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April 2nd, 2007 (09:36 pm)

Dear Me:

I believe you've been misbehaving this past day. I pulled out the novels so you could finish writing up the point form spoilers/plot line, not so you can start reading to your heart's content. Stop it!

That said, I'll also admit it's such a cute and sweet story, but I also forgot how much the whole tone shifted in the last story. >.<; Poor Mai. Ummm... but yeah. Stop it! :P



That said...

Prior to the Yoshimi case (zombies). Ayako and Bou-san dropped by and just after the "review info on Naru and Lin" meeting.

A: "By the way, Naru, I heard something interesting."

"And you want me to hear it?"

Ayako confronted Naru as he sat on the sofa.

"That's right. I heard there was no "previous girl".

Naru looked at Ayako confused.

"You told Mai that "the previous girl quit" but there really was no "previous girl". What's the meaning of that? You're being rather nice to Mai, aren't you?"

Naru looked indifferent as he gazed at her coldly and said, "Are you jealous?"

Ayako instantly went bright red.

"Wha-... who is?!"

Sheesh. Ayako, you don't have a chance against Naru.

"I'm a nice guy deep down."

"Who is?"

"Hm? You don't see me that way? I'm always listening nicely to whatever stupidity you're talking about, aren't I?"

Ayako had a stiff smile on her face.

"Could it be you like Mai?"


To which Naru smiled sweetly. I'd like to say like a flower, but his eyes weren't smiling at all, so it was rather disturbing.

"I'll deny that. After all, it would be sad for you to become ill from the extreme shock. Aren't I nice?"

This narcissist...

After Yasuhara says he's going to the cave as well and convinces the girls to go with him.

S (Masako): I wish you could've seen his face when he woke up.

M: It was that bad......?

His pride was probably in tatters.

S: I understood Matsuzaki-san's feelings very well. After all, I thought he was still possessed.


"In this case, I guess it can't be helped. ......Mai"

Eep! "Mai"?

"Would you lend me some clothes? I'd be less than useless if I were to be dressed like this if anything should happen."


Ah, she surprised me......

While going with Masako to get a change of clothes, I couldn't help smiling. Masako looked annoyed at that.

"Is it that strange for me to wear western clothing?"

"Well... there is that too..."

"There is that too? Just what is it?"



I grinned.

"See~. You used my first name~."

Masako looked surprised and put her hand to her mouth. It looked like she was pouting.

"......Do you have a problem with it? You do the same with me after all."

"Yeah. So say it more. <3"

Masako frowned.

"I like people using my name. It feels that much friendlier, right?"

"......I wonder."

"You used to always call me by family name, right? But lately, every now and then you'd use my first name. I'm really happy about that change in how you feel."

Masako glanced at me.

"I haven't become friendly with you."

"Yes, yes."

"I'm just showing sympathy for someone suffering the same illness."

Same illness?

Masako sighed.

"We've both chosen a very difficult person."


Ummm... hello, you know......

Masako ignored me as I became confused.

"When I saw Naru when he woke up, I thought 'why this person' and couldn't help feeling sorry for myself. Any way you look at things, based on personality, Takigawa-san, Yasuhara-san, or Brown-san are better."

"......You have a point."

We both sighed.
"It would be so much simpler. ......I suppose all that can be said is that it can't be helped."

At the hospital:

M: "Are you going to go home?"

Yasuhara shook his head at my question.

"After coming all this way, that'd be no fun, right? And even if I went back to Okinawa now, I can't work. And spending summer holidays at home would be boring."

"It became quite the summer holiday, didn't it?"

Because we called him here.

"Not at all. It's been a thrilling summer holiday. There's nothing more meaningful."

"It's meaningful?"

"Well, yeah. Being a bellboy at a resort hotel's something you can only boast about at a party once, after all. But on that point, being honourably wounded while taking part in getting rid of an evil spirit is something I can boast about until I'm an old man."

Well, that's true...

"This distinguished service will be spoken about through the generations. Yup, yup."

We laughed as Yasuhara-san nodded to himself.

"So," Yasuhara pulled out a small book.


"It's a guide map. Let's go have fun."

"You're not allowed to over-exert yourself, Yasuhara-san."

Your ribs are broken, after all.

"It's all right. Takigawa-san will carry me if I get tired."

"Gah," Bou-san choked. "Hey. *Who* will?"

"But... getting from Okinawa to Noto was really hectic."

"It's a meaningful experience, right?"

Yasuhara-san staggered striking a shocked pose.

"That's mean. I came as quickly as I could for you, Norio."

"What's with the girly "I"?"

"You're so cruel to such a brave love."

"You know..."

Yasuhara-san held both hands to his chest.

"I think it's love. After all, my chest is so tight."


"It's like I'm being squeezed tight. Not to mention it's so itchy, I can barely stand it."


"And to top it all off, it's smells sweaty. ......is this the corset's fault?"

That's the corset's fault.

Mai talking to Masako as she goes to make some barley water.

"......But apparently Naru apologised."

Masako looked at me.


"Really. I heard from Bou-san yesterday. After coming to, he's the first one he apologised to."

Masako slammed down the tea cannister she'd been playing with.

"I hate that aspect about Naru."

"Well it's better than his not doing it..."

"That's just it. If he didn't, it'd mean he's just got a lousy personality. Even I can forget about someone like that. But he's very thoughtful about the strangest things."

I couldn't help agreeing.

"You have a point there. It's much harder to deal with than his just having a lousy personality."

"You see? At that cave even, Naru did a lot of stuff there that I secretly decided I'd give up on him. But he then goes and collapses like that. Do you think I can honestly get angry when that happens?"

"......True. I thought so too."

"It's unfair. I can't just like him, but I can't hate him either."

"Yeah. I wish he'd make up his mind and just be a good guy or a lousy one."

"Exactly. I feel like an idiot liking him so much, but at the same time, I hate that I feel it'd be a waste to just hate him."

......Hmm. She has a point.


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)

*pouts* *needs some kokumono snippets*

Posted by: Hybrid Paradox (yunaura)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)

Thank you so much for these snippets~~

This made my fourth highlight today!~
And I'm in need of a lot of cheer at the moment. ==;;

Oh, this may be a bit random...but I was kinda wondering if you dropped your Soul Keepers fanfic. ^^;;
It's a really interesting case and it's a bit sad to see it left unfinished.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)

Ghost Hunt!! love love! Thanks!

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)

Snippets much appreciated!
Liked the first one the most. ^__^

Posted by: Luna (lunaneko)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)

Hahaha! This is so frigging adorable! Masako and Mai bonding over Naru and his good/lousy personality is just precious!

Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)

Excellent. It's always good to have more crack. ^_^

Posted by: annuiesity (annuiesity)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)

Hi Shadow!

thanks for the snippet. I'm hoping against all hope that Naru's sickly sweet smile meant something even if just a teeny weeny bit =)

umm i have a question...did Naru really smile (in the novels) the way he did in episode 17 (i think that was the episode on the conclusion of the cursed school series) in front of Mai???

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)

He did. It's done a hint different in the novels and is such a sweet scene. ^o^ The anime pretty much followed the original manga scene (not DelRey's bizarre 180).

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)

You realize youre not helping me get over my GH addiction XD I see the words "snippets" and I click like a junkie needing a fix!

Man Ayako busted out some balls asking Naru that XD And I just love Yasu even more, his refs to Takigawa carrying him made me laugh out loud.

Thanks! You rock!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

*blink* I'm supposed to help?! I heard they sent Yasuhara to ginny_t when she tried bargaining for her mind back, so I'm not sure what you're expecting here. ^^;

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah I know...I was there...sending Yasu was mean of them...we cant say no to him...damn Noll....

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)

Bou-san vs. Yasuhara is completely precious. Yasuhara has an adorable sense of humour, and Bou-san is the perfect accompainment. ;)

Certainly, Naru's form of niceness would freeze anyone's blood. But that's his appeal!

Thanks! I needed to laugh. :)

Posted by: czesc_fr (czesc_fr)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
sanzo pres

I must say a big Thank you for translating all these parts of the novels. It really gives a good insight of the characters. Yasuhara and Lin are such great characters as well!!! i'm liking them more and more!!

from the first part, it really looks like Naru hired Mai because she's an orphan and reminded him of Gene maybe...

Hope you don't mind me asking, I read somewhere(can't remember where) that Naru at some point in the novels blushes. I think it's related to mai's confession...not sure. Is there such a scene?
Is there any scenes at all where there might be an insight on how Naru feels about Mai, evn a tiny winsy hint? There's lots of japanese FF on NaruxMai so I thought that they were based on some facts in the novels...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)

? In the novels? (Mai confessing happens.) When Mai confesses her feelings to Naru, she's bright red, but I don't think I've ever read of Naru blushing. I've done so in my FF and I've read other FFs where it happens, but beyond that... at the least, it's not in the last chapters of the last book of Heiki.

Naru feeling for Mai... it's hard to say. I mean, it's not like he coes out and says anything or even really shows any outward signs, but... he's a little more human with her and shows kindness at the oddest of times especially towards her. Maybe it's crossover because she reminds him of Gene. I guess the main scenes that suggests maybe he likes her would be the following: vol 2 he makes excuses about dating Masako; vol 5 end of Ryokuryou case and the apologies; vol 7 when it comes to Mai or Naru having to exorcise the spirit; vol 8 (Heiki 2) when Naru makes Mai cry, he stays with her until she gets over her tears; vol 8 he gives her a small photo of both Gene and him.

The NaruxMai aspect is much less present in the final novels (Akumu ga Sumu Ie) compared to the Evil Spirits books though.

Posted by: czesc_fr (czesc_fr)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the answers ^^

" Maybe it's crossover because she reminds him of Gene."

:-( Guess so... Damn Naru for hiding all emotions. I thought that maybe he's too workoholic and busy trying to find Gene to think about love, but I had a small hope... Oh Well, it's lucky then that Mai realises she's in love with Gene...

Posted by: lys (lysiithea)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)

Dear ShadowDreams,

Thank you so much for all these snippets. :) They're so sweet. But I'm just wondering, why poor Mai? Could you please please explain?


Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)

Why... what about poor Mai? ^^;

Posted by: thejenx (thejenx)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)

You rock for posing these snippets.
Also, Ayako vs Naru for the win. XD Poor Ayako. She just walks into those traps.
And Yasuhara vs Bou-san! Yasu is so persistant, I'm starting to wonder if he's serious. o_O And when did he start calling him Norio?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)

Yasuhara calls Bou-san "Norio" instead of "Takigawa-san" when he's teasing him in this way. ^^; I don't remember offhand if it's also in the final story (Akumu) but it might be there too. ^^;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
GH - Nevermind

*gnashes teeth in novel envy*

"Norio"! *adores Yasuhara* *adores Bou-san*

Interesting to see Mai & Masako bonding over their woes.

I agree with yamikakyuu — it's crack, it is! And I need MORE! (lkk mentioned something about a translation of the scene where Naru gives Mai the thing his mother left behind. *pleeeeeze face*)

*praises Shadow* Thanks so much for this!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

I seriously want to write up a few scenes from the last book of Heiki. ^_^ I did a very short write-up on a locked post of [Unknown LJ tag]'s. I'll double check; I don't remember if that scene was on the planned for "Shadow's lack of sleep and continued GH insanity" plot. :P I need more bodies and hours otherwise I can't get things done or it takes aeons. >.>

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

Umm, unknown LJ tag should be lkk. ^^;

Posted by: xinmei (xinmei)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)

omfg I can't believe I missed this snippet!

I love the one where Ayako and Naru are talking about Mai...(more snippets, I say!!)

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