Chapter 4 - 3 Cheers for Mankai Company!
[Tenma & Yuki's Room]
Sakuya
DM icon Sakuya
Are you in your room right now?
Tenma
DM icon Tenma
Yeah.
Sakuya
DM icon Sakuya
We're done with our messages, so I'll bring the book to you now!
Tenma
DM icon Tenma
All right.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Here you go. Time for the Summer Troupe to write their messages.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Dang, that sure was fast... Wait, why's the first page completely black?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
That's Misumi's page. He poured his entire heart into it...
Yuki profile
Yuki
His heart's full of some pretty heavy stuff, that's for sure.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Citron's calligraphy looks great. No idea what he was trying to say, though.
Yuki profile
Yuki
What a way to start off our book.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Everyone's writing in the way that's most natural to them, so feel free to do whatever you'd like. Anyways, see you later.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Okay, thanks.
[Sakuya leaves]
Tenma profile
Tenma
...
Yuki profile
Yuki
I bet your message is going to be so boring, it'll just get lost in everyone else's pages.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Yeah, right!
Yuki profile
Yuki
I mean, look at you. I bet you suck at stuff like this.
Tenma profile
Tenma
H-hey! A true star's able to stand out in a message book just as much as they do on stage!
Yuki profile
Yuki
You're making no sense, but whatever floats your boat.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Grr...
Yuki profile
Yuki
You should get started on that.
Tenma profile
Tenma
I don't need you to tell me!
(Geez, can that brat ever not be annoying? This'll be a piece of cake for me...)
...
(Now that it's actually time for me to write, I'm kind of at a loss.)
(A year's passed already... Weird to think of it that way. After all, I never had to act, eat, and sleep under the same roof with my peers for work.)
(Spending so much time with everyone's gotten me closer to them, and it's even helped improve my acting.)
(I initially joined the troupe because I wanted to get over my fear of being on stage, but I didn't think I'd benefit in so many other ways, too.)
(After the big fiasco of a dress rehersal for our first performance, I was afraid I'd never be able to overcome my phobia...)
[Flashback]
Izumi profile
Izumi
But that doesn't make you a coward. It just means you've got pride in your work.
Tenma profile
Tenma
...
Izumi profile
Izumi
That's something all actors should strive for, if you ask me. It's nothing to be ashamed of.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Even so, I want to conquer this fear of mine. I need to.
Izumi profile
Izumi
While I don't think you'll ever have the perfect performance, you can always put on the best show possible. That might be even better in some ways.
Tenma profile
Tenma
What do you mean?
Izumi profile
Izumi
You'll see what I mean when you're out there.
Tenma, you can conquer your fear, easy. And we'll be right there to back you up. All right?
[Flashback end]
Tenma profile
Tenma
(I changed because of those words... Izumi made me realize that I'm never alone on stage.)
(Now that I know I've got the best guys to help back me up.I've got nothing to fear.)
(Closing night wouldn't have been such a success if it wasn't for them and Izumi.)
(Sure, they can be annoying and get on my nerves somethimes, but... Actually, I guess they're pretty much ALWAYS annoying as hell.)
...
Yuki profile
Yuki
...What?
Tenma profile
Tenma
It's nothing.
Yuki profile
Yuki
You done yet?
Tenma profile
Tenma
A-almost.
Yuki profile
Yuki
It looks like you've barely written anything at all.
Tenma profile
Tenma
...
"As the lone box-office star here, I'll make sure the Mankai Company will be just as successful this year, too.
Okay, done! Your turn.
Yuki profile
Yuki
You took that long and only wrote this much? Boooring.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Hey, rude! My message is full of my personality and charm!
Yuki profile
Yuki
Yeah, I guess it does reek of your celeb vibes.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Excuse me?!
[Mini Timeskip]
Yuki profile
Yuki
All right...
Tenma profile
Tenma
...What are those?
Yuki profile
Yuki
Reading this endless amount of black text is going to bore her to death. I wanted to decorate my page with colored markers and stickers.
Tenma profile
Tenma
Hey... That's not fair if you're the only one doing that!
Yuki profile
Yuki
Huh? What are you going on about?
Tenma profile
Tenma
I wanna use those, too!
Yuki profile
Yuki
Be my guest.
Tenma profile
Tenma
You should've told me you had these before I started. Let's see... Which sticker is the most eye-catching...?
Yuki profile
Yuki
(Ugh, watching the hack trying to pick out cute stickers is giving me goosebumps... Gross...)
(...Kind of hard to believe I've been collecting stickers since elementary school. I have quite a lot of them now.)
(Everyone made fun of me when I took these out at school...)
(But no one in this troupe has ever batted an eyelash at them. Or anything else I do. Then again, there are ton of guys even weirder than me around here.)
(It's not like I'm not used to being teased, but...it's way nicer not to have to deal with it all.)
(I honestly wasn't too intrested in acting when I was first asked to join the troupe...)
(But look at me now. I wonder when I started loving performing as much as I do...)
(In fact, acting on stage has become just as fun to me as designing costumes.)
(In fact, acting on stage has become just as fun to me as designing costumes.)
(I can't say that I favor one over the other anymore.)
[Flashback]
Yuki profile
Yuki
All my life, making clothes has been the one thing I'm good at-the one thing I could do better than everyone else.
No matter what kinds of insults got thrown my way, I never cared because I knew I was good.
Clothing is what I pride myself on the most... But still...
I don't wanna give up on this play! I want to see it through! Acting is just as important to me as making clothes.
That's why I can't give up on them. I want to do them both.
Kazunari profile
Kazunari
Yukki...
Yuki profile
Yuki
...I need help. Please.
[Flashback end]
Yuki profile
Yuki
(I'm so greatful I feel comfortable enough to do anything I want in whatever way I want in this troupe.)
(I'd be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying myself at least a little. And the friends I've mafe here aren't half-bad, either.)
...
Tenma profile
Tenma
How's this? Now my page is gonna stand out more than anyone else's!
Yuki profile
Yuki
You placed all your stickers so haphazardly... It looks like a kindergardener's art project.
Tenma profile
Tenma
You take that back!
Yuki profile
Yuki
(I'm real thankful that Izumi took me in. And I guess I feel the same about this hack here, too.)
[To be continued...]
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