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Q&A, Chapter 2, Monthly Shounen Sunday, July 2009
Chapter 2: Dero!
GLUB GLUB GLUB...
=Did you eat those cakes—?//The ones from last night?
=Then who was it?
=It was... Q-chan.
=You're right, it must've been Q-chan.
=No, wait!//See,//It really was Q-chan!
=Sure it was.
=I'm back in my hometown—
=For the first time in 6 years—
=My father, Kouichi Ando (age 43)//Is off to work.
=We moved out of this place 6 years ago when the old man got a transfer,//—And that winter...
=My brother, Hisashi Ando (aged 11)//Aka Q-chan.
=Died in an accident.
=My mother, Reiko Ando (age 40)//Is doing some housecleaning.
=My brother died in an accident...
=And I, Atsushi Ando (age 15)//Am in the middle of changing.
=My dead brother...
=We're now a family of three.
=Atsushi—//Give Dero his breakfast.
=He—y,//Can't you hear me?!
[note]The dog's name "Dero" (デロ) is homophonous with "出ろ" the Japanese word for "come out." Hence the brother's sudden appearance.
=Don't waste your breath.
=Nobody else can see me or hear my voice...
=You,//Missed a spot...
=You sound like a mother-in-law.
=He can't talk,//But looks like Dero can see me too.
=Don't equate me with a dog.
=Hey,//Where you going?
=Leave me alone!
=Mom,//I'm going over to Ken-chan's place for a little bit.
=Jinno's waiting for you outside.
=What was that?
=Man...//He looks real pissed.
=And whose fault is that?!
=That bellybutton is—
=What're you guys doing here?
=None of your business.
=Actually,//I think I already know...
=Spit it if you're so sure!
=Q-chan always beat you up, so you're trying to get payback by beating up his little brother.
=He tried to make me eat mud pies yesterday!
=Yeah!//That guy brought 'em over to my house pretending they were from Monsieur's!
=What a grade schooler.
=Anyways, everyone was mad 'cause no one from your place showed up for morning town-cleaning.
=Old man went drinking last night.
=Guess he's still asleep.
=Then you go and do it for him.
=Hey!//Watch your language when you speak to Jinno-san!
=Just 'cause you're a girl doesn't mean—!
=Listen, you little—!
=I'll go.//I'll go, damn it!
=You guys are coming too!
=Looks like,//Yuho got rid of 'em for you.
=Jinno sent her a ton of love letters during junior-high, and she kept 'em as collateral.
=That's why he can't stand up to her.
=Hey, did you know//That Yuho started track 'cause of me?
=But man, that brother of yours.//He really was fast, huh?
=And he wasn't just fast.//He broke the school records for pretty much every event by 5th grade.
=Oh yeah,//Remember the time when he—?
=It's been 6 years, and all you wanna talk about is my brother?
=Yeah—It's been 6 years, huh—?//Well well,//Back then you were—
=What were you doing again?
=Maybe in 6 years...
=Do you believe in spirits?
=Well,//You see,//They're kinda like ghosts...
=And...//Some of them are like, bad...//Uhh—
=...So they sometimes play pranks on people.
=Like changing cakes into mud pies?
=I like your spirit.
=Oh—//A pun. I get it.
=What's that?//My right fist is telling me something.
="Give him a spirited punch."//—I see...
=Oh,//I didn't hear that!
=This'll lift your spirits!
=You're lucky it's after sunset.
=I gotta stay in that house until its dark out.//Get it?
=Bigger frame, but the same old moves.//He never learns.
=Jinn!//What're you doing here?
=Your father was looking for you.
=He wanted you to run over to the liquor store.
=Damn it,//Is he ever gonna start working for real!?
=Alright,//We'll settle this next time, Little Ando.
=Don't let him get away!
=Spirit punch, Atsushi!
=Cut it out!//It's not fair to attack when your opponent isn't looking!
=Hey hey,//Didn't she just attack you when you weren't looking?!
=Besides, Jinno started it!//Tell her, Atsushi!//Tell her there's no rules for fighting!
=Just shut up...
=—Gosh!//You're such idiots!
=All of you!
=Hey, wait! We're not like Jinno!
=What a grade schooler.
=Gee—//Doesn't it feel great when it's dark—?
=Stop fooling around.
=Besides, if you can move around like that,//Then why didn't you just follow us instead of waiting around for 6 years.
=I couldn't—//There's a limit to how far I can travel.
=You see,//I'm only allowed to haunt this neighborhood.
=Alright,//Then how come you can move my body around,//Even though I can't touch you?
=It doesn't work for everybody.
=I can touch objects and stuff,//But not other people.
=—But I can touch Dero,//So I guess it only works with guys that can see me.
=Might wanna decide on that right now.
=It might get messy later on...
=No no,//There's still a lot we don't know about ghosts.
=The scientists and editors can only learn so much...
=You'd better not be planning to leave it at that.
=Listen, Q-chan. You're—
=Don't call me Q-chan anymore.
=Well, you know...//The name and the character...//People might start complaining.
[note]Reference to the main character of Obake no Q-taro (lit. "Q-taro the Ghost), a popular series by Fujiko Fujio that ran during the 1960s and 70s.
=Then what am I supposed to call you?
=You're in high school now,//So it's gotta be "big bro."
=Since when do high schoolers refer to grade schoolers as "big bro?"
=What're you blushing for?//Say it.