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Part 3. Decide to be a girl again

Title: ハスキーボイス
English: Husky Voice
Chapter 3:

Page 96-

TR:
[Novelist Izumi Ruika. Known for her artistic and aesthetically feminine mystery novels.]

TL:
[The Illusions, tricks in her stories…
Not to mention overflowing eroticism.
Her fictional world]
[pulled me in.]

Page 97-

n/a

Page 98-

BL:
Husky Voice
Part 3. Decide to be a girl again

Page 99-

n/a

Page 100-

TC:
[Why did I say that?]

MR:
[I must have been crazy.]

BC:
[I like you just the way you are...]

ML:
[To say that and hug him…]

Page 101-

TR:
[I looked ridiculous!]

MC:
[Stuck in the middle of a Heisei economic rut, with women at the end of their rope in finding work.]

TL:
[6 months ago, I, Uchida Hiro, was lost, drifting like an unemployed refugee.]

ML:
[Every company I turned to was a TOTAL BUST.]
Signs: Marukawa Publishing (NOTE: Lol. :D)

BL:
[As long as it had to do with Izumi Ruika's works, I decided I could handle anything… but…]

Page 102-

TR:
[You just can't get your way in the world today. The day I realized that…]

TC:
[Suddenly…]

TL:
[My chance came!]
Seems they're looking for part-timers, but… they want a man.

MR:
[I knew all I had to do was become a man!]

ML:
[From that day on, 'she' became 'he'
As I left my girlishness behind me.]

Page 103-

TR:
Please, god.

TL:
How could I, a 'man',
fall for another man at a time like this?!

MR:
[My life started spiraling into insanity, thanks to that pervy author.]

ML:
[That's right! It's all her doing!]
[It's her fault!]

BR:
[This can't be love!]

BL:
Fukami-cha~n!

Page 104-

TR:
(Hey, hey!)
I'm thinking of writing a sequel to 'The Innocent Boy from the Cellar'… What do you say? Will you model for me again?
SFX: shudder

TL:
I'm very sorry, but I must COMPLETELY REFUSE!
SFX: throb

BR:
This isn't exactly a new request. How can you be so cold! You call yourself my manager??
(I don't believe it!)

BC:
SFX: stare
W-what? What now?

BL:
You missed a hair shaving. Right… there!
(Ugh!)
SFX: pluck

Page 105-

MR:
If you want a model, you could just use Uchida.

ML:
Oh my!
SFX: glance
But I gave that boy to you!

BR:
'Gave'? He's not just some object, you know.

BC:
Silly, I meant you're welcome to go after him!

BL:
You edit novels, for goodness sake. And yet you're so emotionless, you stubborn thing!
I don't understand what you're implying…

Page 106-

TR:
You like Hiro-kun, right?
You said, 'It's okay that you're a guy' while locked in a passionate embrace with him, didn't you?

TL:
SFX: blush!
Th-that was-!

BR:
That was because anything's better than him dressing in girl's clothes!
It would reflect badly on the company if his perversion…!

BC:
Well, excuse me for being perverted!

BL:
Oh. It's fine if you're perverted.
(Be confident.)

Page 107-

TR:
I'm really a woman.

TC:
No, don't. Don't say that.
I'm actually a woman!

TL:
I like you just the way you are.

MR:
I want a man anyway!

MC:
SFX: JOLT

ML:
SFX: huff heff huff
[I see the same dream every night…]

Page 108-

TR:
[If Fukami-san is actually gay,]
[then this is a more serious problem than I thought.]

TC:
[When he finds out I'm a girl, he might loose all feelings for me!]

TL:
And then we probably couldn't work together, either.

MR:
No way!!

MC:
[If it comes down to that, I'd rather continue to stay at his side as a guy.]
SFX: squeeze

BL:
[But…]

Page 109-

TR:
[since that time]

TL:
[Fukami-san has somehow…]

MR:
[grown frigidly cold]

ML:
[when dealing with me in person.]

BR:
I'm not gay!

BC:
[But…]
[then what was that embrace for?]

ML:
[Why did he kiss me like his control had snapped?]

Page 110-

TC:
Did Fukami-chan say…
that he has someone else he likes?

TL:
No… It's just a feeling.

BR:
Well, he did have a lover before. But that was several years ago.

BL:
Oh, I remember! I think they had to go overseas suddenly. To Europe, I think.

Page 111-

TR:
I think they were going to have sex change surgery. Though that could be merely hearsay…

TL:
Sex change!?
Just kidding!
(Hah hah hah hah!)
(Did I get you?)

MR:
Hiro…-kun?

ML:
Dear, do you like… Fukami-chan that much?

Page 112-

TR:
[I might feel slightly bad for her…]
[… But…]
SFX: squeeze

TC:
The struggle is what shows this is true love!

TL:
[I've got to stay on top of this juicy predicament!]
Just keep trying!

BR:
[Things are so troublesome. I gotta sort out my thoughts.]

BC:
[Fukami-san mistakenly thinks that I'm a gay man that likes to cross dress.]

BL:
[Plus, Ruika-sensei has dibs on him… Or he's a favorite of hers, at least.]

Page 113-

TR:
[At first he was adamantly denying that he was gay, but then he turned around and said it's fine that I'm a man when I said I was a girl.]

TC:
And he had a lover that went abroad for a sex change…
(Accidentally convinced.)

MR:
Hm?
Wait, so his male lover was going to become a woman?

ML:
If that guy were to come back, they'd be a woman… So, if Fukami-san still likes them, that wouldn't count as gay, right? (In this instance?)

BL:
Huh? Wait!

Page 114-

TR:
Or could it have been a girl that changed to a man??
(Uhh…)

TC:
(I just don't know anymore!!)
SFX: ruffle ruffle

TL:
I should just stop thinking about it.

MR:
[All this daydreaming is terrible for my nerves.]
SFX: bubble bubble bubble

BL:
I've brought those pictures we took for the gravure the other day.

Page 115-

TR:
If you could choose your favorites from these…
Later! Can you ask me later?

TC:
I'm nearly done!
Just 10 more pages. The editing staff are waiting, too.
Later! I'll do it later!

BR:
I apologize… The manuscript is rather late…
As usual.

BC:
SFX: tick tock tick tock tick tock

Page 116-

TC:
Thank you very much!

TL:
Good work today! Until next time!

MC:
Aahhh! Finished!

ML:
Ruika-sensei…
(Urmm)

BC:
EEK!!

BL:
Oh, Fukami-chan! You're still here??
You startled me!

Page 117-

TR:
W-what was it you needed today?
SFX: twitch

TC:
I came here because you told me you wanted to decide on your own photos...

TL:
(The ones for the gravure…)

MR:
They were supposed to be submitted today, but we won't make the deadline now.
(Now what do we do?)

MC:
Oh, is that all? You should have told me sooner-

ML:
I did!!

BR:
Jeez!

BC:
SFX: Hm! Hm! Hm!

BL:
'Just 10 more' she says! I waited because she said it would only take a minute!

Page 118-

TR:
I guess I'll just take them home with me for tonight and throw them at the printer's tomorrow first thing in the morning.

TC:
Oh! I've got a meeting in the morning!

TL:
SFX: beep, boop, bah

MR:
I see. Then I should come by your house tomorrow to pick them up? Understood.

MC:
Yes, I understand.

BR:
[Go to Fukami-san's place first thing…]

BL:
[in the morning??]

Page 119-

TR:
SFX: beep beep

MR:
Huh? It's unlocked?

BL:
Who's there?
Is someone here?
SFX: giggle giggle

Page 120-

TR:
A
yu
mu!

TL:
SFX: surprise!
Did you forget the face of your own girlfriend?

MR:
Rima??

MC:
It's been… 3 years, huh?

ML:
When did you get back to Japan??

BR:
A week ago! I called, but I couldn't get a hold of you, so I just stopped by instead.

BC:
You still have a key.

BL:
What? I'd never just throw it away!

Page 121-

TR:
[3 years ago she suddenly went to Paris to study because of her obsession with French films.]

TC:
How did film study go?
It was great!

TL:
[For the first 2 years we wrote and phoned each other constantly, but…]

MR:
[Work got busier and me being disorganized as I am, I couldn't keep up the replies faithfully.]
Want anything to drink?

MC:
[This last year I figured things had naturally petered out.]
(Got any cider?)

ML:
[But we never officially broke up, so I suppose we're still technically together.]
(No.)

BR:
Want some wine?

BL:
I want you, Ayumu.

Page 122-

TR:
[Smelling the long-forgotten soft scent of a woman,]

TC:
[my arms just found their way around her.]

BR:
[Of course. This is how it should be.]

BC:
[This will get rid of the nightmare.]

BL:
[The nightmare where I question my sexuality.]

Page 123-

MR:
I want to become a film critic.
Hey, I don't care if it's small,
but can you give me column space?

BR:
Come on. Will you let me?

BC:
Bring something you've written to the office first.

BL:
Then we'll talk.

Page 124-

TL:
SFX: badump badump
Fukami-san said before that he doesn't
often eat breakfast. So…
I'll get there an hour early and make it for him!
SFX: Hee hee

BR:
[I'm actually quite good at cooking.]
SFX: ding dong

BC:
[Despite how I look, I'm good at household chores!]
I bet Fukami-san will be surprised!

BL:
SFX: ding dong ding dong

Page 125-

TR:
Fukami-san!! It's Uchida!
I've come to pick up the photos!
SFX; knock knock knock

TL:
SFX: fwish
Guess he's asleep!

MR:
SFX: cha-cka cha-cka cha-cka

ML:
It's open!

BR:
I'm coming in…

Page 126-

TR:
(Oof)

Page 127-

TR:
SFX: crash
Hm?

TL:
Who-?

MC:
… Uchida?!
What are you doing here?

ML:
Oh, right!
It's that late already?
(Hmm?)
Who's that?

Page 128-

TC:
SFX: dash!

TL:
Uchida?!

BR:
SFX: SLAM!!

BL:
Who was that boy?
He works part-time at my office.
He's my assistant.

Page 129-

TR:
I asked him to come for a work request!
Crap…

TC:
Well, he didn't have to run away...
How innocent!
It's cute!

MR:
Wow, your part-timers go shopping for you, too?

ML:
He's a little…
… off.

BR:
Oh?

BL:
Strange.

Page 130-

TC:
Great, now
the submission is late, too. Thanks a lot…

TL:
[What's with him?
He needs to recognize that work is work. I should give him a talking to!]

BR:
Uchida!!
Where is Uchida!?

BC:
Hiro-kun
was here until a second ago…
… Huh?

Page 131-

TR:
SFX: duck

MC:
SFX: badump badump badump

BR:
SFX: shift

BC:
What was up with you this morning?

BL:
F-
Fukami-san…

Page 132-

TR:
Don't slack off with work!

TC:
And stop messing around!

MR:
What happened?
SFX: whisper whisper

ML:
What's wrong?
Did Hiro-kun do something?

BR:
But… but…
SFX: drip drop

BC:
What are you crying at me for?
I don't get it at all, but…
Quit that whimpy, whiny girly act already.
It's disgusting.

Page 133-

TR:
Oh, sorry.
Not a girl. Just a cross dresser, right?

TC:
[Fukami-san, you're so mean!]

TL:
[Your words are beyond cruel and sarcastic!]

MR:
[I didn't know he was…
... this sort of man.]

BC:
[I… I just-!]
SFX: smack!

Page 134-

TC:
SFX: wham!
Ack!

TL:
Ouch! That hurt! (Wait, you!)

MC:
Oh!

BC:
From this morning!

TC:
I'm Kuroda Rima.
I've been with Ayumu for 5 years now.

MR:
Or, well
there was some time we weren't 'together.'
I was in Paris until just recently.
Studying film, you know?

TL:
Paris?!

BR:
Then you must be-!

BC:
Huh?

BL:
Uh, never mind…
SFX: stare

Page 136-

TC:
[She does have boobs.]
[Definitely female any way you look at her.]

TL:
[But she is wearing quite a lot of make up, so there's a chance that she's a transvestite…?]

MR:
[Did this person get a sex change? Is 'she' originally a 'he'?]

MC:
What…
are you looking at?

ML:
Your breasts are pretty big.

BC:
What?

BL:
Are they real?

Page 137-

TR:
Well-!
That's incredibly rude! Of course they're real!!

BR:
Rima?!
Uchida?!
SFX: start!

BC:
What are they doing?

BL:
May I touch them?

Page 138-

TR:
Are you DERANGED??
Would any woman let a man she's never met touch her chest in the middle of a cafe?!

TL:
Are you really…
a woman?
SFX: stare

MR:
I could sue you for that slander, you know.
(Nff nf hm)

BC:
SFX: badump badump

Page 139-

TR:
Alright then.
Shall we go to a love hotel?

TC:
What?!

TL:
I'll let you touch me as much as you like.
I might even show you more than just my chest.

MR:
N-no, thank you!
There's no need to go that far!
SFX: yank

ML:
I-
I'll leave now. Thank you.

BR:
SFX: grip

BC:
So innocent.
It's cute!

BL:
So cute I could just eat you up!

Page 140-

TR:
P-please stop!
Please let me go!

TL:
No need to be shy when you're the one
that propositioned me. Why play hard to get now?

MC:
I-
I'm…

BR:
I'm…

BL:
I'M GAY!

Page 141-

TC:
SFX: Shock!

MR:
SFX: faint

MC:
I thought
that might be it!

ML:
And you like Ayumu, don't you?
I'm right, right?

BC:
SFX: badump badump
I had my suspicions since this morning.

Page 142-

TR:
Yeah well…
are you even really a woman?

TC:
Hm?
Did you say something?

TL:
Oh no!
Nothing!

MR:
Sorry
to disappoint,
but Ayumu is with me.

ML:
Give up on him, okay?

BR:
[From the bottom of my heart…]

BL:
[I felt so frustrated!]

Page 143-

TR:
[Even if she's had a sex change…]
[I felt real jealousy for that 'woman.']

TL:
[Even though I'm a woman, too!]

MR:
[I guess you reap what you sow…]

BC:
[I can only be a man in front of the man I like. It's so sad, it's almost laughable…]

ML:
[So funny… So funny I may cry…]
SFX: depressed depressed
(Guess Uchida really was)
(gay, huh?)

Page 144-

TR:
Even if the editing department finds out,
you just need to keep from getting fired, correct?

TL:
I won't let that happen.
Leave it to me!

ML:
[It's decided.
I'm going back to being a girl!]

BR:
[I don't want to stop being Izumi Ruika-sensei's (assistant) manager.]

BL:
[I'll fight this out as a woman!]
[Work, and love!]

END PART 3

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