Monogatari Series:Bakemonogatari Volume1/Mayoi Snail 009
This is the epilogue, or rather the conclusion, to this story.
As usual, my two little sisters, Karen and Tsukihi, woke me up. That they came to wake me up showed that my words of apology that were almost an unconditional surrender had been successful and their anger had been quelled. In the end, I had been unable to do anything that year, but I promised I would definitely not leave the house all day next Mother’s Day. That may have been a good thing. At any rate, it was Monday. A wonderfully normal weekday on which nothing would occur. I ate a light breakfast and headed for school. I was not on my mountain bike. I was using the ladies’ bike. As I thought about the fact that Senjougahara would finally be attending school again, my feet felt light as they pedaled. However, on a downslope not far from my house, I almost ran into a girl unsteadily walking along. I frantically braked.
The girl had bangs short enough to see her eyebrows and had pigtails.
She was wearing a large backpack.
“You got the two ra’s backwards.”
“Sorry, I stuttered.”
“What are you doing here?”
“Oh, um, how to put this...”
The girl had the confused expression of a ninja that had failed a camouflage technique and then gave an embarrassed grin.
“Well, you see. Thanks to your help, Araragi-san, I moved up from being a ghost that haunts a specific area to being a wandering ghost. I got a special promotion up two levels.”
I was shocked.
That wonderfully absurd logic was so vague and arbitrary that an expert like Oshino (as frivolous and flippant as he could be) would probably faint if he heard it.
It may have meant nothing to her, but I was in a position where I had to constantly be thinking about my attendance rate, so I needed to get to school before I was late. As such, I said “see ya” and got back on my bike after we had exchanged only a few words.
And then she said one last thing.
“Um, Araragi-san. I am going to be wandering around this area for a while,” said that girl. “So call out to me if you see me.”
In the end, it was quite a wonderful story.
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