Part 70: Episode 63: Deliverance (Ending No. 4)
Aah, sorting all of these takes forever! I think I just have the encyclopedias to do before Im done.
Theres a note on the help desk counter.
It reads like a challenge to a samurai duel.
I think this is the first time he approached me? I wonder what its all about.
Most of the students left well before the end of lunch, so I decided to call for Nageki.
Nageki, are you here?
! You startled me! How long have you been standing there?
From the very beginning.
So, what did you need?
I want to talk with you, Miss Lourde.
Talk with me?
Continue our conversation.
We were talking about bullying, I think?
Okay. Im all ears, Nageki.
Im not sure where to start. Ive noticed a lot, since we last spoke together.
But he hates going outside!
He stands up, and walks over to the door. I follow, agitated.
Whats wrong? You said you wanted to come out here
He stands in the doorway, pushing against open air.
What are you doing? Mime?
He walks back a little ways into the library, and then
Runs forward, crashing into the air.
As I thought, I cant leave.
I cant leave this room.
I wake up in this library. After a while, I lose consciousness and wake up here again. And so it repeats.
I said Id come to understand the truth by talking to you, Miss Lourde.
Youve probably noticed, too. Why no one else talks to me.
Im the only one who can see you?
I forgot why I was here. How I came to be stuck in this place
Ive been alone here for years, with no one to talk to.
For years ?
Ive seen at least five school festivals go by.
But then, you came. And talked to me.
I had had no partner but myself for so long, and suddenly You wouldnt leave me alone.
As I talked to you, I finally remembered why I cant leave.
My clock broke here, its hands turning meaninglessly, each day the same as the last.
No one is bullying me, or ignoring me. Im not here to begin with.
But I think I will miss you, Miss Lourde.
If I wasnt like this I would I would have liked to talk to you more, for longer
I could finally see what was happening to Nageki He was slowly disappearing.
I I cant let him go. Not now. Not after all of this.
I wrap my arms around him.
I can feel him, softly But hes cold.
At first, sitting here alone was painful. But I grew numb, over time I ceased to feel pain.
That feeling, that I thought I had lost, came back because of you
I-Ill talk to you enough to make up for everyone else, Nageki! Maybe one day youll be able to leave
Why not ?
As I talked to you, I changed. I didnt notice until just recently
When you told me about this school, I was probably trying to take back the time I was never able to spend here.
I never asked you to, but you relentlessly told me everything that was going on here. I already feel like Ive spent a full year at this school
And now its over.
His head is right next to mine, but his voice sounds muffled and distant. When I look down, his feet are already disappearing
Nageki, wait! Weve weve never talked like this before! I dont want this to be the last time !
Dont cry, Miss Lourde. Im already long gone. Theres no one here to mourn.
No! No, dont say it! Nageki, I
As I filled up, I grew closer to disappearing. Youre the one who made me disappear, Miss Lourde. I cant stop it now.
But I still have so many things to tell you !
Youve already given me more than enough strength. Im satisfied.