TSUKUMOYA SHINICHI’S ACCOUNT
Is Orihara Izaya lonely or not? I have been asked that question. This is just my personal opinion. I think he feels lonely, but at the same time satisfied. His love has been, is, and always will be unilateral. It is not that he has never been loved; however, he always denies such love access to him. As long as he loves others, he feels connected to them and satisfied. When he wants to use you, he does allow you to get close to him. But there will still be a thick wall between you and his heart. Sounds pretentious, doesn't it? But those were his very own smug words in my chatroom that day. Talk to him if you want to complain. Though I don't think he even blushed when he said those words. Well. This unblushing attitude, I think, is exactly what keeps him in the advantageous position, whatever the situation. Even so, he still keeps saying things like "Because I love all the humans in this world, all the humans in this world should love me back." Well, whether it's a lie or not, it does sound like something he would say. But if you were to ask me, "Does Orihara Izaya love himself, then?" - I would have no answer for you but silence. That's something only Izaya himself knows. Whatever he chooses to tell you, there is nothing you can do about it. Because even if people try to persuade him to change himself, he would probably never let their words sink into his heart. That is my opinion. Sorry. To be frank with you, I feel embarrassed.
Mairu Ne ne, Kuru-nee! How do you like bikini I got you? Uwah, you look great in it! I love you! Kururi Slight (I'm a little)… shame (embarrassed) …
Written by Narita Ryohgo Illustrations by Yasuda Suzuhito Published by Dengeki Bunko under ASCII Media Works Translated by anni_fiesta (http://anni_fiesta.livejournal.com) Beta-read by laenavesse (http://laenavesse.livejournal.com)
Prologue Classmate 8
I apologize for taking up your time, Nakura-san. “Um, let me see. You said your name was Kujiragi-san? Can I ask why I’m getting a call from an insurance company?” Sorry if this sounds intrusive, but would you happen to know this person called Orihara Izaya? “Orihara Izaya? Ah, yes. I went to the university with him, and there’s no way you can forget someone with such a weird name anyway. So what is it? Did he finally do something? Like insurance fraud? Don’t tell me he’s been using my name again? I’m telling you this now just in case, but I have nothing to do with anything. I haven’t even seen him recently.” What did you mean by “finally”? “Ah, Ms. Insurer, you haven’t met the guy in person, have you? Well, you’ll know what I am talking about when you meet him. You’ll know he’s not normal as soon as you see him. …Actually, maybe he will pretend to be normal in front of women. He’s got quite a lot of women who kind of worship him or something.” Did you just say that he was using your name “again”? “Yeah…how should I put this? I sold him my name.” Sold him your name…? “Well, when I met him he told me that he was trying to buy something secretly online, so he wanted to use my name and shipping address. I said no at first, of course. But he offered me a pretty decent amount of money and all that. So I thought, ‘Why not, it’s not like I’m giving him my credit card number or anything.’” Could you give us more detail? “Several packages were sent to me. Orihara would always tell me beforehand when to expect them, and they never went to the wrong person since I lived alone. Ah, but I was curious
Prologue Classmate 9 about their contents. So one day I pretended that I mistook one package for my own and opened it.” What did you find inside? “Ordinary books. They did look a little erotic to me, but I think they’re...