X = Y

Individuality and sentiment are two things that distinguish one person from the next. However, trouble and difficulty lie down the path of adversity for those decreed as a whole but born destinate to be two halves — Twins.

Meet Rei Hirojima and Kei Hirojima — two normal inseparable young boys closely connected through their admiration for one another. Brought up in Japan's countryside by their parents who have no other family, Kei has a closer connection to his mother whilst Rei to his father.

Crime is on the rise. But on one fateful day, they lose their parents and home at the hands of a gang, seeking to steal all the wealthy possessions of the Hirojima family. This is a true test of nature against nurture as the boys walk down different paths, voracious in inflicting revenge against the assailants who took everything away from them; One enacting justice embodying the gavel, the other defiant of the law culling with his justice: his fists.

Prompt: When the Clock Strikes Midnight
Theme(s): #Mystery #Crime #Suspense
My themes: #Police #Shounen/Seinen

Why X = Y? Men have a pair of chromosomes labelled XY. As the story revolves around male twins, they are the same — they are equivalent to each other in terms of the DNA they share — yet they are two completely different people who gradually develop their personality, and through it, they gain individuality.

Feel free to scrutinise and critique. I'll take it to heart, and it'll rip a whole but that's fine. :]
The first 19 chapters up to the end of "Chapter 19: Regret is Loss Irreplaceable" can be seen as the prologue. I wanted to do a time skip initially, but I also wanted it to feel full in a sense, so I wrote it out.

Chapters 1-19 focus primarily on two themes: Psychological and Martial Arts. Chapters after that focus more on Psychological, Police and Crime. Both parts have elements of Action and Mystery, more so in the latter half.

Prompt: When the Clock Strikes Midnight
Theme(s): #Mystery #Crime #Suspense
My themes: #Police #Shounen/Seinen

Why X = Y? Men have a pair of chromosomes labelled XY. As the story revolves around male twins, they are the same — they ...

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Chapter 1: Those Who Seek
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Chapter 2: The Truth of a Matter
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Chapter 3: They Shall All Know
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Chapter 4: What True Pain Feels Like
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Chapter 5: For They Have Experienced It
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Chapter 6: What Was Unknown
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Chapter 7: The Heart Becomes Fervent To
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Chapter 8: The Atmosphere That Binds
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Chapter 9: The Understanding of Hurt
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Chapter 10: Growth and Relishing Thought
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Chapter 11: They Come To See it as Necessary
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Chapter 12: The Will of The World
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Chapter 13: Plans Are Created Without Acceptance
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Chapter 14: Things Proceed Without Consent
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Chapter 15: Events Happen Seeking Approval
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Chapter 16: Gifted Are Those Who Create
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Chapter 17: Cursed Are Those Who Destroy
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Chapter 18: Envious Are Those Without Anything
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Chapter 19: Regret is Loss Irreplaceable
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Chapter 20: Awareness of Loss Becomes Permanent
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Chapter 21: True Value Is Found Through Loss
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Chapter 22: Known To You Forgotten By Others
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Chapter 23: Manifested Through Deviated Sight
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Chapter 24: Visages Bounded Beyond Time
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Chapter 25: Escaped Relevance Brought To Light
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Chapter 26: All Is Required Planned By The World
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Chapter 27: Those Unneeded Are Replaced Apathetically
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Chapter 28: The Weak Outnumber The Strong
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Chapter 29: The Strong Overpower The Weak
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Chapter 30: They Require Each Other To Coexist
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Chapter 31: Margins Implausible To Draw
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Chapter 32: Lives Intertwined
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Chapter 33: By The Finest of Threads
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Chapter 34: Noted What Is Not Forgotten
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Chapter 35: Undesirable Memories Resurface
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Chapter 36: Perished Are Those Without Self
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Chapter 37: Unbeknownst To The Psyche
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Chapter 38: An Eternal Story Incessantly Recovered
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Chapter 39: A Covenant of Ruination and Damnation
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Chapter 40: Sought After For Salvation
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Chapter 41: Triumphant By What You Love
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Chapter 42: Content With What You Have (Eien's Story)
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Chapter 43: Finale: The Necessity of Valuing Life
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Chapter 44: (Non-Canon Ending) Hope and Believe, For You Will Prevail
GenreActionMartial ArtsMysteryPsychologicalCrime
UpdatedSep 03, 2021
Writing StatusFinished
Word Count125,926
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