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#34. Kekkai

PHANTOM STREET #34

tl by danluffey

134)
#34. Kekkai

135)
SFX: SKRITCH
1: Sakuma Genhou, I presume?
2: I've been looking for you.

136)
1: What...
SFX: RUSTLE
2: Who's there?! Show yourself!!

137)
1: Keee
SFX: SLASH

138)
SFX: SPLURT
1: Wh-what
2: is that?
SFX: KYAAAA...

139)
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop
1: What?
2: A costume bon dance party?!
3: Yeah! It's gonna be held at the park this Sunday!
4: I'm gonna go too!
5: The town council's gonna grade everyone, and the top three people win prizes!
6: Ahh, that's the spot!
7: Sounds pretty fun!
8: Maybe I'll take part too.
9: What about you, Reiko-chan?

140)
1: Um, but...
2: I don't have a costume to wear!
3: I can take care of that.
4: As long as you don't mind matching me.
5: What? Really?!
6: But if we were wearing matching costumes...
7: don't you think it'd be a bit embarrassing?
8: Oh.
9: Then I'll just go alone, I guess...
10: Come ooooon!
11: What's wrong with you, boss?!
SFX: DING DING
12: Looks like we've got a customer!
13: Awww...
14: Coming!
15: Welcome!

141)
1: Booooss!
2: You've got
3: a customerrrr...
SFX: RUMBLE
4: Wah!
5: What's wrong?!
6: Hello!
7: What's up, Hyousuke?
8: How goes it?
9: Miya-chan?!
10: Pfft!
SFX: GRRRR

142)
1: This sure brings back memories. This place hasn't changed at all.
2: I can still remember playing here with grandpa when I was a kid.
3: Is the bathtub still the same one we took baths together in when we were little?
4: Uhhh...
SFX: RATTLE
5: That was only when we were little, right? REALLY little!
6: What are you getting so nervous for?
SFX: GRRR
7: Anyway, what can I do for you, Miya-chan?
8: Oh, right.
9: I have a request for you, Hyousuke.
10: A request?
11: Just look at this first.
SFX: SLIP

143)
1: Hoh...
2: That's a very unusual
3: bite mark...
4: Oh, grandpa!
5: So that's where you were.
6: How did you get that?
7: Haha...
8: I just had a little accident.
9: Anyway, I was hoping that you'd
10: be able to heal this with your spirit waves.
11: Hmmm... I'm not very good at using them,
12: and exerting them can cut away years from my life.
13: You can put out enough to heal a little bite, right?

144)
1: Miya-chan, you can use spirit waves too, can't you? Why can't you just heal it yourself?
2: You meanie!
3: You know that spirit waves can only be used to heal other people!
4: At this rate, I'll never be able to get married...
SFX: SNIFF...
5: What? You wanted to get married?!
6: Um... I'll do my best.
SFX: SLIP
SFX: POHH...
SFX: PWAHH

145)
1: Phew...
SFX: SLIP
2: Well?
3: Wow!
4: It's totally gone!
5: Thank you so much, Hyousuke!
6: You're the best!
7: Here's proof of my gratitude!
8: Waaaaah!
9: Wait! Wait!!

146)
SFX: CRASH
SFX: CLANG
1: Ah!
2-3: B...
4: Boss, you're so stupid!!
5: Reiko-chan!!
6: Whoops, sorry! Bad timing!

147)
SIGN: Chiba Liquor
1: Reiko!
2: Hey, Reiko!
SFX: CLICK
3: Are you sure you don't want to eat dinner?
4: No!
5: Do you have a fever or something?
6: Nnngh...
7: Are you crying?!
8: Just leave me alone! Waaah!
9: Fine, fine...

148)
1: I'll save it, so come downstairs and eat when you get hungry.
SFX: FWUMP
SFX: SQUEEZE
2-3: So stupid...

149)
SFX: FSSSH

150)
SFX: CHIRP CHIRP...
1: [The next day
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop
SFX: RRRRING
2: OK, OK.
3: I'm coming!
SFX: CLICK
4: Hello, Mugen's Puppet Shop!
5: Huh?
6: Oh, hello. Reiko-chan's mother?
7: Oh, no, I'm the one who should be thanking you for all the help. Yes.
8: Yes?
9: What...
10: Reiko-chan what?!

151)
1: Sorry to call you all the way out here. I know how busy you are.
2: No, it's fine...
3: Anyway, how's Reiko-chan doing?
4: Well...
5: She's been acting strange since yesterday. Then, this morning, she fainted.
6: I put her back in bed
7: to let her rest.
8: Reiko!
9: I'm coming in now.
SFX: CLICK
10: Here, Reiko.
11: Maki-san came to visit you.
12: Nngggh...

152)
1: I suppose I'll leave you two alone.
SFX: FIDGET
2: Huh?
3: Uhh...
4: Reiko-chan, how are you feeling?
5: Show me your face, Reiko-chan!
6: No!
7: I look ugly now...
8: My eyes are all puffy, and my hair is a mess!
9: I'm sure you look fine, Reiko-chan.
10: I'm UGLY!!

153)
1: About yesterday, Reiko-chan...
2: I hope you didn't misunderstand. I really don't have any feelings for Miya-chan.
3: Reaaally?
4: Really!
5: Have I ever lied to you?
6: Reaaaaally?
SFX: AHEM
7: I'm so lonely at the shop without you, Reiko-chan.
8: I hope you can get better soon and come to the bon dance party with me. I prepared our costumes...
SFX: FWIP

154)
1: Whaat?
SFX: POP
2: Really?!
3: Awww, boss, you shouldn't have?
4: Mmmmm...
5: Reiko-chan, that mark on your neck... when did you get that?
6: What? I have a mark?
7: Wait... it can't be...

155)
1: What?
2: The mark looked just like mine?
3: Yeah...
4: So I want you to tell me everything you know.
5: Hmmm...
6: This is kinda hard to believe...
7: But fine.
8: I'll tell you what I know.
9: Hyousuke, do you know of a magician named Sakuma Genhou?
10: Sakuma Genhou?!

156)
1: What?! Sakuma Genhou?!
2: You know him, sensei?
3: Mmm... he's famous.
4: Er, infamous, I should say.
5: He borrowed a lot of money from a bunch of different places, then disappeared.
6: They came to me and paid me to find him.
7: I managed to locate his hideout,
8: but something didn't feel right,
9: so I took a look inside.
10: I found him dead.
11: He was all dried up, like a mummy.
12: Then some weird monster attacked me.
13: Is that when
14: you got that weird bite mark?

157)
1: That's right.
2: It was a weird monster about as big as a cat.
3: It felt like a huge leech was sucking my blood out.
4: There was no pain, but I could feel the blood leaving my body.
5: Just remembering the feeling of crushing that thing sends shivers up my spine.
6: So, did you figure out what it was?
7: Of course.
8: It's a Kekkai.
9: A Kekkai?!

158)
1: A Kekkai is born when cursed vermin are inserted into a pregnant cat. After completing a twenty-day ritual, this monster will be born from the corpse.
2: The creator can let the Kekkai suck its blood to grow, and then control it at will.
3: After the incident, I learned that Genhou had a pet Kekkai.
4: His house was full of stolen items it had collected for him.
5: It could be that
6: the Kekkai was what killed him...
7: I killed two,
8: but were they both his?
9: Is it possible?
10: I suppose. His hideout isn't that far from here.

159)
1: Want some help?
2: No... I'll figure this out on my own.
3: I don't want Reiko-chan to worry anymore.
4: So, you like her, huh?
5: She's like a little sister to me.
6: I think she's cute, but... you know.
7: Hmm. I feel a little jealous.
8: Ah well.

160)
1: Miya-chan?!
2: Protect her,
3: Hyousuke.

161)
1: Mmm...
2: Boss....
SFX: SQUEEZE
SFX: SKRITCH
SFX: GRRR...

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