10 金 L90 赤い蝋燭と人魚 Red Candles and the Mermaid Episode Two
those who - 〜する人々
grow old 成長する
as usual いつもどおり
come up to - 〜へ近づいてくる
around this time この頃、今頃
filled with tears 涙でいっぱいの
lit, light の過去 火を灯す
well known よく知られた、周知の
make money 金をもうける
The mermaid girl grew older. She was shy about her different body. And didn’t go outside much. However, those who had seen her were all surprised by her beauty. Some people came to buy a candle at the old couple’s shop just because they wanted to see her.
One day, the old man was making candles as usual. The girl came up to the old man and said, “I have a good idea. May I paint pictures on the candles that you make? I am sure people will buy more and more candles if I do.”
“All right, you can try painting some.”
The mermaid girl started to paint. Although no one had taught her, she painted wonderful pictures of fish, seashells and seaweeds on the white candle with red paint. The old man was very surprised. There was something mysteriously beautiful about the painting. “Of course the paintings are great. She’s a mermaid.”
The candles with red paintings quickly became famous. Children and adults all came to buy them. The candle shop became very busy.
It was around this time that a new story began to be told. People started to say,
These candles will protect your ship in any storm, and you will never drown.
The candles with red paintings sold quickly. The old man worked hard from morning to night to make the candles. And the mermaid girl said sat beside him and painted although her hand hurt.
The mermaid girl’s eyes filled with tears as she thought about the old couple’s kindness. She had a good heart.
“I am grateful that they took care of me even though I am not human. I cannot thank them enough.”
People heard about the candles even in faraway villages. Fisherman and sailors came from all over to buy the special candles. They all climbed the mountain, prayed at the shrine, lit the candle and waited for it to become short. Then, they took the candle home.
So the shrine on top of the mountain was always shining with candles, day or night. It was especially a beautiful scene from the sea at night.
The shrine suddenly became famous for its powerful gods. The gods of the shrine became well known, but no one thought about the girl who created the paintings. So there was no one who cared if the girl was working too much.
The mermaid girl was tired. She put her head out of the window and cried when the moon shone brightly. She missed the blue sea of the north.
Then one day, a greedy merchant came from the south. He came to the north to find something interesting so he could make money with it when he went back home.