Galaxy Express 999 14
The Tombstone of Dry Leaves
Reserved for Dark Murmur
In this universe, every living things, animal or plant, will eventually pass away and plunge into an endless sleep... Then, there will only be gravestones left... It is a truly sad fact...
The Tombstone of Dry Leaves
What are all these, Maetel?
They are tree leafs or more precisely, dead leaves, remains of plant life.
Once, there was a planet here filled by a luxuriant nature...
It disappeared in an explosion, and now, there are only dead leaves left, shaping a ring all around its original orbit.
It's kind of a grave of that plant planet...
The train has stopped...
We're at the station!!
You look surprised, is it because of me?
Here, wood is pretty cheap.
That's why I decided to get a body entirely made of wood.
What kind of wood is it?
The same wood as for pipes?
Absolutely! You are sure knowledgeable.
The more you rub this kind of wood, the more the patina gets shiny.
My name is Yutaka Moriki, and you?
I'm Tetsurou Hoshino, and she's Maetel.
Where are you going, Tetsurou?
On the planet where mechanized bodies are free.
Ah, I see, you're still made of flesh.
You're lucky not to have to polish your body. Taking a bath is enough...
Not at all, it's a pain to take one.
That's right, you hate baths, Tetsurou...
The train is moving!!
It seems like we're going through a tunnel made of dead leaves!
Oh, what is it?
Don't touch it!!
It's an electric mushroom that grows on dead leaves.
My wood body doesn't conduct electricity...
But if a human touches it, he'll die from electrocution.
It's really strange.
Once discharged, it's delicious when you peel it.
What's going on?
The train is upside down!!!
What happened, conductor?
I don't know.
Something must have happened in the locomotive.
At this rate, the train is going to be damaged!!!
Let's go to the locomotive.
The electronic brain might have some malfunctions.
What's going on in there?!
The plasma circuit is suffering damages.
This mushroom is disrupting the functioning of the locomotive.
It's dangerous. I can't get any closer.
Let me try!!
You'd need your whole body to be protected from electrocution, or you might die!!
With the locomotive's energy, even my wood body might not be good enough.
But I'm going to try anyway...
Quick! A fire extinguisher!!
It's too late. He has been entirely burned to ashes!!
Even my electronic brain that contains all my memory from the time I was still alive will stop functioning soon.
When you're turning into a robot, that's the only thing left of you?!
Listen carefully, Tetsurou...
I'll give you everything in my bag.
They were of assistance to me for so long.
I will soon stop thinking and I couldn't talk anymore...
The train is now working properly.
Moriki, the wood android, was a painter.
This must be a scenery of his planet, long ago...
And here's a self-portrait of the time he was still human.
He even had a pipe made of heather wood.
I think this man didn't fear death.
No, he didn't...
Is it the case of every person who becomes a robot?
Hard to say...
For me, it's a gravestone for all these dead leaves.
There isn't a single green one.
They say that one day, the universe will come to an end, and that every living being will have to die. At this moment, what will happen to android? Moriki, the man with heather wood body, might have known the answer...
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