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Chapter 6 - 3 Cheers for Mankai Company!
[Lounge Hallway]
Banri profile
Banri
Damn, I'm beat...
Hm?
DM icon Kazunari
Kazunari
Hey hey! Just gave the message book to Hyodle. Take turns filling it out.
DM icon Banri
Banri
'Kay.
DM icon Kazunari
Kazunari
Oh, almost forgot. I'll give you the documents you asked for when we see each other next! LMK if you have any questions!
DM icon Banri
Banri
Thanks.
Banri profile
Banri
(I've gotta start doing some serious brain stormin' soon...)
(So Hyodo's go the book first, huh? I bet whatever he's writing's gonna be a load of crap...
[Scene Change: Banri and Juza's Room]
Juza profile
Juza
...
Banri profile
Banri
(He looks like a friggin' statue sittin' in front of that book. Is he done...?)
The hell? Your page's seriously still blank?
Juza profile
Juza
Agh!
Shuddup. And don't sneak up on me like that.
Banri profile
Banri
I came in here like usual.
Well, since I know you won't come up with anythin' good, just hand it over to me already.
Juza profile
Juza
What'd you just say?
Banri profile
Banri
Call it quits already. We'll just say that you wrote somethin' in invisible ink.
Juza profile
Juza
You son of a-
Banri profile
Banri
If you don't like that idea, then hurry the hell up. You're holdin' the rest of us up.
Juza profile
Juza
I was about to start writin' before your annoying ass showed up.
Banri profile
Banri
Sure you were.
(Man, gotta think about what I should write for Izumi, too...)
(I'm surprised I held my ground here for a whole year. I've never stuck with anythin' for so long.)
(Actually, this might be my first time cooperatin' and workin' with a group of people like this.)
(Even my sister was surprised the last time she came home and I told her I'm still acting)
(Hell, I don't really get it myself, but acting just never gets boring.)
(And to think I had literally zero intrest in it before I joined...)
...
Juza profile
Juza
...
Banri profile
Banri
(Man, if I hadn't been pickin' fights with Hyodo and followed him to the Mankai Company auditions that day, I wouldn't be here today.)
(And if Izumi hadn't chased after me when I left the dorm or I didn't watch Hyodo's portrait...)
(I probably wouldn't still be acting now.)
[Flashback]
Banri profile
Banri
Izumi, give it to me straight. How do I beat him?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Banri...
Banri profile
Banri
C'mon. What's the trick?
Izumi profile
Izumi
First, you have to get your head in the game. After that, all you have to do is want to do well. And something tells me you already meet at least one of those requirements.
Banri profile
Banri
...
I dunno what it is, but somethin' about watchin' Hyodo's portrait got me all fired up. Haven't felt this worked up since the time he kicked my ass.
Oh, this ain't over. Not by a long shot.
[Flashback end]
Banri profile
Banri
(The old me wouldn't believe his eyes seein' me workin' my ass off with others to put on performances.)
(Standin' on stage with the Autumn Troupe... Anxiously waitin' for showtime from the wings... The exitement of the curtain call on closing night...)
(Past me would've had no idea what any of those things feel like.)
(The reason I'm still acting is all thanks to a buncha coincidences.)
(Nah, I guess it's more like luck...)
(Pfft. The hell am I even sayin'?)
Juza profile
Juza
...
Banri profile
Banri
(He's gotta be done by now...right?)
You finished? ...The hell?! Your page is still blank!
[Mini Timeskip]
Juza profile
Juza
Here. I'm done
Banri profile
Banri
Huh?
Juza profile
Juza
Don't go sleepin' on me.
Banri profile
Banri
It's your fault for takin' so damn long! I thought the sun'd be up by the time you were done.
Juza profile
Juza
Hurry it up so the next person can use it.
Banri profile
Banri
The hell kinda bullshit is that when you're the one who took ages to finish?!
Juza profile
Juza
Hmph.
Banri profile
Banri
Tch.
...
Juza profile
Juza
(He's just gonna start? It took me forever to think of what to write.)
(Tch, why's he so good at everythin' ...?)
(He wasn't even into acting at first and still pulled off his audition.)
(I knew there was no way in hell I was gonna lose to some unmotivated asshole, no matter how good he was at acting.)
(But eventually, his acting started to change.)
(It pisses me off to admit it, but his acting's improved a ton ever since he started takin' it seriously.)
(And that's just gotten me even more determined to beat him.)
(Honestly, it's probably 'cause of his acting that I've been able to get better too, but I'll die before I ever admit that.)
(Seein' him constantly improve forces me to see the difference in our potential.)
(Must be nice bein' naturally talented at everythin'...)
(I'm seriously grateful to Izumi for giving me a chance even though I had none of that talent.)
[Flashback]
Juza profile
Juza
...Yeah I know I suck. But I still wanna act. Please, put me in the troupe. I'm begging you.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Whoa...
Juza profile
Juza
Please!
Izumi profile
Izumi
The most important things to have him in this business are a love for theater and a drive to improve yourself. You've got both of those in spades. You're in.
[Flashback end]
Juza profile
Juza
(Thanks to Izumi, my dream of actin' on stage's finally come true. I'll bet Settsu doesn't even know how good that feels.)
(That's why I'll keep improvin' my skills in my own way. A way totally different than Settsu's...)
(I've still got lotsa room to grow, but I'll do my best to thank Izumi for her kindness somehow.)
Banri profile
Banri
A'ight, that's that.
And I did it all in a minute compared to how many eons it took you.
Juza profile
Juza
You were fast, but I know that I didn't take me that long.
Banri profile
Banri
It's a figure of speech, idiot!
Juza profile
Juza
I bet you just BS'd a buncha crap anyway.
Banri profile
Banri
The hell'd you just say? It's way better than the shit you've got down.
Juza profile
Juza
Hmph. Hurry and pass it on already.
Banri profile
Banri
Why're you still talkin' like I'M the slowpoke?!
[Scene Change: Lounge Hallway]
Banri profile
Banri
Damn, now we're behind schedule, no thanks to Hyodo...
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Ooh... Woe is me, the busy bee...
Banri profile
Banri
Huh?
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
I gotta hurry...
Banri profile
Banri
Why're you here in such a rush?
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Whoa?!
I-I-I'm not rushing for anything! Nothing suspicious going on here, nope! I mean, of course not! Why would there be? Hahaha...!
Banri profile
Banri
Dude, that grave of yours is just gettin' deeper the more you blab...
Isuke profile
Matsukawa
Well, look at the time! I-I have to get things ready. See you!
Banri profile
Banri
Get things ready? For what? Not like we got plays comin' up or anythin'...
[To be continued...]
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