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@bg storage=bg_19b rule=rule_a_r time=500
@bgm storage=bgm_27

@chr c=tubaki_b_si_01_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2557]“Dinner's already prepared. Come in, come in.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2557]“ご飯の支度できてるよ。入って入って”[np]

The moment I arrived at the house, Tsubaki's family ushered me in.[np]

;背景 椿姫の家 居間 夕方
@bg storage=bg_20b rule=rule_g_c_lr time=1000

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7161]“Next time, Son, just come right in.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7161]“だいぶ、うちになじんできたねー”[np]
;;I don't see the reason for the complete change of this line(and line 5 by nature)but these are the kind of changes I don't give a shit about so it's ok(I need to point it out for perfection sake though)

As always, Tsubaki's family greeted me enthusiastically.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Is that what you'd prefer?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“そうですかね?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_00_b
[nm t="パパ" s=pap_10000]“And don't you think Tsubaki took your coat at just the right time?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_10000]“椿姫もさっそうと、君のコートを預かるだろう?”[np]
@dellay_walk pos=c

@chr c=hiroaki_a_06_b
@chr_jump pos=c
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7175]“Onii-chan, thanks for the game you got me.”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7175]“お兄ちゃん、ゲームありがとー”[np]

I bought it yesterday and gave it to Tsubaki.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_01_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2559]“What do you want to do? Or would you like to take a bath?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2559]“どうする、先にお風呂入る?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“No, I just want to zone out for a bit...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いや、しばらくぼーっとしてたいな……”[np]
;;Whatever you say Nacchan
;;wooooo, spirals.......... - pondr

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_04_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2560]“Ahaha, then just take it easy. Hiroaki, get some tea for Onii-chan.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2560]“あはっ、じゃあ、くつろいでて。広明、お兄ちゃんにお茶持ってって”[np]

The kids have no reservations around strangers, and treat me like family.[np]

They're fighting amongst themselves for the privilege of helping me.[np]

Just as the second-oldest daughter, Sae, was asking me a question about princesses, the doorbell rang.[np]
;;wait does this mean Sae's the second oldest or the younger of the two daughters? I swear her brother looks older... - pondr
;;It means she's the second oldest of the 3 daughters. Or the middle daughter/sister as it were.

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7162]“Oh? I wonder who it is? Probably somebody from the Farmers' Association...”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7162]“おや? 誰だろう。農協の人かな……”[np]

Tsubaki's father went outside.[np]

I'm the only one who knows the true identity of our visitors tonight.[np]

@black rule=rule_j_l time=1000
@wait time=1000
@bg storage=bg_20b rule=rule_j_l time=1000

[nm t="京介"]“A princess is a person who was born into happiness...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“お姫様っていうのは、生まれついて幸福な人のことだよ……”[np]

As I answered her mechanically, Tsubaki's father came back into the living room.[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7163]“Kyousuke-kun, it's them again.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7163]“京介くん、まただよ”[np]

He seemed worn out from all the stress.[np]
;;tired of all this/annoyed, not fatigued. just fyi

[nm t="京介"]“Again?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“また?”[np]

He suddenly complained to me.[np]

This reaffirms the fact that I've gained his trust.[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7164]“I thought that they would leave us be, so I let my guard down. Looks like those people still want us to move out no matter what.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7164]“最近来ないと思って油断してたよ。連中はどうしてもこの家を出て行って欲しいらしい”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Ahh... is it that real estate company again?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ははあ……例の不動産屋ですかね?”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7165]“No... these guys aren't from a real estate company. They act courteous, but they're incredibly well-built. They couldn't possibly be part of a sales team.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7165]“いや、あれはどう見てもそっち系の人だね。腰は低かったけど、ただの営業マンにしてはずいぶんとゴツイ体をしてたよ”[np]
;;adding the more I think about it is in contradiction to the line, since he's basically telling you that they OBVIOUSLY look like thugs. It's not something you have to think about(and it's not really a line you use in an event that happened 2 minutes ago anyway imo). Maybe you're grouping the current group and the group from the past into the same line and trying to phrase it that way? That would be a mistake.

That's because I handpicked the lot of them for their intimidation factor.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“What did they say?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんて言われたんです?”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7166]“They say I'm causing everyone trouble, and that the construction can't continue because of me.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7166]“うちのせいでみんなが迷惑してるって。工事が進まないってな”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Well, there's some truth in that statement...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まあ、いちおう、理屈ですね……”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7167]“Even so, we aren't obligated to move.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7167]“だからといって、僕らが出て行かなきゃならない義務はない”[np]

Perhaps I offended him, as Tsubaki's father left the room.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_09_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2561]“What happened?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2561]“どうしたの?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Apparently someone is asking you to move again.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“どうにも、また立ち退きを求められたらしいな”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_03_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2562]“Again?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2562]“また?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“The construction has already progressed a lot, and your family's probably the only one who has refused to move.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“けっきょく開発はだいぶ進んでるみたいだし、強硬に出て行かないのは、この辺じゃ、椿姫の家だけらしいぞ?”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2563]“I thought as much. I haven't seen a lot of our neighbors lately.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2563]“それは、なんとなく知ってたよ。ご近所さんも最近見なくなったし”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Hmm...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ふむ……”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_03b_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2564]“I hate this. The kidnapping incident is finally over, and Dad has worked so hard to protect our home...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2564]“やだな。せっかく、誘拐事件も終わって、お父さんががんばって、家を守ってくれたのに……”[np]

@chr l=hiroaki_a_03_s
@camera_small angle=l
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7176]“...Is something wrong?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7176]“どしたのー?”[np]

Children read adults' thoughts better than they do books.[np]
;;noticing expressions! I'm sure that can be tweaked.(I'm not the only one that sounds weird to right)

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_08b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2565]“No, it's nothing.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2565]“ん、なんでもないよー?”[np]

Tsubaki immediately plastered on a smile to hide her emotion.[np]

@chr l=hiroaki_a_02b_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7177]“Are we going to move?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7177]“おうち、引っ越すの?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_08_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2566]“No, everything is okay.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2566]“ううん。だいじょうぶだよ”[np]

@chr l=hiroaki_a_02b_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7178]“Moving is stupid. If we move, then I'll have to say bye-bye to my friends at school.”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7178]“ボク、やだよ。お引越ししたら、保育園のお友達とバイバイだよ?”[np]
;;oh man I made it "bye-bye" just for kid-factor, then I look down and lo-and-behold it's bye-bye in the japanese. - pondr
;;that note has a LOT of hyphens... - pondr

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2567]“I told you, everything's okay...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2567]“だから、だいじょうぶだって……”[np]

@chr l=hiroaki_a_03b_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7179]“Really? Then what were you and Dad talking about? Who was at the door?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7179]“ほんと? じゃあ、なんのお話してたの? さっき誰が来たの?”[np]

Hiroaki interrogated Tsubaki with a dissatisfied expression.[np]

Tsubaki transparently had an epiphany, and made up an excuse.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_01_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2568]“We were just talking about where we'd live if I went and lived with Kyousuke-kun. And I think that Santa Claus was at the door.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2568]“さっきはね、京介くんと暮らすんならどこに住もうかっていうお話してたの。おうちに来たのは、サンタさんじゃないかな?”[np]

[nm t="広明" s=hir_7180]“Santa? But it's not Christmas yet.”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7180]“サンタさん? まだクリスマスじゃないよ?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_12_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2569]“...Well, sometimes he comes early. Wait, didn't Onii-chan get you a game? I'll bet Santa was jealous.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2569]“……えと、たまに、早く来ることもあるんだよ? ほら、昨日、お兄ちゃんが、ゲームくれたでしょう? だから、サンタさんがちょっとやきもち焼いちゃったの”[np]

Her lie made me shiver.[np]

Still, Tsubaki's brother is her brother, after all. He swallowed it without a shred of doubt.[np]
;;Hm. Take this out of context, put it in the context of gth2, and Kyousuke suddenly becomes a Catholic priest. - pondr

@chr l=hiroaki_a_00_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7181]“I get it, Santa's angry that I got a present on my own?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7181]“そっかー、サンタさん、ボクが勝手にプレゼントもらったから、怒ったのかなー?”[np]
;;Do these excessive 〜 not bother anyone else but me X_X

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_04_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2570]“Right. So you can't always bug Kyousuke for presents. If you're a good boy, then you'll get presents on Christmas.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2570]“うん。だから、すぐお兄ちゃんにものをねだっちゃダメなんだよ? いい子にしてたら、クリスマスもちゃんともらえるからね”[np]

@chr l=hiroaki_a_01_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7182]“Okay!”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7182]“はーい”[np]

@dellay_dash pos=l
Satisfied, Hiroaki trotted into the kids' room.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Look here, now...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おいおいおい……”[np]

I glanced at Tsubaki, half-smiling.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_08b_b
@camera angle=c
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2571]“Sorry, I said crazy things.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2571]“ごめんね、わけわかんないこと言って”[np]
;;personally, Santa coming to the door isn't what goes under ‘unreasonable' in my book.

[nm t="京介"]“Don't worry about it.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まあ、いいけどな”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_03_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2572]“I don't want the kids to be more worried than they need to be.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2572]“弟たちに、よけいな不安をかけさせたくないの”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“I understand...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“それはわかるけど……”[np]

Her eyes gave off the impression that she was deeply resolved.[np]

;SE 家の電話
@se storage=se_32 loop=true

The house phone rang.[np]

...No, I should say that I made it ring.[np]

@dellay pos=c
@chr ll=tubaki_a_si_00_s
@camera angle=l
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2573]“Hello, Miwa resi――!?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2573]“もしもし……美輪で――!?”[np]

@chr ll=tubaki_a_si_13c_s
Tsubaki's expression grew dismal as she gripped the receiver.[np]

Vulgar, tasteless condemnations poured from the phone.[np]

It was loud enough to deafen someone.[np]

‘Get out, get the fuck out of that shithole you live in! Do you get what'll happen to you if you don't!? HEY, ARE YOU LISTENING, YOU FUCKING RATS――!!!?’[np]

I listened calmly from the side, as it didn't really affect me much. But to Tsubaki, who was listening to it directly, it must have been terrifying.[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2574]“Ah, w-well... pl-please stop!”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2574]“あ、え、えっと……や、やめてください!”[np]

She managed to stand firm against criticism which she had never experienced before.[np]

@chr ll=tubaki_a_si_13_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2575]“S-sorry... wha-, what are you saying?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2575]“す、すみません……な、なんのお話です、か?”[np]

Her face was turning green from being forced to recognize that such violent malice exists in this world.[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2576]“N-no, that...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2576]“い、いえ、あの……”[np]

It's almost time.[np]

I slowly reached out, and cut the call short.[np]

@chr ll=tubaki_a_si_12_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2577]“Ah...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2577]“あ……”[np]

As if a thread of tension had been cut, Tsubaki sighed and sat down right there.[np]

@chr ll=tubaki_a_si_10_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2578]“Hah... phew...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2578]“はあっ……っ……”[np]

With empty eyes, Tsubaki did her best to get a grasp on the misfortune that had befallen her.[np]

Well, it's a natural reaction, I suppose.[np]

This is simply too harsh a hit for Tsubaki, who had an isolated, warm, sheltered existence until now.[np]

Even so, this is Heaven compared to the calls that I got when I was young.[np]

Sorry, Tsubaki.[np]

All of this is for our brilliant future.[np]

Don't you want everyone to be happy?[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7168]“Tsubaki, what happened?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7168]“椿姫、どうした?”[np]

@dellay pos=ll
@chr l=tubaki_b_si_03b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2579]“Dad...?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2579]“お父さん……?”[np]

No matter how you look at it, selling this house and moving out is the best choice.[np]

Both my client and I will be happy.[np]

Tsubaki's family will also receive a huge sum of money in compensation.[np]

Didn't you say you can make memories anywhere?[np]

@chr l=tubaki_c_si_03_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2580]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2580]“…………”[np]

Tsubaki silently lowered her head.[np]

It was probably such a shock that she couldn't even exert the strength to talk.[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7169]“Tsubaki, what happened? Are you okay?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7169]“椿姫、どうした? だいじょうぶか?”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2581]“......”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2581]“…………”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7170]“Tsubaki?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7170]“椿姫?”[np]

Things are progressing according to plan.[np]

The same thing happened to my mother.[np]

To parents, nothing is more important than their children.[np]

@chr l=tubaki_c_si_02c_s
[nm t="パパ" s=pap_10001]“Tsubaki...!?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_10001]“椿姫っ……!?”[np]

After getting a glimpse of his precious daughter's terrified expression, Tsubaki's father would eventually change his attitude.[np]

Or at least I thought that's how it'd go...[np]

@chr l=tubaki_b_si_01_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2583]“Sorry, I just tripped.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2583]“ごめん、ちょっと、転んだだけだよ?”[np]

Tsubaki lifted her face, her usual, radiant smile permeating the room.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Wait, what about the call just now...?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ちょっと、待てよ、いまの電話……?”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_b_si_18_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2584]“It was nothing.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2584]“なんでもないよ”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“How can you say that? Your face was so pale...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんでもないってことはないだろう? そんな青ざめた顔……”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_b_si_15_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2585]“Hmm? What?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2585]“ん? なにが?”[np]

I was speechless.[np]

That pale face had already become flush again.[np]

Her expression even showed signs of leisure. She turned to her father.[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_00_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2586]“Dad, do you want me to pour you a bath?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2586]“お父さん、お風呂入る?”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7171]“Are you sure you're okay? Who called just now?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7171]“だいじょうぶなのか? なんの電話だったんだ?”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2587]“...I'm fine, it was just a friend.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2587]“……ううん、お友達からの電話だったよ?”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7172]“A friend? Don't you have a cell phone now?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7172]“友達? お前、携帯電話持ってるだろう?”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_04b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2588]“It was a friend from middle school, I haven't told her my cell number yet.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2588]“中学校のときからのお友達。まだ携帯の番号教えてなくてね”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7173]“Really?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7173]“本当か?”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_09_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2589]“Huh? Is something the matter?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2589]“え? どうして?”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7174]“I guess not...”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7174]“いや……”[np]

Tsubaki's father was confused.[np]
;;he doesn't walk away, it just says says he's confused(as he speaks the next line). As you can kind of tell from the conversation... continuing on.

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7175]“Right... in any case, you wouldn't lie, Tsubaki.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7175]“そうか……まあ、椿姫が嘘をつくわけがないしな”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_04b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2590]“Hehe, then again, a long time ago I filled some dumplings with that cheese you hate and didn't warn you about it.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2590]“ふふっ、ずっと前、ギョーザのなかにお父さんの嫌いなチーズ入れたときは黙ってたけどね”[np]
;;your dreaded cheese sounded kind of weird to me. Just me, I guess?
;;I'd give you something better if you could tell me whether or not it's "the cheese you hate" or "the cheese you make that sucks so bad". - pondr
;;the cheese you hate - chikan
;;damn dawg you're prompt, you know that? Do people sit around ctrl-f'ing "pondr" any time I update something? I feel like I've never honestly a non-rhetorical question that wasn't answered in a few hours. - pondr

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7176]“I thought it might be those hooligans calling again. I guess it was nothing, though.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7176]“てっきり、ヤクザもんからの電話かと思ったんだよ。なんにもないならいいか”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_04_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2591]“Yeah. Wouldn't I come and talk to you if something happened?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2591]“そうだよ。わたし、なにかあったら、いつもお父さんに相談してるよ?”[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7177]“Right...”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7177]“ああ……”[np]

Tsubaki's father seemed to be satisfied with his daughter's attitude, as he smiled on the way back to his room.[np]

I stared at Tsubaki.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Hey, don't push yourself too hard.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おい、無理すんな”[np]

She shook her head.[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_04b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2592]“I'm not pushing myself.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2592]“無理はしてないよ?”[np]

Tsubaki's smile was making my hair stand on end.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“You are pushing yourself, telling such a transparent lie...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“無理してるだろ。下手な嘘つきやがって……”[np]

Tsubaki's father's half to blame I guess, what with him actually believing it...[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_08b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2593]“Sorry, I guess you knew.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2593]“ごめんね、京介くんにはわかっちゃうよね”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Sure did. That was another call from people after your land, wasn't it?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ああ、どうせ立ち退きを催促するような電話だろ?”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2594]“Yeah. Oh, but please don't tell Dad. He's sensitive, and he gets hurt easily.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2594]“うん。でも、お父さんにはなるべく黙っていたいの。繊細で傷つきやすいところあるから”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Don't be stupid. You should talk about this kind of problem with others... Oh, what am I trying to say...?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“馬鹿だな。そういう問題は、人に打ち明けるもんだろ。なんていうのかな……”[np]

I chose my words as carefully as I could.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Isn't that what family is for?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“それが、家族ってもんだろ”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_06_s
At that, Tsubaki's face was pulled tight, a rare sight.[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2595]“Somehow, I doubt that.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2595]“それは、違うと思うな”[np]
;;more like I don't think that's what family really is, or, that's not what family is about, or blah blah.

[nm t="京介"]“Wh-why? Shouldn't family carry their burdens together?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“な、なんでだよ? 苦しみを分かち合うのが家族だろう?”[np]

Even though I'm the one who said it, it feels warped.[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2596]“I'm sorry. How should I say this...? I don't want Dad and Hiroaki and the rest of them to worry or suffer more than need be.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2596]“ごめんね。なんだろう、わたしは、お父さんや広明たちが無駄に悩んだり苦しんだりするのが嫌なの”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“But aren't you in pain like this?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“その分、お前が苦しむっていうのか?”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_04b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2597]“I'm fine.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2597]“わたしは、ぜんぜん平気だよ?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“You don't have to pretend to be strong in front of me, you know.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“別に、おれの前くらい強がらなくていいんだぞ?”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_04_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2598]“Seriously, I'm fine.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2598]“本当にだいじょうぶなんだよ?”[np]

Just what is she, this unbelievable woman...?[np]

[nm t="京介"]“The things you do seem hypocritical. Your Dad will just be even more worried if he finds out that you've been hiding this from him.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なんか偽善めいて見えるけどな、お前のやってることは。お前が我慢してるって知ったら、親父さん悲しむぞ?”[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_06_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2599]“That's hypocritical?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2599]“偽善っていうの?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Kind of. In the end, you just picked the scenario that would make you feel the best.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“かもな。お前はけっきょく、自分が一番気持ちいいと思うやり方を選んでるだけだ”[np]

Tsubaki seems to have made up her mind.[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_06b_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2600]“Yes, you're right, but all I want is for everyone to keep smiling. I don't want them to be as dreary as when the kidnapping happened.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2600]“そうだね。その通りだけど、わたしはみんながいつも笑っていてくれればいいなと思ってるだけ。もう、誘拐事件のときみたいに暗い顔するのは嫌なの”[np]

...I knew there was something up with this woman.[np]
;;remember my comment on line 63 in gt06? Yeah, that.

The darkness in my heart slowly raised its sickle-shaped claws.[np]

Even though she's terrified, she claims she's enduring it herself for the sake of others.[np]

The only thing here is self-satisfaction.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Well, do whatever you want...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“まあ、すきにすればいいさ……”[np]

I threw down this sentence.[np]

@chr l=tubaki_a_si_03_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2601]“...Sorry, Kyousuke-kun.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2601]“……ごめんね、京介くん”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“For what?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なにがだ?”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2602]“I'm just sorry.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2602]“ごめん”[np]

Tsubaki didn't answer my question.[np]

@chr c=hiroaki_a_01_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7183]“Onii-chan, let's take a bath together.”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7183]“お兄ちゃん、お風呂ー”[np]

Hiroaki suddenly appeared.[np]

Taking a bath with me has become a daily routine for him.[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2603]“I'll go prepare a change of clothes.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2603]“着替え、用意しとくね”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Okay...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ああ……”[np]

@black rule=rule_a_r time=500

While changing, I thought about Tsubaki.[np]

...I have to peel off her mask.[np]

Anyone will bow before the pressure of money.[np]

I [ font italic="true" ]will[ resetfont ] make them move out.[np]

;背景 椿姫の家 居間 夜
@wait time=1000
@bg storage=bg_20c rule=rule_w_s time=1000

After getting out of the bathroom, I joined Tsubaki's family in the living room. They were gathered together there, as usual.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_04_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2604]“Do you want an orange, Kyousuke-kun? They're really good.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2604]“京介くんもみかん食べる? おいしいよ?”[np]

Everyone was bundled close to the heater and happily watching TV.[np]

A spot had been saved for me.[np]

What a friendly family.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_00_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2605]“Do you have time to study today?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2605]“京介くんって、勉強してる時間あるの?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“...Not really.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……さあ、あんまりないかな”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2606]“Then I'll lend you my notes while you're away.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2606]“学園休んでるときは、ノート貸してあげるね”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“I don't really need them...”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“別にいらんけど……”[np]

[nm t="紗枝" s=sae_7009]“Whaah, I want to be on TV too!”[np]
;;[nm t="紗枝" s=sae_7009]“わー、あたしも、テレビ出たいよー!”[np]

Sae pointed at the TV.[np]
;;People can't freakin' identify the kids by their voices. Only a few will be able to identify Sae by her name, for crying out loud. - pondr

On the screen, some sort of children's quiz show was airing.[np]

[nm t="紗枝" s=sae_7010]“Hey, Sis, you think we could get on TV?”[np]
;;[nm t="紗枝" s=sae_7010]“ねえ、お姉ちゃん、テレビ出よー?”[np]
;;The older the kids get, the more my mind wants to make them say english rather than japanese sibling terms. I don't know why. Maybe it's because my sister never started calling me "Bro" (actually short for brother, not in a frat way) until she got to be like 15, or perhaps it's that I now @21yo call this girl I work with Sis. Or maybe it's that I have a great aunt that the whole family calls Sis... hmm, maybe only my extended family uses these terms for their siblings. - pondr

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_08b_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2607]“Huh? I don't want to, personally. What about you, Kyousuke-kun?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2607]“えー、わたしは、やだなー。京介くんは?”[np]
;;wow a line longer than one clause that I understand in the japanese. w00t for language failures like myself. - pondr

[nm t="京介"]“I definitely don't want to. Didn't I say that I don't like to attract attention?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“おれも絶対に嫌だ。目立つのは苦手だって言ってなかったか?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_03_b
Maybe I was too harsh. Tsubaki averted her eyes apologetically.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_09_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2608]“...Hm?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2608]“……ん?”[np]

Tsubaki's gaze shot toward the window.[np]
;;For some reason I imagined Tsubaki firing her face like a transformer or something. - pondr

;SE 暴走族の音
@se storage=se_90

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7178]“What's that noise...? Somebody's being too loud.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7178]“なんの音だ……騒がしいな”[np]

@chr r=hiroaki_a_03_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7184]“What's goin' on?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7184]“なんだろ?”[np]

The noise was loud enough to make you want to plug your ears.[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7179]“There shouldn't be any biker gangs passing through here, should there...?”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7179]“この辺は、暴走族も通らないはずだけど……?”[np]

The men were needlessly gunning their engines and filling the air with explosive screaming.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_06_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2609]“Ah...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2609]“っ……”[np]

They're would-be Yakuza.[np]

Even within biker gangs, men with enough promise have the chance to be personally scouted.[np]

@chr_jump pos=r
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7185]“Hey, what's goin' on? What's that sound?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7185]“ねえ、どうしたのー? なんの音ー?”[np]

The children collectively looked at their parents and Tsubaki.[np]

The noise got louder and louder, reaching a climax near Tsubaki's house.[np]

I stood by the window, keeping an eye on the situation outside.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“...They've parked in front of the door.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……うちの前で停車してますね”[np]

An immense cacophony of horns, blasting vulgar dissonance, rushed into the house.[np]

@chr r=hiroaki_a_02_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7186]“O-Onee-chan...? What's that sound?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7186]“お、お姉ちゃん……? なんなの?”[np]

Tsubaki slowly explained to her frightened brother.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_b_si_18_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2610]“People are racing outside.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2610]“あれはね、車の競争してるんだよ”[np]

[nm t="広明" s=hir_7187]“Racing?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7187]“競争?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_b_si_01_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2611]“Yup. They're driving as fast as they can to see who's the best.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2611]“そう。誰が一番早いのか競争してるの”[np]

[nm t="広明" s=hir_7188]“But, why did they stop in front of our house?”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7188]“でも、ボクんちの前に停まってるのはどうして?”[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2612]“They're just taking a break. They're tired from driving such a long way. Don't you like to rest sometimes when you walk a lot?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2612]“ちょっとお休みしてるの。いっぱい走って疲れちゃったからね。広明も、ちょっとお休みしたくなることあるでしょ?”[np]

[nm t="広明" s=hir_7189]“Yeah... I guess so.”[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7189]“うん……そうだね”[np]

With Tsubaki's smile, no matter how outrageous the lie, anything can become truth for these children.[np]

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7180]“Come on now, everyone watch TV.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7180]“さあさ、みんなでテレビ見ような”[np]

Tsubaki's father began coordinating efforts with Tsubaki.[np]
;;coordinating with the girl herself sounds really fucking odd to me.

[nm t="紗枝" s=sae_7011]“But I can't hear it, Dad...”[np]
;;[nm t="紗枝" s=sae_7011]“でも、うるさいよー?”[np]
;;aww wanted to check this vocal line too, and apparently it's the last we hear from sae also v.v and she's almost old enough to be a proper bishoujo. - pondr

[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7181]“That noise ain't nothing compared to your whining, girl.”[np]
;;[nm t="パパ" s=pap_7181]“紗枝が泣くよりは静かだろ”[np]

That made everyone laugh.[np]

Outside, people who didn't give a damn about other people's lives were trying to inflict as much damage to this family's spirits as possible.[np]

Yet even so, this family...[np]

@chr c=tubaki_b_si_04_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2613]“Alright, then let's just sing along with the horns.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2613]“じゃあ、みんなで外の音楽に乗せて歌う?”[np]
;;actually, um... in a lot of ways, it's something like my family. - pondr

@chr r=hiroaki_a_00_s
[nm t="広明" s=hir_7190]“I'm good at singing, the teacher even said I was good a while ago.[np]
;;[nm t="広明" s=hir_7190]“ボク、お歌上手いよー? この前せんせーにね、褒められたの”[np]

After Hiroaki spoke, the room rang out with cries of ‘Me too, me too!’[np]

On the other hand, I, as an outsider, was trying hard to keep myself from clicking my tongue.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_a_si_04_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2614]“Why don't you sing too, Kyousuke-kun?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2614]“京介くんも歌う?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“...Haha, I'll pass.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……はは、遠慮しておくわ”[np]

...It's alright, I've still got time... for now.[np]

They can't lie to the children forever.[np]

With the unstoppable march of time, Tsubaki and her father's troubles will magnify.[np]

...Still, I'm running out of time as well.[np]
;;He was just half-dead in the forest a slight moment before I was. gg kotomine. - pondr

As I suspected, I'll have to force Tsubaki to submit to me...[np]

@black rule=rule_e_b time=1000
@wait time=1000
@bg storage=bg_20c rule=rule_e_t time=1000
@bgm storage=bgm_10

It's late at night. The gang completed its task and left.[np]

The children sailed to their dreamworld long ago.[np]

I approached Tsubaki with a question as she did the laundry.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Do you want to stay at my place tomorrow?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“明日は、泊まりに来ないか?”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_a_si_09_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2615]“What brought this on so suddenly?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2615]“どうしたの急に?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“There're some things about my job that I have to talk to you about.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いや、ちょっと仕事の話もあるしさ”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_a_si_00_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2616]“Sure... sounds great...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2616]“うん……いいんだけどね……”[np]

Putting my chin on the back of my hands, I made a pondering pose.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“I have some very important things to tell you.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“大事な話があるんだ”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_a_si_09_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2617]“Really?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2617]“そう?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“It's just... I know you're very worried about your family.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いや、お前が家のことが心配なのはわかるが”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_a_si_00_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2618]“Why can't we talk right now?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2618]“いまじゃ、駄目かな?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“I want to talk properly, alone.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“二人でじっくり話したいんだ”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_a_si_14_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2619]“Oh, uh... okay...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2619]“う、うん……”[np]

I stared at her without blinking. Tsubaki laughed, embarrassed.[np]

@mface name=tubaki_a_si_00_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2620]“I understand. I'll come over tomorrow after school's over and I've picked up Hiroaki and the rest from kindergarten. Is that okay?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2620]“わかったよ。学園終わって、広明たちを保育園に迎えに行ってからでいいかな?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Of course.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“もちろん”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_c_si_04_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2621]“Hehe, I'm really happy that you're inviting me.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2621]“ふふっ、誘ってもらえてうれしいなっ”[np]

I knew she'd obey me.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Hey, what exactly do you like about me?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“なあ、椿姫っておれのどこがいいんだ?”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_b_si_15_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2622]“Everything.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2622]“全部だよっ”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“You know, that statement worries me.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ひくわ、その発言”[np]

@mface name=tubaki_b_si_01_s
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2623]“Even though it's the truth?”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2623]“本当だよ?”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Oh man, are you serious...?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“マジかよ……”[np]

We fooled around for a while. I put a lot of effort into pulling Tsubaki's heart to me, step by step.[np]

There's nothing to worry about.[np]

A while back, this girl threw away her family to be with me.[np]

She should respond to my expectations.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Alright, I'm ready to hit the sack.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“よし、じゃあ、もう寝るかな”[np]

@chr_walk c=tubaki_a_si_01_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2624]“Wait, I'll get the futon.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2624]“待って。お布団引くから”[np]

Her alert movements were like those of a doting wife. I felt at ease just looking at her.[np]

[nm t="京介"]“Want to sleep together?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“いっしょに寝るか?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_c_si_23c_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2625]“D-don't embarrass me...”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2625]“は、恥ずかしいよぉ……”[np]

Her face turned red in an instant.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_c_si_23b_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2626]“T-to tell you the truth, I do want to sleep together.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2626]“ほ、本当は、いっしょに寝たいよ?”[np]

As she said it, she leaned her head against my chest.[np]

[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2627]“This is so blissful, just like a dream.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2627]“幸せだなあ。夢みたいだなあ”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“...What is?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“……なにがだよ”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_c_si_23d_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2628]“Having you at my side, Kyousuke.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2628]“京介くんが、わたしのそばにいてくれるなんて”[np]
;;I generally am fine leaving in plenty of honorifics, but they ruin sweet lines like this, so as I say about ritual phrases, they can bite me. - pondr

[nm t="京介"]“Yeah... I hope we can be together forever.”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“ああ、ずっといっしょだぞ?”[np]

@chr c=tubaki_c_si_04_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2629]“Me too. No matter what happens, I'll follow you.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2629]“うん、なにがあっても、ついていくよ”[np]

[nm t="京介"]“No matter what happens, you say?”[np]
;;[nm t="京介"]“言ったな? なにがあってもだな?”[np]

...Even if she learns what I'm really like?[np]

With a thin smile, I stroked Tsubaki's hair.[np]

The scent of shampoo tickled my nose.[np]

@chr c=tubaki_c_si_23b_b
[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2630]“I'm all yours, Kyousuke.”[np]
;;[nm t="椿姫" s=tub_2630]“わたしは、京介くんのものだよ?”[np]

Our lips met.[np]

I kissed her gently, gently, trying my hardest to hide the lie...[np]

@black rule=rule_q_td_c time=1000


There's no question about it. I've fallen for her.[np]

It might be a little warped, but that warping is likely due to the fact that we grew up in different environments.[np]

I'll press her for an answer tomorrow.[np]



@wait time=500
@ev storage=ev_tubaki_icatch
@wait time=4000
@wait time=500
@jump storage="gt08.ks"