Title: Final Chapter The Poem of Time's Colors in Bloom
B: Senkai, 12th Year(1800)
Bote: And so, time marches on...
M1: I heard another customer died over there in that inn.
M2: It's gotta be cursed, am I right?
Y: Shut your traps!!
Y: Don't go talking up some weird rumors about our inn!!
M1: Whoah!! It's Yokichi! Must suck to be you!!
M2: Then explain why your customers keep on dying strange inexplicable deaths one after another!!
M1: L-Lord Samurai! Forgive me for that!!
H: It's fine.
H: Was that story just now true though?
Y: Lord Samurai...
H: Then I will stay a night there to see if that really does hold true.
H: If it turns out to be some kind of demon then I shall slay it for you.
M2: Lord Samurai, I wouldn't try it if I were you...
H: Fear not, this too is a duty that us warriors are obligated to undertake.
H: All I ask is that you spread my name
H: as Happonmatsu Kenki, slayer of demons...!!
Y: T-Thank you so very much!!
Y: Lord Happonmatsu!!
B: Next Day
D: Lord Happonmatsu is DEEEEAAAADDD!!
Banner: Do As To Others As They Do Unto You
D: Goddamit!! The inn is going end with my generation!!
S: Do you have any rooms for the night?
D: A customer!?
Y: Dad! It's a customer!!
F: Go look somewhere else!! You'll lose your life if you stay here!!
Y: What do you think you're saying dad!!
S: Is that all? That suits me just fine then.
S: Please show me to my room.
Y: I-I'll take you to it!
D: O-oy! Yokichi!!
Y: Sir I'll show you where you'll sleep so...
S: How about this one?
Y: Wait, you can't just go into any room you want...!
Y: The lord Samurai's body is still there...
S: Well this is a surprise
Y: That's why I told you to wait!!
S: This person is an acquaintance of mine.
S: I'm actually quite pleased to see him here of all places.
Y: Are you blind!? That's a corpse now!! What part of that is supposed to please you!!
S: Now now. Calm yourself down.
Y: No, get riled up!!
Y: You should be getting riled up!!
Y<SmallText>: Your acquaintance is dead you know!?
Y: It's alright. Really.
Y: I'll go prepare another room for you so please wait here for a bit!!
S: It's been a while hasn't it, Happonmatsu?
S: You've gotten pretty good at transforming haven't you.
Y: Dad!! We've got a weirdo!! That man is a freaky one!!
Y: Damnit Yokichi!! Don't shout it out loud!!
H: COUGH! HACK! COUGH!! What's with this smoke!?
F: GHHEEE!! COUGHHACK!!
H: I thought I was a goner there...
H: Ah! My transformation's undone!!
F: You punk! I am the great futon cover demon, how dare you get in my way!
F: Who the hell are you!?
H: Ah! Senya!!
S: Yup. Senya here.
F: Senya!? I don't know you!!
F: I'm gonna strangle you to death!!
F: GUEEE!! IT HUUURTS!!
F: You lousy bastard!!
F: Anyone who bares their fangs at Senya-sama gets smoked to death!!
S: That far enough Enra Enra.
H: To think it was a futon demon!! How terrifying...!!
H<Mutter>: So this is what it means what it means to be put to sleep
F: COUGH COUGH
S: Hey Bedding.
F: HACK COUGH
F: Kh. W-What?
S: The fourth head of the Kazamatsuri family's masterpiece, the reflecting gourd.
S: Inside there is a half formed spiritual world where you'll experience all the things you've been doing to other people. Stay in there for a while and think about what you've done.
S: I owe you my life...!!
S: Last time we met, I saved you from that god of misdirtection in the forest that put you in a real bind. How long has it been since then?
H: Uhhh... I think that was the seventh time.
S: Hahah! That's way too many, don't you think? And top of that you've gotten old haven't you?
S: Don't you think it's about time you retire? The time for swords has passed already.
H: You never change, do you Senya?
H: Even though it's been over 200 years since we first met.
S: And I've got another 800 to go.
S: ...I wonder how many times we'll get to meet each other like this.
H: ...by the way
H: You took on that god of misdirection in my stead last time didn't you? Have you exorcised it?
S: It's still here.
S: As long as this guy is with me
S: I can keep on walking towards that village.
H: ...and you're okay with that?
S: I don't have any trouble finding my way elsewhere.
S: Well, it keeps me amused. I have nothing but free time.
Y: Sir, the other room is ready now...
Y: Uwwaaahh!! Lord Happonmatsu returned as a monsteeeeer!! Daad!! Get the guuun!!
Y: Aim for the heead Yokichii!!
H: No wait!! This is, I!? Huh? Senya!?
Y: Ah!! The bedding's gone too!! That man was a futon thief!!
M: That might just have the white god though.
M: The white god?
M: The white god is a mysterious demon that suddenly shows up in villages and towns where strange things are going on and then suddenly leaves.
M: And when he leaves, the strange things stop happening too.
M: Story has it that he has a thousand arms, that he can shoot beams of light and that he can even go in and out of peoples' dreams. My granddad told me that he saw him once as a kid.
M: They say that his true identity is that of an ancient practitioner of demon arts that devoured a thousand demons and was cursed into losing his humanity. Supposedly, he's forgotten where his hometown from when he was human is, so he's been wandering around travelling from country to country for centuries now.
M: That's kinda spooky.
J: That's the sort of talk going around.
J: Oh White God
J: You hear everything, don't you oh demon fox?
J: Fufu. Listening to the stories of demons is a hobby of mine.
S: That's some hobby you've got there.
S: By the way, where's the wife? I really came by to have some tea with her.
J: Not around.
J: She's gone to the forest of the drunk apes for some drinks.
S: Sounds like she's doing well.
S: I guess we'll break it off here then.
J: Where are you going off to now?
S: I think I'll pop by the Black Dragon's place.
S: I suppose it's about times we settle things.
J: Settle things?
J: From what I've been hearing, you've piled up a lot of losses?
J: You really do hear everything, damn nosy fox.
J: And while you're at it, go see your mistress in the snowy mountains from time to time and take care of business.
S: Look, she's not my mistress. She's just a friend I have tea with. She's my friend. A friend.
S: You got me.
M: Damn you're weak...
M: What was all that about settling things for good today.
S: You've got it good. You have matches with Sonken-sama after all.
S: Where as I'm burdened with the fate of spending my days walking the earth...
M: You're just a layabout that got lost.
M: You could just go find yourself an Igo master to teach you how to get good.
T: Senya-sama, please have some tea.
S: Oh. Sorry to trouble you Tako. Is your dad doing well?
M: If it's Tago you want, he's been taking on human form to frequent gambling dens.
M: I'm ashamed as can be.
S: Well at least he's still up and about.
M: That way of living is just right for him since that happened. He knocked it off with all the evildoing when that Yazen monk fella in their little group died in an epidemic, too.
M: The way evildoers die is a cruel one, he said. It scared the guy straight.
M: After that I acted as his in that old fart Sonken to have him make Tago his apprentice.
T: So my father was an evildoer back before I was born.
S: Not so much... He was never anywhere as bad as that might sound.
M: He was just being an idiot then. Well, we did have our own little gang for a bit so I guess that goes the same for me.
S: My oh my. How humble you have become oh Black Dragon.
S: I think age is getting to you.
M: If you ask me, it seems like you keep on getting worse and worse at using your head every time we meet oh white god.
S: ...I guess it's because I really haven't used it in a long while.
S<Mutter>: My head
M: You literally have been getting worse and worse at Igo every time we meet though.
M<Mutter>: You seemed a hell of a lot smarter back when we were brats
M: Are you seriously okay?
S: I just remember what I feel is worth remembering.
S: The trick to being happy is to forget all about all the unimportant stuff.
S: Turning into an idiot is something I do on purpose. On purpose.
M: I wonder about that.
M: That's fine and all but go pick up another hobby that's not getting lost.
M: Igo. Shougi. Haikus. Bonzais. Crafting. Humans are geniuses at amusing themselves. Just can't beat them at it so I never get bored.
S: You just have too many.
S: And I actually do have other hobbies just so you know.
M: Oh really? And what might that be?
S: Climbing Snowy Mountains
M: Oh, you meant visiting your mistress.
M: You damn gigolo you.
S: Not what I meant at all!
S: Never mind the Demon Fox. The Black Dragon either... We've known each other for so long but everyone's gotten the wrong idea.
S: My true hobby lies in this extreme state.
S: When I come here I can hear a voice from inside my body which should have long ago gotten tired of living,.
S: I hear it saying, "I want to live", "Keep on moving forward".
S: I come here to hear that voice.
S: I want to live. I want to live.
S: It's cold.
S: I want to live. I want to live.
S: It hurts.
S: It's cold. I'm tired. It's cold.
S: Let's just stop here. Let's just go to sleep here.
S: You've lived long enough haven't you?
S: Why do you live? Where are you going?
S: How much longer will you go on
S: ......I can't go on...
S: ......Just kidding.
S: As long as I have things I got from from everyone to keep me warm
S: As long as I can laugh
S: I can go anywhere. For as long as I have to.
S: I will keep on going!!
S: Setsu. 10 years now, is it?
Se: 20 years. You coldhearted fiend.
Se: More improtantly, today won't go the same as how things usually do.
Se: Imma not gonna just let ya just walk away after only drinkin' some tea. Here.
S: One of Banshouou's cloud letters?
S: Grand Snowy Mountain Elder. Gone mad. Seeking punishment. Reinforcement negotiations over. ...the Dangaishuu Head Priest, Tennen.
S: Ohh. So Tennen-kun sent it.
M: Well, isn't this a coincidence.
M: Am I disturbing you two?
S: That fall looked pretty well timed to me.
S: That lie is as obvious as the snow is white, oh Black Dragon.
Se: Oh if it isn't the lord Black Dragon.
M: No no. I'm still nowhere near as "white" as you, oh White God.
M: At any rate, here comes the big one.
S: I see. He is a big one.
M: Probably the biggest since the South Sea Admiral.
M: That time was a real pain because of your drowning.
S: It was nothing compared to the Sickening Mist Noble.
S: That got tough because you got poisoned and had to run off to the relieve your bowels.
GSMN: My name is the Grand Snowy Mountain Elder!!
M: Well when we were going up against the Underworld Doll you let that Demon Fox asshole steal the show and...
J: You called?
M: Geh!! He's here!!
S: I didn't call for you Demon Fox.
GSMN: I will entrap everything in this world in a blizzard of white darkness!!
M: It's all three of us again!! It's going to finish too damn quick with all three of us!! That damn Dangai Head Monk!! He went and sent requests everywhere!! Have some goddamn tact!!
GSMN: Are you listening to me!?
M: Shut it you!!
J: Yes, you said you're going to entrap the world in a blizzard of... what was it again?
S: Guess it's time to save this country yet again...
S: Anyways... Let's go!!
S: ...well then
S: You there. I don't know your name but you're a friend from another world who's been watching us all this time.
S: We may be parting ways here, but I hope
Jinka's Writing on Face: Moron
S: that we'll be leaving you with something to keep you warm inside as well.
Editor: Thank you for enjoying the series! Please look forward to Mizukami Satoshi-sensei's next work!!
Note: The End