LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 26

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Part 6 Mr. Sasamine came and left like a storm but my meetings with Shuto continued. As our discussions increased, Shuto’s lingering regret seemed to change to something else other than revenge. It’s not as dramatic a change as Senpai noted, but as Mr. Sasamine said, it meant […]

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Let Me Listen to Your Lingering Regrets Ch 25

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Part 5 A few days after the interview, I handed the cup of freshly brewed coffee to Senpai and decided to pour out the dark, unsettling emotions I’ve been bottling up since the first time we talked with Shuto. “Senpai, am I doing it wrong?” “Hmm?” Senpai answered […]

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LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 24

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Part 4 Since the first interview, I’ve met with Shuto several more times under Senpai’s guidance. However, after the meeting this time, I was so exhausted and felt like I was about to collapse. When I complained to Senpai, he shook his head in acknowledgment. “Well, you know, […]

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LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 23

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Part 3 “I think you should take charge of this case.”  That’s what he said but what should I do? Senpai had left the office saying he had something to do, so there I was pondering all by my lonesome amidst the ticking sound of the clock reverberating […]

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LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 22

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Part 2 Senpai and I sneaked into the junior high school where Shuto studied disguised as freelance journalists. The school had fully acknowledged the bullying that happened, and they readily allowed us to conduct “interviews.” “It’s been two months, hasn’t it? To be honest, I was aware of […]

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LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 21

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Part 1 “Shuto Ito, age of demise: 14 years old. You couldn’t stand the bullying of your classmates, so two months ago, you died from your apartment on the 14th floor. I’m sure you’ve heard it from Sasamine but this is just like a government proceeding, okay?” Senpai […]

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LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 20

Fourth Story – On Becoming Independent – Prologue “The months and days are travelers of eternity…” Wasn’t it Basho (1) who wrote that? As I met many clients, time seemed to pass by in a blink of an eye and I’m now almost done with my training.  As soon as I arrived at the office, […]

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LET ME LISTEN TO YOUR LINGERING REGRETS CH 18

Second Story – “Somehow Connected” – Epilogue A few days have passed since we sent Yayoi to heaven. In the end, she didn’t change anything. —But something has changed. Something invisible, uncertain and ambiguous that could not be touched or felt. —That concluded her story. The ultimate proof that her soul didn’t return. Senpai might […]

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Let Me Listen to Your Lingering Regrets Ch 17

Second Story – “Somehow Connected” – Part 7 We offered Yayoi the cigarette and ashtray as usual as we faced her and started the final interview. Senpai cut to the chase with his usual carefree tone. “We apologize for calling you out again before sending you to the heavenly world.” While opening the cigarette pack, […]

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Let Me Listen to Your Lingering Regrets Ch 14

Second Story – “Somehow Connected” – Part 4 The moment we returned to the office, Senpai looked through Yayoi’s files. The room was filled with deafening silence as though time had frozen. Only the ticking of the clock echoed across the room.  Seeing this unusual side of him made me feel uneasy. Perhaps I ought […]

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