“Contact was first made 38 years ago.
Diplomats from countries throughout the world discussed with them in secret, preparing for the day they unveil their existence to the public.
8 years ago, on the very next day you were drifted to Garesto, their existence was finally revealed.”
“The very next day!?
Does that mean the reason I…”
“Yep. When the existence of the otherworld was revealed, some drifters were also brought back, so the government decided to investigate missing people and runaways with suspicious circumstances.
In your case, it was immediately concluded that you fell into a dimension hole, so Garesto promptly sent a search party, but…”
“You couldn’t find me.”
“Ah, it’s fine. I just wanted to confirm. I’m not blaming you or anything!”
He did drift into a different otherworld, after all, so it wasn’t as if they could actually find him in Garesto. If anything, Shinichi felt a little guilty for making them go on a wild goose chase.
“No it’s my fault for ending up in such a weird place!”
You’re as kind as I’ve heard, Shinichi-kun.”
Being praised like that left Shinichi at a loss since he’s only been responding selfishly so far.
Just how did his father describe him to her? He really wanted to know.
Moreover, Shinichi also felt inexplicably uneasy. If these people couldn’t figure out that he ended up in a different otherworld, then the reason he went missing must be equally crazy. That left Shinichi with an ill foreboding, but he ignored it for now, and just listened.
“Actually, the nature reserve you were at wasn’t searched at all. Not because we didn’t want to, but because we couldn’t. I’m sure you know full well that it’s an unexplored area, but on top of that there are countless ferocious organisms living there, and not even Garesto’s technology could cope with them,” Rinko said.
“…And even if I was there, the odds of survival were nil,” Shinichi said.
All the more so if it were a normal middle school student from Japan. Regardless who considered it, regardless if both of his parents demanded it, there was no way anyone would risk it. It was just too high a risk for what was obviously a hopeless endeavor.
Rinko didn’t say anything, but that in and of itself was a sort of tacit agreement.
Personally, Shinichi was actually relieved that he didn’t end up sending people on a hellish wild good chase, but Rinko unfortunately mistook his silence for grief – that people had given up on him. Which is why she raised her voice and said.
“But Nobuhiko-san has always believed that you would survive! He’s been waiting all this time!” Rinko said as she leaned so close to him that she was almost out of her chair.
Expectedly, that sudden outburst surprised Shinichi, but Rinko continued to gaze into his eyes as she asked him to believe in his father.
“That’s why I’m so happy that you’re alive. Really… I’m… U, aa *sniff, Sorry.”
When she saw Shinichi’s face that was the splitting image of the picture she’d seen countless times, she couldn’t help but cry as all sorts of emotion welled up.
It was at this moment that reality finally settled in. Shinichi had at long last returned.
Meanwhile, Shinichi was confused. He couldn’t understand. Why? Why was this woman so happy that he returned? So much so that she actually started crying on her own. What was he supposed to do now?
“GUSU, UU, *sniff, actually…
There was a newly developed tool that could search all of Garesto. They said they could use it to search for the missing earthlings, but when they ran a search last month…” She was part regretful and part angry as she said that.
She must’ve felt they did something unnecessary. Although they did manage to find some missing earthlings, the fact that the new technology should’ve been able to find earthlings even in low-populate areas – except for the nature reserve – made Nobuhiko, Shinichi’s father, place his last hopes in it.
“You still couldn’t find me…”
“We couldn’t find you…
Your father acted strong in front of us, but I know he was suffering.
Just recently he was staring at your picture in the dead of the night, crying all by himself…
That’s why… I’m really glad… that you came back alive, Shinichi-kun!” She said despite the tears in her eyes.
It was at this point that Shinichi finally understood why she was so happy to see him come back.
She loved his father, truly, from the bottom of her heart, and that’s why she was so happy to see him return alive.
When Shinichi thought of how his father continued to believe in his survival these past 8 years, his heart ached. At the same time, he thought that this woman, who was now bawling her eyes out because of that, was someone worth trusting. So much so that he actually felt ashamed for suspecting her.
“I managed to contact Nobuhiko-san just a while ago.
He must be elated. He should be arriving shortly.”
Although she said that happily while wiping the tears in her eyes, Shinichi couldn’t help but tense up again. She might have told him how his father waited these last 8 years, but meeting him all of the sudden was too scary. That was a fear stemming from the 6 year time difference and the difference in their familial relationship.
Rinko was a sharp woman, and she was immediately able to see through Shinichi’s fears, but by the time she stood up with resolve in her eyes to say something.
“Umm… I know it’s a bit strange for me to be the one saying this, but… I think I should tell you beforehand—”
“Shinichi!!!” A voice cried out.
It was already too late. A certain someone had already arrived.
Following an intense succession of sounds, the door to the waiting room swung open, and a man in suit appeared. He looked to be in his latter 40s and was heavily drenched in sweat.
That man moved with so much haste that he looked like he was about to fall.
“Nobuhiko-san!?” Rinko cried out.
“D-Dad?” Shinichi said.
The both of them stood up inadvertently at the man’s sudden appearance. He came a lot earlier than they’d expected.
The man’s shoulders heaved up and down as he looked at Shinichi. He was a little older than he last remembered, but there was no doubting it.
This man was indeed his father, Nakamura Nobuhiko.
“Ah! Ahh! Shinichi!”
Shinichi’s hair was also longer than the man remembered, but this young boy was undoubtedly his son.
In the next moment, that man walked up to Shinichi and with all the feelings pent up these past 8 years called out his name as he gave him one big hug.
“U-Uwaah, thank goodness! Thank goodness!
I knew you were alive! I just knew you were! Shinichi, Shinichi, Shinichi!!”
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Thx for the Chapter~!!~~!!~
Thanks 4 the translation!
I’m wondering how many traffic violation Shinichi’s dad incurred to get there early.
All of them, and the squad cars in pursuit were confused to see him storm into a police station after the chase….
Thanks for the chapter
despite all this his siblings were still upset about his appearance
thanks for the chapter
His siblings bought into the garesto ranking busheet. They’re in for a surprise one day.
That’s not why they hate him, but if he had a high enough power level (as they understand it) to be a useful defender of the community, then they might be able to tolerate his presence.
This tough, otherworldly OP MC is weak against tears and his dad. Lol.
everyone would be wewak when they see tears from their parents
The title is at least unsettling…
Well, think of this: His father married a new woman, and iirc his mother is still alive (and his siblings are living with her). In other words, they had a divorce. After he disappeared.
In one of the previous chapters his siblings did seem upset with him. For disappearing…. and returning, maybe? If you read between the lines…
His father never believed Shinichi died. His mother was probably heartbroken, believing her son dead. And then she had to deal with a husband who prayed for their son’s return, even though it was CLEAR he was dead (If you go by brain, not by heart). They argued about it. Not so much in the beginning, but over the years…. think of this: your son died, and you’d really wish to be able to get over it, but your husband reminds you every. single. day.
So they divorced. And she took Shinichi’s siblings with her. They start to get over it. Lead a normal live. Start to forget about what tore their lives apart. Everything starts getting better.
And then Shinichi returns…
Well. I might be reading too much into his interaction with his siblings and the title of the chapter. But the story is quite spectacularly well thought out, and given the non-linear storytelling….. it’s a gold mine for every theorist ^-^
I don’t know if you read it before, but it’s something like that, wait until they talk about his 2 years in Falandia, seriously, this novel is a mother pucking feels rollercoaster
Nope, I found this novel on this site and even though I heard that there appearantly was a previous translation I didn’t find anything that was remotely readable, quality-wise.
But it’s nice knowing that my theory-crafting was at least “something like that” ^-^
How can the rest of his family be so bad? Like, “we’re upset that you’re alive”. Pucking deecks. Thank goodness the father is a good human being.
Thanks for the chapter.
Thank you for the chapter~!
Thanks for the chapter
thanks for the 0.16667 chapter
Thanks for the chapter, well I will admit that the last scene made me want to cry a little.
Thanks for the chapter.
Though it seems like this is a bit of a tough one. It’s the first time you’ve split one into so many parts. Still, I’m just glad it’s being given a decent translation so I won’t complain.