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August 6th, 2008 (07:40 pm)
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Continued translated? summarised? bits from Issue #1 (where the pumpkins came from). The chara info was from Issue #4. ^^;


Actually I'm going to backtrack to the start of this story. IIRC, this story (untitled) is later titled "Gene" in Ono Fuyumi's collective doujinshi 中庭同盟. It's an everyday life story of Noll's and Gene's.


"Gene, are you up?"

Gene shot upright in bed at the sound of that voice. He'd turned off his alarm clock and had been snoozing.

"I'm up."

His bedroom door opened, and Luella poked her head inside.

"So you were asleep."

"I'll get up. Where's Noll?"

"Unlike someone, Noll doesn't sleep in."

"Yeah."

Gene jumped out of bed and quickly got dressed. There was no need to get out of his pyjamas. He'd been up late the night before and had only stripped out of his clothes before climbing into bed.

He grabbed his bag and started stuffing his books inside. Most of his books were in his locker at school, but sometimes he needed to bring some home. Hunting things down from the mess on his desk takes time. Rummaging through the mess to find what was still missing only resulted in more chaos on his desk. Shoving the things that had fallen to the floor aside with his foot, Gene ran out to the hall and down the stairs. Mornings were always very quick for Gene.


"How do you want your eggs?"

Everyone was already in the dining room by the time Gene came down. Gene popped into the kitchen at Luella's question and glanced over the breakfast she'd prepared before deciding.

"Fried, over-easy."

He gave her a quick good-morning kiss.

"Good morning."

"Good morning, sleepy-head. How about cleaning your room a little?"

"I'll do it on Saturday."

"Without getting Noll to help."

"Okay."

He gave a quick salute before heading for his own seat. On his way, he kissed Martin and Noll as well. Noll would hate it, so in his case, it was to bug him a bit.

Martin was reading the paper. He was still in his dressing gown, so his class probably wasn't until later.

Seeing that, Gene 'knocked'. It was up to Noll if he replied. The 'door' as Gene called it, opened.

"What're your plans for today?"

There was a response to his question. Actually, it's closer to catching a thought that floats to the surface from a sea of thoughts and becoming the other person's thought.

"I'm going to Prof. Hinels."

"Which period?"

"Second. I need you to take my place."

"Okay. Have they caught up yet?**

"I've skipped for the past three weeks, so it'll be getting risky soon."

Noll often skipped classes. He'd skip and sneak into university classes or to the specialists (researchers?) office. His attendance record was always borderline--borderline with Gene taking his place from time to time, so in reality his attendance was even worse.

"Okay."

A plate was placed before Gene as he replied.

"Chatting again?"

They called their telepathic conversations chatting. When they were small, they were able to chat with the Atlantic Ocean between them, but lately, that distance had begun to shrink, and it was difficult to do if they weren't in the same country. They could no longer force the door open and enter the other's thoughts either. Their psychic abilities had started to wane, but that was probably just as well.

"Ahaha"

Apparently, Luella was the only one able to tell when the two were chatting. Even she didn't know why. Not to mention that not many people knew about their chat ability.

Since it only worked between the two of them, they hadn't experimented with or studied the ability much. As long as it was between family members, they could discuss anything regardless of how difficult the subject may be, but with anyone other than their twin, they couldn't even manage guessing one ESP card. Most likely, the channel between them was so strong because they were twins, so Luella told them not to talk about it too much. Luella didn't like the twins being human guinea pigs.

"You two chat when you're up to good."

"Not at all."

Luella lay a plate in front of Noll as well.

"And Noll looks away like that when things aren't going his way."

"Twins."

Martin put away his newspaper.

"You shouldn't skip. You especially, Noll."

"What are you talking about?"

"I got a call from your school about your being sickly and whether we'd taken you to see a doctor."

Gene ducked his head while Noll looked away.

"They exaggerate."

Oh? Martin's eyes widened.

"Apparently, an unusual guest has been showing up in Timothy's classes lately."

Like Martin, Timothy Grey was an instructor at Queen's College. He taught physics, specifically quantum mechanics.

"Really?"

"You need to be more aware of how much you stand out."

Noll continued to stare off to one side.

"You're reply?"

"Yes, father."

Martin smiled wryly. Normally, they didn't use 'father' or 'mother', so when they did, they were making their dissatisfaction known.

The sound of Gene's laughter brought him under fire.

"You too, Gene. Don't help him."

"Yes, father."

Sheesh. Martin smiled wryly. Ultimately, he was soft on those two.

"There's no need to rush like that. Once you get your GCE*, you can enter university, right? You've got the marks to get accepted."

"I know."

The GCE exams are this winter. If he could have taken them earlier, he probably would have done so, but apparently doing his A-levels without attending second semester was difficult even for Naru. Not to mention getting into Cambridge required having two A-levels. Apparently, he's been studying hard, and lately, he always had a textbook open in front of him.

Gene had no intention of hurrying that much. He intended to attend middle school and graduate like normal, and think about things at that time. Rushing ahead towards his goal was Noll's way. Taking things as they came and deciding what to do then was Gene's. They really were different.

"Don't push yourself too hard."

Luella pat Noll lightly on the cheek.

"You were up late last night, weren't you?"

"Not really."

"Your light was on when I woke up at 3. You should sleep eight hours a night or your body won't be able to keep up."

"I'll be careful."

Noll wasn't comfortable with physical contact. It was strange how uncomfortable he was with it. He could extremely coldly reject people he could ignore, but it really put him on the spot when it came to people he couldn't ignore. That's why they were so physical with Noll. It was one of the things Gene and Madoka did to tease him. And maybe even his parents were doing the same.


And after that, we enter the discussion of pumpkins. :P Sheesh, I must be hard-wired to type "Naru". :P I think I had to replace just about every last one of them. ^^;

Comments

Posted by: ArianaTaniyama (arianataniyama)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)

Nice! I like the background, and the way it really shows the differences between the twins. I also think its funny that Noll (I made extra sure I didn't type Naru XD) thinks he can sneak into classes at his father's university and no one will notice!

Thanks for the translation!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)

*laughs* Likewise. Noll's lack of awareness of how much attention he's attracting is pretty amusing. He's so clueless sometimes! ^o^ Hopefully, I'll get around to typing up the second half to this thing... ^^;

Posted by: May (sinmay)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)

*Who's that hot guy over there?*

^ Maybe the college girls are thinking that

I love reading how the twins interact!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)

Umm... that'd be cradle robbing! He's probably only 15 at the moment! :P

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Vol10

Squee, fun. Thanks for sharing!
Unh so still only in elementary school at this point?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)

Umm... I think they're ~15 at this point. Naru was supposed to attend uni when he was 16 (Fall before he met Mai), so he would've had to have taken his exams during the year before to be accepted... Maybe in second semester of that year? I wonder if it might be possible to take exams during the summer months, but that wuld probably create issues with acceptance. I guess he probably couldn't have managed trying for early acceptance based solely on his first semester's grades plus other classes...? It's hard to say. I wonder how many classes you can take during summer holidays for HS and if he would have done that. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)

Troublemakers to the last. The statement that their powers are waning is interesting, though. Normally, the older people grow, the more they grow into their powers and abilities expand-- or, so I've always seen.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)

? Hmm... I wonder. It didn't strike me as unusual, so I'm wondering if there was some minor reference to this aspect elsewhere. Perhaps something to do with adolescence/puberty...? There was reference to how PK when caused by people is usually caused by young children and rare in people beyond puberty. I've seen this concept in a number of J doujinshi / fics (usually dealing with Masako's abilities as it happens to her).

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)

It might have something to do with puberty. I don't know. I'm still doing research for my main story that I'm writing.

Poltergeist activity, right? Which begs the question: what happens to that person's powers when the person in question grows out of it?

But twins are different-- especially identical twins. The bonds are stronger and so are the psychic abilities. This is a commonly explored theme for paranormal novels.

Edited at 2008-08-07 06:29 am (UTC)

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
gh_naru_head shot

My theory on why the twins' telepathic powers are waning is that it's a result of simply growing up and becoming distinct individual personalities. As people mature, they build up subconscious pyschic walls to protect the inner person from the outside wall. This happens to (nearly) everyone as he matures. In my theory, as those inner walls are built against the outside world, it becomes harder and harder for the twins to breach them telepathically.

There's the additional fact that the boys' personalities are growing apart. As each becomes more and more set in his ways which is so unlike his brothers, they have less and less in common personality-wise. They resonate less, you might say. With increasingly less common ground between them, their telepathic connection is also growing weaker.

That's my theory until I get further information.


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)

But that's a sound theory. ^_^

Fact is, I don't know if people have explored what happens to twins and any psychic power they might have as grown ups.

The only hole I'll poke in your theory is this part:

There's the additional fact that the boys' personalities are growing apart. As each becomes more and more set in his ways which is so unlike his brothers, they have less and less in common personality-wise. They resonate less, you might say. With increasingly less common ground between them, their telepathic connection is also growing weaker.

I don't necessarily agree that there's less and less common ground between them. They're both highly involved in psychic research and that's a big factor with them. Added to it is the fact that as identical twins, they're two halves of one big whole-- there's an innate bond in that that even death really couldn't break.

I promised that would be the only hole. But I'll also slightly disagree about personalities. XD

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
gh_naru mai head shots

As long as it was between family members, they could discuss anything regardless of how difficult the subject may be, but with anyone other than their twin, they couldn't even manage guessing one ESP card.
Interesting tidbit. I find it intriguing that the twins' results on the standard ESP test (when they're not chatting with each other) is exactly the same as Mai's test results were. Maybe that explains why Gene could communicate with Mai from the after life? Maybe not. But it's an interesting statistic to hear.

Thank you for translating this!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)

Hmm... yes and no. The test Mai did and the test being mentioned here are quite different, so I don't know if it's really valid to compare them directly like that. We also don't have any true stats on the twins results. About all I really get from this comment was that the twins telepathy only worked between the two of them and no one else. My opinion. *shrug*

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
gh_dreams

Noll wasn't comfortable with physical contact. It was strange how uncomfortable he was with it.
I wonder if Noll's discomfort with physical contact is related to his psychometric powers. We know that there are times when he can't control the onset of visions. (Touching Gene's clothes and seeing Gene's death for example.) Perhaps he dislikes physical contact because he's experienced unexpected and unwanted visions when people touch him? That would make anyone gun-shy about people touching him. (I admit I stole this theory from another story about a guy with pyschometric powers. He disliked being touched, especially unexpectedly and by people didn't know well because of the visions he experienced as a result.)

It was one of the things Gene and Madoka did to tease him. And maybe even his parents were doing the same.
I'm sure Gene and Madoka were teasing him. But I prefer to think that Martin and Luella were trying to help Noll get over his dislike of being touched by not allowing him to retreat from human contact.

Sorry for spamming your LJ like some spam fly flittering all over the place.

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
gh//naru//pj

"Unlike someone, Noll doesn't sleep in."

Sometimes I wonder if Noll actually sleeps XD

Seeing that, Gene 'knocked'. It was up to Noll if he replied. The 'door' as Gene called it, opened.

That is cute, him "knocking"

Oh god this was cute beyound words. Interesting that the connection btwn them was starting to wane.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)

*laughs* Oh he does sleep. ^^;; That guy seriously makes me laugh sometimes. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
geek

Every time I read "Noll", I have to change it to Naru in my head so I know who it's talking about.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 8th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)

*laughs* It's pretty hard-wired, isn't it? ^^; I figured since this one's in England, it really needed to be written Noll. ^^; We're not talking 'Narcissistic Naru-chan' in this case, after all. :P

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