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At my village, we had to finish all of the works in the fields before autumn festival.
One day, Tamiko and I were asked by mother to pick cotton. Both of us were surprised by this. Although we were happy inside we didn’t want others to see that. Big brother’s wife and the servant would say “what was mother thinking about? Letting those two going go together alone” behind our backs for sure.
We weren’t ready to go then, but mother rushed us.
“Please go early. The field is far away so if you don’t go early you’ll come back late. Come back before it gets dark.”
Then, she had the servant packing two lunch boxes for us.
We didn’t want to let anyone see that we were going together. I left a little early, and waited at the village’s exit for Tamiko. As soon as she came though, we started to walk together. We talked about picking the cotton really fast and use the rest of the time to do some fun things together.
Next to the road lots of flowers were blooming. Wild chrysanthemums were among them.
“Tami, look, wild chrysanthemums.”
I stopped and picked some chrysanthemums, but Tami didn’t seem to notice and continued to walk rapidly. She walked on by herself for a while when realized that I wasn’t with her and hurriedly returned.
“Masao, what are you doing? ……Oh, pretty wild chrysanthemums. I really like them. Can you give me half?”
I handed over the flowers to her.
“You know, I love wild chrysanthemums too.”
“Whenever I see them I would tear up. Even though I don’t know why, I love wild chrysanthemums so much that it’s kind of strange.”
“You like them that much? So that’s why you’re just like them.”
Tamiko started to walk while holding those precious flowers to her chest. After a while, she asked, “Masao, why am I just like the wild chrysanthemums?”
“Well, why…… because you are just like them!”
“Do you like wild chrysanthemums?”
“Me? I love them!”
Our hearts were racing and we couldn’t say anything anymore. We just walked on in silence. Tamiko really was like a wild chrysanthemum, so cute and sweet.
We were only silent for a little while, but the silence was awkward that I felt the need to say something, “Tami, earlier, when I was picking the chrysanthemums, what were you thinking?”
“I didn’t think about anything.”
“That’s a lie. You don’t have to hide it.”
“I’m sorry Masao. Actually, I was thinking about our ages. Why do I have to be older than you? It’s really sad.”
“Tami, why are you saying such things? You were born before me, which is why you are older. You’re saying really weird things.”
I said to her quietly, but I understood Tamiko’s real feelings. Again the two of us continued on in silence.

When we arrived at the field it was passed eight. The vast cotton field was full of blooming bright white cotton flowers. They were shining under the morning sun, absolutely splendid. We rested for a little under a tree in the field.
“Tami, today is a nice day, right?”
“Umn. I feel like I’m in a dream.”
“Let’s do something really fun today. Since I’m going back to school next month today is the only day that we can really talk.”
“On our way here, I thought about that the entire time,” Tami said, still with the expression as if she was about to cry.
At this time, a young man walked over from the west of the mountains. He was bringing along a horse carrying a lot of baggage. I looked hard and saw that it was a fellow villager called Tsunekichi.
“Hey, Masao. It’s such a nice day, huh? Are you couple picking cotton? Hahahaha.”
I thought to myself, “what a rude guy,” but still smiled and said, “Tsune, you seem busy but it’s only morning.”
“Ha, that’s because besides working and drinking occasionally I don’t look forward to anything else.”
After Tsunekichi left I turned to Tamiko, “What an annoying guy. Well, let’s start working. Show more energy. I can still come back and visit during breaks while in school”
“I’m sorry for showing you such a sad face. That Tsunekichi is a very annoying person, huh?”
It was already noon after our hard work. We ended up eating our lunch under a tree.
“I’m thirsty. Tami, you wait here. I’ll go get some water.”
“I don’t like being here all alone. Let me come too!”
“But, it’s hard to get to the water. Can’t you wait here?”
“Masao, bring me with you. If you can walk the road then I can walk it too. I don’t want to be here alone, no matter what,” Tamiko pleaded.
“I guess it can’t be helped. Well, let’s go together then.”
The two of us were walking inside a forest. It was hard since there were no road. I repeatedly held Tamiko’s hand to help her. Until now, we have never held hands like this. At last, we came to the water.
I told Tamiko to wait there for me, and I went to get the water by myself. While I was returning with the water, I also picked up some bellflowers. Seeing them, Tamiko said,
“Ah, bellflowers! I didn’t know bellflowers are so pretty. I’ve suddenly grown to like them.”
Suddenly, she was laughing as if she thought of something.
“Tami, what’s going on? Why are you laughing all of a sudden?”
“Masao, you are just like bellflowers.”
“Why?”
“Why… because you’re just like a bellflower!”
Having said that, Tamiko began to laugh shyly.
“Tamiko is wild chrysanthemum and I’m bellflower. I will gladly become a bellflower. And I’ll be happy if you learn to like them.”
We happily continued to talk in such nonsense.

Autumn nights fell quickly. We hurriedly picked up the rest of the cotton, put them in the basket and left the field.
After a few steps we were able to see the moon through the trees. Small white buckwheat flowers were blooming in the field. We could hear the beautiful call of insects of the fall.
“Tami, you must be tired. Let’s rest a little here with this beautiful scenery.”
“It’s better to hurry up a little more. If we return this late, what are the people at home going to say? Masao, I’m worried about that.”
“Tami, you don’t have to worry about it. We are not doing anything bad. Come now, let’s rest a little.”
While resting, I wanted to talk about going back to school, but I couldn’t say anything. Both Tamiko and I, under the moonlight, sat in silence. Buckwheat flowers shined brilliantly in the moonlight.
As soon as we came down the mountain at last we could see the house. But, it was so hard for us to enter it. Our feet just stopped in front of the door.
“Masao, please go in first. I’m somehow feeling a little weird.”
“Well then, I’ll go in first.”
Right inside the door was where everyone was having dinner. I could hear talking from the kitchen. As soon as I entered, the talking suddenly stopped. I know they were talking about us. Mother came out, but she didn’t really pay much attention to the fact that we came back late, but she was different.
“Masao, when the autumn festival ends please go to school immediately. I thought next month would be good too, but it’s not good to be just playing at home. Go prepare now.”
Compared to scolding us, mother must have thought that she wouldn’t have to worry about us if she made me go to school early.
A month ago, I would have said, “I want to go to school, but I don’t like the way the decision was made.” However, now, I’m in love with Tamiko. I didn’t want to let the family know.
So I didn’t say anything. “alright……” I answered and followed what mother said.
----If I go to school, what will happen to Tami? Will she be alright?----
While I was thinking about this, I saw Tamiko, who silently looked down. I could see that her face was pale. Seeing Tamiko like this, a sudden sadness came over me, but I don’t know why. It’s just……poor Tamiko.

The enjoyable relationship between Tamiko and I ended along with the daylight that day. Unable to talk about the happiness and sadness that we shared, our relationship had already come to an end.

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