along with you as well if you'd like. You should give it a name by the way!" she said sweetly. Shimiko then worked to tidy up the apartment and get their stuff ready for the trip. She'd stay close but give the twins the time and space they needed to play with their new pet. Once everything was packed and ready to go then they'd head out the door to embark on their journey.