Miss Appraiser and the Gallery Demon ~ Prologue ~

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Prologue: The Silver Daughter

A pale dawn. The painting of a traveler, with the color of daybreak trapped in his eyes, was Riz Milton’s treasure.

He was a foreigner who visited from far and distant lands.

At that time, Riz couldn’t pronounce his name properly. It was a difficult language.

During the time she called him the “Dawn-Eyed Traveler” she forgot his real name.

However, she only remembered that it had a beautiful sound, like a stringed instrument.

Guests from the east were messengers of fortune. That superstition lived in Riz’s village.

Her grandparents readily lent a room to the traveler who wished to rest for a while in this land.

The traveler was a kind and cheery man. He was different from the village kids that treated the pale-faced and sickly Riz like a ghost and bullied and teased her. Fluent in the language of this country, he let her hear the many mysterious and amusing things he experienced in his travels.

He was also a painter.

He stayed in the village for about a month and in that time finished several works.

And one of those works was gifted to Riz.

Thinking about it now, those paintings that were handed over were probably compensation for the expenses during his stay.

He gave the title “The Silver Daughter” to that painting.

Riz was the model.

However, what was drawn on that canvas was not a girl. It wasn’t even a human in the first place.

It was a fish.

A single fish that swayed its silver tail, it swam elegantly in a starry night.

If a person was to forcibly raise points of similarity with Riz then perhaps it was the color. That silver which was like a bundle of starlight.

It was a composition as if one was turning around, having been called by someone. The depiction was extremely elaborate. That outline with life breathed into it, the vibrant scales, the smooth movement of those silky fins, and the shading which produced a texture.

The fish glittered imperceptibly, reflecting the dense blue of the night.

The traveler’s brushwork was outstanding and there was no room to doubt his talent as a painter. In his works, there was a certain technique of someone who studied with dozens, hundreds of canvases through day and night.

But her grandparents who looked at those paintings frowned and in their eyes rested a light of criticism.

It was not becasue their granddaughter was likened to a fish.

That painting was divinely magical but, at the same time, there was an indecent atmosphere somewhere that drifted about it.

The translucent, long tail was reminiscent of the ample folds of a dress.

It was like an exceptionally gorgeous lady who appeared at an evening ball and, noticing the passionate gazes of the men, turned around.

Riz, personally, liked that painting.

Before the traveler left the village, he let her hear a strange story under an oak tree that grew in the garden. It was a clear day that foretold the coming of summer.

“Riz, if you are to feel uneasy looking at a painting in the future then look away immediately.”

“Why?”

“Because it is a distorted painting.”

“What’s a deh-store-ted pain-ting?”

“A profane design that was added unassumingly… It is a work that draws symbols towards God’s wickedness without the painter themselves noticing.”

“A bad drawing?”

“That’s right. It will make God angry. But not many people know about the existence of distorted paintings.”

“Like a trick drawing?”

The traveler laughed. Laugh lines showed clearly on that dark skin, tanned by the sun.

“A little similar to that.”

However, he seemed to say and changed his expression again.

“Optical illusions are safe, but distorted paintings are scary. Because the wickedness of God is drawn, demons like it and will settle down there. It will become a ‘demon’s hideaway’.”

“Dawn-Eyed Traveler, are the drawings you draw ‘distorted paintings’ too?”

“This is different.”

“Why did you draw me like a fish?”

“Because you’re a ‘Daughter of the Fish’.”

“I’m not a Pisces. I’m a Cancer.”

“It’s not related to the constellation of your birth month.”

“Then what is it?”

The traveler didn’t answer immediately. He bent down and, with a gentle hand that smelled of pigment, stroked Riz’s head. It was a rough, massive, and hard sensation. It reminded her of the gardener’s hands. And the hands of the villagers who held hoes. These weren’t hands that only held a brush. They were the hands of someone who knew labor and overcame many rough days. Like that, she felt the days he had gone through.

“Riz, you often see things that people don’t notice, don’t you?”

“Like what?”

Her shoulders flinched at the surprising question.

“You don’t have to lie. I’ll keep this conversation a secret from your grandfather and grandmother.”

“… Really?”

“I promise.”

Riz timidly looked up at the traveler.

“I see fairies. Here and there in the woods.”

“Only the woods?”

“Uh-uh, I see them sometimes in the mansion. Also, something like a strange fog, or tracks of animals that shouldn’t be there. Even though it hasn’t rained, sometimes there’s wet footprints on the floor.”

He didn’t respond but, looking at his expression, Riz could tell he was listening to her seriously.

Gaining courage from that she continued.

“But it looks like papa and mama can’t see them. I know I’m not living here alone in grandma’s mansion just to get better from being sick. It’s because my big sisters are scared of me.”

“I see.”

“Grandma and everyone else doesn’t believe me. They say ‘There’s no such things as fairies, you mustn’t lie’ with really scary faces.”

It hurt not to be believed.

She was looked at by everyone with eyes that said she was a lying child.

“But I see them even though it’s not that I want to see them. Am I strange somewhere?”

Because she was drawn to the traveler’s painting, that of a fish swimming in the night sky, a special world which was drawn that did not exist in reality.

Maybe the traveler was also like her and things that people couldn’t see were reflected in those eyes? Riz had that hope.

“It’s nothing strange. You have the qualities of the Fish. Because of that, you can see inexplicable things.”

The traveler said that with a calm look.

“The Fish is a provisional shape of the saint, who God released from heaven. From the astrals to the placenta. It swims in the ecliptic, passing through the twelve palaces, and eventually settling in the Seat of a person.”

“A saint…?”

“You are the Daughter of the Fish who can see the demons lurking in their hideaways.”

(T/N: My new LN project! Starting it right on New Year so it’s easier for me to keep track as to how long this one will take me this time LOL.)

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18 thoughts on “Miss Appraiser and the Gallery Demon ~ Prologue ~

    Pink Snowflakes said:
    January 12, 2019 at 20:46

    This is really interesting, thanks for translating it :D

      Ilinox responded:
      January 13, 2019 at 10:34

      Thank you! I’m about halfway done with the first chapter, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that out soon and give everyone a deeper look into this series n_n.

    Rumby Fish said:
    January 1, 2019 at 19:51

    Ohhh I look forward to seeing future chapters! Thank you for the translation and happy new years!

      Ilinox responded:
      January 2, 2019 at 10:10

      Heehee, I’m pretty excited to show how unusual our heroine is and the amazing banter she has with the male lead (and everyone else). Thanks for commenting and a belated Happy New Years!

    Yuri said:
    January 1, 2019 at 17:05

    This is intriguing, I’m looking forward to reading more.

      Ilinox responded:
      January 2, 2019 at 10:09

      Thank you for commenting and I hope it’ll continue to hold your interest!

    Leafさんの夢が。。。 said:
    January 1, 2019 at 11:38

    This one almost has a magical-realism feel to it. The prose is very unique and the concept is interesting. I think you did a great job with the translations. Happy New Year and may this 2019 be a great one for you!

      Ilinox responded:
      January 1, 2019 at 12:07

      Yeah! I’m really bad at genres so I was pondering whether to tag this as just supernatural or fantasy and supernatural because of that magical realism LOL. The prose will only get more interesting from here because they go deep into painting metaphors so it’s gonna test my descriptive abilities /o\. Aw, thank you so much for saying that and a Happy New Years to you too!! Once more chapters come out I’d love to hear what you think about this story :).

        Leafさんの夢が。。。 said:
        January 6, 2019 at 01:53

        It’s hard to tag them, especially when it comes to Japanese novels. There’s so many ways it could turn into a completely different genre than you expected haha.

        Absolutely! I’m interested in seeing where this one goes ^^

        I may have asked this of you before: how long does it usually take you to translate a chapter? Decided to finally crack open the books I have and it’s great to be able to understand them but I didn’t expect just how long it would take to translate a single chapter. Thank you for all of your hard work, Illinox, it’s amazing to see how often you update your translations with as much quality as you do.

        Ilinox responded:
        January 6, 2019 at 13:16

        Hm, lots of things affect my speed so I’ve never really calculated how long it takes me to translate a chapter. For example, the length of the chapter and the subject of the chapter. Dialogue-heavy ones go by really fast but if there’s a lot of background exposition then I tend to burn out faster and get bored, so I have to take frequent breaks LOL.

        I have noticed that I can easily do a SNB one in 1 to 1.5 hours? So that’s like 1500 characters which amounts to 600 words in English or so.

        Ooh, that’s awesome that you can understand your books now! Now just watch as your novel backlog explodes when you can access an entire country’s books |D;;

        Aw, thank you for your kind words ;w;/ a lot of my motivation certainly comes with receiving comments like these and being able to chat about my hobbies with everyone.

    Blood said:
    January 1, 2019 at 08:54

    I like it, it seems very interesting

    THANKS! ❤

    ђαρρy ท૯ખ y૯α૨

      Ilinox responded:
      January 1, 2019 at 12:05

      I’m glad it’s hooking people’s interest just from the prologue! Thank you for dropping a comment and Happy New Years!!

    Naoriel said:
    January 1, 2019 at 01:50

    This look really interesting, plus the quality of the translation is good! :D
    Keep it up! I’ll follow this story!
    Thanks for the chapter and Happy new year!

      Ilinox responded:
      January 1, 2019 at 12:05

      Thank you! I like to think I’ve learned a lot from my previous project, Light Beyond, so here’s to hoping the translation quality only increases from here n_n. Happy New Year’s to you too!!

    Creampuff said:
    January 1, 2019 at 01:12

    Wow this looks interesting! thank you for translating and happy new year

      Ilinox responded:
      January 1, 2019 at 03:00

      I really like the interaction between the two leads so I’m excited to get to that point again /o/! You’re welcome and a Happy New Year’s to you too!

    Vampirecat said:
    January 1, 2019 at 01:02

    Ooh, this is intriguing. Thanks for your hard work.

      Ilinox responded:
      January 1, 2019 at 03:00

      You’re welcome! I don’t know when the next chapter will come out but I hope you stick around until the proper introduction of the characters :D.

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