What was Mori-san doing in a place like this?
I quickly realised why. I brazenly followed after Naru, who quickly trotted over towards Mori-san, when I noticed three figures a little further away from her.
Two people talking to Lin-san. A middle-aged man and woman. Not to mention--
--Why are there foreigners here?
I sort of had the feeling I knew why and was soon sure. Naru went straight to where they were.
The woman hugged Naru. The man put his arm around his shoulders...
I knew very well who would be able to do something like that so easily.
"Long time no see." At some point, Mori-san came over to where I was.
"It's been a while. --Mori-san, are those people Naru's mother and father......?"
Mori-san smiled gently and looked at Lin-san, who at some point came over and joined us.
"--Would it be okay to introduce them?"
Lin nodded in response to her question.
"I see. I'll introduce them. A little later."
I see. That comment Lin-san made about "they'll leave there shortly" was about Naru's parents.
I had no idea how long the trip from England to Japan took. Even so, it must've been a most difficult journey. The place where their son disappeared and his body probably lay. The reunion with their other son who normally wouldn't have ended up living in such a distant, foreign country.
"Is everyone well?"
"I see. In that case I think I'll go say hello."
Mori-san shot a quick glance to the side, and I looked the same way. It seemed his mother was crying.
"Let's not disturb them?"
When I got back to the bungalow with Mori-san, everyone was still lounging about there.
"Long time no see."
Mori-san smiled at everyone's greetings and for a while, she exchanged greetings with everyone.
"What brings you here all of a sudden again?"
When Bou-san asked that, she explained how she'd brought Naru's parents. Ignoring the others who were chatting animatedly, I pulled Masako to one side.
"What is it?"
"There was a time when you'd been captured and Naru came and cheered you up, right?"
Masako looked around a moment before lowering her voice. "Yes. What about it?"
"That wasn't Naru. Did you know that?"
"It was Naru."
"It wasn't. Apparently it was his older brother."
"That's not possible. After all, it was Naru."
Yeah, I understood how she felt saying that.
"It wasn't. It was his older brother. ......his twin."
Masako exclaimed and all conversation behind her instantly stopped.
"Who're twins?" Yasuhara-san asked.
Mori-san laughed, "Ahh, Naru and Gene, eh?"
"By older brother, it's his older twin brother?"
"That's right. They're identical twins."
"Whoa..." Yasuhara-san muttered, "......There were two of those faces?! That must've been quite the sight."
"Even though they're twins, there are some twins that don't look very similar, right?"
Mor-san laughed lightly at Ayako's comment.
"They were similar. Often when you line twins up next to one another, they don't look that alike, but those two were really very similar. I think it's quite unusual for twins to look that alike."
I wonder what it's like to have a twin. I wasn't really sure, but I had the feeling that they'd be even closer than regular siblings.
"I wonder if Naru's personality became like that...... because of his brother's death."
I could sort of understand if that were the case, but......
"Nope." Mori-san had a slightly surprised look on her face. "Naru's always been like that."
"Always been like that? Not because of some dark past that he's been dragging along and has become embittered towards the world?"
"I don't think so. Naru's been like that since he was a child. Gene said that, so I expect it's true."
Mori-san stared at the ceiling as though lost in thought.
"True, ......twins being so similar on the outside are quite rare, but I expect siblings whose personalities are so different are also quite rare."
Eeyikes. One side's like that, so the opposite of that.
Very kind and friendly, gentle and modest......
"L-like an angel?"
"Not like that either."
"......Actually, he probably had a pretty normal personality. But because his other half was like that, he seemed to be very well-raised."
Well, yeah, no doubt.
"Unlike Naru, he was the cheerful type. And he got along well with others."
"He was also a bit mischievous."
"He'd often trade places with Naru and play tricks on people. Naru doesn't play around like that, so most likely Gene's the one who came up with the idea."
"......Th-that's quite the unexpected personality."
To think of someone with the same face as Naru doing something like that...... my head hurt.
"He was just a little like you, Taniyama-san." Mori-san said with a warm smile.
"Yeah. Although he seemed a bit quieter."
I'm sorry. I'm a noisy one.
"Lin-san also said so. That you're similar."
"You quickly feel for the clients, right, Taniyama-san? You get caught up with those involved and laugh or cry with them?"
......Umm, that's what I'm like.
"That aspect is similar. So everyone opened their hearts to him......"
"Doesn't that make him perfect then?"
Yasuhara-san said that.
"With those looks along with a good personality, he had nothing to fear."
Mori-san smiled a bit wryly.
"That sort of child is unlikely to live long...... It's just the way things are."
A lonely silence fell. The sun quickly sank and everything in the room fell into shadow.
"No doubt, regardless of what they said, they must've been very close."
I didn't say that to anyone in particular, but Mori-san smiled wryly.
"Hmmm... I wonder about that. True the one closest to Naru was Gene."
"What about sibling fighting?"
"On occasion. Although it was mostly one-sided with Naru getting angry."
"......Yeah, I guess Naru wasn't very comfortable with Gene."
"Even though they're brothers?"
"Yeah. Basically, Naru doesn't like getting involved with others. I expect he's the type who prefers to be left alone regardless if the other person's his sibling or parent. He's happiest when doing research and sees everything else as a bother."
"But while outsiders might leave you alone, that doesn't work with family, right? If you're looking sick, they'll worry, or if you do something wrong, they'll scold you, right?"
"It'd be over if you told them it's none of their business, wouldn't it?"
"Yeah, but that doesn't really go for family. After all, you see them every day. If they're unrelated, it's just a matter of cutting ties, but you can't really do that with family."
"So if Gene hated Naru, they would've just ended up being brothers who didn't get along well, but Gene was the type of person no one hated."
"--So, to be honest, I was surprised when Naru said he'd go search for Gene's body. I didn't expect him to do that."
Making Mori-san say that much, that young man must've been very staunch.
"When did he come to Japan?"
"Around three months before Taniyama-san started working part time. Somewhere around there."
"Umm, how do you know Naru, Mori-san?"
Mori-san looked at me.
"Yep. This time I admit it completely."
When I said that Mori-san laughed out loud lightly.
"I'm, well yeah, to put it plainly, I'm his superior."
Bou-san leaned forward.
"Y-you mean at the "SPR"?
"Yes. There's what's known as the Platt Lab at the "SPR". I'm the head of the fieldwork lab. For what it's worth."
"So Naru's a research member there?"
"That's right. Naru and Lin."
And saying that, a mixed smiled crossed Mori-san's face.
......So that's how it was.
"And that's why you were his master."
"That's right, in the past." I taught him from how to use the cameras, but at some point he surpassed me. Thanks to that, my work now is to gather together all the documents Naru sends me and present it to higher-ups."
If she was his master and is his superior, no wonder he can't outdo her. Neither Naru nor Lin.
"Is Lin-san's home also in England? Not Hong Kong?"
"That's right. Lin's family is one of the ones that fled Hong Kong. Apparently, his extended family's always been in England, and Lin's family was the only one that'd stayed behind. Because his family's always been a bit obstinate."
"They hate the Japanese, and they hate the British."
Hmm... I'd heard that he hated Japanese people, but that he also hates the British. I wonder if he's dragging along the grudge over the opium wars? ......But still, poor Lin-san--ending up living in countries he hates.
......So I ask, but I don't know that many place names in England.
"Lin's family is. But Lin himself lives in Cambridge."
I had no idea where that was or what sort of place it was.
"Isn't the "SPR" in London?"
Bou-san butt in, and Mori-san nodded.
"That's right. Headquarters are in London. The lab is in Cambridge. Lin's a research member in the lab in Cambridge and also a grad student at Cambridge University."
"Huh. ......Which means Naru, too?"
"That's right. Not to mention his father's a professor at Cambridge."
Ahh, I see. Cambridge University's Cambridge.
this then joins up with the short snippet where Naru apologises to the wall. ^^;
And since that's all I've translated for Part 14, I'll leave that there. I'll type up the scene tomorrow. It's in Part 15. ^^;