A few days ago, we posted about Kaya’s short story collection that was being published part by part on Barks.jp.
The first part (more information and translation here) was out on April 5th. Today, the second part to the story 『【不眠】～Psycho Butterfly～』 (【Fumin】～Psycho Butterfly～) has been posted.
For everything to make sense, you’ll probably want to read the first part and the background information before carrying on with part two.
Here is the second part to 『【不眠】～Psycho Butterfly～』 (【Fumin】～Psycho Butterfly～)! Please do not post this elsewhere without express permission.
The way you fall asleep varies from person to person, however, there are two main methods.
The first, is where you empty your mind, and think about nothing. Little by little, your consciousness melts into white, and as you become enveloped in a pure white landscape, sleep comes to visit.
The second way is to keep thinking and thinking, and when all of your thoughts become saturated together, you’ll be called to sleep. For as long as he could remember, he had been the kind of person who falls asleep the second way.
Ever since he was a child, when he went to bed he would let his mind wander, thinking things like , “I wonder when I’ll fall asleep…”, “I wonder what I’ll be thinking the moment I fall asleep…”. And when he began to realize that that’s what he was thinking about, sleep became more and more distant. When you’re a child, your’e concerned about your parents who are sleeping next to you, so to prevent them from finding out that you’re awake, you pass the time by staring into the darkness.
He grew up without being able to ever sleep properly. When he graduated high school, instead of going to university, he started working close to home. Without a second thought, he chose a job where he worked late at night. The pay was good, but above all, for the man who since he was a child spent the night not sleeping, working late at night made him feel like he had found his own place in the world.
For a lot of his friends, falling asleep at night wasn’t a problem, and while he gave off the impression that he was actively living his life under cheerful rays of sun, he to some extent, began to embrace his inferiority complex. He was different from most other people, and feeling out of place, made him extremely lonesome.
Words by Kaya, Illustration by Nakano Yamato
The next portion will be out on April 19th.