I feel so stupid for not realizing this wasn’t included in the Cherry Bomb collection! I thought Once and Never Again was the entirety of the Tokyo Demons bonus material.
So that being said…wow. This certainly sated some of the curiosity I had about Sachi and Kado’s living circumstances after the end of Book 2. It’s interesting to see how far Kado has come, from a sobbing wreck to someone who has no problem bring harsh with Sachi for his own good. Either it’s character progression, or we finally get the chance to see what he’s like when he’s not manipulating people with his own weakness. (Or both.) On the other hand he seems to have regressed in terms of being okay with people touching him, but that’s not really surprising considering what Touya’s probably been doing to him every night.
Whoops, missed this! Sorry. Thanks for the feedback. <3 People have been pinging me on social media about this story, but my favorite place for discussion is the forums. Feels so organized~.
Re: Kado progressing vs showing his true colors, this isn't a spoiler, but you're right that it's both. Kado's development arc is a very long one, and he's a very severe guy, so his reaction to a challenge is to either cower/hide or leap headfirst. So we're seeing a little bit of that here, in him making an extreme decision and following through...but I also wanted to give him more of the narrative now that the audience knows some of what he was hiding, because a lot of his real personality was hidden under lying and manipulation. I was honestly kinda worried that stuff would get lost in the books proper, plus Sachi getting an orgasm makes the readership happy, so boom! Cherry Bomb was the perfect answer.
(Yeah, the Cherry Bomb Collections are kinda confusing, since they're bind-ups of stuff to a certain date, and then we have stuff rolling out until we have enough for another bind-up. We should probably clarify that better!)
Oh, and re: Kado regressing in the touching department, some of that is specific to 1.) men, 2.) Sachi, 3.) what’s going on with Touya, although I won’t spoil the details. Kado’s got this “physical revulsion” slider that goes up and down depending on the situation. He’s always had a low-level version of that revulsion because of his boundary issues (with his power), and it got worse after the rape, but the severity of it is contextual. He was better around Ayase because she was a safe space. :(