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August 17th, 2008 (01:43 am)

current mood: apathetic

Would someone please turn off the heat wave?? >.<;; I guess I should be grateful that we don't have high humidity here. :P

Anyhow, still more bad twins below the cut. :P

Gene hurriedly drank the rest of his tea when Noll got up from his seat.

"We're off."

"Take care. Don't skip your classes, Noll."

Noll grimaced slightly.

"If you have time to skip class, then take a nap."

"I'll consider it."

Noll seemed to smile wryly. In the end, their parents were really very soft.

"--and? What're you going to do?"

Noll promptly answered Gene's question as they walked to school.

"I'll skip, of course."

"I figured as much."

No doubt, if Martin had been firm and ordered Noll not to skip, Noll would probably have sighed and done as he was told. But it might be because Martin wasn't the type of person to say that sort of thing that made him part of the inner group.

Their school was around 15 minutes walk from their home. Gene didn't know if it was from the school's own policy, but in the five years they'd been going there, he and Noll had yet to be in the same class. For various reasons and since they took different classes, it was rare for the two of them to run into each other during class.

Gene took his first period class as usual, and ran to the locker room before second period. They swapped clothes there, although that usually only involved swapping shirts or jackets. People's memories were pretty unreliable so that was enough.

"See ya."


Gene waved as Noll left through the locker room window. He took a deep breath. He grabbed Noll's Religious Studies text from Noll's locker. The names of the students who'd borrowed the text over the years was listed on the inside cover of the text. Text books were lent out by the school and had to be returned at the end of the course. At the end of the list was Noll's name. If Noll ended up getting more than two A-levels while still doing his GCE, he'd be the most gifted student since the school was founded (there was one previous student), and no doubt new students needing a text for this class would fight over this one.

[Goes into class stuffs Gene's subjected to while standing in for Noll. Of note, the teacher calls Noll 'Noll'. Initially Gene has no problems with the questions the teacher asks him, but it eventually gets beyond him and he ends up 'knocking' on Noll's 'door' for the answers. Noll's among the top students in the school and his classes were likewise difficult.]

Gene was also smart, but he didn't like studying as much as Noll did. Not that Noll necessarily liked studying; he wanted to hurry up and finish the necessary studies in order to be able to do the research he wanted to do. In Gene's case, there were many things he wanted to do other than study including having lunch with girls or going to movies or concerts.

Gene was particularly weak at religious studies. Because he dealt with spirits, Gene couldn't help thinking 'who cares about Christ'. And certainly, there wasn't a heaven or hell. Gene just didn't have any interest in the subject, and if he wasn't interested in it, he couldn't learn it. Unlike Noll, Gene wasn't good at learning information for information's sake. Likewise, their family wasn't particularly religious. Most English people went to church for weddings and funerals.

After class ended, some students tried to speak to him as they left the classroom, but responding wasn't allowed. Students were all pumpkins.

After second period, they had a slightly longer lunch break. Gene went and waited in the cafeteria. Some students in the same grade tried to speak to him, but he ignored them, too. After a short while, Noll appeared and Gene relaxed a little. There were times when Noll was unable to return when expected and Gene'd have to continue taking Noll's place, but pretending to be Noll for long periods of time was a bit stressful.

"Welcome back."



Noll nodded.

Since he was glad Noll was back, Gene bought Noll some tea from the cafeteria.

"Mr. Hope said you were perfect."

"Of course."

Well, it was expected, but Gene couldn't help smiling wryly.

"How's Dr. Hinels?"

"Same as always."

"It wasn't a class, was it? His class is on Fridays at 3P.M."

"A seminar"


As Gene responded, a voice interrupted them.


Turning around, Gene was surprised to see Mr. Hope. Since they hadn't swapped clothes, he didn't allow any expression to show.

"Do you have a moment?"

The question was directed to Gene - Mr. Hope thought is was to Noll - and Gene nodded expressionless.

"How're your exam studies going?"


"It seems like you're studying a lot. From what I saw in class, you should have no problems with religious studies."

"Thank you."

At the bland response, Mr. Hope looked at Noll - Gene to him.

"I take it R. Studies isn't your specialty?"

Noll smiled. He could do it if he wanted to.

"It's not like that."

"You don't seem very interested in it though."

"I'm just not very good at it. Reading the Bible puts me to sleep."

Seeing that smile made Gene want to hold his head - although he didn't show it. Did he really look that silly when he smiled? He'd have to remember to check later.

"Are you not taking the GCE?"

"Not at all."

"Second semester, too?"

"I'll still be here."

"It's such a waste since you're twins."

"I don't like studying like Noll does."

"It could still be useful. I hope you'll consider taking my class next year."


Gene couldn't help feeling taken aback. He'd have to remember to be careful about how he laughed from here on as well.

"Well, hang in there, Noll."


Gene watched as the teacher left before looking at the person before him.

"Do I really smile like that?"

"You do. Lately in particular."


The person before him also looked surprised.

"I don't know why you're looking sullen, Noll."

"It's sad how pretending to be you makes me feel like I've become an idiot."

"......I won't sit it for you any more."

Noll smiled--in his usual cynical manner. Gene couldn't help feeling that that smile was much better suited to their looks.

"Shall I tell Luella about your sneaking out at night?"

'......So he knew.' Gene couldn't help thinking to himself. Lately, he'd been sneaking out at night with a friend and practising driving. It was a given that he'd be in trouble if Martin or Luella found out. The twins had promised not to try driving before they finished their mandatory schooling.

Noll tossed the jacket he'd been wearing to Gene and Gene tossed Noll's back.

"What about your next class?"

"I'm safe with that one, so I'll skip and take a nap."

"So you're going to do as Martin told you."

"It's getting a bit rough."

'He doesn't like admitting it,' Gene thought as he put his jacket on.

"Well, in that case... Good night."

Gene quickly kissed Noll on the cheek. 'You froze. Serves you right.'

"Well, I've got class."

He couldn't leave with Noll having one up on him. His having this as a weakness automatically made him the weaker of the two.

Noll looked annoyed as he sighed. As long as he couldn't get used to it, he couldn't win.

[I should probably mention that this is as near as I can tell what's happening in this story. The copy is unfortunately very hard to read, so it's impossible to tell something as simple as whether I'm reading (for example) 慄然, 憤然, 悄然, or 愕然. ......At least I can read the second character and I can make out the radical for the first one... ^^; ]

And that's pretty much everything from the untitled story in Issue #1. ^^;


Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)

Oh yeah, melted. 18 low and stuffy as hell. Most my joints swollen since Thursday...

LOVED THIS! Thanks!!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)

Ugh, yeah. The heat was nice for one day, but... >.> Looks like things might cool off nicely tonight although tomorrow's unpleasantly melty again. (We have nice looking rain clouds grumbling through the city right now. No rain, but hopefully we'll have some. ^^; )

Cheers! ^_^

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)

If you blink you'll see some rain drops... clouded over a few hours ago... none of the heat/humidity gone though. Fingers crossed forecast is correct (cooler and bit wet for a couple days).

Found items you know where I want out now because of certain event. ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)

Ugh, I hate it when the humidity stays high like that. >.> Hope things ease up; it sounds like things are pretty fugly for you right now. (We have cooling and rain in the forecast for later this week. Hopefully no rain Fri-Sat otherwise Sat could be pretty yucky. The Harvest Sale can turn into a mud bowl if it's too wet. >.> )

^o^ Which reminds me, I should be able to get back into the system now. I've been locked out for the past bit thanks to their o-bon break. Although... I think the pocket book was much happier when I wasn't looking. ^^;

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 18th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)

Still 23C *_*

This coming weekend is anime con here... I have dealer table at... all dealer's in SRC gym at UBC. Second floor, no fan system/AC... 90 vendors... will be scraping me off the floor... ngh

Rose Moon, ouchie. Too many fandoms to check...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 18th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)

^^;; If you have a breeze that'd be nice. ^_^

No A/C with 90 vendors... Yikes! O_O;; Hope things'll be much cooler and dryer for you this weekend. ^_^

I'm almost scared to look at Rose Moon's stuff. Red Fish might be interesting (as well as the usual Four Seasons Flower), but I think I'll wait on hers and keep an eye on a couple other groups first (like Caramel Ribbon... Part 2... *___* ). ^^;

Posted by: May (sinmay)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)

Not surprising that Gene likes eating lunch with the girls xD And the part where it's stressful pretending to be Naru.

This makes them seem even closer to me! I hope you do keep translating these pamphlets!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

Gene's reactions were cute. I liked how he was thinking he needed to double check how he looked when he smiled after seeing Noll act like him. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)

AWESOME! They're so funny, the two of them. Oh! gold_dusted-chan wrote a one shot for yamikakyuu on ff.net about the twins. It's awfully cute. The One Thing

And for whatever reason, the link's not working. Argh!~ The One Thing, by aishoka.

Edited at 2008-08-17 08:25 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)

Aren't they cute? I loved this story the first time I read it. I just wish I had a better copy of it so I could be more certain of what I think is here. *sigh* I wonder if the scans I made of the pages might be easier to read since the (fuzzy) print will be larger. Instead of tiny, fuzzy print, I have big, fuzzy print. :P

Cheers for the recommendation. ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 18th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)

They are way adorable. I wonder if you could sharpen the scan and make it less fuzzy. Unless of course, Naru's pink teddy is the culprit. XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 18th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)

*blink* Well, I'll definitely give the scans this much, it allowed me to make out the (??) that was up earlier. (Since fixed to mention that Noll would be the first such gifted student since the school was founded. ^^;

To give you an idea of how the scan is,


is a hint larger than what I'm reading. Actually, looking at the scan and seeing the original, the larger scans might be easier to read. ^^;

This line itself didn't give me much difficulty, but is indicative of the general quality of the copy. Some areas are worse than this. ^^;

Edited at 2008-08-18 05:37 am (UTC)

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 18th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)

Wow. That's really tiny. That would give me a headache just trying. *leaves tea and cookies for Shadow* Bravo to you for getting somewhere, anywhere with it.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)

Cute! ^_^

Oh, for a heat wave, or at least a not-rain wave. *sigh* At least today was lovely.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 17th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)

I loved Gene's reactions in this story. ^^;

^^;; I'd swap you (especially since for T.O., 30ish weather with little humidity probably wouldn't that bad), but we've got heavy rain clouds in the city right now. ^o^ Unfortunately, there's zero wind at the moment. *sigh* I can hope it'll rain and cool things down tonight before the city becomes overdone roasts again tomorrow. ^^;

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: August 18th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)

I love reading these snippets of the twins interacting. It gives such a different view than you get with the manga.

I find it interesting that Gene thinks Noll's cynical smile is better suited to their looks than the one he'd been wearing lately. I wonder if Gene had lived, would he have come to smile like Noll?

Another thing I wonder is if Gene had lived, would Noll have become accustomed to being kissed and touched? Even if only for the sake of winning? In the long run, it probably would have be better for Noll if he became accustomed to being touched. But now -- with no Gene, living in Japan, and with no parents around -- Noll will be able to withdraw into himself quite easily. Kinda sad when you think about it.

Posted by: angi-tan (hei201)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)

Thank you very much.
I like those stories. I love Gene and Noll ^^
I added you as a friend, I hope that´s ok :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 15th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)

Cheers! ^_^

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