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 49 - 97

Pg 47

Lake Sierra Vic(s)e Ell

Pg 48

<A girl holds the hand of a demon>

Girl
---Since I will always call you---

Pg 49

<Our couple reaches a lake shore>

Ishuca
Uwah---
Beautiful---
A huge river---!! [river, river---]

Blood
It’s a lake!

Pg 50

Ishuca
[Eh] A lake? [Is it?]

Blood
…You haven’t seen a lake?

Ishuca
Nope!  Except for Grandma’s stories, I haven’t heard of them!!
[First time I’ve seen it---]
Is it okay to go in!?  Is it okay to go in!?

Blood
Stay away from the deep areas…

Ishuca
Uwah, it’s cold enough to stop my heart!
Ah, but since it has already stopped, it’s okay!

<Blood watches from the shore as Ishuca wades in the lake>

Blood
[Never change, do you…]
Really, we haven’t made it to the Toei cliffs yet
[Poor efficiency]

Pg 51

Blood
The matter before made me realize something
Nei and the others have become my enemies
If I left Ishuca alone, there is no doubt he would be targeted
[…Damn, because of me, I have to think of the consequences of our actions]

Ishuca
[Wa---i]
It’s getting warmer, so maybe I could swim---

Blood
…Well, it’s okay
It would have been boring by myself

Ishuca
Hn?

Pg 52

<Ishuca sees a face like that of a skull covered in reptile scales in the water and falls>

Ishuca
!?

Pg 53

Blood
Eh!?
Ishuca!?
Did he fall into a deep spot
Are you okay?

Ishuca
…My eyes…can’t see…

Blood
What!?

Pg 54

<Ishuca looks up, showing his glasses are gone>

Ishuca
I dropped my glasses…
[I can’t see]
[My eyes are bad]

Irritable Boy

Ishuca
There was a time---an old story when the god of a lake appeared

Blood

[Arrow – Blood]

Ishuca
---He asked,
"Did you drop these gold glasses”
"Or perhaps these silver glasses”
"Or perhaps these older, normal glasses”

Pg 55

Blood
I haven’t heard of this, and nothing has come out---

Ishuca
Ah, but
I have gold glasses, but they aren’t actually gold. So if I answer the “gold glasses”, he’d think I was a liar and not return them! [My glasses]

Blood

Ishuca
What should I do…
[Mu---n]

Blood
[…Can’t…]
[Can’t you just say “gold colored glasses”…?]

The leader originally agitated. (now thrown off)

Blood
…Well…it is something Ishuca would say… [Ah, he scared me]
…Where did you fall?
[The dropped glasses are in the water]

Ishuca
I saw something strange over here…

Blood
Something strange?

Pg 56

Ishuca
Somehow…it seemed like a face was floating there [then I slipped]

Blood
A face?

<A somewhat human, mostly snake demon comes up from the water>

Demon
…Looking for something?

Pg 57

Demon
…I will find…the thing you are looking for
And then what I’m looking for…wouldn’t you find it for me…?

Ishuca
…”The thing you are looking for”?
[Arrow – Ishuca]

Pg 58

Blood
…Hey, stop the trifling mimicry
Here [your glasses]

<The glasses had levitated out from the water into Blood’s hands>

Ishuca
Ah, thank you
[Amazing, what just happened]

Pg 59

Blood
…Let’s go!

Ishuca
Un…[but]
…What do you mean by looking for something?

Blood
Hey, don’t bother!

Demon
---You, what is your name?

Ishuca
My name? Ishu…

<Blood covers his mouth>

Blood
Idiot, don’t answer him…

Demon
!

Pg 60

<A talisman is thrown at the demon, forcing him back into the water>

Ishuca
!?

Priest
You two over there!! Hurry this way!!

Pg 61

Priest
Are you okay!?
[Arrow – Demon’s Greatest Enemy (priest)]

Ishuca
…Are you okay…?

Blood
[Arrow – Demon]
… … …Not at all

Pg 62

<The two camp with the priest that night>

Serugi
…You two [you seem pale]
[Ah, you can call me Serugi]
That demon can’t come here, so it’s okay now

Ishuca
Ha-ah…

Blood
[Arrow – screaming from the heart]
[It’s the fault of your wards]
[Arrow – however, decided avoiding the priest would be suspicious behavior. The poor, impatient guy.]

Serugi
I don’t know why you have come here, but you shouldn’t go into the lake so recklessly
Demons live in the forests, lakes, and among animals, aside from human villages

Ishuca
Fuhn…

Pg 63

Serugi
Since the demon that lives in this lake can’t leave the water, it’s okay to be near the lake
But if it asks for your name, you must not answer

Ishuca
My name? [Why?]

Serugi
Eeh, that demon has the power of “contract”

Ishuca
"Contract"…?

Serugi
For instances, if you replied with your name, your answer would be used as a signature for the contract
The contract formed, you can’t get out of a fixed distance called the “power of restraint”

Blood
[Yeah, yeah, that’s right. Ah ~~~ I feel bad ~~~]

Pg 64

Serugi
Answering a question that the demon asks of you means approving the demon’s words
That demon from before would have restrained you with the contract signature
After that, he could do anything he wanted with you
That’s why you can’t answer with your name

Ishuca
…But then, you can’t introduce yourself

Serugi & Blood
[What are you saying]
It’s better if you didn’t!!

Ishuca
[Ah, they agree]

Pg 65

Serugi
…Demons don’t need such things as names
They don’t have a fragment of worth as an existence

Ishuca
Eh

Serugi
It’s because demons aren’t lives created by the intent of God

Pg 66

Serugi
Darkness---
Demons are formless things of shifting darkness, and not the darkness of night but a darkness without the light of God
Since they are also not born into the world God created
The demon’s body cannot return to the earth
They disappear without a grain remaining
Because they shouldn’t even exist on this world
That is why we of the temple must destroy demons, thus obeying the will of God

Ishuca
Blood

Pg 67

Ishuca
Um---but…aren’t there also…good demons, those that we could get along with

Serugi
Ishuca-san…demons love to deceive people, then kill and eat them!
They like human blood, their flesh and other things. They have souls of black desires
They don’t only use humans as food
Demons are things of darkness, fear, hatred. Isolated things. …How could you “get along” with that
There can’t be an understanding relationship between demons and humans
For all of time

Pg 68

Serugi
But please do not worry since the temple exists to protect you
From all of the so-called demons
That is how it is for all of us priests

Pg 69

Serugi
A-ah…night is falling. For today, sleep near me
Since it’d be bad for you to run into any demons

Ishuca

<Inside a cave, Blood sits against a wall with Ishuca asleep next to him>

Pg 70

Blood
That damn priest says all he wants to say…
I should’ve sunk him in the lake long ago
[But can’t do it, from my promise…but I’m hungry]
These wards are making me sick…
[Ah ~~~ enough ~~~ I don’t want to be patient ~~~]
While that guy (the priest) is asleep, I’ll go outside

Ishuca
Ahchoo

Blood
? Ishuca?
[Ahchoo…?]

Ishuca
Hn---…
Cold…

Blood
Ah…that’s right, don't humans get cold?
I don’t really understand that…getting cold
E---to [What should I do]
Ugh…
[Arrow – wards causing a bad feeling]
I feel awful
But
But

Pg 71

Ishuca
…Un
No, this is warm
Comfy

<Blood had pulled Ishuca onto his lap, now holding him in his arms>

Blood
[What,] Are you cold?

Pg 72

Ishuca
Ah, that scared me
…No [I’m okay]
Blood…your body is warm. Is it from a fever? Ah, could it be from the wards?

Blood
Eh? The wards…
Just remembered… [I feel sick…]
[Arrow – Being a bit happy, he had forgotten]

Ishuca
Eh,
Are you okay?

Blood
Ah, no, it’s nothing big. I’m getting used to it. [give me a break…]

Ishuca
But, you definitely are hot [what should I do]

Blood
Aah…that’s because I increased my body temperature [don’t worry]

Ishuca
Eh?
You can do that? Then you can also lower it?
[But why would you want to do that]

Blood
I can. I can turn water into ice that way

Ishuca
Then when it’s summer, you can make ice {note – ice as in the dessert...couldn’t remember the term}

Blood
Eh?

Pg 73

Ishuca
Say, this afternoon, the one who got my glasses out of the lake water, was it you?

Blood
Aah

Ishuca
It’s amazing all the various things you can do---

Blood
…Since I am a demon

Ishuca
…Blood, are you upset?

Blood
Eh?

Pg 74

Ishuca
Earlier…Serugi-san said a bunch of things
Priests really do hate demons for some reason… [wonder why]

Blood
…Isn’t it the same for normal people? There aren’t those who like demons
I’m not really upset
…That guy was right about the main points of demons. Liking blood and flesh [there was a lot of foolishness, too]
Too many priests live without liking the other things

Ishuca
[What other things?]

Blood
[Well, later]

Ishuca
[Okay]

Blood
…More so

Pg 75

Blood
"Not a fragment of worth as an existence"
…huh
Well, that’s probably right
To them we are completely evil without any good

Ishuca
Blood!

Pg 76

Ishuca
Listen, that is
Despite what the priests say, and even though other people may hate demons
I am glad to be with you!
I’m glad I met you, and I’m glad you came out from the ice
There are many things that I’m glad about

Pg 77

Ishuca
Saying that
Don’t get depressed!
Goodnight!

Blood
De…depressed he says…
[…don’t you think you treat me too much like a kid?]
[I’m not some child]

Pg 78

Blood
As long as you think that, it’s okay…

Pg 79

<Ishuca dreams of a girl speaking with the lake demon>

Demon
---I want to meet her
That girl
Somebody
Find her

Pg 80

Demon
I want to meet that girl
"Thank you"
"You did something important"
To try and meet her
To try and make sure

Girl
I will always

Pg 81

Girl
Call for you---…

Demon
I’m searching for her
Where could she be
What could she be doing there?
Somebody---…

Pg 82

<Ishuca wakes in the morning, still lying on Blood>

Ishuca

Blood
Yo
[Arrow – his morning greeting]

Ishuca
…Morning! [Huh] Where is Serugi-san?

Blood
He mentioned “morning prayers” and went outside

Ishuca
In this position, seeing him surprised me
Thinking about it, he seems strange…
Well, it’s okay

<Of course Blood is really happy having Ishuca lying on him all night>

Ishuca
[Ah] …Blood, I saw some kind of dream with that demon from yesterday

Pg 83

Blood
Aah, you saw it too [of course]

Ishuca
You saw it too!? How!?

Blood
He sent the dream [to us both]
[That stubborn guy]

Ishuca
Just now…that girl just now…is that the “thing he is searching for “ that he told us about

Blood
Aah…probably

Ishuca
…So, he wants to meet her…

Pg 84

Ishuca
That demon can’t leave from the lake, so that is why he wants someone to find her for him.

Blood

[I have a bad feeling]

Ishuca
I…
Should go meet with that lake demon…

Blood
What…? (Of course)

Ishuca
I kind of felt like I’ve met that girl before, and maybe I met her in a nearby village
[Maybe I’ve seen her---maybe not---]

Blood
[That’s why…] …You are much too friendly… isn’t he a demon?

Ishuca
You are also a demon!

Pg 85

Ishuca
It’s not like that demon has done something. He’s in trouble, and he would have looked for my glasses

Blood
Hey… That is…

Ishuca
Anyhow, I’ll only ask and try to find out about her [I may know the girl]

Blood
Hey…

Ishuca
Surely I’ve seen her before the dream, so I could look for her

Blood
That’s not it. He is…

Ishuca
[Eh? Ah] It’s fine, it’s fine!
[E—to] If I don’t enter the lake
And don’t say my name, it’s okay! [just briefly]

Pg 86

Ishuca
With that, I’m going---

Blood
Wait…
[…You have to listen to a person talk]
…You…
…Y, you imbecile---!!
[Don’t be so serious about anything and everything---]
Didn’t that shitty priest tell you yesterday about how demons deceive humans---!!
That demon from before took your glasses
…Damn

Pg 87

Blood
How far will he take his friendliness, that idiot---!!

[…Ha-ah.]
…No---use… he can’t go by himself---…
Should I go…

Pg 88

<Serugi appears behind Blood and places his staff on the demon’s throat>

Blood
…Hey, what kind of joke is this

Serugi
”What kind of”?

Pg 89

Serugi
It should be obvious
Demon

Pg 90

<Meanwhile, Ishuca runs to the lake>

Ishuca
---Actually
Serugi-san’s words yesterday
They kind of made me upset
Serugi-san said too much
Surely demons aren’t that bad of people
---Because Blood

Pg 91

Ishuca
Because he is a demon
He---y
Demon of the lake---
I don’t know your name, so sorry that I can’t call for you---
[Ah, there’s a lot of area, what should I do]
He---y
It’s the guy who you were going to glasses for---

Pg 92

<The demon rises from the water>

Ishuca
Ah, hello!
[A musical greeting]

Demon

Pg 93

Demon
…You received the dream

Ishuca
Un, the “thing you are looking for” that you mentioned yesterday, is it that girl?

Demon
Do you know her!?

Ishuca
U---n… [how to say it…] …I feel like…I might have met her…But you see
I’m bad at remembering people, and have a fairly decent memory when they are suspicious
Since I feel like I’ve met her, I think I probably have!
I think I’ve most likely met her in a nearby village
Since I believe I could look for her, could you tell me a few more details
[Arrow – does this mean she was suspicious in his memory…?]

Pg 94

Ishuca
I will look for her

Demon
…She was a human…much like you

Ishuca
Hn?

Demon
…You…aren’t afraid…of me

Ishuca
A-ah, un [But it isn’t normal]
…Serugi-san
You can have an ordinary talk with demons

Demon
You are somehow like her…that girl

Pg 95

Ishuca
[Eh?] Really? My face?

Demon
No…how to say it

Ishuca
A-ah…then
It should be a bit easier to find her

Demon
A-ah
Truly like her
His aura
---That---innocently smiling girl
(Girl) Thanks
(Girl) You did something important

Pg 96

Demon
That lying girl---

Pg 97

 

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