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 98 - 155

Pg 98

Demon
I have met a girl who wasn't afraid much like him
Like always, I had thought to create a contract with a poor soul
---What is your name?

<The demon remembers the past...aka flashback scene>

Pg 99

Demon
What name are you called by?

Girl
I don't have one
Sorry, I can't introduce myself since I am nameless
Since no one has called for me...

Pg 100

<The girl starts bawling, catching the demon off guard>

Girl
[Wah-ah-ah-ah-an]

Demon
H, hey you...

Girl
[Wah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah]

Demon
Why is she crying so suddenly like this
What is with this girl

Girl
I'm sick of a world that also has bad people

Demon
Eh?

Girl
I am an orphan
I was five when I became one, though!
...Would it be okay if I told you about it?  Because I needed to, I wanted to work at the homes over there
As a servant?  No, a slave, a slave!!  Worked recklessly hard!?  This young lady [I'm twelve, twelve!!]

Pg 101

Girl
The food I received was dependent on my status.  They didn't consider me human
Give me a break.  Without eating human food, I can't work and could die!!  Well, should I be happy with the awful aftertaste with the small amount?
That isn't how one should treat another human, truly [it disgusts me to say this] Enough.  I got sick of that and ran away
[Hmph!  I stole the clothes I'm wearing]

Demon
...

Girl
In addition, the people of that house didn't educate me! [They said I was an idiot with a poor mind]
Couldn't they have called for me instead of saying "Hey, clean this!" and "Hey, arrange the meal" and "Hey"!? Couldn't they have at least given me a name!?  I thought so
But all I got was always "Hey and "You"!

Pg 102

Girl
I've actually forgotten my own name!
Since no one has called for me
I exist.  I have to exist
So I can't say my name... I can't answer you...
Because I am alive

Demon
H, hey

Girl
I am alive---...
[Wah-ah-ah-ah-ah]

Demon
Don't cry
Hey
Don't cry!

Girl
Wah-ah-ah-ah-an Wa-ah

Pg 103

Demon
Lake Sierra Vice Ell!

Girl
...Eh?  What...

Demon
My name... you can use it
Make it your name

Girl
...Eh? ...My name?

Demon
That's right

Girl
..."Lake Sierra Vice Ell"...?

Demon
Right

Girl
My name?

Demon
A-ah, that's right

Girl
... ...A name...?
...Thank you...

Pg 104

Demon
...Thank you?

Girl
But why don't you use your name...

Demon
I don't use it since a name...and such is unnecessary to me
No one...would call out...a demon's name

Girl
...No way...you poor soul

Demon
Eh

Girl
Because...I'm someone who understands the pain of not being called by a name

Demon
It's not really...painful

Girl
I'll call it out!

Demon
Eh?

Girl
"Lake Sierra Vice Ell"!!
If I introduce myself with that name, wouldn't I be calling your name!

Pg 105

Girl
Since that name is very special to me!  I'll make it special!  Thank you!!
How happy.  I'm truly happy.  How long has it been since I've been this happy...
You are kind, a good demon
Compared to those people, you are truly very kind
Therefore, many times
I will call for you!

Pg 106

Demon
For a demon like me---?

<End of flashback>
<Back to the cave where Serugi confronts Blood>

Serugi
---You are a demon
When you used those inhuman powers
That I saw at the lake yesterday, I thought it best to be circumvental

Pg 107

Serugi
I don't know what sweet words you told Ishuca-san, but you bring him with you as food, correct?
Too bad for you
Here and now I'll end this!!

Blood
He wants to challenge me?
[Right when I have damned business]
!

Pg 108

Blood
...

Serugi
All last night you were near the ward, and I know you moved easily
Actually, I came to deal with the lake demon.  After I finish you, I will go after that one

Blood
That guy...
[Go there first]

Serugi
I received a dream this morning

Blood
...It was sent to the priest as well...
A rudimentary guy...

Serugi
---Why could he be searching for that girl

Pg 109

Blood
No idea.  Perhaps he fell in love with her
[Like I care about that]

Serugi
That is impossible.  Don't you know that the best?
...Or perhaps you are mocking me!
You who deceive people and then devour them can talk of loving people?  That's audacious!
Are you thinking a human could ever love a demon!!

Pg 110

<Blood rips the staff from Serugi's hold>

Blood
...What's wrong with falling in love?

Pg 111

Blood
Can't a demon love a human?
---For instances, you said the following

Serugi
!
What power...

Blood
We deceive and the eat people.  We love blood, flesh, and other things of humans.  Despite that, there are people who can reform demons ...For instances
For him

Pg 112

Blood
Only for him, I'm now somehow a demon who wishes not to harm him
You priests
Would you laugh at such a foolish thing?

Serugi
...Eh...?
What is

Pg 113

Serugi
What is he saying...!

<Serugi places a barrier around Blood>

Blood
!!

Serugi
You won't leave this barrier I've placed.  After the lake demon, I'll take care of you!  Wait there patiently

Pg 114

<Blood rips apart the barrier with his sword>

Serugi
The barrier

Blood
...Did you believe this barrier could hold me?

Pg 115

Blood
...If you expect me to behave, you have to seal me

Serugi
...Can't be

Blood
With something similar to the abilities of that bastard of an archbishop!

Serugi
...I can't compete
He will
Kill me

Pg 116

Serugi
He will kill me!!
...?
He passed me?
H...
Hey!
Where are you going...

Pg 119

Blood
Ishuca went to meet with the lake demon
[I'm going to get him back, that idiot]

Serugi
...Going to get him back?
W, why

Blood
Annoying.  As if I need this crap, too.  [All because that guy is too friendly] I'm not going to answer every question one by one

Serugi
I...
Would it be good for me to follow...?
...He won't kill me?

Blood
...What an idiot.  Stay out of this [You make me ill]
Why should you follow!!

Pg 118

Serugi
Why didn't he kill me
With a priest (his greatest enemy) right before him, where is he going
A demon who desires blood more than anything!
(Blood) I'm going to get him back
---Because that is his prey?
(Blood) I somehow don't want to harm only him
...He is going
To save him...?
Impossible
---This must be trickery!
It can't exist
A demon that holds a heart
This demon
I don't understand---!!

Pg 119

<At the lake>

Demon
...Black hair...a thin girl.  She said...she was running away from...the house that took her in
...She was in no way...afraid of me.  She cried...since she didn't have a name

Ishuca
[Fuhn, fuhn]

Demon
I gave her...my name...she seemed happy...gave her thanks...many times...

Ishuca
Heh---...
He gave...her a name
What about after that?

Demon
She accidentally got too far...a novice priest took her with him

Pg 120

Ishuca
Is that so...
---So she probably became an orphan of the temple
Then, maybe I can find something out from Serugi-san

Demon
What...could she be doing now.  It...bothers me a little

Ishuca
Surely...he is worried about that girl
...After all, you are a good demon---

Demon
(Girl) You are a good demon

Ishuca
There are many good people who take in orphans, so she is certainly living well.  She's fine!

Pg 121

Ishuca
Ah, that's right.  You gave her a name.  What...was the name? [tell me]
[Then I can start looking]

Demon
The name...
(Girl) ---"Lake Sierra Vice Ell"
(Girl) Thank you.  It's special to me
(Girl) Since it's special to me---...
---No
After all, it's fine

Ishuca
Eh?

Demon
I've already dropped it
Anyhow, she shouldn't be...using it, a demon's name

Ishuca
But didn't that girl say she would use it? It's special so she would use it

Pg 122

Ishuca
A name shows your family.  That's why she was sad without it, and that's why she was probably happy for the name you gave her!
[No, certainly!]
...I also was raised as an orphan without a name
(Grandma) Ishuca, you aren't cold?
(Ishuca) Un
(Grandma) Soon we'll reach home
(Grandma) From today on, you are a child of that house, Ishuca
(Grandma) I'll give you the same name as mine
(Ishuca) Grandma
When I was given my family name, I was happy.  The name is precious to me.

Pg 123

Ishuca
Surely, that girl was very happy

Demon
(Girl) I'm happy.  Thank you!
Liar
There is no reason for a human to like a demon, is there?

Pg 124

Ishuca
That's why it doesn't matter if it's a demon's name
It's special

Demon
Lies
(Girl) Thank you.  It's special!
So many lies
(Girl) Since I will always call for you---
She didn't mean to call for me
I am a demon---!!

Pg 125

Blood
Ishuca!!

<Blood followed by Serugi run up from the bushes>

Ishuca
Huh, Blood? [Ah, you came] Serugi-san! [What's up]

Demon
...You! Of...course, you

Ishuca
Eh?

Demon
Are you a friend of that priest!
You've come to vanquish me!!

Pg 126

Ishuca
Eh!? You're mistaken

Demon
Should I believe you!!
Of course, a lying human
You, too!! That girl as well!! So many lies

Serugi
Ishuca-san

Ishuca
No...
Wait a moment and don't come!! [Don't help me---]

Serugi
Eh?

Demon
...No, no of course...
There is no one who would believe a demon

Ishuca
There is!!

Pg 127

Ishuca
There are people who believe demons! There are people who love demons! "Being a demon" doesn't matter
There is a demon I love!!

Demon
...Would you also...believe me?

Ishuca
I believe you!!

Demon
So many lies

Pg 128

Demon
Truly, he is like that girl---
---Then
Tell me your name

Blood & Serugi
!

Ishuca
(Serugi) You must not answer with your name
Eh...is...this that "contract"?

Pg 129

Demon
I will do nothing
I won't eat you
If you truly...believe me as you say
Tell me your name with your eyes closed

Pg 130

Serugi
...What a...foolish demon.  As if he could believe what a demon says!

Blood
...He will answer him
That guy

Serugi
Eh?

Demon
He doesn't intend to answer

Pg 131

Demon
A liar, a liar
These humans
I will eat you---

Serugi
I won't let it!

<Just before the demon attacks, Serugi throws his staff.  Meanwhile Ishuca closes his eyes>

Ishuca
---Ishuca

Pg 132-133

Ishuca
Lake Sierra Vice Ell

<The demon is impaled by the staff, but is more shocked by the name...his name>

Pg 134

Ishuca
...Rather long [My name]
My dead Grandma gave it to me

Demon
"Lake Sierra Vice Ell"

Ishuca
A person she liked had it

Demon
(Girl) I will always call for you---

Pg 136

Demon
Ah
A memory of fifty years ago
I wanted to see her, I wanted to see her---I didn't want to see her
Ah, A-ah
Ah
I was afraid to make certain
For some reason I wanted

Pg 137

Demon
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, Ah
My name to be called
Ah-ah-ah,
A-ah!!

<Ishuca just now opens his eyes, surprised by the flaming demon>

Ishuca
Eh!? [What!?]

Serugi
Damn
The flame is
Ishuca-san

Pg 138

<Blood hugs Ishuca close, protecting him from the flames.  Serugi is shocked>

Pg 139

Demon
Ah, a-ah
Ah, a-ah

Pg 140

Demon
Ah
A-ah, ah...

<The demon is gone>

Pg 141

Blood
Y...you IDIOT!!
Why do you naively trust a demon!!

Ishuca
...But, well...

Blood
Don't give me "But well"!!
Don't you realize you could have been eaten!?

Serugi
...

Ishuca
...Is...is that so? [It's your imagination~~~]

Blood
[Idiot!!] That-is-so!!

Pg 142

Blood
Remember to be a bit more suspicious of people!! [Otherwise you will shorten your lifespan] Especially with demons!!
[Got it!?]

Ishuca
[Even if you say so...] But Blood is a demon, too!

Blood
[Un]

Ishuca
[Ha]

Serugi
...

Ishuca
Damn, Serugi-san is here
Ah...
Huh?
...Maybe he didn't hear me
[Thank goodness ~~~ Sorry, Blood]

<Serugi walks quickly away>

Blood
...?...

Pg 143

Serugi
...I didn't see it
I didn't see it.  That man isn't a demon
He isn't a demon
"Demon's have souls of black darkness"
We shouldn't be wrong
If a demon that holds a heart exists

Pg 144

Serugi
Archbishop-sama, wouldn't we be murdering the life forms called demons---!!

<Back to the lake>

Ishuca
Blood...that demon...

Blood
He's vanquished

Ishuca
...He's dead...?

Blood
A-ah

Ishuca
...

Pg 145

Blood
The priest attacked him.  It's their duty
Anyhow, if he hadn't, I would have

Ishuca
...But
...At the end, when he shouted out
I heard something like crying
...After all...I didn't hear the girl's name...but I think...the girl truly held him special...
Don't you...believe that...

Pg 146

Blood
Eh...Eto. [Well]
[Arrow - since Ishuca is depressed, he desperately wants to change the subject.]
Your name...it's long
[Arrow - a desperate follow up]

Ishuca
Eh...Ah, un.  Grandma gave me her own name...
How about you? [Your name]

Blood
"Blood"

Ishuca
That's it?

Blood
...That's it.
[...Fuhn, I have a simple name!]

Ishuca
[Ah] Sorry, sorry
Use my name with me!

Blood
Eh?

Pg 147

Blood
..."Lake Sierra Vice Ell"?

Ishuca
Isn't it a nice name [I like it] It would make me happy for you to use it
Since it was a special name to Grandma

Pg 148

Blood
...Saying so
Isn't that called "Entering the registry"?
[Is it okay to enter? I'll enter it.  Where's a government office]

Ishuca
Eh!?
[Registry?]

Demon
...Thank you...

Pg 149
Pg 150

<At the cave that night, Ishuca sleeps against the awakened Blood>

Demon
...

Blood
...Who is it?
That's close enough
Leave

Above the Water With Me
Lake Sierra Vice Ell  Extra Chapter

Pg 151

Demon
...loan...
please...loan...some
power to me
...north...lead...

Blood
...
Something that can't even form its own shape?

<Blood chants a spells which causes the ghost of the demon to appear>

Pg 152

Blood
!
The lake's...

Demon
For...before forgive...me
I know...of you...northern leader

Blood
...No, it's fine.  What business have you

Lake Sierra {Ishuca's grandmother}
Only came to greet you
My darling Ishuca,
May I ask you to take care of him?

Pg 153

Lake Sierra
(Ishuca) Eh?
(Ishuca) Grandma?
Of course...how could I say this
It's strange to say
Even when I was dying, I was happy
(Lake Sierra) "It's okay, Ishuca. I"
(Lake Sierra) Have someone I want to see
...Finally

Pg 154

Lake Sierra
Finally I've come to see you...
I'm sorry
It was awful
I thought a spirit would have more power
Without some kind of power, I wasn't able to see you
The power to search for you
As well as the power to stop that, it wasn't there.  And you've been waiting
Always
...I have always, for you

Pg 155

Lake Sierra
I was only able to continue thinking of you

Demon
...
...No...
...It's fine
It's fine
With only this
With only this---...

 

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