The reaction to her compliment was one that she was happy with but not one she had truthfully been expecting. While the two team members had grown closer in the time since Shingen's passing there was still that something between them, that something being her religious beliefs. While she understood that it was something Kanbe didn't, and likely would never, condone that didn't change her outlook on Jashinism. There was only the hope that one day she could get him to see things her way, to join her how she was now. To avoid the hurt of losing someone she loved again.
She rolled her eyes and kicked the sand in front of her childishly, "Of course I think that, my days of lying to you guys are long gone, you know that." Folding her arms across her chest, Ty Lee shook her head causing the messy twin-tails atop it to bounce slightly. "Well, don't get too used to it. I don't want compliments to become something we do all the time." Her eyes moved up to his, "It means less when you do it all the time and, to me, I want it to mean something when I do it."
The next few words were cathartic to say the least. She wasn't sure if Kanbe was saying them because he thought she needed to hear it but she didn't care even if he was. To know that Shingen, no anyone, was proud of her was something she had yearned for since first becoming a shinobi. Her parents had done away with their ties to her once she became a Jashinist. Her time before Shingen was akin to prison. It was only since meeting them, Kanbe, Shingen, Arid, Ayane, Nensho, Yui, all the people she had grown to love that she had felt like anything more than a corpse. Despite being near them though, there was always that nagging feeling that everything she did was pointless. Time erased all things so what did it matter what these people at this time thought of her? Soon they'd be gone and she wouldn't. That was always the looming shadow in the back of her mind, but hearing Kanbe tell her that he was proud of her? The shadow was blown to pieces. It didn't matter anymore if one day none of this mattered.
It mattered now.
A smile grew from ear to ear as the hints of wetness welled at the corners of her eyes before quickly being wiped away. "That...that means a lot." More than you could ever know. She thought before taking a deep breath through her nose and letting it escape between her lips, "Okay," her hands shook and it seemed like all of the weight of the night's revelations shook free from her with them, "I think we should get to it. There's a lot to do and I'm stuck with you to do it, so we better hurry before the village collapses or something." She joked with a soft, almost flirty, laugh.