Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Kino's Journey VIII: Prologue


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Prologue: The Beginning and End of a Journey on the BeachB
-On the beach B-

“Are you leaving now, Kino?”

“Yes. Sorry for waking you. You can go back to sleep. I was planning to leave quietly.”

“Like a fly-by-night, right?”

“Haha…the sound of Hermes’ engine would have woken me anyway.”

“Maybe. Kino’s plans are always so misty.”

“You mean ‘messy’?”

“Yeah, that.”

“I certainly can’t carry all this, so feel free to use anything I’m leaving behind. I’ve made a log of the provisions here. I’ve also taken about a third of your valuables.”

“I see. That sounds fair. Could I just ask one more thing?”

“What is it?”

“I'm little ashamed to interrogate you like this after all your help and support, but…don’t you ever think about settling in one place to live, Kino? Don’t you want a safe, secure life where you’re surrounded by loved ones, never having to worry about where to rest at night?”

“I don’t know. At the moment…well, I don’t think I’ll ever think about it.”

“No complaints here. It’s a motorrad’s jay to always be on the move.”

“‘Joy’, right?”

“Yeah, that.”

“…Isn’t it…painful?”

“It’s not all fun.”


“But it’s not all pain.”

“I see. I guess we all have our own priorities.”

“That’s right.”

“I’ll see you off over there.”

“Don’t worry about it. Lie down and get some rest.”

“All right… Then this is goodbye. Do you have anything to say before you leave…? I suppose not.”

“Goodbye, everyone.”

“Bye. Stay sharp, you stupid dog.”

“Kino. Thanks for everything.”

“What are you thanking me for?”

“I just don’t think I’ve properly expressed my gratitude.”

“Then you’re welcome. So much has happened, but we can still keep on traveling.”

“So all’s swell that ends swell.”

“Right. … ‘All’s well that ends well’?”

“Yeah, that.”

“I see… Then I suppose this is goodbye, for now. I hope we meet again somewhere down the line.”

“I’ll see you later, then. But…”


“No, never mind. I’m sure I’ll end up visiting your new homeland during my travels someday.”

“…And I hope I’ll be there for good once that time comes. I’ll be sure to welcome you with open arms.”

"Thank you.”

“It's so nice to be able to ride again.”

"Yeah. By the way, Kino?”


"You ended up not really saying anything, but if you run into him again…”


"He might be shocked half to death.”

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