Cursed

Cursed 011: Aftermath of the Broken Seal Incident

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Chapter 11: Aftermath of the Broken Seal Incident

There was a man sitting amidst the wisteria, perched on top of one of the wisteria’s supporting poles.

Although the poles didn’t look like they could hold anything more than a songbird.

Cloaked in dark, black clothes and wearing a white oni mask, everything about him screamed “suspicious”.

With a deep voice he sighed, then chuckled.

“Kakaka. What a marvelous sight. A sea of flames!”

He said imperiously, spreading his arms wide in sheer rapture.

Sssssszk-!

Just as he’d fully spread them out there was a sound that cut through the air.

The suspicious man; his mask and body, were sliced through into many pieces.

Flutter flutter flutter. (more…)

Cursed 010: Honoka

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Chapter 10: Honoka

“Oi oi oi… what’s’is, what’s’is? Are you joshin’ me? This ain’t right- *gehogeho* Augh, i’b swallowing wadder-! Gah, glub glub glub!”

“Keep that barrier up, Gakuto, or my heel’s going up your behind. Ugh, this rain…”

“Yer not even standin’ in it!”

A thin man, not looking unlike a drowned weasel, stood outside the park.

He could barely stand because of the rain and winds, and flinched at the distant thunder.

Inside, a woman with a dyed streak of pink hair in a long ponytail tapped her foot impatiently. Strangely, she wasn’t being rained on at all.

Strangely, nothing within the park was being rained on.

Above and around the park a barely visible, thin blue film was stretched out.

Both the man and the woman were wearing jackets that belonged to Tsunato’s crime scene investigation units.

“Tch. This is because you live too close to the park. WHY do WE have to be the ones to respond to this damn spectacle?” (more…)

Cursed 09: A Time to be by Her Side

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Chapter 9: A Time to be by Her Side

The surroundings are dark. Kousei couldn’t see anything in the pitch-black darkness.

Oh, though he could see himself perfectly well.

Where is this?

… Is what he’d like to say, but it’s another dream, huh?

Kousei was… well, he wasn’t exactly used to this, but it wasn’t something he hadn’t experienced before.

The so-called lucid dream… although he couldn’t control what happened in these dreams at all. (more…)

Cursed 08: Chapter 8: Each Others’ Hurts

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Chapter 8: Each Others’ Hurts

Back in Tokyo, a figure of a tall man who stood head above the crowd walked the streets.

People stared as he passed by.

Tall and broad shouldered with a long, prominent, western-styled nose and full beard, it was little wonder they stared.

“Is he a Hollywood actor?”

Young women whispered together as they watched him go by.

The man was completely unconcerned at their whispers.

“Oh, what a good smell…”

He approached a counter where they were selling cream croquettes.

“Excuse me…”

“Yes, welcome – eh! Um… <I kyant s-peak English>!” (more…)

Cursed 07: Tsunatou Inari Shrine

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Chapter 7: Tsunatou Inari Shrine

“Hm…”

Tsurumi Minemoto glanced over at Suyin Zhou, who seemed to be thinking.

Although she was curious, Tsurumi didn’t feel the need to say anything. Suyin is the type to say exactly what she was thinking, after all.

“New Guy-kun, what is it that you think of him?”

Suyin’s sharp eyes flickered over and she stared steadily at Tsurumi.

“He is … I …” (more…)

Cursed 06: School Goddess and School Idol

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Chapter 6: School Goddess and School Idol

“Eh, so Manabe-san studied psychology.”

“Although I wasn’t particularly good at it, that is to say I barely passed.”

Daiki Manabe-san laughed a bit.

Currently, he was supporting his team member as she, Eriko Nabeshima, was writing up a report.

“Eeeeh? But you were praised as a brilliant investigator even when you were in training, from what I heard!”

“Most of my success is because of my abilities in a physical … altercation, not my investigative skills. Unfortunately, I’m not that smart of a person as you may have been led to believe, haha.” (more…)

Cursed 05: New Students on the First Day

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Chapter 5: New Students on the First Day

“And? Why exactly are you in my office?”

“Fufufun… is there a rea~son I shouldn’t be here, Miryoku-chan?”

“Reason? No, no reason. I’m just annoyed that you’re here. HOW are you in my office? What is our security doing?”

“You’re expecting thaaat old man to be of use against ME?”

In the office there was a seductive, strict-looking glasses beauty in a suit with mid-length, layered black hair, a busty woman with long, colorless hair that reached to her waist, and an extremely handsome, black-haired man in a suit standing in a posture as if he were an attendant.

Frankly, with a cast like this, in an upscale office setting like this, one wouldn’t be entirely surprised if there was something being filmed. As to what rating the shot would be … well.

To be honest, other than the busty, colorless woman, the other two are standing almost perfectly motionless. So … drama with a lot of exposition?

This is the Tsunato High School Principal’s office, and the principal of Tsunato High is Miryoku Saitou. Her sharp eyes glared over the frames of her glasses at the woman who was lounging on her desk without a care in the world.

The man bowed his head. (more…)

Cursed 04: They are Already Family

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Chapter 4: They are Already Family

The next morning glistened in the sun.

If it weren’t for the leaves and branches everywhere, it would seem like that violent storm last night was a lie.

“I’m Kousei Ishikawa from next door. My uncle, Daiki Manabe, is working today, so please let me be the one to greet you. We will be in your care. It isn’t much, but I’ve baked some cookies…”

Kousei cringed a little inside.

Although he thought it would be better for them to buy baked goods from a moderately trendy store back in Tokyo, Daiki-san insisted that Kousei’s were better, and in the chaos of the move, Kousei hadn’t had time to protest, and now they were already here. (more…)

Cursed 03: Daiki-san Returns

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Chapter 3: Daiki-san Returns

To think, I had proceeded one step closer to understanding my incomprehensible Blessing, and yet, I’ve learned nothing at all…

Even though I feel like I’ve had half of my brain removed, listlessly floating here and there as I tried to continue the chores after my shock, there is always someone more miserable.

“D-Daiki-san…”

I can’t help stuttering.

I mean, Daiki-san returned, looking like he had just swam across an ocean.

Or rather, our foyer has turned into a swamp.

“Hahaha… I’m home…”

Even his voice sounds so miserable.

“Welcome … home … no, wait, get in here! Bath, I forgot to draw the bath, dammit! Ah, shoot, where is the laundry hamper and towels? If it’s this horrible out, you should have stayed at the police station overnight!”

“Because – letting you spend the second night in a new house all alone seems too pitiful…”

“Am I your newly-wed wife or something!? Nevermind, you’ll catch a cold, hurry up!”

This stupidly over-doting uncle!

The trees are still dancing in the heavy winds and rain, so what are you doing?! I was even waiting with my phone in my pocket; waiting for him to text or call me to tell me he was staying at his workplace overnight.

Instead of hurrying in, Daiki-san held out his COMPLETELY drenched through, supposedly waterproof nylon jacket, and gave me a curious look.

Uh…

“… W-what is it?” (more…)

Cursed Chapter 2: THIS kind of place has THAT kind of effect.

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Chapter 2: THIS kind of place has THAT kind of effect.

Minemoto Tsurumi clutched the large, paper department store bag to her ample chest and looked up towards the stormy sky worriedly.

Although she had wrapped the bag in plastic, she wasn’t certain the dry cleaning she had just retrieved would stay safe if the rain suddenly fell.

It couldn’t be helped; Tsurumi made up her mind and decided to cut through Tsunato Park to shorten the distance.

Even though, on days like today, it would be better to avoid it.

Despite the heavy, still atmosphere that seemed to guarantee a storm, there was a contented silence amidst the perfume air underneath the wisteria. (more…)