Reserved for Lila Wolves
Kore ha Koi no Hanashi Chapter 26
(A 21 year age-gap love story between a novelist and a girl)
without me noticing...
I can't stop it anymore?
(He wakes up in the middle of a fire... What Shinichi remembers is...)
I don't want to go // over there!!
Stop it, mom!!
Shinichi-san, are you okay? Let's get out of here!
No, // stop!!
I just called 119.
Stop it, mom!!
Snap out of it, Shinichi-san!!
It's me!! // Haruka!!
I don't really remember what happened after that.
Haruka pulling me on my hand
made me relieved deep down...
Figures... It just had to be a fire of all things... // Even if just small...
We're lucky it only hit the kitchen. // This house is pretty old, so it wouldn't have been strange for the fire to spread around.
Caused by a short circuit... (So stuff like that really happens...)
Anyway, let's clean up what we can do.
I'm sure Utsumi won't be able to do anything like that.
I'm glad you didn't get injured either, Haruka.
Thanks // for saving Shinichi.
Uhm... // About Shinichi-san...
Could you please stay with him for now?
It's all right now, Shinichi-san...
I also // am scared of my mom.
And that... // probably won't change
from now on.
I remember clearly // the time my brother died.
Back then I didn't quite understood what was going on.
My mom suddenly changed.
I didn't know why, became sad and // scared.
There were times were I even hated my mom.
not anymore now.
Because these things made me meet with you, Shinichi-san.
...You're // strong.
Even I didn't // want to hate my mother.
I hated my father. He was always drunk and rampaging.
But for some reason my mother couldn't abandon him // and played the good wife.
Now that I think back, I understand that she was trying so hard to raise me.
But in reality my mother was affected too.
Well, obviously, when you get hit and abused nearly every day.
And one day she suddenly reached her limit.
She should have just gotten a new man and left.
Then it would have all settled with just a grudge against her...
I wonder why
she choose to die.
And a double-suicide at that.
You must be surprised...
I thought I would be able to forget it // when becoming an adult.
Actually I started to forget about it, but once some fragments came back to me.
My mother's face, the sensation of her hand, // her crying voice while apologizing to me. Everything.
I remember everything clearly...
Let's go together.
Maybe if I had died // back then too,
my mother might have been happy
and I wouldn't have to suffer like this.
I told myself a couple of times: "That can't be",
but I'm back to square one.
What's the right thing to do? What should have I done?
What was I born for?
all right now.
I'm here for you.
I also have you,
so there's nothing to fear.
Shinichi-san... // You know about Nanami-senpai, right?
That's why you told me "Tell me if you get a boyfriend".
It's not like that with Senpai.
He resembles my brother.
If my brother were still alive, he would probably be like him...
Senpai is very kind, so I happened to depend on him...
So I told him about that assault on me from before.
Because I was actually scared of going home...
A while ago senpai confessed to me, but
at that time I noticed that it's not like that at all.
He's just my senpai. // He's not my brother, and especially not you.
No matter how much he loves me,
there's only one special person that I can relax around.
And that's you, Shinichi-san.
At that time I realized // that it has to be
Actually, after the assault
my father was worried and wanted me to live with him overseas. // Saying it would burden you otherwise.
But I // convinced my father.
Because I want to stay here
in Japan with Shinichi-san.
Am I not allowed to stay
by your side?
I do there---
(Next time, upon realizing his own feelings, how will Shinichi act!?)