Koori no Mamono no Monotagari by Shiho Sugiura
Translations by Sumeragi, April 2002

Legend
words - thoughts/unspoken
(name) - someone else speaking in person's thoughts
<words> - actions
[words] - side dialogue in small print
[arrow - words] - an author's comment arrow at speaker
{words} - my comments

Volume 2, pp 31 - 80

Pg 31

Narration
Its name is "Gushing Blood"
Matchless in strength, cunning, and heartlessness
Now has vanished, the leader of the North

Pg 32-33

Blood and Ishuca Series
A Blooming Flower for His Sake

Pg 34

<Blood and Ishuca are about ready to leave for Toei>

Ishuca
Blood…why are you upset?

Blood

… …The burn is healed…
[The one on my stomach]

Ishuca
…So, why are you upset?

Blood
Why did you heal it while I was asleep!!

Pg 35

Ishuca
…So, why be upset about it
…But…
To heal a wound, I have to lick it, right?
I don't mind licking my own wounds, but
But licking someone else is almost like kissing
So, I couldn't do it while you're awake!
[Since it'd be embarrassing]

Blood

But, isn't it a healing power?

Ishuca
Uh.

Arrow
Horse

Pg 36

Ishuca
Well…
[I guess, but still]

Blood
Healing powers aren't really anything to be embarrassed about

Ishuca
[No, but]

Blood
Also, there aren't many people who have that type of power

Ishuca
Eh, is that so?

Blood
[A-ah] There really aren't. You're pretty amazing

Ishuca
Eh, really?
[Arrow - flattered]

Blood
So don't be wasteful
I'd like to see a wound be healed [Arrow - lie]

Ishuca
You haven't seen it?

Blood
[Never] [Arrow - lie]

Ishuca
[Is that so]

Blood
So next time, heal me such that I can watch [I want to see!] [Arrow - lie]

Ishuca
Uhn, I understand

<The demon gets in a little victory pose>

Blood
Alright!!
[He said, uhn!!]
[Arrow - narrow-minded]

Ishuca
[Arrow - dimwit]
…hn?

Pg 37

Ishuca
[Ah, that's right] About where are the Toei cliffs?
---We are currently
on our way to the Toei cliffs
Blood is going to look for jewels

Blood
Well, to explain it simply
"Toei" is an old word that means "North"
It's not the name for a town or village
It covers the area
Even though it's "Toei," it is a wide range
…It's about right of that mountain and next to that mountain.

~~~ far in the distance ~~~

Pg 38

<Though he asked, Ishuca isn't listening and playing with the horse>

Ishuca
[Yay]

Blood
Since you're coming with me up until the cliffs
You can wait in the nearest town...so
Listen to me!! You over there!!
[Just whom are you getting on good terms with]

<Sometime later, Ishuca is riding the horse while Blood walks along side>

Ishuca
Blood
Are you really not tired? From that walking
[It looks kind of strange with only me riding a horse]

Blood
Tired…? There isn't a reason for me to be tired, is there?
Walking this distance

Pg 39

Ishuca
This distance, you say…
The metabolisms of demons…
It's different from humans after all?
Blood is a demon
Just a little while ago he was trapped in ice
[Arrow pointing at picture of Blood in ice - this]

Blood
That's obvious
Particularly with the muscles and nerves
Since the cell structure is different…
[If demons had human-like metabolism]
[I would've died when I was in that ice]

Pg 40

Blood
We can alter our nervous system [By the way]

Ishuca
That's not human…

Blood
That's why we're called demons! [Are you an idiot]

Ishuca
However, I could also be a demon
But I haven't changed too much from being a human
[Ah, except I can heal wounds]
Then after all, it's because I haven't been a demon from the start
Ah, unless zombies don't have metabolisms?

Blood

--- He

He still believes that he is a zombie!?

Ishuca
[Uh---n, what could it be]

Pg 41

Blood
He has the power to heal wounds
He's fine when touching talismans
He can enter through a priest's barrier
It doesn't mean he is a demon…
…Enough, he should realize he is normal

Ishuca
The wording of "dead person returned" implies there isn't a metabolism---
[Uh--n]
Ah, but coming back to life would mean there is a metabolism

Blood
What will come from this deep thinking…

Ishuca
Ah, that's wrong
I get it!
When coming back to life, it surely used up my energy!
[Why, of course. How wasteful]

Blood
Coming to that point
Is this amusing… [Enough, I give up…]

Pg 42

Ishuca
Ah!
I can see it…a village

Blood
Let's go in. We'll stop there for today

Ishuca
Uhn

Pg 43

Ishuca
… …Somehow
It seems like there aren't people

Blood
A-ah

Ishuca
I'm going to ask about the location of an inn
[At that nearby house]

<Ishuca runs off by himself while Blood stays outside>

Blood
Hn
People aren't here
…No presence either?

Pg 44

Ishuca
Hello---
Is no one here? …I'd feel bad if they're sleeping
[I'll go to a different house]
Hello
Is anybody here…
Ah, it opened
It's filled with spider webs
Does no one live here anymore

Pg 45

Blood
The trees don't even have leaves
No flowers or fruits either
There doesn't seem to be a reason for it to die…
Golden threads
…A spider web?

Pg 46

<Blood tries to grab some of the mysterious golden threads that are draped over the trees, but his hand passes through>

Blood

It passes through?

Ishuca
Blood!!

Blood
!?
Ishuca!?

Ishuca
Over here!! Come here!!

<Ishuca directs him over to the house he went into>

Pg 47

Blood
…What is it all of the sudden
[Don't scare me]

Ishuca
[Sorry] Just a second… Well

Blood
Is nobody here as well [in this house]

Ishuca
…Uhn, but

Pg 48

<In a back room, there are several clothed skeletons that have golden threads circling their necks>

Pg 49

Ishuca

Pg 50

Blood
It seems like there isn't anybody alive [first of all]

Ishuca
Uhn…

Blood
The trees are the same without leaves

Ishuca
Eh
It doesn't seem like they died…of sickness…
Everyone…had golden threads wrapped around their necks

Blood
It's probably a demon that would do something like this

Ishuca
All of … this?

Blood
A-ah

Ishuca
Who would do such a thing
It's awful

Pg 51

Blood

Let's go

Ishuca
Eh?

Blood
Did you want to stay? In this village

Ishuca
That would be bad…

Blood
There's a village a short distance ahead
[Move up a little. I'm also riding]
[Here, hold this]
We better fly before night falls

Ishuca
Uhn

Blood
Hand over the reins

Ishuca
Sure…

Blood
Let's move!
[Don't fall]

Pg 52

<Over looking the two is a mystery demon>

Demon

…Just now
Just now was?
It was
It was
Of course, no doubt

Pg 53

Demon
I must let everyone know!!

<At the next village, Blood and Ishuca are checking in>

Inn Lady
Please take number 3
The most inner room

Pg 54

Inn Lady
Ah. If you'd like, also take these [you young man]
They were grown here and are delicious
Since there is a kitchen in the room, you can cook something
There are also spices for you to use

Ishuca
Thank you, ma'am [I'll take it]
The village
This village doesn't seem to have changed

Pg 55

Blood
A-ah… [I guess]
! …What's that

Ishuca
I got them from that lady
Since they are home grown, they should be delicious [surely]

Blood
…It's food?

Ishuca
? Uhn…

Blood
Are we going to eat it like that?

Ishuca
Eh?
[How can raw potatoes be good]
What should I make? A meal
[Wow, complete spices]

Blood
Eh?
This "meal," it's made?

Ishuca
Eh!?

Pg 56

Blood
Don't those foods exist in that form!?
[Bread, Pot-au-feu, Omelets…eh?]
[Arrow - Novice.]

Ishuca
Su…Such things don't exist…
[Where…]

Blood
I see, so doing this makes a "meal" ~~~
[Fuh---n, Heh---]

Ishuca

Pg 57

Blood
Why do you cook

Ishuca
Since I always cooked at home…
[Want to taste?]

Blood
You lived by yourself?
You said that you didn't have family

Ishuca
[Ah] Though I come from an orphanage, there was Grandma who took me in
Until Grandma died, it was always the two of us living together
And you?

Blood
[This is good]

Ishuca
[Really? I'm glad]

Blood
Me?

Ishuca
A father, or mother…
They are probably handsome

Blood
I don't have any
[What are you saying]

Pg 58

Ishuca
Eh?

Blood
Demons don't have the concepts of parents and children
All children are abandoned at birth
They are also those that are eaten

Ishuca
…But…their own children…

Blood
That's why I said there isn't such a feeling
We are cut off, all of us "ourselves"

Pg 59

Blood
The instant after birth, we live alone
Our life or death depends on us
Since to us demons power and skill are everything,
all obey the strongest one
A guy that doesn't obey is killed
Since he's weak [nor can he make complaints]
If you want to stay alive, you have to get strong
A strong opponent must be obeyed

Pg 60

Blood
A strong, cold-blooded demon certainly survives
It's that kind of world

Ishuca
Then, since childhood…
You've been alone…?

Blood
What about it?
[Is it something strange]

Ishuca

Hn…

Pg 61

Ishuca
Nothing
It's done
Here

Blood
[Ho--- it's a meal, the real thing]

Ishuca
---Meals
A mother to make them
It wasn't there for him…
And so, that's why he didn't know [that meals were something made]

Pg 62

Ishuca
Huh
He fell asleep like this
[He didn't get dressed]
Well, that's okay [I'll cover him with a blanket]

I also didn't have parents or siblings, but
I had Grandma to kindly raise me
As for Blood

Pg 63

Ishuca
Being by himself, wasn't he probably lonely
…Loneliness
He probably didn't think of it
Perhaps, desperately staying alive
He didn't grow up with such a feeling

Pg 64

Ishuca
That is kind of
Lonely…

<He says while ruffling a hand through Blood's hair>

Pg 65

<Elsewhere during the night, someone looks over the village and goes there>
<A mother steps out of her bath>

Pg 66-67

<Golden threads slip through an open window towards her sleeping son>

Pg 68-69

<As the demon runs away, the mother screams, thus waking Ishuca and Blood>

Ishuca
What was that right now… [a scream?]

Blood
[Arrow - has great hearing]
From that house… [What is it]
Ah, hey Ishuca!?

Ishuca
I'm going

Blood
[Hey, wait]

<The twosome barge into the house>

Ishuca
[I'm coming in] What is it!? [Are you okay---!?]

Blood

Woman
My…
My child…

Pg 70

<Golden threads are wrapped around the boy's throat>

Ishuca
The same as that village
Golden threads

Pg 71

Woman
It's…no use
He'll die, my child!
He'll die!!

Man
Yuika!!

Ishuca
…Those threads?
It's the fault of those threads?
If you take them off
---Eh!?

<His hand can't grasp the threads and passes through>

Pg 72

Man
Those threads can't be touched
Of course, they can't be removed
In our village
Many people died because of those threads
Even now in that village, the bodies remain there like that
Everyone was nervous and fled without burying the dead
Surely, it's the work of a demon we haven't seen
Those that have the threads wrapped around their necks will
…Slowly, slowly

Pg 73

Man
Have their Seiki (life force) drained from them and then
They will die, becoming just bones and skin

Woman
Why? …We fled
We ran away

Pg 74

Woman
I thought it would be all right now…!

<Blood and Ishuca leave the village>

Ishuca
That boy…will he die?

Blood
He'll probably be dead soon

Pg 75

Ishuca
(Man) ---This village as well
(Man) is surely dangerous
(Man) You two should quickly get away
(Man) Before you are caught by the demons
(
Man) It would be best to get away

Pg 76

Blood
…Strange…

Ishuca
Eh?

Blood
---Around here
There shouldn't be any demons…
!
Ishuca

Pg 77

Ishuca
?

<Blood pulls Ishuca behind him just before eyes appear from the darkness of the forest>

Pg 78

Ishuca
Blood [hello]
Wha
What is that
(Man) Before you are caught by the demons
(
Man) It would be best to get away
This is really bad…

Blood
Nei!
[Night!]

Pg 79

Nei
…You've cut…
your hair

Pg 80

<The demon from before that spotted Blood kneels down in front of the blonde>

Nei
It's been a long time
Leader

 

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