Hagane stood there, stunned, then nodded.
"I don't blame you." She said. "I know what it's like to be hunted, and I know what it's like to be betrayed. But do you want to know what my goal is?" She asked, stepping forwards towards Phantom. "My goal in life is to be able to close my eyes not wake up a few hours later screaming. I do the job, take the money, so I can make a better life. You want to save your girlfriend?" She snapped, not used to being called out by some masked man like this. "Get this. I didn't have anyone to save me. I had kids getting their necks snapped for climbing over the wall. I had my roommates going off to the showers and never coming back. I had gunmen patrolling my house, ready to shoot me in the back of the head just in case I made a break for it."
"You think YOU hate mercenaries?" Hagane asked Phantom. "You can tell me that when it's your leg they broke because you woke up at 5:01 AM. You can tell me that when you grow up thinking that's normal. At least you made a choice to have people hunt you. Do you know what I did?" Hagane asked, tears in her eyes. "MY MOTHER WAS IMPREGNATED BY SOME COSMIC BEAST THAT LIKES TO SLEEP AROUND AND DITCH HER WHEN THE SWAT TEAM CAME KNOCKING, LEAVING HER TO GET A BULLET TO HER HEAD AND ME TO GET HAULED OFF TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP SO THEY COULD STUDY ME BEFORE I COULD EVEN WIPE MY OWN ASS!"
Hagane then realised how aggressive she was getting, and lowered her hand before she transmuted someone.
"Sorry." She said eventually. "That had nothing to do with anything. Was it the jobs for money, or the heartless monster part of me that was so disgusting?"