Vessel and Shield
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Yao Tsukumo chapter 2
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Tsukumo: “Tokijiku”? / What does “Tokijiku” mean?
Yao: Tokijiku is the name / of the chains that bind you.
Yao: Resist it. / Defeat it. / Grow strong.
Yao: Someday, I will protect you, Tsukumo.
(Bottom): Yao Tsukumo
Tsukumo: Yeah. / I’ll get strong.
[sidebar]: Like a wafting fragrance, the childhood promise is revived.
Tsukumo: I’ll get strong, / and I’ll protect you, Yao.
A hand-picked flower / shall bear its fragrance forever.
[bottom left]: Yao Tsukumo / Presented by / Suzuki Sanami
[bottom right]: Chapter 2: Vessel and Shield
That’s right. / I remember now. / I remember his face and his name.
And I remember unilaterally making a promise with you,
Yao: So you’ve awoken, Tsukumo.
Tsukumo: Ya… / o.
SFX: *rising quickly*
Yao: Have your memories returned, then?
Tsukumo: !! / Give it back!!
SFX: *Sliding door*
Tsukmo: Father. / Mother.
Father: I am overjoyed to see you survived, / Tsukumo-sama.
Tsukumo: Huh? / What? / Why are you acting so distant?
Father: …… / Tachibana Tsukumo-sama— / no.
Father: Maiden of the Tokijiku, / congratulations on your ascent to divinity.
Maiden of the Tokijiku
Tsukumo: Why? / Why are you calling me the same thing that monster did?
Father: ….We are—
Yao: This is why I told you to explain things earlier.
Yao: Tachibana Tsukumo, / now that you have reached 16 years of age, you have become the Maiden of the Tokijiku,
Yao: the child of the gods who can bestow eternal life and unaging immortality.
Yao: Japanese mythology speaks of a legendary fruit, the Tokijiku-no-Kagu-no-Mi. / It is said he who eats of that fruit shall have the power of immortality.
Yao: The Maiden is the one in whom rests the Tokijiku’s power. / She is a mere vessel.
Tsukumo: A vessel?
Yao: Countless beings seek the power of immortality.
Yao : A soul dwells in every single object in the world: / in mountains, in water, in the air, / and in man-made goods.
Yao: An object which has existed for over a century may even gain sentience. / The monster from last night was a soul dwelling in a katana.
Yao: Such beings are called / Tsukumogami
Yao: They will seek to destroy the vessel and steal the power of the Tokijiku.
Yao: You are but the vessel. You have no power of immortality yourself. / You can be injured,
Yao: and you can die.
Yao: Oh grim steel who sleeps within this mortal realm, / I beg thee listen to my call.
Yao: Thy name is God of Scything
Yao: Your chains will be your blade…
Yao: The power of words can change a Tsukumogami into a weapon. / This is called kotodama.
Yao: You must think of the entire world as your enemy, / yet at the same time it is your ally.
Yao: And I...
SFX: Drip drip
Tsukumo: What are you…
Yao: I am one who has acquired the power of the Tokijiku.
Yao: And I shall be the shield of the maiden who holds the power of immortality, / the Shield of the Tokijiku.
Yao: You must prepare yourself, Tachibana Tsukumo. / The vessel cannot live a normal life.
Yao: You are not human.
Tsukumo: That’s… That’s not funny, you know… / I’m just a girl in high school, and the only daughter of a small dojo!
Tsukumo: Right, / Father?
Father: My… humblest apologies, Tsukumo-sama.
Immortality / Vessel
Maiden of the Tokijiku
I’m the one / who hurt Chii-chan.
No. Stop. / Don’t cry, Tachibana Tsukumo.
SFX: Drip / Drip
It doesn’t hurt.
So, do I feel no pain / because I am not human?
Yao: Return to your hospital room.
Tsukumo: Stay back!!
Yao: Don’t move your right shoulder! / You’ll re-open the wound, you idiot!
Tsukumo: He really seems nothing like the Yao I knew. / Was he always this cold?
Yao: Kill me.
Tsukumo: And would he / say that?
Yao: If you’re trying to find the bathroom, it’s not that way.
Tsukumo: And he cannot take a hint. / Don’t follow me!
Yao: I have to. / From now on, I will stay by your side 24/7.
Tsukumo: Wha— / What?
Tsukumo: What do you mean? / Why do you get to decide that?
Tsukumo: You’re going to live at my house?!
Tsukumo: And school?
Yao: I will attend yours.
Tsukumo: Don’t tell me you’ll even follow me into the bath?!!
Yao: Do you want me to?
Tsukumo: Why are you looking down at me?!!!
SFX: Crack / Crack
SFX: Crack / Crack
Hogging her to yourself? / That’s so mean!
The Maiden of the Tokijiku / belongs to me!
Tsukumo: What? / Who are you?
SFX: *Crack Crack Crack*
Yao: Run, / Tsukumo!
Painting Soul: Nice to meet you,
Painting Soul: Maiden of the Tokijiku.
Tsukumo: From… the painting?!
Painting Soul: Oh no! My paint is falling apart!
Painting Soul: How could they keep such poor care of it? / It’s starting to crack up, the picture’s chipped, and the colors are all washed out.
Painting Soul: Yes, yes. / My roses were once as crimson and bright as this, you know.
Tsukumo: Stop! / Why would you do this?
Painting Soul: You are quite pretty, Tokijiku.
Painting Soul: Who would not desire eternal youth? / All will want your power.
Painting Soul: So grant me, this beautiful, pitiable painting, / divine protection / and miraculous compassion.
Painting Soul: Make my paints last forever!
Painting Soul: Huh? / You’re quite the lively one.
Painting Soul: Now step aside.
SFX: Pow Pow Pow Pow
Tsukumo: Stop. / Why are you protecting me? / Get off me!
Tsukumo: You may be immortal, / but it still hurts, right? You suffer, right?
Tsukumo: Even if I am injured, I feel no pain.
Tsukumo: But I can still feel the trembling of another in pain.
Tsukumo: Why would you take that pain in my place? / Why? / Tell me why.
Yao: I shall take this immortal body and serve as the Maiden’s shield.
Yao: I will protect Tsukumo.
Yao: Run… / way…
Painting Soul: Look. / Is he not a bouquet of crimson roses?
Painting Soul: This is good. This is so good.
Painting Soul: Come, / Tokijiku!
Yao: Tsuku… / Run a…
Painting Soul: Let this picture last forever!!
SFX: Snap Snap Snap Snap Snap
Tsukumo: Fuck this shit!!!!
Tsukumo: Everyone keeps saying
Tsukumo: “Tokijiku” this, / “Tokijiku” that.
Painting Soul: Wait!
Tsukumo: You want your paint to last forever?
SFX: Bang Pow Thump (etc.)
Tsukumo: Everyone keeps whining about what they want!!
Painting Soul: Do not get full of yourself, / Tokijiku!
Tsukumo: No! / I am Tachibana Tsukumo!!!
SFX: Screeech **
Painting Soul: You? / Why?!
Yao: This is ridiculous.
Yao: However, / she is right.
Yao: Oh grim steel who sleeps within this mortal realm,
Yao: I beg thee listen to my call.
Yao: Thy name is God of Scything!!!
Painting Soul: Oh! You’re the shield! / The Tokijiku’s—
Painting Soul: Ah! / Ahh / Gugh… / Ahhh / Ahh….
Tsukumo: You… did it…
Yao: You idiot!!!
Yao: What sort of an idiot would run at her enemies?!! / You should run away!! Don’t do unnecessary things!!!
Yao: And you actually punched it with your right arm? Are you insane?! / Now you’ve opened your wound back up!
Tsukumo: It was just / pissing me off…
Tsukumo: But my head feels clearer now.
Yao: Dammit. You’ve always been screwed up, / Tsukumo.
[box to the right]: The words they share hold a wish for the future.
Tsukumo: Says the one with a screwed-up body, / Yao.
Box: I will grow strong.
[bottom left]: To be continued in issue 1