Title: Humanity
Author: Kristen Sharpe
Date: April 22, 2014
Rating: K
Warnings: Spoilers for manga chapters 55 and 56
Continuity: Manga
Disclaimer: “Ao no Exorcist/Blue Exorcist” belongs to Kazue Katou, Shueisha, Aniplex, and various other parties.
Author's Note: An attempt to explain Rin's reaction to the zombie test subjects in the current manga arc.


            When he hesitated to destroy the all-too-human zombies, Rin knew the others didn’t understand. He didn’t want them to understand.

            They were human and would always be human. They didn’t have to hold their humanity in a white-knuckled grip while all the world tried to tear it away.

            And, he was glad of that.

            But, it didn’t work that way for him. He was a monster and had always been a monster, just now everyone could see it. His only humanity was in what he did. And, in what he didn’t do.

            Monsters killed humans.

            And so, he could not.