The following transcript is the backstage story of Sakuma Sakuya SSR 【Gentle Light】.

Part 1
[Lounge]
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
Hey, fam! I've got a great idea! Let's hold a candle-lit party!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Um, a party with candles...?
Yuki profile
Yuki
Wow, another 'great idea' from Friendly McExtrovert. How do you come up with these random plans all the time?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Aw, don't be like that, Yuki. That does sound intresting, though! You're talking about spending a night only using candles to light our way, right, Kazunari?
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
Yep, yep! You struck the candle right on the wick, Izumi! Check out these pics I took of the party I had with some college friends the other week!
Azuma profile
Azuma
This does look quite fun.
Muku profile
Muku
Wow, the flickering candlelight just makes everything look so romantic, just like a scene from a fantasy story! How wonderful!
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
It really was, Mukkun! We made our candles from scratch with this kit. There were some leftover materials, so I brought them back for us!
C'mon, guys, let's make some candles together! Pretty please?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Sure! I definitely want to try it!
Muku profile
Muku
Me, too!
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
Yay! Welcome to the party, Saku-saku and Mukkun!
Muku profile
Muku
Thanks, Kazu! So everything we need is included in here?
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
That's right! There should be enough materials for everyone, so we can make them all together!
Banri profile
Banri
Makin' candles, huh? I'm free, so I'll give it a shot.
Yuki profile
Yuki
So this is what you use to color the wax...
Azuma profile
Azuma
Perhaps we could attempt to make some scented candles as well.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Oh, that's a great idea!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
I've been wondering about this, actually! How do you make a scented candle smell good?
Azuma profile
Azuma
You'll need to mix essential oils into the melted wax before you mold it into a candle. I have some oils in my room, so I'll bring them out for us.
Taichi profile
Taichi
Awesome! I wanna try making a scented candle, too! Maybe I'll become more popular if I know how to make them!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Ahaha! Everyone's getting so excited about this. Hmm, I wonder what shape I should make my candle?
What do you think you'll make, Sakuya? It looks like the kit comes with molds for flowers, animals, and lots of other things, too.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Umm, I'm not sure what shape I want to make my candle, but I think I want to make it a scented one, for sure!
Omi profile
Omi
If you want some melted wax, I'm warming some up right now.
Banri profile
Banri
Put the wick in here and make sure the wax covers it... Doesn't look too bad.
Taichi profile
Taichi
Damn, Banny! This is your first time making a candle, right? How does yours look so good? Were you a candlemaker in your past life?!
[Mini Timeskip]
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Maybe just a little more over here...
Izumi profile
Izumi
Wow, Sakuya! Your candle turned out so cute! Is it supposed to be a sakura blossom?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yes! I think it turned out kind of lopsided, though...
Izumi profile
Izumi
I think it looks fine! You did a great job, especially with the coloring.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Thank you, Izumi! Your candle looks very nice, too!
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Umm, I think I'm done with mine.
Muku profile
Muku
Me, too! Oh, Yuki your candle has such a pretty gradient!
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
Is everyone finished? Let's line them all up and see how they turned out!
Azuma profile
Azuma
Hehe. Even unlit, they look gorgeous together.
Izumi profile
Izumi
It's so intresting to see how everyone's candle is when they're next to each other like this!
Omi profile
Omi
Yeah, you're right. It'd be a waste not to take some good shots of these.
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
I'm gonna take a bunch and put them all on Instablam, too!
Yuki profile
Yuki
So when are we going to light them?
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
Umm, good question! How about we take them out to the courtyard at 10:00 and light them then?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Okay! Gosh, I'm so excited for our candle-lit party!
[To be continued...]
Part 2
[Lounge]
Izumi profile
Izumi
One more hour until our candle-lit party! I've been looking foward to it all day.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Me, too! We'll be able to smell how our scented candles turned out once we light them, right?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Yep! ...Huh?
Sakuya, did you just hear that? It sounded like thunder...
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
It did... It's getting really windy, too!
Izumi profile
Izumi
I hope a storm's not coming... The weather forecast said it was supposed to be clear all day!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
The sky's gotten so cloudy all of a sudden...
Oh, no! It's raining!
Izumi profile
Izumi
It's really coming down, too!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
What should we do, Izumi? At this rate, we won't be able to have our candle-lit party in the courtyard tonight!
Izumi profile
Izumi
I'm not sure...
[Thunder crash]
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Whoa!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Th-that scared me!
That was some thunder!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yeah... It came right after the flash of lightning, too, so the storm must be really close!
[Power goes out]
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
H-huh?!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Did the power go out?!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
I can't see anything! Izumi, are you okay?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Y-yeah, I'm fine.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
The breaker must have tripped. I'll go and flip it back!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Hang on. It's dangerous to walk around in the dark, so I'll go with you. Let me just grab a flashlight, and...
Huh? I could have sworn we left one out around here... Where is-ouch!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Izumi! Did you hurt yourself?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Sorry, no! I'm fine. I just bumped into the table!
I can't find the flashlight... I guess we have no choice but try to get to the breaker in the dark.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yeah...
How about we hold hands, then? That way, we'll have a lower chance of running into things!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Um, all right. We can try that out.
Oh! Was that you, Sakuya?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yes! Sorry, did I scare you when I touched your arm? I'm glad I was able to find you, though!
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Oh... Holding Sakuya's hand is making me feel a lot better. I guess I was more freaked out than I thought I was.)
Choice 1: I'm glad you're here. Choice 2: This is kind of scary.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Thank goodness you're here with me, Sakuya. If I were out here alone, I bet I'd be running around like a headless chicken! It's kind of nerve-wracking walking around in the dark like this, huh?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
I should be the one thanking you, Izumi. I wouldn't have known what to do by myself, either!
I feel a lot safer going to check out the breaker with you.
U-um, it might be really dark, but...I'll do my best to protect you, Izumi!
Yeah... My heart's beating really fast! That might not be because of the dark, though...
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Sakuya just squeezed my hand... How strange. It's such a small gesture, but I feel much calmer now.)
Thanks, Sakuya. I'm counting on you.
Sorry, what was that?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
O-Oh, nothing! Ah..haha!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Wait, I have an idea!
Why don't we use one of the candles we made this afternoon to light our way? They should still be on the table, right?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Oh, yeah! That'd help a lot, since we can't see anything in this dark.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Umm... Where are they...? Oh! I found them. I'm not sure whose candle this is, but...
This is an emergency, so I hope they don't mind us using it!
Izumi profile
Izumi
I remember we had a lighter somewhere around here, too.
Ah, here it is!
Phew! Now we can finally see where we're going!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Yeah, thank goodness. Let's get going, then.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Okay!
[To be continued...]
Part 3
[Hallway]
Izumi profile
Izumi
It's still pretty hard to see, huh? The candle light is a little weak...
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yeah... Even though I know we're just walking around the dorm, it still feels scary when it's so dark.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Since the building is pretty old, it creaks a lot, too. But we'll be okay! The breaker should be just up ahead.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
We're about to turn a corner, so be careful, Izumi!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Okay, thanks for warning me.
Huh? Did you just...hear something?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yes. It sounds like someone's coming from over there-
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Huh? WAAAUGH?!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Waaah!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Eeeek!
M-Matsukawa?! Is that you?!
Kamekichi profile
Kamekichi
Fire! It's fire! Are ya tryna roast me like a chicken?!
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Oh, it's just Sakuya and Izumi! Phew...! Boy, did you two take me by surprise!
Izumi profile
Izumi
That's our line! You freaked us out with that scream!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Izumi's right! I thought that my heart was going to leap out of my chest!
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
You two were coming to flip the breaker as well?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yes! This is it, right? I'll just switch it back on like so...
[Lights turn back on]
Izumi profile
Izumi
The lights are back! Thank goodness!
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Hoo boy, that's a relief!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Now that the lights are on again, let's head back to the lounge!
[Scene Change: Lounge]
Izumi profile
Izumi
The sound of thunder is getting farther away, and the rain isn't coming down as hard, either.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
I guess the storm's finally moving away. Yay! That means we can still have our candle-lit party!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Uh-huh! I'm sorry to see that the candle we used to light our way to the breaker has melted past the point of recognition...
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Oh, I didn't even notice. I-it kind of looks scary all warped like this...
Izumi profile
Izumi
Yeah... I wonder who originally made it, though?
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Ah! That's my candle!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
What?! Really? Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry we used it, Matsukawa!
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Hmm, I tried to make it look like Kamekichi, but it looks more like some monsterous beast melted down like that...
Kamekichi profile
Kamekichi
Are ya sayin' this thing's supposed to be me?! No way! I look nothin' like this ugly blob!
Muku profile
Muku
Oh, everyone's here...! I'm so glad to see you all!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Muku! Are you okay? That blackout was pretty scary, wasn't it?
Muku profile
Muku
I-it was! But I'm glad you're safe!
I-I... saw something, so I was really, really worried!
Izumi profile
Izumi
What did you see?
Muku profile
Muku
Um, w-well... When the electricity went out, I thought I would come out to the lounge to be safe, b-but when I was going down the hallway, I saw a g-ghost!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
A ghost?!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Hmm, but I don't remember seeing anything when Sakuya and I were heading toward the breaker...
Muku profile
Muku
I'm sure I saw it, though! There's no doubt it was a ghost. It even had a ball of really creepy fire floating in front of it...!
M-m-maybe it was the ghostly spirit of a candle!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Wait, could he be talking about us...?
Izumi profile
Izumi
I think so. He might have seen Matsukawa's candle after we lit it.
Muku profile
Muku
Wh-wh-what if it came here to possess someone? What if I was the one who brought it into our dorm?!
I bet the spirit got angry after it saw how I failed at making a beautiful candle, and it decided to lay an eternal and unbreakable curse on me...!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
H-hang on, Muku! That was actually-
Muku profile
Muku
This is all because of how clumsy and useless I am! I'm nothing but a half-melted wax left over from a candle stub...
Even my wick is burnt to an unusable crisp! As the last wisp of black smoke rises from me, it feels like my soul is evaporating from my body...!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Muku, come back to us! Don't go into the light! Muku!
[Story Clear]
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