Ore ga Doutei Chapter 02
Sorry, Kazu-kun. // I'll go greet the authors for a bit.
Ah, yeah, take your time.
I reunited with Masaki by chance,
13 years after we graduated from high school.
(The real appearance of this shy girl is...?)
2nd case: About meeting her in the library
...But how wonder how it turned into him strangling me...
I can't seem to remember that---
Wait, it's already morning!!
(Wah, the morning sun is so bright)
To begin with, why am I 15 years into the past?
Is this what they call a "time slip"?
(A shock from getting strangled?)
I should have read more SF novels. // Then I might have some hints...
Oh, Kazuya. Rare to see you up this early.
What, you're leaving already? What about breakfast?
Don't need it!
That's right, I know someone,
who's loves SF...!
You said you were reading here in the mornings after all.
Help me, Soutome!
You know a lot about SF or fantasy, right!?
Wh- Why do you.. (know that?)
In this "point of time" we haven't talked much yet...
I only got closer to Hazuki
on a rainy day, after that happening with Reiko-san.
And when I was in her house
I somewhat forcibly embraced her.
And after the deed, she asked me:
---Yeah, of course.
That was the first lie, which I would be repeating to a lot of people from then on.
Well, I just want to borrow your knowledge.
A certain man was killed and when he comes to, he's back in his high school days.
What do you think of that?
Actually, what do you think that man should do?
(Ehm...) Is that some kind of novel?
Y- Yeah, from a novel!!
I... I'm writing one right now. // So I wanted your advice!
...But why from me?
Wouldn't Tanaka-kun be more suited for...
I can't ask...
Masaki for that.
You're the only one!
...Okay. // If I can be of help...
Mhm, // So in short, it's a setting of returning to the past to correct the future.
Correct the future?
Yeah, for example, something that the protagonist did in the past was the reason he gets killed.
And the time slip let's him correct that...
A bad ending from a wrong choice.
You just have to make the right choice next time.
So this is a chance granted to me to fix that mistake?
But, where did I make the wrong choice...
I think the trick is what that reason is going to be.
What could have been so grave that it drives one to kill him.
maybe the guy who murdered him had a grudge towards him ever since high school?
Mhm, well it's plausible, // but
Actually that's too obvious and doesn't make it interesting at all....
No, no. It isn't funny either way!!
Uhm, Ichijou-kun, do you know the butterfly effect..?
...Ah, there's a movie with the same name, isn't there.
! // It hasn't aired yet...
Well, doesn't it go like this:
The flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas...
(Chaos theory or what was it called?)
Just on these lines. The protagonist caused a seemingly trivial thing, // which then leads one thing to another and results in a killing-intent of the culprit!
Wouldn't it be totally interesting like that?
Ah~! It's already this late!
...Was she always this talkative...
I have to clean up here, so you go ahead.
Back then, she was always lowering her gaze
and speaking with a quiet and subdued voice.
That's why I only thought of her as a "boring girl with big breasts".
How mean of you. // You went ahead without saying anything to me.
(I thought you overslept and went all the way to your house.)
Hey, wait, Kazuya...
What's up with you?
I feel sick...
! // Kazuya...!?
---For a moment
it felt like he was strangling me again...
Just because I went ahead to school without him, he couldn't possibly...
A trivial thing leads one thing to another and results in a killing-intent....
Even so, how the hell am I supposed to know what it is?
To begin with, when did he start
to hate me so much that he wants to kill me?
Was it okay to leave your girlfriend behind?
---Ah, // she isn't really my girlfriend.
Just one of my female friends...
You're popular as ever.
But I'm surprised To think you really became a novelist.
Quite impressive to fulfil your childhood dream.
...I'm just a novelist in name.
In reality, I'm writing essays for an brassy magazine and barely manage with living fees...
No, no, that's impressive enough!
I'm just a poor salary man, you know? // I'm really envy your life!
It's me who envies you.
Did I wake you?
No... // What time is it?
Lunch break. // How are you feeling?
Ah, I was just lacking some sleep.
(And I didn't have any breakfast)
I see. I'm glad.
Th- Then I'll be going.
Do you have time after school?
I want to hear more about this morning's topic.
O- Okay. (I have)
I- If you don't mind, want to talk at my house?
E- Ehm, I could lend you some helpful books. // Well...
To think I would come here again...
Sorry for the wait.
A high school girl with glasses and big breasts...
Now that I think about it, she has a lot of potential, hasn't she...!?
So I tried to remember the time travel stories that I have read so far.
----Egh, what am I imagining with someone 15 years my junior!?
--and then, // surprisingly, most of them ended without being able to change the past.
(ehm) Basically it means that despite whatever you try to do, something that is "supposed" to happen will "definitely" happen...
Like the Grandfather paradox. When you try to avoid an incoherency, it'll happen inevitably...
(The art type)
*Grandfather paradox // The incoherency of not being able to kill one's own ancestors in the past, because oneself wouldn't be born then.
For example, in your story
if the protagonist wasn't killed in the first place, he wouldn't travel back in time. // That's why...
You mean, a "future where he doesn't get killed" is impossible?
Y- You don't need to worry about that. There are plenty of stories where the past changed too.
I think that's interesting and plausible too.
I.. I know! // I have a book about basic SF in my shelter---
H- Hey, are you okay?
something that is "supposed" to happen
will "definitely" happen.
Again this feeling....
Just what is this...
It's me who envies you.
We weren't all that different as high school sophomores...
but suddenly you became busy with woman and we grow apart...
I'm not blaming you. // I'm just envious.
You know, I
still haven't "done" it yet.
Ichijou-kun...? (Are you okay?)
You gotta be kidding me, Masaki?
That's the reason you killed me?
Because I lost my virginity before you?