Maigo no Katstsuumuri (まいごのかたつむり The Lost Snail) is a short story from the Monogatari series written by Nisio Isin and included in the <Monogatari> Series Heroine Book No. 2 Hachikuji Mayoi
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The Lost Snail
Text : Nisio Isin
Illustrations : Haritama Hiroki
Long, long ago, there lived a lost snail.
“I don’t have a home to go back to.
I want a home to go back to.”
The snail started on a long trip to find its home.
” I once used to reside a stately mansion.
But that home is no longer there.
It is not there anywhere in this world.”
The snail knew that homes do not last forever.
“Can’t I go back home.
I’ve been always walking for a long time.
But I do not want to go back to that house surely.”
The snail knew that such homes also existed.
Strange houses and ruined mansions.
There were different kinds of homes.
Bu no matter how much it searched, the snail couldn’t find its home.
“As you are a snail, isn’t what you are carrying on your back your home?”
“Not, it is not like that.”
“The home I am searching for is a place I can go back to.
A place where I feel reassured.
A place where I feel safe.
It is a happy place.”
“If that is the case, it is easy”
“From today, I am your home”
“When you want to be reassured”
“When you want to feel safe”
“When you want to be happy, come to me”
“I will always be looking forward to you coming back”
Though she did not find the home that she was searching for, the snail found a family.
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