The Tiger-Eaten Soul
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Chapter 1: The tiger-eaten soul
Girl:I am the "Hand's Eye"
A performer with the gift of foresight or clairvoyance who wanders between sake houses.
Girl:Today again I was called to an inn and came to perform, but...
Surely, nothing suspicious will come out of this bamboo thicket.
If I don't hurry, I'll be late to the reception.
Girl: Oh? Was it your voice I heard? Who are you?
Kochou: Is that so? You're an actor, missy?
Kochou: Don't worry. I'm not a suspicious person.
Girl:Get real. Where is it that there are people who announce "I am a suspicious person?"
Kochou: Hehe, you're an authoritative girl. But lately these parts have been dangerous.
If you'd like, I could serve as your companion on the road.
Girl:That's what you say.
Sure you won't change into a wolf who just wants a bite of me?*
*okuriookami is a word that specifically refers to men who pretend to be nice and walk girls home but are really just trying to be invited upstairs. However, the animal imagery is important, so I kept it in the English.
Kochou: Hehe, a wolf? Not at all.
Around here, lately it's been a tiger.
Girl: a tiger!?
Kochou: Yes, a monstrous huge tiger.
one that hunts down, kills and eats people.
Girl: Yeah right. This isn't the deep mountain crags of china.
This may be a rundown district, but it's the edge of the imperial capital.
There's no reason for a tiger to be here.
Kochou: But there is one, so it can't be helped.
I wonder how many people have already become the tiger's meal...
Kochou:To have your innards eaten by a beast while still alive...
it's not a very fun prospect.
A dangerous bamboo grove like this...
Quickly. Let's cut through here.
Kochou: What is it?
You still don't have any trust in me?
Girl:not trust, not anything.
Just now, you've only been turning us around in circles inside the grove, am I right?
You know, mister.
In China, it seems they say if someone is eaten by a tiger and dies,
their soul becomes a kochou, a slave to the tiger.
Girl:We've both known all along
Girl: That you are covered with blood and wounds.
Your guts have been gouged out. You're nothing but a corpse.
"The Hand's Eye" tattoo is not for show.
It lets me see through everything!
Kochou: Heeheehee. That's right. Exactly.
If I were to provide Master Tiger with new spoils,
they would take my place and I could die in peace!!
Girl: from behind?!
Girl: A tiger?
It was truly a tiger?
Girl: well, that was quite the reaction.
I got it by cutting its windpipe, but...
oh? What's this?
The Hand's Eye?
The shop mistress?
Proprietess: You're late.
What have you been doing?
Coming here at a time like this...
The reception is ruined.
This... Isn't this the inn's garden?
Proprietess:That thing you've dragged with you,
What in the world is it?
That's...a folding screen, isn't it?
Why are you carrying such a thing?
This is a screen painted with a tiger.
Proprietess: Hmph. Where did you pick that off the ground?
It looks awfully dirty.
You don't want to sell that thing to me, do you?
Who needs a ripped-up painting of a tiger?
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