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A Mocking Kiss, Chapter 2

Title: イタズラなキッス Chapter 2
English suggestion: A Mocking Kiss

Page 48-

TC:
[I'm sitting here...]

ML:
[… eating breakfast with Irie-kun.]
[Life's strange.]

Page 50-

TR:
[The Irie-kun I used to like...]
[… eating natto, sipping his miso soup...]

TL:
(Onii-chan, won't you eat something while you read the paper?)
[I can't get over it.]

MR:
So, Kotoko-chan!

ML:
Did you sleep well last night?
Yes, I did!

MR:
Ai-chan's still fast asleep.
Oh, please excuse him!

MC:
[Come oooonn in!]

ML:
Oh no, don't fret. I know he's up late working as a cook.

BR:
Thanks for the meal.
SFX: scrape

BC:
Oh my, it's getting late.

BL:
Oh!
Kotoko-chan, you should walk to school with Oniichan.
You do go to the same school, after all.
O-ok!

Page 51-

TR:
Thanks for breakfast! I'm leaving!
Oh no you don't! You still have food on your plate and time to eat it.
Silly! Always clinging to your brother...

TL:
Oh, Oniichan! Make sure to show Kotoko-chan the way, okay?
(Don't bother them, sweetie.)
(I wanna goooo!)
(Take care!)

MR:
We're off!
(Hm?)
SFX: step step step

BL:
[Well, this is awkward.]
[If I'd known this would happen, I never would have given him that letter…]
Hey.

Page 52-

TR:
Y-Yes?

TL:
You can follow me to figure out how to get to school.
But once we get there, you better leave me alone.

MR:
And this should be obvious, but don't tell anyone about us living together.

ML:
SFX: hmph!
I don't want any more crazy rumors about me and you floating around.

BR:
I know that!

BC:
Mind not talking to me on our way?
[Annoyed!!]

BL:
The train toward XX on platform 5 is now departing.
SFX: screech

Page 53-

TR:
We apologize for the overcrowding. Next stop--
SFX: squeeze squeeze
(Ouch!)

TL:
[I've never been in worse, rush-hour crowds!]
(Owowow!)
[My bag's getting dragged away!]

MR:
[Stupid, calm Irie-kun!]

MC:
[Must be nice to be tall!]
(He can even read a book in here?!)

ML:
[He could stand to wonder if I'm okay or not, jeez!]
Huh?
SFX: grope

BR:
[A-a pervert?!]

BC:
[S-someone's touching my butt…!]

BL:
[WhatdoIdo?!]
[G-get off me!!]

Page 54-

TR:
[Help me, Irie-kun!!]
SFX: tremble tremble

TL:
[Look over here!]
[Irie-kun!]

MC:
[Telepathy worked!]
(Must be his 200 IQ!)

BC:
Irie-kun…

ML:
Help me!
SFX: tremble tremble
SFX: flail

BL:
There's a molester over here!!

Page 55-

TC:
[Help me!]
SFX: ignore

MR:
[Huh?]

MC:
[He… he ignored me? ME?]

BC:
[At a time like this?]

ML:
[He… he realized what's going on, right?] (I mean, he's got an IQ of 200…)

BL:
[He'd ignore a girl in this sort of trouble?!]

Page 56-

TR:
[I… I don't believe it!!]

TL:
Hold on a second!!

ML:
What now? I told you not talk to me.
T-this is important!

BL:
You saw I was in trouble, didn't you!?
Th-that some pervert was groping me!?
Oh, really?

Page 57-

TR:
And you couldn't be bothered to help?!

TC:
What did you expect me to do in such a crowded train?
Besides, it wasn't that big of a deal.
WHA-!?

TL:
Anyway…

MR:
Sure you weren't imagining it?

BR:
Overly self-aware, much?

MC:
Seeya.
You know the way from here, right?

BC:
I'm off.

ML:
[There's ice…]

BL:
[Ice in his veins instead of blood, I know it!!]

Page 58-

TR:
[So annoyed!]

TC:
Hey, Kotoko!
Wow! You take the train to school now?

TL:
[So freaking annoyed!!]

MR:
And so,
The Midterm will cover up to page 56.
(Whaaaaat??)

BR:
That's all topics we've covered so far!
If you've been paying attention, it'll be easy!
(No way!!)
SFX: Ding dong

BC:
Midterms are so lame!

BL:
I'm not even gonna try this time.
If I don' get a good score, I'm kinda screwed…

Page 59-

TR:
Whoa! Studyin' already, Goodie two shoes? (Takin' lotsa notes!)
Don't bother! Just coast like the rest of us!
SFX: scritch scratch

TL:
I won't fail this time!
Huh?

MR:
I won't lose to Irie-kun!

ML:
(Bwahah!)
Whew! That's a good one, Kotoko! (My sides are splittin'!)

BL:
Don't push it, though Kotoko! Even a god couldn't help you do that!

Page 60-

TR:
I'm serious.
SFX: straight up

MR:
Oh no! Are you sick?! (Something's wrong with Kotoko!)

ML:
Yer talkin' about the top student in the whole CITY, never mind the school. A genius!! (Might even be the best in JAPAN!)

BR:
W-well… That's how serious I am!
(Already depressed)
I'll at least place high enough to get posted with the rest of the good students!

BC:
Kotoko! Only 100 students get posted on the bulletin board!
NO ONE in Class F has EVER made it to th' board! And with yer record…
Then I'll rewrite my record!

BL:
(Kotoko's gone insane!!)
I-I can do it!

Page 61-

TR:
[I know I've got no chance.]
(He'd probably say I'm out of my league.)

BR:
[I'll show him! I'll at least have my name posted on the same board as him!]

Page 62-

TR:
[What do I do??]

TL:
[I don't understand any of this!]

MR:
[Wh-where do I even start?]

ML:
[I don't even understand what I don't understand!]

MR:
[I'm such an idiot!]

ML:
[I bet he's just sitting next door, easily solving all these work problems…]

BR:
SFX: knock knock
Yes?
SFX: badump!

BC:
Oh, you are still awake! Studying so hard… Here. Have a midnight snack!
Wow! Thank you very much, Obasan!

BL:
This really is lovely!
I feel like such a mother!
SFX: glance
Huh?

Page 63-

TR:
Well, you know. My eldest doesn't actually study.
So I've never brought him a midnight snack.

TL:
I like this sort of thing.
(Huh…)
I've always wanted to do this.

MR:
H-he doesn't st-study…? I mean, N-Naoki-kun really d-doesn't…?
(But he's top of the class!)

ML:
I know! He's quite something, don't you think? (I don't think it's all that cute of him, really…)

MR:
Th-then he's…
Yep, he's probably already asleep.

BR:
[For real…?]

BL:
(Eeek!)
[He IS a genius!]

Page 64-

TR:
[Somehow… my drive to study just vanished…]
You could always ask Oniisan for help, Kotoko-chan.

TL:
[If I only could…]
Want to take a breather, Kotoko-chan?

MR:
S-sure.
I thought I'd show you something amusing!

ML:
Wait just a moment!

BR:
This right here!

BC:
An old photo album?
Could it be… Naoki-kun's?

BL:
Tee hee! Just take a look!

Page 65-

TR:
[Oo! I wanna see!]
SFX: excited!

TL:
I always wanted to show someone!
[Just what did Irie-kun look like as a child…?]

MC:
[Huh?]

BR:
So cute!

BC:
But, who's this girl? (I wonder?)
Naoki-kun doesn't have a sister, right? (They look so alike, though.)

BL:
It IS Oniichan.

Page 66-

TR:
Wh-
WHAT!? (But it totally looks like a…!)

TL:
Right? Isn't he cute?

MR:
I really really wanted a daughter.

MC:
I honestly thought that I would have a daughter.

ML:
I'd only bought girl's clothes, so
when Oniichan was born, I was shocked!

BR:
I didn't want to have to re-buy all the baby clothes,
so I just dressed him as a girl!

BC:
I had him wear girl's things until he got old enough to complain and want a boy's wardrobe.

BL:
SFX: snort!
Oniichan never really did forgive me.
I think that may be why he's so aloof nowadays.

Page 67-

TR:
You're the first one I've told about this, Kotoko-chan. I'm even keeping it a secret from Yuuki, or Oniichan would be upset. (Even though he was so cute!)
So, let's keep this between us, Ok? (tee hee!)

TL:
Uh… Ok…

MR:
SFX: Heehee!

ML:
Good morning, Oniichan!
SFX: step step
Morning.

BL:
Good morning.
SFX: smiiiile

Page 68-

TR:
Good morning?

TC:
[I can't control…]
SFX: snort! tee hee hee
[… my laughter!]

BR:
Hey, Kotoko!
Let's hang out after school, yeah?
Can't sorry! Gotta study!
Seriously??

BC:
That's right! Where're ya staying now, anyway? (Can't call ya if I don't know where ya are!)

BL:
Uhh… I'm staying with a friend of my dad's…
Yeah, but where?
Oh, well… you know… err…
SFX: twitch

Page 69-

TR:
N-near Setagaya.
Wow! Setagaya? Whereabouts?
O-oh, I don't really know...?

TC:
Whaaat? Ya don't even know that? (We can't even stop by!)

TL:
Uh… yeah… Heh heh…
[Can't spill the beans.]

ML:
Aihara-san?

Page 70-

TC:
(It's Irie-kun!!)
(You're kidding!)
(Eek!)
(Whoa!)

TL:
(He asked for Kotoko!)
(It's Irie-kun from Class A!)

MR:
What's going on, Kotoko?!
Did he reconsider and like,
want to go out with you? (Oh my god!!)

MC:
Even if ya say ya like Kotoko now!

ML:
It's too late fer the likes o' you!

BR:
Don't be ridiculous.
Aihara-san, grab your bag.

BC:
(Ridiculous, he says…)
(What's up with them?)

BL:
What?
What do you want? (Making me take my bag…)

Page 71

TR:
My mother switched our lunches.

TC:
Lunch?

TL:
Oh! You're right!

MR:
Whoa! They gave each other something!

MC:
(Yer kidding!!)

ML:
What are they saying? I can't hear!

BR:
Man, things have gotten more troublesome already.
Why'd we have to go to the same school?
SFX: humph!

BC:
Yeah, who knows? We might even accidentally switch school uniforms… (Maybe you'll grab mine?)

BL:
Huh?
Why would I take your uniform?

Page 72-

TR:
Weeell, when you were little…

TL:
… you only wore skirts, after all!

MR:
SFX: Ta-da!

BR:
You were so cute, Irie-kun!

BL:
SFX: GAAHHH!!
Wh-why do you have that!? (What? What?)

Page 73-

TC:
Where on earth did you dig that up from?!
Your mother gave me one of the photos.

TL:
She showed me the whole album, too.

MR:
What was my mom thinking?!

BR:
A-anyway! Give that back!
No.

MC:
N-no…?

ML:
No, because you've been teasing me this entire time. (It's my turn now.)

BL:
Nice to know even a genius has a weak spot.

Page 74-

TR:
Give it back!

TC:
You think you can threaten me?

TL:
I'll give it back…
if…

MR:
You tutor me for the midterms

BR:
for one whole week!

MC:
You want me…

BC:
to tutor you…?
Yep!

ML:
Or how about,
if you get me in the top 100 rankings?

BL:
Give it here.

Page 75-

TR:
N-no way!
(What's the problem?)
(Maybe Kotoko's confessing again?)
(And he's saying no again?)

TL:
You're asking for the impossible!

MR:
Oh? Then I guess I'll just make copies and pass them out at…

MC:
SFX: flap

ML:
AAHH!

BR:
…. Fine.

BL:
Starting today, I'll tutor you every evening for a week.
But I won't guarantee anything.

BC:
SFX: Yippie!!

Page 76-

TR:
The top 100 is usually full of students from Classes A and B.
You'll need an act of God for a Class F to make it.

TL:
… R-right… (That makes… sense…)
Then, see you tonight.

MC:
SFX: oops
(Whoa!) Kotoko! What happened with that genius freak?!

BC:
Oh!
What did you talk about??

ML:
Heh heh, nothing special!
Well, off to study~

Page 77-

TR:
My stars! This tastes delicious, ma'am!

TC:
(And this is coming from a professional cook!)

TL:
Why, thank you!
Don't compliment her too much, Ai-chan! (She'll be impossible all night.)
SFX: Bwa ha ha!

MR:
SFX: glance

MC:
(Oh dear, stop it!)
(Yuuki, seconds?)
(No thanks.)

MR:
Kotoko-chan, I'll make you a snack again tonight. What would you like?
SFX: tee hee!

ML:
Oh, Kaasan?

BR:
Make it two snacks, please.
And bring mine to Kotoko-san's room.
SFX: Huh? Huh? Huh?

BC:
What?…
Two?

BL:
(You mean…) You're going to study, Oniichan?
Yep.

Page 78-

TR:
(This is amazing!!)

TC:
(Oniichan's going to study for exams!)
(Kotoko-chan is amazing!)

TL:
Who's fault do you think this?!

MR:
O-Oniichan? Would you look at my homework, too?
You're fine.

MC:
Let's go.
O-Ok.

ML:
(Study hard, Kotoko-chan!)

BC:
So what shall we start with tonight?
SFX: nervous
What's your worst subject?
Math…? I guess?

BL:
[I-I didn't realize I'd get so nervous alone with him…]
Ok, then.
[I guess I was stuck on him for 2 years…]

Page 79-

TR:
What's going to be covered on your test?
Same as yours, right?
Yeah, but I haven't kept track.
Up to page 40…

TL:
Hm… These two questions should be on the test.
W-what? (How do you know?)

MR:
They're the main topics.
How do you study, Irie-kun?
I can remember it after hearing the lecture and copying it down the first time.

ML:
(Whaaat?!)
I'll write out a few problems and you answer them.

BR:
[H-he's like a real teacher!]

BL:
[He might even be smarter than a teacher!]

BR:
Here, give these a try.

BC:
If you can finish them, you can get about 80%, I think.

BL:
[Ee…]
SFX: ding clang cong dink
[Eegads!]

Page 80-

MR:
You're not finished yet??

MC:
SFX: snatch!
(Ah!)

ML:
Just show me what you have so far!

BC:
Th-they're wrong… right?
H-how-? Where are the formulas?
Formula? Err…

BL:
Are you even attending the lessons?!
This page is as empty as your head!!

Page 81-

TR:
Fine! We'll start from the very beginning!

TC:
Now listen up!
OK!

TL:
I won't let you sleep until you get this!!
O-OK!

BR:
The answer is… X = 72!

BC:
Good job.
Correct.

Page 82-

TR:
Eee! I'm so happy! (So happy!) (I got it!)

TC:
You still have 9 questions left.
Yeah, but still!

TL:
SFX: flash!

MC:
Oh, sorry!
Don't mind me, you two!

BR:
W-what are you doing?!
It was such a beautiful scene, I wanted to commemorate it!
You two look so good together!

BC:
You should get married!
What the heck are you thinking!
Fine fine, I'll get your snacks!

BL:
L-let's continue…
O-Ok…

Page 83-

TC:
You look so tired recently, Kotoko.
It's from studying.

TL:
Ya don't have to lie, Kotoko!
It's where yer stayin' isn't it?

MR:
I get it.
Yer getting abused there, aren'cha?
Huh?

ML:
Havin' to cook and clean for 'em.
And then not tellin' yer friends and pretending to study…

MR:
I'll go straight there and give 'em…
SFX: gone

MC:
Huh? Kotoko?

ML:
She said she was going to the library on her way home.

BR:
Translate this one.

BL:
Um...
'That looks like this…'
NO!

Page 84-

TR:
It means 'It seems that…'!

TL:
Try again.
OK…

MR:
Finished!
Hey…

BR:
Oh! He's sleeping…
SFX: zzz

BL:
[We've been staying up almost all night for a week.]
[I have been asking a lot of him.]

Page 85-

TR:
[Right now]
[He looks like a normal, cool guy.]

MC:
I have snacks!
… Oh!

MR:
Oh my!

ML:
My camera! My camera!

BR:
[He looks like the Irie-kun…]

BL:
[…I always looked up to.]

BC:
It's almost time, Kotoko-chan!

Page 86-

TR:
Do your absolute best! Here's a good luck charm!
Yay!
Don't open it until you hear the results!

TL:
It's not like an entrance exam or anything…
We're off!

MR:
[I want to say thanks to Irie-kun.]

ML:
[Show some appreciation.]

BR:
[But he doesn't like me to talk to him at school.]
[I know he'd ignore me.]
[Oh no! He's going inside already!]

BC:
[Let's… do it!]
Thanks.
SFX: rush

BL:
Good luck.

Page 87-

MR:
Ah! It's that question!
Sign: Japanese

MC:
And that one!
We covered this one, too!

ML:
The exact same!
Sign: English
Sign: Math

MC:
An hour… is a long time.
F-FINISHED!

BR:
(Woo! Party!!)

BC:
How'd it go, Kotoko?
I-I think I did ok!
SFX: wow…

BL:
What confidence. (You'll regret it later.)

Page 88-

TR:
Alright! Let's par-teh, Kotoko!
W-what are you doing, Kin-chan?

TC:
Whaddya mean? I ain't lettin' you go today!

TL:
Hey, that girl over there…

MR:
She's the one that liked you, right?

ML:
Should she really be flirting with that Osakan guy?

BR:
What do I care?

BL:
SFX: dash dash dash

Page 89-

TR:
[Number 1…]

TC:
SFX: murmur chatter murmur

TL:
[Is definitely Irie-kun.]

MR:
Sign: 2. Ikezawa Toshio (A) 716 pts
1. Irie Naoki (A) 800 pts
3rd Year Midterm Results
Oh good!

MC:
(Of course…)

ML:
[I was worried he might have trouble from sleep depravation…]
(Wow! Irie-kun got full points in all subjects!)

MR:
What's the hurry?

MC:
SFX: step step
(Look! It's Irie-kun!)

ML:
Don't worry. You know you're number 1 again! (You've never cared before!)

BR:
Uh, 1st place would be over there?
That's last place.

BL:
Irie… Oh?

Page 90-

TR:
Th-that's the girl from before!

Sign:
100. Aihara Kotoko (F) 597

TC:
(Wow! Someone from Class F!)
(Aihara's number 100!)

TL:
Whoa! And she's from Class F??

MR:
Let's go.

ML:
(Huh!?)
(But don't you wanna see-?)
(We didn't even check my standing…)
SFX: whomp

BC:
C-congrats on 1st place.
100% in everything!

Page 91-

TR:
Well, that was more studying than I've ever done in my life.

TC:
Congrats…
to you, too.

TL:
[Huh?]
Didn't you look?

MR:
What?
SFX: whoosh!

BR:
[100?]

BC:
[100th place??]

BL:
[EEEEEK!!]

Page 92-

TR:
(Irie-kun! I'm 100!)

TL:
(Irie-kun!)
S-she…

MC:
Thank you!!

BC:
I'm so happy!

MC:
SFX: thrust

ML:
Huh? (A handshake?)
Give it back.

BL:
You promised.

Page 93-

TR:
Oh! That's right!
Here!

TL:
Don't just wave it around!
SFX: snatch

MR:
And haven't I told you?
Don't talk to me at school.

ML:
Oh… right.

MC:
(But still…)

BR:
(THANK YOU!)
(THANKS AGAIN, IRIE-KUN!!)

Page 94-

TR:
(Thanks!!)

MC:
(K-Kotoko?)

BR:
Sign: Aihara Kotoko
[I'm at the bottom of the score board.]

BL:
Sign:
3rd Year Midterm Results
Irie Naoki
[But I'm still on the same paper as Irie-kun!]

END CHAPTER 2

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