Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sayonara Piano Sonata Volume 02

Chapter 1

The Real Name

"How do I pronounce your name?"

It was the end of the semester when Mafuyu asked me that question during a certain Monday after school. Then, the door of the classroom was opened, and the school's courtyard was right outside of it. The cries of the cicadas came from the shades of the trees from some unknown direction, and it was quite irritating. I was pressing my face against the floor and trying to secure the screws at the bottom of the door with a screwdriver. I thought I heard wrong, so I lifted my body—

"What? Did you just say something?"

On the left hand side of the narrow classroom, was Mafuyu sitting on the long desk next to the drum set. She was pressing the cold Oolong bottle that I just bought for her against her face. She's probably quite bad with the heat, huh? Not only was her face redder than usual - even the back of her neck which was hidden between her maroon colored hair, as well as her arms beneath the short sleeves of her summer uniform, were dyed in a color of pale red. However, she wasn't sweating one bit. Her
navy blue eyes seemed a little dazed.

"Your name. I still don't know how to pronounce your name."

How to pronounce my name? We're from the same class, we sit next to each other, and we're even together during club activities, and yet she still doesn't know? But...... thinking about it a little deeper, there was probably no chance for her to know. This girl just came back from overseas not too long ago, so she probably isn't that good with Kanji.

"Everyone calls you Nao this, Nao that - I have no idea how to pronounce the rest of your name. Naoki?"

"Nah, that's not it," she probably read it wrong. "Urm...... why are you suddenly asking this?"

"Because you're always addressing me directly with my name! It just feels unfair."

Unfair huh? With the current situation, I just can't change the way I address you from Mafuyu to 'Ebisawa-san' even if you want me to (moreover, she'll get angry if I do that). We'll probably be misunderstood even more easily if she directly calls me by my name too right? But it's not like we aren't misunderstood already anyway. [TLNote: I usually skip the -san and -chan, but just so you know, he calls Mafuyu without any honorific]

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