Missing scene from the manga for story 2. I'd never even noticed... ^^;
**Just after Naru leaves to look into something telling Mai to take care of things at the house.** The novels were primarily written from Mai's point of view.
Ayako: "Just when is he coming back here?"
"What's this? Are you afraid without Naru here?" Bou-san laughed.
Ayako glared at him. "As if. You make it sound like I'm depending on that kid."
"I'm not! As if that were possible!"
......Ayako, aren't you being a little defensive?
"True, after all, that kid's ten years younger than you," Bou-san smiled slyly.
"There's only a six year difference."
"Either way, your ages aren't well-matched."
Masako said that.
Ayako turned and looked at Masako.
"Guys that age prefer older women. Didn't you know that?"
"As if that could be possible."
"My, you're being rather defensive. Masako-chan, are you interested in Naru?"
"I'd rather you didn't speak like you were gossipping. Likewise, Matsuzaki-san, your age..."
"Don't joke. Given your lousy personality, you're not going to be able to get Naru."
"It's better than being a nasty older woman."
......Give it up. Now's not the time for this sort of talk, right?"
John, looking a little on the spot, cut in between the two. "Shibuya-han's very much a work-minded guy. So most likely he's not interested in that sort of thing, right?"
"He's got a point." Bousan grinned.
"Most likely, he's never been on a date with a girl."
That's what I thought.
"My. That's not true," Masako replied readily.
......How would you know that?
"After all, I've gone out with him many times." She smiled with her doll-like face.
Ayako glared at her.
"You're rather rude. In that case, how about asking Kazuya-san?"
I had to think about that for an moment. When I realised that was Naru's name, I felt dizzy."
Everyone stared at Masako.
"No doubt it had to do with work, right?"
......Yeah, that's right.
"My. Movies and concerts really don't have much to do with work, do they?"
......Movies and concerts? That work idiot Naru who, never mind movies, doesn't even watch TV? That'd definitely be a date wouldn't it?!
Masako gave a disgustingly charming smile.
We'd all frozen from extreme shock.
John was the first to recover from his shock.
"Well, Shibuya-san is that age, so that will happen. Ratherthanthat, I wonder when he'llbecomin'back."
......John, your confusion's showing in your speech.
"Will you stay in the living room while I bless it?" Ayako asked with her back to me.
"Ah, you're scared, even though you're a psychic."
"That's not it!" She turned and faced me with a strong look on her face, but it quickly crumbled into something more pathetic. "It's not that but...... it's just......"
"Okay. I'll stay with you."
"If you'd like," the Miko turned towards the mountain of equipment. "Lin-san, you too......"
"I have to stay here and gather data," Lin-san was as always cold.
"......You really have quite the personality. You're like your boss. That deceitful womanizer."
Even Lin-san couldn't quite grasp the meaning of that comment and his eyes widened slightly.
"Never mnd. Just that your boss is a perv. --Let's go, Mai."
Ayako grabbed my hand roughly and pulled me along.
...Ayako, you're not actually serious, are you......?
(Dream in the base)
"Naru?" I called him while still laying down.
Naru cocked his head, almost as though asking, 'what is it?'
"Will we be able to save Ayami-chan?"
At this rate, if we lose, that woman will end up taking Ayami-chan. Just like the many other children who'd died in this house.
"It's all right." Naru smiled.
"......You went on a date with Masako, didn't you?"
......Aah, just what am I saying? At a time like this.
Naru chuckled, "You're mistaken."
That gentle smile. I was satisfied.
......In that case, that's fine.
**Shortly after they exorcised all the spirits.**
"Ah, that's right, Naru." Ayako called Naru.
"I heard you're going out with Masako?"
Naru raised an eyebrow a moment.
"You're dating right? Watching movies or going to concerts? It must be nice being young."
Her manner of speech was decidedly sarcastic.
......Give it a rest Ayako. Doing something like that is like digging your own grave.
Naru glared at Ayako coldly.
"I see. So that's the sort of stupid thing you were talking about while I was out. No wonder you couldn't exorcise the spirits."
"Huh. Is my going out with Hara-san that much of a shock?" Naru had a cool look on his face.
......Oh boy, this... Ayako, give it a rest already. You can't win against Naru in an argument.
"Don't get so full of yourself. I have no interest in children." Ayako shot back with all she had.
"That's good. Likewise, I have no interest in old women." Naru smiled sweetly.
Ayako looked away then went upstairs.
And suddenly it was only Naru and I in the hallway.
"So, you were hiding it," I smiled as I said it. As much as possible, making a joke of things.
......Aaah, not good. Saying this sort of thing barely gives me any sort of standing.
But Naru looked a little put on the spot and looked away. Huh, so Naru sometimes looks a bit embarrassed. This was a surprise.
"I don't know what Masako said," Naru said while looking away, "But it's not that way. --You're mistaken."
And he then started to walk towards the room that had been our base.
These words doubled with dream Naru's words, and it seemed funny.
I'm mistaken, eh?
I couldn't help smiling.
This sort of thing really makes me happy. While there's probably no deep meaning to it, when Ayako asked, he didn't make any excuses. But when I asked, he did.
Yeah. I'll leave it at that for a while. Naru thought that having Ayako take things the wrong way didn't matter. But he didn't want me to be under the wrong impression.
Hmmm, that's not likely is it? But I don't care. For now, I'll get ahead of myself and think that way. People have to treasure what makes them happy, right?
I laughed to myself for awhile.
Wow! That was a lot longer than I thought. But it's such a cute scene. I'd forgotten how many sweet and cute scenes like this there were in the novels. All the light banter that sometimes gets lost. And even though the manga follows the novels fairly closely, it does still lose out on this aspect. >.