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Writer: 西岡麻衣子 (Nishioka Maiko)
Secret Labyrinth - Chapter 7
Location: In front of the fountain
Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Kanata.

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Hello there, Shu~ How rare it is for you to be out on a “walk”.

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

There was something weighing on my mind, you see. And when something weighs on my mind, it often obstructs any other activities I engage in.

Shouldn’t potentially bothersome things to be eliminated as soon as possible?

Earlier, one of the children in Rei’s care came to me. He said he was undertaking a test in order to have you accept him as your disciple. 

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Oh? That child went to you, Shu?

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Yes. He said he was searching for “the swallow’s cowrie shell”.

Searching for that item is one of the impossible challenges set by Kaguya-hime to force the nobles seeking her hand in marriage to give up[1].

Why are you making him do such a frivolous thing? If you are unwilling, it would be better to outright reject him. Knowing you, it’s not simply because you are unable to reject him to his face, yes?

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Ufufu. It’s quite surprising that you’re taking an interest in other “children” too, Shu… ♪

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Hmph. It’s nothing like that. Him running all over the school and causing a commotion, unaware of your true intentions, is simply a nuisance. Nothing more.

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Mm~mm… I thought he would “give up” immediately, but he seems to be quite a “hard worker”~

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Did that child do something to anger you?

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

? You say strange things, Shu. I’m not angry at all.

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

I would hope that to be the case. While your anger and sadness is scarce, that in no way means that it is absent.

Which is why I considered the possibility that this test is your idea of revenge.

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Hmm. Revenge, you say…

… You might be right. That child said we were “amazing”, and that we seemed “inhuman”. In those exact words.

I guess I might have wanted to get back at him for that.

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

…… Assigning the label of inhumanity to things that they can’t understand or have no way of attaining is a form of comfort and self-defense for people.

Humans are foolish, aren’t they?

All this, even though we are ultimately composed of the same flesh and bone as everyone else. 

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Why does everyone want to go from being “normal” to being “special”?

I might have been a “god” once, but it’s not like it was because I “wanted” to be~ 

That “place” is far, far away from everyone’s “normal”, and is very lonely.

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Mm, that’s especially convincing when you’re the one saying it.

Regardless, the reason people yearn to be extraordinary is simple: they have never known it. Having never experienced it, they idealize it. 

But the truth is far from their idyllic dreams. In reality, there exists only a solitude that is difficult for anyone to understand or empathise with. 

However, it is merely a waste of time for us to preach to the common people about things they will never obtain. And so, they will never know, and will never stop yearning.

Well, the path of an artist has always been a solitary one. Which suits me just fine, since it’s a place where I need not be bothered by the din of the philistines’ prattling. 

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

You are such a “liar”, Shu, saying that even though you don’t like being “alone” ♪

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Non! I’d thank you not to speak about my feelings on my behalf.

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Ufufu ♪ Sorry about that~

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Hmph. Well, I do have to retract my previous statement.

Upon consideration, I do have you all to call friends. I may always feel bewildered and perplexed around you all, but not once have I felt that I was alone.

To say that I would prefer living by myself in spite of that would be laughable. 

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Fufufu~ ♪ I’m happy to be “friends” with Shu as well.

After all, it’s rare for people to stay by my side without fearing me or trying to benefit from me~ 

… Ah, maybe that’s why. Because that child also “looked” straight at me. 

Maybe that’s why I decided to “get back” at him, yet be “kind” too. He reminded me of “Chiaki”, from when we first met.

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

So, you were moved by that and decided not to abandon him, but instead let him decide for himself whether he wanted to give up or push on?

You’ve certainly changed. While it’s hard to say that this method of yours is a good one, I can’t say it’s bad either. It is truly overflowing with humanity. 

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Is that so? Nn~ I’m still not very sure about how to handle “children”.

But I have indeed “transformed” since joining “Ryuseitai”~ 

If you think that I’ve changed, I could say the same of you, you know?

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Hmph. You overestimate me. Now then— that child will probably be returning soon, so what do you intend to do?

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Hm~mm, you’re right. That child faced my test with full “seriousness”, so I think I should treat him with the same “seriousness”.

If not, it wouldn’t be “fair”~ A “Kaguya-hime” like that could be good too. ♪ 

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Perhaps so. … Hm? It would seem that the child has returned.

Yuta Aoi School Dialogue Render

Shinkai-senpai! I brought them all…

Wait, huh? Itsuki-senpai? What are you doing here?

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Don’t concern yourself with me. There was simply something I needed to discuss with Kanata.

Yuta Aoi School Dialogue Render

Ah, thank you for the button just now!

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

Hmph. Well, you’d best come return it soon. Farewell, Kanata. I shall return to my work.

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Shu, I’m sorry for worrying you.

Shu Itsuki School Dialogue Render

I’ve said this time and time again, but I wasn’t worried. Putting it bluntly, your true motives were weighing on my mind and nothing more. So there’s no need for you to apologise.

Kanata Shinkai School Dialogue Render

Then let me say my “thanks” instead. Thank you, Shu… ♪

  1. You can read more about Kaguya-hime's story here
Translation: Iridesenescence
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