Book of Star Mythology/Story/Sanae's Good Ending

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守矢神社 The Moriya Shrine.
外の世界から魔宝を追って来たものの、帰る方法の分からない望月一曜が滞在している。 Despite having come from the Outside World in pursuit of the magic relic, Ichiyou Mochizuki didn't know how to get back, and was thus residing at the shrine.
一曜「今だ! 火遁! 火の玉アタック!」 Ichiyou: "Now's my chance! Fire Escape! Fireball Attack!"
早苗「ウィンドウォール発動!
 炎を貫き防ぎ、そのまま攻撃! 勝負あり…」
Sanae: "Activate Wind Wall!
Blow through her flames, and attack in one fell swoop! Victory is mine...!"
一曜「危ない所だった…これぞ身代わりの術!」 Ichiyou: "That was a close one... behold the power of my Body Double Jutsu!"
早苗「何ですって!? では私も、守矢忍法・水遁の術!」 Sanae: "What's this?! Well, two can play at that game! Moriya Ninja Art: Water Escape Jutsu!"
一曜「ただの雨! ただの雨ですよそれは!」 Ichiyou: "That's just rain! You're just making a bunch of rain fall!"
同年代の早苗とは意気投合。
打倒博麗霊夢を掲げて共に鍛錬に励む。
Being around the same age, Ichiyou and Sanae hit it off well.
The two of them began eagerly training together, in the name of overthrowing Reimu Hakurei.
妖精にも負けず劣らず飽きっぽい早苗がいつまで続くか、
守矢神社の二柱は生暖かくそれを見守っていた。
The two gods of the Moriya Shrine watched over them warmly, interested to see how long Sanae (who was every bit as easily bored as a fairy) could keep this up.
無論、一曜の火遁で時折飛んで来る炎の流れ弾を、神社に直撃せぬよう逸らしながら。 Of course, they also made sure to redirect the occasional stray fire bullets from Ichiyou's tonjutsu away from the shrine.
諏訪子「これ神奈子、あれは何なんじゃ」 [1] Suwako: "'Ey, Kanako, what's that over there?"
神奈子「おや諏訪子、あれは忍者じゃ」 Kanako: "Why, Suwako, it's a ninja over there!"
諏訪子「なんか私の知ってる忍者とずいぶん違うのだが」 Suwako: "She looks pretty different from the ninjas I'm familiar with."
神奈子「神様も忍者も時代に応じた姿があるんだよ、
 私のように」
Kanako: "Both gods and ninjas assume new forms to match the current era, I'll have you know.
Much like myself."
諏訪子「神奈子はただ小狡いだけだ」 Suwako: "Pretty sure that's just you being weaselly."
そろそろお気づきかも知れないが、自ら幻想郷の結界を超えて来たこの二柱なら、内側から外へ出る事もお手の物。
一曜を外の世界に帰してやる事など、実は朝飯前である。
You may have begun to realize this already, but for a pair of gods who breached Gensokyo's barrier on their own, breaching the barrier in the other direction is also quite easy.
They could've actually returned Ichiyou to the Outside World and been back before breakfast.
しかし、もはや現代の外界は、煌びやかな五色の忍者が合体ロボを操ったり、戦に負けた忍者が爆発したりする末法の世界。 But today's modern world is a fearsome Latter-Day era, where gaudy five-colored ninjas pilot fusion robots, ninjas who fall in battle will dramatically explode, and so on.
古来からの由緒正しい忍者系譜の末裔である彼女。
幻想郷から帰れなくなったのは、もしかしたら不慮の事態ではなく、定められた運命だったのかも知れない。
Ichiyou was descended from an ancient, honorable lineage of proper ninjas.
Perhaps her becoming accidentally stranded in Gensokyo was preordained by fate, rather than being a mere accident.
果たしてどちらで生きる方が幸せか。
そう考えると神奈子も諏訪子も、ついつい話を切り出せなかったのだ。
Which side would bring her the most happiness, in the end?
As they mulled this over, neither Kanako nor Suwako could bring themselves to broach the topic.
しかし数日後、外の世界で通っている学校のテストが迫って来たと言われ、結局一曜は外の世界へ送還されて行く。 But several days later, Ichiyou told them that she had a test coming up at her school in the Outside World, so they shipped her back outside in the end.
女子高生。
外の世界で唯一無二の最強種族の筈だが、単位を落とす事は出来ない。
High-school girls.
They may be the ultimate, most powerful species the Outside World has to offer, but they can't afford to let their grades slip.
彼女は、完全に外の世界への未練を捨てた早苗とは違ったのだ。 In that sense, Ichiyou was different from Sanae, who had completely abandoned her lingering connections to the outside.
早苗と一曜は、以後もときおり神奈子・諏訪子の力を通して連絡を交わした。 From then on, the two of them also exchanged correspondences via Kanako and Suwako's power from time to time.
その後一曜は大学へ進学し、次第に忍者の跡継ぎを諦めて、普通の現代人として大人になって行く。 Eventually, Ichiyou would proceed onward to college, gradually give up on inheriting her ninja legacy, and live her life as a regular, modern-day adult.
対する自分はこれで良かったのか。
年月を経ても幼い姿のまま、神様となりつつある自分を見て、早苗は考える。
Had Sanae really made the right choice, by contrast?
She looked at herself-- still young no matter how many years passed, gradually becoming a god-- and thought.
そして考えるのをやめる。
自分が選択した道だ。一曜とは真逆の選択だが、どちらが正しくてどちらが間違いではなかったのだ。
Then she stopped thinking.
She chose this path by herself. It was the polar opposite of Ichiyou's choice, but both were equally "correct". Neither could be described as wrong.
早苗「貴方の忍術はずっと忘れません…。
 さあ今年も異変です!霊夢さんに負けずに行きますよ!
Sanae: "I'll always remember your ninjutsu...
Now, it's time for another incident this year! There's no way I'll lose to Reimu!"
忍ぶという字とは程遠い存在感を放つ守矢の若い神様。
今年も派手な技で異変解決に挑む――。
早苗は一曜の生き様を十分に認め、また自分の生き様に誇りを持っていた。
The young god of Moriya radiated a sense of presence that couldn't be any further from the word "shinobu" (to hide).
And this year, once again, she would set out to resolve incidents with her amazingly flashy techniques...
Sanae had come to fully acknowledge Ichiyou's path in life, and held pride in her own path as well.
Ending.03 ところでその時霊夢って何歳だろう Ending No.03: By the way, how old was Reimu around then?
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  1. あれは何なんじゃ (are wa nan nanja): borrowed from the lyrics of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger's opening song, Secret Kakuranger?