I couldn't bring myself to read the Bible.
My anxiety just kept growing in my heart.
Loneliness was coming close to me. I felt like I was dragged into a hole.
Soon, they started the assembly. It seemed that they were at prayer or sang hymns.
But such things passed through me.
I only bowed my head together with them and stood up together with them.
The sermon of Major K also passed through my brain.
But soon, I became used to the atmosphere or I felt relaxed slightly.
So, Major K's words reached my brain a little bit. But then, his sermon already finished.
After the lecture, they sang hymns again.
Their rhythms forcefully swelled like the swell of the ocean. They had such a power.
I was somehow feeling that their wave would take me to an open space somewhere.
After that, the major said his prayers. He seemed to be moved by himself and to be a loss of words.
The major desired the salvation for souls in agony. I felt that I had to absolutely listen to his prayers.
After the prayers, the believers started showing their evidences.
A young man stood up. And he meant that his faith relieved him although he was in agony to death. He looked like a sales clerk.
"I'm really happy because I've been saved by our Saviour," an old woman said. She was sitting next to me.
They each shouted "Amen" or "Hallelujah".
One of them was filled with emotion and shouted "Yes, our Saviour!"
Mr. Ito moved forward. He knelt near the table legs and prayed.
He seemed to pray mainly for me. He appeared to be hoping that the salvation would be given to me.
Title: A Street Vendor (Kaneko Fumiko) volume 2
Illustrated and translated by: Akanemachi Haruhiko
Original author: Kaneko Fumiko