WA2 manga – Volume 2, Chapter 4



White Album 2 manga

Volume 2, chapter 4

 

Page 93

93.1

Haruki:                                You want to put me in charge of an article…?

93.2

Mari:                                   Yep!

Mari:                                   In that article you helped with in the last issue…

93.3

Mari:                                   This girl drew a pretty major response.

 

Page 94

94.1

Mari:                                   She’s going to get an article in our bimonthly music magazine.

Chapter title:                     SESSION10

Haruki’s Girlfriend

Narration:                          Can I really make myself talk to people about her, when I’m the only one who knows what she’s actually like…?

 

Page 95

95.1

FX:                                        Riiing

95.2

Haruki:                                Mph…

FX:                                        Riiing

95.3

Haruki:                                Hello, this is Kitahara…

Satou:                                 I need your help, pleeease…

95.4

Haruki:                                …Huh?

 

Page 96

96.1

Satou:                                 Oh, I’m so glad you’re here!

Narration:                          This is Satou, a “legitimate employee” of this restaurant.

                                             He’s a veteran who’s two years older than I am, and a candidate for management, but he speaks weirdly humbly.

96.2

Narration:                          Until six months ago, I worked here at the Goodies in Minamisuetsugu.

                                             And now, they’ve sent me a sudden SOS.

96.3

Satou:                                 The manager hurt her hip, and we’ve finally got a newbie starting today…

Haruki:                                I get it. You want me to help with their training?

Satou:                                 Thank you so, so much. I think she’ll be here soon…

Koharu:                               Good morning!

96.5

Koharu:                               …

96.6

Haruki:                                …Ack.

 

Page 97

97.2

Koharu:                               …

FX:                                        Grumble

Haruki:                                So, once their order has been decided, press this button…

and, lastly, press the “send” button.

97.3

Haruki:                                …Are you listening?

Koharu:                               …

97.4

Haruki:                                Okay, let’s practice.

One mixed fried western-style set, a caesar salad, honey toast, and two drinks from the drink bar.

FX:                                        Bip bip bip bip

Koharu:                               …

97.5

FX:                                        Shove

Haruki:                                …Nicely done.

97.6

FX:                                        Hrmph

 

Page 98

98.1

Narration:                          This may be the quickest learner this restaurant has ever hired.

FX:                                        Mph

Narration:                          She takes her training seriously, works hard, and understands perfectly—she’s the ideal student.

98.2

Narration:                          That sulkiness is making things extremely difficult, though…

98.3

Haruki:                                Okay, next…

Koharu:                               No need.

Haruki:                                Huh?

98.4

Koharu:                               I’m ready to go out into the dining area. There’s no point in training me any more than this.

98.5

Koharu:                               They called you in today to train me, right? Then your work is done.

98.6

Haruki:                                But…

If you don’t act a little more friendly, your customer service really won’t…

Koharu:                               You were able to handle customer service, right, senpai?

Haruki:                                Y-yeah.

 

Page 99

99.1

Koharu:                               Then there shouldn’t be a problem.

Haruki:                                …!

99.2

FX:                                        Hmph

99.3

Haruki:                                Nakagawa-san!

Nakagawa:                        Be right there!

99.4

Haruki:                                She wants to go out in the dining area… For half an hour.

Koharu:                               Hang on!

Nakagawa:                        Are you sure? Everyone’s going to end up getting involved…

99.5

Haruki:                                Yeah, sorry.

I’ll follow up once her training is done.

Koharu:                               What do you mean, only half an hour?!

Nakagawa:                        If you say so…

99.6

Koharu:                               Augh!

                                             Don’t belittle me! I can handle that much!

 

Page 100

100.1

Koharu:                               Let me repeat your order.

Customer:                          This is the third time…

100.2

Satou:                                 Gack!

FX:                                        Thump

Koharu:                               Sorry!

100.3

Student:                              There still isn’t an open table yet?!

Koharu:                               Yes, please excuse us…

100.5

Nakagawa:                        Take this to table 3, please!

Waiter:                               Got it!

Satou:                                 I’m heading to table 1!

 

Page 101

101.1

Haruki:                                You see? Look, please…

Just let me train you a little more.

101.2

Haruki:                                It’s all right. You’re a smart one, so you should be able to make it work within a day.

101.3

Haruki:                                Are you only doing weekend shifts?

Koharu:                               Until winter vacation starts. After that, I’ll be here every day.

Haruki:                                I see.

101.4

Haruki:                                Well, that’s it for today.

101.5

Haruki:                                Good work.

 

Page 102

102.1

FX:                                        Duck

Koharu:                               …

102.2

Koharu:                               …Thank you…

102.3

Satou:                                 Kitahara-kun! That was overkill!

What if she doesn’t come back next week?

102.4

Haruki:                                Oh, she will. Don’t worry.

102.5

Narration:                          If she’s as much of a nuisance as I was three years ago, she won’t run off over something so trivial.

FX:                                        Bow

102.6

FX:                                        Sidle

Nakagawa:                        I’m not sure I trust a “don’t worry” from you, Kitahara-san.

You never go easy when you’re dealing with girls.

FX:                                        Urk

Satou:                                 Huh? What? What are you talking about?

FX:                                        Sidle

102.7

Narration:                          All I have to do is keep quiet and wait.

Haruki:                                Okay! I’m heading out, too!

Satou:                                 Wait, Kitahara-san! You have to tell me!

 

Page 103

103.1

Narration:                          Nothing about the school building had changed in three years.

103.2

Narration:                          The scenery was so familiar that, for just one moment, I felt like I could catch a glimpse of those days.

103.4

Haruki:                                All right…

Narration:                          It’s a little earlier than the time we planned, but I’ll get going.

103.5

Koharu:                               Oh!

 

Page 104

104.1

Koharu:                               Did you come here to see me?

Haruki:                                Why would you think that?

104.2

Koharu:                               You spoke harshly to me, took on a distant manner while you were training me, suddenly showed up at my workplace…

I thought maybe you were coming to apologize for that.

Haruki:                                From my side of things, I don’t think any of what you just mentioned was exactly out of the ordinary…

104.3

Koharu:                               Even though you have a girlfriend?

104.4

Haruki:                                What? That has nothing to do with this.

104.5

Koharu:                               Ha! I knew it! You do! You said you didn’t, but that was a lie!

FX:                                        Mph

104.6

Haruki:                                All I said was, “That has nothing to do with this.”

I didn’t affirm anything.

FX:                                        Grr

 

Page 105

105.1

Koharu:                               Mihoko came back to school once, but lately, she’s stopped again.

Koharu:                               …Because she found out you were deceiving her the whole time.

Haruki:                                Stop making it sound worse than it is.

Haruki:                                I grant that I was cold with her, but I haven’t lied once.

105.2

Koharu:                               So, your girlfriend…

Haruki:                                I don’t have a girlfriend.

105.3

Haruki:                                I don’t date girls in the first place.

Haruki:                                …I’m not qualified.

105.4

Koharu:                               Qualified…? I have no idea what that’s supposed to mean!

105.5

Koharu:                               All I’m hearing is a lousy excuse…

for keeping Mihoko at a distance…

 

Page 106

106.1

Haruki:                                We’re done here. I’m going now.

Koharu:                               Wait!

I’m not finished talking…

106.2

Haruki:                                I have to be in the staff room at four o’clock exactly.

Koharu:                               Four o’clock…

106.3

Koharu:                               It’s already past four! Isn’t it common practice to be there five minutes before the appointed time?

Haruki:                                Yes.

So, I’m going.

106.4

Takahiro:                            …Huh?

FX:                                        Seethe

106.5

Takahiro:                            …Hey, Sugiura.

Koharu:                               What?!

                                             Just so you know, I am in a very, very bad mood right now!

106.6

Takahiro:                            Just now…

That was Kitahara-san, right?

Koharu:                               Oh, right, that was his last name…

See?! I don’t care enough to remember!

 

Page 107

107.1

FX:                                        Turn

Koharu:                               What? Do you know him?

Takahiro:                            Yeah.

He’s my big sister’s boyfriend.

107.2

Koharu:                               …?

Takahiro:                            ?

107.3

Koharu:                               …Pardon me for asking, but is your sister’s last name “Izumi”?

Takahiro:                            No, we don’t have anything that complicated going on in our family…

107.4

Koharu:                               …

!!!

FX:                                        Boom

Koharu:                               Two-timing?!

107.5

Koharu:                               Damn him!

107.6

FX:                                        Achoo

Suwa:                                  Well, well!

So, you’re working for a publisher!

 

Page 108

108.1

Suwa:                                  Never imagined I’d be interviewed by you.

108.2

Haruki:                                Well, right now, it’s just part-time. I’m graduating next year…

Suwa:                                  Gotcha! Wow, though, this takes me back.

Narration:                          My old coach, who always used to annoy me so much…

108.3

Suwa:                                  First you enter with top scores, then you hold the top spot for three years… That graduation address and your sparkling grades are still…

Narration:                          managed, somewhat bewilderingly, to forget everything about me that wasn’t perfect.

108.4

Haruki:                                I wasn’t even in the top ten at the end of my final term.

Haruki:                                Suwa-sensei, if we could get to the interview…

108.5

Suwa:                                  Right, right! We’ve been talking all about last week’s Kaiou Graph in the staff room, you know.

FX:                                        Smack smack

108.6

Suwa:                                  Yep, everything happened exactly like I thought it would.

Haruki:                                Huh?

 

Page 109

109.1

Suwa:                                  When she suddenly took home that big prize from that competition, right around the time she entered school…

I just knew she was gonna be a big shot in the future!

Haruki:                                …Ah.

Suwa:                                  She was always playing the piano her mother donated in the second music room. It’s like she wanted to be just like her.

Haruki:                                …Right.

109.2

Suwa:                                  By the way, you’ll talk about that performance at the school festival, right?

109.3

Haruki:                                O-oh. No, I dunno. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal…

Suwa:                                  It was a huge deal!

I think the student council saved a DVD of it. I’ll ask them to pass it over.

109.4

Haruki:                                I don’t think that’ll be necessary.

Suwa:                                  You sure?

Haruki:                                Actually, I’d like to borrow the key to the second music room. I want to talk about the piano.

Haruki:                                I need to get out of here…

 

Page 110

110.1

FX:                                        Dash dash dash

FX:                                        Huff huff

110.2

Koharu:                               Wh-where did that scumbag go…?

FX:                                        Huff huff

110.3

Koharu:                               Why would a third woman show up now, of all times…? How is he going to take responsibility if Mihoko doesn’t graduate?!

FX:                                        Huff

110.4

Koharu:                               I’m going to find out everything that’s going on here, and then he’s going to explain himself!

110.5

FX:                                        Achoo

 

Page 111

111.1

Haruki:                                My nose is weirdly itchy today…

FX:                                        Rub rub

111.3

FX:                                        Sit

111.5

FX:                                        Plonk

 

Page 112

112.5

FX:                                        Hug

 

Page 113

113.1

Koharu:                               Found you!

FX:                                        Slide

113.2

Koharu:                               You lied, yet again!

Koharu:                               Exactly how many people are you dating?!

113.3

FX:                                        Heh

Haruki:                                Oh, it’s you…

113.4

Koharu:                               Huh? Um…

Haruki:                                Sorry. I shouldn’t be loitering around the school building like this when I’m not even connected to this place any more.

Koharu:                               Oh, um… Right.

FX:                                        Scoot

 

Page 114

114.1

Koharu:                               …

114.2

Koharu:                               What are you doing in Music Room #2?

Haruki:                                I borrowed the key from Suwa-sensei. I’m just going to give it back to him, and then I’ll leave.

114.3

Koharu:                               …I’ll give it back, then.

Haruki:                                Ah…

114.4

Haruki:                                Thanks.

FX:                                        Jingle

114.5

Haruki:                                Well, I’m heading out.

FX:                                        Clunk

114.6

Haruki:                                It’s getting dark out. I’ll see you to the station, if you want.

Koharu:                               …

114.7

Koharu:                               I still have things to do.

It’s fine. I’m always here at this hour.

Narration:                          Maybe because it’s slightly warm today…

FX:                                        Swish

Haruki:                                Oh…

 

Page 115

115.1

Haruki:                                By the way, I might be showing up at your workplace again.

Koharu:                               If it’s for work, I’ll just have to put up with it.

Narration:                          I feel like this conversation is going strangely smoothly, without any storms brewing.

115.2

Haruki:                                …I’ll just go, then.

Narration:                          I’m sure she’s feeling it too.

115.3

Koharu:                               Okay.

Narration:                          That must be why she looks just a little taken aback.

115.6

Koharu:                               He got away from me.

But… why…?

 

Page 116

116.1

Koharu:                               Why did he…

Koharu:                               look so happy, and so sad?

Why…

116.4

Haruki:                                This report is miles better than I imagined.

Chiaki:                                 I know, right?

116.5

Haruki:                                I’m kind of stunned you managed to gather this much material.

Caption:                              Traditional clothing documents

Chiaki:                                 Oh, yes, Kitahara-kun, I used to be quite illustrious.

 

Page 117

117.1

Chiaki:                                 And, man, am I beat.

                                             I need coffee, Haruki!

FX:                                        Flump

Haruki:                                Yes, yes, I’ll make some. Quit getting so comfortable…

117.2

Haruki:                                By the way, when you came here last week, you saw that girl from the high school who was waiting for me at the gate, right?

Chiaki:                                 Oh, you mean the girl who you swore it would only happen with once, but then it happened again, and she hasn’t quit coming after you ever since?

Haruki:                                That’s not even remotely what happened, but yeah, that’s probably the one.

117.3

Haruki:                                Did you…

tell her that you and I were dating?

Chiaki:                                 Gack!

Chiaki:                                 Don’t tell me you corrected her?

117.4

Chiaki:                                 It was the perfect way to avoid any future trouble…

FX:                                        Hmph

Chiaki:                                 You’re no fun at all, Haruki!

Haruki:                                Here.

Haruki:                                No, I don’t want you lying.

Why would you tell her something that ridiculous?

 

Page 118

118.1

Chiaki:                                 Wellll, Haruki…

Chiaki:                                 You don’t want anything to do with women, right?

118.2

Haruki:                                …

118.3

Chiaki:                                 You can’t let anything get serious, right?

Chiaki:                                 It goes beyond a lack of interest to full-on rejection.

118.4

Chiaki:                                 That’s why you have me with you.

Because most normal people would look at me and see a woman…

Narration:                          How long had she been seeing through everything?

Chiaki:                                 but you don’t see me that way.

 

Page 119

119.1

Chiaki:                                 So, I have to keep up with your expectations!

Narration:                          I started to feel… just a little scared of Izumi.

119.2

Chiaki:                                 I can be like a breakwater for you, so you don’t have to deal with women directly.

119.3

Haruki:                                Izumi…

119.4

Chiaki:                                 I’m not mad about you not treating me like a girl. It’s not a shock, either.

Chiaki:                                 Actually, my relationship with you right now is in a category that I like a lot.

119.5

Chiaki:                                 So, you can come running to me whenever you want.

Chiaki:                                 In exchange, all I need from you is dinner, a bed, and help with my report.

Chiaki:                                 Okay?

119.6

Haruki:                                Hey… If you understand the situation so well, then why…

 

Page 120

120.1

Chiaki:                                 Hmm?

Haruki:                                Why are you actually dressed like a girl, today of all days?!

                                             Close your legs! I can see everything!

120.2

Chiaki:                                 Oh? Are you looking?

Haruki:                                No, I am not.

You’re messing with me, aren’t you.

Chiaki:                                 You caught me!

120.3

Haruki:                                Whatever. I have work to do, so put the finishing touches on that report.

Chiaki:                                 Okaaay!

120.4

FX:                                        Snap

 

Page 121

121.1

Haruki:                                “After winning a national competition as a first-year, she became known country-wide as ‘A genius since the start of her academy days.’”

                                             …Maybe?

FX:                                        Chk chk

Haruki:                                Ugh, I’m itchy!

FX:                                        Shudder

121.2

Haruki:                                If she reads this, she’ll probably tear her hair out…

121.3

Narration:                          A Touma that never existed—prodigy, honors student, and perfect young lady…

                                             It’s like looking at a hero who has transformed and become something enormous.

121.4

Haruki:                                But, well, it’s getting late…

121.5

Haruki:                                Hey, Izumi, it’s almost time for the last train…

121.6

Haruki:                                Geh?!

121.7

Haruki:                                Her report is done…

 

Page 122

122.1

Haruki:                                Well, out of respect for that, I guess I’ll let her sleep here tonight…

Haruki:                                I’ll just sleep in the bathroom.

122.6

FX:                                        Rrring

122.7

FX:                                        Blink

122.8

FX:                                        Rrring

122.9

Phone:                                Ogiso

 

Page 123

123.1

FX:                                        Flip

123.2

Setsuna:                              Ah…

S-sorry. I know it’s late…

Setsuna:                              Were you asleep?

123.3

Chiaki:                                 Hnn…

Um, who is this?

Setsuna:                              Huh…?

123.4

Setsuna:                              Uh…

Ah…

What?

Setsuna:                              This number…

Um…

Huh?

123.5

Chiaki:                                 Oh, wrong number?

Try to get it right next time, yeah?

Setsuna:                              No!

123.6

Setsuna:                              I know for a fact…

that this one isn’t wrong.

 

Page 124

124.1

Chiaki:                                 Then, who is this?

Chiaki:                                 C’mon, don’t act so important.

124.2

Setsuna:                              …No, never mind.

I’m sorry to call so late.

Chiaki:                                 What time is it?

Setsuna:                              Three o’clock in the morning.

124.3

Setsuna:                              Three o’clock…

Just like last week…

Chiaki:                                 ?

124.4

Setsuna:                              I’m very sorry to wake you.

Excuse me.

Chiaki:                                 Yeah, g’night.

FX:                                        Bip

124.5

FX:                                        Beeeep beeeep

 

Page 125

125.1

Chiaki:                                 Now, when he comes to wake me up…

 

Page 126

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