Chapter 5 – Fuck my Dad
After the fierce battle with the mysterious creature, I fell into a slumber.
When I woke up, the warmth of my mother’s body wrapped around me and seemed to be praising me for my good fight.
“Ah, Saint Hijiri. You’re finally awake, aren’t you? Ugh, thank goodness … I’m so glad you’re alive …!”
Just before I fell asleep, I was given a new name for this life.
Originally, I was supposed to be given a name before I was born, but my mother had always called me “little boy“.
I guess it was decided from the beginning that I would be given a name when I get through this ceremony.
This is just a prediction, but I think they might have taken into account the possibility that the ritual might kill the child, and only gave the name to the child if he survived.
I’m really glad I didn’t lose.
The name that was given to me was “Kyobe Kyo, Saint Sei Shujin Dai Eishinro”. What kind of divine name is that? Or rather, what kind of priesthood name is this?(T/N – I am not 100% sure about this sentence)
Saint Hijiri is something of a nickname.
I don’t know what happened to the ritual after that, but I guess it was over.
All the decorations that looked like ritual tools had been put away, and my diaper had been changed.
As I slept in the warmth of my mother’s arms, I heard the sound of someone’s footsteps approaching.
There are only a few people in this house.
As expected, my father came into the room.
“Looks like Saint is awake.”
“Yes, my dear. He will grow up to be a strong boy just like you. Come on, you can hold him.”
My mother passes me and my custody is given to my shitty father.
“Agyaaaaa (Don’t come over here, you shitty father, I hate you and you’re hurting me.)
I froze, not knowing what to do, so I started crying.
Huh, I already feel no shame in crying, so no damage done.
“Oh my God, you think he doesn’t know you? Don’t worry, this man is your father.”
“Hmm … ask.”
Finally, my father, who was having trouble coping, returned me to my mother’s arms.
I immediately stopped crying.
“I guess, since we suddenly did the ritual, he thinks you are a scary person, do you agree with me? I think it would been nice to take a little time to get to know your child.”
“No, it should have been done as soon as he was born, if it was possible. I had to hurry because I was delayed by my mission, and the Awakening Spirit didnt left me too much time. We couldn’t wait any longer.”
Oooooh, you’re revealing a hell of a lot because you think I don’t understand what you are saying, aren’t you!
It’s been a long time since I was born. If you leave the child unattended for too long, he or she will become rotten. I’m sure he’s a shitty father who puts his work before his kids. I’ll never call him father.
“Maybe he understands that I was trying to sacrifice your life. I tried to take your mother away from you, and you have every right to hate me.”
Oh, I’ve noticed.
And it’s a given that I don’t like you.
“That’s what I have decided to do for the future of Kyobe and Saint—“
“No, of course, if I had the power, I wouldn’t have had to do that. I don’t want to speak ill of the ancestors, but if the Kyobe family had the power they once had, this would not have happened.”
Yes, my family seems to be in decline after all.
I don’t know what they do for a living, but they seem to be in a much diminished state.
When you say power, do you mean that thing you called spiritual power?
If that’s the case, I wonder if he’s a true Onmyoji?
“But this child has overcome the ritual. I’m sure he’ll become the most gifted Onmyoji since the beginning of the Kyobe family.”
“Well, I hear that when I was a baby, three times the dose nearly killed me. This child could withstand ten times the amount. He’ll definitely get stronger.”
What kind of criteria did you use to jump from 3 times to 10 times?
A normal baby would be dead by your standards!
And then, our family’s business is revealed to me.
Onmyoji refers to… Maybe this isn’t the Japan I was living in.
Rituals are performed without explanation, there is a competition for survival with strange creatures, and I don’t understand what is going on at all.
It seems that my future lies with Onmyoji, and my determination to try all sorts of things without hesitation has been quickly crushed.
My father is a scumbag, and he puts his work first, so I end up being the one who has to pay the price.
To put it simply, it’s a crappy place to reincarnate.
“Ah (I’ve finally found it. I’ve finally found what I want to do with my life.)“
Onmyoji, what a mind-blowing word!
My soul trembled, and intuitively I understood that this was the encounter of destiny.
Onmyoji, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
I’m really — lucky — to find the path I was looking for so soon after my reincarnation.
T/N – This chapter was by far the hardest to translate but it is still fun doing this. If you find some mistakes please point them out in the comments.
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