Kino no Tabi:Volume3 Prologue

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"Amidst the Clouds・b" —Blinder・b—[edit]

It was completely white.

Above, below, to the right, to the left, there was only white. It was a space of nothing but the color white.

And then, the low rumble of the wind was heard; it was like the roar of a gigantic animal.

“Wait.” A voice could be heard calling out. It seemed like that of a boy.

“Can you see me?” This voice asked towards the space where nothing was visible.

“No, not at all.” Another voice immediately answered. It was a bit higher than the first voice.

“You can’t, even though we’re so close? I think it’s best if we don’t move for a while,” said the first voice. ‘Okay,’ the second voice agreed shortly, and continued,

“It’s magnificent, not being able to see anything at all,” the voice said as though its owner was having fun.

“It’s magnificent to not see anything, huh?” the first voice replied.

The echo of the roaring wind grew louder for just a moment.

The other voice spoke in a lower tone, “But soon we’ll be able to see again.”

“We’ll be able to see, huh?” said the first voice. At that time, the white world quivered. The direction in which the wind was blowing became bright for a moment.

“Hey. If you were able to see again, but there was nothing at all before your eyes, what would you do? Wouldn’t you be a little happier?” the first voice asked.

“Well, yeah. But, I know something like that is impossible.”

“What if things cleared up? What would you do then?”

“Well… it can’t be helped that I am in this kind of place, and there’s nothing I can do. I would just leave. That’s all.”

“There are also people who couldn’t do that,” the first voice said.

“Yeah…. Just one tiny bit of information — if only they knew about it even a little. If only someone somewhere told them about it. If only we arrived here one day earlier.”

“Don’t be so hard on yourself.”

“Yeah. It’s possible that there’s something that I don’t know as well. And in that case, I might have ended up in similar circumstances. Of course I want to avoid that, but if I don’t know how, there’s nothing I can do,” said the voice. It paused for a moment, and then asked,

“Hey, Hermes. Would I have known?”

A response came immediately.

“Who knows?”

The windward brightness increased, and the white grew even lighter.

“It’ll clear up soon, Kino,” said the first voice.

“Yeah.”

The wind rapidly grew stronger, and with a muffled sound, the white air was blown away all at once.