This was such an amazing story. The way all the characters are messed up in their own way.
Maybe Toma's behaviour may seem boderline douchebagish (it's a word) but even without reading the other part I feel I can't really judge him for his mistakes and I think thay mainly due to the way the story it's written.
Well... I hope all this makes sense.
Very good work!
Author's Response: Thank you for reading/reviewing this Hime :) this is the story I have the deepest emotional connection to so it's always nice to read what other people thought of it :) I can be a little biased sometimes.
You're right :) they are all pretty messed up because after all no one's perfect in the end
The other part is mostly just his narration of the events because a lot of what we see from Maki's side is fogged up and blemished with her perspective on things (she's never believed in herself, she's always thought Toma wanted to mess her up, she's a bit scared of actually letting herself fall in love completely) so it didn't feel fair not giving him a side too but that doesn't excuse Toma's behaviour of course. I'm glad that you don't hate him for it (neither does Maki even though sometimes people interpret the story a bit differently).
You make total sense dw :D! Thank you again! *hugs*
Don't worry :) everything you said