Smiles & Tears, With Lyrics
March 29th, 2011 | MOTHER 1
A good while back, Chewy took on the task of translating the official MOTHER 2 novel (see here), but little did we know that good ol’ kenisu was also working on translating the official MOTHER 1 novel too! He’s been posting little bits and pieces of it on the Starmen.Net boards (though for some reason it got moved from the MOTHER 1 board so I missed it). Anyway, you can check out the excerpt here!
(update: people are getting the wrong idea that this novel is a cheap romance novel – nothing could be further from the truth, this was just one random excerpt I posted. The book is actually more of a tightly-knit adventure tale, you can read more non-mushy excerpts here too.)
I guess I never realized until now how “romance novel”-y it gets in a few parts (but not many!). Here’s a random mushy example:
“. . . . Ana . . . .”
Lloyd exerted force in his hand, and Ana instinctively grimaced.
“Oh, I’m sorry, did that hurt?”
“Yeah, a little.”
“No need to apologize. It’s OK to take pride, you know.”
“That’s right.” Ana nodded so vigorously that her ponytail swayed up and down.
“You know, Lloyd, back in your town, you were probably just a bespectacled prodigy, but now you’re a fine warrior. You’re even powerful, look how strong you are.”
With a fluttering motion, she held her reddened hand out for him to see, and Lloyd became silent for a while and gazed slowly in turn at Ana’s face, then her hand, then her left eye, then her right eye. And then, suddenly he gripped Ana’s still-aloft hand, pulled her in with a jerk, and pressed his lips against hers. It felt cold, it felt hot, and it was an awfully short kiss.
Uuuumgh. Shaking her head, Ana’s heart began to pound. For him to do such a thing out of the blue . . . for Lloyd, whom she thought her friend, to look at her with a jarringly grown-up look in his eyes, it was an absolute shock.
“I’m very glad. For whatever reason, somehow I’m incredibly lucky. I feel amazingly brave now. If we’re warriors, you may be the Goddess of Battle . . . . err, make that a she-warrior, I guess. Ana, I swear this to you: as much as the power is in me, I will protect you. Even with my life, I will protect you. So, no matter what that unthinking brute Ken says, would you please come all the way with us?”
Concealing her alarm bell of a heart, Ana smiled impishly. “I would be very honored, and pleased, and grateful – but you really shouldn’t say things that sound like confessions of love. Until you deliver the Kwannon’s Flower to your mother, you have to survive, even if I’m trodden down, OK?”
“. . . . Kwannon’s . . . . ?” Lloyd’s jaw dropped. “How did you know . . . ? I’m sure I haven’t told you about that yet.”
“Well, you see, in short, I’m-”
You can also check out my unfinished super-quick summary of the MOTHER 1 novel here! I’d really like to finish it, but at this rate by the time I’m done with it they’ll be showing EarthBound carts on Antiques Roadshow 3000.
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