Fu- Fujiwara, Shigeru
[Living in this town, sometimes it hurts and I find myself unable to breathe.]
Ki+Ni: Happy birthday!
(sfx: whump, whump)
N- Eh? Wah—
N- Eh… Um, this…?
Ni- Today’s your birthday, right?
Ki- Those are presents from me and Nishimura. On the way back tomorrow, let’s go somewhere to eat and celebrate!
Ni- Hey, why don’t we go today?
Ki- Nah, today’s no good. The Fujiwara’s will definitely…
Ni- Ah, I see! Yeah, you’re right.
(sfx: KIRAKIRASPARKLES; rustles)
(sfx: snoring; pop; surprise)
M- *yawn* So you’re back, Natsume….
M- And, what’s with all that baggage.
(sfx: mosa *?*, yotata *door sliding open*)
N- They’re birthday presents that everyone got me. (Kitamoto and Nishimura and Tanuma and Taki and afterwards Natori-san…)
M- Ahh, the human custom of celebrating the day you were born, huh…? (Nothing to eat?)
M- I see, so yours is today.
M- What’s with that face?
N- It’s the first time I’ve been able to celebrate like this….
N- Up until now I didn’t have any friends or
N- relatives too…
N- When you go to other houses to become extra baggage, something like presents are…
N- That’s why
N- You see…
N- Wh…what should I do, Sensei?
[The inside of my chest is noisy and I can’t breathe well]
M- You really are an idiot, aren’t you. *sighs*
N- Sh-shut up!
[Even though I’m not sad]
M- You’re happy, aren’t you?
M- Then don’t think about such boring things and be happy about it.
[I want to cry]
M- That way you’ll be able to pay them back, right?
N- …it’d be hard to pay back the same amount…
To- Today is special!
To- So I made a feast~ (“gochisou yo!” Wasn’t quite sure how that’d translate)
To- Happy birthday to you~ Happy birthday to Takashi-kun~
To- Happy birthday, Takashi-kun!
To- Thank you for coming to our place.
To- And for being here,
To- Thank you so much.
N- …that’s, I should be the one to say than-
N- That’s not right. Don’t apologize…
[Even though I want to say “thank you”…]
(sfx: gata *clatter*; pon *pat*; biku *surprise*)
Fu- Before this feast we went through the trouble of making gets cold, let’s eat shall we?
Fu- Happy birthday, Takashi.
[I’m so happy it hurts.]
[As I thought, just returning the same amount will be hard, Sensei.]
[I don’t know how I can return such feelings]
[But someday, I want to give it back]
[Even just little by little,]
[This happiness I’ve been given. This time I’ll give it back]
[to the people who are important to me.]
((TN: The original pixiv source for this comic was taken down for some reason. Used to be http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=11607686 and titled “Gifts” by the artist Kabi but…idk. So, sourced with the zerochan location I found it at. You guys should check out the translator there who posted it. Her translations are way more accurate than mine. 8D Also THIS COMIC GIVES ME SO MUCH FEELS happy birthday you precious baby. I should probably put this under a read more cut huh))