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Another Story Arc2 Ch4

Feb 1st, 2021 (edited)
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  2. ===============
  3.  
  4. Puella Care
  5. The salvation we've found always comes with a painful, unbearable weight.
  6.  
  7. ===============
  8. ===Episode 1===
  9. Scars of the Next Morning
  10.  
  11. Yozuru
  12. This heavy atmosphere...
  13. ...It can't just be my imagination.
  14. Something must be going on with the mahou shoujo...
  15.  
  16. =====1=====
  17.  
  18. <Shinsei Ward, Near Mikazuki Manor>
  19.  
  20. Yozuru
  21. Mikazuki Manor is that home we can see over there.
  22.  
  23. Sudachi
  24. Humu!
  25.  
  26. Yozuru
  27. ....
  28.  
  29. [*Ring♪*]
  30.  
  31. -Flashback (Puella Care Interior)-
  32.  
  33. Sunao
  34. Shizuka, you've been getting messages for some time now.
  35.  
  36. Shizuka
  37. But, at a time when Charu's like this...
  38.  
  39. Sunao
  40. It may be something important. Besides, Livia-san is here too...
  41.  
  42. Shizuka
  43. Okay...
  44. .....
  45. It can't be...
  46.  
  47. Sunao
  48. What's wrong...?
  49.  
  50. Shizuka
  51. Union's Midori Ryou...was killed by Promised Blood...
  52.  
  53. Sunao
  54. Eh...
  55.  
  56. Livia
  57. .....
  58.  
  59. -End Flashback-
  60.  
  61. Yozuru
  62. In addition to Hiroe-sama's case yesterday, Midori-sama has died.
  63. Many things have been taking place lately, it seems...
  64. This is why we have come to the Union leader's home to check on them...
  65. .....
  66.  
  67. Sudachi
  68. .....
  69.  
  70. Yozuru
  71. It's quiet...is it not? Perhaps they're out?
  72.  
  73. Sudachi
  74. Hunmumu~
  75. Mu!?
  76.  
  77. Yozuru
  78. Mu?
  79.  
  80. Sudachi
  81. ~ Over there! That window glass! ~
  82. ~ It's broken! ~
  83.  
  84. Yozuru
  85. ~ That's... ~
  86. We are going to have to do a little trespassing, but this needs to be checked out.
  87.  
  88. -Mikazuki Manor (Outside)-
  89.  
  90. Yozuru
  91. .....
  92.  
  93. Sudachi
  94. ~ Well? It looks like it was smashed pretty badly, but... ~
  95.  
  96. Yozuru
  97. ~ Please look at this. These broken pieces here were not cleaned up. ~
  98.  
  99. Sudachi
  100. ~ You're right, this glass...it's dangerous. ~
  101.  
  102. Yozuru
  103. ~ There are also more pieces scattered inside the house. ~
  104. ~ This means that the window was broken by an impact from outside, ~
  105. ~ and I can feel faint traces of magic coming from the pieces... ~
  106.  
  107. Sudachi
  108. ~ It was broken by a large amount of magical power from outside of the house? ~
  109. ~ That means... ~
  110.  
  111. Yozuru
  112. ~ Yes, I believe they have been attacked by a mahou shoujo. ~
  113. ~ There is dirt covering the window sill as if their shoes were on it, ~
  114. ~ so there is no mistaking that this is where the intruder entered. ~
  115.  
  116. Sudachi
  117. ~ They forced their way in... ~
  118.  
  119. Yozuru
  120. ~ The room itself has not been disturbed, and there is no sign of a struggle here, ~
  121. ~ but it is practically proven that something has happened here. ~
  122. ~ There was also Himuro-sama's premonition... ~
  123.  
  124. Sudachi
  125. ~ We need to contact Livia-san! ~
  126.  
  127. =====2=====
  128.  
  129. -Phone Call-
  130.  
  131. Livia
  132. I get it...
  133.  
  134. Sudachi
  135. Hunmummuhumu hunmumu~...
  136.  
  137. Yozuru
  138. What if they're dead~... She says.
  139.  
  140. Livia
  141. Well, that feels like...that'd be the worst case.
  142.  
  143. Yozuru
  144. Is that so...
  145.  
  146. Livia
  147. That email that Shizuka got yesterday...
  148. that hadta been from Iroha's group.
  149.  
  150. Yozuru
  151. Ahh, that reminds me, I'm certain I heard that they exchanged contact information.
  152.  
  153. Livia
  154. If they were attacked before sendin' it, well, they're probably alive.
  155. But if it happened after they sent it, then who knows what happened.
  156.  
  157. Yozuru
  158. There is broken glass everywhere, so I don't believe they have come home.
  159.  
  160. Livia
  161. We don't know what happened first or second, so we don't have any clear evidence.
  162. But, well, I gotta feeling they're alive somewhere.
  163. If they're still alive,
  164. we can't deny the possiblity that they're still bein' hunted,
  165. but they're also not goin' back home after it was raided.
  166.  
  167. Yozuru
  168. That's true...
  169.  
  170. Livia
  171. Well, that an' they coulda just forgotten their house key and the punch line is they ended up goin' through the window.
  172.  
  173. Yozuru
  174. If it was just a punch line like that, then I will be forgetting how to be nice.
  175.  
  176. Livia
  177. Don't be doin' that.
  178.  
  179. Yozuru
  180. Then, what shall we do now,
  181. find out what Tamaki-sama's group is doing?
  182. We could find where they're hiding...
  183.  
  184. Livia
  185. Nah, that's fine an' all, but could you do me a couple of favors?
  186.  
  187. Sudachi
  188. Mu...?
  189.  
  190. Livia
  191. First is regarding yesterday...I want you to find out what happened.
  192. I know it's outta the ordinary for us to rush to the scene,
  193. but we can't be standin' around while things are moving fast.
  194. Besides, it's about time those eight Kimochi stones came out to play.
  195.  
  196. Yozuru
  197. I'm afraid they've already appeared...
  198.  
  199. Livia
  200. Suppose so.
  201. That's why I want ya investigating what happened yesterday,
  202. including what happened to all of those mahou shoujo.
  203.  
  204. Yozuru
  205. Understood.
  206.  
  207. Livia
  208. And 'cause of that, my other request is also related to it,
  209. but if ya happen ta meet any of the girls while you're investigating,
  210. take good care of them, will ya?
  211.  
  212. Yozuru
  213. ...Care, you say?
  214.  
  215. Livia
  216. It's times like this when they rely on us, the adjusters,
  217. so we need ta appeal ta them. That's how trustworthy businesses are workin'.
  218.  
  219. Yozuru
  220. Umm...that's fine, but...
  221. When you say take care of them...what exactly are we supposed to do?
  222.  
  223. Sudachi
  224. Humunmumu?
  225.  
  226. Livia
  227. That all depends on the situation. Even I don't know what's goin' on.
  228. Suppose that means ya gotta look at the big picture and make your own judgment call.
  229. I'm sure all those memos ya've been takin' so diligently have gotta be reliable.
  230.  
  231. Yozuru
  232. You're very right. Please leave it to me.
  233.  
  234. Sudachi
  235. Humumuhun...
  236.  
  237. Livia
  238. ...But hey, there's one thing ya gotta be careful about.
  239. While you're investigating, don't be talkin' about Ryou-chan.
  240.  
  241. Yozuru
  242. Why is that? Talking about her would move things along...
  243.  
  244. Livia
  245. Because it'll make it look like we found out about Ryou-chan's death by eavesdropping.
  246.  
  247. Yozuru
  248. When Tokime-sama received her email,
  249. I had just happened to be there, though...
  250.  
  251. Livia
  252. I'm sure they wouldn't feel too happy about us knowin' the details.
  253. Besides, the death of a friend is a sensitive subject.
  254. A lot of girls won't wanna talk about it or hear about it.
  255.  
  256. Yozuru
  257. I see, I will make a memo.
  258.  
  259. Livia
  260. Sorry 'bout that.
  261. From where we're standin', Union tends to be unhappy with us,
  262. so we have ta leave a good impression...and be discreet.
  263.  
  264. Yozuru
  265. Yes.
  266.  
  267. -End Phone Call-
  268.  
  269. Yozuru
  270. Now then...the investigation begins anew.
  271.  
  272. Sudachi
  273. Humu!
  274.  
  275. Yozuru
  276. First let's make our way to the busy shopping district.
  277.  
  278. =====3=====
  279.  
  280. Sudachi
  281. Hunmumuhun!
  282.  
  283. Yozuru
  284. You're quite full of spirit.
  285.  
  286. Sudachi
  287. Hunhunhumumu humumuhuhumun.
  288. Humuhuhunhumuhuhu!
  289.  
  290. Yozuru
  291. We have to do what we can for everyone...
  292. Does that...make you happy?
  293.  
  294. Sudachi
  295. Humu...humumunhumuhu humuhunhumuhu...
  296.  
  297. Yozuru
  298. I think it's good, even if that was her motive.
  299.  
  300. [*Grumble~*]
  301.  
  302. Sudachi
  303. Humu!?
  304.  
  305. Yozuru
  306. Are you hungry? Then let us stop somewhere.
  307. Investigating is important, but meals provide the energy to live.
  308.  
  309. -Hozumi Coffeehouse-
  310.  
  311. Sudachi
  312. Humuhumuhuhhu, huhumu...
  313.  
  314. Yozuru
  315. Yes, this is the establishment that Hozumi-sama works. Though I also chose it for our investigation.
  316.  
  317. Shizuku
  318. What would you like to order...?
  319.  
  320. Yozuru
  321. Let me see, two mixed sandwiches.
  322.  
  323. Shizuku
  324. Anything to drink?
  325.  
  326. Sudachi
  327. Huhumu.
  328.  
  329. Yozuru
  330. Cocoa and...
  331. I will have a hot coffee, as a...blend please.
  332.  
  333. Shizuku
  334. ...Okay... I will have it right to you.
  335.  
  336. Sudachi
  337. ~ Ryou-san and Shizuku-san... Weren't they close friends...? ~
  338.  
  339. Yozuru
  340. ~ I'm not sure. ~
  341. ~ I don't have much information on relationships within Union... ~
  342. ~ But... ~
  343. ~ It doesn't appear to have affected how she handles her work. ~
  344. ~ There doesn't seem to be any signs of trauma with her, so she must not been involved with the conflict. ~
  345.  
  346. Sudachi
  347. ~ Then maybe she doesn't know anything about what happened yesterday. ~
  348.  
  349. Shizuku
  350. Sorry for the wait.
  351.  
  352. Sudachi
  353. Humuun♪
  354.  
  355. Yozuru
  356. .....Excuse me a moment.
  357.  
  358. Shizuku
  359. Eh, w-what is it...?
  360. Ah...
  361.  
  362. Yozuru
  363. Apologies for my selfishness,
  364. but your soul gem was cloudy,
  365. and my memo dictates that I should purify it.
  366.  
  367. Shizuku
  368. ...Memo?
  369. Ah, nevermind. Um...thank you...
  370. You're from Puella Care...aren't you? I need to repay you somehow...
  371.  
  372. Yozuru
  373. No, there is no need.
  374. If there is any way I may help you, my current task is to provide care.
  375.  
  376. Shizuku
  377. But, that's not how this works...
  378.  
  379. Yozuru
  380. ...You're right...then...
  381.  
  382. [*Gulp...*]
  383.  
  384. Yozuru
  385. Yes, this blended coffee is quite delightful.
  386. It has a hint of sour, with a fruity flavor.
  387. If you don't mind, may I ask how to make this?
  388.  
  389. Shizuku
  390. ...The recipe is a trade secret, but... I can give you some simple tips...
  391.  
  392. Yozuru
  393. Then I will accept that as gratitude for the purification.
  394.  
  395. Shizuku
  396. Sure...
  397.  
  398. Sudachi
  399. Hunmumu, hunmumu.
  400.  
  401. Yozoru
  402. That was quite filling.
  403. Now that I've gotten those tips as thanks, let's head back.
  404. Excuse me.
  405.  
  406. Shizuku
  407. The bill? Then I'll take it at the register here...
  408.  
  409. Yozoru
  410. Yes, thank you very much. Also...
  411. Do you have enough grief seeds on hand?
  412.  
  413. Shizuku
  414. Ah, yeah...I'll be fine...
  415. It was cloudy because I had forgotten my stock in my room...
  416.  
  417. Yozuru
  418. Is that so? Then please be more careful.
  419. ...While it is true that the system in Kamihama has eliminated the worry of becoming witches,
  420. the risk of using doppels is still unknown.
  421. There is also the case with Hiiragi-sama.
  422. Keeping your soul gem beautiful above all else is what provides the energy to live.
  423. Please cleanse your soul gem as often as possible.
  424.  
  425. Shizuku
  426. Yeah, thank you.
  427.  
  428. -Outside-
  429.  
  430. Yozuru
  431. Now then, back to the shopping district once again...
  432. ――っ!?
  433.  
  434. Sudachi
  435. Hunmumuhu?
  436.  
  437. Yozuru
  438. ...Nothing, I just felt a gaze on me...
  439. .....It was just my imagination. Let's go.
  440.  
  441.  
  442. ===============
  443. ===Episode 2===
  444. Trouble at the Consultation Office
  445.  
  446. Emiri
  447. It's okay to take today off from the consultation office, right...?
  448. Even I'm a little...
  449.  
  450. =====1=====
  451.  
  452. Sudachi
  453. Humumuhumunhumu hunmuhumumuhumu?
  454.  
  455. Yozuru
  456. That's true. It has nothing to do with what happened yesterday,
  457. but we did what we were able to.
  458.  
  459. Sudachi
  460. Humuhunmumu, hunhun. Hunmumuhumumu...
  461.  
  462. Yozuru
  463. That's fine too, but our main purpose is to be investigating.
  464. First we need to find out what happened
  465. because what is required of us will change depending on the results of our investigation.
  466.  
  467. Sudachi
  468. Humuhumu...?
  469.  
  470. Yozuru
  471. For example, if there was a very violent battle, then there will be some wounded people.
  472.  
  473. Sudachi
  474. Humuhumun...
  475.  
  476. Yozuru
  477. You're right, there could be more people like Hiroe-sama.
  478. However treatment is not the only thing they may need.
  479. There may be some that are injured due to exhausting their magical power in battle
  480. that have used up all of their grief seeds.
  481. In that case, the first thing we would need to do is collect grief seeds for treating them.
  482.  
  483. Sudachi
  484. Hunmu?
  485.  
  486. Yozuru
  487. We are usually repayed in grief seeds for our adjusting,
  488. so we have some on hand.
  489. However, if there are too many injured, of course we have our limits.
  490.  
  491. Sudachi
  492. Humuhumuhunhumuhu...
  493.  
  494. Yozuru
  495. Yes, if we run out we will have to exterminate witches.
  496. Well, we are nearly at the shopping district. Let's go this way first.
  497.  
  498. -Emiri's Consultation Office-
  499.  
  500. Emiri
  501. Yesterday's email...
  502.  
  503. Asuka
  504. We're in a lot of trouble now...
  505. I couldn't just sit still, so I came over here...
  506.  
  507. Sasara
  508. ...Tch, too much is happening...too fast...! Ryou-san and...those Kimochi...!
  509.  
  510. Yozuru's Voice
  511. [Excuse me.]
  512.  
  513. Everyone
  514. ――っ!?
  515.  
  516. Emiri
  517. Oh no, I forgot to put the closed sign up...
  518.  
  519. Yozuru
  520. Good morning to you.
  521.  
  522. Emiri
  523. G-good morning...
  524. Ah! You're Puella Care!
  525.  
  526. Yozuru
  527. Yes, we are people from Puella Care, conducting business as adjusters in Chuo Ward.
  528.  
  529. Emiri
  530. .....
  531.  
  532. Yozuru
  533. ...? Excuse me, have I interrupted something?
  534.  
  535. Sasara
  536. Umm...sorry, but today we're not open for consultations...
  537.  
  538. Yozuru
  539. That is not a problem. We didn't come here for a consultation.
  540.  
  541. Emiri
  542. Oh, ohhh... Then why are ya here...?
  543.  
  544. Sudachi
  545. ~ What do you think? ~
  546.  
  547. Yozuru
  548. ~ They don't appear to be injured, but... ~
  549.  
  550. Sudachi
  551. ~ They all look a little unhappy. ~
  552.  
  553. Yozuru
  554. ~ You think so? ~
  555. ~ I was going to avoid mentioning I heard, ~
  556. ~ but the conversation these girls were having just before we entered... ~
  557. ~ "Email," "Ryou," "feelings"... Those were all words I heard. ~
  558. ~ Though I'm uncertain if the "feelings" were related to the Kimochi matter... ~
  559.  
  560. Sudachi
  561. ~ They must know about all of the fighting, then. ~
  562.  
  563. Yozuru
  564. ~ I'm ashamed of seeming like I'm eavesdropping, ~
  565. ~ but I cannot miss this opportunity. ~
  566.  
  567. Sudachi
  568. ~ But don't say anything about Ryou-chan. ~
  569.  
  570. Yozuru
  571. ~ Yes, so let's ask them about it indirectly. ~
  572. ~ They seem to be on guard. ~
  573.  
  574. =====2=====
  575.  
  576. Asuka
  577. ~ What is with this timing... ~
  578. ~ Why did Puella Care people suddenly show up... ~
  579. ~ Wait, maybe it has to do with... Yesterday's attack? ~
  580.  
  581. Sasara
  582. ~ T-that's a bit of a leap... ~
  583. ~ ...First of all, are they our enemies? Or are they allies? ~
  584.  
  585. Emiri
  586. ~ Hm~mm... I heard Mitamaccho was given a verbal beatdown, but... ~
  587. ~ Ah, that was when they first came to Kamihama, though. Some neutrality this, breaking that, or something. ~
  588.  
  589. Yozuru
  590. ...Are you okay?
  591.  
  592. Emiri
  593. Eh!?
  594.  
  595. Yozuru
  596. No, it's just...apologies, but you have a gloomy look on your face.
  597. Did something happen to make you feel unwell?
  598. Perhaps yesterday, for example...
  599.  
  600. Emiri
  601. ――っ!? Y-yesterday!?
  602. G, g-g-g-...good as I'll ever be!!
  603. In fact it's the opposite; nothing at all happened!
  604.  
  605. Yozuru
  606. ...Is that so?
  607.  
  608. Asuka
  609. ~ Emiri-san, that was too quick and unnatural sounding! ~
  610.  
  611. Sasara
  612. ~ She's probably thinking "you just dodged the question..." ~
  613.  
  614. Yozuru
  615. ~ ...They're avoiding talking about it. ~
  616.  
  617. Sudachi
  618. ~ What do we do? ~
  619.  
  620. Yozuru
  621. ~ It's because they're cautious of us. ...Let's try gentle persuasion. ~
  622. ~ Do you have any ideas...? ~
  623.  
  624. Sudachi
  625. ~ Hm~mm... ~
  626.  
  627. [*Growl~*]
  628.  
  629. Yozuru
  630. Eh...Again...? Sudachi.
  631.  
  632. Sudachi
  633. Hun! Hunhun!
  634.  
  635. Yozuru
  636. I was wrong...?
  637.  
  638. Emiri's Voice
  639. Ah, umm...
  640. That was...me just now... Ehehe...
  641.  
  642. Asuka & Sasara
  643. .....
  644.  
  645. Emiri
  646. W-what's up with you two,
  647. laugh, laugh~...
  648.  
  649. Sasara
  650. I'm not laughing. I'm feeling the same way...
  651.  
  652. Asuka
  653. I also...have not gotten any food in me since yesterday...
  654.  
  655. Emiri
  656. Eh...
  657.  
  658. Yozuru
  659. None of you have an appetite? That is not something you should avoid...is there anything...
  660. Ah, there's coffee beans in this box.
  661.  
  662. Sasara
  663. Those we ordered in bulk for a festival a while ago.
  664.  
  665. Yozuru
  666. It is said that coffee is good for loss of appetite,
  667. so let me serve some to you here.
  668.  
  669. Emiri
  670. Eh!?
  671.  
  672. Yozuru
  673. May I borrow this pot here?
  674.  
  675. Emiri
  676. S-sure...go ahead...
  677.  
  678. ---
  679.  
  680. Yozuru
  681. Apologies for the wait. Here is my new coffee blend.
  682.  
  683. Asuka
  684. What should we do? It smells nice.
  685.  
  686. Emiri
  687. This is crazy, huh...
  688.  
  689. Sasara
  690. But...
  691.  
  692. Yozuru
  693. It seems to be quite popular.
  694. Actually, this blend is something I heard from Hozumi-sama earlier...
  695.  
  696. Asuka
  697. Eh!? From Shizuku-san!?
  698.  
  699. Sasara
  700. W-why...?
  701.  
  702. Yozuru
  703. That's...right now we have a reason for going around to everyone...
  704. At that time, I noticed Hozumi-sama's soul gem was cloudy,
  705. so I purified it
  706. and in return she gave me tips on how to make this blend.
  707.  
  708. [*Gulp...*]
  709.  
  710. Emiri
  711. This really tastes like it's right outta Shizuku-chan's store.
  712.  
  713. Sasara
  714. Then it's true...
  715. ~ Shizuku-san...her soul gem was getting dark... ~
  716.  
  717. Emiri
  718. ~ We've been friends since she was a feather... ~
  719.  
  720. Asuka
  721. ~ Maybe instead of worrying about her...we should have given her encouragement? ~
  722.  
  723. Sasara
  724. ~ At least these guys went...and helped her... ~
  725.  
  726. Asuka
  727. ~ They did... ~
  728.  
  729. Emiri
  730. ~ Hey, then... ~
  731.  
  732. Sudachi
  733. ~ You told them we were looking around... ~
  734.  
  735. Yozuru
  736. ~ Yes, I'm sorry. I don't lie well... ~
  737. ~ I may have made them even more wary of us... ~
  738.  
  739. Emiri
  740. Hey, you two went to see Shizuku-chan, right?
  741.  
  742. Yozuru
  743. Yes.
  744.  
  745. Emiri
  746. How was Shizuku-chan...what was she like?
  747.  
  748. Yozuru
  749. ...She didn't appear to be much different.
  750.  
  751. Emiri
  752. That so? Well, she wouldn't show it on her face, would she...
  753. I need to ask you something, though...
  754.  
  755. Yozuru
  756. W-what is it...?
  757.  
  758. Emiri
  759. What's happening right now...?
  760.  
  761. Yozuru
  762. Huh...?
  763.  
  764. Asuka
  765. Could you...please tell us...?
  766.  
  767. Sasara
  768. So many things are going on... We don't know what to think anymore...
  769.  
  770. Yozuru
  771. .....!
  772.  
  773. =====3=====
  774.  
  775. -Phone Call-
  776.  
  777. Livia
  778. I see, I see...
  779. For now Iroha-chan's group is alive.
  780. Well that's nice an' all, but the difficult part is...
  781. The Kimochi are balancin' out each side's power...was it.
  782.  
  783. Yozuru
  784. "Difficult..." We're also at a disadvantage.
  785.  
  786. Livia
  787. I can't say for sure yet,
  788. but originally these things were meant for alotta mahou shoujo ta be fightin' over...
  789. Now that the numbera mahou shoujo that are allowed ta join in is limited...
  790.  
  791. Yozuru
  792. Things are not going as planned now...
  793.  
  794. Livia
  795. Plans can go wrong, though.
  796. Ta think somethin' like this would derail us,
  797. it's completely unexpected. These Kimochi, just what are they thinkin'?
  798.  
  799. Yozuru
  800. Speaking of unexpected, I did make one mistake.
  801.  
  802. Livia
  803. Eh, there was somethin' else?
  804.  
  805. Yozuru
  806. When we heard about this... We were taken by surprise.
  807. I told Kisaki-san and her companions that this was a situation we would never have expected...
  808.  
  809. Livia
  810. Then they already know?
  811. Well, don't ya worry about that. There's no reason ta be vain about it.
  812.  
  813. Yozuru
  814. Thank you very much.
  815.  
  816. Livia
  817. Anyways, I appreciate the information ya gave me,
  818. though I thought ya'd be more cautious about it.
  819.  
  820. Yozuru
  821. My gentle persuasion strategy was... Not exactly successful.
  822. Those girls insisted I talk to them.
  823. They were wary of me, but still wanted to talk,
  824. so I think they just sought more information.
  825.  
  826. Livia
  827. That's great, ya observed their facial expressions correctly.
  828. So, ya think ya helped them out by listenin' ta them?
  829.  
  830. Yozuru
  831. ...I am not sure.
  832. Everyone at the consultation office knows that we don't know anything
  833. which... Left them very disappointed.
  834. Also...
  835.  
  836. -Flashback-
  837.  
  838. Emiri
  839. That so...
  840. Guess it's something the peeps at Puella Care don't know about either.
  841.  
  842. Asuka
  843. And I was hoping to ask you about the mahou shoujo that were selected...
  844.  
  845. Yozuru
  846. I was not able to meet your expectations, I am terribly sorry.
  847.  
  848. Sudachi
  849. Humu~...
  850.  
  851. Sasara
  852. Ah, don't apologize for that.
  853.  
  854. Yozuru
  855. If I may, could I ask one more question?
  856.  
  857. Asuka
  858. What is it?
  859.  
  860. Yozuru
  861. Was the coffee... Not to your liking?
  862.  
  863. Sasara
  864. Eh!?
  865.  
  866. Yozuru
  867. None of you have been drinking for a while now...
  868.  
  869. Everyone
  870. .....
  871.  
  872. Emiri
  873. I'm sorry.
  874.  
  875. Sasara
  876. It's not like that...
  877.  
  878. Asuka
  879. I just...can't right now...
  880.  
  881. -End Flashback-
  882.  
  883. Yozuru
  884. Those girls...didn't finish their coffee.
  885.  
  886.  
  887. ===============
  888. ===Episode 3===
  889. No Way Towards Redemption
  890.  
  891. Sudachi
  892. (What everyone at the consultation office said...
  893. If that's true,
  894. then we need to...apologize to Shizuku-san...)
  895.  
  896. =====1=====
  897.  
  898. Livia
  899. The way things are going, I'm going ta have ta move, too.
  900.  
  901. Yozuru
  902. Sensei, you are?
  903.  
  904. Livia
  905. Yeah, I need ta leave the city for a little while.
  906. What will you two be doing?
  907. You've gathered enough info if ya want ta come back.
  908.  
  909. Yozuru
  910. ...No, we will be walking around a little longer.
  911.  
  912. -End Phone Call-
  913.  
  914. Sudachi
  915. Hunhumumu... Humuhuuhuu...
  916.  
  917. Yozuru
  918. Yes, Kisaki-sama had told me:
  919. That blended coffee was something that Midori-sama would often order while she was alive.
  920.  
  921. Sudachi
  922. Humu...
  923.  
  924. Yozuru
  925. As I recall...
  926.  
  927. -Flashback-
  928.  
  929. Yozuru
  930. Cocoa and...
  931. I will have a hot coffee, as a...blend please.
  932.  
  933. Shizuku
  934. ...Okay... I will have it right to you.
  935.  
  936. -End Flashback-
  937.  
  938. Yozuru
  939. ~ I was at a loss as to what to order. ~
  940. ~ I even asked her how to make it, ~
  941. ~ so I must have stepped on Hozumi-sama's land mine. ~
  942.  
  943. Sudachi
  944. ~ Everyone was so worried about Shizuku-san. ~
  945. ~ Maybe Ryou-san and Shizuku-san were... ~
  946.  
  947. Yozuru
  948. ~ They were close friends? ~
  949.  
  950. Sudachi
  951. ~ Emiri-san had said that she isn't a person that shows her face much... ~
  952. ~ So she may be really depressed. ~
  953.  
  954. Yozuru
  955. ~ That was insensitive of me. ~
  956.  
  957. Sudachi
  958. ~ Let's go back to Shizuku-san! ~
  959.  
  960. ---
  961.  
  962. Yozuru
  963. ~ We're almost there. ~
  964.  
  965. Sudachi
  966. ~ So... What are you going to do? ~
  967.  
  968. Yozuru
  969. ~ I know it was Sudachi that suggested it... ~
  970. ~ But I'm certain that no matter what I say I will come across as insensitive... ~
  971.  
  972. Sudachi
  973. ~ But, we can't just go home like this... ~
  974.  
  975. Yozuru
  976. ~ This is troubling... ~
  977.  
  978. Yozuru & Sudachi
  979. ――っ!?
  980.  
  981. Yozuru
  982. A magical reaction...
  983. But this one is not coming from a witch...
  984.  
  985. Sudachi
  986. Mm!?
  987.  
  988. Yozuru
  989. This feeling...it's a doppel...
  990. And this magical reaction...is coming from Hozumi-sama's store.
  991. Let's hurry!
  992.  
  993. Sudachi
  994. Humu!
  995.  
  996. =====2=====
  997.  
  998. -Park-
  999.  
  1000. Shizuku
  1001. U-uuu...
  1002. Ah...! Aahhh...!
  1003.  
  1004. Yozuru's Voice
  1005. Sudachi! Not in the store!
  1006. Over there! In the park!
  1007.  
  1008. Yozuru & Sudachi
  1009. ――っ!?
  1010.  
  1011. Yozuru
  1012. Hozumi-sama...
  1013.  
  1014. Sudachi
  1015. Humu...
  1016. Humu!?
  1017.  
  1018. Yozuru
  1019. ...What is it?
  1020. Ah...
  1021.  
  1022. Ayaka
  1023. .....
  1024.  
  1025. Yozuru
  1026. Mariko...sama...?
  1027.  
  1028. Ayaka
  1029. Eh...? Ah... You're Puella Care...
  1030.  
  1031. Yozuru
  1032. What are you doing here...?
  1033. You were watching Hozumi-sama's doppel come out...
  1034.  
  1035. Ayaka
  1036. Ah, looks like it's gone.
  1037.  
  1038. [*Thud...*]
  1039.  
  1040. Ayaka
  1041. Shizuku-chan!
  1042.  
  1043. Shizuku
  1044. .....
  1045.  
  1046. Yozuru
  1047. She's all right.
  1048. It appears that she fainted from physical exhaustion.
  1049.  
  1050. Ayaka
  1051. Thank goodness...
  1052. But we can't leave her like this, so let's get her to that bench...
  1053.  
  1054. Yozuru
  1055. Let's carry her, I will help you.
  1056. Were you...watching her for quite a while?
  1057.  
  1058. Ayaka
  1059. Yeah...
  1060.  
  1061. Yozuru
  1062. Then that gaze I felt as I left the coffee shop...
  1063.  
  1064. Ayaka
  1065. Was me.
  1066. ...A lot of sad things happened yesterday...
  1067.  
  1068. Yozuru
  1069. Is that so...?
  1070.  
  1071. Ayaka
  1072. You know, Shizuku-chan's a real good person!
  1073.  
  1074. Yozuru
  1075. Huh...
  1076.  
  1077. Ayaka
  1078. Even in a pinch, she's always keeping a cool face.
  1079. She's a hundred times better than I am.
  1080. So yesterday
  1081. I reminded her that it's dangerous if she doesn't keep purifying,
  1082. but as always, she just told me I was being meddlesome.
  1083. So, that's what I was thinking.
  1084.  
  1085. Sudachi
  1086. .....
  1087.  
  1088. Ayaka
  1089. And she left her grief seed in her room.
  1090. What a vital time to be so careless! ...Right?
  1091. What're the odds, right? Really, what a sly, clumsy girl.
  1092.  
  1093. Yozuru
  1094. You mean to say...that you were watching over her from here since yesterday?
  1095.  
  1096. Ayaka
  1097. I had a real bad feeling about this... So I'm glad I kept watch.
  1098.  
  1099. Sudachi
  1100. HUNHU!!
  1101.  
  1102. Ayaka
  1103. っ…!
  1104.  
  1105. Sudachi
  1106. HUNHU, HUNHUHUMUHUMUHHUHU!
  1107. Hummuhumu, humuhuhumuhumuhhu...
  1108.  
  1109. Yozuru
  1110. Sudachi...
  1111.  
  1112. Ayaka
  1113. This girl...what is she saying?
  1114.  
  1115. Yozuru
  1116. That's...
  1117.  
  1118. Ayaka
  1119. ...It's fine, I totally get it.
  1120. Doppels are dangerous, so I shouldn't sit back and watch.
  1121. She's telling me I should've been more serious about protecting Shizuku-chan.
  1122. Right, isn't that why you're angry?
  1123.  
  1124. Yozuru
  1125. .....
  1126.  
  1127. Ayaka
  1128. I did lots of things. Yesterday...and this morning.
  1129. But ya know, none of it worked out.
  1130.  
  1131. Sudachi
  1132. .....!
  1133.  
  1134. =====3=====
  1135.  
  1136. Ayaka
  1137. I did lots of things! I encouraged her and got her purified!
  1138. But none of it helped.
  1139.  
  1140. Sudachi
  1141. .....
  1142.  
  1143. Ayaka
  1144. Even though I've got this personality and I'm so noisy,
  1145. all I do is put a mask over Shizuku-chan's loneliness.
  1146. I can't heal the sadness she keeps underneath. Really, what's the point.
  1147.  
  1148. Yozuru
  1149. .....
  1150.  
  1151. Ayaka
  1152. I even forced her to purify with a grief seed.
  1153. And then... Ehehe, she got angry at me.
  1154. I didn't want to bother her,
  1155. and even after purifying it, the thing just quickly got cloudy again. So there was no point to that either.
  1156.  
  1157. Yozuru
  1158. It got cloudy again quickly... Then, I...at that time...
  1159.  
  1160. Ayaka
  1161. So, well... All I could do is watch over her.
  1162. It's just as Shizuku-chan said:
  1163. It's sad when you can't do anything.
  1164.  
  1165. Sudachi
  1166. Humunhuhun...
  1167.  
  1168. Ayaka
  1169. You don't gotta apologize~
  1170.  
  1171. Yozuru
  1172. Can't...do anything...
  1173.  
  1174. -Flashback-
  1175.  
  1176. Livia
  1177. But if ya happen ta meet any of the girls while you're investigating,
  1178. take good care of them, will ya?
  1179.  
  1180. Livia
  1181. That all depends on the situation. Even I don't know what's goin' on.
  1182. Suppose that means ya gotta look at the big picture and make your own judgment call.
  1183.  
  1184. -End Flashback-
  1185.  
  1186. Yozuru
  1187. T-there is still something we can do.
  1188.  
  1189. Sudachi
  1190. Humu?
  1191.  
  1192. Ayaka
  1193. Eh!?
  1194.  
  1195. Yozuru
  1196. Let's carry Hozumi-sama to her home.
  1197. And then Mariko-sama can take good care of her until her mind is settled.
  1198. My memo also says this is a good idea in situations like this.
  1199.  
  1200. Ayaka
  1201. .....Thank you.
  1202. But I can't. If I carry her and take care of her,
  1203. Shizuku-chan will think I'm the cause of her problems again.
  1204.  
  1205. Yozuru
  1206. But...
  1207.  
  1208. Ayaka
  1209. Right now the best thing I can do for her is to be a total stranger
  1210. and call an ambulance, saying there's a fainted girl in the park.
  1211. There's nothing I can do for her as her friend.
  1212. There's nothing I can do. Just like Shizuku-chan.
  1213.  
  1214. Yozuru
  1215. Can't...do anything...
  1216.  
  1217. Ayaka
  1218. Alright, I'm really calling an ambulance now.
  1219. You two should hurry on home.
  1220.  
  1221. Sudachi
  1222. Humu...
  1223.  
  1224. Yozuru
  1225. ...Let's return home. There is nothing we can do here.
  1226.  
  1227. ---
  1228.  
  1229. Yozuru
  1230. We were instructed to help in any way we can,
  1231. but we were unable to do anything...
  1232. And purifying Hozumi-sama was a pointless endeavor.
  1233.  
  1234. Sudachi
  1235. Humuu...
  1236.  
  1237. Yozuru
  1238. Are you sad, Sudachi? Because we could not do anything.
  1239.  
  1240. Sudachi
  1241. .....
  1242.  
  1243. Yozuru
  1244. ...Is there anything you would like to eat?
  1245. We'll make tonight's dinner whatever Sudachi wants to eat.
  1246.  
  1247. Sudachi
  1248. ...Humumun.
  1249.  
  1250. Yozuru
  1251. ...You don't want to?
  1252. Ahh...
  1253.  
  1254. -Flashback-
  1255.  
  1256. Emiri
  1257. I'm sorry.
  1258.  
  1259. Sasara
  1260. It's not like that...
  1261.  
  1262. Asuka
  1263. I just...can't right now...
  1264.  
  1265. -End Flashback-
  1266.  
  1267. Yozuru
  1268. ...Is that what is going on...?
  1269. Both Sudachi and I... Hozumi-sama and Mariko-sama,
  1270. and Kisaki-sama, Tatsuki-sama, and Minagi-sama,
  1271. none of us are able to do anything...
  1272. And we will continue to be unable to...
  1273.  
  1274. Sudachi
  1275. Humuu...
  1276.  
  1277. Yozuru
  1278. Kind people lament when they are unable to do anything.
  1279. Then, does that result in "going along with it," I wonder.
  1280. If so, then that is more than just lethargy,
  1281. that has become more like self-harm.
  1282. ...No, I can't be making a judgment like that right now.
  1283.  
  1284. Sudachi
  1285. Humu?
  1286.  
  1287. Yozuru
  1288. When we return home,
  1289. we'll report to Sensei that we were unable to do anything.
  1290.  
  1291. Sudachi
  1292. Humu!
  1293.  
  1294. Yozuru
  1295. By the way, I wonder where Sensei went.
  1296. She said she was going out of the city.
  1297.  
  1298.  
  1299. ===============
  1300. ===Episode 4===
  1301. A Taste of Hope
  1302.  
  1303. Livia
  1304. Come now, I'll talk ta ya.
  1305. Well, I don't expect
  1306. ta get any answers, though.
  1307.  
  1308. =====1=====
  1309.  
  1310. Livia
  1311. .....
  1312. Kyubey.
  1313.  
  1314. Kyubey
  1315. Hey, Livia.
  1316.  
  1317. Livia
  1318. I'd like ta ask ya something. Ya mind?
  1319.  
  1320. Kyubey
  1321. Only if I have an answer.
  1322.  
  1323. ---
  1324.  
  1325. Livia
  1326. I see...
  1327. So even you didn't expect anythin' like this.
  1328.  
  1329. Kyubey
  1330. As you may have imagined, what's happening in Kamihama is irregular.
  1331. I'm unable to predict what will happen either.
  1332.  
  1333. Livia
  1334. Well, I know you're not one ta lie ta me,
  1335. so I'll believe ya for now.
  1336. ...But, that means we gotta 'nother problem.
  1337.  
  1338. Kyubey
  1339. That's correct. I never expected this either,
  1340. so I can't accurately suggest the best course of action for now.
  1341.  
  1342. Livia
  1343. Then let's get this sorted out.
  1344. All of the Kimochi stones have appeared and been grabbed by mahou shoujo from each group.
  1345. We've gotten that much outta this.
  1346.  
  1347. Kyubey
  1348. With slight deviations, of course.
  1349.  
  1350. Livia
  1351. And it's expected that they're gonna be competin' for the bracelets that hold the Kimochi stones.
  1352. In fact, Chiharu-chan was targeted yesterday.
  1353. And since Kamihama is where the stage is set, a lotta mahou shoujo are fightin' there,
  1354. which resulted in all that energy bein' collected.
  1355. But, y'know...
  1356.  
  1357. Kyubey
  1358. The results deviated too far from the calculations.
  1359. What will happen next is a small-scale battle between a select few mahou shoujo,
  1360. which means at first glance I can't expect great results.
  1361.  
  1362. Livia
  1363. First glance? What, ya implyin' something?
  1364.  
  1365. Kyubey
  1366. It is true that some girls were selected,
  1367. but I don't know how the conflict between the remaining mahou shoujo will work.
  1368.  
  1369. Livia
  1370. ...Something's gonna happen?
  1371.  
  1372. Kyubey
  1373. I'm not certain yet,
  1374. but there are other factors at play causing turmoil in that city,
  1375. since not all mahou shoujo there are straightforward.
  1376.  
  1377. Livia
  1378. It's unusual for you to be havin' wishful thinking.
  1379.  
  1380. Kyubey
  1381. Wishful thinking? I don't agree with that.
  1382. You humans are always so full of uncertainties
  1383. that you put me in situations I would never expect.
  1384. So it's not wishful thinking. This is a result of statistics.
  1385.  
  1386. Livia
  1387. I see... But, even if that's the case,
  1388. for me, it's more about hope.
  1389.  
  1390. =====2=====
  1391.  
  1392. Livia
  1393. .....
  1394.  
  1395. Kyubey
  1396. What we talked about here today,
  1397. are you going to inform Sasame Yozuru and Sawa Sudachi?
  1398.  
  1399. Livia
  1400. ...I won't tell them everything.
  1401. If I tell them, they'd be stuck with a burden they're not gonna want,
  1402. so I'm gonna have ta be the villain as I've always been.
  1403.  
  1404. Kyubey
  1405. Hiding, yet not hiding. You humans are puzzling.
  1406.  
  1407. Livia
  1408. If ya don't understand, then there's no point in thinkin' about it.
  1409. What we need ta think about is what'll be happenin' next,
  1410. if we should keep observing the mahou shoujo as we have been or not.
  1411.  
  1412. Kyubey
  1413. Then may I make one request to you, Livia?
  1414.  
  1415. Livia
  1416. ...Request?
  1417.  
  1418. Kyubey
  1419. It's about Satori Kagome.
  1420.  
  1421. Livia
  1422. Kagome-chan...
  1423.  
  1424. Kyubey
  1425. Do you know her?
  1426.  
  1427. Livia
  1428. I've spoken ta her before... She asks a lotta questions.
  1429. Wait a second. That girl's not even a mahou shoujo, though?
  1430. Is this because that girl's possessed by an Uwasa?
  1431.  
  1432. Kyubey
  1433. I would like you to keep watch over her.
  1434.  
  1435. Livia
  1436. You're sayin' it all nice, but you mean ta observe her, don't ya?
  1437. Ya mind at least tellin' me the reason?
  1438.  
  1439. Kyubey
  1440. I will explain it to you step by step.
  1441.  
  1442. =====3=====
  1443.  
  1444. Livia
  1445. I'm home~
  1446.  
  1447. Yozuru
  1448. Welcome home.
  1449. Dinner has been prepared.
  1450.  
  1451. Livia
  1452. You're so considerate.
  1453. I'm practically starving.
  1454.  
  1455. Yozuru
  1456. Then I will start serving right away.
  1457. How about Sudachi?
  1458.  
  1459. Sudachi
  1460. Humu...
  1461.  
  1462. ---
  1463.  
  1464. Yozuru
  1465. Thank you for the meal.
  1466.  
  1467. Sudachi
  1468. Huhuhumuhumu.
  1469.  
  1470. Livia
  1471. Thank you for the meal.
  1472. *Munch chew...*
  1473. So goood~
  1474.  
  1475. Sudachi
  1476. .....
  1477.  
  1478. Yozuru
  1479. .....
  1480.  
  1481. Livia
  1482. Nothin' beats a good meal right after work.
  1483. Ahh, of course thanks to Yozuru's excellent skills.
  1484.  
  1485. Yozuru
  1486. Thank you very much.
  1487.  
  1488. Livia
  1489. *Munch chew...* *Gulp*
  1490. So, how'd today's investigation go?
  1491.  
  1492. Sudachi
  1493. Humu...
  1494.  
  1495. Yozuru
  1496. .....
  1497. We saw several mahou shoujo, but...
  1498. We were uable to do anything.
  1499.  
  1500. Livia
  1501. That so?
  1502.  
  1503. Yozuru
  1504. Please excuse us.
  1505. Our instructions were to provide care in any way, but...
  1506.  
  1507. Livia
  1508. Mm? ...Well, yeah I did say that, but I don't mind.
  1509. Havin' nothin' to do is the biggest sign of peace.
  1510. *Munch chew...*
  1511.  
  1512. Yozuru
  1513. No... Yes...that's right.
  1514.  
  1515. Sudachi
  1516. Humu...
  1517.  
  1518. Yozuru
  1519. How are you, Sensei? You went out of the city, right?
  1520. I'm assuming with Kyubey...
  1521.  
  1522. Livia
  1523. Yeah, but Kyubey didn't know anythin' either.
  1524. He said the members selected was unexpected.
  1525.  
  1526. Yozuru
  1527. Did he?
  1528.  
  1529. Livia
  1530. And just after, Kyubey asked me ta do a job for him.
  1531.  
  1532. Sudachi
  1533. Humu!?
  1534.  
  1535. Yozuru
  1536. What is it?
  1537.  
  1538. Livia
  1539. He wants me ta keep a watch over what Kagome-chan's doing.
  1540.  
  1541. Yozuru
  1542. Satori-sama...you say? What reason would he have for that?
  1543.  
  1544. Livia
  1545. Eh, ahh...
  1546. Ya know, that girl, she's not a mahou shoujo so she's really weak?
  1547. If she got involved there's nothin' she'd be able ta do.
  1548. So we gotta keep an eye on her, help her out.
  1549.  
  1550. Yozuru
  1551. That's...it is as you say.
  1552.  
  1553. Livia
  1554. Just 'cause Kyubey asked doesn't mean ya gotta take it seriously, though.
  1555. Think of it more lightly.
  1556.  
  1557. Sudachi
  1558. Humu...
  1559.  
  1560. Livia
  1561. By the way Yozuru, Sudachi...
  1562. Why aren't ya eating?
  1563.  
  1564. Yozuru & Sudachi
  1565. .....
  1566.  
  1567. Sudachi
  1568. Humunmuhun...
  1569.  
  1570. Yozuru
  1571. I'm not in the mood, she says. I feel the same way.
  1572.  
  1573. Livia
  1574. Uh oh... Are ya guys sick?
  1575.  
  1576. Sudachi
  1577. Humumun.
  1578.  
  1579. Yozuru
  1580. It's not that, but...
  1581.  
  1582. Livia
  1583. Hmm. Well, we all have days like that.
  1584.  
  1585. Yozuru
  1586. Don't mind us, Sensei. Please continue eating.
  1587.  
  1588. Livia
  1589. You're right, you went through the trouble of makin' it.
  1590. *Munch chew...*
  1591. So good!
  1592. Today's was just exceptional!
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