It was a lukewarm, sluggish Tuesday afternoon. The kind where chins rest heavy on elbows, and eyes gaze dreamily out the expanding window toward puffy, white clouds that resemble rabbits one moment and deer the next. Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby drifted lazily from the stereo speakers on my writing desk. A rustle of a whey yellow caught the corner of my eye. I turned and found my best friend leaning over me, one arm gripping the back of my chair, while the other held onto her sun hat, which rested quietly against her leg. Her head was bent slightly in amused concentration.
“What are you listening to?” she said.
“A song,” I said.
“What song is that?” she said.
“Coney Island Baby, I said.
“Never heard of it,” she said.
“Not many people do,” I said.
“But remember the princess who lived on the hill
Who loved you even though she knew you was wrong
And right now she just might come shining through
and the –
– Glory of love, glory of love
glory of love, just might come through”
I expected her interest to immediately shrivel and for her to leave, but she didn’t. I hesitated, thinking she would yank me up by the arm and twirl me away like Lien and Hai in The Vertical Ray of the Sun, but she didn’t. We just quietly bend our ears. I yawned and rested my chin in hand once again, ready to stir up visions in the clouds. Clouds that looked like rabbits one day, deer another.
In the windowpane, as if dissolved into the animal-mold clouds, was her tender, white reflection.
The song ended, the phone rang somewhere, she dissolved into the living room, and I remembered that it was time to queue in the releases. You’d be lucky to know where the title of this post comes from. Remember: It’s the original author’s first name. Do not forget. Google it. It will come in handy in time for reading.
I wouldn’t have known of this beautiful story if not for Rahxephon and my love of all things mecha when I was a teenager. Thank you, otaku boyfriend, thank you. Today made me remember the fragility of time and of this compassionate love story.
It’s already fall, but it still feels like summer.
– & (and) v2, ch.8: Okay, I have to say, this is totally NSFW. But finally, an adult romance portrayed with all the clumsiness, awkwardness, and vulnerability without being gratuitous or just plain stupid smut (where limbs are bent in all sorts of weird positions)! Still, it sure gave me and Lilanar a WTH?!@#$*%! moment, and I’m sure you won’t escape punishment either.
– Ane no Kekkon v1, ch.5: I felt my heart squeeze over the exchange Maki and Yori had in the library. Quite a stark contrast from the first chapter, where one had to suspend a little belief at the circumstances momentarily. I think this is going to get even uglier. It’s that broiling, anxious feeling you get from watching a trapeze artist fly off the pedestal board toward a swinging trapeze bar.
***NOTE: A slight hiccup during Quality Control. This chapter is actually missing a page. Unintentionally, of course. We’ll re-post this chapter with all the pages intact shortly.
– Torch Song Ecology v1, ch.2: Only the second chapter, and I feel already that the Ikuemi Ryo trademark has lived up to its reputation once again. Of course, the general atmosphere is dark and seething, reminiscent of Kiyoku Yawaku’s later chapters but a very, very different tone from her recent shoujo, Principal. I’m not sure how she’s able to gravitate between these two series without being a little bipolar.
Thank you for the release. I love ‘&’ so much…
Haha, I totally understand the frustration. I think that Volume 2 makes more sense in its entirety. Yagai’s actions and reactions aren’t supposed to make sense to us, the same way that he leaves Kaoru in a state of confusion. She doesn’t get it either! First he wants her, then he SPOILER! unceremoniously dumps her behind in the hotel room.
Dr. Yagai (&) puts on a tough exterior, but I do think he’s pretty easy to read once you get past all that tough talk. Hopefully the next chapters will cast him in a different light. Oh, but I do feel sorry for Shiro though because he seems to be (borderline creepily) in love with Kaoru, but she’s completely oblivious to his feelings.
You know what, though? I never made any connections between & and Ane no Kekkon, but now that you’ve mentioned it, they both ARE doctors. Haha. Great at their jobs, but terrible at managing their love lives. Yep, makes perfect sense. If you’ve seen The Mindy Project, you’d get where I’m coming from. 😀
Thank you! Also for doing the download with password thing 🙂
But &!!! Oh my goodness this chapter is frustrating. I wasn’t too keen on the way the story was headed with those two, but then for the chapter to end like it did. >.< that is too much. why did he have to be a chicken (no way is he being “noble” for her)
Now to get to reading the other two chapters for this set… I feel like Ane no Kekkon probably needs to be read all in one go, though, because every chapter, I get so annoyed with …. AH I JUST REALIZED both of the really annoying men in & and Ane no Kekkon that I can’t help but like but also get frustrated with are doctors. Well, sort of. The Ane no Kekkon one is a psychiatrist or something? but what is up with the irritating sensei.
Thanks so much for the releases!
Thanks so much for the releases!
It’s been raining and chilly here, and sometimes the days are gloomy, and sometimes dreamy like how you describe in your post. You capture a mood perfectly. Thank you for the releases!
I was about to read & in my school library, I read 10 pages and not knowing what would actually appear, I decide to read the rest at home or as soon as I’m isolated from the world!
Thank you go the releases!
Kurini, you just dodged a good one there! Good choice. I’m usually pretty comfortable about (non-gratuitous) sex scenes, but this still made me a little embarrassed to read in front of my friends…
Hi! Thank you so much for the releases, but i can open the file… i don’t know, maybe i’m wrong with the psw, i try with the first name of Lou Reed, but nothing… sorry can i ask you about?
“Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you.”
This is what you should be looking up. Lower case.
Thanks a lot for the new releases guys! <3
Hello, Mimi! Thank you for the releases (cause I’m super-excited about all three series). But I have a ‘but’- what’s the password? I even googled the title “Dandelion Girl” if it was it, but no luck 🙂
Sorry for the confusion: I feel so stupid! I missed the line about it being the first name! OMGOMGOMG I’m so stupid and inattentive!
I don’t know if it’s just because I’m stupid but when putting in the name of that author, I don’t get anything. I even checked if it was because it was case-sensitive.
Common pitfall with password guessing.
It’s JUST his first name. I put in ‘his first name’ and it worked ok for me.