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18TH SUNDAY

    Hayaku Me wa samashita ga, okitaku nai. To ga shimatte iru no de, Heya no naka wa usu-gurai. 11 ji made mo Toko no naka ni mozokusa shite ita ga, Sha ni ik ka, ikumai ka to y, tatta hitotsu no ondai wo mote-amashita. Ik ka? Ikitaku nai. Ikumai ka? Iya, iya, sore de wa warui. Nan-to mo Ketsumatsu no tsukanu uchi ni Joch ga m Tonari no Heya made Sji shite kita no de okita. Kao wo aratte kuru to, Toko wo agete dete yuku Otsune no Yatsu:
    "Sji wa O-hiru sugi ni shite yaru kara, n, iide sh?"
    "h." to Yo wa Kinuke shita y na Koe de kotaeta."shite yaru? Hm." to, kore wa Kokoro no uchi.
    Setsu-ko kara Hagaki ga kita. Ky-ko ga chikagoro mata Karada no Guai ga yoku nai no de Isha ni miseru to, mata I-ch ga waruishikamo Mansei da to itta to no koto. Yo ga inai no de Kokoro bosoi: Tegami ga hoshii to kaite aru.
    To ni kaku Sha ni yuku koto ni shita. Hitotsu wa Setsu-ko no Tegami wo mite Ki wo kaeta tame de mo aru ga, mata, 'Ky mo yasunderu!' to Joch-domo ni omowaretaku nakatta karada. 'Nni, Iya ni nattara Toch kara dokka e asobi ni ik!' S omotte deta ga, yappari Densha ni noru to Kippu wo Sukiyabashi ni kirasete Sha ni itte shimatta.
    Mittsu guraino kaaii Onna no Ko ga notte ita. Ky-ko no koto ga sugu Yo no Kokoro ni ukanda. setsu-ko wa Asa ni dete Y-gata ni kaeru: sono ichi-nichi, semakurushii Uchi no naka wa Okkasan to Ky-ko dake! Ah, ObIa-san to Mago! Yo wa sono ichi-nichi wo omto, Me ga onozukara kasumu wo oboeta. Kodomo no Tanoshimi wa Kumino no hoka ni nai. Sono Tanch na, usu-gurai Seikwatsu ni unda toki, Ky-ko wa kitto nani ka tabe-tai to segamu de ar. Nani mo nai. "Ob-san, nani ka, Ob-san!" to Ky-ko wa naku. Nan to sukashite mo kikanai. "Sore, sore......" to itte, ah, Takuan-zuke!
    Fu-shkwa-butsu ga itaike na Ky-ko no Kuchi kara Hara ni haitte, soshite yowai I ya Ch wo itamete iru sama ga Kokoro ni ukanda!
    Nise-byki wo tsukatte 5 ka mo yasunda no da kara, yo wa ta-sho Shikii no takai y na Kimochi de Sha ni haitta. Muron nan no Koto mo nakatta. Soshite, Koko ni kite isae sureba, tsumaranu Kangae-goto wo shinaku te mo ii y de, nan da ka Anshin da. D-ji ni, nan no Keirui no naiJibun no toru Kane de Jibun hitori wo Shochi sureba yoi Hito tachi ga urayamashikatta.
    Shimbun Jigy no Kymi ga, Ksei no Aima-aima ni Yo wo Shigeki shita. Yo wa Otaru ga Shrai mottomo Yb na Tokwai na koto wo kangaeta; soshite, Otaru ni Shimbun wo okoshite, aran-kagiri no Kwatsud wo shitara, donna ni Yukwai dar to omotta.
    Bs wa hate mo nai! Hakodate no Tsunami...... Kindaichi kun to tomo ni Kabafuto e yuku koto...... Russia-ry no Hokubu-Kabafuto e itte, iro-iro no Kokuji-hannin ni au koto......
    Kaeri ni Oshi no Onna wo Densha no naka de mita. "Koishikawa" to Tech e kaite, sore wo Shash ni shimeshite, Norikae-kippu wo moratte ita.
    ImtoOya-kydai ni wakarete, English-jin no Evance(?) to y Hito to tomo ni Kongetsu Asahikawa e itta Mitsu-ko kara nagai Tegaim ga kite ita. "......Kono-goro wa Daibu Machi ni mo nare-mashite, shinogi-yasuku nari-mashita. De mo, k, yawaraka na Haru-biyori wo Mado-goshi ni ukete nado orimasu to, doko mo omoidashi masen ga, tada, Furusato naru Shibutami wo omoi-dashi-masu. Nii-sama ni iitsukerarete, ano Yama-michi no H nado, Sumire wo sagashi ni aruki-mashita Tji no koto wo Tsuikwai itashi-masu. N-sama mo aruiwa sono Tji no Arisama wo Kokoro ni o-tadori ni naru koto ga o-ari ka mo shiremasen! ......Watashi no Tsukue no ue ni kaairashii Fukujus ga arimasu. Sore wo mite imasu to, Ky, fu-to Furusato ga omoi-dasarete nari-masen no. Yoku Sumire ya Fukujus wo sagashi ni, ano hakaba no Hotori wo aruki-mashitakke! ......Soshite, iro-iro na koto wo omoi-dashimasita no. N-sama ni shikarareta Mukashi no koto wo omotte wa, atarashiku urande mo mimashitaYurushite kudasai-mase! Ima wa shikarare-takute mo oyobi-masen!
    "Naze ano toki, amanjite N-sama ni shikararetanaktta de sh? Ima ni natte wa sore ga kono ue mo naku kuyashiu gozai-masu. M-ichi-do N-sama ni shikararete mitakutte! Shikashi m oyobimasen! ......Jissai Watashi no Kokoro-gake wa machigatte-mashita n! ......N-sama wa Ima Shibutami no tare ka to O-tayori nasutte irassharu no? Watashi, Akihama Kiyo-ko san ni O-tegami dashitai to zonjite ori-masu ga, Hokkaido e maitte kara mada ichi-do mo dashimasen no......
    "Sore kara Watashi-domo n, 5 gwatsu Nakagoro wa Fujin-kwai ya Shy-kwai ga gozaimashite, mata Otaru ya Yoichi hmen e mairi-masu......"
    ......Yo no Me wa kasunda. Kono Kokoro-mochi wo sono mama Imto ni tsugeta nara, Imto wa donna ni yorokobu de ar! Genzai no Yo ni, kokoro-yuku bakari ajiwatte yomu Tegami wa, Imto no sore bakari da: Haha no Tegami, Setsu-ko no Tegami, sorera wa Yo ni wa amari kanashii, amari tsurai. Naru beku nara yomitaku nai to sura om. Soshite mata, Yo ni wa Izen no y ni Kokoro to Kokoro no hibiki-au y na Tegami wo kaku Yjin ga naku natta. Toki-doki Shsoku suru Onnani-san-nin no wakai Onna no Tegamisore mo natsukashiku nai Wake de wa nai ga, shikashi sore wa Itsuwari da. ......Imto! Yo no tada hitori no Imto! Imto no Mi ni tsuite no Sekinin wa subete Yo ni aru. Shikamo Yo wa sore wo sukoshi mo hatashite inai. Ototoshi no 5 gwatsu no Hajime, Yo wa Shibutami no Gakk de Strike wo yatte Menshoku ninari, Imto wa Otaru ni ita Ane no moto ni Yakkai ni naru koto ni nari, Yo mo mata Hokkaid e itte nani ka yaru tsumori de, issho ni Hakodate made tsuretette yatta. Tsugaru no Umi wa areta. Sono toki Yo wa Fune ni yotte aoku natteru Imto ni Seishintan nado wo nomashite, Kaih shite yatta. Ah! Yo ga tatta hitori no Imto ni taishite, Ani rashii koto wo shita no wa, osoraku, sono Toki dake na noda!
    Imto wa m nijni da. Atarimae naraba Muron m Kekkon shite, kaaii Kodomo demo daiteru beki Toshi da. Sore wo, Imto wa ima made mo ikutabi ka Jikwatsu no Hshin wo tateta. Fuk ni shite sore wa Shippai ni owatta: amari ni Ani ni nite iru Fuk na Imto wa, yahari Genjitsu no Sekai ni atehamaru y ni dekite inakatta! Saigo ni Imto wa Kami wo motometa: ina, osorakuwa, Kami ni yotte Shokugy wo motometa. Mitsu-ko wa, ima, hiyayaka na Gwaikoku-fujin no moto ni yashinawarete, 'Kami no tame' ni hataraite iru: Rainen wa Shiken wo ukete Nagoya no Mission School e hairi, 'Issh wo Kami ni sasagete' Dend-fu ni naru to y!
    Ani ni nita Imto wa hatashite Shky-ka ni tekishite iru dar ka!
    Seikaku no amari ni chikai tame de gana ar; Yo to Imto wa chiisai toki kara Naka ga warukatta. Osoraku kono futari no kurai aka no warui Kydai wa doko ni mo arumai. Imto ga Yo ni taishite Imto rashii Kuchi wo kiita koto wa atta ga, Yo wa mada Imto ga Ijiko no naka ni ita toki kara, tsui zo Ani rashii Kuchi wo kiita koto wa nai!
    Ah! Sore ni mo kakawarazu, Imto wa Yo wo urande-nai: mata Mukashi no y ni shikararete mitai to itterusore ga m dekinai to kanashinderu! Yo wa nakitai!
    Shibutami! Wasuren to shite wasure enu no wa Shibutami da! Shibutami! Shibutami! Ware wo sodate, soshite Hakugai shita Shibutami!......Yo wa nakitai, nak to shita. Shikashi Namida ga denu!......Sono Shgai no mottomo Taisetsu na 18 nen no aida wo Shibutami ni okutta Cichi to Hahakanashii Toshiyori dachi ni wa, sono Shibutami wa amari ni tsuraku itamashii Kioku wo nokoshita. Shinda Ane wa Shibutami ni 3 nen ka 5 ne shika inakatta. Ni-ban-me no Iwamizawa no Ane wa, yasashii Kokoro to tomo ni Shibutami wo wasurete iru: omoidasu koto wo Chijyoku no y ni kanjite iru. Soshite Setsu-ko wa Morioka ni umareta Onna da. Yo to tomo ni Shibutami wo wasure enu mono wa doko ni aru ka! Hiroi Sekai ni Mitsu-ko hitori da!

    Konya, Yo wa Imtoaware naru Imto wo om no J ni taenu. Aitai! Atte Ani rashii Kuchi wo kiite yaritai! Kokoro yuku bakari Shibutami no koto wo kataritai. Futari tomo Yo-no-naka no Tsurasa, Kanashisa, Kurushisa wo shiranak-atta nan-nen no Mukashi ni kaeritai! Nani mo iranu! Imto yo! Imto yo! Warera no Ikka ga uchisorte, tanoshiku Shibutami no Mukashi-banashi wo suru Hi wa hatashite aru dar ka?
    Itsu shika Ame ga furi-dashite, Amadare no Oto ga wabishii. Yo ni shite moshi Chichisude ni ichi-nen Tayori mo sezu ni iru Chichi to, Haha to, Mitsu-ko to, sore kara Saishi to wo atsumete, tatoi nan no umai Mono wa naku-tomo, issho ni Bansan wo toru koto ga dekiru nara............
    Kindaichi-kun no Kabafuto-iki wa, Natsu-yasumi dake iku no da s da. Ky wa Gengogaku-kwai no Ensoku de miya made itte kita to no koto.