Kyouko blushes and continues, “I also wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet that –sama [/that man/gentleman]. ..Merely thinking that this created a turning point for my encounter with that –sama, I cannot be grateful enough to that person..” This surprises Ren that he said for her to be grateful, did she already forgive that thing. “No..Forgave THAT PERSON?” Kyouko looks at him. Pause. She says that it can be done because the ‘priest’ is a person who can keep one’s body and heart [/spirit] holy and pure so from the start, she doesn’t have a tiny bit like ‘cannot forgive’ negative type of feeling. Corn is speechless. Kyouko says, “..the most important thing is, Prince Corn, that in the middle of the path I’m walking, no matter how many times I felt sad, and no matter how much I’m depressed, the fact is the only thing that listened attentively to me and always encouraged me are the memories that you gave me and also the magical stone. No matter how many times I fall down, you’re the one who gave me strength to stand up. Regarding these, I want to pay you back and surely, this is human reason, right..?” Corn protests again if this is okay for there is no need to do the priest job up to that extent. She assures him that it is no problem and everything will be alright. She tells him that one should just never give up and it is bound to open up a successful path. Then, Kyouko timidly says that –sama knows about how very important is his [Corn] existence to her as well as about how they got to know each other during childhood. “At the early stage, it is only with that –sama whom I've told everything. So even if he knows, regarding this thing, I think he also won’t be angry.” Corn is shock upon realizing that ‘-sama’ is Ren. Kyouko continues, “I might as well say that he ought to approve the choice I’ve made, that it is right. As long as..everything is for you..” Corn recalls Kyouko saying about thanking Shou for causing them to meet. Kyouko calls out to him when he is spacing out. Corn recalls the time when young Kyouko asks, “—are you a fairy--..?” He mutters, “..I really..” He thinks that he can understand if it is the current him— Puzzled Kyouko asks what is the ‘I really’.. He says god, *pause* the ‘-sama’ she is talking about is.. Kyouko says that of course, it is her lord. Corn thinks that Ren is a heavenly person – god∙buddha = lord. He says god’s mercy, for he thinks that right now, it seems that it can be accepted..should be.. This surprises Kyouko that she asks if he meant that curse can probably be lifted. Corn says yes. Putting his fist on his chest, Ren says, “--..I can feel it--..” He kneels on one knee and looks up to her. He says, “—if possible, can you give me the kiss of rebirth..?”
This surprises Kyouko. She blushes and her heart is beating fast. She exclaims of course, she has already prepared her heart and there’s no risk at all. Corn closes his eyes and says that he’ll leave it up to her. Kyouko blushes really red. She closes her eyes and opens them. She starts trembling that she reminds herself that she is a priest. She clasps her hands together and goes into priest mode. Walking towards Corn, Kyouko starts saying for the heart to be calm, and pray together with her. “-Lord, please give this person in front of me, to have a future from here on. Look after him as well as the seed[/sprouting] of hope.” She bends close to him and lightly touches his lips with hers. Blushing really red, she quickly backs away. Corn isn’t moving. She is puzzled for there is no reaction. She calls out to him and says that it is over. He didn’t react. He looks sideways and asks, ‘..uh..?’ Blushing Kyouko shouts that it is already over. Corn falls down on the floor. She starts shouting for Corn and asks what happened, could it be that not only was the curse not lifted, on contrary, it [violently] left. She kept on asking him how he is. With a ‘totally not satisfied’ expression, Corn says that it is still not enough. Kyouko slaps the side of his body that he says that hurts. She scolds him for making her worried and he’s so mean. She asks what’s up with that for him to think that it isn’t enough, it’s quite unfair and as a beginner, what he asks for is quite high. She also tells him how she put in all her spirit and will power in giving it her all.. She stops and asks if he is referring to the curse, it wasn’t lifted. Corn looks at her and recalls her telling him about realizing that all those experiences is for creating the current her. Corn recalls how he held the gem in his hand at the set when he was young, and all of the other memories that were necessary for him to be where he is now. He closes his eyes and thinks that regarding that, he can indeed understand that part *with his father* but there are some things that no matter what, he doesn’t want to acknowledge. *Rick’s death* "Before, a world renowned heart psychological adviser had said that [watching a Buddha priest-type of guy on the television] At that time, *a scene of Ren who seems unmoved* -however, I know as far as the current me is concerned, everything that I’ve encountered in my life *Young Kyouko asking if he is a fairy* isn’t by chance, but rather a necessity. *Kyouko shouting that it is for revenge against Fuwa Shou*” Corn notices her holding his hand that is on his belly. She calls out his name but stops. Corn thinks, “I’ve already denied it. I can no longer *scene of bloodied Kuon; Corn holds Kyouko’s hand with his other hand* deem that it is necessary, as far as the current me is concerned--” Kyouko is delighted to see [her] Corn smiling again [according to baidu people because it didn't seem like smiling to me at first ^^;]. Next chapter will be out on April 19th in Japan.
Comment: I love this chapter and the narrations are important so I’ve done that in detail and hope I got them right. ^^ It is so subtle with all the talk yet strong in impact. Even if it is a quick peck, I think it served its purpose and that is to free Kuon from the curse. He seems to have come to accept the ‘current him’. Maybe we get a better kissing scene when the two finally admit they love each other ^^ In a way, the mangaka fulfills the wish of those who wants to see a kiss and making it a quick peck to not make Ren’s fans angry that she’s kissing him as Corn = no romantic implication. ^^; The theme of the chapter, about moving on and how everything had a purpose for them to end up where they are now and meeting each other again, is really nice. Of course, that conversation pretty much helped in ‘lifting the curse’ and the ‘kiss’ is just like icing on the cake. In Ren’s case, if he wasn’t angry with that director when he was young, he presumably wouldn’t have gone to Japan and met Kyouko. If that didn’t happen to Rick, he wouldn’t have gone back to Japan again as Ren and met Kyouko again. In a religious point of view, it is like there is a divine purpose for everything in the end including the bad things that had happened before. One might not know it at that time, but later on, one will know upon recalling things back. A non-religious view would consider it as fate. It is amusing that it is Kyouko who somewhat made her life story as a fairy tale being a ‘priest’. At this point in the story and how Kuon had pretty much accepted what had happened, I think it is ripe for him to tell her everything. ^^ Hehe, I hope. It is amusing how Kyouko believed that Ren is forgiving and understanding over this. If Corn goes back to Ren, he would have to fulfill that expectation =P And yes, it is amusing that it is ‘somewhat thanks to Shou’ though for Kyouko to mention being a priest, I guess she isn’t quite ready to forgive him. Lol..ah, if Shou knew, I cannot wait to see his reaction over this among the other reactions that he would have but then, maybe Kyouko knowing who Ren really is would come first. And, I’m trying not to anticipate too much given the slow pacing of the series. ^^; Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
Are you disappointed in the pace of God’s plans? “Trust in the Lord” (Psalm 37:3). God will open doors when the timing is perfect. ~ Our Daily Bread