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Nozoki Ana Chapter 98
Chapter 98: Koizumi Saki
I'm home after two years... // I came to peep at my own past...
I'm sure you couldn't wait
to see me...
Me, who you hate so much...
The business card we found in Emiru's room--- // The club Asada Saki works at
is in a small city, which takes more than an hour to get to by train.
On the card were two numbers.
And when we called one, they immediately told us where the club is.
The other number...
Kido~ Kido~ // Kido Tatsuhiko? // *click*
I only said my last name, // but she knew my first name...?
There's no doubt...!
She's our hint to Emiru's whereabouts---
Can you go to this store?
That's as for as my help goes.
Eh? Why? // You also...
Emiru is waiting for you. // Even if she claims otherwise, she certainly is.
I was involved a bit in the peeping, // but I can't fathom how deep your relationship is.
There's no place for me.
Hurry up already. // Are you too scared alone?
That's not it... // But I know
that I'm not the only one
for whom Emiru holds a special place
and wants to see her as fast as possible---
Madoka-chan... Makiko... Kotobiki-san...
I have hurt so many people so far. // All I can do now is to go see Emiru.
See her and drag her back. // And then attend the graduation ceremony together in 2 days...!
...Talk about // a small shop...
Rather than a club, it's a snack-bar?
It's not closed down, is it...
We open at 5~
You're so young~ // Are you actually at the age to drink alcohol?
A hostess smoking // at the back on a garbage can...
Is she my hint to Emiru?
Uhm... do you work here?
Yeah~ // Well, we're in the reds though.
I'm Kido Tatsuhiko. // I came here to meet "Asada Saki"...
She ran away~ // With all the money of the club!
She's a really bad girl~ // I don't think you'll ever find her~
B- But // I called her yesterday...
Hello~ // Ah, you're coming over today? Yay~
Her attitude totally changed!
Huh? This voice...
HEY, SAKI!! // Stop slacking off and get ready!
So she's Asada Saki after all?
...She's running like crazy?
Don't think I'll let you get away.
if she runs so fast with these heels...
she'll surely trip...
A- Are you // okay?
Sowwy, Emiru~~ // I couldn't chase him away~~
I mean, he came here way too fast~
And I'm an idiot~ // I haven't thought of any plan~
Uh~~ // *hic*
Doesn't // seem like she's a bad person.
Are you okay?
This // is your apartment?
I scrapped my knee and elbow.. // When that's actually my selling point for the pervy geezers...
Sorry, sorry. // We explained it to the boss and you got a vacation, didn't you.
C'mon, open it.
Uh~ I can't like this.
Here we go~
Looking after me, // and even carry me back home...
Just what are you plotting? // Mh?
I sure am.
I want you to tell me where Ikuno Emiru is.
Give it up already. // Emiru doesn't want to see you.
You two bared everything to each other and got hurt, right?
That's what happens when you lay open everything.
I knew it, // she heard everything from Emiru.
Koizumi~ // My real name is "Koizumi Saki".
I like "Saki", so I use it for work too.
I might not look like it, but we're the same age. Just call me by my name.
I need to see her no matter what...
I depended on her strength while she lived besides me. // I didn't tell her even a hundredth of what I want to tell her...
I'm an idiot, but I noticed it when she vanished.
That she taught me so much // and gave me so many feelings.
With the "peeping"?
Wasn't that just suffering?
I just resisted // and blew my anger on my own.
Not even knowing how she felt...
I don't mind if she rejects me. // I just want to hear her real feelings from her mouth.
So, please, Saki-chan!
What a surprise. // You two resemble each other.
It sounded the same...
Your "Saki-chan" sounded just like Emiru called me <3
Well, come in. // Though I don't have much to offer.
Excuse me... // Ah, thanks.
I know how you feel, but I'm in a bind. // I promised to "protect Emiru as a friend"...
And telling you would mean betraying her~ // I'll just look like the bad guy~
What must I do, so you tell me?
You know, I...
really love SEX...
I only met middle-aged geezer in my job, // so I'm starving for some young flesh.
How about one go for the info?
...Damn. // I guess you heard from her?
That I'm a loser who can't do that...
Until now that is.
Huh? // Eh? Eh~?
Sorry for not setting the mode beforehand.
I guess I'm not as skilled as // the veteran geezers...
so just say if I do anything you don't like.
Because I would rather avoid...
doing anything you don't like...
Threatening me by playing strong?
I'm not so innocent as to go weak over sex.
Same for me.
...I just stopped wrecking my brains.
Stuff like, I can't do this, I can't do that... // Always anticipating and hesitating...
Wanting to do to something for others... but in the end it's just for myself...
If this is something I can't do // then I don't care.
If it gets me to meet with Emiru, // I'll gladly play the bad boy.