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Deep Purple 22
Friends #13 Summary
This translation is from the Japanese text. Unfortunately I don't actually know Japanese well at all! As a result while I have been able to understand the basic gist of each phrase, I have completely ZERO comprehension of its nuances. This translation is therefore 100% fraught with errors! Seriously! Tenses are wrong! Subtle implications are missing! Some bits are just completely different from the original! Please don't take it on a word-for-word basis, but rather use it merely as a summary of the story. Thanks! - Starry
Koshino and Hikoichi walk into the hospital corridor and overhear a nurse speaking with Sendoh's mother.
“It's such a relief. I'm so glad he's okay,” says Sendoh's mother.
“Yes, although there is something...” the nurse explains, “it may be temporary... but it seems some of his memories are unclear. There are many scans and tests we need to do. Please look over these documents. The details are all explained here...”
Behind their backs, Koshino gestures to Hikoichi and they sneak into Sendoh's hospital room.
They find Sendoh lying on his hospital bed. He is connected to a drip, his broken leg still strapped and elevated, and a bandage on his forehead. He cracks open an eye as they enter.
Nervously, Koshino asks, “Sendoh... do you... remember me?”
For a moment, Sendoh's face appears blank. Then he says “Koshino, I've made you worry. Hikoichi too. I'm so sorry...”
Tears of joy leak from Koshino's eyes. “Thank goodness!” he exclaims in relief.
“Don't cry,” Sendoh reprimands him gently. “Koshino, you're being dramatic.”
Koshino sniffs and tries to hold it in. He fails.
“I'm just so glad,” Koshino suddenly starts blubbing and rambling. “You're still the same Sendoh. The doctor said your memory was affected, and you've hurt your head...”
Hikoichi tried to comfort Koshino. “Hey,” he says, “it's great, now we can tell everyone he's okay.”
Sendoh frowns. “They told me that my little brother stayed here with me until morning. But... I told them I don't have a brother... do I?” he trails off confusedly.
“What?” Koshino wipes his nose. “Oh, I know. Do they mean Rukawa?”
“Rukawa?” Sendoh looks confused. “Oh – that's right. I... was going to meet him. Rukawa was going away...”
The memory of Haruko handing him the signed basketball pops into his mind. “Ah! That girl! Is she okay?”
“Yes, don't worry,” Koshino replies. “She only fell down.”
“Thank goodness,” Sendoh says. “But... Rukawa... I never got to see him after all...”
“Oh, no, that's not...” Koshino begins, but Sendoh continues.
“He... can't have been here. I don't know what to say, it's a bit embarrassing. I guess I really hurt my head.”
“But Rukawa has come back!” Koshino finally reveals. “I was the one who found his American telephone number and called him back.”
Sendoh looks at him blankly. Koshino smiles.
“Well, no.” He corrects himself. “Rather it was your accident that made him come back. Really, I didn't think he'd return like that. That guy... it's pretty amazing.”
For a moment, Sendoh recalls the tears that had fallen from Rukawa's eyes.
“What's up?” Koshino asks. “Did you remember something?”
Sendoh looks confused. “I...” he hesitates. “Is this really okay?”
At that moment, the nurse appears in the room. “Hey, wait a moment, you,” she tells Koshino and Hikoichi. “Visits from friends are not allowed yet.”
“Ah – sorry!” Koshino quickly apologises.
As he is leaving, Koshino addresses the nurse. “Um – the guy that was here until this morning isn't actually Sendoh's brother... er... yesterday I said so because of the situation and we were in such a rush. I guess it was a... misunderstanding.”
The nurse replies, “...eh?”
“Koshino!” Sendoh calls out to him as he reaches the door, “Tell everyone that I'm okay.”
“And... tell that guy too.”
Koshino turns back at grins at him. “Got it!”
The nurse comes forward to take Sendoh's arm. “I'm going to test your blood pressure. Is your arm all right?”
“Yes...” Sendoh removes his arm from under the sheets only to find a crumpled piece of paper in his fist. In confusion he smooths it out and looks in amazement at what is written there. He again recalls Rukawa sitting by his bedside and thinks to himself with a contented smile... it wasn't a dream.
Outside the hospital, Haruko sees Rukawa and calls out to him.
“I see,” she says, hearing the good news about Sendoh. “That's great. Rukawa-kun, but what are you going to do now?”
“I'm going straight back to America,” Rukawa replies.
“Huh? Already?” Haruko is surprised.
Rukawa's (handsome!) face is serious. “The doctor said there's no need to worry. His injuries will heal.” He turns to leave and gives a casual “well then.”
But Haruko isn't finished speaking yet. “Um...” she calls out again.
He turns back.
“Rukawa-kun, you see, actually I...”
“...I...” ...I really...
Misinterpreting her hesitation, Rukawa answers her by saying, “Sendoh is fine. He is the one who jumped of his own choice. You don't have to trouble yourself about it.”
Haruko drops her eyes and says, “oh, right.”
Rukawa's bus to 藤沢駅 Fujisawa Station arrives.
“Well then...” Rukawa says again.
“...yeah...” Haruko seems sad. Then she looks up and meets his eye. “Goodbye, Rukawa-kun.”
He notices the finality of her words, but doesn't comment. He boards the bus, and Haruko waves.
Honestly... she thinks. Rukawa-kun I loved you so much.
...this is really goodbye.
“Eh? So Sendoh-san didn't know that Rukawa had come?” Haruko is walking along the hospital corridor with Koshino.
“Well, you know Rukawa...” Koshino replies with a shrug. “And Sendoh is always joking around. Really it's hard to say.”
“I guess so...” Haruko replies.
“What those guys are thinking is anyone's guess.”
They turn the corner and see a group of three nurses gathered around the door to Sendoh's room.
Concerned, Koshino approaches them. “Excuse me...” he begins. “We are allowed to visit today, right?”
One of the nurses turns to them. “Oh, of course!”
A second nurse calls into the room, “Akira-kun~ <3 Your friends are here~!”
Koshino looks annoyed. Akira-kun?
Stepping through the door he says, “Sendoh- I have the notes from today's classes...” but trails off when he sees Sendoh reclining casually while two more nurses are attending his bandages
“Ah, sorry about all this,” Sendoh says with a wave.
“Stop moving Akira-kun~ <3” says one of the nurses as she fixes the bandage on his forehead.
Koshino sweatdrops “.....”
A fifth nurse enters the room behind them, “Akira~kun~, time to check your temperature~”
“Eh?” says Sendoh, “but it was done just a little while ago.”
“Oh my,” says the nurse “Is that so?”
“Akira~kun~” another adds, “I will check your blood pressure and pulse.”
“Oh, about that... didn't you do it five times already today...?”
Haruko innocently comments that they seem a little busy.
Koshino says nothing “.....”
Almost unnoticed on the bedside table is a crumpled piece of paper. A closer look reveals a small door key taped underneath a scrawled address, telephone number, and a roughly-drawn map of a neighbourhood in America.
And the little arrow at the bottom of the page says... TO BE CONTINUED!
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