Don't Worry, Be Happy
DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY
tl by danluffey
1: In the winter of my sixteenth year,
2: I was attacked by a pervert who lived nearby.
3: When his knife
4: cut open my upper lip,
5: and he started to panic,
6: I easily understood that he had only brought the knife with him in order to threaten me.
7: The way my lips burned in that moment
8: is still fresh in my mind.
1: I was left
2: scarred for the rest of my life.
3: My mother was insensitive,
4: my father didn't care,
5: and my classmates couldn't hide their own crude curiosity.
6: And so,
7: I learned a spell that could curse the world.
1: I look just like the Slit Mouthed Woman...
3: OK, I'm leaving now.
4: Come back safely.
6: If you're awake, then come and say goodbye to your father!
1: Did you grab your lunch?
2: I made that just for you, so don't forget it! Oh, and don't go to Fumi's house today! Just go straight to school!
5: Eriko! You're going to wear that mask again to school today?
6: The scar's gotten less noticeable, right?
7: Hey, are you listening to me?
8: Do you intend to wear a mask for the rest of your life? I'm saying this for your own sake, you know!
9: If you just keep worrying about this forever, it's going to isolate you from your classmates!
10: Shut up, you old hag!
11: What did you say?!
1: For as long as I can remember, my father has always been a silent, unreadable man.
2: On the flipside, my mother has always been confrontational, and quit to hurt me with her insensitive words.
3: Good work today.
4: You're almost done, right, Fumi?
5: Want to eat lunch together?
6: Just go to school already.
1: But you don't go to school, Fumi.
2: Yeah, because I have a job!
3: We're not the same at all!
4: Fine then, I'll get a job too and live with you.
5: Stop being stupid and just go to school. I'll drive you there.
7: Do your best now.
1: Do my best? What am I supposed to do my best at?
2: My springtime of youth is already pretty much over.
3: Aahh... I feel so suffocated...
1: Oh, welcome home. How was school?
3: You should enjoy being young while you still can! This is the only time you get to have this much fun!
4: Huh? Are you retarded? How do you expect me to enjoy being young with this face?
5: There you go with that bad attitude again!
6: Keep talking that way, and you'll NEVER get a boyfriend!
7: Are you trying to irritate me?
8: O-of course not!
9: Why are you so insensitive all the time? How in the world could I get a boyfriend with this scar on my face?!
10: You can! It's not that hard!
11: This scar...
12: If I knew I was going to get this scar, I wish he would have just killed me instead!
1: What did you say?!
3: wha... wha...
4: You hit me!
5: Of course I did! I'm your mother, I have a right to!
6: I'm leaving!
2: Hey, Eriko!
3: Are you going out?
4: Do you want dinner?
2: such a moron!
3: Hey! Stop scaring my customers away!
4: Can I stay over your place tonight, Fumi?
6: Everyone hates me...
8: I know that you're in pain. But there's no point in doting on it, now is there?
9: Grow up a little.
1: My springtime of youth ended when I was 16, Fumi! You don't know how it feels!
2: F... Fumi?
3: The fact that you think no one understands you
4: is proof that you're not trying to understand anyone else.
1: I mean...
2: I'm sure your mother and your father are worried about you.
3: Here. I'll give you some meat buns.
4: Now just go home,
5: ya stupid kid.
1: Oh, welcome back...
2: want some dinner?
3: A bunless hamburger!
5: Did it hurt?
1: That scar...
2: Oh, this? I never told you about this, did I?
3: Your father
4: gave this scar to me.
6: That day when the police called us and told us you were attacked by that pervert,
7: your father grabbed a knife and ran outside in his bare feet.
1: I had a lot of trouble
2: holding him back then.
3: Are you kidding me?
4: There's no way dad would ever act like that...
5: I'm not lying. He's been avoiding you lately, hasn't he?
6: Y-yeah, so what?
7: You two are so like each other. You always try to turn your eyes away from the painful stuff.
1: I'm not turning my eyes away from anything!
2: Yes you are!
3: Whenever your father sees your scar,
4: he's filled with so much anger, sadness, and pain that he just doesn't know what to do.
5: He's still carrying it around even now.
6: The pain from failing to protect his beloved daughter.
1: There was nothing we could have done, though.
2: It's funny, isn't it?
3: It's funny,
4: but that still doesn't make it any easier.
5: That's family for you.
1: I'm leaving now.
2: take care!
3: Oh, did you grab your lunch?
4: Relax already, I did!
3: stopped wearing my mask.
1: See you later.
2: Where's your mask?
3: I left it at home today.
4: It's hard to breathe in that thing.