25TH SUNDAY

    Yo no Genzai no Kyômi wa tada hitotsu aru: sore wa Sha ni itte 2 jikan mo 3 jikan mo Iki mo tsukazu ni Kôsei suru koto da. Te ga aku to Atama ga nan to naku Kûkyo wo kanzuru: Jikan ga nagaku nomi omoeru. Hajime Yo no Kokoro wo odori-tatashita Rintenki no Hibiki mo, ima de wa narete shimatte tsuyoku wa mimi ni hibikanai. Kesa kono koto wo kangaete kanashiku natta.
    Yo wa subete no mono ni Kyômi wo ushinatte iki-tsutsu aru no de wa aru mai ka? Subete ni Kyômi wo ushinau to yû koto wa, sunawachi Subete kara ushinawareru to yû koto da.
    "I have had lost from everything!" Kô yû Jiki ga moshi Yo ni kitara!
    "Kake-ashi wo shite Iki ga kireta no da. Ore wa ima Nami-ashi de aruite iru." to Yo wa Sakuban Tomo ni katatta.
    Kyô wa Hôhei-kôshô no Dai-entotsu ga Kemuri wo haite inai.

    Sha ni itte Gekkyû wo uketotta. Genkin shichi-yen to 18 yen no Zenshaku-shô. Sengetsu wa 25 yen no Kao wo mita dake de Satô san ni kaeshite shimai, kekkyoku 1 mon mo motte kaeru koto ga dekinakatta ga......
    Nichi-yô da kara Dai-ippan dake de Yo wa kaetta. Soshite 4 ji goro Surugadai no Yosano-si wo tazuneta. Shunjin wa Haiyû-yôseijo no Shibai wo mi ni itte Rusu datta ga, Nikai de Aki-ko san to hanashite iru to Yoshii kun ga kita. Hirayama Yoshi-ko no hanashi ga deta.
    Aki-ko san wa, Kondo no Tanka-gô ni dasu Yosano-si no Uta wa Butsugi wo kamoshi sô da to yû. Dô shite desu to yû to,
    "Konaida futari de Kenkwa shitan-desu yo. Uchi ga, Anata, Nanase bakkari kaaigatte Yatsuo wo, dô shite nandesu ka, taisô ijimeru-nde gozai-masu yo. Anmari ijimeru mondesu kara masu-masu Shinkei ga yowatte naku mondesu kara ne, konaida 1 shûkan dake shikaranai Yakusoku shite morattandesu ga, sore wo nê, mata pisha-pisha Kao wo butsu mondesu kara, Watashi sonna ni Kodomo wo ijimerareru nara Uchi e kaeri-masu to yû to okorimashite nê. Sore wo kondo no Uta ni tsukutta-nde gozai-masu-no. 'Tsuma ni suterareta' to ka nan to ka iron na-no ga ari-masu yo."
    Ha, ha, ha! Sô desu ka."
    "Sore kara, anô, Yamakawa-san ga o-nakunari ni nari-mashita yo."
    "Yamakawa-san ga......!"
    "Eh,......Kongetsu no 15 nichi ni......"
    Hakukô naru Jo-shijin Yamakawa Tomi-ko Joshi wa tsui ni shinda no ka?!
    ............!
    Yosano-shi ga kaette kite Ma mo naku Yo wa jishita. Nani yara no Hanashi no tsuzuki de "Ha, ha, ha," to warai nagara Soto ni deta Yo wa, ni-san-po aruite "tche'" to Shitauchi shita. "Yoshi! Krera to Boku to wa chigatteru no da. Fun! mite iyagare, Bakayarô-me!"
    Densha no 20 kwai-ken wo katta.
    Atama ga sukoshi itai. Kindaichi-kun wo sasotte Sanpo ni dekaketa. Hongô 3 chôme de,
    "Doko e iki-masu?"
    "Sô!"
    Skamoto-yuki no Norikae-kippu wo kirasete Yoshiwara e itta. Kindaichi kun ni wa ni-dome ka san-dome da ga, Yo wa umarete hajimete kono Fuyajô ni Ashi wo ireta. Shikashi omotta yori hiroku mo naku, tamageru hodo no koto mo nakatta. Kuruwa no naka wo hito-meguri mawatta. Sasuga ni utsukushii ni wa utsukushii.
    Kadoebi no Ô-dokei ga 10 ji wo utte Ma mo naku Yo-ra wa sono Hana no yô na Kuruwa wo dete, Kuruma de Asakusa made kita. Tôkaen wo arukô ka to iidashita ga, futari tomo Kyômi ga nakunatte ita no de, soshite, Baka ni Kûfuku wo kanjite ita no de, to-aru Gyûniku-ya ni agatte Meshi wo kutta. Sô shite 12 ji sukoshi sugi ni kaette kita.
    "Yoru Me wo samasu to, Amadare no Oto ga nan-da ka Rinshitsu no Sazame-goto no yô de, utsukushii Hito ga Makura-moto ni iru yô na......Hyôbyô taru Kokochi ni naru koto ga aru." to yû yô na koto wo Kindaichi kun ga ii-dashita.
    "Hyôbyô taru Kokochi!" to Yo wa itta. "Watashi wa wakaranai!"
    Tomo wa mata, "Watashi mo itsu ka zehi, asoko e itte mitai." to yû yô na koto wo itta.
    "Ôi ni ii" to Yo wa itta. "Itta hô ga ii desu yo. Soshite Kekkon shitara dô desu?"
    "Aite sae areba itsu demo. Daga Kekkon shitara anna tokoro e ikanakutemo ii ka mo shire masen ne!"
    "Sô ja nai. Boku wa Yappari itta hô ga ii to omô.
    "Sô desu nê!"
    "Nan desu nê, Asakusa wa, iwaba, Tan ni Nikuyoku no Manzoku wo uru tokoro da kara, Aite ga tsumari wa donna Yatsu de mo kamawanai ga, Yoshiwara nara Boku wa yahari utsukushii Onna to netai. Asoko ni wa Rekishiteki Rensô ga aru, ittai ga Bijutsu-teki da.......Kwabi wo tsukushita Heya no naka de, moe-tatsu yô na Momi-ura no, neru to Karada ga shizumu yô na Futon ni nete, Rantô Kage komayaka naru tokoro, Hyôbyô taru Kimochi kara fu' to Me wo aku to, Makura-moto ni utsukushii Onna ga Gyôgi yoku suwatte iru......ii ja ari-masenka?"
    "Ah, tamaranaku naru!"
    "Yoshiwara e ittara Bijin de nakyâ ikemasen yo. Asakusa nara mata nan demo kan demo Nikutai no Hatsuiku no ii, Organ no Kwanzen na Yatsu de nakuchâ ikenai......"
    Futari wa 1 jikan chikaku mo sono 'Hyôbyô taru Kimochi' ya, Morioka no aru Jogakusei de Yoshiwara ni iru to yû Kuji nanigashi no koto wo katatte neta.