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*page1|
The next morning, a man identifying himself as ‘Maou’――me, of course――arrived at the headquarters of the Sannou Corporation.[np]
;;早朝、"魔王"と呼ばれるおれは、山王物産のビルの地下にいた。[np]

*page2|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7031]“So, uh, the big figure skating tournament is already underway...”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7031]“また、フィギュアスケートの大会が始まったわけだが……”[np]

*page3|
[nm t="魔王"]“You're interested in my progress?”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“進捗状況を確認したいと?”[np]

*page4|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7032]“The situation isn't looking too good.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7032]“かんばしくないようだね”[np]

*page5|
[nm t="魔王"]“...I'm sowing my seeds right now.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“種はまいています”[np]

*page6|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7033]“Well then, please be sure to tell me when the flowers bloom.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7033]“ぜひ、その種の開花時期を教えて欲しいものだね”[np]

*page7|
[nm t="魔王"]“All they need is time. Don't worry about it, things are falling into place as we speak.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“そのうち勝手に咲きますので、どうかご安心を”[np]
;;Note that I understand the translator wanting to continue the flower thing and made up the garden part here. Which generally I'm cool with but I have to say it's already corny enough, taking the corny a little overboard X_X 
;;fixed - pondr

*page8|
Good Lord, this man fusses over the most asinine things...[np]
;;まったく、小さなことを気にする……。[np]

*page9|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7034]“There's one last thing I wanted to ask you today.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7034]“もう一つ聞きたいことがある”[np]

*page10|
Even Someya's horrid complexion betrayed his worrisome nature.[np]
;;よほど心労がたたっているのか、染谷の顔色はいつも悪い。[np]

*page11|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7035]“Do you know of the Shin'ei Group? They're only a small-time member of the Souwa Alliance, but they're old fashioned, and prone to violence.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7035]“新鋭会はわかるな? 総和連合の中でも小粒の集団だが、最も古風でケンカ気質な連中だ”[np]

*page12|
[nm t="魔王"]“What about them?”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“それがなにか?”[np]

*page13|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7036]“Don't play dumb. You're smuggling them weapons, aren't you?”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7036]“とぼけるな、武器の横流しをしているのは君だろう?”[np]

*page14|
[nm t="魔王"]“...Maybe I am.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“……さて”[np]

*page15|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7037]“The Shin'ei Group and the Sonoyama Group are waging a small-scale war at the moment. Sonoyama has Shin'ei vastly outnumbered and outmatched. They have no hope of winning, even if you gave tanks to the lot of them.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7037]“いま新鋭会と園山組で小競り合いが起きている。園山組といえば新鋭会とは比べ物にならんほど大きい組織だ。少人数の新鋭会に戦車を持たせたところで勝ち目はないぞ?”[np]

*page16|
[nm t="魔王"]“Are you implying that I'm orchestrating the conflict between the two groups?”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“暴力団の抗争は、私が描いた絵だと?”[np]

*page17|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7038]“Nothing else would make sense.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7038]“それ以外に考えられんがね”[np]

*page18|
[nm t="魔王"]“...Look, Mr. Someya, this has nothing to do with you.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“なんにせよ、あなたには関係のないことでしょう”[np]

*page19|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7039]“What's that supposed to mean? If this ruckus gets traced back to you, then the police will inevitably set their eyes on me sooner or later.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7039]“君が関わっているのであれば、いずれうちにも警察の手が及ぶ”[np]

*page20|
...Apparently he's worried I'll betray him.[np]
;;……おれの裏切りを心配しているようだな。[np]

*page21|
I'm not an employee of this company.[np]
;;おれは会社の内部の人間ではない。[np]

*page22|
It's only natural for him to suspect that I would gladly sacrifice the company when the time came.[np]
;;いつでも会社を捨て石にすると思われるのも当然だ。[np]

*page23|
[nm t="魔王"]“I do not intend to bring any trouble down upon this company.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“会社に迷惑をかけるつもりはありません”[np]

*page24|
My words bore a calmness to veil their threatening edge.[np]
;;静かに、けれど威圧の意志をこめて言った。[np]

*page25|
[nm t="魔王"]“After all, Sannou Corporation is my father's company.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“山王物産は、私の父の会社ですから”[np]

*page26|
Someya looked shocked initially, but he quickly fathomed my statement and smiled.[np]
;;染谷は唖然としたが、すぐさまおれの言葉の裏を読もうと目を細めた。[np]

*page27|
[nm t="染谷" s=som_7040]“I believe you. After all, you are the ‘Maou’. Yours is an existence that should not be. I suppose I should be a good little devil-worshiper and stop questioning my faith.”[np]
;;[nm t="染谷" s=som_7040]“信じよう。君は"魔王"だったな。もともと現実にいるはずのない存在だ。そして私は忠実な悪魔崇拝者でいるべきだ”[np]

*page28|
[nm t="魔王"]“They say faith is power, Mr. Someya.”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“信仰は力なり、ですか……”[np]

*page29|
However, the application of faith demands abandoning one's own thoughts and ideas.[np]
;;要するに、自らの考えを放棄するということだ。[np]
;;note, I ‘translated' these two lines but I don't actually know what the fuck it means or refers to!
;;For some reason, I feel like this is the gist and relation. - pondr

*page30|
After seeing that there was nothing more for me to do, I bid farewell to Someya.[np]
;;もう用はないと見て、染谷に別れを告げた。[np]

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*page31|
...Now, then.[np]
;;……それにしても。[np]

*page32|
Saijou hasn't contacted me in a while.[np]
;;西条からの連絡が途絶えた。[np]

*page33|
I probably have Usami to thank for this.[np]
;;どうやら宇佐美にしてやられたようだな。[np]

*page34|
My only concern is how much Saijou will reveal.[np]
;;問題は、西条がどこまで口を割るか、だ。[np]

*page35|
I've taken precautionary steps, after all.[np]
;;それなりに手なづけておいた。[np]

*page36|
I don't think he'll give up the plot too easily... it's hard to say for certain.[np]
;;計画をぺらぺらと安易にしゃべられるようなことはないと思うが……どうだろうか。[np]

*page37|
Will he talk?[np]
;;情報を漏らすだろうか。[np]

*page38|
Well, before tomorrow...?[np]
;;せめて明日までには……。[np]

*page39|
[nm t="魔王"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="魔王"]“…………”[np]

*page40|
Oh, well. All I can do right now is prepare for the big event.[np]
;;まあいい、明日の準備をしよう。[np]

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*page41|
......[np]
;;…………。[np]

*page42|
...[np]
;;……。[np]

;背景 権三宅居間
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*page43|
As the time neared noon, Gonzou called for me.[np]
;;昼前に、おれは権三に呼び出された。[np]


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*page44|
Usami was also there.[np]
;;宇佐美もいた。[np]


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*page45|
Gonzou shifted his posture and stood up.[np]
;;正座を崩して立ち上がる。[np]

*page46|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7174]“You're late. What have you been doing, Kyousuke?”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7174]“遅い。なにをしていた、京介?”[np]

*page47|
[nm t="京介"]“I'm very sorry. I haven't been feeling very well recently.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“申し訳ありません、少し体調がすぐれなくて”[np]

*page48|
He's not a man that accepts excuses, but lying wouldn't have gotten me anywhere.[np]
;;そんな言いわけが通じる男ではないが、嘘をついても無駄だった。[np]

*page49|
However, Gonzou seemed to have something more important than my ‘education’ to talk about today.[np]
;;しかし、今日の権三には、おれの"教育"よりも大事な用件があるようだった。[np]


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*page50|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7175]“That man is something else. There wasn't a peep out of him.”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7175]“例の男だが、なにも吐かん”[np]

*page51|
Saijou didn't talk...?[np]
;;西条か……。[np]

*page52|
[nm t="京介"]“But... wasn't Horibe-san left in charge of the interrogation?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“しかし、あの堀部さんの尋問でしょう?”[np]

*page53|
Horibe is the single most sadistic being I know of in this world.[np]
;;おれはこの世で堀部よりもサディスティックな男を知らない。[np]

*page54|
Water, fire, whips, beasts... he'll use any technique ever conceived until the prisoner forgets he's even human.[np]
;;水、火、鞭、動物……あらゆる手段を使って、囚人に自分が人間であることを忘れさせる。[np]

*page55|
Of course, that's probably why Gonzou leaves such things to him.[np]
;;だからこそ、権三も拷問を任せているはずだ。[np]


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*page56|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7176]“We were even thinking of shooting him up with truth serum... but that sort of thing isn't too reliable. And if it doesn't work, it'll just kill him.”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7176]“あとは自白剤打つくらいだが……それも確実とは言えん。失敗すれば、ただ死ぬだけだ”[np]

*page57|
[nm t="京介"]“So he's sworn loyalty to ‘Maou’?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“"魔王"に忠誠を誓っているということでしょうか”[np]

*page58|
My question simply disappointed Gonzou.[np]
;;おれの問いに、権三は憮然として言った。[np]


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*page59|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7177]“He's convinced that he'll be killed the moment he speaks.”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7177]“しゃべったが最後、殺されると思っているだけだ”[np]

*page60|
Right... things like loyalty have no meaning in the face of violence and death.[np]
;;それもそうだ……忠誠なんて、生きるか死ぬかの暴力の前にはなんの意味もない。[np]

*page61|
At that, the silent Usami opened her mouth.[np]
;;それまで黙っていた宇佐美が口を開いた。[np]


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*page62|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8402]“So, in summary, Saijou just wants to escape this alive?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8402]“つまり、西条は、まだ生きたいと思っているわけですね”[np]

*page63|
Gonzou nodded.[np]
;;権三は頷いた。[np]

*page64|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7178]“Intelligence reports say the bastard killed his younger sister as a kid. He was sent to a special children's facility afterwards, but he never once showed signs of guilt during his time there.”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7178]“調べてわかったが、ヤツは幼少のころ、実の妹を絞殺している。その後、自立支援施設に入ったが、まるで罪の意識に苛まれた様子はないという”[np]

*page65|
...A healthy person in his situation might have even been drawn to suicide.[np]
;;……まともな人間なら、自殺を考えてもおかしくはないな。[np]

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*page66|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7179]“The punk thinks he didn't do anything wrong, so he doesn't see any reason he should have to die.”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7179]“ヤツはこう思っている。俺は何も悪くない。なぜ、自分が死なねばならんのかと”[np]

*page67|
That's beyond depraved. This scenario has already escaped the limits of my comprehension.[np]
;;ふてぶてしさを通り越しすぎていて、もはや理解できない。[np]


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*page68|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8403]“Um... may I ask you to leave this to me?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8403]“あの、自分に任せていただけませんでしょうか?”[np]

*page69|
[nm t="京介"]“The interrogation? You?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“尋問を? お前が?”[np]

*page70|
That's a terrible idea.[np]
;;無理に決まっている。[np]

*page71|
A man who hasn't budged after horrific torture won't reveal information to a person like Usami.[np]
;;非人道的なやり方でも口を割らない男が、宇佐美なんかに情報を漏らすわけがない。[np]

*page72|
Not to mention that Usami's the person who landed him in this mess.[np]
;;しかも、宇佐美は西条を捕まえた張本人だ。[np]

*page73|
If anything, she'll be the one person he [ font italic="true" ]won't[ resetfont ] confess to.[np]
;;西条も、こいつにだけはしゃべるまいと口を固く閉ざすだろう。[np]

*page74|
Naturally, Gonzou will understand that...[np]
;;当然、権三も、それをわかっているはずなのだが……。[np]


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*page75|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7180]“Okay. Do it.”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7180]“よし、やれ”[np]

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*page76|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8404]“Thank you very much.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8404]“ありがとうございます”[np]

*page77|
[nm t="京介"]“But, Father...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“お養父さん、しかしですね……”[np]


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*page78|
[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7181]“Would she volunteer if she didn't have a plan?”[np]
;;[nm t="浅井権三" s=gon_7181]“なんの打算もなく名乗り出たわけではあるまい?”[np]

*page79|
His gaze crashed explosively against that of Usami.[np]
;;どきつい視線を宇佐美にぶつけていた。[np]

*page80|
Even she seemed to be scared right now, as her fingers trembled slightly.[np]
;;さすがの宇佐美も恐ろしくなったのか、指先がかすかに震えていた。[np]


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*page81|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8405]“Alright then, I'll get started right away...”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8405]“では、さっそく……”[np]

*page82|
Still refusing to accept the idea, I followed Usami out of the room.[np]
;;おれは納得のいかないまま、部屋をあとにした。[np]

;背景 南区住宅街
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*page83|
[nm t="京介"]“Hey, Usami...!”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おい、宇佐美……!”[np]


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*page84|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8406]“I get it. You don't think I can do it, right?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8406]“わかってます。自分には無理だとおっしゃりたいのでしょう?”[np]

*page85|
[nm t="京介"]“And you do? You have no idea what that man has been put through over the past twelve hours. What makes you think a person who withstood that kind of torture would confess to [ font italic="true" ]you[ resetfont ]?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“当たり前だ。お前はヤクザの拷問を知らん。あれでしゃべらん人間がお前なんかに……”[np]


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*page86|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8407]“Nothing. I never said I thought he'd confess to me.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8407]“はい、自分には無理でしょう”[np]

*page87|
[nm t="京介"]“Stop kidding around!”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ざけんな”[np]

*page88|
This isn't the time for jokes.[np]
;;冗談言っている場合じゃない。[np]

*page89|
[nm t="京介"]“Kanon's up again tomorrow. ‘Maou's’ bound to pull something!”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“明日から、また花音の出番だ。"魔王"は必ずなにかしかけてくるぞ”[np]

*page90|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8408]“I know. We don't have much time.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8408]“承知してます。あまり時間はありませんね”[np]

*page91|
[nm t="京介"]“Right, so-...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“だったら……”[np]

*page92|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8409]“No, I've already resolved myself. I'll give my life if need be.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8409]“ええ、もう我が身を捧げる覚悟です”[np]

*page93|
[nm t="京介"]“Huh?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“は?”[np]

*page94|
Usami fiddled with the phone I returned to her last night, dialing a number.[np]
;;宇佐美は、おれが昨日の夜返した携帯を操作した。[np]


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*page95|
She wore a grave expression.[np]
;;いやに、思いつめた表情だった。[np]

*page96|
The call connected.[np]
;;やがて、通話がつながったようだ。[np]

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*page97|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8410]“Y-yeah... how are you...?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8410]“や、やあ……もしもし……?”[np]

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*page98|
...[np]
;;……。[np]

*page99|
......[np]
;;…………。[np]

*page100|
Around thirty minutes later, we were in a cafe.[np]
;;約三十分後、おれたちは喫茶店にいた。[np]

*page101|
After ordering a couple of coffees, we waited for someone at the bar.[np]
;;コーヒーを注文してカウンターに腰掛け、人を待っていた。[np]

*page102|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8411]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8411]“…………”[np]

*page103|
[nm t="京介"]“What's with you? You haven't said a thing.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんだよ、さっきから黙って”[np]


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*page104|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8412]“...Ah, it's nothing. I was just trying to think up an excuse.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8412]“……いえいえ、なんて言いわけしようかなと”[np]

*page105|
[nm t="京介"]“An excuse for what?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“言いわけ?”[np]

*page106|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8413]“For why I waited so long to contact her.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8413]“連絡を取らなかった理由です”[np]

*page107|
[nm t="京介"]“What does that matter? Can't you just tell her you've been busy?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“んなもん知るか。忙しかった、とかでいいじゃないか”[np]

*page108|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8414]“But would she accept that...?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8414]“それで納得してくれますかねえ……”[np]

*page109|
...What are you so afraid of?[np]
;;……なにを怯えてるんだよ。[np]

*page110|
At that moment, a chime announced the opening of the door.[np]
;;そのとき、チャイムとともに、店のドアが開いた。[np]

*page111|
A tall woman waltzed in with a gust of wind.[np]
;;背の高い女が外からの風を運んできた。[np]

*page112|
Wearing the same outfit and the same smile as the last time I saw her, Tokita Yuki slowly walked over to where Usami was sitting.[np]
;;時田ユキは、前あったときと同じような服装、同じような微笑を口元にたずさえて、ゆっくりと宇佐美の席に近づいてきた。[np]


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@chr_jump pos=c
*page113|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8415]“H-hey, girl!”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8415]“や、やあ!”[np]
;;for the first part of this scene, I'm going with a socialite-sorority-girl feel. Well, except she's obviously acting. - pondr

*page114|
Usami stood up suddenly.[np]
;;ガタッ、と立ち上がる宇佐美。[np]


@chr c=haru_d_se_04_s
@chr_pos_change before=c after=r time=600
@chr_walk l=yuki_c_sic_20_s
*page115|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8416]“It's been way too long! Thanks for coming out here to meet me on such short notice.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8416]“久しぶり。急に呼び出してごめんね”[np]

*page116|
[nm t="ユキ"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ"]“…………”[np]

*page117|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8417]“So, uh, what have you been up to lately? What brought your sassy ass all the way out here to the city?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8417]“さ、最近なにしてるの? どうしてこの街に来たのかな?”[np]
;;...SOUTHERN sorority girls, just to clarify... I've never interacted with any other variety... in fact, I'd limit it to 5 or under outside the state of Tennessee... so TENNESSEE sorority girls. Who, yes, do refer to each others' "sassy asses". - pondr

*page118|
[nm t="ユキ"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ"]“…………”[np]

*page119|
Usami never talks like that.[np]
;;およそ、宇佐美らしからぬ言葉づかい。[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_sic_03_s
*page120|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7009]“Why didn't you contact me right away?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7009]“どうしてすぐ連絡くれなかったの?”[np]

@chr r=haru_d_se_03b_s
*page121|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8418]“W-well, I, was uh... busy...”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8418]“そ、それは……いそがし……”[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_sic_20_s
*page122|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7010]“You were busy?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7010]“忙しかった?”[np]


@chr r=haru_d_se_03_s
*page123|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8419]“Oh, like [ font italic="true" ]ridiculously[ resetfont ] busy... like, ‘Oh, I'm so busy!’”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8419]“忙しかったから……なんだな”[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_sec_20c_s
*page124|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7011]“Why do you suddenly sound like ‘Rain Man’?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7011]“なんでちょっと裸の大将入れてくるの”[np]

@chr r=haru_a_se_08_s

*page125|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8420]“Look, just forget about it, listen for a sec!”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8420]“そんなことより、聞いてよ!”[np]

@chr_jump pos=r
*page126|
She clapped her hands together then spread her arms out wide.[np]
;;ガバッと両手を広げた。[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_sic_04_s
*page127|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7012]“I know, you want a favor out of me. You mind if we eat something beforehand, though?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7012]“ええ、頼みがあるんでしょう。その前になにか注文してもいいかしら?”[np]

*page128|
She nodded and took off her coat elegantly, handing it to a waiter.[np]
;;しなやかにコートを脱ぎ、軽く会釈しながらウェイターに預けた。[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_05_s
*page129|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7013]“Earl Grey, please.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7013]“アールグレイをちょうだい”[np]

*page130|
She spoke in a low voice, touching her lip with one finger.[np]
;;細長い指の裏で下唇をなでながら、ささやくように言った。[np]
;;uwaaaaaaaaaaaaa - pondr

*page131|
What a seductive charm.[np]
;;なんとも誘われるような魅力があった。[np]
;;yeah, yeah, yeah! - pondr

*page132|
In stark contrast, Usami emptied her cup in one gulp, sighed in satisfaction, and began to talk with Tokita.[np]
;;反対に、宇佐美は水を一気飲みして、プハーとかやったあと時田に言った。[np]
;;disgusting. - pondr

*page133|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8421]“Hurry it up, Yuki. If you don't, someone might die.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8421]“急いでるんだ、ユキ。早くしないと死人が出るかもしれない”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_09_s
*page134|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7014]“Someone might die?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7014]“死人が出るかもしれない?”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_05_s
*page135|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8422]“Do you know about the figure skating competition going on right now?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8422]“いま、この街でフィギュアスケートの大会やってるだろ?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_05_s
*page136|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7015]“Sure, it's here in the city, right?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7015]“やってるわね”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_09_s
*page137|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8423]“Someone's targeting one of the coaches. Well, actually, I'd say everyone associated with the competition is in danger.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8423]“一人のコーチが狙われてるんだ。コーチだけじゃなくて、大会関係者全員が危ない”[np]

@chr l=yuki_a_si_09_s
*page138|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7016]“Danger, huh? Interesting.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7016]“危ないの、そう”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_10_s
*page139|
Tokita suddenly squinted her long, clear eyes, paused, and changed expressions completely.[np]
;;時田は、ふと、切れ長の目を細め、表情を作り変えるような間を取った。[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_09_s
*page140|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7017]“I still don't quite understand the situation.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7017]“どういうことかさっぱりわからないわ”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_08_s
*page141|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8424]“L-like I was saying, an evil person is targeting the competition, and when we caught his accomplice yesterday he wasn't talking at all and I was pretty much ready to give up because there's nothing I can do but then I remembered you... like, ‘Oh, right, Yuki!’”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8424]“だ、だから、凶悪犯がフィギュアスケート会場を狙ってて、んでその共犯者を昨日捕まえたはいいけれどぜんぜん口を割らなくて途方に暮れていたところユキのことを思い出したわけ……なんだな”[np]
;;to match the above nandana and Haru's general strangeness. - pondr

*page142|
[nm t="京介"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“…………”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_05b_s
*page143|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7018]“I see. That explains a lot.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7018]“話はわかったわ”[np]

*page144|
How in God's name did she make sense of that!?[np]
;;わかったのかよ![np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page145|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7019]“All I have to do is question the accomplice, right?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7019]“私はいまから、その共犯者にお話をうかがえばいいんでしょう?”[np]

*page146|
...But is it really fine for this woman, with her unknown background, to know about the Azai Corporation, the Sonoyama Group, and the greater circumstances surrounding the threat letter?[np]
;;……しかし、こんな得たいの知れない女に、浅井興業や園山組、そして脅迫事件のことを知らせていいものだろうか。[np]

@chr l=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page147|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7020]“Can I ask you a question, Haru?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7020]“私から質問していい、ハル?”[np]

@chr r=haru_a_se_06_s
*page148|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8425]“Anything!”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8425]“なんなりと!”[np]

@chr l=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page149|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7021]“What's the subject like?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7021]“対象は何者なの?”[np]

@chr r=haru_a_se_02_s
*page150|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8426]“His name is Saijou. Well, he's a deviant.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8426]“西条っていう、まあ、変質者”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_10_s
*page151|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7022]“‘Deviant,’ you say? Like panty thief ‘deviant’? Serial killer ‘deviant’?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7022]“変質者? 下着泥棒くらい? それとも殺人鬼?”[np]
;;変質者 is a more broad term than psychopath which is why panty thief is included here. It's basically just anyone who is...abnormal, I guess.(I think deviant would have fit the bill better but ok)

*page152|
While drinking elegantly from the teacup in her hand, she calmly spoke disturbing words.[np]
;;運ばれてきた紅茶に口づけながら、物騒な言葉を平気ではいた。[np]

@chr r=haru_a_se_05_s
*page153|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8427]“He stabbed a man in the face, and strangled his younger sister to death when he was young.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8427]“道端で、人をナイフで刺した。子供のころに、妹の首を絞めて殺した”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_09_s
*page154|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7023]“And however would a girl like you meet someone so dangerous?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7023]“そんな危ない人と、どうして知り合ったの?”[np]

*page155|
[nm t="京介"]“Hold it right there.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まあ、待て”[np]


@dellay pos=rl
@camera angle=l
@chr l=yuki_c_si_01_b
*page156|
I slowly stood up and reseated myself next to Tokita.[np]
;;おれはおもむろに立ち上がって、時田の隣の席に座った。[np]

*page157|
Sitting sideways on the chair, I interrupted her question.[np]
;;ちょうど横座りになる格好で、時田の質問を中断させた。[np]

*page158|
[nm t="京介"]“My name is Azai Kyousuke. I believe we've met before.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おれは浅井京介。前にも会ったな”[np]

*page159|
I crossed my legs and watched Tokita's reaction from the corner of my eye.[np]
;;足を組み、横目で時田の反応をうかがった。[np]
;;Damn, now this is intriguing. It's a hint that Kyousuke is Maou only for people who have played the game all the way though (i.e. easter egg-style?). He suddenly becomes aware of his body language around Tokita, which is something Maou would know to do. - pondr

*page160|
She appeared unmoved. She just quietly smiled.[np]
;;時田は動じた様子もなく、穏やかな笑みを浮かべていた。[np]

*page161|
[nm t="京介"]“You're going to have to stay in the dark when it comes to some of the details. Naturally, this is in your best interests as well as mine. I hope you understand.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“あまり詳しい話はできない。知らないほうがいいってことだ。言っている意味がわかってもらえるとうれしい”[np]

*page162|
Tokita flashed me another smile.[np]
;;時田はまたにこりと笑った。[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_si_01b_b
*page163|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7024]“Quite perfectly. I won't ask how your ‘deviant’ was caught or who caught him. Is that good enough?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7024]“よくわかったわ。私はその変質者を捕まえた経緯も聞かないし、またどういった人たちに捕まえられたのかも興味がない。これでいい?”[np]

*page164|
...She's rather understanding.[np]
;;……やけに、物分りがいいな。[np]

*page165|
[nm t="京介"]“I'm glad we're on the same page, here. I hear you're a friend of Usami's, is that right?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“すまんな。あんたは宇佐美の友人だそうだが?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_si_04b_b
*page166|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7025]“We went to the same school once. Right, Haru?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7025]“前の学園でいっしょだったの。ねえ、ハル?”[np]


@mface name=haru_a_se_08_s
*page167|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8428]“YES, MA'AM!”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8428]“はい!”[np]

*page168|
Usami answered with that dead-fish expression again.[np]
;;宇佐美はまた、水を失った魚みたいな顔で返事をした。[np]

*page169|
...I find it hard to believe that Tokita and Usami are the same age...[np]
;;……しかし、宇佐美と同じような年齢には見えないが……。[np]

@chr l=yuki_c_si_01_b
*page170|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7026]“Do you find me suspicious?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7026]“うさんくさい?”[np]

*page171|
[nm t="京介"]“Somewhat...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まあな……”[np]

*page172|
Yet since I'm withholding information myself, I have no right to ask too much about Tokita.[np]
;;ただ、おれも情報を隠そうとしている以上、時田のこともそう多くは聞けないだろう……。[np]

*page173|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7027]“I won't delve into you or your business. By the same token, I refuse to share any of my own personal details. Is that acceptable to you?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7027]“私はあなたとあなたの背後関係に深入りしないわ。そのかわり、私のことも話せない。というのはダメかしら?”[np]

*page174|
[nm t="京介"]“I was just thinking that, actually. I suppose that's only appropriate.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いまちょうど同じことを考えていた。妥当だと思う”[np]

@chr l=yuki_c_si_04c_b
*page175|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7028]“Hehe... thank you. I thought you'd say that.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7028]“ふふ……ありがとう。そう言ってくれると思ったわ”[np]

*page176|
...What?[np]
;;……なんだ?[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_si_02_b
*page177|
[nm t="京介"]“The information we need pertains to the criminal plan ‘Maou’――ah, ‘Maou's’ the enigmatic mastermind behind this whole fiasco――anyway, we need to know about the plan our captive accomplice was supposed to carry out.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“聞き出したいのは、その変質者が、"魔王"という男からどんな犯罪計画を吹き込まれていたかだ”[np]

*page178|
Confusion would be the natural response to being suddenly briefed on the recent unholy acts of the Devil.[np]
;;いきなり"魔王"といわれてもわけがわからないことだろう。[np]

*page179|
However, Tokita's expression held fast. She merely nodded.[np]
;;しかし、時田は顔色一つ変えずにうなずいた。[np]

*page180|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7029]“Would it be possible for you to prepare a dossier on your captive, or something like that?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7029]“尋問するにあたって、対象の履歴くらいは教えてもらえるかしら”[np]

*page181|
[nm t="京介"]“We can scrounge together things like his name, address, profession, age, and such, but...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“名前と、住所、職業、年齢くらいでよければ……”[np]


@chr l=yuki_c_si_01b_b
*page182|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7030]“That'll be fine. Let's go, shall we?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7030]“けっこう。じゃあ、行きましょう”[np]

@dellay pos=l


*page183|
Tokita suddenly stood up and walked to the cash register.[np]
;;時田はいきなり席を立って、レジに向かった。[np]

*page184|
[nm t="京介"]“Hey, Usami...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おい、宇佐美……”[np]


@chr_walk l=haru_a_se_09_b
*page185|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8429]“Yeah?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8429]“はい?”[np]

*page186|
[nm t="京介"]“Who is this chick? Is she a professional interrogator, or something?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんだ、あいつ? 本当に尋問のプロなのか?”[np]


@chr l=haru_b_se_15_b
*page187|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8430]“Yuki knows how to read people. That is why I had no choice but to become the pure ‘Rain Man’ himself!”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8430]“ユキは人の心が読めるんです。ですからわたしもピュアな裸の大将になりきっていたわけです”[np]

*page188|
...Looked more like a comedy routine to me.[np]
;;……ただのモノマネじゃねえか。[np]
;;skip(just noting stuff i skip from now on, I'll probably just keep some ignored anyway >_>)
;;something like "you mean it wasn't an impersonation?" might be more accurate if monomane means what I think it is and I'm not just being a total idiot (which is likely), but this is what I'd go for if I understand the line right. - pondr

*page189|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8431]“I'll bet Yuki already pretty much understands your personality, Azai-san.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8431]“ユキはもう浅井さんのおおまかな性格くらいはつかんだと思いますよ”[np]

*page190|
[nm t="京介"]“Don't be ridiculous...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“んな馬鹿な……”[np]

*page191|
Tokita called to me from the register.[np]
;;レジの前で時田が呼んだ。[np]


@mface name=yuki_c_si_01b_b
*page192|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7031]“Azai-san, a Dutch treat's fine, right?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7031]“浅井さんは、割り勘がいいのよね?”[np]
;;going dutch means people split the payment equally. Hey, I just learned new slang today.
;;No I'm pretty sure dutch means split check, i.e. each person pays his/her own check. subtly different from each person paying equally. In any case it's pretty common; even romantics like me that would NEVER have a girl pay in front of them know the term... (...you aren't a hermit, are you?) - pondr
;;Okay reason being I edited this into this in the first place because simply "dutch is fine, right" is way confusing. When I first read it I thought she wants to take out a dutch coffee which made me go like ?????. However, by adding the treat there it makes it a lot more sense that no she isn't wanting to take dutch coffee, or order a dutch person. We discuessed it over on IRC and both me and TNA agreed that it does sound better this way, so please let's leave it like that. izmos

*page193|
[nm t="京介"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“…………”[np]


@chr l=haru_a_se_08_b
*page194|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8432]“S-see!?”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8432]“ほ、ほらっ”[np]

*page195|
[nm t="京介"]“See what?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なにがほら、だ”[np]

*page196|
...You could pretty much call this our first encounter.[np]
;;……ほとんど初対面だからな。[np]

*page197|
This isn't even a business meeting, so there'd be no reason for her to pay my part of the check.[np]
;;仕事上のつきあいでもないのに、おごったりおごられたりするものか。[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_04c_b
*page198|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7032]“This is quite a cute little establishment you have here. I'll come again sometime.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7032]“とても美味しいお店ね、また来るわ”[np]

*page199|
She flashed the waiter a smile.[np]
;;ウェイターに向かって、微笑んでいた。[np]

*page200|
...What a strange woman.[np]
;;……妙な女だ。[np]

*page201|
But strange or not, if Tokita really can get Saijou to talk, Usami and I will be in the clear... That's the only thing I should be thinking about at this point.[np]
;;まあ、時田が西条の口を割ってくれれば儲けもの……そんなふうに考えておくしかないな。[np]
;;HIGH COTTON. GOD YOU'RE SO SOUTHERN

*page202|
We left the coffee shop for Saijou's holding place.[np]
;;おれたちは店を出て、西条のもとに向かった。[np]

@fobgm

;黒画面
@hide
@black rule=rule_g_lr_c time=1000
@wait time=2000
@show

@bgm storage=bgm_26

*page203|
...[np]
;;……。[np]

*page204|
......[np]
;;…………。[np]

*page205|
A heat that binds the soul permeated my pores.[np]
;;むっとするような熱気があった。[np]

*page206|
We were in a twenty year old building that belongs to the Azai Corporation.[np]
;;浅井興業が所有する築二十年のビル。[np]

*page207|
The first floor is for consumer finance, while the second and third contain offices set aside for Souwa work. The basement is a space that the government doesn't even know exists.[np]
;;一階は消費者金融、二階と三階は総和連合の組の事務所となっているのだが、地下に役所に届出のない空間がある。[np]

*page208|
The three of us walked down the stairs to a place sunlight will never reach, and I pushed open the heavy doors.[np]
;;日光の届かない階段を下りて、重い扉を押した。[np]

*page209|
The narrow room was wet with dull pools of liquid scattered about. I couldn't tell which were water and which were blood.[np]
;;小さな部屋の床はぬめり、ところどころに、水なのか血なのかよくわからない色の水溜りができていた。[np]

*page210|
Saijou was near the wall opposite the entrance.[np]
;;入り口から離れた壁の前に、西条がいた。[np]

*page211|
His hands were cuffed behind his back, and he was silently sitting on a stool.[np]
;;手錠をした腕を後ろに回され、うなだれるように丸椅子に沈黙している。[np]

*page212|
[nm t="京介"]“How is he?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“どうです?”[np]

*page213|
[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7022]“Full of vigor, I'm afraid.”[np]
;;[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7022]“まだまだ元気ですわ”[np]

*page214|
[nm t="京介"]“Is he strong enough to speak?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まだしゃべれるほどに?”[np]

*page215|
[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7023]“Look, Son, you think I'd damage him so bad he couldn't talk? The whole point of torture is to get people to tell ya the truth. And Lord knows I don't wanna see him hurtin' like this.”[np]
;;[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7023]“坊っちゃん、拷問っていうのはね、あくまでゲロを吐かせるのが目的なんですよ。自分だって、本当はひどいことなんてしたくないんですよお”[np]

*page216|
[nm t="京介"]“O-of course not...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“は、はあ……”[np]

*page217|
[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7024]“You can't have them thinking, ‘Oh, this is so painful, I'd rather just die.’ Especially not a ‘first time customer’.”[np]
;;[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7024]“こんなに苦しいなら死んだほうがましだ、って思わせたらいかんのです。とくに、"初めて"のお客さんはね”[np]

*page218|
Horibe seems pretty vigorous himself.[np]
;;堀部も元気そうだった。[np]

*page219|
[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7025]“Right now the fuck thinks he'll be killed if he talks. We just have to make him think he'll be killed if he doesn't talk. It's a queer little process, you see...”[np]
;;[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7025]“ヤツはいま、しゃべったら殺されると思っています。それをしゃべらなければ殺される、って思わせなきゃならんのですわ。これがまた、オツでねえ……”[np]

*page220|
The sight of Horibe's cruel smile turns any visions of this room's past few hours into nausea.[np]
;;その残忍な笑顔に、この部屋でなにがあったのか想像する気も失せた。[np]

*page221|
Tokita was calmly staring at the only light in the room, a naked fluorescent bulb.[np]
;;時田は平然とした様子で、部屋の唯一の照明の白熱電球をぼんやりと眺めていた。[np]

*page222|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7121]“Hey, Usami. How ya been...? Haha...”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7121]“よう、宇佐美。宇佐美じゃないか……ハハ……”[np]

*page223|
Saijou's sticky voice rang out.[np]
;;西条の粘ついた声が上がった。[np]

*page224|
He continued mocking her in hatred.[np]
;;なにやら恨み言を延々と叫んでいた。[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_15b_s
*page225|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7033]“Azai-san, would you kindly instruct everyone to be quiet while I'm speaking? And please keep everyone as far away from the subject as possible.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7033]“浅井さん、私が口を開いている間、みなさんに黙ってもらうよう指示してもらえる? それと全員、なるべく対象から離れて”[np]
;;uh oh, now kyousuke HAS to do it. She said, "would you kindly". - pondr

*page226|
[nm t="京介"]“...Very well.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……わかった”[np]

*page227|
Tokita picked up an overturned stool and inched closer to Saijou.[np]
;;時田が、その辺に転がっていた丸椅子を持って、西条の近くに寄っていった。[np]

@mface name=yuki_b_si_01b_s
*page228|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7034]“Hello! May I sit here?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7034]“こんにちは、ここ、いいですか?”[np]

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*page229|
Tokita sat face-to-face with Saijou.[np]
;;時田は、西条と向かい合うように座った。[np]

*page230|
It was at a distance where Tokita's legs might reach far enough to kick him.[np]
;;時田が足を伸ばして届くか届かないかの距離だ。[np]

*page231|
His arms may be bound, but she's still close enough to be in danger should he suddenly try to attack her.[np]
;;腕の自由を奪われているとはいえ、いきなり襲い掛かられたら危険な近さだ。[np]

@mface name=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page232|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7035]“Please allow me to introduce myself, Saijou-san. My name is Tokita Yuki. I'm a friend of Haru's. I came here to question you.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7035]“西条さん、私は時田ユキ。ハルの友人です。あなたに質問したいことがあってここに来ました”[np]
;;uhoh more devil/sharin references. sympathy for the devil will be a meme at this rate. - pondr

*page233|
...Is this woman an idiot!?[np]
;;……馬鹿か、こいつは![np]

*page234|
What's the point of giving that much away?[np]
;;いきなりこっちの手のうちを晒すような発言をしてなんになる!?[np]

*page235|
Saijou'll only be even more wary once he knows she's Usami's friend.[np]
;;しかも、宇佐美の友人だなんてばらしたら、西条は警戒心をよりいっそう強めるだろう。[np]

*page236|
And as I suspected, Saijou moved his dirty lips in wrath.[np]
;;案の定、西条は腫れあがった唇を汚く動かした。[np]

*page237|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7122]“Usami's friend? So you're the next yakuza trying to get something out of me? Fuck off, I'm not saying anything.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7122]“宇佐美の友人? てことは、お前もヤクザもんだな? 話を聞きたいだって? 冗談じゃない、私はなにもしゃべらないぞ”[np]

*page238|
He glared at Tokita with true anger.[np]
;;ふてぶてしく、怒りの表情で時田をにらみつけた。[np]

@mface name=yuki_b_si_01_s
*page239|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7036]“I'm so very sorry.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7036]“ごめんなさい”[np]

*page240|
Tokita smiled calmly.[np]
;;時田は、穏やかに笑った。[np]

*page241|
Then she continued on with a respectful, strong tone.[np]
;;そして、丁寧に、切実な口調で言った。[np]

*page242|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7037]“Then there's no need for you to tell me anything.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7037]“なら、なにも話してもらわなくてけっこうです”[np]

*page243|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7123]“...What?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7123]“……なに?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_16b_s
*page244|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7038]“I didn't receive any money from them. I never even promised results, so it's no skin off my back if you decide to keep quiet. And the reason I came here today was to help [ font italic="true" ]you[ resetfont ], not them.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7038]“私は別に、彼らにお金をもらっているわけではありません。あなたのお話が聞けなくても、私はなにも損をしないのです。それでもここに来たのは、私が西条さんを救えるかもしれないと思ったからです”[np]

*page245|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7124]“Don't lie to me. Even lawyers ask for money.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7124]“嘘をつくな。弁護士だって金を取る”[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_01_s
*page246|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7039]“Yeah, you can say that again. And no matter how much you give them, they just keep on asking, haha. I'm not a lawyer. I'm just the one person these brutes will allow you to make an equal exchange with.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7039]“そうですね。弁護士は高くつきますね。私は弁護士ではありませんが、恐ろしい暴力団の方から、唯一あなたとの対等な交渉を許された人間です”[np]

*page247|
At that, hesitation flashed across Saijou's face.[np]
;;そのとき、西条の顔にわずかに動揺が走った。[np]

*page248|
He turned away from Tokita and licked his lips.[np]
;;唇をなめ、時田から視線を外す。[np]

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*page249|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7040]“Saijou-san. Since it seems I cannot be of any help to you, I'll be leaving now. It's unfortunate, but I'll have to leave things to those people behind me. I'm very sorry.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7040]“西条さん。私はお役に立てないようなので、帰らざるをえません。残念ですが、あとは後ろの連中にお任せすることになります。すみませんでした”[np]

*page250|
Something about the expression ‘those people behind me’ bugged me.[np]
;;後ろの連中という言い方がひっかかった。[np]

*page251|
Earlier she had said ‘brutes’... is there some kind of purpose behind that...?[np]
;;さっきは恐ろしい暴力団の方と言っていたが……なにか意味があるのだろうか。[np]

*page252|
As I mulled over such thoughts, Saijou spoke, panicked.[np]
;;おれの疑問をよそに、西条が吐き捨てるように言った。[np]

*page253|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7125]“Hey...”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7125]“おい……”[np]

*page254|
He called out to Tokita, who was about to leave her seat.[np]
;;席を立とうとした時田を呼び止める。[np]

*page255|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7126]“Did you really just say equal exchange?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7126]“対等な、交渉だと?”[np]

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*page256|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7041]“Sure did. If it's what you want, I wouldn't mind getting handcuffed myself.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7041]“はい。お望みでしたら、私も手錠をかけてもらってかまいませんが?”[np]
;;OMG SHE'S SUCH A DAMN PROVOCATIVE SLUT - pondr
;;Also, is this why we have to use a weird term like "equal exchange" rather than "bargain"? To pun somehow on the fact that they could be switched out for each other? - pondr

*page257|
As Tokita spoke, her lips formed a smile.[np]
;;そう言って、薄く、唇から吐息が漏れるか漏れないかの笑みを浮かべた。[np]


*page258|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7127]“What are you trying to pull? I'll say it again, I won't talk. I don't know anything about ‘Maou’, anyway.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7127]“なんのつもりだ、お前。もう一度言うが、私はしゃべらない。そもそも"魔王"のことは少しも知らないんだ”[np]

*page259|
I couldn't help but gulp.[np]
;;おれは思わず息を呑んだ。[np]

*page260|
Whether Tokita realized it or not, she'd managed to coax the word ‘Maou’ out of Saijou's mouth.[np]
;;時田は、知ってか知らずか、西条から"魔王"という単語を引き出した。[np]

*page261|
She should be pressing him on that right now.[np]
;;一気に質問攻めにするべきだ。[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_01_s
*page262|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7042]“I don't know anything about any ‘devils’. I want to know about you, Saijou-san.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7042]“"魔王"なんて、私も知りません。私が知りたいのはあなたのことです、西条さん”[np]

*page263|
...Why?[np]
;;……なぜだ?[np]

*page264|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7128]“About me?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7128]“私の?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_16_s
*page265|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7043]“Yes. If you don't mind, I would like to ask you your given name.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7043]“ええ、差し支えなければ、西条さんの下の名前から教えていただきたいのですが?”[np]

*page266|
...Why waste your time!?[np]
;;……なにをじれったいことを!?[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_03_s
*page267|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7044]“Should I not have asked?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7044]“いけませんでしたか?”[np]

*page268|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7129]“...Noriyuki. What about it?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7129]“……則之だ。それがどうした?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_04c_s
*page269|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7045]“Absolutely nothing. Thank you. My name is Yuki, in katakana. Isn't that unusual? I wonder why my parents decided against writing it in kanji?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7045]“いえ、ありがとうございます。私は、カタカナでユキなんです。珍しいでしょう? どうして漢字の雪じゃないんでしょうね”[np]

*page270|
She giggled happily.[np]
;;今度は、くすくすと、さも楽しそうに笑った。[np]

*page271|
After that, Tokita went from one useless subject to the next.[np]
;;その後、時田は次々に意味のない質問を浴びせていった。[np]

*page272|
Residence, job, age, marital status... all obvious things.[np]
;;住所、職業、年齢、配偶者の有無……わかりきっていることばかりだ。[np]

*page273|
Still, I don't understand. Why did Tokita nod earnestly every time Saijou gave an answer?[np]
;;しかし、どういうわけか、時田は西条の答えにいちいち深くうなずいていた。[np]

*page274|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7130]“Hey, Tokita. Give it a rest. Is there any point to these questions?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7130]“おい、時田。いいかげんにしろ。こんな質問になんの意味がある?”[np]

@mface name=yuki_b_si_01_s
*page275|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7046]“I want to know more about you. It's so unbelievable to me that a person like you could be treated in such an inhumane way. Even though you can clearly answer questions, they only inflict more violence upon you, isn't that right?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7046]“私は、あなたのことを深く知りたいのです。なぜ、こんな非人道的な扱いを受けているのか不思議で仕方がない。あなたは質問にまともに答えられるのに、与えられたのは暴力ばかり、違いますか?”[np]

*page276|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7131]“Hmph, it's damn straight, is what it is. Since you want to know so much, I'll tell you. It's because I knifed one of their friends.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7131]“ふん、そのとおりだ。そんなに知りたいなら教えてやる。私はヤツラの仲間を一人、ナイフで切り裂いてやったんだ”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_09d_s
*page277|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7047]“...You stabbed someone?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7047]“……ナイフで切り裂いた”[np]

*page278|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7132]“These people are the scum of society. What did I do wrong? I'd call it justice even if every last one of 'em died... it's for the sake of the country.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7132]“連中は社会のクズだ。なにが悪い。死んだほうがこの国のためではないか”[np]

*page279|
Again, Tokita nodded deeply.[np]
;;時田は、また深くうなずいた。[np]

@mface name=yuki_b_si_03c_s
*page280|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7048]“Even if you did hurt someone, it's still wrong for them to lock you up in some place like this.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7048]“たとえ人を傷つけたとしても、こんなところに閉じ込められるのはおかしいですね”[np]

*page281|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7133]“Yeah, like I was sayin', I know justice, and this ain't it. When I killed someone, I did my time with the law like I was supposed to. But these fucks... hey, scum, you listening!?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7133]“そうだ、不当だ。私は過去に人を殺したときも、ちゃんと法の裁きを受けた。なのに、こいつらときたら……おい、クズども、聞いているのか!”[np]

*page282|
At Saijou's provocation, I watched Horibe uneasily, but the sadist just laughed.[np]
;;西条の挑発に不安になって堀部の顔を見たが、サディストはただ笑っているだけだった。[np]

@mface name=yuki_a_si_01b_s
*page283|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7049]“Thank you so very much. I finally understand some things about you. You have the right to be free of this immoral captivity.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7049]“どうもありがとうございます。ようやく西条さんのことがわかりかけてきました。あなたには不当な拘束から自由になる権利があります”[np]

*page284|
...Now that I think about it, why is Tokita being so polite?[np]
;;……だいたい、時田のこの礼儀正しさはなんだ?[np]

*page285|
The screwhead is a cold-blooded killer. He strangled his own sister to death.[np]
;;ヤツは自分の妹をくびり殺しておいてなんとも思わないような鬼畜だというのに。[np]
;;see, we dudes with sisters know how unforgivable that is o.o* - pondr
;;Agreed. Also "little prick" doesn't seem like the right level of contempt "little fuck", "screwhead" or "bastard". "Prick" implies more like he's impolite or something. 
;;I like it. But I would say "prick" is like "punk’... it denotes someone you find annoying (which in turn means flat-out beneath you, think like a chihuahua) - pondr

*page286|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7050]“I suppose the next problem to tackle will be getting these people to see that you're the one in the right here. If you don't mind, I would like us to think about that together. What do you think?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7050]“すると問題は、連中がどうしたらあなたの正当性を認めるのかということです。よろしければ、その辺をいっしょに考えていきたいと思うのですが、どうでしょうか?”[np]

*page287|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7134]“...Together, huh?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7134]“……いっしょに、考える?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_01_s
*page288|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7051]“Yes. I so badly want to help you.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7051]“はい。お役に立てればと思います”[np]
;;a little like a phone sex operator. I like it. - pondr

*page289|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7135]“There's no point in talking to them. Their muscles are so big that they fill up their skulls.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7135]“話しても無駄だ。連中は頭まで筋肉でできている”[np]

*page290|
At that, Tokita's gaze sharpened.[np]
;;そのとき、時田の目つきがやや険しくなった。[np]

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*page291|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7052]“I'm different from them. I'm planning to listen sincerely to whatever you have to say.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7052]“私は違います。真剣に西条さんのお話を聞く用意があります、少なくとも私だけは”[np]

*page292|
She subtly leaned forward, shortening the distance between the two of them.[np]
;;心なしか身を乗り出して、西条との距離を詰めた。[np]

@mface name=yuki_a_si_05_s
*page293|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7053]“Those people want something from you. It's information they think they need, apparently enough to lock a decent man like you up in here. In other words, your words are your path to freedom.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7053]“連中は、あなたから何かを聞きたがっています。それは、あなたをこんな場所に閉じ込めておいてでも知りたい情報です。逆に言えば、あなたさえ話してくれれば、解放の道も見えてきます”[np]

*page294|
Saijou didn't speak at all, only licking the edge of his lips again.[np]
;;西条は押し黙り、また唇の端をなめた。[np]

*page295|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7136]“...I won't say anything about ‘Maou’.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7136]“……"魔王"のことは話さんぞ”[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_01_s
*page296|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7054]“Of course not. Their violence could never shake your loyalty to this ‘Devil’ character. Still, people with the fortitude to withstand what you've been put through are quite rare. It's admirable.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7054]“はい。あなたは暴力を受けながらも、"魔王"という人物に義理立てしている。なかなかできることではありません”[np]
;;I'm too in love with it to let go of Yuki's (double-deke) dumb-playing about Maou. - pondr

*page297|
Saijou lowered his eyes.[np]
;;西条が目を伏せた。[np]

*page298|
Tokita also turned away her gaze.[np]
;;時田も同じように一度視線を外す。[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_01b_s
*page299|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7055]“Well then, let's not talk about ‘Maou’. Agreed?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7055]“では、"魔王"のことは話さない。いいですね?”[np]

*page300|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7137]“Yeah... I don't care how badly I'm treated, but I won't do something like betray a comrade.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7137]“ああ……私はなにをされてもかまわんが、仲間を売るような真似はしない”[np]

@mface name=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page301|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7056]“You don't need to. Let's go back to our last subject. If you left this place, what would you want to do?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7056]“けっこうです。それでは、あなたは、もしこんな場所にいなければ、今後なにをなされるおつもりだったんですか?”[np]

*page302|
So that's how she's playing it, is she...[np]
;;なるほど……。[np]

*page303|
I finally understood her strategy.[np]
;;おれはようやく時田の戦略を理解した。[np]

*page304|
It's nothing but wordplay.[np]
;;これは言葉のトリックだ。[np]

*page305|
Nothing about ‘Maou’; they're only talking about Saijou.[np]
;;"魔王"のことは話さないが、西条のことは話してもらう。[np]

*page306|
But what Saijou does is ultimately a result of ‘Maou's’ instructions.[np]
;;西条の行動はすなわち、"魔王"の指示の一環に違いないからだ。[np]

*page307|
In truth, the fact that Tokita also coaxed the sentence, ‘I don't care how badly I'm treated,’ out of Saijou's mouth is glaring.[np]
;;事実、時田は、西条から『私はなにをされてもかまわんが』という言葉を引き出した。[np]

*page308|
She was appealing to his pride.[np]
;;周到に、西条の自尊心をくすぐっていたのだろう。[np]

*page309|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7138]“You're asking me what I would do next?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7138]“今後、なにをするかだって?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page310|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7057]“Yes.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7057]“はい”[np]

*page311|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7139]“Who knows? I think I'd like to live a normal life...”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7139]“さあな、普通に暮らすつもりだったが……”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_01b_s
*page312|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7058]“Of course. It'd befit you, I think. Most everyone's talking about that big figure skating championship going on right now... think you'd be interested in that?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7058]“もちろんそうですよね。いま話題のフィギュアスケートの試合でも観にいかれますか?”[np]

*page313|
...She's pretty good.[np]
;;……なかなかうまいな。[np]

*page314|
With a seemingly carefree tone, she led him straight to the crime scene.[np]
;;さりげなく事件の方向に会話を誘導している。[np]

*page315|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7140]“Figure skating, huh? Yeah... that might be nice.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7140]“フィギュアスケート? そうだな……それもいいかもしれん”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page316|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7059]“I wouldn't mind going, either. But I hear getting even a single ticket is difficult.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7059]“ですよね。ただ、チケットはなかなか手に入らないと聞きますが?”[np]

*page317|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7141]“Really?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7141]“そうなのか?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_09c_s
*page318|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7060]“What, do you have a ticket?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7060]“もしかして、お持ちだったんですか?”[np]

*page319|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7142]“Yeah...”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7142]“ああ……”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_04b_s
*page320|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7061]“That's incredible! Oh, let me tell you, I've wanted to see that girl Azai Kanon skate in person ever since she got started.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7061]“すごいですね。私も一度、浅井花音という選手を生で見たいと思っていたんです”[np]
;;now she's gotta act like his manliness and versatility has her flustered... it's really nothing but a general pickup strategy for women. - pondr

*page321|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7143]“Azai Kanon... she seems pretty popular. Still, ‘Ma-’――she's got a few personality issues.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7143]“浅井花音か……どうも人気選手らしいな。だが、ま――いや、人格に問題がある”[np]


*page322|
Right there...[np]
;;ここだ……。[np]

*page323|
Saijou paused in the middle of his sentence.[np]
;;いま、西条は言葉を詰まらせた。[np]

*page324|
He probably swallowed something along the lines of, "‘Maou’ would have more to say."[np]
;;『"魔王"に言わせれば』としゃべりかけたのだ。[np]

*page325|
The punk's breaking, bit by bit.[np]
;;ヤツは動揺しつつある。[np]

*page326|
Speaking of which, how did Saijou, who doesn't know how difficult it is to get tickets, get a ticket?[np]
;;そもそも、フィギュアスケートのチケットが入手困難であると知りもしない西条が、どうやってチケットを手に入れたのか。[np]

*page327|
Surely Tokita will hone in on that issue.[np]
;;時田はその矛盾をついていくだろう。[np]

*page328|
And then, if she's successful, we can confirm that ‘Maou’ purchased the tickets.[np]
;;すると、"魔王"がチケットを手配したと判明する。[np]

*page329|
But for what reason does he need Saijou to sneak into the arena?[np]
;;西条をスケート会場に潜入させて、なにをさせるつもりだったのか。[np]

*page330|
Right here... this is the moment of truth.[np]
;;ここだ……ようやく獲物が網にかかったぞ。[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_01b_s
*page331|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7062]“Is that so? Well, I just hope you're able to have a fun weekend.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7062]“なるほど、いい週末を過ごせるといいわね”[np]

*page332|
However, Tokita simply gave Saijou these words and a bright smile.[np]
;;ところが、時田はにんまりと笑って言った。[np]

;ev_other_22d
@hide
@ev storage=ev_other_22d
@show


@mface name=yuki_b_si_01_s
*page333|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7063]“Saijou-san, have you eaten yet?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7063]“西条さん、お食事は取られましたか?”[np]

*page334|
She suddenly turned to a relaxed subject.[np]
;;不意に肩の力を抜いた。[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_04b_s
*page335|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7064]“What do you think about taking a break?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7064]“少し、休まれてはいかがです?”[np]

*page336|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7144]“...You don't have anything else to say?”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7144]“……話はいいのか?”[np]


@mface name=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page337|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7065]“You just seem utterly exhausted, so I thought we might stop for now. I'm fine. Any time is good for me.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7065]“お疲れのようですので、ひとまず中断しませんか? 私はいつでもかまいませんので”[np]

*page338|
[nm t="西条" s=sai_7145]“Alright... then give me some alcohol. Whiskey'd hit the spot.”[np]
;;[nm t="西条" s=sai_7145]“わかった……なら、酒をくれ。ウィスキーがいいな”[np]

*page339|
...Does this bastard have no shame!?[np]
;;……この野郎、ぬけぬけと![np]


@mface name=yuki_c_si_01_s
*page340|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7066]“Azai-san, would you mind?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7066]“浅井さん、お願いできるかしら?”[np]
;;So we never see that saijou put ye olde "My name is Azai, but just call me ‘Maou’" together with Azai Kanon, but how on Earth can he get 3 Azais and not put ANY of them together? - pondr

*page341|
What are you trying to do, Tokita?[np]
;;なんのつもりだ、時田?[np]

*page342|
I controlled my urge to yell out, and answered calmly.[np]
;;おれは怒鳴りつけてやりたい気持ちを抑えて、冷静に応じた。[np]

*page343|
[nm t="京介"]“No, it should be alright... Tokita, there are a few things I'd like to speak to you about.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“わかった……時田、少し話がある”[np]


@mface name=yuki_b_si_15_s
*page344|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7067]“Very well. Let's take a break then.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7067]“ええ、しばらく休憩しましょう”[np]

*page345|
[nm t="京介"]“Why don't you take a break too, Horibe? That is, if you don't mind relinquishing command to me.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“堀部さんも、ここは僕に預けてもらえませんか?”[np]

*page346|
[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7026]“Of course not, Son. You speak with the voice of the boss, after all.”[np]
;;[nm t="堀部" s=hor_7026]“いいですよお、自分は坊っちゃんの命令は[ruby text="  オ ヤ"]組[ruby text=" ジ"]長の命令だと思ってますから”[np]

*page347|
...In other words, if this interrogation fails, I'll have pissed in Gonzou's face.[np]
;;……つまり、尋問が失敗すれば、権三の面子を汚したということになる。[np]

*page348|
[nm t="京介"]“Then I'll be back later. Let's step outside, ladies...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“出よう……”[np]
;;The extra junk is because I was SOOO confused before, thought he was telling Horibe to join their strategy meeting, but that wasn't the case. Cleared it up in this line and 345. - pondr

*page349|
With Usami and Tokita in tow, I left that dark prison.[np]
;;宇佐美と時田を連れて、暗い牢獄をあとにした。[np]

@fobgm

;背景 繁華街1
@hide
@black time=500
@bg storage=bg_09a rule=rule_d_l time=500
@show

@bgm storage=bgm_10

@chr l=yuki_a_si_05_s r=haru_a_se_05_s
*page350|
When I got outside, I felt the brightness of the winter sunlight reflected off the snow.[np]
;;外に出ると、冬の陽射しの照り返しにまぶしさを感じた。[np]

*page351|
[nm t="京介"]“Listen up, Tokita...!”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おい、時田……!”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_09_s
*page352|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7068]“Is something the matter?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7068]“なにかしら?”[np]

*page353|
She's still keeping up that same calm tone.[np]
;;あくまで余裕そうな顔に食ってかかる。[np]

*page354|
[nm t="京介"]“I don't remember asking you to be Saijou's servant.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おれはお前に、西条の小間使いを頼んだ覚えはないぞ”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_07_s
*page355|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7069]“Hehe...”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7069]“ふふ……”[np]

*page356|
[nm t="京介"]“Whiskey? Are you kidding me? What are you going to do next, pour it for him?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なにがウィスキーだ。今度は酒のしゃくでもしてやるつもりか?”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_08_s
*page357|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8433]“Don't worry about it, Azai-san. Yuki has a plan...”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8433]“まあまあ、浅井さん。ユキには考えがあってのことだと……”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_05_s
*page358|
[nm t="京介"]“No doubt she does. That's why I kept quiet through it all. But this is the limit.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そうだろうな。だからおれもあの場では黙ってた。だが、もう限界だ”[np]

*page359|
Tokita nodded, satisfied.[np]
;;時田は満足そうにうなずいた。[np]

*page360|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7070]“You're quite collected, Azai-san. You look so calm, despite being under such an exorbitant amount of stress.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7070]“浅井さんは冷静ね。冷静だけどいろいろなストレスを抱えているみたいね”[np]

*page361|
[nm t="京介"]“Oh, I'd say you're the biggest source of this ‘stress’.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ああ、そのストレスの一番の原因はお前だ”[np]

*page362|
For God's sake, Usami alone was bad enough...[np]
;;まったく、宇佐美だけでも気持ち悪いってのに……。[np]
;;I've taken to making mattaku some variant of the "take the lord's name in vain" thing... for some reason. interesting trend. - pondr


@chr l=yuki_a_si_03b_s
*page363|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7071]“Still, just try to keep in mind that it's nothing compared to the pressure Saijou's under. He's a tough nut to crack.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7071]“でも、西条のストレスの比ではないわね。あれは難物だわ”[np]
;;it occurred to me that this translation overused the word troublesome. I am sick of seeing it.
;;Yeah I've been trying to reduce the usage of that. "headache", "pain in the ass’ are two alternatives I've used this pass. - pondr

*page364|
[nm t="京介"]“If you think the job's too difficult, you can just walk away.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“無理なら帰ってもらっていいんだぞ”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_01b_s
*page365|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7072]“It's not difficult at all. Things are going very well.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7072]“無理じゃないわ。いまのところ順調だもの”[np]

*page366|
[nm t="京介"]“Well?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“順調?”[np]

*page367|
I somehow doubt that.[np]
;;信じられない。[np]

*page368|
[nm t="京介"]“You finally mentioned figure skating, yet you backed off immediately thereafter. Why?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“フィギュアスケートの話を出しておいて、なぜもっと切り込まなかった?”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_09_s
*page369|
[nm t="ハル" s=har_8434]“Yeah, I was watching from the side, and I thought it would've been a good place to go, too.”[np]
;;[nm t="ハル" s=har_8434]“そっすね。自分もはたから見て、会話の流れがよくなってきたな、と思ったんだけど?”[np]

*page370|
Tokita shook her head.[np]
;;時田は首を振った。[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_10_s
*page371|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7073]“No. It would have been over if I had pressed then. He showed a strong stress response to figure skating.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7073]“いいえ。あそこで質問攻めにしたら、それこそ終わっていたわ。彼はフィギュアスケートという言葉に、高いストレス反応を示していた”[np]


@chr r=haru_a_se_05_s
*page372|
[nm t="京介"]“Stress response?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ストレス反応?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page373|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7074]“Sorry... jargon. Anyway... right, it's just something he clearly doesn't want to talk about.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7074]“ごめんなさいね、変な言葉使って。要するに……そう、聞かれたくない内容なのよ”[np]

*page374|
[nm t="京介"]“But you can't avoid the question, can you?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“でも、そこを聞きただしていかなきゃ話にならんだろ?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page375|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7075]“You can't just pop any question any time you want to. Everyone needs the proper atmosphere to confess, right? One needs to get close to the person, ask them for their phone number, and, of course, make reservations at a good restaurant.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7075]“あのタイミングではダメなの。告白するのにもムードってものがあるでしょう? まず仲良くなって、電話番号を聞いて、おしゃれなレストランを予約してからじゃなきゃ”[np]
;;note confess here means ‘confess your love'(obviously considering the following sentences). The ‘too' was there to help distinguish it from what they're doing now(crime confession) but it was removed X_X
;;figured it's pretty obvious in context. - pondr

*page376|
[nm t="京介"]“Get close? To Saijou? Look, I'm starting to get fed up with this, woman. What's the point of getting close to a little shit like him?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“仲良くなる? 西条と? おいおい、あんな異常者と仲良くなってどうするってんだ?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_05_s
*page377|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7076]“Considering his personality, this is the most effective approach. He likes people who understand him.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7076]“彼のタイプから考えるに、それが一番有効なの。彼は自分のことを理解してくれる人が大好きなの”[np]

*page378|
[nm t="京介"]“I mean, sure, I'll bet no one's ever taken the punk seriously before, but still...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そりゃ、あいつは、いままでの人生、誰にも相手にされなかったんだろうが……”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page379|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7077]“Are you frustrated?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7077]“じれったい?”[np]

*page380|
[nm t="京介"]“Of course. Kanon'll be on the ice tomorrow. There's no time to play around.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ああ、花音の試合は明日からなんだ。もう時間がない”[np]

*page381|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7078]“It's a simple thing to control people like Saijou. One only needs to be his friend.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7078]“本来なら彼のような人間を操るのは簡単なんだけれどね。お友達になってあげればいいんだから”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_03b_s
*page382|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7079]“However, due to all the senseless violence you used on him, he's now trying to curl up into his shell.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7079]“でも、あなた方が理不尽な暴力をふるったものだから、殻に篭っているの”[np]

*page383|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7080]“At first I thought he was too far gone to be of any use. Do you remember how I talked a lot at the beginning? I had all but decided we'd hit our worst-case scenario.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7080]“最初は無理かな、とも思ったのよ。私のほうがたくさんしゃべっていたでしょう? 正直、最悪の状態だったわ”[np]

*page384|
[nm t="京介"]“Don't tell me you actually planned to leave...?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まさか、本当に帰るつもりだったのか?”[np]

*page385|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7081]“I did. Right up until the moment he licked his lips.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7081]“ええ。彼が、唇の端を舌でなめなければね”[np]

*page386|
[nm t="京介"]“...What? I mean, I noticed it too, but...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……それがなんだ? たしかに、西条はそんな仕草をしていたが……”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page387|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7082]“That was all I needed to grasp his state of mind. He may have a sharp tongue, but he's incredibly afraid. He just wants to find a safe place, away from the fear of violence.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7082]“それでわかったのだけれど、彼は、口では大きなことを言うけれど、本当は怯えている。暴力の恐怖から身の安全を求めている”[np]

*page388|
[nm t="京介"]“I don't put much stock in junk like that... being able to read people's minds through body language or whatever. You know, like how crossing one's arms is a sign of rejection.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おれはそういうのは信じないな。心理が態度に現れるってヤツだろ? たとえば腕を組むと拒絶だったか?”[np]

*page389|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7083]“Ah, you seem to be quite knowledgeable about this.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7083]“ええ、よく知られてるわね”[np]

*page390|
[nm t="京介"]“For all you know, it was a tic. And some of these punks will try to mislead you with things like that.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そんなもんはただの癖かもしれないし、わざとやるヤツだっている”[np]

*page391|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7084]“That is correct. But do you remember just how many times Saijou licked his lips?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7084]“そうね。でも、西条が何度唇を舐めたか見ていた?”[np]

*page392|
[nm t="京介"]“I don't know... twice, maybe?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“さあな……二回くらいだったか”[np]

*page393|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7085]“Four times.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7085]“四回よ”[np]

*page394|
She spoke with absolute confidence.[np]
;;確信を持っている口調だった。[np]



@chr l=yuki_a_si_08b_s
*page395|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7086]“Of course, like you suggested, a single reaction provides no information.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7086]“もちろんあなたの言うとおり、たった一つの反応で決めつけてはいけないわ”[np]

*page396|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7087]“However, we aren't limited to observing his body language. He's constantly expressing a tone, diction, and gaze... we can integrate and organize all these signals into one.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7087]“ボディランゲージはもちろん、声の調子、使われた言葉、目線を合わせるのか、逸らすのか……様々な反応の細い糸を全体像を想像しながらつむぎあげていくの”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_07_s
*page397|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7088]“And naturally, if he doesn't react the same way to the same stimulus with some measure of regularity, then that particular observation is meaningless.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7088]“しかも、同じ刺激に対して同じ反応を示すものでなくては意味がない”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_07b_s
*page398|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7089]“Saijou licked his lips every time I hinted at saving him. Every time I talked about the ‘path to freedom’, or the like. It was an act associated with safety words.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7089]“西条が唇をなめたのは、私が、救いたいだの、解放の道だのと、安全を示唆するような言葉を使ったときだったわ”[np]

*page399|
I still shook my head vaguely.[np]
;;おれは曖昧に首を振った。[np]

*page400|
[nm t="京介"]“I understand that you've been observing Saijou closely. Still, I think just about anyone would be able to figure out that he's seeking help.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“お前が、西条をよく観察していたのはわかった。でも、助かりたいって思ってることくらい、誰にだってわかるだろ”[np]

*page401|
There's no such thing as a person who doesn't want to escape from yakuza torture.[np]
;;暴力団の拷問から逃れたくないヤツなんていない。[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_07_s
*page402|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7090]“I suppose that's true... hehe.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7090]“そうね……ふふ”[np]

*page403|
She flashed a bewitching smile again.[np]
;;時田は、また妖しい笑みを漏らした。[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page404|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7091]“Even now, he thinks he'll be killed once he lets his secrets out. That's why he's not talking.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7091]“彼はいままで、しゃべったが最後、殺されると思っているからしゃべらなかったの”[np]

*page405|
[nm t="京介"]“That's the impression I had, too. In there, though, you mentioned something about loyalty to ‘Maou’. That was just a lie to smooth over his ego, right?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そこは、同意見だな。"魔王"に義理立てしているとか言っていたが、あんなもの嘘だろう”[np]

*page406|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7092]“No, I'd say it's about half-true. To want to think more highly of oneself and to hide one's ugly side from others is human nature. However, my initial analysis of the man suggested that he may be somewhat prone to delusions of grandeur. What do you think?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7092]“半分は本当ね。自分をよく思いたいし、他人にもよく見せたいの。なんとなく誇大妄想の気があるんじゃないかとにらんでるんだけど、どうなの?”[np]

*page407|
[nm t="京介"]“...Sounds about right to me. He created a political interest group. If you could call something that small a ‘group’.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……たしかに、いかにも政治的な主張があるような団体を作っていた。団体といっても、やたら小規模なものだとは思うが”[np]

*page408|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7093]“I see... the more I hear, the more I believe this man will be easy to manipulate.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7093]“なるほど……ますます利用されやすいタイプね”[np]

*page409|
Tokita crossed her arms and made a reserved smile.[np]
;;時田は腕を組み、控えめな微笑を浮かべた。[np]

@chr l=yuki_a_si_06b_s
*page410|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7094]“Let's just give him some time.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7094]“時間を置きましょう”[np]

*page411|
[nm t="京介"]“Fine. When do you want to meet back here?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“どれくらいだ?”[np]

@chr l=yuki_a_si_10_s
*page412|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7095]“Right... hm, I'd say sometime tomorrow afternoon.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7095]“そうね。せめて明日の昼までは”[np]

*page413|
[nm t="京介"]“What!?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんだって!?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_06_s
*page414|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7096]“I want to shake him up a bit. He has to think I'm the only person who understands him, and he has to be eagerly awaiting my arrival.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7096]“彼をじらすのよ。唯一の理解者である私の再来を、いまかいまかと思わせるの”[np]

*page415|
[nm t="京介"]“We don't have that kind of time...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そんなに待っている余裕は……”[np]

*page416|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7097]“Then forget about it. What do you think about torturing him some more? Like I said to Saijou, it's no skin off my back, but I'd wager it'll be far more than skin off yours, won't it?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7097]“いやならいいわ。拷問を再開したらどう? 私は別になにも困らない。でもあなたには責任があるでしょう?”[np]

*page417|
...This woman's even worse than Saijou. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.[np]
;;……こいつはどうもやりにくい女だな。[np]

*page418|
[nm t="京介"]“If you leave and don't come back until tomorrow afternoon, the guy's gonna hate you, won't he?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“明日の昼まで西条を放って置いたら、ヤツはお前のことを恨むぞ?”[np]


@chr l=yuki_a_si_05_s
*page419|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7098]“Maybe so. The way I left him just now should have his heart swinging like a pendulum the next time I see him.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7098]“怒るでしょうね。その分、私と再会したときに振り子みたいに心が大きく揺れるわ”[np]

*page420|
...What am I supposed to do?[np]
;;……どうするかな。[np]

*page421|
Horibe left things to me, so if Saijou doesn't confess, I'll have to take responsibility.[np]
;;堀部から場を預かってしまった以上、西条が口を割らなかったらおれの責任が問われる。[np]


@dellay pos=l
@chr c=yuki_b_si_16_b
*page422|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7099]“Alright, Kyousuke-kun, how about this?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7099]“じゃあ、こうしない、京介くん?”[np]

*page423|
She used my given name.[np]
;;いきなり名前で呼んできた。[np]

*page424|
Compared to her expression while talking to Saijou, she had a teasing smile on her face.[np]
;;西条に相対していたときとは打って変わって、挑発的な笑みを浮かべていた。[np]

*page425|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7100]“If I fail, I'll go straight to your boss and take responsibility for it.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7100]“もし、私が失敗したら、あなたの代わりに私が組長のところにでも行って頭を下げてあげる”[np]

*page426|
[nm t="京介"]“Don't underestimate me, woman.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なめるな、女”[np]

*page427|
I glared at her.[np]
;;にらみつけた。[np]

*page428|
[nm t="京介"]“This is my job.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おれの仕事だ”[np]


@chr c=yuki_b_si_16c_b
*page429|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7101]“Hehe... what are you going to do, then?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7101]“ふふ……どうするの?”[np]

*page430|
[nm t="京介"]“Alright then. We'll give it a try.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“のせられてやる。やってみろ”[np]


@chr c=yuki_b_si_04b_b
*page431|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7102]“Thanks. It's good to see we're able to cooperate so fluidly.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7102]“ありがとう。あなたとは気が合いそうだわ”[np]

*page432|
Dammit... I've completely fallen into her trap.[np]
;;くそ……完全にはめられた形になったな。[np]


@chr c=yuki_a_si_06_b
*page433|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7103]“One last thing.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7103]“最後に一つだけ”[np]

*page434|
[nm t="京介"]“What?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんだ?”[np]

*page435|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7104]“Don't do any more harm to him before our next meeting. And make sure he eats properly.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7104]“明日の昼までの間、彼に危害をくわえないこと。食事もきちんととらせること”[np]


*page436|
[nm t="京介"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“…………”[np]

*page437|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7105]“If you don't take care of him, he'll see me as a liar and our trust will collapse. Also, he needs to believe that I have the authority to order the ‘brutes’ to back off. Torture is strictly prohibited.”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7105]“そうしないと、私が嘘つきになってしまって彼との信頼関係が崩れるわ。私の指図一つで暴力団がおとなしくなったと彼に信じさせる意味でも、拷問は絶対禁止よ”[np]

*page438|
[nm t="京介"]“Fine...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いいだろう……”[np]

*page439|
I agreed, though just barely.[np]
;;渋々うなずくしかなかった。[np]


@chr r=haru_d_se_00_s c=yuki_b_si_01_b
*page440|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7106]“Well then, I'll see you again tomorrow. Same place? Noon, perhaps?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7106]“それじゃ、明日の昼ごろに、またこの辺で会いましょう?”[np]


@chr_pos_change before=r after=l time=1500
*page441|
[nm t="京介"]“Can you give me your contact info?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“連絡先を聞いてもいいか?”[np]


@dellay_dash pos=l
*page442|
Tokita happily agreed, and we exchanged phone numbers.[np]
;;時田は快諾し、お互いに電話番号を交換した。[np]


@chr c=yuki_c_si_04c_s
*page443|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7107]“Haru, let's go. I've still yet to thank you thoroughly...”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7107]“ハル、行くわよ。あなたにはたっぷりとお礼を……”[np]

@fobgm
@chr c=yuki_c_si_04b_s
*page444|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7108]“Huh?”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7108]“あれ?”[np]

*page445|
Usami seems to have disappeared.[np]
;;宇佐美がいつの間にかいない。[np]

@chr c=yuki_c_si_19b_s
*page446|
[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7109]“She ran away...”[np]
;;[nm t="ユキ" s=yuk_7109]“逃げたな、あいつ……”[np]

*page447|
...Just what kind of relationship do these two share?[np]
;;……いったい、時田と宇佐美はどういう関係なんだ?[np]

*page448|
......[np]
;;…………。[np]

*page449|
...[np]
;;……。[np]

;********************************************************************************************
;花音の好感度が1以上で以下に
;********************************************************************************************
@jump target="*select0" cond="f.flag_kanon<1"


;背景 主人公の部屋 夜
@hide
@black rule=rule_h_l time=1000
@wait time=2000
@bg storage=bg_01c1100 rule=rule_h_l time=1000
@show

@bgm storage=bgm_07

*page450|
Kanon came home while I was working.[np]
;;部屋で仕事をしていると、花音が帰ってきた。[np]

@camera angle=l
@chr ll=kanon_a_sic_05_s
*page451|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7350]“Whew...”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7350]“ふぃー……”[np]

*page452|
The night was no longer young, and snowflakes were furiously dancing outside my monstrous windows.[np]
;;もう、夜はだいぶ更けていて、外には雪がちらついていた。[np]


@dellay pos=ll
@chr l=kanon_a_sic_09b_b
@quake sx=8 sy=12 xcnt=4 ycnt=1 time=300
*page453|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7351]“It's so cooold, Niiii-saaaan.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7351]“さむぃよぉー、にいさあぁあん”[np]

*page454|
[nm t="京介"]“Don't glomp on me so tightly.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“抱きついてくんなっての”[np]


@chr l=kanon_c_sic_04_b
*page455|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7352]“Hey, let's take a bath together! You can wash my hair!”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7352]“ねえ、お風呂いっしょはいろーよー。髪あらってー”[np]


@quake sx=2 sy=15 xcnt=2 ycnt=2 time=500 fade=true
*page456|
She tugged on my sleeve firmly.[np]
;;ぐいぐい袖を引っ張ってくる。[np]

*page457|
[nm t="京介"]“How many times have I told you this, huh? Don't act so spoiled.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“お前さー、もう何回言ったか忘れたけどよー、甘えてんじゃねえよ”[np]


@chr l=kanon_a_sic_09b_b
*page458|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7353]“But the real competition starts tomorrow. I want someone to take care of me.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7353]“だって、明日から本番だもん。かまって欲しいんだもん”[np]

*page459|
[nm t="京介"]“What, are you nervous?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんだよ、緊張してるのか?”[np]


@chr l=kanon_a_sic_09_b
*page460|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7354]“Mm-mm. I just feel kinda jittery for some reason.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7354]“んーん。ソワソワしてるだけ”[np]

*page461|
[nm t="京介"]“I'm pretty sure ‘nervous’ is the word for that, Kanon.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“緊張してるんじゃねえか”[np]
;;And... there's an app for that. God I hate Apple. - pondr


@chr l=kanon_a_sic_12_b
*page462|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7355]“No way! Non-chan's never nervous. I just feel some bad luck coming on.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7355]“違うなー。のんちゃんは、あんま緊張しないんだよー。コレはなにか不吉な予感だなー”[np]

*page463|
[nm t="京介"]“Haah... what do you want me to do?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“はあ……どうすりゃいいんだ?”[np]


@chr l=kanon_a_sic_04_b
*page464|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7356]“I bet if you hug me everything will be all better.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7356]“兄さんがぎゅってしてくれればなんとかなる”[np]
;;how the fuck did this get turned into a sentence with 3 exclamation marks

*page465|
[nm t="京介"]“Stop this, I'm serious.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“やめろよ、マジで”[np]


@dellay pos=l
@camera angle=c
*page466|
After taking off her coat and washing up, Kanon suddenly became polite.[np]
;;花音は、コートを脱いで顔を洗ってくると、不意にかしこまった。[np]


@chr c=kanon_c_si_02_b
*page467|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7357]“Nii-san, there's something I need to talk to you about.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7357]“兄さん、大事なお話があります”[np]

*page468|
[nm t="京介"]“Hmm...?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ん……?”[np]


@chr c=kanon_c_si_02b_b
*page469|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7358]“Something really, really important.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7358]“本当に、ほんとーに、大事なお話です”[np]

*page470|
What...? I have a bad feeling about this...[np]
;;なんだろう……とても嫌な予感がするが……。[np]

*page471|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7359]“Actually, I came to live here just for this.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7359]“これを言うために、兄さんの家に居座っていたのだ”[np]


@chr c=kanon_c_si_02_b
*page472|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7360]“But... I think it'll only bother you if I actually decide to talk about it.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7360]“でもねー、なんか言ったら、兄さんにものすごく迷惑かけるような気がするの”[np]

*page473|
Kanon is trying to be considerate to me?[np]
;;花音がおれに気を使っている。[np]

*page474|
Hesitance crept up on me the more I wracked my brain, wondering what this could be about.[np]
;;ますます、聞くのをためらわれた。[np]

*page475|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7361]“I mean, you're really busy, right?”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7361]“兄さん、忙しいでしょ?”[np]

*page476|
[nm t="京介"]“You are too.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“お前もな”[np]

*page477|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7362]“Exactly. Neither of us has time to worry about unnecessary things.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7362]“そうなんだよ、お互いよけいなこと考えていたらいかんのですよ”[np]
;;koi no minoru densetsu (from lucky star, which I've never seen) has this great reverb-piano section that only stays in for like 10 seconds... and it bothers me every time I listen to it. Guess what I'm listening to ;P - pondr
;;and I decided, though TL-induced J-rubbish, "unnecessary" really fits Kanon's personality. - pondr

*page478|
Despite sounding like a joke, her gaze was very serious.[np]
;;冗談めいた口調だが、目だけは真剣だった。[np]


@chr c=kanon_c_si_03_b
*page479|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7363]“So... if you don't want to hear me out, just say so, alright? So what'll it be?”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7363]“だから、言わないっていう手もあるんだけど、どうする?”[np]

*page480|
[nm t="京介"]“What'll it be...? Is this something I'm going to regret hearing?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“どうするって……聞かなきゃよかったって展開もあるのか?”[np]


@chr c=kanon_c_si_02b_b
*page481|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7364]“Yes! Non-chan's so scared. Non-chan doesn't want Nii-san to hate her.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7364]“そう! のんちゃん、怖い。兄さんに嫌われたくない”[np]

*page482|
...What the hell's going on here!?[np]
;;……なんなんだ、いったい!?[np]

*page483|
Suddenly, as if possessed by a demon, I remembered the sensation last night when Kanon held me. I remembered the emotions.[np]
;;ふと、魔が差したように、昨日の夜、花音に抱きつかれたときの感情が蘇る。[np]

*page484|
I remembered her sweet scent, and her warmth.[np]
;;あの匂い、ぬくもり。[np]

*page485|
[nm t="京介"]“Wait... this isn't about... you know, [ font italic="true" ]that...[ resetfont ] is it?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そういう、話、か……?”[np]
;;If they've had enough sexual tension over their adolescence to understand each other in the japanese, then they've had enough to understand each other with this TL. - pondr

*page486|
I swallowed.[np]
;;ごくり、と喉を鳴らした。[np]

*page487|
My expression must be very stiff right now.[np]
;;おれの口元は引きつっているだろう。[np]


@chr c=kanon_c_si_23_b
*page488|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7365]“Probably... I'd say [ font italic="true" ]‘that’[ resetfont ] just about sums it up...”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7365]“たぶん、そういう、話だよ……”[np]

*page489|
She shook her head in a lonely way.[np]
;;寂しげにかぶりを振った。[np]

*page490|
[nm t="京介"]“...I see...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……そうか……”[np]

*page491|
I'm lost.[np]
;;迷った。[np]

*page492|
I'm just sitting here, frowning, chewing my lip.[np]
;;眉をひそめ、唇を噛み締めた。[np]

*page493|
I can't lie, I'm curious.[np]
;;なぜ、どうして、という気持ちはある。[np]

*page494|
I want to hear her out, but I feel like if I do, I'll never be able to turn back.[np]
;;だからこそ聞いてみたいが、聞いたら最後、もうあとには引けないような気がする。[np]

*page495|
I need to make this decision carefully.[np]
;;おれは、慎重な選択を迫られていた。[np]

;----------------------------------------------
;選択肢
;不要听
;听?
;----------------------------------------------
@exlink txt="I'll avoid the subject." target="*select1_1"
@exlink txt="I should listen to her." target="*select1_2"
@showexlink

;----------------------------------------------
;話を聞かないを選んだ場合
;----------------------------------------------
*select1_1
;;*select1_1

*page496|
...[np]
;;……。[np]

*page497|
......[np]
;;…………。[np]

*page498|
[nm t="京介"]“Ahem...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“えっと……”[np]

*page499|
I cleared my throat.[np]
;;咳払いを一つ。[np]

*page500|
[nm t="京介"]“Sorry, Kanon, but can it wait for another time?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“すまん、やめとこうぜ”[np]


@chr c=kanon_a_si_14b_b
*page501|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7366]“Is that what you want?”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7366]“あ、そう?”[np]

*page502|
[nm t="京介"]“Yes. I'm sorry.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おう。悪いな”[np]

*page503|
I tried to be as cold as possible.[np]
;;おれは努めて冷たい声を出した。[np]


@chr c=kanon_a_si_14c_b
*page504|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7367]“I-it's no big deal. Sorry for acting all strange.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7367]“わ、わかったよ。ごめんね、変なフリして”[np]

*page505|
[nm t="京介"]“Like you said, I'm pretty busy.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いろいろ忙しくてな”[np]


@chr c=kanon_a_si_12_b
*page506|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7368]“Yeah, I know.”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7368]“うん、知ってる”[np]

*page507|
[nm t="京介"]“Okay, then... great. You should take your bath now.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“さ……風呂入って来い”[np]

@chr c=kanon_b_si_04_b

*page508|
[nm t="花音" s=kan_7369]“Yup!”[np]
;;[nm t="花音" s=kan_7369]“はーい!”[np]


@chr_pos_change before=c after=rr time=1000
@dellay_walk pos=rr
*page509|
She hurried into the changing room.[np]
;;そそくさと脱衣所に駆け込んだ。[np]

*page510|
[nm t="京介"]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“…………”[np]

*page511|
I don't feel anything.[np]
;;なにも、感じない。[np]

*page512|
The snow outside is constantly changing.[np]
;;窓の外の、無常な雪。[np]

*page513|
It falls silently, and will disappear by morning.[np]
;;しんしんと降り落ちて、朝方にはあとかたもなく消えている。[np]

*page514|
...I've always looked at Kanon as a source of income.[np]
;;おれはもともと花音を金の成る木のように考えていた。[np]

*page515|
That's all.[np]
;;それだけだ。[np]

*page516|
And she'll never be anything more than that.[np]
;;これからも、それだけでいい。[np]
;;FUCK YOU, YOU SISTER HATER! YOU AND SAIJOU GO DROWN IN YOUR OWN FECES. You don't have to FUCK your sister to LOVE her, you douchebag! - pondr

*page517|
My head hurt so much I swore my skull was about to burst.[np]

*page517a|
I decided to get to sleep early today.[np]
;;頭が割れるように痛くなってきたので、その夜は、早めに寝ることにした。[np]


;※好感度が足りなかった場合ココにくる
*select0
;;*select0

@fobgm

@hide
@black rule=rule_d_b time=1000
@wait time=500
@ev storage=ev_chapter_03
@wait time=4000
@black
@wait time=500


;G35へ
@jump storage="g35.ks"
;----------------------------------------------
;話を聞く、を選んだ場合
;----------------------------------------------
*select1_2
;;*select1_2

*page518|
...But is that really okay?[np]
;;……本当にいいのだろうか。[np]

*page519|
I couldn't help but second-guess myself.[np]
;;おれは自問する。[np]

*page520|
Kanon's expression told me that this conversation would be no joke.[np]
;;花音の表情から察するに、冗談はない。[np]

*page521|
She desperately wants to convey her feelings to me.[np]
;;切実な思いが伝わってくる。[np]

*page522|
And besides, Kanon doesn't lie.[np]
;;そもそも花音は嘘をつかない。[np]

*page523|
If she said it's important, then it is.[np]
;;大事な話だといったら大事な話なのだろう。[np]

*page524|
Still, should I really listen to her heart...?[np]
;;本当に、聞いてやるべきなのだろうか……?[np]

;----------------------------------------------
;選択肢
;听→GK1へ
;不听→上記『話を聞かないを選んだ場合』へ続く
;----------------------------------------------
@exlink txt="It's what I need to do." target="*select2_end"
@exlink txt="No... I can't." target="*select1_1"
@showexlink

*select2_end
;;*select2_end
@jump storage="gk01.ks"