aelie-baby: Something I forgot to note yesterday: When Relena first walks in to her father’s study, Mommy Darlian gets up like she’s going to embrace her, but Relena interrupts her with her apology for allowing Dad to die. You can see the surprise in Mommy Darlian’s gestures - she wants to hold her daughter, but there’s this new wall there. It’s Relena’s guilt. Relena has developed this streak of self-loathing that is not terribly unusual after such an event, and because of it, she feels unworthy of being comforted by her mother. Some families get much closer after a family tragedy, but that does not seem to be the direction the Darilan women are taking. It goes a long way to explaining why Relena so suddenly decides to forge her own path, separate from her mother.