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Page  1

 

Panel 1:

The blue sky, with some clouds floating by.

 

Shuta Narration: I hated that cat.

 

Panel 2:

A little boy climbs up a tree, looking down below him with tears in his eyes.

 

Shuta: Quiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

 

Panel 2:

A little girl about the same age holds a large tabby cat with an angry expression on his face as she climbs up the tree behind Shuta.

 

Miya: It’s okay Shuta.

 

See? Isn’t Torachiyo cute?

 

Panel 2:

The treetop against the blue sky.

 

Miya: Here, I’ll bring him to you.

 

Shuta: Quiiiiiit it!

 

Panel 3:  The top of the tree and a few of the surrounding buildings are in view.

 

Alarmed Voice: That little boy fell out of the tree!

 

Second Voice: Oh I think you fractured it.

 

Panel 4:

Shuta is carried away by a man in a baseball hat, tears stream down the little boy’s face.

 

Shuta: Miya you idiot!

 

I hate you!

 

Panel 5:

Miya is crying as she clutches an angry looking Torachiyo.

 

Miya: Shuta…

 

 

 

 

Page  2

 

Title Page- Miya and Shuta as teenagers. Shuta looking apprehensively at an older, fatter Torachiyo.

 

 

Page 3

 

Panel 1:

A beautiful blue sky.

 

Voice: Next Shuta, you’ve got 10 tiles.

 

Panel 2:

Teenage Shuta dressed in a white gi, yelling as he chops through 10 tiles with ease.

 

Shuta: Haa!

 

Panel 3:

Three schoolgirls watch from afar, two of them are very interested, one looks bored.

 

Girl 1: Waa- he broke ‘em!

 

Girl 2: Waa- he broke ‘em!

 

Miya:

 

 

Panel 4:

Two of Shuta’s fellow martial arts club members look excited.

 

Boy 1: Hey, Miya’s coming!

 

Boy 2: Shuta, she’s your childhood friend right? Introduce us!

 

Haruyo: My friends invited me to join a cooking class with them.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta stares at the girls and looks bore. Miya is looking away, not paying attention..

 

Shuta Narration: It had been five years-

 

Since the incident with the broken bone.

 

 

Page 4

 

Panel 1:

Shuta wipes his hands off and walks away from his friends..

 

Shuta: Childhood friend huh? We haven’t spoken in years.

 

Boy 1: What?

 

Boy 2: She’s too good for you.

 

 

Panel 2:

A flashback of Miya as a little girl holding flowers in one hand and Torachiyo in the other.

 

Shuta Narration: After it happened she actually came to check on me quite a few times.

 

But I never met with her. Not even once.

 

Panel 3:

A closeup of Miya, revealing her to have become an extremely attractive young lady.

 

Miya: I’m going home.


I don’t have any interest in the karate club.

 

Panel 4:

Miya’s friends look puzzled.

 

Girl 1: Eh…

 

Panel 5:

The blue, cloud-filled sky.

 

Girl 1: Hey Miya, is it true you were childhood friends with Shuta?

 

Miya: Once.

 

 

Page  5

 

Panel 1:

Miya’s friends look excited as Miya rolls her eyes.

 

Girl 1: He’s kinda cool.

 

 

Girl 2: Yeah.

 

Miya: Ha.

 

 

Panel 2:

Miya turns to her friends with a weary look.

 

Miya: Would you guys drop it.

 

He’s just a little coward.

 

Panel 3:

The outside of Miya’s house.

 

Miya: Psst, that jerk Shuta.

 

I don’t even wanna see him again.

 

Panel 4:

Miya sits on the floor of her room, holding Torachiyo in her lap.

 

Miya: I hate that jerk.

 

Isn’t that right Torachiyo?

 

Panel 5:

Closeup of Torachiyo, who looks very bored.

 

Miya: Torachiyo?

 

Panel 6:

Miya staring down at her cat.

 

Miya: …Torachiyo, you haven’t been too energetic lately.

 

I guess it’s because it’s the end of the year.

 

 

Page 6

 

Panel 1:

Shuta in his school uniform, riding home on his bicycle as the sun goes down behind him.

 

Shuta Narration: Even now I’m in my first year of high school and I still hate cats.

 

As for the source of my problem…

 

Panel 2:

Flashback panel of a young Shuta with eyes wide with fear, laying in bed as his grandmother slumps next to him.

 

Shuta Narration: I live with my Grandmother…

 

Granmother: They’ll put a spell on you, they’ll curse you.  Scary!

 

Shuta Narration: Ever since I was a kid she would tell me stories about ghost cats.

 

Panel 3:

Shuta sighs as he rides home.

 

Shuta: And because I hate cats…

 

It ruined my first love.

 

Panel 4:

Shivers run up Shuta’s spine as he hears a “meow” behind him.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta looks over his shoulder and sees Torachiyo walking along the top of a fence towards him. 

 

Shuta thinking: That’s… Torachiyo.

 

 

Panel 6:

Torachiyo looks down at Shuta.

 

Panel 7:

Shuta peddles away quickly.

 

Shuta: He always, always, creeps me out.

 

Looks like he’s trying to ambush me…

 

 

Page 7

 

Panel 1:

Torachiyo leaps towards Shuta, his mouth wide open, fangs bared.

 

Shuta: Eh?

 

Panel 2:

Miya walks down the street looking at her shopping list.

 

Miya: Okay, let’s see, soy sauce and tofu…

 

Panel 3:

Miya hears a scream and looks up.

 

Shuta: Aaahhh!

 

 

Panel 4

Miya stares blankly as Shuta rushes past her on his bicycle, Torachiyo clinging to his shoulders.

 

Page 8

 

Panel 1:

Miya suddenly looks concerned.

 

Miya: Shuta…

 

Torachiyo!?

 

Panel 2:

Shuta crashes his bicycle into a trashcan.

 

Panel 3:

Miya rushes over to see what has happened.

 

Panel 4:

Torachiyo bounces away happily while Shuta grips his wrist.

 

Shuta: Owww…

 

Panel 5:

Miya looks shocked.

 

Shuta: Ah…

 

Page 9

 

Panel 1:

Shuta begins tearing up as he holds his wrist.

 

Shuta: Wh-whaaaa…

 

Geez, it hurts!

 

Panel 2:

Miya hides behind a telephone pole to avoid Shuta.

 

Panel 3:

The outside of a local clinic.

 

Doctor: You fractured your right arm, but it should be all better in a month.

 

Shuta: Eh.

 

Panel 4:

Shuta walks out of the clinic with his arm in a sling.

 

Shuta: Ugh…

 

Panel 5:

Shuta is surprised as he sees Miya standing in front of him.

 

Shuta thinking: Miya…

 

Miya:

 

Panel 6:

Miya looks stern.

 

Miya: Sorry.

 

Panel 7:

Shuta walks up to Miya.

 

Shuta: Huh…

 

Miya: Well, it was my cat…

 

Panel 8:

Shuta looks away, a bit concerned.

 

Shuta: Naah, its okay…

 

Page  10

 

Panel 1:

Shuta looks away slyly as Miya looks stunned.

 

Shuta: It wasn’t your fault….-this time-.

 

Panel 2:

Miya’s cheeks turn red as she gets angry.

 

Miya: W-what?

 

That time you fell out of the tree wasn’t my fault either.

 

 Panel 3:

Shuta begins to get angry as well.

 

Shuta: Got nothing to say about that evil cat of yours then?

 

Miya: Don’t talk about him like that!

 

Panel 4:

Miya angrily turns and walks away, shouting back at Shuta.

 

Miya: I don’t even know why I tried to make up for what happened!

 

Idiot!

 

Panel 5:

Shuta looks confused.

 

Shuta: Wha-

 

What?

 

Panel 6:

A closeup of Shuta’s face.

 

Shuta: And after all this time I go and open my big mouth…

 

Panel 7:

The city at night.

 

Narration: That night…

 

Panel 8:

Shuta is sleeping in his bed, his injured arm laying on top of his stomach.

 

Panel 9:

Shuta sweats as he dreams.

 

Shuta thinking: My arm is so heavy…

 

My arm…

 

 

Page 11

 

Panel 1:

A black panel.

 

Shuta thinking: Wha-?

 

Something’s on top of it?

 

 

Panel 2:

Shuta wakes up and freaks out as he sees Torachiyo sitting on his injured arm, surrounded by a ghostly light.

 

Panel 3:

Shuta looking nervous.

 

Shuta thinking: T-Torachiyo?

 

What?

 

Panel 4:

Torachiyo stares at Shuta.

 

Torachiyo: Before my life expires…

 

Panel 5:

The outside of Shuta’s house.

 

Torachiyo: I’m taking over your body.

 

Shuta: Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Page 12

 

Panel 1:

Shuta wakes up covered in sweat, gasping.

 

Shuta: ….

 

Panel 2:

Shuta regains his composure.

 

Shuta: J-just a dream…

 

 

Panel 3:

Shuta sweating.

 

Shuta: That’s all.

 

The cat was talking…

 

Page 13

 

Panel 1:

A dark panel.

 

Torachiyo: Damn…

 

 

Panel 2:

Shuta stares at this cast, as the cat’s voice seems to be coming from there and a ghostly glow surrounds it.

 

Shuta: Huh?

 

Torachiyo: I got caught in this cast, I can’t go any further.

 

Panel 3:

Shuta panics and jumps out of bed..

 

Shuta: M-my arm…

 

It’s talking!

 

Panel 4:

Shuta stares at his desktop.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta karate chops the top of his desk, shattering his cast.

 

Panel 6
Shuta stares in horror as his right arm has been transformed into a cat’s arm from the elbow down.

 

 

Page 14

 

Panel 1:

Outside Shuta’s house, Miya holds a single rose in her hands.

 

Miya: Excuse me.

 

Good morning ma’am.

 

 

Panel 2:

Shuta’s grandmother, smiling and looking cheerful.

 

Grandmother: Oh, Miya, it’s been such a long time.

 

Did you come to see Shuta?

 

Panel 3:

Shuta sitting inside the house, with his ear pressed to the door.


Shuta: Miya?

 

Panel 4:

Shuta’s Grandmother invites Miya inside.


Grandmother: He’s so clumsy.

 

He just didn’t watch where he was going.

 

Miya: !

 

Panel 5:

Miya looks down at the floor.


Miya thinking: But it was my cat’s fault…

 

Panel 6:

A flashback panel showing Miya standing in front of Shuta’s Grandmother when she was a little girl.


Miya narration: Just like that other time, Shuta…

The accident was my fault, but no one would admit it…

 

Panel 7:

Shuta looks surprised as his cat-arm, now re-wrapped in bandages springs to life.


Shuta: Huh?

 

 


Page  15

Panel 1
Grandmother and Miya are standing in the entryway to the house, as Miya hands the flower to Shuta’s Grandmother.

 

Grandmother: I’ll go up and get him.

 

Haruyo: No, that’s okay, here…

 

 

Panel 2:

Miya in profile.

 

Miya thinking: Whenever we see each other…

 

 

Things just get too weird.

 

 



Panel 5
A shocked looking Miya looks down as Shuta squats in front of her rubbing his bandaged hand on her bare legs.

Panel 6:

Miya kicks Shuta over, yelling at him.  Shuta’s Grandmother looks confused.

 

Miya: What the hell are you doing!?

 

 

Panel 7:

Shuta picks himself up, Miya continues to yell.

 

Shuta: Just listen will ya!

 

 

Miya: Well, go on.

 

Panel 7:

Shuta and Miya are sitting on the floor as Shuta begins to unravel his bandaged arm.

 

Shuta: …and so that’s it.

 

Miya: I see.

 

Panel 8:

Miya looks worried as she holds Shuta’s paw in her hands, examining it.

 

Miya: This looks just like the pattern on Torachiyo’s coat.

 

Panel 9:

Shuta looks annoyed at Miya’s question.

 

Miya: Why would Torachiyo try to possess you though?

 

Shuta: How should I know!

 

Page 16

 

Panel 1:

Shuta’s Grandmother with shadows over her face, looking very ominous.

 

Grandmother: It’s because the cat’s attachement to her runs deep.

 

The curse cannot be broken.

 

 

Panel 2:

Grandmother goes back to looking normal, as she brings Shuta and Miya some tea, but they both look extremely scared of her.

 

Grandmother: Did you hear what I said?

 

 

Panel 3:

Shuta gets angry with his grandmother as Miya looks on stunned.

 

Shuta: Wh-what are you saying, Grandma?

 

 Grandmother: Miya, about Torachiyo…

 

Panel 4:

Grandmother looks concerned.

 

Grandmother: He was quite old, was he not?

 

Panel 5:

Miya looks concerned.

 

Miya: Um, well, he was born before I was, so…

 

I’m pretty sure he’s almost 20…

 

Panel 6:

Grandmother looks ominous once more, but less sinister.

 

Grandmother: When a cat lives that long…

 

He learns to understand what people tell him.

 

Panel 7:

Miya has a sudden flash of realization..

 

 

Page 17

 

Panel 1:

Grandmother touches her hand to her shadow-covered face.

 

Grandmother: You’re his owner Miya, can you think of anything?

 

Why would your cat want to haunt Shuta…

 

Panel 2:

Miya stares blankly.

 

Miya: She’s lying.

 

He couldn’t understand me, that’s…

 

Panel 3:

Miya suddenly freaks out as she remembers all the time she spent talking to Torachiyo in her room.

 

Miya in flashback: Shuta this, Shuta that, Shuta, Shuta, Shuta…

 

Miya: Omigod!  He really could understand me?!

 

 Panel 4:

Miya leans back, completely stunned.

 

Miya: Because I kept talking about Shuta everyday…

 

Did Torachiyo remember what I said about Shuta…?

 

Panel 5:

Shuta and Grandmother crowd around a nervous-looking Miya.

 

Miya: I remember something, but…

 

But, that can’t be the reason.

 

Panel 6:

Miya dashes out of the house.

 

Miya: It can’t beeeeeeeeee!!

 

Panel 7:

Grandmother and Shuta look confused.

 

Grandmother: What was that about?

 

 

Page 18

 

Panel 1:

Grandmother looks at Shuta out of the corner of her eyes.

 

Grandmother: Shuta, do you…

 

Remember what you might have done to make Torachiyo curse you?

 

Panel 2:

Shuta looks very nervous.

 

Shuta thinking: Forget about Torachiyo…

 

 

It’s because Miya hates me.

 

Panel 3:

Flashback of Miya as a little girl holding a bouquet of flowers in one arm, and Torachiyo in the other.

 

Shuta narration: Ever since that day.

 

It’s all because she came to apologize and I refused to see her…

 

 

Panel 4:

A blank, white panel.

 

Shuta narration: And me…

 

I just didn’t know what to say.

 

Panel 5:

A flashback of Shuta turning to look at Miya when they were in junior high.

 

Shuta narration: Then in junior high…

 

I’d try to make eye contact,

 

Panel 6:

A flashback image of Miya turning away from Shuta.

 

Shuta narration: But she’d just turn away. 

 

Panel 7:

The outside of Shuta and Miya’s high school.

 

Shuta narration: She…hates me. 

 

Panel 8:

Shuta looking tired as he heads to school, staring at his bandaged arm.

 

Shuta narration: And I don’t know how I feel.

 

Shuta: Psh.

 

Panel 9:

Classroom 1-A sign.

 

Voice: Shuta, you broke your arm!?

 

Shuta: Uh, yeah.

 

Panel 10:

Shuta is surrounded by his two friends as Miya stares from across the room.

 

Boy: What about the club though?

 

Miya:

 

 

 

 

Page 19

 

Panel 1:

Voice off panel, as Miya looks irritated as every comment makes her feel more guilty about Shuta’s injury.

 

Voice: Shuta, what’s up…

 

You don’t look like your usual, energetic self.

 

Panel 2:

Shuta feigns sadness as a balled up message is hurled his way.

 

Shuta: Can’t be helped.

 

You guys’ just have to press on ‘til I feel better.

 

Panel 3:

Shuta stares at the little message that lands on his desk…

 

Panel 4:

…and suddenly his injured arm springs at it and playfully slaps the message around on his desk.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta lies on the floor with the message, having fallen out of his desk.

 

Haruyo: Oh, okay.

 

Panel 6:

She turns around with a nervous smile on her face.

 

Boy: Are you sure your arm’s broken…?

 

Shuta: …eh?

Panel 7:

Shuta unwraps the message with his good hand and reads it.

 

Shuta: Come to the rear court…Miya…

 

Panel 8:

Shuta turns to look at Miya, but she looks away just as he does.

 

Panel 9:

Shuta and Miya standing outside.

 

Miya: Can’t you cooperate, even a little?

 

 

 

Page 20

 

Panel 1:

Shuta looks confused.

 

Shuta: Cooperate?

 

 Panel 2:

Miya shakes her head.

 

Miya: Why would my cat do this…?

 

We should at least be able to talk about it.

 

Panel 3:

Shuta stares at her, frowning.

 

Shuta thinking: What…

 

She’s the one that seems reluctant to cooperate.

 

Panel 4:

Miya stands with her back to Shuta.

 

Shuta: I’m going to be frank then.

 

There’s a chance Torachiyo’s dead.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta in profile.

 

Shuta: The day he possessed me…

 

He was on his last legs.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta’s grandmother in flashback.

 

Grandmother: The cat was aware of his limited amount of time.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta pulls his arm out of its sling, showing Torachiyo’s stripes.

 

Shuta: However…

 

The cat’s soul has remained here, instead of passing on…

 

Panel 6:

Miya turns to face Shuta, tears in her eyes.

 

Miya: Torachiyo…

 

Died…?

 

Panel 6:

Shuta looks at her with a mix of annoyance and disbelief.

 

 

Page 21

 

Panel 1:

Miya sinks to her knees and begins to cry as Shuta crawls over next to her.

 

Shuta: Ah,

 

I-I’m sorry.

 

Miya: Torachiyo…

 

Panel 2:

Shuta looks nervous as he pleads with Miya.

 

Shuta: Sorry, it just slipped out…

 

 

Panel 3:

Suddenly Shuta’s paw touches Miya’s face.

 

Shuta: Huh?

 

Panel 4

Miya stops crying as she feels Shuta’s paw on her cheek.

 

Panel 5
Miya clings to Shuta’s paw.

Miya:

 

 

Panel 6
Shuta watches Miya silently.

 

Page 22

 

Panel 1:

Shuta blushes and his heart pounds as Miya clings to his paw.

 

Shuta: M…

 

Miya…

 

Panel 2:

Miya holding Shuta’s paw to her face.

 

Miya: Torachiyo…

 

Whenever I would cry…

 

He’d wipe away my tears like this…

 

Panel 3:

Miya holds Shuta’s paw in her hands, staring at it sadly.

 

Miya: Torachiyo still lives on in here…

 

 

Panel 4:

Shuta flashes an impatient grin at Miya who frowns in response.

 

Shuta: We need to make him go off to the spiritual world.

 

Miya: Then make him.

 

 

 

Panel 5:

The clouds in the sky.

 

Miya: Anyway,

 

We should do some of the things that Torachiyo enjoyed.

 

 

Page 23

 

Panel 1:

Miya’s house.

 

Panel 2:

Miya and Shuta sitting on the floor of her room, cat toys strewn everywhere.

 

Miya: So…

 

Do you want to play with any of these?

 

Shuta: Why you…

 

Panel 3:

Miya wiggles a feather on a string, and Shuta’s paw instantly starts slapping it.

 

Miya: Here.

 

Panel 4:
Miya tosses a ball and Shuta’s paw reaches for it.

Miya: Hup!

Panel 5:
Outside of Miya’s house, night has fallen.

 

Miya: There ya go!

 

Panel 6:

Miya and Shuta sit, out-of-breath, on the floor.

 

Miya: So?

 

Shuta: That’s enough…

 

 

Page 24

 

Panel 1:

Miya crouches and stares at Shuta’s paw.

 

Miya: It’s no good.

 

It’s not going away.

 

Panel 2:

Shuta’s paw suddenly slips onto Miya’s upper thigh.

 

Shuta: Ah.

 

Panel 3:

A deafening silence as Miya stares at Shuta’s paw.

 

Panel 4:

Miya blushes as her heart races.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta blushes as well, his heart pounding.

 

Panel 6:

Miya closes her eyes, her cheeks still red with embarrassment.

 

Miya: W-Wait.

 

Panel 7:

Shuta quickly protests in an attempt to save himself.

 

Shuta: I-it’s not me.

 

It’s the cat…

 

Panel 8:

Clearly not what Miya wanted to hear, as lighting crackles around her and she gets a scary look on her face.

 

Panel 9:

Miya begins to stomp Shuta into the floor.

 

Miya: I KNEW THAT!

 

 

Page 25

 

Panel 1:

Nighttime, outside Shuta’s house.

 

Grandmother: Shuuutaa,

 

Miya’s on the phone.

 

Panel 2:

Shuta holds the phone as his cat arm scratches the wall beside him.

 

Shuta: Check out some of the old haunts?

 

Panel 3:

Miya sitting on the floor of her room, on the phone.

 

Miya: Yeah,

 

Some of Torachiyo’s old territory.

 

It just came to me.

 

Panel 4:

Shuta looks bored as his cat arm continues to claw the wall.

 

Miya’s voice: If you don’t want to though, that’s fine…

 

Shuta: Naah, naah, I’ll go.

 

Panel 5:

Miya, dressed in a cute, Chinese dress, carrying a picnic basket.

 

Miya: I brought lunch.

 

 

Panel 6:

Shuta stares at her, unable to speak.

 

Shuta:

 

Miya: What?

 

Panel 7:

Shuta, blushing as he stares.

 

Shuta: She’s…still pretty cute…

 

 

 

 

Page 26

 

Panel 1:

Shuta and Miya, walking through the neighborhood.  Miya points out various areas as Shuta follows, still blushing.

 

Shuta narration: So it wound up being…

 

A lot like a date…

 

Panel 2:

A solid brick wall.

 

Shuta:

 

 

Panel 3:

A patch of tall grass outside a house.

 

Panel 4:

Beneath an old temple.

 

Panel 5:

The park.

 

Miya: Let’s have lunch.

 

Panel 6:

Shuta looks around as Miya pulls food from the basket.

 

Shuta: This park…

 

Miya: Duh, its one of Torachiyo’s favorite spots.

 

Panel 7:

Shuta stares at a tree.

 

Shuta thinking: That’s the tree I fell out of…

 

 

Panel 8:

Shuta hears the sound of cans opening.

 

Shuta: Huh?

 

Panel 8:

Miya lays out three open cans of cat food.

 

Miya: Here.

 

Panel 9:

Shuta begins yelling at Miya.

 

Shuta: YOU CALL THIS A BOXED LUNCH?

 

Miya: This is Torachiyo’s favorite food.

 

 

Page 27

 

Panel 1:

Miya lays down a bento box chock full of sandwiches and other food.

 

Miya: I’ve got something here for you too…

 

Panel 2:

Shuta takes a bite of a sandwich as Miya watches, clearly pleased.

 

Shuta: Delish.

 

Miya: Really!?

 

 

Panel 3:

Shuta turns to face Miya, blushing, while Miya looks nervous.

 

Shuta: Yeah.

 

Miya: ……

 

Panel 4:

Miya turns away, blushing.

 

Miya: Anyway Shuta,

 

I…

 

Panel 5:

Miya is still blushing, but looks determined.

 

Miya: Whenever I was around you before I was sort of anti-social…

 

The truth is…

 

Panel 6:

Miya turns to face Shuta, but he has run away, his cat paw trying to grab a butterfly out of the air.

 

Miya: …….

 

Panel 7:

Shuta’s room at night.

 

Shuta: This is such a pain.

 

What could I have done to deserve this?

 

Panel 8:

Shuta in flashback as a little boy, peeking at Miya around a corner.

 

Shuta narration: I thought after it happened,

 

I could make peace with Miya…

 

 

 

Page 28

 

Panel 1:

Little Shuta trying to hand Torachiyo a fish.

 

Shuta narration: I thought if I gave Torachiyo something he’d like, we could get along…

 

 

Panel 2:

Torachiyo making a vicious looking face as-if he is going to attack Shuta.

Panel 3:
Little Shuta running away, as Torachiyo holds the fish in his mouth..

 

Shuta narration: Boy, was I wrong…

 

 

Panel 4:

Shuta, sitting in his room, staring at the ceiling.

 

Shuta: Maybe if I tell Miya the truth…

 

Hmm…

 

Panel 5:

Shuta, having been pulled onto the floor as his cat paw scratches the tatami mats in his room.

 

Shuta: But she still won’t like me.

 

Grandmother: Why won’t it rest in peace?

 

Panels 5, 6, 7:

The school, the boy’s bathroom door, and then Shuta and his friends inside the boy’s bathroom.

 

Boy 1: I saw you, Shuta…

 

You went out on a date with Miya.

 

Boy 2: Jerk, where’d you go?

 

Panel 8:

Shuta attempts to defend himself as his friend gets hostile.

 

Shuta: There’s nothing going on between us.

 

Boy 2: Liar.

 

I thought something fishy was going on.

 

 

Page 29

 

Panel 1:

Boy 1 puts Shuta in a headlock as Boy 2 continues to pester him.

 

Boy 1: You coulda at least introduced us…

 

Boy 2: You’re so damned sneaky.

 

Panel 2:

Shuta getting angry as he continues to try to convince his friends.

 

Shuta: Geez, whaddya think…

 

That I could possibly have fun,

 

With an unsociable girl like her?

 

 

Panel 3:

Miya catches fire with anger as she seems to know she is being talked about.

 

Girl: Mi…Miya…

 

Panel 4:

The roof of the high school, Miya and Shuta face each other as the wind blows around them.

 

Panel 5:

Shuta sweats, looking nervous.

 

Shuta: Wh-what is it, Miya?

 

 

Panel 6:

Miya is clearly annoyed.

 

Miya: I’ve kept silent too long, but now…

 

 

I’ll tell you.

 

Panel 7:

Shuta looks curious as Miya begins her explanation.

 

Miya: The reason why Torachiyo possessed you is…

 

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Panel 1:

Miya gets louder, with a look of determination and anger on her face.

 

Miya: Because day after day…

 

I BADMOUTHED YOU TO TORACHIYO!

 

 

Panel 2:

Shuta is shocked.

 

Shuta: Huh.

 

 

Panel 3

Miya shuts her eyes tight, as she continues to yell at Shuta.

 

Miya: I HATE YOU,

 

AND THAT’S WHY YOU’RE CURSED!

 

 

Panel 4

Shuta stumbles.

 

Shuta thinking: S…So…

 

Panel 5

Shuta falls to his knees helplessly, his coat fluttering in the breeze.

 

Shuta thinking: She hates me.

 

Panel 6

Shuta tries to catch his breath as Miya stares at him, somewhat confused at his reaction.

 

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Panel 1:

Shuta looks crushed.

 

Shuta: Somehow…

 

I thought so…

 

Panel 2:

Miya is surprised.

 

Miya: You did…?

 

Panel 3:

Shuta stares at the bandaged cat arm sadly.

 

Shuta: I didn’t think I’d done anything to make him hate me…

 

Panel 4:

Miya frowns.

 

Miya: B-But you…

 

 

Panel 5:

Miya as a little girl standing outside of Shuta’s house, holding a flower in one hand and Torachiyo in the other.

 

Miya: IT’S NOT LIKE YOU DIDN’T HATE ME TOO.

 

I CAME TO SEE YOU TONS OF TIMES TO APOLOGIZE…

 

Panel 6:

Shuta stands up, to offer an angry rebuttal.

 

Shuta: You brought your cat though, didn’t you!

 

Miya: BUT YOU DIDN’T WANT TO SEE ME!

 

Panel 6:

Shuta calms down and gives a heartfelt look to Miya.

 

Shuta:

 

I did want to…

 

Panel 6:

Closeup of Miya’s eyes as she suddenly realizes.

 

 

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Panel 1:

Shuta, defeated, begins to walk away.

 

Miya:

 

Panel 2:

Miya looks worried, as Shuta looks back at her..

 

Miya: Sh-Shuta…

 

Shuta: It’s okay.

 

I’m actually relieved.

 

Panel 3:

Lightning strikes around Miya as she is caught off guard by Shuta’s response.

 

Panel 4:

Miya, looking concerned.

 

Miya: B-But your arm…

 

It’s still…

 

Panel 4:

Shuta, looking away.

 

Shuta: It’s okay, I’ll get used to it.

 

Panel 4:

Miya stares at Shuta as he walks away, depressed.

 

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Panel 1:

Miya watching Shuta walk away.

 

Miya thinking: Wait.

 

Don’t go.

 

Panel 2:

Miya watching as she thinks back to sitting in her room with Torachiyo, talking about Shuta.

 

Miya thinking: Why’s he still cursed?

 

Miya flashback: Shuta doesn’t get it…

 

He’ll never know how I feel…

 

Miya thinking: I liked you too, but all I ever said were bad things.

 

Panel 3:

Shuta stops in his tracks.

 

Shuta: Huh?

Panel 4:

Shuta’s cat arm is trying to go back to Miya while he tugs against it.

 

Panel 5:

Looking back, Shuta can see that Miya is crouched down, crying.

 

Panel 4:

Miya, her hands covering her face.

 

Shuta thinking: Miya?

 

 

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Panel 1:

Shuta looks surprised as the bandages slip off his cat arm.

 

Shuta thinking: What is she…

 

Crying…?

 

Panel 2:

Shuta crawls back, his cat paw sticking out in front of him.

 

Shuta thinking: Did you really…

 

Put this curse on me?

 

Panel 3:

Miya crying.

 

Panel 4:

Miya opens her eyes as she feels Shuta’s human hand on her face, wiping her tears.

 

Panel 5:

Miya clings to Shuta’s hand as she stares at him.

 

Shuta: Miya…

 

Miya: Shuta…

 

Shuta: I’m sorry.

 

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Panel 1:

Miya sitting in her room holding Torachiyo in a flashback.

 

Shuta narration: I think I figured it out…

 

Torachiyo possessed me…

 

Because he wanted to watch over Miya and I until we made up.

 

Panel 2:

A dark, ominous panel.

 

Shuta narration: But the truth…

 

Panel 3:

Miya and Shuta sitting in his room as Grandmother looks on. Miya has placed a cat pillow in front of Shuta.

 

Shuta narration: Was not discovered until one month later…

 

Miya: There you go Torachiyo, your present for your 20th birthday.

 

Okay, you can go to heaven now.

 

Shuta: Then why’d you have to possess me?

 

Grandmother: Maybe because you’re an idiot?

 

 

Panel 4:

Much later, Shuta and Miya sit in her room. Shuta’s hand is on Miya’s thigh as she slaps it.

 

Shuta: Oops,

 

Torachiyo’s soul is still in me…

 

Miya: That’s YOUR hand.