Reserved for Lila Wolves
Kore ha Koi no Hanashi Chapter 27
(A 21-year age gap love story between a novelist and a girl)
Before I noticed it
I had spent
a couple of hours
thinking of her....
(What's Shinichi thinking now that he has escaped from Haruka into his own room?)
Give me second---
did I just do----!?
What's the matter!?
Shinichi isn't coming back!! And it's already so late!! (It's already 8) [yeah, because good adults have to be home at 7, don't mimic it, kids!]
He isn't picking up on his cell phone either.
Haruka-chan, he didn't say anything to you?
Honestly, just what happened!?
Is he running away?
We can't leave the house empty here! (What are we going to do?)
I think I have some clues. I'll check it.
...Yeah? Okay, I'll watch the house then.
Shall I send you off, Haruka-chan?
No! // I'm fine.
I'm really fine!
What's up with these two!?
Oh... it's you.
Hello, it's been a while.
----Are you going to see Utsumi?
He called me over but send me home as soon as he saw me.
I heard he was writing a romance novel, so I was expecting something romantic.
But he hasn't changed at all.
What? I told you to leave.
You forgot something....
You thought you could go into hiding // in the hotel you always use for work?
And you even brought a woman in...
That was Takaoka Mika just now right? The model. // She didn't satisfy you?
Don't be stupid. We didn't do anything.
But you wanted to, right?
Again with that look.
You got that desperate?
Or is it because you did it do Haruka-chan too?
That's why you ran away?
It's Haruka, you know!!
She's still in middle school!! // Yet, I...
Such a thing isn't really a problem.
It IS a problem! I kissed her!! // A way different league from holding hands!!
Oh please, // just a kiss?
And here I was hoping you did something even bolder.
Don't bring out your cranky ideas now!! // Damn idiot!!
Hahaha // It's your fault panicking.
Haruka-chan hasn't said anything herself.
(You should know that at least)
But you can't stay here. Someone has to tend to the house.
Are you serious?
You seriously believe I could go back to her?
Not a chance...
I could never do that...
Your breaks stopped working?
could you stay in front of the woman you love while not attempting anything.
And for a couple of years, that is.
Hee... // What a surprise.
You're actually aware of it...
You're // really serious about Haruka-chan.
What am I saying... // I don't understand myself anymore.
As if I could go back like this.
There are plenty of problems.
You're so serious about her that not even another woman would do.
you can't lay a hand on her, // Utsumi.
As a fellow man, I understand your worries, // but you're her guardian.
That's what I'm trying to tell you here!!
You want to give up halfway?
This isn't a simple case of just quitting something // that you came to like.
Besides... what would happen to Haruka if you throw her out now.
If you really care for her, backing out now would rather be the wrong choice.
just endure it, Utsumi-sensei.
In the past there have been a lot of novelist who committed the taboo of doing what they wanted. [as in writing whatever]
Well, // but you aren't really like that.
But right now, you're in the same position as the main character in your novel.
If you extend your hand, you can reach her, but that's not allowed... // A true taboo.
Someone you cannot lay hands on. // An age difference that could make you father and daughter. // A main character that has to endure at all costs.
Don't you think the readers would be interested about the course of action and human feelings under that pressure?
I'll repeat myself from before.
"Craving for it makes it reality"
Well... // Even if novels and reality are different,
I still have an interest in it, personally that is.
At that time, what will the man do, what should he do?
What result will the endurance // and worries of the author show?
I want to see...
Keep it quiet, Oogaki.
Hey, // Oogaki.
Sorry, but can I rewrite the story so far? // Everything that hasn't been published yet.
Everything? What are you...
It's just no good. // No good at all.
The main character hasn't fallen for the woman at all.
I understand that now...
Hello. Sorry to bother you, Oogaki here. // Is the chief-editor present?
Utsumi, // I'm going to the company to talk to the chief-editor...
sorry.... // Once I finished this, I'll set everything straight.
Help me until then.
Do what you want.
Novel Editorial Department
Utsumi-sensei has really done it now.
To rewrite everything.
But will it be alright? What if he can't write it after all or takes over a year?
I have known him for long, so I understood.
(He can do it)
For a change, the chief-editor was really troubled.
I couldn't help it. I can't bring myself to stop an author that got fired up.
Yeah. // I wish I could get fired up too.
I just got back home.
Can you come pick up the script once everything is settled?
...Right. // Yeah.
Shut up, idiot.
Later... // and thanks, Oogaki.
(Next time, Haruka and Shinichi's reunion after the kiss...)