Koori no Mamono no Monogatari by Shiho Sugiura
Translations by Sumeragi, June 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 3, pp 7 - 46

Pg 7

The Flowers Begin to Bloom for His Sake

Pg 8
Pg 9

<Blood and his clone look face to face through the opening in the rock wall>

Blood

Already complete
He’s become substantial
…Did he eat something superior?
Well, even if he couldn’t have been cut, it wouldn’t have been a problem
It’s better this way

Pg 10

Blood
Do not worry
It’ll end with one swipe of this sword

Pg 11

Blood
With this long sword here
I’ll make you disappear without a trace

Cloned Blood
!

Blood
Even if you run, it’s hopeless

Pg 12

<Blood sees Ishuca within the open area and halts his attack>

Blood
---Ishuca!?
Shit…

Pg 13

<The cloned Blood creates a sword identical to Blood’s>

Blood
From the beginning, in his head was the incantation for cutting
He can copy my sword
…I also from the beginning could create this sword
You are truly
me

Pg 14

Blood
More importantly, he decided to bring him here---
When did he bring him here…
A near thing but it seems he hasn’t been killed yet
---by my own hand!!
Doing this without regret
Calm down
I can hear his breaths, so he is still alive

Pg 15

Blood
---I have to hurry and cut him down!!
I should pause and plan [insolent…]
How would I come? If it was me…
If it was me, next I would
Break the stone wall behind me

Pg 16

<Everything Blood says, the clone does>

Blood
Avoid the front of his opponent
And approach him
Bind his legs
At the same time, jump over him
With the opponent’s movements stopped momentarily
Attack his back

Pg 17

<Expecting the back attack, Blood counters>

Pg 18
Pg 19
Pg 20

<Blood slices clean through the body as blood sprays out>

Pg 21

<Nei appears as Blood stands over the dead clone>

Pg 22

<The clone turns to dust>

Nei
…Isn't it that he hasn’t changed…
Leader

Pg 23

Nei
Strong, clever, beautiful
---The name of “Bloody Blood”
Nothing has changed from long ago
Did he do this because of that human?
Because he isn’t one of us?
---Over there is

Pg 24-25

Nei
A demon who spills his own blood for an ordinary human
No one more cold blooded
The northern leader no longer exists
Does our king no longer exist
…Please, at the most shorten his lifespan
Please regret this
For only that one human
Deciding to give him life by spilling your own blood,

Pg 26

<Blood kneels next to Ishuca>

Pg 27

Ishuca
Somebody is calling me
Aah, it’s Blood

Pg 28

<Blood kisses the dazed man>

Ishuca
Thank goodness, I’ve met with him
Hn…
[Yes?]

<Blood kisses Ishuca’s neck>

Pg 29

Ishuca
Wah---!!
What, what, what, what are you doing so suddenly---
[It tickles]

Blood
Don’t yell out suddenly…

Ishuca
[Ah, sorry]

Blood
I was only healing the wound on your neck!

Ishuca
Eh!?  You can heal wounds!?

Blood
That doesn’t mean I can heal!

Ishuca
Heh?

Blood
You heal wounds by licking, right

Ishuca
Un

Blood
So that means there is probably healing power in your saliva? [a component]

Ishuca
Un

Pg 30

Blood
So I took a little to lick your wound [It’s already healed]

Author
[So it was a deep one…]

Ishuca
Aah…I see…
With that reason
It was a bit stifling
Thank you [why did I have to say that…]
Oh?

<Ishuca falls to his knees and then is rested against a wall>

Blood
Hey, what is it!?

Ishuca
Just…just a little anemic…I guess

Blood
…Are you…okay…?

Ishuca
Some rest and I’ll be fine
[Just a bit faint]

Blood
…I’m sorry

Pg 31

Ishuca
Eh?

Blood
---Earlier
I gave you that wound

Ishuca
It wasn’t Blood? [It someone who looked like you, though]
…Huh?  Where is that boy?

Blood
I killed him

Pg 32

Blood
He was me.
Nei and them created another me
A demon living with my thoughts and the same body
---The same as me
…Those humans in the village were also devoured by that boy
The same stare as me

Pg 33

Blood
It was all me

Ishuca
What are you saying… it wasn’t Blood!
You were separate. [separate!]

Blood
The same, Ishuca

Pg 34

Blood
Because until now, I used to live like that
Truly, there is too much for you to get upset over

Ishuca
…But, you won’t do it any more?

Blood
I…won’t

Pg 35

Ishuca

…Listen
That boy from earlier
It seemed like he grew up while always alone

Blood

I also grew up alone
That’s why we are the same, Ishuca

Ishuca
Like he didn’t know anything, and it seemed he also didn’t understand words
Like he only lived to survive

Blood
And that was me, too
…I lived the same way

Ishuca
---Brought up like that…

Pg 36

<Blood becomes shocked at these words>

Ishuca
That boy was a poor soul
Always alone
No one to love him
There was no one to tell him the difference between good and bad things
That’s probably why he didn’t know

Pg 37

Ishuca
Ah…that is, since he didn’t know, he didn’t do good things [that is]
…But growing up alone without someone to love him
I can’t imagine growing up that way…
…E---to [overall?]  Sorry, I’m not good at explaining, but
I think…Blood isn’t the only one to blame

Pg 38

Ishuca
I’m not God, so I can’t turn back time, but
---Though dead people can’t be brought back
Does that mean there truly can’t be something done

You shouldn’t regret it
Just don’t do it any more!
I think from now on, that’s the most important thing
E---to…I said a bit too much…I don’t know if it was incoherent, but…
Anyhow, from now on

Pg 39

Ishuca
I will love you

Pg 40

Ishuca
Ah…that was really incoherent…
[Sorry, I’m dizzy right now.  Ah---I’m also a bit drunk still]

Blood
… No…
…At this point
Shouldn’t I be saying “thank you”?
…You are really a good person…

Ishuca
Blood is also a good person!

Pg 41

Ishuca
Though I should say a demon! [You aren’t human]

Blood
[Jeez, you]

Ishuca
[Well, well, don’t let it bother you]

Pg 42

<At the village in the family’s home>

Mother
The strings…
They are disappearing!?

Boy
Hn---… [Mu---]
…Mother?

Mother
…Lord…!
Thank you so much

Boy
?

Pg 43

<Back to our pair, where the hair is fading away and the trees return to live>

Ishuca
Wah…

Pg 44

Ishuca
Amazing… [pretty---]

Blood
The absorbed life forces have been returned

Ishuca
In that village as well, the flowers are probably blooming right now

Blood
Aah

Pg 45

Blood
…However, those skeletons won’t be returning to normal
Sorry
You must be in the capital of the other world

Pg 46

<Ishuca puts a comforting hand on Blood’s head>

Blood
---At the least for now
Flowers, bloom for his sake

 

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