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 97 - 136

Pg 97
Pg 98

Blood
(Nei) That thing living in the deep forest
(Nei) Either defeat if or seal it
---Right
Well done
This is very much like you, Nei
This here
Camouflaged--- with a demon's presence, an nonliving thing
It isn't a demon, but rather entices demons
For food

Pg 100

<Blood comes across a sword embedded into the ground, a seal protecting it>

Blood
A priest's trap---!!

<Back to Zaha and the demons, Ishuca and Serugi still eavesdropping>

Zaha
Nei confirmed it

Pg 101

Zaha
Since it was skillfully created, a typical demon wouldn't realize that it's a trap set by a priest

Ishuca
... ...

Zaha
The source of it is a sword that draws out power, and more importantly is the "temple's" shield that a "demon" can't break down.  It draws out power until none remains.  Despite him being our Leader, he'll die before he could destroy the temple's barrier

Demon
That's right... [being a demon]

Zaha
So, unable to seal or defeat it, he'll return to us as stated by the contract...

Ishuca
That contract is invalid!

Pg 102

<Ishuca runs down from his spot to face Zaha>

Demons
Geh...

[Inflexible]

Ishuca
Zaha, is this all true!?

Zaha
... ...

Ishuca
That Blood left to destroy an indestructible barrier...

Zaha
Che...
Of course I can't move.  The words have started sounding
Ow, ow
Damn, why does this guy approach us on his own [I can't move]

Ishuca
...Did Nei-san lie to Blood?

Pg 103

Zaha
...He didn't.  Nei didn't say "demon"
Leader made the contract without verification

Ishuca
That's!
Wasn't that because he believed what Nei-san had told him?
Since he didn't doubt him!  Because he trusted everyone
He made the contract!!

Demons
Hah?

Pg 104

Zaha
---Our Leader

Ishuca
Since your lives are on the line!!  Everyone's and Blood's!!

Zaha
Because we'd do anything for our Leader
Anything is okay?

Ishuca
Why wouldn't you tell Blood such a thing! [you shouldn't lie]

Demons
... ...

Pg 105

<Zaha attacks Ishuca, a hand around his throat, but the barrier around Ishuca stops the demon from doing real damage>

Demon
!? Za...

Zaha
Do you understand Nei's feelings?

Ishuca
...Eh?

Pg 106

Zaha
Nei has always
Been waiting

Ishuca
!?

Zaha
Can you understand our feeling.  How could you...

Giess
Zaha!!  Let go!!

Zaha
Giess!

<Giess pulls Zaha away from Ishuca>

Giess
[What are you doing] You idiot!!
Don't you know not to use your hand!!

Zaha
But...

Ishuca
!

<Ishuca notices the burns on Zaha's hand from his attempt at hurting the human>

Pg 107

Giess
[Here]  Let's go!  [Move it!!]

Zaha
!

Demon
[...A-ah]

Ishuca
Wa... Wait!
I...

Serugi
Ishuca-san!?

Pg 108

<Ishuca grabs the demon's hand and then licks at the burns>

Zaha
!?
What are you...

Ishuca
Zaha, well... I
As for Nei-san's feelings, and yours... Everyone's feelings

Pg 109

Ishuca
I haven't a clue about them!
[Arrow - Stupidly honest]

Zaha
Is... is he trying to pick a fight...?

Ishuca
Could you wait a little longer?

Zaha
Hah?

Ishuca
...It seems like I've done something to upset everyone
I could
Dull it a little

[Doesn't seem in place]

Zaha
You... you can say so... [Th... though I don't understand...]

[Miserable guys]

Ishuca
...Since I don't know what I did wrong

Pg 110

Ishuca
It's not enough to only apologize
So... I think [it's terrible]
A little longer... will you wait?

Zaha
... ...
Ah, a-ah...

Ishuca
Thank you!
You will!  [You'll wait for me!]  So I can think about it!!  [Once I understand, I can apologize]

Zaha
Did he already forget how I blew up at him?
Does he have a bird's brain?  [This guy]

Serugi
Ishuca-san, let's go [now]
[This one]

<Serugi drags Ishuca away>

Ishuca
[Later]

Serugi
[Ishuca-san]

Zaha
Somehow...

Pg 111

Zaha
Something...

Giess
Zaha!
Don't act like an idiot like before ever again!  A little more, and the words would've gone into you!
[Don't you realize you could've died from that!?]

Zaha
[Isn't it okay now~~~]

Giess
Your hand got burn!

<Zaha looks at his hand, noticing that it's been healed>

Zaha
...It's healed...

Giess
Eh!?

Zaha
How!?
That guy... he healed me?
... ... Say...
Isn't that guy too weird...?

Pg 112
Pg 113
Pg 114

<Blood fails in his attempts to break the barrier>

Blood
As I thought, everything bounces off without anything sticking
If I'm not careful and get too close, my energy will be drained...
That's true
One could be caught in this priest's barrier that repels all of the darker magic of demons
And it's a barrier that uses a demon's presence to lure things
Well... Coming this far after that, in the typical scenario, demons probably reach out for that strange sword

Pg 115

Blood
Inherit to all living things, demons have selfish desires
In that sense, they'd try to draw power from the sword that overflows with energy
But get their own power devoured instead
... It's a deceiving forgery
The temple's presence has been completely hidden
A normal demon wouldn't notice it...
---Nei
He wouldn't have been deceived by this

Pg 116

Blood
... ...
... My mistake
Not confirming the contract
Nei didn't say "demon"
The contract exists... it's not invalid
However... if I don't remove this sword
(Nei) If you can't defeat it or seal it, that human...
(Blood) I'll do it!!
This contract is meant
For me to return and leave Ishuca alone

Pg 117

Blood
(Ishuca) When I'm alone... I worry a bit
I'm making him worry again
I guess it's called "poor thing"...
!
...Hn?

<Ishuca and Serugi stand just outside the gathering of trees where Blood is working>

Ishuca
It's here!  It's a nice smell!

Pg 118

Serugi
Who... What is this?

Ishuca
Since they said something was drawing power in this deep place!

Serugi
Eh?

Ishuca
It's where Blood is... since the contract doesn't seem to be invalid
At the least we can tell him about the priest's barrier [then help him]

Serugi
... ...
...This one... doesn't once think to worry about himself...
[Probably causes that demons such hardships...]
[A poisonous feeling...]

Ishuca
I have to think that something bad might happen on this trip!
[Uh---n, these woods are rather dark]

Serugi
Such purity [natural... I suppose]
[Naturally an idiot]
....However
If it's for him
Could it be that he truly considers that demon important...?

Pg 119

<Ishuca slips and falls on some roots>

Serugi
Ishuca-san!? [Huh!?]
[Where did he go]

Ishuca
Cha---... [I'm here]
[Arrow - lacks attentiveness]
Completely...

Serugi
Are you... [Geh]

Ishuca
Ow, ow
[I think I hit my side---?]

Serugi
I... Ishuca-san, your leg!!

Ishuca
Eh?

<Ishuca looks at his bloodied hand>

Pg 120

<Then he notices a large gash on his upper thigh>

Ishuca
Ah
[It's cut]

Serugi
Uwah--- Ishuca-san
[Arrow - uninjured person]

Ishuca
[Arrow - injured person]
[It's true.  Ow...]

<Blood appears>

Blood
Ishuca!
Why did you come...
[Uwah]  What happened to your leg---!!
[Arrow - uninjured person 2]

Ishuca
Ah, Blood!

Blood
Idiot, did you slip!?

Ishuca
[Un...] Ah, say, Blood

Pg 121

<Blood lifts Ishuca from the roots and to a better sitting place>

Ishuca
The seal here is a priest's...

Blood
I know! [Don't worry about that]

Ishuca
Eh?

Blood
Right now, let's handle this wound fast!  [Idiot!]

Serugi
First to stop the blood flow... [Something to bind it...]

<Blood easily rips off the sleeve of his shirt>

Blood
[Hey]  You do it... I don't know the level of my strength
[Arrow - ridiculous strength]

Ishuca
[Ah~~~ Your shirt~~~]

Serugi
Ah, a-ah...
... ...
...It's not too tight?

Ishuca
Un [But]

Pg 122

Ishuca
It got cut rather nicely, didn't it---...
[This isn't a minor cut]

Blood & Serugi
... ...

Blood
You're too careless!!

Serugi
That's right!!

Blood
Aren't you the one who's injured!?

Serugi
The person of concern

Ishuca
These two... are actually in agreement...

Serugi
Anyhow... It'd be best to clean the wound

Blood
Ah, that's right
Ishuca, let's heal you [lend me these]

<Blood takes off Ishuca's glasses>

Ishuca
Eh?

Pg 123

Ishuca
Heal, you say... Ah [my glasses]
!
... Blood ...

Serugi
[Uh---n, there doesn't seem to be clear flowing water]
Ah?

Ishuca
Wait a moment... Serugi-san is here, though...
[Battling]

Blood
Hah?  What about that?

Ishuca
Listen... I don't know if it's okay with demons, but for normal humans, two men don't do that
[Not to mention you shouldn't do it in front of people]

Blood
What are you talking about in this situation!  [Idiot]

Pg 124

<Blood 'kisses' Ishuca deeply right in front of Serugi>

Pg 125

Five second development

Serugi
Something
Is happening
Before my eyes
... A demon
Doing such a thing
Now
... For so long, you
You
Y...

Pg 126

<Blood moves down to lick Ishuca's wound with the "retrieved" saliva>

Ishuca
... ...

<The naive priest freaks out>

Serugi
De... Demon...

<Ishuca puts his glasses back on>

Ishuca
... A-ah... Serugi-san is retreating...
Blood... how long are you going to lick [It's already healed]

Blood
I can't resist your blood

Ishuca
Ah, that's right
Demons enjoy blood
Is my blood good?
[Arrow - Forgot he's in front of someone]

Pg 127

Blood
A-ah, your blood is delicious

Ishuca
Above?  Average?  Ordinary?

Blood
[If you're asking] "First rate"

Ishuca
[Ah] Really?
That's good to hear
[For when I'm cut deeply]

Serugi
A-ah~~~ [Is this okay~~~]
Ishuca-san is also somehow strange~~~

Serugi is alone in his misery

Blood
Nh?

<Blood notices part of the seal dissolving under Ishuca's blood>

Pg 128

Blood
---Eh?
The barrier is torn...?

<Back to the demons>

Nei
That human is going to where the Leader is?

Giess
It's the fault of this idiot!

Zaha
[Sorry]

Nei
Don't worry about it, Zaha, since I know the path
...More so, though those humans may go there, it doesn't mean that they can break the seal since our Leader can't break it...

Demon
[Nei is too soft!]

Zaha
... Nei [Say]

Pg 129

Zaha
... The Leader so easily made the contract
It was because he believed in you and the rest of us
And so, he gambled
His own life, he said... and ran off
That strange human

Nei
... ...

Demon
---Does that matter?

Pg 130

Demon
Isn't that just a cowardly thing
The Leader isn't necessarily as strong as he was long ago, right?

Demon
From what I've seen, he's done nothing to make us believe so...

Giess
... Our reproduction was a perfect image of his body long ago
It only lacked experience when it fought with the real demon, and it died without even a chance of a counterattack

Demon
Then why wouldn't he kill that damn priest
Why doesn't he travel with that human as a source of food?
What is he playing at!

Pg 131

Demons
The Leader is different from before!
He's controlled by that human [has compassion---!]
Sixty years was enough time to change time?
Was he made into a fool?

Demon
It disgusts me.  One by one his scattered pride will get us killed
... I'm leaving if the Leader returns [from here]

Demons
Me, too
I guess me, too
I don't want to associate with this contract

Zaha
What are you all saying...

Demon
We're fed up!

Pg 132

Demon
Isn't it a case where compared from when returning from the west, the eastern Leader has been destroyed?  It's foolish to remain here!
The temple won't come again!  It's no longer necessary to gather.  It's no longer necessary to follow that Leader!!

Nei
... ...
...Then, all of you
Will no longer recognize our Leader... as such?

Demon
A-ah! As if we know him anymore!  We'll move on our own [You can't stop us, Nei!]

Nei
--- In that case

Pg 133

Nei
Isn't it okay to drop his title?  Why hesitate from using his "Bloody" name!
What can weaklings say who flee from our Leader's mere voice?

Demons
!!

Nei
Of course, weak things exist under stronger ones
What don't you understand about that!

Pg 134

Nei
Stupid demons that can't see through to the hidden strength.  In your life, you won't stand above anyone

Demon
Wha...

Nei
If you want to leave, then leave.  I don't care to stop you
It'd be better with fewer idiots, so hurry and leave!
You guys group together only so that you don't have to worry about getting killed!

Pg 135

Demon
Bastard

<A sound echoes from the forest>

Nei
!?

Demon
What's that!? [That sound]

Zaha
Nei, it's from the forest

Nei
The forest

Pg 136

Giess
Hey, it couldn't be the seal being

<Nei bolts for the forest and toward the sealed sword>

Nei
This doesn't mean it's been broken

Zaha
Nei

Nei
Leader!!
---What have you done!?

 

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