|3 Cheers for Mankai Company!|
|Looks like everyone's here. Let's get started.|
Thanks for making the time for this meeting, everyone.
We're here so we can talk about the next week's event celebrating our first anniversary as the renewed Mankai Company.
|Isn't everythin' for the party already set?|
|All preperations have been going smoothly so far.|
|They are, but I was thinking it'd be nice if all of us surprised Izumi with a collective gift at the party.|
|Huh, so that's why you called us here.|
|I already gave her a personal thank-you gift, but a present from all of us would be awesome, too!|
|What? When did you give her one?|
|Huh? You didn't give her anything, Tenten?|
|I, uh, well...|
|Oh, please. Stop pretending as if you didn't. I bet you thought you were the only one who gave her a gift.|
|Hey! Keep your assumptions to yourself!|
|I gave her something, too!|
|I guess everyone had the same idea.|
|Still, I'm sure she'd appreciate a collective present from all of us.|
|...Should we all pitch in a little money?|
|We'd end up with quite the budget since there's twenty of us.|
|Just gotta figure out what to get her.|
|I'm pretty sure we already gave her a pretty wide range of stuff.|
|We could fold her a thousand origami cranes!|
|I don't think it's the right occasion for that!|
|Umm... How about we make her a message book?|
|What would that be like?|
|One of my classmates is about to transfer schools, so we each wrote a page-long message in a notebook as a farewell present for them.
They loved it, so maybe we could do the same for Izumi.
|That's not a bad idea.|
|It would indeed be more heartfelt than something that is simply store-bought.|
|My feelings for her can't be reduced to just one page... I'll need at least ten books.|
|Even one book is not enough?!|
|Even if it was one book, I bet it'd be as thick as a dictionary...|
|I'm pretty sure she doesn't need that cluttering her room.|
|U-uh, yeah... It'll be a lot easier for her to get through if we just stick to one book from all of us.|
|Why don't we have a battle to see who can win Izumi over using only a single page as a rule?|
I'm not going to lose to any of you. I'll cram my ten books' worth of feeling onto one sheet...
|Yep. GL with that.|
|You've gotten really good at handling Masumi, Itaru.|
|It's child's play, really.|
|Let's go buy her a book and get started ASAP!|
|Great idea. We can take turns writing in it starting with the Spring Troup. Please make sure to have your messages done before the party.|
|Huh? Why are you all here?|
|Crap, we need to think of something...|
|Wh-what's wrong with being in here? We're just playing red rover!|
|Red rover, red rover...!|
|Send Taichi right over!|
|Y-yeah! Here I come!|
|Couldn't come up with anythin' better...?|
|Uh, okay? Looks like you're having the time of your lives.
Oh, almost forgot. It's a good thing you're all here.
Some contractors are going to be working on the theater starting tomorrow, so you won't be able to go inside for a while.
|Contractors? What for?|
|I'm having them do a safety check on our equipment.|
|Makes sense. Our theater's as beat up and neglected as an outdated console...|
|At night, it looks like some haunted and abandoned ruins.|
|And sittin' in those chairs for too long's a literal pain in the ass.|
|Let's save up so we can do some major remodeling!|
|We should replace those chairs with leather sofas of the highest quality.|
|Keep dreaming. There's no way we could afford that with our budget.|
|[To be continued...]|
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