Monday, October 12, 2009

『共犯者X』

「何をする気にもなれないのです。人生の事が凡て、ただ頭の中で想像した丈けでもう十分なのです。何もかも「大したことはない」のです。そこで、彼は年中汚い下宿の一室に寝転んだまま、それで、どんな実際家も嘗て経験したことのない、彼自身の夢を見つづけて来ました。つまり、一口に云えば、彼は極端な夢想家に外ならぬのでありました。」、『パノラマ島奇談』

"He didn't want to do anything. He was happy with just imagining his whole life in his head. Nothing was worth it. That's why he spent his whole year lying down in a room in a filthy pension and without experiencing anything real there, he kept on fantasing. So in short, he was nothing more than a radical dreamer.", "The Strange Tale of Panorama Island"

As I've been told the last few posts are strangely book-free, and I certainly don't want to make anyone worry, I'll make up for it now with stuff on books. And detectives.

There are few book stores around the kaikan and only one of them is actually good (which I probably will mention one time or another), so this week I have been busy planning out the Ultimate and Most Efficient Bicycle Route to Bring Me to Book Off, Kinokuniya and Maruzen. My notebook (the analog one, not the digital) is full of strange and enigmatic notes ("Look for 'Albion'", "Park here", "This store has critical literature on detectives!") and mini maps now. The closest Book Off is about 30 minutes away from the dorm with the bicycle, but that store had a strange sale going on the last few days. You get a 50 yen discount on pretty much every normal book, which is nice, but surprisingly, the 105 books get a 55 yen discount, meaning I got to buy books for 50 yen (about 40 eurocent) per book. As if 105 yen wasn't crazy enough as it is. Anyway, my room now looks a bit more like my room now, with books and manga everywhere. Which is comforting. The way one's bookcase is set up can actually tell a lot about one's personality. Of course the books themselves tell a lot about their owner, but even the way the books are placed (Alphabetically on title? Alphabetically on author name? Seemingly random but with some kind of hidden algorithm only the owner understands?) can tell a lot about someone.

At the Book Off sale, I also picked up some Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo books which I actually own already as a different release, but this version has several short stories included, which are to be found nowhere else. And to celebrate, a translation of the first of these short stories. And I am actually translating while reading it, so I am kinda wondering who the murderer is too.


金田一少年の事件簿・短編小説 (書き下ろし)
共犯者X
「読者への挑戦状」つき!
著者:天城征丸

The Case Files of Young Kindaichi - A Short Story (An Original Work)
Accomplice X
"Challenge to the Reader" included!
Author: Amagi Seimaru

"A murder exchange?," asked Kindaichi Hajime and he placed his fork on his plate.
"Oh, watch it, Hajime. Swallow down your food before you talk! Bits of food are coming out of your mouth. No!" cried Nanase Miyuki, as she brought a napkin towards Hajime's mouth.
"Shut up, Miyuki. You should eat a bit faster yourself."
Hajime swallowed the last pieces of rice and meat, while Miyuki wiped his mouth like a baby, and he turned back to repeat his question to chief inspector Kenmochi, who was sitting across the table enjoying an aftermeal cigarette.
"A murder exchange, that's like when you exchange the people you wanna kill with an accomplice, right?"
"Yep, that kind of murder exchange," said Kenmochi, breathing out some smoke.
"At first sight, it might sound like a stupid idea, but you let your accomplice kill the person you want dead, while the accomplice himself has no motive. As long as there are few ties between the two murderers, the murder exhange has its merits in making it hard for us police narrowing down the suspects based on motive. But mind you, it's the first time I've come across such a case."
"But you don't need me here," Hajime said while he used his fork to move the meat on his plate towards his mouth. "You've captured one of them already, right? You just have to get him to spit out the name of the other person. You know, like in a dark interrogation room, with a spotlight on him, from dawn till dusk. 'Do you wanna eat katsudon?' That's probably your forte, right, oldtimer?"
"...Jeez, you've seen too much police dramas, Kindaichi," said Kenmochi. "The reason I've brought you all here to this family restaurant and bought you a diner, is because she can't."
"What do you mean, 'she can't'?" Bits of meat fell from Kindaichi's mouth as he said that.
"Look, you're doing it again!"
Miyuki seemed more concerned about Hajime's bad manners than the murder case.
Somewhat surprised by the exchange between the childhood friends who were almost like mother and child, Kenmochi put out his cigarette and continued.
"Even if you're the grandchild of that famous detective Kindaichi Kousuke, it's almost humiliating we have to get help from someone as you. Just eat up and then listen to my story!"

According to the Chief Inspector, the stage of this murder exchange drama, was set at a prominent private high school. The murder victim, a girl named Segawa Nanako, was a first year student at the school and the one arrested for the murder was from the same school, the third year student Mishima Yurie. Segawa Nanako was murdered in a park on the way home. Unfortunately for the murderer Mishima Yurie, a classmate of her witnessed the deed from the bushes. Through her testimony, Yurie was arrested immediately the morning after.
"Really, what is a high school student doing in a thicket in a park nine in the evening anyway!" The Chief Inspector had more complaints.
"And from Mishima's testimony, we understood that this was a real "murder exchange", the thing you would only see on TV. What we found out was that even though the victim and murderer were at the same school, they hardly knew each other. Right now we are working alongst the lines of her testimony, but..."
"If this is a murder exchange, doesn't it mean that a second murder will occur soon, old timer?" Kindaichi asked.
"No, actually, something like that already happened. About one week ago, a girl named Nakajima Rumi, whom Mishima Yurie wanted to have killed as her rival in love, well, she disappeared. According to Yurie's testimony, that was the work of her accomplice. At first she didn't really believe in this murder exchange plan, but when she heard that her accomplice had fulfilled his part of the bargain, she thought she hadn't any choice and decided on murder."
"I see. And this love rival, was she killed?" Kindaichi asked.
Kenmochi lighted another cigarette and said "No. Right after we caught Yurie, she just reappeared. It seems she was drugged and held captured somewhere."
"What!" Miyuki who was listening quietly, suddenly cried out. "Maybe the accomplice had planned beforehand to let Yurie kill someone he wanted dead, while keeping his own hands clean."
"Yeah, that's probably it.", Kenmochi said.
"That's just terrible. That Yurie person, she was just used by the accomplice. Of course killing somebody is bad, but I really can't forgive that accomplice who set her up to do that. Right, Hajime."
"Uuhm. But...,", Hajime had a surprised face. "But why hasn't Yurie told you the identity of the accomplice? It would be different if the accomplice hold up his end of the bargain, but she was double-crossed. Wouldn't you be angry and tell about the person who made you kill somebody?"
Kenmochi blew out some smoke like a sigh. "It seems Yurie herself doesn't know who the accomplice is."
"She doesn't know who the accomplice is...?"
"Yeah. She doesn't know the name nor face, not even whether the accomplice is male or female."
"How can that be? It's her partner in crime right?"
"That's what is so strange with this case."
Kenmochi ordered coffee for all three of them as the waitress came to get their plates and said while he bent over the table, now empty. "This whole thing started, when Mishima Yurie scribbled something on her desk in the classroom."
"Scribbles?"
Hajime leaned his head, but Miyuki clapped her hands together.
"Yeah, yeah, I also scribble stuff on the desk, like in the science classroom or the music classroom, anywhere besides my own classroom. Whenever there's a reply from someone using the same desk, I get all happy."
"Yes, precisely like that. As expected from a famous private school, they have a class called computer excercise and she wrote something on her desk in the computer room, just because she was bored and with no special intentions whatsoever. With the words 'I want to kill her', she came to know her accomplice, let's call him X."

According to Mishima Yurie, their correspondence by desk strarted about three months ago. At first it seemed that X just agreed with Yurie's hate for her love rival, but in the end X confessed he had a person too he hated enough to kill. The one who brought up the plan of a murder exchange, was X. To kill the person the other hated, while they didn't even know each other. They made this pact two weeks ago. And as promised, while Yurie was gone on a training camp with her gymnastics club, her rival in love disappeared.
"I see, so Yurie, who thought that X had uphold his end of the bargain, had to kill the person X hated in order to uphold her own end of the bargain," said Hajime and he sipped from the coffee that was just brought to them.
"That's the case. Not knowing it was a crafty trap set by X." said Kenmochi, frowning.
"The more I hear of it, the more terrible it becomes. But wait, but wouldn't it mean there are very few suspects, chief inspector Kenmochi?" Miyuki said triumphantly. "Because there can't be that many people using the same desk. Though I don't know how many classes that school has."
"Ha, you're pretty sharp, Nanase," said Kenmochi, "But even we checked on that. Every student in school, 12 classes in al, follow the computer excercise course. However, Mishima Yurie's seat is in the corner, all the way in the back and it happens to be that very few people use that desk. Just three other persons, actually."
"Just three people? Well, if you just investigate their motives, you're done, right, old timer? Whether they had any connection to Segawa Nanako or something like that," said Hajime, but the Chief Inspector shook his head.
"No, that is something we can't do. For one, they're all minors and we can't just go full force just because they share the same table with the murderer. We can't just drag them out for a questioning like they're the real deal. It'll probably start bullying problems if we go for them like that and we might even ruin the future of an innocent student. We've done our best to discreetly ask around, like getting information through their teachers."
"What did you find out then? Just let me hear it."
"Well, up first is the first year student Ariyosh Junpei, he is in the same year as the murdered Segawa Nanako. But, they're sitting quite far apart and he doesn't seem to have any connections with the outgoing and playful murder victim, as he is a plain student. His grades are below avarage, and his hobby is videogames. Kindaichi, he is kinda like you."
"Lay off, old timer. My business is..."
"Hajime, let's just listen to the story," Miyuki soothed him.
"Hm. Well, the other two?"
"Next up, third year student Ootsuka Mari. She's quite pretty. I've only seen her picture, che lookes a bit like a young Iwashita Shima."
"Isn't she a Yakuza's wife? But I don't really imagine her.."
"Shut up. Hmm. She is pretty, but as she is in another year, she doesn't really have any connections to the victim. However...
"However?
"They look alike. The victim and this Ootsuka Mari girl. From clothing to hairstyle, up to behavior. But well, the female high school students lately all look alike, maybe."
"There it is! An old man's story!"
"Hajime, stop it," Miyuki warned him.
Not minding her, Hajime said: "Well, and the last person? You probably don't have anything except that they look alike, right."
"Yes", Kenmochi said. "The third person is Shimamoto Miwa. She's also a third year student and she doesn't seem to have any connections with the victim at first sight. Well, they did come from the same junior high. She's an average girl, her grades are also right in the middle. She's quite sociable, with lots of friends, but it doesn't seem any of them have anything to do with the victim."
"I see, it does seem unexpectedly hard to fish out the murderer by motive." Hajime thought for a while.
"Old timer, there's something I wanna ask. That computer excercise class with the desk where Mishima Yurie and X held their conversations, how many hours a week is it held?"
Kenmochi went through the pages in his black notebook.
"Let me see, one hour a week. Yurie had her classes every Tuesday, second period."
"And the three that share her desk?"
"Ariyoshi Junpei is on Tuesday, fourth period. Ootsuka Mari is on Wednesday, first period. And Shimamoto Miwa has her class on Monday, fourth period. This hasn't changed in the three months that Yurie and X had their conversations."
"And X and Yurie used that desk the whole 3 months?
Yes, that's what she says."
"... I see.", Hajime said, his hand not moving from in front of his mouth.

Kenmochi and Miyuki winked at each other and didn't say a word. At such a time, Hajime wasn't just a high school student. He was the genius young detective, boasting an 180 IQ and an unbelievable imagination.
One minute after another passed and Kenmochi stretched out for his untouched coffee, breaking the silence. Then it happened. Hajime opened his mouth again.
"Old timer, can I ask another thing?" His eyes shone.
Seeing that, Kenmochi bent forward. "Did you find out something, Kindaichi?!"
"I can't say for sure, but I'm starting to see now."
"What?"
"Please tell me this first. What alibis do these three suspects hae?"
"Alibi? Hold on for a second," and Kenmochi flipped the pages in his notebook.
"The two three year students, Ootsuka Mari and Shimamoto Miwa, don't have any alibi for the time Segawa Nanako was killed. Ootsuka Mari had gone out somewhere and was on the way home, Shimamoto Miwa was home alone. Only Ariyoshi Junpei, the first year student, has an alibi. He was playing games the whole night at a friend's place. A perfect alibi."
"And the alibi for when X captured Nakashima Rumi?"
Kenmochi answered proudly: "We also investigated that thoroughly. The girl was kidnapped on a Sunday, and Ootsuka Mari was out on a walk all alone. So she doesn't have any alibi. Shimamoto Miwa was downtown shopping. It seems she was spotted one hour after the kidnapping in a clothing shop she often goes to, but from the location the victim was kidnaped from to to the shop is about one hour, so it's hardly a perfect alibli. But let's say for now it passes."
"And the boy?"
"This Ariyoshi Junpei has the best alibi. He was at a training camp working as a props assistent for the theater club, and he was in Nagano. I asked the teacher who went along and because they had practice all day long, there would be no time at all to return to Tokyo. Hey, didn't you work as a props assistent for the theater club too? You're looking more and more alike!"
"Shut up!"
"Ha, ha, ha. But this is it regarding the alibis. But if I look back at the cases you solved in the past, I've learned to not just believe any alibi. There might just be some kind of trick hidden there. We might have to go deeper into the alibis."
"That's all right, old timer."
"What?"
"Let's go to the stage of this murder case, the school, for now," Hajime said, and he stood up.
"Wh-, what, now?" Kenmochi asked. "I haven't even drank my coffee..."
"If we wait too long, the afternoon classes will have begun."
"You can't, Hajime," Miyuki said. "We have a mathematics exam this afternoon. Hajime, you have been absent a lot. At least take the test, or else you might have to re-do this year."
"It's all right, Miyuki. I'll come this afternoon. I'll just solve this case before that," Kindaichi said with self-confidence.
"In the name of my grandfather!"

Passing the impressive stone gateway of the school, they arrived at what seemed like a garden or something. Flowers were planted beautifully in the school gardens. In the middle of the grassfields, stood a low conifer, planted there for graduation pictures. It was totally different from Fudou High School, where Hajime and Miyuki went to. The timetable here probably differed from the one at Fudou High. It seemed like the morning classes had finished just now, and the schoolground were filled with students. Because it was a famous private school, the school building was completely clean. Not like Fudou High, where the tiles on the floor were cracked, where the lights in the corridors didn't work. But, if you'd look closely, you'd find scribblings by students on the wall. Even if this was a famous private school, students would remain students. Following chief inspector Kenmochi and an office member through the corridors, Hajime read the small writings on the wall.
"Fumiya, I love you"
"Looking for a girlfriend. Apply here."
"Boycot Phantamus's class! It's too hard!"
'Phantamus' seemed to be the nickname of one of the teachers. Somehow, he could imagine his face. Probably something like a cross between an elephant and a hippopotamus. While thinking about these kinds of things, he supressed a smile and looked away from the wrtitings. These writings he saw were nothing more than time diversions. But X used these scribbles for a murdeer. A cunning way.
"Hajime, it's here," Miyuki pulled his sleeves.
Looking up, "Computer Room" was written above the wooden double doors.
"Please enter," the office member urged and Kenmochi opened the doors.
Inside the room, someone, probably the teacher, was walking between the thick desks, doing some sort of maintenance or something.
"Ah, thanks for last time." Kenmochi said like always, and asked Hajime and Miyuki to enter. Kenmochi introduced laughingly Hajime and Miyuki as his sort-of-assistents, as the teacher was looking puzzled at the two.
"Chief inspector, what is the teacher doing?" Miyuki asked, as she pointed at the teacher who was continuing his work.
"Aah, that," Kenmochi answered softly, "the equipment on top of the desks are quite expensive, it seems. So after each class, the teacher closes the top of every desk and locks them."
"I see," Kindaichi made answered vaguely, while looking at what the teacher was doing. It seemed like that if you pushed down the upper lid of the desk, the computer would automatically move inside the desk. Kenmochi moved straight to the corner of the classroom.
"The communication with X was held on at this desk in the corner, on the part of the desk where the computer stands. Look, you get the computer out like so, and now you see it, right?" Kenmochi showed them while seated behind the desk.
When they moved closer for a look, they could indeed see just beneath the computer display a spot much cleaner than the rest, where people had been using an eraser again and again. Kenmochi stood up and let Hajime take the seat. "As you can see, this part where the communication took place, is locked inside this desk outside of classes. That means the suspects really boil down to just those three people.
"Hmm," listening to Kenmochi's story, Hajime looked at the other desks. The gray resin desks all had scribblings all over them. It was as if he could hear the yawns of bored students.
"What about fingerprints, old timer? Where there any prints left on this desk?"
"Of course", Kenmochi answered. "Prints of nine persons were found. We also know whom the prints belong to. It was troublesome, but with the help of the school management, we got the fingerprints of every student that has class in this room. They were the prints of students. Of course, the prints of those three were also found. But that's to be expected."
"I see... then I was right."
"What?"
"I know who the criminal is."
"Re-really?!"
"Do you mean that, Hajime?"
Kenmochi and Miyuki looked at each other.
"Yeah, the identity of X and the circumstancial evidence pointing to that, I've got it all."
"Well then, Kindaichi, that means...!"
Kindaichi smirked to Kenmochi.
"All the mysteries have been solved!"

Challenge to the reader

Well, this is nothing new to the readers of the Kindaichi Magazine Novels 1 ~ 5, but here comes the "Challenge to the Reader" (laugh). This time it was a short story and I wanted to try a a more special whodunnit with a murder exchange. Whodunnit, or Who Done It means "who did it". So you have to identify the criminal. You don't need to think hard about this one. Please get it right immediately.
Who is the criminal X, whose identity the young Kindaichi has deduced? Think logically, please enter the name between the brackets and read the continuation.

Accomplice X = (.........)

Well, towards the solution part!

Solution Chapter

"Kindaichi, stop acting so arrogantly and just answer me this. Who is the criminal?"
Dodging the figure of the over 1.80 meter tall Kenmochi, Hajime said: "Calm down. First, let use the process of elimination to determine who of the three suspects of the old timer is the criminal." Hajime sat down on a chair full of scribbles.
"Process of elimination?"
Kenmochi tilted his head and looked surprised, so Kindaichi just began his deduction.
" First, the two who had no alibi for the time of the murder, Ootsuka Mari and Shimamoto Miwa, they are innocent."
"Wha- what do you mean, Hajime?", Miyuki asked.
"I'd understand it if you said they had an alibi, so they aren't the criminal, but to say they aren't the criminal because they have no alibi..."
"Normally, you'd be right. But this is a murder exchange. Think deeply about for what reason a murder exchange is conducted. The answer is simple."
With both Kenmochi and Miyuki looking surprised, Hajime explained the reason.
"In a murder exchange, the criminal has a strong motive for wanting to kill the victim. It's not an impulse murder, he is in a situation that he really wants to kill somebody. And because he has an alibi, he'll become a suspect almost immediately. That's why he lets somebody else, with no motive whatsoever, commit the murder. If they swap murders with their partner, hidden in the shadows, then two 'motive-less' murders occur and the investigation of the police is thwarted. That's the idea behind a murder exchange. By the way, why do you think the investigation of the police goes to a full stop in such a case?"
Kenmochi thought for a while. "Well, in a murder exchange, the real criminal who has a motive, chooses a situation where it's impossible for him to commit the murder and his accomplice comm... Aah, that's it! That's why!"
Hajime continued what Kenmochi had just realized. "Yes, you're right. If either Ootsuka Mari or Shimamoto Miwa were X, they would have made sure they'd had an alibi on the day of the murder. But at the time of Segawa Nanako's murder, they were either on the way back home or home alone and it doesn't seem like they tried to make a perfect alibi. And then a murder exchange has no meaning whatsoever."
Impressed, Miyuki nodded. "Then the murderer must be the one person left, that Ariyoshi Junpei, right, Hajime?"
"No, that's not true," Hajime unexpectedly said.
"Bu-but..."
"It's the reversed of what I just told. Ariyoshi Junpei has a perfect alibi, being in Nagano for a training camp."
"But Kindaichi, we've seen that lots of time, right, a seemingly perfect alibi with some kind of unbelievable trick behind it...," Kenmochi protested.
Kindaichi shook his head. " If someone is able to be all day in Nagano, helping the theater club with their repetitions and still make it back to Tokyo to kidnap a female high school student, if he was able of such magic, he sure didn't need to do a murder exchange. He could have committed his murder himself while having a perfect alibi. A murder exchange is basically a way to get hold of a alibi. Do you think a murderer who is able to get hold of an alibi in another way, would choose such a dangerous method as leaving his murder up to someone else?"
"I see. That does make sense. That's unbelievable, Hajime."
"Wa- wait a second, Kindaichi. Then who is the criminal?!" Pushing the now all excited Miyuki aside, Kenmochi asked.
Hajime stood up, pushing away from the desk and looked towards an unexpected direction.
"It's that teacher over there."
"What?"
Hajime explained loudly to the surprised duo of Miyuki and Kenmochi. "X's real identity is the one who is in charge of these computers, isn't that right, teacher?"
The teacher stopped doing the maintenence and slowly turned around. His jaw was trembling. His pale face might as well have been the evidence to the correctness of Kindaichi's deduction.
"Wha-- whatt...why should I.... wh..."
Stuttering immensely, the teacher tried to think of a counter argument. But without giving him time to think, Hajime continued.
"The evidence lies in the fingerprints," he said, as he walked towards the teacher.
"W-wait, Kindaichi!" A surprised Kenmochi said, grabbing Kindaichi. "Didn't you hear what I just told you about the fingerprints? The fingerprints all belonged to students, none were of the teacher..."
"That is what's so strange. Like we just saw, every day, after each class, this teacher shuts down the lid on every desk, putting the computers inside and locks them. Then, why aren't there any of his fingerprints left on the desk? There were even fingerprints left by students who don't use that desk, but why are there no prints of the teacher who handles this desk everyday? It's strange, no matter how you think about it."
Kindaichi continued: "You were probably thinking about the possibility of the murder exchange failing and Mishima Yurie getting arrested, right? She would probably say it was a murder exchange and the desk would be investigated, including for fingerprints. Psychologically, you feared your prints would be found on the desk. Because you came up with this murder exchange idea, the police would probably find a motive if they investigated your background. You probably made sure you didn't leave any fingerprints behind on this desk while locking up the computers. But the fact that no prints were left on this desk only by the one who is is charge of this room is very unnatural."
"This desk only? I see!"
Kenmochi quickly called the forensic investigators on his celphone and asked them to investigate the other desks in the room. Meanwhile, the teacher had his hands up his head and was trembling all over. It was just a matter of time before he would confess. Hajime looked at Kenmochi who had just finished his call.
"What follows is the old timer's job. Time for the katsudon."
"You fool, like I said, you watch too much television."
"Sir, would you accompany me to headquarters? We have some questions for you..."
With a hanging head, the teacher nodded.

"We finally got the motive." Kenmochi said to Hajime, who was digging in his steak.
"That teacher, you know, actually has a lolicon. When that Segawa Nanako was in junior high, it seemed she prostituted herself to him."
"Wha... that's horrible!", said Miyuki, dropping the piece of meat she had on her fork on the plate. The waitress of the family restaurant came near.
"Have you finished? She asked.
Kenmochi places his fork and knife back on his empty plate. "And when Segawa Nanako became a high school student, she happened to come across the teacher again and started blackmailing him. This Segawa was from a pretty well off family too... I really don't get kids these days. This teacher foolishly had his photo taken, it seems. So he had to pay Segawa Nanako ten thousands of yen every month. We found the pictures connected to the motive in the victim's room. In the end, he was just a worthless criminal, this X guy."
"The one unbelievable story after another, chief inspector. Even though it was a famous school. Their deviation scores are very high..., said Miyuki whereupon Hajime mumbled "Stu~pid! You can't judge people by their deviation scores!" He flushed down the meat in his mouth with a glass of water.
"You're right. Though it's not very convicing coming from you."
"What? I'll let you know that I..."
"It's all right, Hajime. Anyway, when did you suspect it was the teacher?"
"When we were told that story by the old timer in the family restaurant. It was just vague thought though."
"What? But how? Hey!" Kenmochi asked violently and Kindaichi smirked, wiping his mouth with his hands.
"Because, computer classes are boring, right? And scribbles were on every desk. But the fact that no one besides the murderer saw the dangerous communications about murder, is strange, right? The teacher probably wrote down his message just before class began and read the answer right after class, erasing it afterwards. If so, no other students would ever see the message."
"So that's it!"
Kindaichi continued, carried away "These kids often write they love that boy or girl, right? As if they are asking 'everyone, please read this'. If it were my desk, I would make use of it from corner to corner, even beneath my table for myself."
"Just for cheating, right?" Miyuki said.
"Wha... what! What do you think I am?!"
"Look at you all excited. Kinda suspicious..."
"A-?!"
Like to cool off this kids' fight, the waitress came bringing their drinks. The aroma of the coffee soothed the duo.

1 comment :

  1. Forgive me for reading this translation (and the other one that I still haven`t read) until I can sit somewhere more comfortable than a computer room full of talking and staring Doshisha students.

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