Koori no Mamono no Monogatari by Shiho Sugiura
Translations by Sumeragi, January 2003

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 4, pp 57 - 96

Pg 57
Pg 58

Ishuca
Lovely --- weather!
Blood is going out today as well
Is it okay for me to come along?

Blood
Since it's on our way

Ishuca
I don't really understand, but Blood seems to have made some kind of contract with Nei-san and the others

Pg 59

<Ishuca notices the tattoo on Blood's hand>

Ishuca
Are those... the words of the contract?

Blood
Yes
(Nei) ...Deep in the woods, something strange has taken residence there
(Nei) If you defeat or seal that thing
(Nei) We won't approach that human

Ishuca
...Will you die... if the contract is broken?
(Blood) The words of the contract are a spell that bind people
(Blood) If the proper words are opposed, the magic words turn into thorns
(Blood) And then pierce through the heart

Blood
...No need to worry about that
[Since there's no reason for me to break the contract]

<Elsewhere, Nei examines the tattoo on his hand>

Nei
One's own life depends on the contract

Pg 60

Nei
... ...
When the contract breaks
The heart is pierced
By the thorns of the contract
(Blood) Don't lay a hand on him
But the thorns of words have already stuck to me

Zaha
Ow

Pg 61

Zaha
[Ow, ow] ...Can't get even a little close after all---...

Nei
Zaha

Zaha
A radius of 30gee [approx 20 meters]... you'd say?  [From that human]

Nei
[E-eh] Can't move any closer than that
Since the words (contract) begin to tighten on my hand

Zaha
Ow, ow

Nei
Do you hear them [the words]

Zaha
Yeah.  Because I hear it [the contract] but only the leader's voice of the bond---
[Ah] They're coming out

<Blood and Ishuca leave the house>

Pg 62

Giess
That doesn't mean...
That the leader hasn't noticed us

Zaha
Ah, surely?  [It's hopeless]
Somehow, everyone is tied to the words of the contract because we can't get close to that human
...But if that human
Were to come over to us, wouldn't it most likely be okay
But there's no reason for a targeted guy to do something like that---...

Ishuca
Blood!

Blood
Eh?

Pg 63

<Waving, Ishuca runs up to the gathering of demons>

Ishuca
He---y!!
Morning---!!
[Are you well!?]

<The demons look dumbly at him>

Blood
I... ...
[Arrow - stomach cramps]

Pg 64

Ishuca
[It's been awhile!!] Since you didn't come
...Uh, ah, don't you remember me [Since we where there]

Demons
... ...
[Arrow - agape with amazement]

Ishuca
E---to, I'm Ishuca, but
What do you go by?
Your name!

Zaha
Eh... ...Zaha

Ishuca
Zaha! [Nice to meet you]

Zaha
Wha...what's with this guy...

Ishuca
Why are you guys gathered here?

Zaha
Eh...
A human that approaches a crowd of demons by himself

Ishuca
Where are you going?

Zaha
E...to... we've been following... after the leader...
[Arrow - he's also an idiot]

Ishuca
Eh?  We're going to the same place? Then

Pg 65

Ishuca
We can go together!

[Forgot their lines]

Ishuca
...Huh?
Did I say something strange...?  Say, Nei-san...

<A hand Ishuca was going to place on his shoulder is knocked away by Nei>

Pg 66

Nei
...Would you not touch me?

Ishuca
!

Pg 67

<Blood hugs Ishuca closes to him and glares at Nei>

Ishuca
...Blood?

Pg 68

<Blood pulls Ishuca away>

Blood
Let's go

Ishuca
... ...

Zaha
... ...

Nei
...They don't matter
These thorns
Since
I've been stuck so many times, anymore---...

Pg 69

<Back to Blood and Ishuca>

Ishuca
... ...

Blood
What are you think about, Ishuca
If it's about Nei, don't let him bother you

Ishuca
...un...
But
I've said something to make him hate me...
Wha...what should I do~~~

Pg 70

Ishuca
...Thinking about it now won't help [I don't understand~~~]
[Ah]...What kind of person is the demon in the deeper forest?

Blood
I haven't even seen it.  Seems it moved in after I wasn't around.
[And it isn't a person]
But it draws in demons into its barrier in order to eat them

Ishuca
Demons eats other demons...?

Blood
[A-ah] Since we're omnivorous

Ishuca
Then, that guy can't more?

Blood
That could be a possibility

Ishuca
Don't it sound like you?

Blood
Eh?

Ishuca
[Look] You were trapped within the ice [when I first met you]

Blood
A-ah... that's right [it's true] I also drew in humans to devour...

Pg 71

Blood
!
Sh...

Blood & Ishuca
... ...

Blood
Shit
I'm such an idiot to say such a strange thing

Ishuca
Ah... well, eto, it's alright! [okay, okay!!]
Since you won't be doing that anymore!!  Since from now on I'll make you delicious things [Ne!!]

Pg 72

Ishuca
It's alright

Blood
... ...
... A-ah...
That's right...

Ishuca
Un
U---n
I'm an idiot...
I... should change the topic [isn't there one] Not about... being in ice...
!

Pg 73

Ishuca
Blood, how did you get out of the ice, anyway?

Blood
... Eh

Ishuca
Wasn't that a priest's seal on you?  If demons can't enter a priest's barrier, then they can't break it either, right?

Blood
A-ah...

Ishuca
After all, if that simple priest's barrier couldn't be touched...
A barrier of an archbishop or a high priest would certainly be unbreakable to demons...
[Ah!] Of course!  You found it!  That!!

Blood
... Eh?
[This worries me somewhat...]

Pg 74

Ishuca
"The tear jewel"!
You must've found it since the one thing you'd wish for was fulfilled
A jewel made of the purest tear in the world!
Didn't you say you couldn't leave the ice without it

Blood
... ...

Ishuca
[Ah] Since you got out, you must have found it!
Where was it after all?
[Arrow - innocent]

Blood
Eh...
[Arrow - He'd rather die than say he cried it himself]

Pg 75

Ishuca
Do you have it now? [I'd like to see it] Is it pretty?  Is it pretty?

Blood
Eh... Ah... It's not... here now
[Arrow - Won't even say he used it to save Ishuca's life]
[Arrow - Foul lying hand]

Ishuca
Is that right.  Too bad.  Was it pretty?

Blood
[I...] I suppose!

Ishuca
[Say, say] Did you get it there?

Blood
A-ah!! [Ha-ha-ha!!]

Ishuca
Fuh---n, so that's how it was---

Blood
That's how it was!!
Hurry and end these questions!!

Ishuca
...Your color doesn't look so good, Blood [What is it]

Blood
It's nothing!!

Ishuca
[Wait...] Are you okay?  Since I can only heal wounds...

Blood
Uh
Should we go there... [At this time...]

Pg 76

Blood
[Look]  Let's hurry out of here!!

Ishuca
Eh!? Okay

Blood
...Most of all
[Ishuca's why and how corner -- "Why won't my heart beat", "Why would I be able to heal wounds"]
And I'll hear it someday
[Answer space -- All of it is because when Ishuca first died, he was brought back to life when Blood cried the "tear jewel"]
... ...
...I'd rather die than say I cried
I'll certainly hide that for the rest of my life!!

Pg 77

Ishuca
...?
For some reason
Lately, Blood
He hasn't seemed like a demon, and cuter than before
...If I said that, he'd get angry
[Ah!] "As if I'm a child" he'd say!
[Arrow - with more anger]
He smiles more than before
...Though he gets rather angry, he's still likable
...Could he become human?

Blood
Hey, we're going!

Ishuca
Un
Though I haven't seem him cry

Pg 78

Ishuca
I believe that
Gentle tears would certainly flow from him---...
Nh?
... Something over there... a commotion?
Hey
Those demons...!

<They see demons gathering around someone>

Pg 79

Ishuca
There's some kind of fight!! [Blood!]

Blood
Eh~~~! [What are they doing, still following...]
Leave them be

Ishuca
You're kidding~~~ Blood~~~ [Ne---]

Blood
... I get it
Stay here [don't move]

Ishuca
Un

<Blood goes back to the cluster of demons, finding the priest Serugi surrounded>

Blood
Hey!

Demon
Leader!

Blood
You... [from before]

Serugi
!

Pg 80

Demons
Leader, this guy was sneaking behind you
A person of the temple
A priest
How unpleasant
He has a talisman
Kill him
He's an eyesore
Leader [we haven't touched him yet]
Kill him
Kill him!!
We should kill...

Blood
Don't kill him!

Serugi
!

Demons
Eh?  Leader
What are you saying
We should kill him
Leader
He'll interfere, so we should kill...

Blood
I said "Don't kill him"

Pg 81

Blood
Don't make me repeat myself!

Demons
... ...

Blood
Hey!  That talisman!
Toss it aside

Serugi
What?

Pg 82

Blood
You priests wear those things so that hostile demons can't touch you! Take it off with your own hand!

Demons
Leader!

Blood
In exchange, we won't do anything to you either!

Demon
Leader!  What is this, we should kill...

Blood
Shut up!!
Do you think you can defeat so many opponents at once?  If you want to stand obediently before those of the temple, it's better for you to do away with your attitude
Take it off

Serugi
... ...

<He takes it off his neck>

Blood
Cut it

Pg 83

<Serugi cuts the string of the talisman>

Serugi
!

Blood
You all understand as well?

Demon
Leader, why isn't it better to kill him off...

Blood
He's my guest
Don't place a scratch on him

Demons
... ...

<Blood takes the priest's arm, dragging him away from the demons>

Serugi
Hey! Where are you taking me!

Blood
So bothersome [rude priest]

Pg 84

Nei
(Blood) I promised him
(Blood) That I won't kill humans anymore
... ...

Demons
Nei! What the hell was that!!
What was our leader doing with that priest!

Nei
His only devotion

Demons
Was that really our leader who killed all the priests within a temple!?
Why was only that priest left alive!!

Nei
--- is to protect his promise to that human

Demon
Are you listening, Nei!!

Nei
---Be quiet

Pg 86

Nei
Absolutely everything
If you have a grudge, hold it against that human---
And more is the fault of that disgusting human---

<Back to Serugi and Blood>

Serugi
Let go of me!! Demon!

Blood
How annoying---... [Didn't I save him]

Serugi
What are you planning!

Blood
...You're just in time to lend me a hand, luckily

Serugi
Hah!?

Pg 86

Blood
Would you stay with Ishuca

Serugi
What?

Blood
I have some business to attend to in the deep forest ahead.  It's been dangerous for Ishuca to travel with me, so he shouldn't come along until my business is finished

Serugi
... ...Eh...?

Blood
He alone can't be approached by other demons, but he hasn't the instinct of self preservation and would stumble into them

Serugi
...?

Blood
I have to stop him from getting close to them (the demons) [my principle objective]
If you're with him as well, demons shouldn't come nearby--- Do you get what I'm saying? [do you comprehend?]

Serugi
Ah... A-ah...

Pg 87

Serugi
It makes... sense

<Ishuca comes from behind some trees>

Ishuca
Huh!?  Serugi-san!? [What are you doing here?]

Blood
Ishuca

Ishuca
Eh?

Blood
Since I'm leaving here by myself, wait with this guy

Ishuca
[Un] I understand

Blood
Later, then

Serugi
[Arrow - isn't understanding this exchange]

Ishuca
See you later! [Be careful---]

<Blood smiles as he waves goodbye and leaves>

Blood
[Arrow - no longer notices Serugi]

Pg 88

Serugi
Wha...
What's with him
...He didn't kill me before
More so, he saved a priest for a favor
... And what was with that gentle expression
---What is that guy
Even for a demon

Ishuca
Serugi-san, why are you in this area?

Serugi
...There's something... from our meeting
That demon... bothers me
So I... followed

Pg 89

Ishuca
Is it love? [for Blood]

<Serugi pounds his head on a labeled "rock">

Serugi
Ishuca-san.  Ishuca-san.  This is me...
[I'm completely serious]
Why would a male, a human priest be...?

Ishuca
[Ah] Sorry, but [it was a joke, however...]

Serugi
... That demon, is he truly a demon?
He acts differently for a demon
It doesn't make sense

Ishuca
He's "Blood", Serugi-san
Call him by name

Serugi
You...
Why

Pg 90

Serugi
That's not necessary for demons, is it?

<Ishuca eyes some fruits on a tree>

Ishuca
Ah!
Those look good!
When Blood returns, he'd probably like to eat that with us

Serugi
...Ishuca-san doesn't even realize [at this rate...]
Demons... they don't eat ordinary food, since they've eaten humans

Ishuca
Blood doesn't eat humans!
Since he can live by eating normal foods [now]

Serugi
Eh?  I've never seen a demon do that

Ishuca
Just like humans would

Pg 91

Ishuca
...Anymore, he's like a human
Blood is

Serugi
... ...

Ishuca
When he gets back, he'll probably be hungry [Uh---n] I'm going to go get some! [of those]

Serugi
...Eh?

Ishuca
I believe Blood will return soon

<Ishuca gets up and goes to climb the tree>

Serugi
Wait...
[Ishuca-san!]  I'll go as well!!

Pg 92

Ishuca
Yo

Serugi
(Blood) He doesn't have any idea of self preservation
I see... he'd wander into a large group of demons... [this one...]

<From his position on the tree, Ishuca views a small gathering of demons>

Ishuca
Ah
There are demons--- [Ah, Zaha is there]

Serugi
Eh
Ishuca-san, let's go back

Ishuca
Eh, why...

Serugi
No reason [Hurry!]

Ishuca
Un...

<Actually, they don't leave and eavesdrop instead>

Demon
Will Leader return?

Pg 93

Demon
He'll return, because of that contract
However, how could our Leader swallow the conditions of the contract

Zaha
Isn't it obvious that it's because he wants to ensure that human's safety?

Ishuca
Eh?  Is this about me?

Demon
After all... what is it?  That seal?

Ishuca
"Seal"? ...of the forest demons?

Demon
If he breaks down that seal, we can't approach that human?  Is that the contract Nei made?

Ishuca
Eh?

Zaha
Yep!

Ishuca
...That kind of contract!?
[I didn't know]

Serugi
Then...
This is for the sake of protecting Ishuca-san?

Zaha
It's not even a one in a thousand chance he can do it

Pg 94

Ishuca & Serugi
?

Demon
...Once Leader breaks that seal, he'll probably return to the boy

Zaha
It's fine.  It's only in the case he breaks it
...For that reason
We chose an unbreakable seal

Ishuca
...Eh?

Zaha
Even for our Leader, it's an impossible task

Pg 95

Zaha
Sleeping in that deep forest
The source of what pulls in even demons
It's protected by a priest's barrier

Pg 96

Ishuca
Wha...
Wha
(Blood) Demons certainly can't break a priest's barrier
What is this---!!!

<Elsewhere, Blood journeys further into the forest unaware>

Blood
... ...

 

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