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August 4th, 2006 (10:59 pm)

current mood: tired

The usual disclaimers regarding re-posting, disseminating, no use in scanlations etc., etc.

Final translation version (also ULed to the site). And again, no narrative. Some day I'll actually think about adding that back in for those who don't have access to scans but... ^^;; Someone posted scans of The Beans - Kokumono short stories. ^___^ I'm reading. :P

Banner: The "release" that happened to Kyo's person, continued from one to the next, and has now reached Yuki who was about to tell Machi about the "secret of the 12shi"...!!
Once upon a time

That person was there.

Since a long, long time ago,

They were always alone.

If they left the mountain,

They knew many people lived there.

But they were alone.


Having a thousand powers
Having a thousand lives

That person having a thousand memories

Knew they were different from other people.
: The one who stands at the top is normally also all alone---


That person was

Afraid of people

They were afraid of being hurt

While having so many powers

They were afraid

Of themself for being different from the many other people

And, one day

A single cat visited.

Extremely dismayed at the sudden visitor

The cat adoringly bowed its head

"I had the honour of seeing your presence before."


"You are a most unusual person.

My attraction to you doesn't end."

"I am just a stray cat, but

Please, won't you keep me by your side."

"Please, "God"."

And since then,

Per his words, the cat

Did not leave God's side.

He didn't leave even for a moment.

God was so very, very happy by that


When a thought suddenly came to mind.

"That's it. Maybe I'll be able to get along well,

With those who aren't human."

"If it's with those who have had the same sort of experience as I have

Perhaps I'll be able to hold a fun banquet."

God wrote many, many invitations


As a result, twelve individuals

Came to visit God.

After that,

Those thirteen and God would hold a banquet every night when the moon shone.

Singing, dancing,

And laughing together.


And God too, for the first time, laughed aloud.

The moon too watched quietly

Over the banquet of those who were not human.

However, one night

The cat collapsed.

He'd reached the end of his lifespan

And so there was nothing that could be done.

Each and everyone cried.

Each and everyone realised


That some day, everyone would die.

That the banquet would end

Regardless of how much fun it was.

Regardless of how much they cared,

Some day



A single spell

And drew a circle around a sake cup

And had the cat take a sip.

Facing the others, he said

"Our bond"


"Let us make it eternal here and now."

"Even if I or everyone were to die and crumble away,

Let us be joined by an eternal bond."

"However often we may die

We will also be reborn

And again, in the same way

However often

Let's have another banquet."

"Everyone getting along

For all time,

Let us be unchanging."


Everyone nodded

And the rat took a sip first

Next was the ox

Followed by the tiger

Followed by the rabbit

In their turn

They all shared the pledge cup

And at the end when boar finished drinking,

The cat cried out gasping


"Why, God.

Why did you make me drink it.

God, I

Don't want eternity."


"I don't want 'unchanging'."


Were most unexpected words.

To God and all the others,

they were words of rejection.

And each and everyone of them were sad.

They reproached the cat and tried to convince him.

But even so, the cat said,

"God. God. Even though you're afraid,

Let's accept that things end.

Even though it's lonely,

Let's accept that lives come to an end."


"God, even though it was only for a short while, I

Was so happy to be by your side.


We both die and are reborn

And we are able to meet once again,

Next time, rather than only during the moonlit nights,

I want to meet you as you smile in the light of the sun.

Next time, rather than only by ourselves,

I want to meet you

As you smile among people.

At the end, the cat waved his tail, and died.


But no one cared about the cat any more.

Everyone was filled with the feeling of having been betrayed by the cat.

And soon after that, one by one,

They all died.

In the end, the dragon too died.

And God became all along again.


And then eventually

the day came that God too, died.

However, he wasn't afraid.

Because the promise that was made with everyone supported him.


"Let's have a banquet again.

Once again.
Countless times.

For all time.

Without changing.

Even though, right now, I'm all by myself and feeling lonely,"


"Everyone's waiting on the other side of that promise."
[Right now, it's a story

From very long ago

Everyone has since forgotten

That first memory

That first promise.]


Yuki: ......
Machi: President...?
Yuki: Sorry...

I'm sorry, all of a sudden...
It's just


From someone I've

Always been with......

While we were always together,

Being together was always... so painful

A burden...


Yuki: And yet, when it comes
to actually parting


Being this way; I'm

Being unfair...
Machi: ...

Can you...


Meet that person again...?
Yuki: ......Yeah.

We'll never meet again.

I know it...
Yuki: In return

He gave me



Yuki: ...

I'm sorry...

You don't
Understand, do you?

What I wanted to tell you,

Was a bit

Different from this, but


Yuki: ...For now, this

Is enough...
Machi: ...




Something I wanted
To ask

Yuki: ...What?


Machi: Would it be okay for me

...to call you by name?
Yuki: ...
Of course.

Say it.
Machi: ......



Yuki: ...Once more.
Machi: ...Yu-



Yuki: ......

However many times...
That first



When did it end up

Becoming a "curse"?


When did it end up

Becoming a "burden"?


Those days when we were so happy,

That time when it was so difficult to part,



Was supposed to have been there then.

Time went by,

Things changed

And ended up only causing torment.


I'm sorry.

I'm so sorry.


Though the promise wore out,

And though the promise lost its initial form,

To everyone who continued to keep it

What I most, most wanted to tell you is


Thank you

Thank you


[That story from long, long ago

That very first memory that everyone had since forgotten

The story of when the cat's words were finally realised

Was much]


[Much, much

Banner: The time when the cat's words finally reached God's heart, the long, long banquet finally ended. A different today from yesterday finally comes to God...
To be continued in issue 19, Sept 5 release.

This was such a beautiful chapter. ;_;


Posted by: cynical romantic (roostah)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Yuki/Machi after kiss

Once again, thank you for doing this! *fangirls madly XD* I'm loving this chapter...

For now, this is enough - oh, so it sounds like he is planning on telling her someday. That's good to hear. (I was worrying that he'd decide not to tell her altogether. ^^;)

Posted by: Milena (milena_tori)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)

Ow... Such an extremely beautiful chapter... *_* Thanks a lot for posting it, dear!

Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)

"God. God. Even though you're afraid,

Let's accept that things end.

Even though it's lonely,

Let's accept that lives come to an end."

*cries* So poignant.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
tired Shigure (sleepdebtfairy)

Thank you!

I get the impression that the jyuunishi are hearing the God's words. Do you think so? That would be good closure for them, and a warning against stagnating. But it could also be a huge source of guilt for them, considering how unfairly the cat was treated.

It also makes me think of the opening song form the anime, "let's stay together forever". @.@

Posted by: rei_deux (rei_deux)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)

Thank you so much for this translation. Yuki is so hot and manful... so far away from the first chapters of the manga :)

Posted by: f_ireworks (f_ireworks)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)

This was so *beautiful* So much, so much makes sense now, and I am in awe of what a beautiful story this is *dries a tear*

Thank you *so* very much, Shadow! Thank you, thank you!

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
Kyoru -- 128 squish (tekla)

So beautiful and touching. We actually now know how the curse itself got started. We find that the cat was very much beloved by all the others, but they were hurt when he wanted to to end eventually. I can understand why. He just wanted to be able to move forward. He enjoyed the company he kept, but knew that eventually they'd all have to be parted.

And the scene with Yuki and Machi was also very lovely.

Now I wonder what will possible come next.

And I thank you as always, Shadow for such a wonderful job.

Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)

What a beautiful, beautiful translation... *_____* Thank you so very much.

It's funny to note how people always said that the nezumi was God's favorite... Definitely looks to me that le Chat est le chouchou, after all, and not the Rat.
The Cat met Him at the time when God was feeling so alone, and he was the first one to offer his friendship to God, because he saw how lonely He was. Before all the other animals were invited, God and the Cat got to spend a lot of quality time together, just the two of them.
Then God made sure he drank from the cup *before* He told anyone else what the spell was about, and after that, in all the following life cycles, He made damn sure the Cat would never leave Him by locking him up until he died.
It's because God loved the Cat *that much* that He felt betrayed by his words, and refused to understand their meaning until today.

Glad to see they're finally at peace... *looks at last page and melts*

Posted by: Zhou Mi's lover (jenlovesmi)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)

I don't know if this helps, but isn't
This the page that is missing? Well besides that, thank you for translating this chapter. I loved this chapter and I hope one of the chapters will explain the cat's other form.

Posted by: Gale (coastal_spirit)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
kami sama farewell by f_ireworks

This is beautiful, Shadow. Thank you so much. I've been reading your summaries forever, and just discovered your LJ now. Hope you don't mind that I'm friending you. :)

Posted by: sagittarius00 (sagittarius00)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)

Such a beautiful chapter. Thanks so much Shadow!^^

It was the cat after all who was loved by god the most..So sad that that's what triggered the curse.I love happy endings.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 6th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)

Is that the complete translation (the link says now complete)? The raws have a whole other chunk after Yuki finishes.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)

The translation is complete.

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: August 6th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Akito goddess (artemisia128)

*^^* Thanks so much! That was absolutely lovely. *melts*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: August 6th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)

You rock! *i'm back to stalking ya!* hehehe ^o^
waiiiiiiiiii i missed my kokumono and furuba updates *catches up*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Sounds like you had lots of fun at Otakon! ^___^

Posted by: KawaiiAyu (kawaiiayu)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)

Wow. Things are actually making sense for once in this series lately. This chapter was just simply gorgeous. Thank you so much -huggles-

Posted by: Miya-chan (miyabita13)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for the translation, Shadow. ^^

Is next chapter the final one? Or will there possibly be a few more to come?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)

Chances are the next chapter isn't the last (no comments of it being the last one yet), but it's anyone's guess as to how much more there will be. From what isn't written, there's at least another 2 chapters still to go and that will continue to be the case until something shows up saying otherwise. ^^; (What a way to be, knowing something because of what isn't there). *blink*

Posted by: Miya-chan (miyabita13)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)

I really hope that's the case. I was thinking that there's still a lot of things that might really need to be cleared up before the series can really be put to rest. (Or maybe it's just me.) ^^;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)

there is a whole other part of this chapter involving Kyo/Tohru/Akito that's missing =S.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)

Nothing is missing.

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