Skip Beat Chapter 150

December 16, 2009

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Dialogue is listed by page number-panel number [000-00]. The page corresponds to actual page numbers and not file numbers when page numbers are available.

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Text in italics after a speakerís name also in italics and preceded by tilde ~ are flashback/memory sequences (example: ~Tanaka: That was back in the day. . .)

Text in [square brackets] indicates asides/handwritten text.

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[001-1]††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† I just wanted to leave a little of me in your heart. . .

 

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[002-1]††† Annoying guy:†††† Iíll call you The Pedophile!

[002-2]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† Do what you want.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís infinitely better than you calling me ďKanae-chanĒ like weíre best friends!

[002-3]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† Letís go, Hiou-kun.

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† STEP STEP

††††††††††††††† Matsuda:†††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††† Annoying guy:†††† [Iíll spread around that youíre the Pedo Actress!!]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Iím serious!!]

††††††††††††††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [Tearful]

 

[003-1]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Kanae. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Hey. . .]

[003-2]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† People are really going to think youíre a pedophile, you know. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [He seems like heíll go through with it.]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† STRIDE STRIDE STRIDE

††††††††††††††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† Because. . .

[003-3]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† You gave me this. . .

††††††††††††††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [In the bag: Kanaeís chocolates]

[003-4]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Please, accept these,

[003-5]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hiou-kun.

[003-6]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iíve never given anyone chocolates on Valentineís Day before.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Isnít it amazing?]

[003-7]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iíve never made homemade chocolates before.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Which makes them priceless]

[003-8]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is the first and last time Iíll ever do it, Iím sure.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Itís a miracle, isnít it?]

 

[004-1]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iíd like you to accept this assortment of my first times!!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Oh, dear, I said it! How embarrassing!]

††††††††††††††† ~Hiou:†††††††††††††††††† . . .Somehow. . .that doesnít make me happy. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Accepting them like this.]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Her eyes are scary.]

††††††††††††††† ~Annoying guy:†† ~~~~~~

[004-2]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† Iím just being used, completely.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To break his heart.

[004-3]††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [His heart is completely broken, too.]

††††††††††††††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† Oh well. . .I was the one who told her Iíd keep that pest away.

††††††††††††††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† . . .Iím sorry to push them on you, Hiou-kun.

[004-4]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† I donít mind, but theyíre really going to call you ďthat pedophile actress.Ē

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Even if itís just chocolates, theyíll think that way.]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Because you defended me. . .

 

[005-1]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† Like that. . .

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† GOOOOONG

††††††††††††††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [Right after she laid the smackdown on the idiot.]

[005-2]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít underestimate his abilities!!

[005-3]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís the end of your career if people are bored by your acting!!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ham actors with nothing but a famous name donít just get parts on a silver

platter!!

[005-4]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Even if the world forgives you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for daring to give advice from on high even though youíre a lousy actor, I

wonít!!

 

[006-1]††† ~Kanae:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hiou-kun is one of the few real actors

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that I respect!!

[006-2]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† . . .is what you said, but. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [ďRespect. . .Ē? Anyone would think that was a weird thing to say.]

††††††††††††††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† But

[006-3]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† itís true.

[006-4]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† When I first worked with you, on that last project,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I thought. . .

[006-5]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† ďHeís better than me.Ē

 

[007-3]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† I. . .

[007-4]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† always had confidence that no one could beat me at a crying scene.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† But when I saw

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you playing "Makoto," and you were in shock after seeing your parents die in

front of you,

[007-5]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† and then became an empty shell,

[007-6]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† and then, without a word, without blinking,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you just cried, silently. . .

 

[008-1]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† It was the first time Iíd ever felt sad myself

[008-2]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† while watching someone else pretend to cry.

[008-3]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† . . .Thatís when

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I realized.

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† CLICK CLICK

††††††††††††††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† My own crying scenes that I was so conceited about

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† were really

[008-4]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† painfully simple. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I used my words,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† my expressions,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and let a few tears spill forth.

[008-5]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† Anyone would say I was ďcrying.Ē

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† My acting merely played on the visual.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† It didnít resonate in peopleís hearts.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I didnít put any real emotion. . .

 

[009-1]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† into the tears I cried. . .

[009-3]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† . . .!
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .I. . .

[009-4]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† . . .wasnít really thinking about what other people would think while I was doing

it.

In that scene, I was remembering when my grandmother died, and the sadness

just came over me. . .

[So]

Those feelings just happened to coincide with what I was playing at the time. . .

††††††††††††††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† [Hee hee]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† They say itís the real thing when you do it without thinking.

[009-5]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† CLICK

††††††††††††††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† . . .If . .

[009-6]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† it hadnít been you who showed me how immature my acting was,

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† CLICK CLICK

††††††††††††††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† I probably wouldnít have been able to accept it so honestly.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [I would have gotten angry from the shock and tried to escape the reality.]

 

[010-1]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† CLICK

[010-2]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† [. . .]

[010-3]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† . . .So. . .

[010-4]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† CLICK

[010-5]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† CLICK

[010-7]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† . . .Thank you

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for giving me the chance

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to grow.

 

[011-1]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† From now on,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iím going to work hard to make sure my acting

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† satisfies more than just me.

[011-3]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† Iím. . .

[011-4]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† going to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† work hard, so that no one can say I got where I am because of my family.

 

[012-3]††† Kanae:††††††††††††††††††† Letís do our best.

[012-4]††† Hiou:††††††††††††††††††††† Yeah.

 

[013-1]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SMACK

[013-4]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .What Iím saying is,

 

[014-1]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† after lunch, you and Kyoko-chan were all alone in your dressing room, and then

she started acting strange.

One can only conclude that you did something to her!!

[014-2]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† I can pretty much imagine what it was, too!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [What immoral conduct!! And on set, too!!]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Youíre the worst!!]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Youíre an adult, you should be able to control yourself!!]

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† What Yashiro-sanís imagining is most certainly more extreme. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [I would never do that on set.]

[014-3]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .But. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Haha. . .]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Thatís true.

[014-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† What I did wasnít enough to make you tremble with anger like youíre doing,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† but itís probably my fault that sheís lost her concentration.

[014-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Iíll go talk to her.

††††††††††††††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .

 

[015-1]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .What you did wasnít enough to make me tremble with anger. . .?
[015-2]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .Which means. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† !
[015-3]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† You really were immoral!!!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Obscene behavior on set! Inexcusable!!]

††††††††††††††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [What in the world is he thinking?]

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Hmm. . .

[015-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Now Iím changing my plan of action in the eleventh hour. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I was really

[015-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† trying to stop her indecision

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† by doing the same thing as Fuwa.

 

[016-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I saw

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that every little thing

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† was making her think of him.

[016-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I thought it would do to repaint

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† her memory.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† As long as she was obsessed with him,

[016-3]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† she would never think of me.

[016-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Of being

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with me. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .But. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Forget it. . .

 

[017-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† If

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† what happened was completely unexpected and didnít leave the room,

[017-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I could be forgiven for touching her.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† But

[017-3]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I donít want it to be

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a product of that kind of complicated,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† filthy emotion.

[017-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .And, more than anything,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† itís too unfair to her

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to confuse her just to inflate my own ego.

 

[018-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Well. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sheís already considerably confused.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Which was part of the original plan.]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SPIN SPIN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SWIRL SWIRL

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† [Ack ack ack ack]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SPIN SPIN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SWIRL SWIRL

††††††††††††††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [The Tsuruga Melting Pot]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Just as expected.]*
*TL Note: These captions are a play on words. The word for ďmelting potĒ is ďrutsubo,Ē and the expression for ďJust as expectedĒ is ďomou tsubo.Ē The More You Know!

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .All this from a kiss on the cheek. . .

[018-2]††† Ren:††††††† ††††††††††††††† . . .I wonder what would have happened if Iíd done what I was originally

planning. . .

[She might have drowned herself with shock.]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Good thing I held back. . .

[018-3]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Ahh. . .no good, no good. . .!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reset. . .you have to reset!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Kyoko!]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SPIN SPIN

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† [You canít keep thinking so much.]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Clear your mind!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hurry. . .you have to hurry and focus on your role. . .

[018-4]††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† [Fo-kiss. . .?]

[018-5]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† KISS

*TL Note: Thanks to the two or three of you that suggested this pun :D

 

[019-1]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SWIRL SWIRL

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SPIN SPIN

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† [Ack ack ack ack]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SWIRL SWIRL

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SPIN SPIN

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .My intention. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† was definitely to drive Fuwa out of her head with thoughts of me, but. . .

[019-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† At this rate,

[019-3]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† if she can no longer do her work,

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† [Sob. . .! Sob. . .!]

[019-4]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Itís no good. . .I canít come back. . .

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SPIN SPIN

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† I canít come back to Mio. . .

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† this girl

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SNIFF

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Iím useless, after all. . .

[019-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† will be hurt. . .

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SWF

 

[020-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Mogami-san?

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† THUMP

[020-2]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† STICK

[020-3]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SHIVERRRRR

[020-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††† Caption:†††††††††††††††† A Dream Reaction

[020-5]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† GASP

[020-6]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Ahhh. . .no, no!]

[020-7]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Mogami-san.

[020-8]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Could you be

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† self-conscious about what happened earlier?

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† SHOCK

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† !!
††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Eh?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Really?

 

[021-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Youíre kidding, right?]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How could she be so self-conscious over something like that. . .?
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Mutter]

††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Itís hard to comprehend. . .]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† It was just a thank you. . .

[021-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† If she responds that extremely to a kiss on the cheek,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the feeling of gratitude wonít come across.

[021-3]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Honestly. . .I canít believe sheís reacting so violently her work is suffering.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Mutter mutter]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sheís like an endangered species. . .she should be protected by the government.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Mutter mutter]

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .I can hear you, Tsuruga-san. . .

[021-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Eh?]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Oh, did you hear me?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sorry, sorry. Iím not trying to scold you or anything.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís just. . .

[021-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† To be honest, wasting your time agonizing over a little thing like that is

troubling the entire staff.

[Troubling]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† STAB

[021-6]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Why donít you hurry up and get over it? Youíre a pro, you know.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Youíre a pro, you know.]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† THUD

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Thatís what Iíd like to say.]

 

[022-1]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† . . .What do you mean. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† youíre not trying to scold me. . .?
[022-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Hm?

[022-4]††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† GLARE

[022-5]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† . . .You are scolding me. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† completely. . .!
††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Huh?]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Did it sound like I was?

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Yes!!

[022-6]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† You act like Iím the only one at fault. . .!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If you hadnít done that. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I wouldnít. . .I wouldnít. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [The world wouldnít be spinning and swirling. . .!]

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Oh, yes, yes.]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yeah, yeah.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Even if it wasnít my intention for it to turn out this way, itís still my fault, isnít

it?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [All right, I got it.]

 

[023-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Iím sorry, Iím sorry.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Gomen nasai. Je suis dťsolť. Lo siento.]

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† FWP

††††††††††††††† Kyoko :††††††††††††††††† . . .It doesnít sound like heís sorry at all. . .!

††††††††††††††† SOUND††††††††††††††††† ANNOYED

[023-3]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Just now. . .I caught a glimpse

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of your true self, Tsuruga-san.

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† What?
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [True self?]

[023-4]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Youíre a playboy.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I always thought the gentleman persona was just an act. . .

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .What makes you say that?

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† You must do that kind of thing casually to girls in the middle of the day all the

time for it not to affect you at all.

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† How rude. I do not do it casually.

[023-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I do it once in a while.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Emphasis.]

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† So you do!!

[023-6]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† When I worked as a model

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with non-Japanese people,

 

[024-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† it wasnít taboo to express oneís happiness or other emotions with them. You do

it without thinking.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Like kissing on the cheek.]

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† [. . .I see. . .]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .Uh-huh. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tsuruga-san probably didnít come into contact with foreigners that often. . .

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† After a while, it became an everyday event,

[024-3]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† so of course Iím this way?

[024-4]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís as you say.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Perhaps Iím just a flighty playboy. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [How shall I apologize to the world. . .?]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Doing it without thinking makes it all the more of a crime. . .]

††††††††††††††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I understand.

[024-5]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† I take it back.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If this thing you did was intended as that thing the foreigners do then it doesnít

mean youíre a playboy.

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Well. . .Iím glad you understand. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Even if you call it ďthis thingĒ and ďthat thing.Ē]

 

[025-1]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† But please be more prudent in the future, Tsuruga-san!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Japanese people arenít used to that kind of expression of emotion!!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [And youíre Japanese, so you should already know that!]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You should react based on other peopleís responses!!

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Of course I know that.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If my partner was a Japanese person,

[025-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I wouldnít do it to just anyone.

[025-4]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .So. . .

 

[026-1]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† . . .What youíre saying is, if it was a non-Japanese person, youíd do it to just

anyone. . .?

[Huh. . .you really are a play-]

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I said it was only with people I worked with.

[026-2]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† But youíre a good liar, Tsuruga-san. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [. . .You really are a play. . .]

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I wouldnít tell a lie to trample all over a womanís heart.

[026-3]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† And sometimes youíre needlessly kind. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [You really are. . .]

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Whatís wrong with that?

[026-4]††† Kyoko:†††††††††††††††††† Con artists are good-looking, kind, and smooth talkers. . .

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Whoís a con artist?

[026-7]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .Huh. . .?
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sheís better already. . .?
††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† . . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [. . .I told you. . .]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† It wasnít a big deal.

 

[027-1]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .Huh. I guess it really wasnít a big deal. . .

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [I worried too much.]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What was it?

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† We just had a little misunderstanding.

[027-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís all cleared up now, though.

††††††††††††††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† . . .Hmm. . .

[027-3]††† Yashiro:†††††††††††††††† [Well. . .]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iíll do you the favor of not asking what the misunderstanding was.

††††††††††††††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† [Heh heh]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thanks for that.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† [Sorry.]

[027-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† ďThe misunderstanding was cleared up,Ē huh. . .

[027-6]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I didnít want to hurt her,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† so I made that kiss

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† unrelated to my ďdesireĒ at all.

 

[028-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† But,

in a corner of my heart,

I wish that a little bit of what happened

would linger in her heart.

[028-2]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† I guess. . .

 

[029-1]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† That really does make me

[029-5]††† Ren:††††††††††††††††††††††† a bit

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of a playboy. . .

 

[030-X]†† To Be Continued in Issue 3, January 4th!

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