24TH SATURDAY

    Hareta Hi de wa atta ga Kita-kaze wa fuite, Kandankei wa 62 do 8 bu ni shika noboranakatta.
    'Subaru' no Boshû no Uta "Aki" 698 shu uchi kara, Gozen no uchi ni 40 shu dake eranda. Sha ni iku toki sore to Sakuya no "Bakufumon 70 shu." to wo Hiraide kun no tokoro ni oite itta.
    Kyô no Kiji no naka ni Renshû-kantai Taiheiyô-ôdan no Tsûshin ga atte, sono naka ni, Shunki-kôreisai no Asa, Kanïn mina Kanpan ni dete Nishi no Sora wo nozonde Kôrei wo haishita to yû tokoro ga atta. Mimi no kikenai Rô-shôsetsu-ka no Mishima-jiisan, "Nishi no Sora de wa Nippon no Hôkaku de wa nai" to itte Gwan to shite kikanakatta. Sore kara Maekawa-jiisan wa Kinô Mudan-kekkin shita to yû no de, Katô "Round-eyes" to Kenkwa wo shite itakke. Kono Hito wa Yo no Chichi ni nita Hito na no da.
    Sukoshi osoku natte kaetta. Tsukue no ue ni wa Genkôshi no ue ni Tegami rashii mono――Mune wo odorashite Dentô no Neji wo hineru to, sore wa Sapporo no Tachibana Chie-ko san kara――! Taiin no shirase no Hagaki wo moratte kara Yo wa mada Henji wo dasazu ni itatta no da.
    "Hakodate nite ome-ni-kakarishi wa Wazuka no aida ni sôraishi ga O-wasure mo naku O-tegami......o-ureshiku"――to kaite aru. "Kono goro wa Soto wo Sanpo suru kurai ni ai-nari sôrô." to kaite aru. "Mukashi shinobare sôrô" to kaite aru. Soshite, "O-hima araba Hagaki nari to mo――" to kaite aru.
    Kindaichi kun ga haitte kita. Kyô no Lecture no Seiseki ga yokatta to miete niko-niko shite iru. Hanashi wa iro-iro de atta ga, Tomo no Me no Yo ni kataru tokoro wa, "Sôsaku wo yare." to yû koto de atta. "Sokuseki no ato wo kake." to itta. Soshite 1 ka-getsu-zen no Yo no Kôfun-jidai wo katatte sono Me wa Yo no Genzai no fukaki Kyômi wo ushinatta Kimochi wo semuru gotoku de atta. Yo wa itta:
    "Da ga, Kindaichi san, Ore datte sugu Anata no Kibô ni soitai......ga, Ore ni wa ima Teki ga nakunatta! Dô mo Hariai ga nai."
    "Teki! Sô desu nê!"
    Ano koro no Teki wa Ôta-kun datta. Jissai desu."
    "Sô deshita nê!"
    "Ôta to Ore no Torihiki wa angwai hayaku owatte shimatta.
        'Nigen, Nigen, nao tokiezuba Sangen wo tatsuru
        Ikigomi, kashikoki Tomo kana.'
    Watashi wa kono Uta wo tsukuru toki dare wo omoi-ukabeta to omoi masu? Ueda san to, sore kara Ôta-kun desu. Mada kono hoka ni mo Ôta ni taisuru Shisô-jô no Zekkô-jô wo Imi suru Uta wo mitsu yotsu tsukuri mashita yo."
    "Tsumari, mô Ôta-kun wo suteta'-n desu ka?"
    "Teki de wa naku nattandesu. Dakara Ore wa kô Gakkari shite shimattan-desu. Teki! Teki! Authority no nai Jidai ni wa tsuyoi Teki ga nakuchâ Dame desu yo. Soko e yuku to Doppo nanka wa erai, jitsu ni erai."
    Konna Hanashi mo, shikashi Yo no Shinzô ni sukoshi no Kodô wo mo okosanakatta.