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Binary Star Translation – Chapter 5 Rayla (Part 2 of 2)

2 March 2018 , In: Otome Game, Translation , With: One Comment
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After about an hour-

The car finally stopped and a different recording played.

RECORDED GUIDE: “Please remove your headphones.”

I did as instructed and was taken out of the vehicle with the eye mask still on…

Rayla and I were led by the hand into some building.

That showed to what lengths they go to hide the location of the court.

I assumed there must be numerous case records and documents concerning Star inside this place.

After hearing an unlocking sound, what greeted us was-

GUIDE: “You’ll now board an elevator.”

I heard the sound of elevator doors opening. We arrived at whatever floor before long.

After that, we walked for a short while…

GUIDE: “You’ll now enter the courtroom. Whispering of any kind is prohibited henceforth. Please give your statements in accordance with the judge’s instructions.”

As if any response on our part was unnecessary, I immediately heard a door open-

GUIDE: “Please remove your eye masks.”

The room was neither wide nor narrow. It had a plain appearance.

There was a table with chairs near us and a single middle aged man sitting at a raised spot in front of us.

FUU: (So that’s probably the judge…)

GUIDE: “The Akatsuki Angels Mr. Rayla Konomi and Ms. Fuu Sorano have arrived.”

JUDGE: “Very well. Thank you for bringing them here.”

We took his hand gesture to mean we should take our seats and sat down next to each other.

JUDGE: “All right, your names first.”

The judge was a far kinder person than I had imagined, which lessened some of my nervousness.

RAYLA: “I’m an Akatsuki Angel of the Heavens Institution, Rayla Konomi.”

FUU: “I’m an Akatsuki Angel of the Heavens Institution, Fuu Sorano.”

JUDGE: “We’ll now begin the trial for the accused, Mana Toono. Okay, we’ll proceed with the swearing-in ceremony. Well, you know these things. It’s just a formality.”

GUIDE: “…Ahem.”

The guide purposefully cleared her throat and the judge took his gaze from us to settle on her.

JUDGE: “What, are you mad?”

GUIDE: “…”

Perhaps he took her silence as an affirmation; the judge lightly sighed and once again shifted his gaze toward us.

JUDGE: “Okay, well, we’ll take it seriously then. Do you recall the code?”

FUU: “Yes, sir.”

We recited the code from memory.

JUDGE: “Very well then, take your oaths as witnesses.”

FUU: “I hereby swear that I will in good conscience and in accordance with the law speak only the truth and no falsehoods.”

RAYLA: “…I swear.”

JUDGE: “Yes yes, very good.”

The judge picked up a document and turned it over.

JUDGE: “All right, I will now read out the information we have concerning the defendant.”

The defendant’s name is Mana Toono. 23 years old. Unemployed. A family of three. His father, Mamoru. His mother, Kumi.

At around 20 years old, a friend told him about a ‘good job’, and referred him to the dealer organization [na].

The defendant took up the offer thinking he could make money and began working as a dealer.

The defendant was a Stardust concurrently with being a dealer.

At first he sold secretly under the dark cover of night, but perhaps because of his Star usage, his conduct gradually became bolder…

Eventually, he began to use the preschool his father operated to sell from.

JUDGE: “Well now…”

The judge showed that was all the information he had on Mana by turning the paper over.

JUDGE: “Needless to say, the reason you’re appearing in court today is as witnesses to report on the defendant’s state on the day in question. You’ve brought your documentation, I presume?”

FUU: “Yes, right here.”

I handed the documents to the guide who then handed them over to the judge. He scanned over the content of the documents and then raised his head.

JUDGE: “So it was for money after all… Hmm… Quite a foolish youngster to go picking a fight with the Heavens over greed for money…”

A moment after the corners of his mouth raised into a grin, his previously gentle expression suddenly transformed into a terrifyingly cruel one.

However, it happened only for a split second before his expression returned to normal and he continued on.

JUDGE: “It’s all very clear to me. The court is adjourned.”

RAYLA: “Huh…?”

FUU: “Um…?”

GUIDE: “Put on your eye masks. I will guide you back to the vehicle.”

FUU: (…It ends here?)

Even though we haven’t made any statements?

 

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Comply with the guide. [mission failure]

FUU: (What should I do… I can’t believe it’s ending like this…)

I thought about saying something, but then I recalled that the guide said we were forbidden from speaking out, and decided to comply.

I quietly stood up, and before putting on my eye mask, I went to touch Rayla’s shoulder as he remained sitting-

Rayla stood up forcefully. And then…

RAYLA: “Just a minute. What do you think you’re doing, ending this here?”

GUIDE: “Rule 3: do not speak unless instructed to do so by the judge.”

The guide flatly brushed him aside without missing a beat.

GUIDE: “Because this is your first trial, I will forgive it just this once. However, there will be no second time.”

She spoke with a strong tone, and sensing some danger in our current state, I touched Rayla’s shoulder.

FUU: “Rayla, your eye mask.”

RAYLA: “But-“

FUU: “You can’t. …Let’s go.”

And then when it still seemed Rayla was going to make a statement, he had his eye mask forcibly put on and was guided back to the car like he was being arrested.

We returned to the Angel Tower the same way we had left, by a black vehicle.

The guide stepped out of the vehicle in front of us and lightly bowed.

GUIDE: “Good work today. Do not disclose any details of the trial. Please continue to work hard.”

FUU: “…”

RAYLA: “…”

Unable to fulfill his own objective, Rayla was simply in a daze.

I didn’t have the right words to tell him, so all I could do was stand there next to him.

Eventually, Rayla turned toward the Angel Tower and began to walk. I quietly followed behind him.

FUU: “…”

RAYLA: “…”

He seemed to grasp the situation upon seeing us silently nod with gloomy expressions.

Nana’s expression immediately turned kind, and he patted us on our backs.

IDZUKI: “You can go ahead and rest for today. Go to your rooms.”

We lacked the energy to exchange words and just lightly nodded back once again.

I wandered aimlessly around inside the Angel Tower, not feeling like going back to my room right away, …

FUU: (I… killed someone…)

Even though I didn’t kill him directly, it’s the same because I indirectly caused it.

I should have been prepared for this outcome when I became an Angel, but my chest hurt so terribly it felt like it was going to be torn apart.

I truly felt in my heart that I didn’t want him to die, and Rayla vowed the same, but even so, we were unable to do anything.

FUU: “Ah…”

I let a single tear fall, and as if that was some sort of trigger, they came one after the other and wouldn’t stop.

Before I knew it, I had raised my voice and was loudly sobbing out.

FUU: “Ahh….Ahhhhhh, ahhhh–!!”

FUU: (I’m an Angel so I need to keep myself together. I can’t cry over something like this.)

So I thought, but I couldn’t stop my tears.

Right then, a hand pulled my arm from behind me.

RAYLA: “Are you stupid?”

I turned at the very familiar voice and standing there was Rayla with a scowl.

FUU: “W-…Why are you… How did you…? This is the… rooftop…”

FUU: “Why…?”

RAYLA: “I’m not heartless enough to sit back quietly when my partner is crying.”

FUU: (Rayla with his fear of heights mustered his strength to the best of his ability to come all the way here next to me…)

That made me so happy that I cried tears anew.

RAYLA: “You shouldn’t be crying alone. Just what do you even think of me? …Rely on me more, Fuu.”

FUU: “O-okay…”

Rayla wiped away my tears in an awkward gesture.

RAYLA: “It’s my job to wipe away your tears.”

RAYLA: “Next time… we won’t dispatch a dealer. And I’ve got a new objective: I absolutely won’t make you cry.”

FUU: “…Thank you, Rayla.”

FUU: (…I mustn’t let myself get disheartened here. I can’t break the objective he’s set. Once these tears have dried, I’ll raise my head properly.

FUU: (I’ll trust Rayla, my cherished partner… and continue to move forward.)

[continue to Chapter 6 – Team Route]

Make a statement. [mission objective clear]

Of course, I couldn’t possibly consent to that, and I spoke up.

FUU: “Wait, please!”

FUU: “We consolidated the events of that day into those documents, but there’s nothing more than the facts of what happened written in there.”

FUU: “You’re not going to discuss this with us, the people responsible for that mission who actually came into contact with Mana, to decide his sentence?”

GUIDE: “Rule 3: do not speak unless instructed to do so by the judge.”

The guide brushed me aside with a severe tone.

GUIDE: “Because this is your first trial, I will forgive it just this once. However, there will be no second time.”

RAYLA: “I agree with Fuu.”

RAYLA: “It’s true that the target committed a crime, but do you really plan on sentencing him just by what’s written on a piece of paper when a person’s life is on the line?”

GUIDE: “If you violate the rules…”

RAYLA: “You just told her you’d allow it once, right? Then don’t I get the same treatment?”

GUIDE: “Well…”

JUDGE: “Hahaha, you’re quite amusing Angels, aren’t you? Very well, let it go.”

At the judge’s declaration, the guide went completely silent.

My relief only lasted a second, because he spoke with that cruel expression he had shown us for a brief moment earlier.

JUDGE: “I understand what you’re trying to say but… What do you think is going to change by discussing it?”

FUU: “What…?”

JUDGE: “From what I’ve read in these documents, I understand that Mana attacked the Angels for his own personal gain.”

JUDGE: “Mana is a deviant who is fine with committing senseless acts for money.”

JUDGE: “Even if he stops taking Star, that won’t eliminate his avarice.”

Rayla silently raised his hand at that. The judge permitted him to speak with a nod.

RAYLA: “What about the opposite? It’s generally thought that taking Star makes a person unable to distinguish between right and wrong.”

His statement appeared to be hypothetical in nature, and the judge answered quietly without moving a single eyebrow.

JUDGE: “Then I’ll ask you this: what was his motive for starting to deal?”

JUDGE: “I’m certain I said that in the beginning… Did you already forget?”

FUU: (Ah-)

FUU: “His reason for starting to deal was to ‘earn money’…”

RAYLA: “…”

Rayla looked like he had just swallowed something bitter as he clenched his fists on top of the table.

FUU: (If Mana had good judgment to start with, he wouldn’t have taken on a dangerous job like dealing just to earn money…)

FUU: (In other words, that would prove he had a disposition for risk-taking in regards to money right from the start…)

FUU: (So Mana didn’t lose his discrimination for right and wrong by some effect of Star and then start dealing…)

FUU: (But did he really do it out of malice? He might have had a serious need for money and was stuck between a rock and a hard place.)

But that was something only Mana would know.

FUU: (…If he really had no reason, and simply wanted money, wanted to live in luxury- if that was his reason for selling, then he’ll certainly be sentenced to death.)

But then I suddenly recalled Rayla’s past.

That was a tragic past, one where he didn’t know he was doing anything bad; he was forced into selling Star by his parents for their livelihood.

There were several reasons in regards to why one would sell Star.

Like Nana had told us: ‘make a good effort to get to know your target.’

I had finally come to understand the true meaning of that.

JUDGE: “Mana Toono… His sentence is just.”

JUDGE: “There is no reason to discuss this. I’ve got all the evidence I need to place judgment on him.”

As if to say there was nothing more to discuss, the judge began arranging his documents.

RAYLA: “Wait just a moment, did you properly question him?”

JUDGE: “While he’s still under the influence of Star side-effects, he is not mentally competent.  It would be meaningless to question him.”

RAYLA: “Then you should wait until he’s rehabilitated!”

JUDGE: “Regardless of your reasoning, Mana sold Star for money and that fact will not change.”

RAYLA: “Look, I’m telling you that you should investigate deeper into why he became a dealer!”

No matter how much Rayla hounded him, the judge simply shook his head.

JUDGE: “This is already over. Mana Toono will get the death penalty. He’ll die for the sake of our country.”

Something glinted deep within the judge’s eyes as he squinted at Rayla.

JUDGE: “…We’re taking the life of one citizen for the sake of all citizens.”

RAYLA: “…What?”

JUDGE: “The actions of one citizen can cause trouble for a great number of citizens.”

JUDGE: “We never kill Stardust, but we’re permitted to kill dealers. Do you understand what that means, boy?”

RAYLA: “…”

Perhaps Rayla understood what the judge meant, or maybe he had recalled his own past; his body began to tremble.

JUDGE: “I’ll tell you if you don’t understand. No matter the reason, being a dealer itself is a crime.”

JUDGE: “Dealers sell Star. Star is a source of evil. They sell evil to innocent people.”

GUIDE: “Judge, let’s leave this conversation at-“

The judge glared at the guide as she tried to force her way in.

With that, the guide lost her emotionless expression and went quiet with a look of fear on her face.

FUU: “Sir.”

The judge nodded to me as I raised my hand.

FUU: “I understand what you’re saying, but if that’s the case, it would mean that it’s okay to dispatch without engaging in dialogue.”

FUU: “However, it’s also true that we have a code that states it is okay to arrest dealers. What are your thoughts on that?”

JUDGE: “It’s simple. Where did you come from today?”

RAYLA: “…The Angel Tower, obviously.”

The judge smiled as if he was pleased.

JUDGE: “And why do you think the Angel Towers are inside towns? Because they must be somewhere close to their respective towns. So that your duties can be carried out at any time of day.”

JUDGE: “So they’re hidden, but there’s a significant risk that if someone tails an Angel, they’d find out the building’s true purpose.”

JUDGE: “If that happened, dealers could lead an attack. The Angels’ secrets could be exposed.”

JUDGE: “What would happen if the Star Code was released to the public?”

FUU: “Ah-…”

I shook my head, unable to understand his meaning for a split second.

JUDGE: “It would sound very bad if it said ‘kill dealers upon discovery’. So that’s why we officially have the choice method of dispatching or arresting.”

RAYLA: “…!”

FUU: “…!”

The sounds of our gasps overlapped.

When I heard about the Judgment of the Heavens structure, I wondered what would have happened to my parents if they were brought in by the Angels instead of being killed on the spot.

But it was meaningless.

Arresting them only meant delaying their time of death for a short period.

FUU: “No… That’s just wrong! I can’t understand why we would need the Judgment of the Heavens then!”

JUDGE: “It’s all pretext for their bereaved families.”

My whole body was covered in goosebumps. I felt my back run cold with dread.

JUDGE: “The Heavens aim for perfection. They act perfect.”

JUDGE: “In order to have those left behind hold no questions and bear no grudge or hatred, they perfectly feign a pretense.”

JUDGE: “That’s the task of the Judgment of the Heavens.”

JUDGE: “There was very little information regarding Mana… So we had you come so we could find a hint as to what reason his death should fall under.”

FUU: “This can’t be…”

The Judgment of the Heavens didn’t decide between the death penalty or imprisonment; it was a place to carry out diversions on getting to know the target in order to create a perfect pretext after they’ve died.

Of course we will continue to carry out more missions regarding dealers.

However, even if we arrest them instead of dispatching them, in the end the only thing waiting for them is the death penalty.

FUU: (I know that those who sell Star are committing a crime. But…)

FUU: (But there might be people out there who are dealers that don’t know right from wrong, like in Rayla’s case!)

I felt some relief upon thinking that.

‘In the event a dealer is under 15 years old, you must take them into custody.’

Rayla was alive because he was protected by that code.

FUU: (The Heavens concluded that children under 15 couldn’t know right from wrong…)

RAYLA: “So it was all a lie… what I believed in… never existed from the start…?”

Rayla mumbled to himself in a daze.

Rayla, whose objective was to always bring dealers into custody so they could be granted the opportunity for repentance.

His entire ideal collapsed.

I-

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Present logically. [mission failure]

I repressed the urge to become emotional and yell and considered whether there were any parts I could still present logically.

FUU: (That’s right…)

I suddenly recalled a certain facility that we overlooked during the course of events.

FUU: (Then what’s the purpose of the Netherworld where arrested dealers are supposed to spend their prison terms?)

FUU: “…Very well, what in the world is the Netherworld then? Surely you’re not going to tell me it’s a fictitious facility?”

As if to say it was a foolish question, the judge shook his head looking fed up.

JUDGE: “I haven’t the time to tell you everything and this isn’t Angel School. You two aren’t Angel School students, either.”

JUDGE: “If you’re an Angel, you need to take action on your own, and show me you at least have the spirit to see through whether information is true or not.”

My intentions of pressing him were lumped. I shut my mouth with nary a sound.

It looked as though Rayla had nothing more to say either. He bit his lips in frustration.

GUIDE: “You’re done speaking, correct? Very well. Both of you, please put on your eye masks. I will guide you back to the car.”

Without anything else to do, we dejectedly exited the courtroom.

We returned to the Angel Tower the same way we had left, by a black vehicle.

The guide stepped out of the vehicle in front of us and lightly bowed.

GUIDE: “Good work today. Do not disclose any details of the trial. Please continue to work hard.”

FUU: “…”

RAYLA: “…”

Unable to fulfill his own objective, Rayla was simply in a daze.

I didn’t have the right words to tell him, so all I could do was stand there next to him.

Eventually, Rayla turned toward the Angel Tower and began to walk. I quietly followed behind him.

FUU: “…”

RAYLA: “…”

He seemed to grasp the situation upon seeing us silently nod with gloomy expressions.

Nana’s expression immediately turned kind, and he patted us on our backs.

IDZUKI: “You can go ahead and rest for today. Go to your rooms.”

We lacked the energy to exchange words and just lightly nodded back once again.

I wandered aimlessly around inside the Angel Tower, not feeling like going back to my room right away, …

FUU: (I… killed someone…)

Even though I didn’t kill him directly, it’s the same because I indirectly caused it.

I should have been prepared for this outcome when I became an Angel, but my chest hurt so terribly it felt like it was going to be torn apart.

I truly felt in my heart that I didn’t want him to die, and Rayla vowed the same, but even so, we were unable to do anything.

FUU: “Ah…”

I let a single tear fall, and as if that was some sort of trigger, they came one after the other and wouldn’t stop.

Before I knew it, I had raised my voice and was loudly sobbing out.

FUU: “Ahh….Ahhhhhh, ahhhh–!!”

FUU: (I’m an Angel so I need to keep myself together. I can’t cry over something like this.)

So I thought, but I couldn’t stop my tears.

Right then, a hand pulled my arm from behind me.

RAYLA: “Are you stupid?”

I turned at the very familiar voice and standing there was Rayla with a scowl.

FUU: “W-…Why are you… How did you… This is the… rooftop…”

FUU: “Why…?”

RAYLA: “I’m not heartless enough to sit back quietly when my partner is crying.”

FUU: (Rayla with his fear of heights mustered his strength to the best of his ability to come all the way here next to me…)

That made me so happy that I cried tears anew.

RAYLA: “You shouldn’t be crying alone. Just what do you even think of me? …Rely on me more, Fuu.”

FUU: “O-okay…”

Rayla wiped away my tears in an awkward gesture.

RAYLA: “It’s my job to wipe away your tears.”

RAYLA: “Next time… we won’t dispatch a dealer. And I’ve got a new objective: I absolutely won’t make you cry.”

FUU: “…Thank you, Rayla.”

FUU: (…I mustn’t let myself get disheartened here. I can’t break the objective he’s set. Once these tears have dried, I’ll raise my head properly.)

FUU: (I’ll trust Rayla, my cherished partner… and continue to move forward.)

[Continue to Chapter 6 – Team Route]

Appeal emotionally. [mission objective clear]

I knew that I shouldn’t get emotional, but I found myself standing up without thinking.

FUU: “Then for what purpose does the Heavens Institution exist!? Is it not for the well-being of the people!?”

FUU: “I don’t think any true happiness can come from withholding the truth from the people, deceiving the Angels, and unofficially exterminating dealers!”

JUDGE: “Ohh…?”

Instead of rebuking me, the judge was all smiles.

FUU: “Mana worked as a dealer despite knowing it was a terrible thing… However, I’m certain there was a reason he needed a large amount of money!”

FUU: “There’s a possibility it was unavoidable for him to do it at first and then he had his heart tainted with evil by Star…”

FUU: “You should be hearing what Mana himself has to say, not just the responsible Angels who just happened to be us! And please listen to what his parents have to say too!”

FUU: “I think it’s a crime for the Heavens to decide that he’s an evil person based on such simple information and for treating a human life so trivially.”

For whatever reason, it seemed she was trying to hold back tears as her shoulders shook.

RAYLA: “…That’s right.”

Rayla quietly murmured and then stood up.

RAYLA: “It should be possible to investigate the true circumstances regarding Mana. And if you tell us you can’t, then we’ll do it.”

RAYLA: “If you don’t want his parents to get suspicious, we’ll act in secrecy so that doesn’t happen. And if you still insist that you’ll kill him…”

RAYLA: “…I’ll quit being an Angel.”

FUU: “!? Ray-Rayla! Do you know what you’re saying right now!?”

Quitting being an Angel means having your memories erased.

It’s a rule that Angels and those in Angel School that quit will have their memories concerning Angels rewritten.

RAYLA: “I didn’t become an Angel to protect my country. I became an Angel because I wanted peace.”

RAYLA: “…I’m sure you already know but I… I became an Angel to atone for my crime of being a dealer.”

RAYLA: “I believed that atonement to be connected with peace.”

JUDGE: “I’ve heard your zeal as Angels, but why are you so persistent regarding Mana?”

RAYLA: “It’s not that I’m being persistent for Mana. I’ve set my objective as not killing any dealers.”

RAYLA: “With the hope that they’ll be granted a chance to repent and become decent people.”

RAYLA: “Ending things by killing them won’t solve anything at all. Bringing them into custody and having them repent – that would be the first solution.”

RAYLA: “…In the past, this country never had any incidents worthy of being called as such, right?”

RAYLA: “In that case, we should recover every piece of Star which is main cause for all this and build true peace.”

RAYLA: “There’s nothing we can’t do. We never needed Star in the first place; we were a peaceful country.”

Recover all Star.

FUU: (I can’t believe my objective and Rayla’s objectives are linked like this…)

I realized that for the first time. My body grew hot and my chest heaved.

‘I won’t kill dealers’

‘I want to retrieve as much Star as possible’

JUDGE: “You say it so simply… What about you?”

He looked me straight in the eye as he asked. I held my head high and responded with dignity.

FUU: “I feel the same as Rayla.”

After sighing deeply, the judge slowly began to speak.

JUDGE: “There’s no need for anything further… Mana Toono – is sentenced to imprisonment.”

RAYLA: “…!”

JUDGE: “After his rehabilitation is complete, I’ll hear his own story in detail and determine his prison term.”

Rayla and I were so shocked we couldn’t speak.

The guide’s expressionless visage completely transformed into an unbelievably wide smile as she typed on her PC.

At having it pointed out the guide’s expression immediately changed back.

JUDGE: “Ho ho ho… Well, I understand how you feel.”

JUDGE: “A job where you have to sentence people to death or imprisonment is quite tough…”

The judge turned back to us and spoke.

JUDGE: “My apologies for testing you.”

RAYLA: “Testing us… There’s no significance to testing us. This was a discussion for deciding Mana’s sentence.”

JUDGE: “Our only opportunity to get to know the target is through documents.”

JUDGE: “So that’s why speaking with those who have come into contact with the target is so important.”

JUDGE: “That is to say, the Judgment of the Heavens decides on a punishment based on the responsible Angels’ hard work.”

JUDGE: “It’s not just direct contact missions, but also special duties such as these judgments that Angels are responsible for.”

JUDGE: “The duty of the Angels who come into contact with targets doesn’t end with them bringing them in.”

FUU: “So then… If we hadn’t opposed the death penalty for Mana-”

JUDGE: “It would have been settled as the death penalty. My apologies for lying to you earlier.”

JUDGE: “I’ll tell you the true meaning of a Judgment of the Heavens. It’s to decide on the prison term for a target.”

JUDGE: “As for verdicts of the death penalty, we always call in the responsible Angels. Just like this time.”

JUDGE: “However-… well, I suppose it’s okay.”

He stopped saying whatever he was about to say and smiled at us.

JUDGE: “Basically, if the responsible Angels agree with the death penalty, then it’s settled as a death sentence.”

I felt a wash of relief and exchanged glances with Rayla.

RAYLA: “Wait, aren’t you spoiling this by telling us the outcome? There’s a chance we could be called in for a judgment again.”

JUDGE: “You think you can win against us judges when it comes to speaking?”

RAYLA: “…Well…um…”

FUU: (It’s true, we didn’t even speak back at first…)

The judge had decided that way because there were factors to lead to his verdict of the death penalty.

FUU: (I argued based on my emotions, but that won’t necessarily help me win next time.)

FUU: (When I’m in contact with dealers, I need to observe them and properly think things out before I act…)

JUDGE: “All right, court is adjourned.”

And with that, the curtain closed on our Judgment of the Heavens.

We returned to the Angel Tower the same way we had left, by a black vehicle.

The guide stepped out of the vehicle in front of us and lightly bowed.

GUIDE: “Good work today. Do not disclose any details of the trial. Please continue to work hard.”

FUU: “Right. Thank you for your assistance.”

GUIDE: “I’ll be going.”

The guide held her hand out to the car door before stopping and turning to back to us.

GUIDE: “…Thank you very much for today. I will never in my life forget being present at your trial.”

Unlike before, she bowed very deeply and then got into the vehicle.

I spoke to Rayla after watching the car until I could no longer see.

FUU: “The guide looked like she was about to cry in the middle of the trial. She smiled when the verdict became a prison term. I wonder why.”

RAYLA: “It must be difficult to always witness death sentences…”

FUU: “…Right.”

FUU: (I want to make it so that all those currently suffering due to Star in this country will no longer have to.)

FUU: (We’ll have to keep working hard to achieve that…)

Once we entered the Angel Tower, we immediately went to inform Nana that our trial was over and return to our normal duties but…

Nana apparently heard that we were up very late last night creating our documents, so he told us to rest early and ended the meeting.

So with that, we took Nana up on his offer and decided to return to our rooms to rest.

Even though he said to rest, I wasn’t really tired. I didn’t really have anything I wanted to do in my room either.

I stood up, thinking I could watch a movie in the recreation movie or something.

There was already someone in the recreation room. Sprawled out on the couch in the center of the room was Rayla, staring up at the ceiling.

The room was dark. The entire ceiling had stars projected on it.

FUU: (The planetarium…)

RAYLA: “…Oh, it’s you.”

Rayla noticed me and only turned his head to see me.

FUU: “Ah…Y-yep…”

I couldn’t speak quite properly and couldn’t look him straight in the eye either.

I realized my heart was beating much quicker than before.

FUU: “…You don’t mind?”

RAYLA: “I wouldn’t invite you otherwise.”

Completely used to his curt words, I took a seat next to Rayla.

An entire sky worth of stars projected onto the ceiling.

I didn’t know any constellations or star names or which stars connected together to make the shapes.

I sat and stared blankly up at the stars for a while, when Rayla lightly pulled on my sleeve.

RAYLA: “Why don’t you lie down too? Won’t your neck hurt if you keep looking up like that?”

FUU: “Oh, uh, y-yeah…”

Just thinking about lying down next to Rayla made me unusually nervous, but I laid down on the couch after calming my heart.

Gazing upon the starry sky while lying down was even more impressive than I had thought it would be. However…

I couldn’t help but be curious about Rayla who I could feel right next to me and couldn’t quite focus on the stars.

Hearing his breathing near my ear made me so nervous I couldn’t even move a finger.

FUU: (I think my heart might explode if I don’t start talking about something.)

FUU: “…Do you like looking at the stars?”

RAYLA: “Not just the stars. I like watching the moon too.”

FUU: “I see. Speaking of stars… The only ones I know are Vega and Altair.”

RAYLA: “Ah, Alpha Lyrae and Alpha Aquila.”

FUU: “Are those their official names?”

RAYLA: “Mm. Altair and Vega are stars that only meet once a year… I read that story in a book when I was a kid.”

FUU: “My parents told me about that around the Star Festival. It was August 7th… I remember looking up at the sky a long time wanting to see the moment they met.”

RAYLA: “Wait, seriously?”

FUU: “?”

RAYLA: “Same here. I kept looking up at the sky… And I ended up catching a cold.”

FUU: “Pff… Hahaha!”

RAYLA: “We’re talking about when I was a little kid. You’re laughing too much.”

FUU: “Sorry but… I wasn’t expecting that.”

RAYLA: “Yeah, okay. Well, it’s just folklore. The distance between those two stars is so huge that it’d be impossible for them to meet in a single night.”

FUU: “Even if they hurried…?”

RAYLA:  “It looks like they’re close together from our perspective, but in actuality, they’re 16 lightyears apart.”

FUU: “Is that so…”

RAYLA: “Yeah. …So they can’t meet. It’s impossible.”

FUU: “…”

I suddenly recalled the words Rayla said to the judge.

‘I’ll quit being an Angel.’

FUU: (And we’d never be able to meet.)

FUU: “Um… What you said about quitting from being an Angel this afternoon-“

FUU: “Were you serious about that?”

RAYLA: “I don’t say things I don’t mean.”

He responded in a matter-of-fact way, and I found myself sitting up to look at Rayla.

FUU: “I understand how you felt when you said that. But… Your memories will get erased if you quit, you know?”

RAYLA: “Isn’t it better than yielding my objective? There’s no meaning to continue working as an Angel if I yielded.”

FUU: “That’s… true but…”

RAYLA: “What are you trying to say? I mean, what are you getting all fired up for?”

FUU: “…”

I knew it was evident on my face when I felt a piercing pain through my chest.

Rayla’s eyes went wide in surprise.

RAYLA: “What’s that look…? I don’t get it.”

FUU: (It’s not like I know… why I’m feeling like this…)

FUU: “I don’t know what it means either…”

RAYLA: “Huh?”

FUU: “I mean… I don’t know why I feel sad.”

FUU: “I understand how you feel but… The thought of having your memories of me erased just-”

FUU: “Thinking about you forgetting me makes me… hurt a lot, right here.”

I tightly pressed against my chest and lowered my eyes.

I could almost hear sobbing coming from within the sound of my pulse.

FUU: “I was just as sad when you said that we were partners but nothing more and nothing less…”

RAYLA: “…”

Rayla sat up and roughly moved away his bangs.

RAYLA: “…It’s not just you.”

I saw Rayla’s face turn red before my eyes as he whispered.

RAYLA: “Having these feelings to begin with is wrong.”

Rayla stood up, turned his back on me as if to hide his face, and began to walk away.

FUU: “Wait-!”

Rayla stopped walking but didn’t turn around.

RAYLA: “I already felt like my head was going to explode because of the stuff with Michiru, but then you… Lately you’ve been trying to sneak your way into me. You’re making me hurt in a different way.”

FUU: “Wait… You mean I’m making you suffer?”

RAYLA: “Yeah but… It means something different… It hurts but… It’s not just painful. It’s also comforting…”

RAYLA: “Before I’d realize it your face would come to mind… And all I’d be thinking about is you…”

Rayla’s large hand reached out for me as he turned-

RAYLA: “I’d think about… how I want to do this, how I want to touch you.”

Rayla’s fingers were trembling and surprisingly hot.

That trembling reached all the way into my chest, where my own heart fluttered.

RAYLA: “I’ve known for a long time what this feeling is. I…”

Rayla went quiet without saying anything further.

The silence continued for a short while until Rayla opened his mouth to speak, looking resolved.

RAYLA: “I love you. But, right now-“

RAYLA: “This isn’t the time for me to be wanting you. There are things I need to do.”

RAYLA: “So… I don’t need an answer from you. I mean, even if you did I couldn’t give you anything. I guess it’s odd for a confession…”

At seeing him smile painfully, I ended up answering without thinking.

FUU: “I-I’ll wait for you! No matter how long!”

I felt relieved at my forceful declaration.

FUU: (I…)

Right at that very moment, the feelings I held inside me toward Rayla took on a clear shape.

While I was deep in thought, Rayla withdrew his hand.

RAYLA: “Hah…Hahaha!”

FUU: “Wh-…What!?”

RAYLA: “Give me a break! You can’t get all frantic like that at a time like this! It’s way too different from how you usually are.”

FUU: “D-don’t laugh at me…!”

RAYLA: “But it was funny.”

FUU: “I just got flustered because I lo-“

He placed a finger against my lips to interrupt me.

RAYLA: “Stop. I can’t listen to what comes after that right now.”

FUU: “Ah…ngh… okay.”

RAYLA: “Don’t make that sound. Or just my finger won’t be enough.”

RAYLA: “Heh, nothing. Anyway, I feel a little better now that I’ve admitted my feelings.”

FUU: “You’re mean. I didn’t get to say anything… It’s embarrassing, but I honestly want to say it too.”

RAYLA: “That kind of stuff cute so it’s forbidden.”

FUU: “What!?”

Rayla’s finger slowly withdrew.

Unable to go after it, I simply stared at Rayla with a sense of reluctance.

Rayla’s expression grew gradually more lost looking…

RAYLA: “…So about Michiru.”

I hadn’t thought that name would be coming out from Rayla’s mouth. My breathing stopped for a moment in anxiousness.

FUU: (The ‘things he has to do’ he mentioned before has to do with Michiru.)

RAYLA: “Up until now I’ve been stubborn and avoidant… But ever since being paired up with you, I’ve started to think that relying on others isn’t that bad.”

RAYLA: “Well, I realized I’m not alone.”

FUU: “Rayla…”

RAYLA: “I remembered the dream I had last night when we were making those documents. …It was a dream about Michiru.”

RAYLA: “I felt really relieved by having you at my side when I woke up. I thought… I want you to be near me from here on out.”

RAYLA: “To say how I truly feel… I want to depend on you. But I know that I can’t do that.”

FUU: “Why can’t you…?”

RAYLA: “Because that would drag you into all this. And I want to settle my own matters myself. I don’t think I could do it any other way.”

I truly understood how Rayla felt.

When breaking free from something that’s been controlling you, you must sever the connection with your own hands.

…However, that doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own.

FUU: (I want to help Rayla.)

FUU: “I want to be involved with you. So please let me get dragged into it.”

RAYLA: “…You’re too reckless.”

FUU: “I don’t care if you call me that. I mean, if I were to just do nothing but wait… I couldn’t call us partners then.”

FUU: “I want to help those who are dear to me.”

RAYLA: “Hah… Isn’t that kind of a confession?”

FUU: “W-well!”

RAYLA: “…Enough. I give up.”

FUU: “Huh-”

FUU: “…! Yes!”

Rayla turned the lights on with a smile.

Then he once again sat down on the sofa and began to quietly speak as he looked up at the ceiling.

JUDGE: “Don’t just come barging in all of a sudden!”

JIRO: “Hahaha, don’t be so uptight!”

JIRO: “It’s quite rare to have a dealer avoid the death penalty thanks to some Angels.”

JUDGE: “It happened in light of their passion this time… But there was something I didn’t tell them.”

JUDGE: “You know that prior to the responsible Angels being called in, many of those who’ve been sentenced to death at a Judgment of the Heavens end up getting settled as death penalties, correct?”

JIRO: “Of course. The likelihood of the responsible Angels getting it overturned is exceedingly small.”

JUDGE: “We hear what conversations the Angels and the target have had and stick on a pretext for their death.”

JIRO: “…The truth is far dirtier than anyone’s imagination. There’s no need for them to know.”

JIRO: “Old man, thanks for keeping quiet about it.”

JUDGE: “Well, it just made me happy seeing some youngsters with some backbone to ‘em after such a long time… I just ended up getting a little soft. That’s all.”

JUDGE: “I wonder how many years it’s been since we’ve had Angels overturn a death penalty… I’d love to have them bring about a revolution in the Heavens and be our Saviors…”

JIRO: “It’ll happen… No. Idzuki and I will make sure it happens.”

[continue to Chapter 6 – Love Route]

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    • 16 May 2018
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    Thank you so much for this update!

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