Spirit Girlfriend c7
Chapter 7: Akane Akabane Speaks with a Ghost
<Akane Akabane’s Perspective>
I was <HUGGED> by Yukina who was simply full of smiles.
I get a fuzzy sensation of being held.
Akane: (She can touch me……?)
Yukina, you’re a pretty strong ghost if you can do this.
Wait, I can reflect on that later.
She found out.
I made the most basic, fundamental error of an Exorcist Mage. There is no excuse for this huge mistake.
For a ghost, as soon as they know there is someone they can talk to, it will make their [regret] even more powerful.
That’s why I couldn’t let Yukina know that I could see her.
At this rate, she could become an Evil Spirit……
Yukina: “YAY～ it’s been too long, Akane! You can see ghosts?! That’s right! Wasn’t your relatives Mages? It’s because of that, huh～ I’m so glad that I found someone I can talk to～”
Akane: “UhーUh huh...”
I’ve never met a ghost this cheerful though.
If you become a ghost, it usually means that you’re carrying something dark within your heart……
But my childhood friend spoke the same way and had the same expression as when she was still living.
Yukina: “So yeah, can we talk? Oh, but you have class right? Then I’ll be waiting for you afterwards. I’ll just walk around to kill time. I’ll see you after school～”
YーYukina, weren’t you possessing Souta?
Don’t you have to be close to him?!
A ghost shouldn’t be able to exist alone.
If it’s a Cursed Earth Spirit, it must be tied to a specific location. If it’s a Possessing Spirit, it must be near the person it’s possessing.
Akane: (But..if it’s a Free Floating Spirit……)
A Free Floating Spirit is a Spirit that doesn’t realize that it has died.
That might explain something but……..
A Free Floating Spirit would fool itself by thinking it’s still alive and would take the exact same actions as it did while it was living.
Akane: (But Yukina totally realizes that she’s a ghost, right……?)
It wasn’t the actions a Free Floating Spirit would make.
Well, she’s going to talk with me this afternoon, so I guess I’ll just have to confirm then…
With a lot of uncertainty and confusion, I waited for the afternoon.
Touru: “Hey, Souta. Let’s go home together.”
Souta: “Oh, sure.”
There was someone who called Souta’s name in the afternoon.
It was Souta’s best friend.
He’s cheerful, easy to talk to, and a good person in general, but……..he loves to date women.
I was introduced to him as Yukina’s boyfriend’s best friend, but….
Akane: (The first thing he did was ask me out......)
And of course, I refused.
I even heard that he had at least 10 girlfriends in Middle School.
We would never get along as more than friends.
But I could tell that he was really worried about Souta.
I’m sure he’s trying to encourage Souta in his own way.
The two left the classroom together.
Akane: (........I wonder where Yukina is?)
She was not near Souta.
She scared me.
She suddenly called out my name from behind me.
I meet Yukina’s eyes, and we leave the classroom together.
There’s too many people still left in the classroom, so we can’t talk here.
I would be known as that dangerous girl who talks to herself.
Yukina: “Hey, so, why can you see me, Akane?”
Yukina: “I wonder if I’ll be able to talk with Sochan～”
Yukina: “I wonder how long I’ll stay as a ghost?”
Yukina: “I know ghosts don’t get hungry but…..I want to get a Frappuccino～”
Yukina talks a lot.
She hasn’t changed at all since she passed.
And there’s another thing I realized…
Akane: (She completely recognizes that she’s a ghost....)
And she’s not negative at all.
What is up with this ghost?
Akane: “Hey, Yukina. Do you have, you know, something you want to do or something you’re worried about?”
Let’s just see if there’s any [regrets] I can find out about.
Yukina: “Hmmmmmm…..yeah….you’re right. Since I’m a ghost, I should have some sort of [regret] right～”
ACK?! She already caught onto me!!
…….maybe I don’t have any talent as a Mage?
It’s a little discouraging.
Whatever, I’ll just ask her directly then.
Akane: “If you have any [regrets], you can tell me. We’re friends, aren’t we?”
I’m being genuine here.
If it’s Yukina’s wish, I’d like to help her fulfill it.
Yukina: “Ummmmm…..I really don’t have any to be honest～”
There’s no such thing as a ghost without regrets.
This is the fundamental principle of Exorcism I learned from Grandma.
But even so…..
Akane: (Yukina really looks like she’s not worried about anything…)
If that’s the case, what am I supposed to even do?
This wasn’t written in any textbooks, Grandma!
Yukina: “Oh, but there is one thing.”
I leaned up close to Yukina as I waited for an answer.
Yukina: “Sochan is really handsome, right? So girls at the school seems to be going after him～ Since I’m a ghost, I can listen in on a lot of different conversations.”
So it was romance-related.
A standard regret for ghosts.
But Yukina has died and would not be able to be with Souta any more.
I would like it if I could help Yukina speak with Souta, but Souta doesn’t have any Spiritual Sensitivities.
Akane: “Yukina, so you want to speak with Souta…..?”
Yukina: “No, I’m okay.”
Yukina: “I already see him every day.”
Yukina: “If it’s in a dream, Sochan recognizes that I’m here～”
Oh, that’s right.
Souta did mention something about that.
He said Yukina keeps coming out in his dreams.
Akane: (......does she really not have any regrets?)
The more I ask, the more I get the sense that she has no discontent about her life at all.
Yukina: “I became a ghost because I wasn’t being careful enough so～ It’s too bad, but it can’t be helped.”
Akane: “YーYukina, you’re way too self-aware…!”
There’s no such thing as a ghost like this…..!!
Yukina: “But I really don’t want someone who doesn’t really know Sochan to become his girlfriend～”
Akane: “But Souta probably won’t date anyone for a while.”
From the way I talked to him, he’s still completely only thinking about Yukina.
Yukina: “Yeah, because he says, ‘I love you’ every morning to my photo～ ahhh～ I think he loves me too much?!”
Souta, that’s so embarrassing.
And you're being witnessed by the person herself.
I would curl up and die of shame.
Akane: “Wait, so what is your [regret]?”
We got off track, so I turned the conversation back to its original purpose.
Yukina suddenly put on a very serious expression.
But then she suddenly smiled mischievously.
Yeah, she only smiles like this when she’s about to pull a prank.
We’ve known each other for over 10 years. I’m certain of this.
Yukina: “I don’t think it’s healthy for a man to say ‘I love you’ to his dead girlfriend every morning.”
Akane: “......oh...yeah…….that’s for sure……..”
Souta, you’re being told by a ghost that you’re being unhealthy………
Yukina: “So I want Sochan to hurry up and get over me, and find the next person.”
Akane: “.........uh huh……..”
This ghost……...is being way too understanding…..no?
Yukina: “But I don’t want him to date anyone who’s only dating him because his face is handsome～ or he’s vulnerable right now because his girlfriend died and now’s my chance～ or any reason like that.”
Akane: “.....sure? I guess?”
I think I can understand that….
But isn’t that…...inevitable…..?
Yukina: “So in that case, I want you to be Sochan’s girlfriend, Akane.”
My best friend just dropped a bombshell right on top of me.
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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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