Spirit Girlfriend c17
Chapter 17: Souta Shibuya Speaks with the Black Cat
“What’s wrong, son?”
The Black Cat is speaking to me.
There’s no doubt about it, and he’s speaking very fluently.
And he’s speaking in a clear, deep manly voice.
…….so～......what should I do now?
Souta: “I am Souta Shibuya. It is nice to meet you.”
The Black Cat had an aura of authority and was very confident in his posture, so I decided to introduce myself.
And though the Cat’s expression did not change, it spoke as though impressed.
“Hm…..you are well mannered to reveal your name to someone such as I who has fallen from grace.”
Souta: “Well, I thought it was important to do so…”
“Why am I being so formal with a cat,” was a thought that flickered through my mind, but the Cat carried himself like an important figure.
“Then let me introduce myself as well. I am known by the name Leonardo. There are only a few people in this world who call me by that name……..but I will be glad if you would call me by that name as well.”
Souta: “Mr. Leonardo….”
I added an honorific just in case.
“Leo is fine.” Souta: “Mr. Leo, then.”
Leo: “You could skip the honorific….”
Although he said that in a slightly disappointed manner, I just could not make myself address the Black Cat in front of me like I would a peer.
No matter how I look at it, I can’t help but feel that he’s a great deal older than I am.
Of course, there’s no telling how old he is.
Leo: “There are very few customers who come to this place. If you can come by just to talk to me every once in a while, I will appreciate that very much.”
Souta: “It’s such a good café...what a waste….”
Leo: “The Café owner is very picky about his customers and will reject first time visitors so we don’t get new customers.”
Mr. Leo let out a “meow” as he sighed.
Souta: “What…….? But……..”
I’m a first time customer, no?
Leo: “You are an invited guest. I believe it was the Mage-in-training from the Akabane Family who made the reservation.”
Souta: “A Mage-in-Training…?”
The Akabane Family he mentioned would be Akane’s family.
And ignoring my confusion, the Black Cat, Mr. Leo, continued his talk.
Leo: “I heard that you had matters to discuss…..but I understand now after seeing you. It’s about the <girl who is standing right behind you>, is it not?”
Souta: “.........what?” Standing behind me?
Hearing the words, I looked back behind me.
ーーThere was no one there.
Souta: “Um…...there’s no one there.”
Leo: “What? Of course there is. She’s wearing a school uniform and is about the same age as you.”
I turn around once more and look around intensely.
But what greets me is the comfortable temperature.
The gentle breeze.
And the swaying trees.
And the sunlight reflecting off the leaves and pond.
Leo: “You do not see her…..?”
There was pity in those words, but I barely heard him speak.
Souta: “A girl about my age in a school uniform……)
Is she there? Is she right there….?!
Souta: “......Yukina……?” But there was no answer to my question.
Leo: “She is saying, ‘I was always right here!’”
But the Black Cat responded instead to his question.
So he can hear her words too?!
Souta: “WhーWhat else is she saying….?” Please, please tell me more!
Leo: “But before that……...you believe in my words? You can’t see her, correct?”
Souta: “That’s…….but…..she is there, right?”
I want to know.
I want to hear her words.
Even if I can’t see her, if Yukina is there…….
I want to know what she is saying to me.
Leo: “Hmmmmm, she is hugging you right now…….and although I am a Cat, I don’t believe you should be doing that in public.”
Souta: “Yukina…...what are you doing?”
I can’t see you, but Mr. Leo, the Black Cat, is turning his eyes away embarrassed.
I reach out my right hand slowly.
Of course, I feel nothing there.
I can’t feel anything….
Leo: “I see….so you don’t have any Mana. If you had Mana, you would be able to see her, but…..”
Souta: “Is there any way?!”
Desperation overtook my voice.
Leo: “Well, if you need to discuss things like that, you should do it with the Master of the Café. The Master may have some ideas…..”
Catching her breath, Akane interrupted what Mr. Leo, the Black Cat, was saying.
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Spirit Girlfriend ~ Seems Like I Am the Only One Who Doesn’t Realize That I Have Been Possessed by My Dead Girlfriend~
Written by: Isle Osaki (Twitter: https://twitter.com/Isle_Osaki)
Translated by: ChonkyTranslator
作者: 大崎 アイル (オオサキ アイル)
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