Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu Volume 04 - The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

It was a cold morning. So cold that it felt like the whole world would get neatly chipped up with some nice crisp cracks if it were poked with an ice pick. Or better yet, I would lead the pack to chip this freaking cold world up.

Nevertheless, it was just natural to be cold; it was winter now. Until the Cultural Festival about a month ago, it had been so terribly hot. Then, just as it turned December, the weather chilled rapidly as if Mother Nature finally remembered, and now I experienced with this body of mine a Japan that had no Autumn this year. Don't tell me that a certain somebody mixed up a business prosperity rebus with a spell... That Siberian cold air system should just as well change its course. There is no need for it to come down every year like that.

Had the Earth's revolution period gone crazy? Whilst I walked, giving sincere concern to Mother Nature's health, I heard "Yo, Kyon!"

A frivolous guy ran up to me to pat my shoulder in a helium-light manner. It was too much of a chore to stop my tracks, so I just turned my head towards him.

"Yo, Taniguchi," I replied, turned to face forward once again, and disdainfully gazed at the summit of the distant high hill. We commute up this slope every day, so why can't they go easy on us during physical education lessons? All the physical education teachers, like Okabe our class teacher, should be more concerned about the students who have to hike in order to commute every day. The teachers go by car, if I may point out.

"Why are you talking like an old coot? Stride with a brisk pace! This is great exercise! It warms you up, doesn't it? Here, look at me, I'm not even wearing a sweater. Summer is the worst, but this season is just great for me!"

It's fine to be so freaking high-spirited, but what’s your basis? Share some of that with me.

Taniguchi's never-closing mouth twisted into a smile.

"The term-end tests are over! Thanks to that, we're done learning for this year. Don't you think that's way more spectacular than what's coming soon?"

The term-end tests fell indiscriminately on all students in this school, and ended just as indiscriminately. The only difference, if anything, was probably the number scribbled on the graded answer papers that were returned to students.

I recalled Mom's expression when she started worrying about my impending cram school, and my mood sunk. When we enter eleventh grade next year, our class will be divided according to our preferred college. The arts course track or the science course track? Public college or private college? The choices made my head spin.

"Who cares about that?" Taniguchi laughed away. "There are more important things to worry about, you know. Do you know what today is?"

"December 17th," I replied. "What about it?"

"What a dumb response! You don't even remember the special day next week which will set your heart flying?"

"Oh I see." I realized the right answer now. "End-of-term ceremony. The winter break is definitely worth the wait."

However, Taniguchi shot a glance at me like a small animal encountering a wildfire. "You're not serious, are you? The date in one week! Think! The answer should pop up like that!"

"Hmm..."

I snorted and drew out a cloud of white breath.

December 24.

I knew, all right. I had already foreseen a certain somebody brewing an evil plot or hoax for next week. Even if everyone missed this, the truth never escaped my eyes. The person who spotted such events even quicker than me just sat there, behind me. She had been lamenting missing the chance at Halloween last month, and there was no doubt she would strike this time.

Well, to be honest, I already knew exactly what she was going to do.



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