Putting the thick wallet on the table, Mikage thinks that this man is rich so could those guys be robbers. She finds it pitiful if it is true, that the ninjas are robbers. She is surprised when the man grabs her arm and asks if she is a ninja. While telling him to let go, Mikage thinks as if she would tell him ‘yes’ that ninja exists. He immediately grabs her shoulder which caused him to rip off the IV connected to him. The man tells her that he requires her services. While Mikage was startled, the man tells her that there is someone who wants to seize his life and that person even used ninjas which she saw for herself. He says that he wants to live so he needs her. Mikage wonders why those guys retreat at that time if they are after his life. She tells herself no, that is just her excessive doubtful speculation. She tells him that even if she sympathizes with him, but he better not have such any anticipation towards her. “I will use this life in the service of only one man. *sad smile* So, I’m saying, I will forever only serve that person.. Can you understand my Japanese..” The man thinks over what she said. After a light bulb moment, he apologizes to Mikage for he didn’t imagine that she is already married and just now, his brain is swirling around.
Mikage darkly says that he obviously knew yet he is joking around with her. The man says that he thought that he finally found an unemployed ninja so it turns out that she is a ninja who is groomed overseas. He asks if she is accompanying her sight-seeing tourist master. Mikage doesn’t find that funny that she quickly kicked the man away. Taking her luggage, she says that it is a very huge mistake for the man she saved to actually joke about her master. A doctor arrives and asks the man if he is okay. He says yes, but compared to him, that girl.. The doctor goes out the door and tries to call for Mikage but she is no longer around. He is worried about her going out alone at night. Going back in, the doctor tells the man that she is already gone and she’s quite a fast kid. He then scolds the man saying that he’s okay when he cannot stand up straight. The man insists that he is fine. It turns out that Mikage is standing sideways on the wall near the ceiling. She is relived that what she did didn’t injure the man. And, she leaves the place. While walking, she mentally asks Rod that even if he employed her for life, what she should do afterwards?
She notices a couple of high school girls had passed her by. She recalls the time when Rod asked her if she won’t go to school when she obviously likes to study. She told him that she doesn’t like it but everything she studies is for her duty in order to live. She said that it is enough since she only needs to study training and the things that he taught her. Rod sighed and said that basically a child, having this ‘in order to survive’ way of thinking about school, doesn’t exist but then, there are things that she’ll learn in school that he won’t be able to teach her. He told her that when youngsters gather in a place, a chemical change will happen. Whether good or bad, even silly to the point of being ridiculous, there is no harm in it. The most important thing is there is no dangerous duty. Mikage gloomily says that he’s saying that there are still so many, many things that she doesn’t know in the world, right. After a pause, he told her that there are all sorts of stimulants in school. He says that if she thinks that even if it is like that, she still wants to be a masked ninja, then it is okay for her to maintain that situation. And that is what he wants to tell her. She informed him that in principle, he is telling her to be a rouge ninja [missing/ runaway-ninja]. He just lamely agreed. End flashback.
Mikage thinks that Rod always thought of her happiness and among which is ‘school’ but for her, happiness is protecting her kind master. She thinks that it was enough for her but she wonders if it isn’t because of what her master said. Anyway, for things to reach this point, even if she were to do things in accordance to his anticipation, the master whom she wanted to be happy is gone. She decides to stop being depressed since it will make her master sad. Holding a piece of paper, she decides to go to the place where she’ll live while in Japan, and then, take her time to make a decision. She starts running on the roofs toward her destination. The place is in some quiet outskirts apartment building under the name of the president[/her father]. Her other luggage are already brought there. She recalled the president giving her a key and told her to use it upon arriving in Japan. Holding the key, she mentally thanks him for letting her use it. Then, she notices some smoke up ahead. Standing in front of the house, she finds the place lent to her burning. Then, she notices a smoke signal used by ninjas, ‘This country is our territory, get lost.” She realizes that it is those two ninjas she encountered earlier.
Just as she takes a step toward the burning building, the man holding his IV stopped her and says that place is on fire, does she want to die. Seeing a taxi behind the man, Mikage asks if he chased after her. She tells him that in that blaze are the things that were delivered earlier, the stuff that her master gave her while he’s living. Notebook, textbook, pencil, special Japan made cute eraser. Then, she hits the man away and exclaims that in the end, she has to go in. The man exclaims what, just for an eraser. She is going to use her luggage to break in the window when the window above breaks due to the heat of the fire. While Mikage looks up towards it, the man pushes her to safety. She tells him that she can dodge that on her own. She is surprised to see his forehead bleeding. He tells her that it is kindness [/favor] for saving him. She tells him that she didn’t do anything that would be considered a favor for it is only out of habit from her training that she saved him but then, unlike this action, it is full of courage. Wiping his bleeding forehead with a handkerchief, she tells him that even if it is a futile, meaningless, unnecessary action, she still thanks him for saving her and it is she who was received a favor by him. Taking the handkerchief, he smiles and says is that so. Looking dark, he tells her then, can she sincerely listen to a few words he’ll say.
Comment: Hehe, it would be nice if the man actually saved her due to ulterior motive because if it isn’t, I would really question his wisdom on hiring a ninja who couldn’t protect herself from falling debris. And, would you hire a ninja who’ll kick a sick person then get worried about it later on? ^^; And, it is just because he poked fun of her beloved master. Or actually, a ninja who can easily be tracked down by a civilian? Oh well, maybe he is desperate like better something than nothing. Maybe, her father already knew that she is a failure as a ninja that he easily let her go. =P You know, cannot control her emotions. Ah, it seems like Mikage is VK’s Zero who is tied to the past. I guess she’ll go master-this and that for a long time and maybe, even more flashbacks. She is also overly serious and emo. ^^; In a way, I guess Rod might be the ‘love rival’ of whoever Mikage will meet later on as love interest. The way Mikage hit the man with her luggage, it makes me think that the man is some sort of comedy like Hanabusa. ^^; Anyway, it seems that he is intelligent enough to take advantage of Mikage’s kindness to get her to owe him. Somewhat like, ‘I saved your life and since you said that it isn’t a returned favor, your life now belongs to me/you owe me now/you also have to save me from my enemy.’ And, there is a high possibility that she’ll take the bait. It seems that the type of scenes that I would poke fun on in VK are already appearing here. ^^; Scans by all★wink汉化组
Quote of the day:
We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. ~ Tobias Wolff