White Album 2 manga online
Volume 4, chapter 3
Setsuna: Good evening, everyone.
Setsuna: We are the alumni of the former Houjou High School Light Music Club.
Setsuna: There were three members… Myself, Haruki, who is currently present, and one more, who is making her own way overseas.
Setsuna: We may be short by one person, but we decided to get back together today, for the first time in three years.
Setsuna: So, please listen…
Setsuna: to “Unreaching Love.”
Chapter title: SESSION19
Three Years’ Worth of Feelings
Narration: Kazusa has gone, leaving the two of us.
The piano that used to guide us is no longer here.
Narration: The meaning may have been slightly different for me and Setsuna, but we’ve both been lonely and sad.
I doubt we’ll ever completely get over that desolate feeling.
Narration: Nevertheless, the two of us will keep going together.
Narration: This time…
Yes, this time.
FX: Plip plip
FX: Tup tup tup
Setsuna: H-hey, Haruki-kun, listen…
Narration: Before we went onstage, I promised her…
Haruki: Please, Setsuna, don’t say anything.
Setsuna: After the concert is over, I want you to take me by force.
Setsuna: I know that singing will make me remember what happened back then…
Setsuna: But, kissing isn’t what I want…
Setsuna: Don’t put it off like this…
Setsuna: And, when I remember, I might start to hate you.
Setsuna: Just come to me already.
Setsuna: No matter how much I resist, don’t listen to me. Promise you’ll take me… Please.
Setsuna: You’ve been my first for everything, Haruki-kun.
Setsuna: My first kiss…
Setsuna: My first real love…
Setsuna: The first one who ever touched me…
Setsuna: You’ve been so cruel to me… So now you have to take me in your arms!
Setsuna: Tighter, tighter… strong enough for the past three years…
Setsuna: Hold me!
Make love to me!
Narration: Setsuna has been dragging what happened three years ago behind her this whole time.
Narration: Even as I felt anger and sadness over having the past brought up in the middle of our most intimate moment, I continued to look for redemption, put all of my apologies and atonement into this act between us as a man and a woman, and gave them to her.
Setsuna: …Now you know.
Haruki: Know what?
Setsuna: The real me.
Setsuna: My personality is a hopeless failure.
Setsuna: Please… don’t hate me.
Sesuna: I know it’s a lot to ask… But please, accept me as I am.
Setsuna: I’m sorry…
Narration: All of that is my fault, so it’s my responsibility to take it on.
Haruki: You may not believe me…
Narration: I’m going to tell her.
Haruki: The Setsuna here in my arms…
Haruki: is the one I love most in the world.
Narration: After that, we made love with everything we had.
To warm our hearts and bodies, which had gone cold and numb over three years…
Narration: Three days passed, but of course, that wasn’t enough to remove the chill entirely.
We promised that we would see each other once a week, and we finally went home.
Narration: As expected, her father told her off and forbade her from spending the night anywhere else…
and seeing her sulking over it was adorable.
Narration: Time flew by, and on February 28th…
at Setsuna’s birthday party, two weeks late, I gave her the present that I hadn’t been able to give her three years before.
Narration: This is our final chapter.
Narration: As a conclusion to these three tempestuous years, it seems entirely too quiet…
But that is exactly why…
it’s a perfect ending for us.
Narration: The season of “White Album” is over…
And spring, our season… Spring, for just the two of us… is beginning.
Caption: Two years later
Haruki: I just got to the station.
Haruki: The snow is really piling up in Paris, so I was worried that I might not make it before the end of the day.
Setsuna: Same here! My arrival at the airport was delayed by three hours…
Setsuna: Sorry. I should be here in an hour or so…
I’ll call you back once I’m at the station.
Haruki: Be careful.
Message: Sender: Aki Hamada
Subject: 12/25 task overview
Body: Hello, this is Hamada.
Narration: After I graduated college, I became a full-time employee at Kaiou…
assigned to the Kaiou Graph editorial department.
My days are as busy as Mari-san’s now.
Message: Sorry this is so last-minute, but it’s about tomorrow’s interview. I’ve sent you the details in an email attachment, so please look those over carefully. This is just an outline…
Narration: Today is December 24th. Starting tomorrow, I have a two-day vacation.
Haruki: I have plans to spend tomorrow with Setsuna…
Haruki: If you could just think for two seconds… No, that’s probably too much to ask.
Narration: Setsuna and I will attend Christmas Mass together, and then…
Narration: as a replacement for that cheap thing, which doesn’t deserve its place on her left ring finger…
as a Christmas present… I’m going to give her a once-in-a-lifetime gift.
Message: The camera staff is local, and they’ll meet with you the day of. All you have to handle is the interview.
Haruki: What, you’re already here, Setsu—
Message: Don’t worry about a language barrier—the subject of the interview speaks Japanese.
Message: In fact, you’re interviewing a Japanese pianist—Kazusa Touma. She was a classmate of yours, right?
Narration: The woman standing there had the same long, black hair as ever…
but, somehow, she had managed to become even more beautiful.
Kazusa: …Well, this is a coincidence.
Narration: I have no idea what kind of face I must be making right now.
My head is racing, but my feet won’t budge.
Narration: I had been so sure that “White Album” was over—but, suddenly, I heard it again…
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