Focusing his chakra, Shikaji lifted Chojiro from the ground and pulled his withered comrade over towards him, setting him down infront of Shikaji and Junko, extending his shoulder to let Chojiro lean against it for support. Shikaji knew he would be feeling weak after that. The Akimichi's actions had been difficult, Shikaji knew, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. From the sounds of sobbing beside him, it was clear that it had been hard on Junko, as well. With Chojiro resting on one of his shoulders, Shikaji used his free arm to gently stroke Junko's back, a slight comforting in what he knew was an upsetting time. Given that he was the person that had decided that the leyline needed to be destroyed, he was unsure if he could offer her any more comfort than that. "It's done," he repeated, echoing Chojiro's words in affirmation.
In that moment, seeing the condition of his loved ones, Shikaji almost wanted to apologize to them, but he held his tongue. What good would his apology do now? Would it really make them feel any better about what they had done? He wasn't entirely sure, and that upset him somewhat. He felt like an apology might only make them feel worse, especially because he knew that any apology of his would likely ring hollow. He had cast his feelings aside and did as the village had commanded, for the sake of the people that he cared for. Even if he was dismayed that something as beautiful as the leyline had to be destroyed, he couldn't say that he regretted what they did. The leyline's destruction had possibly saved many lives, especially those of people close to him, and for that, Shikaji didn't feel that he could rightfully apologize.
"Come on," he urged, taking a few steps forward, carrying Chojiro along with him. He gave Junko a soft pat on the back before sliding his hand down to one of her own and linking their hands, softly tugging her forward along with him. "We need to hurry. That'll have alerted the enemy to our presence. We need to get out of here. Now," he instructed, leading the way forward and away from the leyline's ruins. He couldn't offer them an apology, but he could offer them support. He could offer them strength, a sturdy pillar to lean on and rely on. For now, that was the best he could do.
Life's a balance, you can feel it in your soul,
Time's a challenge, you can't be in control,
I will manage to bring peace to the world,
And I, will turn your heart into gold.