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Hajimete no Hito (TANIKAWA Fumiko)

Chapter 19

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Language: English

Summary

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Really and truly, right now, it's getting harder and harder to defend my personal space territory --- ...

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[Kita-beppu-san] Actually, at this moment ...

.... I've just realised that ... I hate you ....

( Realised. )

( Pulled herself together. )

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Excuse me ... I have to go now ...

( Noise. )

Oh ...

Ahhh ...

... Yes --- ...

Are you ... all right .... ?

I'm fine ....

I drank a lot ...

And, I ran at full speed ... That's why, probably ....

I'm fine ...

You go now, please ....

So, don't worry about me ....

( Collapsed. )

Gosh ...

Hanabusa-san ... !?

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Hanabusa-san ... !

Hanabusa-san ... !!

( Sleeping soundly. )

Room 209. Kita-beppu.

Oh, No ... What am I going to do ... ?

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I couldn't leave him alone there ... So, I decided to bring him here, though .....

[Taxi driver] Sir, look where you're going, please .....

Now, I have A MAN in my room ..... !!

Oh, NOOO ---- !

Stop that ... And, calm down a little ...

Sure, right now ... the most important thing is ... I should observe if he becomes unwell or not ... !!

She pulled herself together again.

And, if necessary, ... without hesitation, I must call 119, the emergency number ... !! [ NOTE ] 119 in Japan is a direct-dial emergency number that connects the caller to the fire brigade and emergency medical services [Wikipedia].

It's no use being upset, anyway .... !!

Drinking water after some alcoholic beverages helps people stay hydrated .... !!

So that, a bottle of water should be kept on the bedside table ... !!

Oh, I should set the temperature and humidity level to keep himself comfortable ... !!

Yes, that's the way ... !

Oh, that's right ... I may need to take him to the bathroom .... It means I should make room for us now ... !

( Placed. )

Water.

( Sleeping soundly. )

This should be a safe and speedy task ... !!

( Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! )

Right ... Done ... !!

( Sighed. )

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"Do you hate me now .... ?"

"Tell me ... Do you hate me now .... ?"

"But, I do like you, Kita-beppu-san ...."

( Turned around. )

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( Heartbeats. )

( Heartbeats. )

( Heartbeat. )

( You've got a phone call. )

( Heartbeats. )

( Utterly shocked. )

( Panicked, terrified, frightened, nervous. )

( Opened the front door. )

( You've got a phone call. )

( You've got a phone call. )

( You've got a phone call. )

Shizuka (Lady's first name).

Oh, h*llo, Be-ssan ... ? Can we talk for a minute ... ? [ Translator's NOTE ] "Be-ssan" must be Kita-beppu-san's nickname ? And, her friend, Shizuka, called her by her nickname.

So, how about having dinner together ... ?

( Burst into tears. )

Soon, I am going to have a chance to go to Tokyo again ....

Why ... ?

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Oh, dear ...

Be-ssan ... h*llo ... ? h*llo ... ?

Are you all right .... !?

XXXX Park.

Great --- ! Be-ssan, this sounds so promising, perhaps ... !?

Who knows ... ? He may say Bye-bye to his current girlfriend soon .... !!?

You've got it wrong .....

Hey, why don't you take a proactive stance ... ? Go for it ... !

Pardon ... ?

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(I should take a proactive stance ... ?) I personally don't like that at all ...

As his Running-practice Buddy, ...

... if I start behaving like THAT, ....

.... he sees THAT easily, right ... ?

That day, he said to me, "I had a quarrel with my girlfriend." ....

Nevertheless, THAT kind of charming words ...

And, he was so depressed, actually ... See ? He has his girlfriend who made him feel like this ....

To make matters worse, why me ... ?

... he said to someone other than his girlfriend ....

It made me so angry ...

.... aren't I ... ?

Gosh, I'm behaving like a little girl, ....

I'm 35 years old, though ....

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Oh, come on, Be-ssan ... That's what I like about you ....

Ahhh ---. Frustrating ---. If I'm living over there, ... I really want to make sure if he is good enough for you or not  ~~~~.

But, I only met him once and briefly --- ...

Hey, why don't you let me see him next time ... !!?

Shizuka ...

I told you ... I had already decided not to see him anymore ...

Then, ... I wonder why he is sleeping soundly in your room now .... ?

Shizuka ... !

Hahaha ...

( Smiled. )

But, ...

... Poor Hanabusa-san ... Actually, I understand his feelings well, though ....

Oh, I'm sorry ...

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All of a sudden, ... you distanced yourself from him, didn't you ... ? Of course, he got upset about it, all right ....

Oh, of course ... I see your point ... I also think his behaviour isn't very agreeable, though .... First and foremost, he has his girlfriend now, anyway ....

But, the point is .... he might have acted like a immature kid, however, ...

... that much, he really enjoyed being with you, Be-ssan ....

Here, I think you're feeling the same ...

Sure, he said to you, "I like you," ... which hurt you and ....

.. disturbed you a lot ....

But, be honest ... That's because ... after all, Hanabusa-san is special to you, isn't he .... ?

... Excuse me, are you trying to add fuel to the fire, or something ... ?

Oh, NO ... Not at all, my dear .... (Hahaha.)

Why don't you have a talk with him ... ?

I mean, you guys do it in the morning ...

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You'd like to continue running with him as a Club member, or ....

.... you'd like to quit this Marathon Club after all ... It's up to you ....

But, why don't you have a talk with him ... ? And then, you make up your mind ... which one you're going to do, hmmm ..... ?

When the morning has come, .... you two do that in the beautiful sunshine and the fresh air, perhaps .... ?

[Hanabusa] "I do like you ..."

"But, I do like you ..."

"But, I do like you, Kita-beppu-san ...."

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( Chirp. Cheep. Chirp. Cheep. )

Ahhh ~~~~.

I had a good sleep ~~~.

Water ...

Oh, goody ... !

( Drank. Drank. Drank. )

( Water. )

Wait ... a minute .... ?

( Ahhh ---- ! )

I feel much better now ---.

Where ....

( Utterly shocked. )

... am I ... ?

KI (ta-beppu-san) .....

(Ki) TA (-beppu-san) ....

Ahhh .....

(Kita-) BEPPU(-san) ..... ?

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Good morning ...

Well ...

Oh, Please go ahead ...

Ahhh ...

Really ... Please ...

I am sorry about last night ....

[Kita-beppu-san] I am very sorry ....

No, you go first .....

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[Hanabusa] Oh ... ?

Why (do you say that) .... ?

I'm very sorry ... I slapped you across the face ....

Please let me apologize to you ...

Oh ... No ...

Please don't say that ....

Really, I was so rude to you ...

[Hanabusa] So, I'm the one who should apologize ....

I was disliked by you ....

I know ... you were really scared ....

(Last night) I shouldn't have done that kind of thing .....

I understand that ....

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Kita-beppu-san ...

You decided not to come to our Marathon Club anymore ....

It's all my fault, isn't it .... ?

Actually, I ...

... am not good at understanding others' feelings ....

So that, I know ... I did and said something insensitive to you .... And, I made you feel uncomfortable ....

Really and truly, I'm sorry about that ....

( Opened. )

( Stood up. )

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( Cicadas are shrilling. )

How about ...

( Cicadas are shrilling. )

... some coffee .... ?

( Grinding coffee beans. )

( Grinding coffee beans. )

( Cicadas are shrilling. )

( A gentle wind is bl0wing. )

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( Placed. )

Ohhh ... It's lovely

Wow .....

This coffee is from Guatemala ...

Guatemala ... ?

What impressed me most was ... those cotton fields ....

Oh, I once visited that place during my business trip ...

How can I put this .... ?

Each pure-white, soft and fluffy raw cotton looked like a pom-pom ...

Last night, ...

... I was drunk ... And, on the way home, ...

... I was thinking about you, Kita-beppu-san ....

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And, I was also thinking about, ... "Oh, I cannot run with Kita-beppu-san anymore." ...

"And, after the practice, ... I cannot enjoy drinking beer with her anymore, either ..."

THAT makes me feel lonely ...

And, THAT made my heart ache, too ....

But, ...

... last night, I bumped into you ... There, I found you were actually running ... although you had told me that ... you wouldn't do running anymore ....

[Hanabusa] You've got to be kidding me --- ? Why --- ? What the heck ....

( Chuckle. )

Pardon ... ?

Oh, dear, dear ... What a perfect timing and place to see you again ....

Sorry, but THAT makes me laugh, though ....

( He can't stop smiling. )

Indeed ....

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Hanabusa-san ...

Yes, I told you that ... I would never run with you anymore ....

Yes ... ?

Simply, I thought ... I shouldn't do THAT because I can't stop feeling bad for your lady ....

[Hanabusa] Pardon ... ?

[Kita-beppu-san] Of course, we do know "nothing serious" would happen between us ... even though your girlfriend is worried about it ....

But, I really understand her feelings ... Well, it's natural for her to feel uncomfortable ... when she heard from you that we were running and having dinner together ....

I realised ... I should know my place, indeed ...

Honestly, I'm not good at talking ...

Well, you must be shocked because I said to you abruptly .... I wouldn't see you anymore ....

Now, I realised that ... I should have told you these things much earlier ....

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Really and truly, I'm sorry ....

I'm relieved ...

( Sighed. )

Yes, what a relief ... Now, I know I wasn't disliked by you ....

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[Kita-beppu-san is thinking.] ... Really, he is ...

... a natural airhead, perhaps ... ?

Or, he could be wicked, then ..... ?

Wait a minute ... He might be, simply, stupid ... ?

After all, why don't we resume OUR Marathon Club ..... ?

Kita-beppu-san ...

Yes ... ?

That is no problem with my girlfriend, actually ... !

Excuse me ... !?

Yes ... in fact, I've already solved THAT problem ... !

After that happened, ... actually, I had a talk with her ....

Sorry ... I caused you to worry ...

And, "Go on, you continue this hobby." ...

And, "Have fun ..." That's what she told me ....

But, everything is all right now ... So that, let's enjoy running together again ... !

Yay --- !

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... You mean ... you want to resume OUR Marathon Club .... ?

That's right ... !

Let's meet at THAT place where we always did ....

Let's run together as we always did ....

Then, after that, let's do some brainstorming ... Yes, we develop our race plan ....

From now on, ... in the autumn, ...

And, we will run together ....

... and, in winter, too ...

We do running ...

We will keep on running together ... And, when the spring has come, ...

... and running together ....

... let's participate in our Community Marathon Race ... !

And, WE will do our best to reach the top 100 ... !

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I'm sorry, Hanabusa-san ...

I cannot do THAT after all ....

.... I beg your pardon ... ?

Why is that .... !?

I've already told you ... there is no problem with my girlfriend ...

Why ... ?

Yes, I do appreciate your lady's kindness ...

But, ... I cannot take what she said as it is ....

After all, ...

.... if we do THAT, ... THAT would make her feel unpleasant ...

Surely, she forced herself to say like that to you ...

She probably tried to convince herself and accepted this situation fully ...

But, every now and then, ... I know she would become worried ....

And, naturally, THAT would make her feel sad and lonely ....

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.... You do the running practice with me ...

But, I know THAT makes someone feel sad and lonely ....

[Kita-beppu-san] Please do take a good care of your lady ....

Oh, how could I possibly do such a thing, indeed .... ? No, I cannot do THAT ...

I got it ...

Really and truly, what an insensitive idiot I am ...

She actually told me like that the other day ... So, simply, ... I thought she is perfectly all right ....

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Kita-beppu-san ...

You are such a good person ...

[Kita-beppu-san] .... No way ...

I am ...

Pardon ... ?

In fact, I ...

... not a good person at all .... !!

( Running away. )

... Oh, sorry ...

( Realised. )

Kita-beppu-san ... !

( Stood up. )

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Wait ... !

[Hanabusa] And, where are you going now ... ?

What's wrong .... ?

Leave me alone ...

I go wherever I want to go ....

[Hanabusa] But ... But ...

This is your place, Kita-beppu-san ...

Now, if you go somewhere and I am left alone here, ... oh, what should I do .... ? (I don't have the room key to lock the front door.)

Well, ...

(Wherever you go,) I am following you again, ....

( Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! )

... indeed ...

( Released. )

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Oh, look ...

( Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! Pi ! )

It's 7 o'clock, already ...

Now, I must get ready for work .... !

( Tapped. )

[Hanabusa] Well, if you don't mind, ...

( Walking briskly. )

( Walking briskly. )

... actually, I ...

... would like to hear your story ....

No, thank you ... I was just all over the place earlier .... Sorry ...

Hanabusa-san ... You'd better go to work, too ....

( Clearing the table. )

But, Kita-beppu-san .... I certainly cannot leave you alone ....

Well, that's going to be a problem ...

Hanabusa-san .... If you don't leave here now, ... I cannot go to work, you know ....

Oh ...

Yes ...

That's true ...

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Kita-beppu-san ...

Please come along THAT running route again .... ?

You used to run there ... because you liked THAT particular route, right ..... ?

If we bump into each other, .... I'd like to say, "h*llo," to you ....

Even though OUR Marathon Club was gone, ... it is irrelevant to this Marathon Race, right .... ?

And, let's participate in our Community Marathon Race, anyway .... !

Oh, I don't want to lose to you, all right ... !

Certainly, I give it a go ...

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Let's do OUR best TOGETHER, ...

... shall we .... !?

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That lovely coffee you made ...

Thank you very much ... I loved that ... !

( Cicadas are shrilling. )

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Hanabusa-san ....

I am not a good person at all ...

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Just because I said to you like that, ... it doesn't mean I don't like to see your lady would feel sad and lonely ...

To be honest, ... I simply don't like to be disliked by her .... Oh, I'm a hypocrite ...

But, above all else, ....

... I don't want to get close to you anymore, Hanabusa-san ....

Because, ... I'm scared to see my feelings for you would keep getting stronger and deeper .... even though my feelings have nowhere to go ....

Ahhh ... Hanabusa-san ... (If I would decide to be with you,) I might get jealous of your girlfriend ....

At the same time, ... I certainly don't have the courage to be dumped by you, either ....

And, when I realise that, ... I might hate myself ....

But, now, ...

... I can still make it in time ... (And, I wouldn't go through these things .... that might happen to me possibly.)

( Closed. )

Last night, ...

... to tell you the truth, I ...

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... was quite at a loss for a fact that Hanabusa-san is here, in my place now ... But, at the same time, I was so happy about that, too .....

And, my head was also full of lingering thoughts ... "Oh, Hanabusa-san ... What shall I say .... when you wake up in the morning and you see me with your round eyes .... ?"

And, I also wondered, "What kind of look should be on my face ... when I talk with you, Hanabusa-san ?" ......

Indeed, I spent the whole night thinking this and that ... I was thrilled ... I was worried ... Ahhh ... That's breathtaking ...

Yes, this morning, I made some coffee for you ...

Simply because, .... I wanted you to stay here even just a little longer ....

I do know ... you have no romantic feelings for me ....

But, when you stopped me from going somewhere, ... I couldn't contain myself for joy, actually ....

Oh, I wished .... this morning could last forever and ever ....

When you took me ....

... you told me, "Kita-beppu-san ... I certainly cannot leave you alone," though ....

.... by the wrist, ....

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"Sayonara (Farewell)," Hanabusa-san ... I really enjoyed spending time with you, thank you ......

To be continued. Next chapter (Chapter 20) appears at "COCOHANA" Magazine, 2019 March Issue, which is out (in Japan) on (Monday) January, 28, 2019. [ Translator's NOTE ] Dear Readers, I don't know if this story between these two Marathon Club buddies was concluded this month, or it still continues. In this chapter (Chapter 19), no information was available to figure it out.