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by Kinsyo

"Eleven, twelve, thirteen..."
"Come on, Tarou-san!"
Haruka is encouraging Tarou as they train together.
Together, but actually Haruka is spotting Tarou at the Bench Press under a 30kg barbell with her right hand.
Haruka is lifting Tarou, the barbell, and the bench to shoulder level, using them as a dumbbell.
"Just 10 more reps, please keep it up!  Fourteen, fifteen, sixteen..."
As she encourages him, she lifts the bench.  Atop the rising bench, Tarou struggles to get the barbell off his chest.
It is a good scream, but the barbell doesn't rise a bit.  Sweat drips from Tarou's face.
"Maybe it will be easier if you lift when I go down."
Tarou followed her advice and tried lifting at the opposite time, as Haruka sped up her lowering motion.
Tarou felt a little floating sensation with the barbell suddently getting lighter as he extended his arms.  Haruka slowly and deliberately lifts in order to reduce the burden on Tarou's arms.
"Wow, Haruka-chan, I lifted it!"
Haruka felt embarrassed by Tarou's praise for her idea.
"Hee hee... Thanks."
But Haruka's idea didn't help Tarou for long.  After three more reps, Tarou was once more pinned under the barbell.
"... I, I can't do it...  Haruka-chan, help..."
His breathing was becoming shallower as Tarou spoke.
"... No!  Tarou-san, didn't say it before? You said you could do 20 reps."
"Yes, but..."
"Please do your best".
"I said no! You said you could, so please do it."
Her tone was gentle, but it said simply made Tarou push harder. Throughout this conversation the bench rose and fell several times, but her expression didn't change.
"You're right..."
Tarou gave in and pushed the barbell with all his might.  The bench secretly lowered a little.  It may have been because he gave in that he was able to complete another rep.
"Uwawa... Ge!"
Haruka had doubt in her voice and the bench moved suddenly, already slipping a little the barbell fell a lot, and it was about to crash on top of Tarou's chest.
"... are you slacking off?"
It wasn't until Haruka lowered the bench below her shoulder and looked at Tarou that she became aware of his predicament, and moved the bench quickly to prevent Tarou from ending his effort.
"Tarou-san, it's useless if you don't fix your habit of slacking.  If not now, then when will you do it?"
Tarou was being scolded by the grade-schooler Haruka, the younger Haruka who was lifting the bench with one hand.  And lying underneath the barbell, it was now becoming a serious problem for Tarou.
"B-but... I can't lift it anymore..."
Tarou sobbed pitfully and painfully.
"OK, I understand."
"Really?  Thanks, Haruka-chan ~"
Relieved, Tarou looked at Haruka's face and Haruka smiled.
"Please leave it to me!  Hold on tight to the barbell, please!"
"Huh?... Uhyaaa!"
Haruka's idea of helping was to vigorously pump the bench up and down.  With the motion, Tarou's body felt like it was floating with the barbell, and the barbell seemed to fly on its own.  At that instant, Tarou extended his arm.  And when it was lowered, the barbell fell on Haruka's shoulder.
"Gyuuu!  ...Gya!  ...Ge!"
"Fourteen!  Fifteen!  Sixteen..."
In null-gravity, Tarou savored the feeling of lowering the barbell several more times.
"Thanks for your hard work ♪"
After exactly 20 reps, then bench was slowly lowered and the barbell racked above Tarou.
Though it was his own suggestion, the painful aerial bench press gave him peace of mind.

Posted originally in Japanese at… and translated by Ed Lee
The original Japanese text of this story appears on Kinsyo's website. The translation was done by me, Ed Lee, and is the English translation is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 US License. This translation was a request of Refaal and completed in exchange for a drawing. If you notice any mistakes, please let me know and I'll correct them. Hope you enjoy the story.
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Sounds familiar, but I don't remember exactly. Why?
dinaminzer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I deem to overstep with; you :blushes:
but i'ld like if you'll also traslate
that Yoshida's story! ^^;

Although anyway, :O
i already lost that text; :no:
forgive me for ask it, :lonely:

and thank for read me. :thanks:
diamonddraq13 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Ahh Thank you for translating that story ^^
GMan-am Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Awesome, it's rare that we get to read Kinsyo's stories in English. I hope you have cause to translate more of his site in the future :)
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Thanks for the comment. I did translate one other story: [link]

It takes me a long time, so you probably won't see too many of these... :)
GMan-am Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Yeah, but translated manga without the manga tends to lack the description of the visuals that a story has ;)

Unfortunately, there's no digital way of purchasing any of this stuff.
elee0228 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
This one was a short story that's posted to his website, so it's not really a manga. The other translation I did, The Physiophile Boyfriend is available digitally by more nefarious means. :)
GMan-am Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Errm, yes, I seem to have stumbled upon it. Quite accidentally, of course.
Fettcom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think if I were benchpressing on a bench being lifted by one hand, I'd have a hard time lifting anything. I would be so off-balance, a heavy weight would probably fall and crush my face.
elee0228 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I'm sure Tarou is thankful that he's got Haruka under him instead of you then. :)
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