Chapter 6 - 3 Cheers for Mankai Company!
[Tasuku and Tsumugi's Room]
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Hey, Tasuku. I've always thought so, but doesn't Sakyo have really nice handwriting?
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Does he?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Take a look at this.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Oh, you're right. Actually, this is the first time I've seen his writing.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Really?
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Yeah. Anyway, do you already know what you're going to write?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Mm-hm. I'm planning to put these pressed flowers in with my message, too.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
It must be nice to be so artsy.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Have you decided what to write?
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
I'm no good at thinking things up for these things.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
This reminds me when we had to turn in yearbook messages in elementary school. Someone from the student council kept coming to bug you to turn yours in.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
It's not my fault I never know what to write.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
And in the end, you only wrote one sentence. If I remembered correctly, it was just "Thank you", right?
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Hey, forget about me and focus on your message.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Hehe. I'm on it
...
(How has it already been a year since I joined the Mankai Company? It feels like just yesterday...)
(I joined so I could act again but ended up running into Tasuku... That was a really awkward and painful reunion honestly...)
(Back then, I never would've believed we'd be able to act together like we used to.)
(It was a shock and a lot of pressure when our first performance ended up being an act-off with the God Troupe...)
(But that experience helped me affirm my desire to put everything I've got into theater...)
[Flashback]
Izumi profile
Izumi
Are you tense or nervous?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
I guess I AM pretty tense.
But I want to be here. That's all I'm thinking about right now.
[Flashback end]
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
(As I told Izumi that, all of my uncertainty dissapeared.)
(I won't let my feelings waver anymore, and I'll never let go of this chance I've been given. No matter what happens, I'll keep getting on the stage.)
"I was able to find my way back on stage because of your help. Thank you so much."
"I won't shy away and will continue to act from now on, too."
...There we go.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
You're done already?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Yup. Here you go.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
...That wasn't enough for me to brainstorm.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
(I'm so glad I'll get to continue performing with Tasuku and the rest of the Winter Troupe!)
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
...
(Having to write my message right after Tsumugi's is going to make my page loo even more depressing... What should I do?)
(Writing a message for Izumi... Talk about easier said than done.)
(But I mean, of course I'm grateful for her. Her passion towards theater always drives me to strive to improve my acting as well.)
(I only chose to audition for the Mankai Company because nowhere else would take me in, but I'm glad things worked out this way.)
(Compared to my time at the God Troupe, I'm able to freely express my opinions and act the way I want to here.)
(The God Troupe's hierarchical structure was stifling, and no one dared challenge Mr. Kamikizaka.)
(The only roles I was given were princely characters, too.)
(I gained a lot of female fans because of that, but it was really hard on me.)
(I've never been good at dealing with women, so interacting with those fans stressed me out a lot.)
(Thinking back now makes me realize how easy it is to talk with Izumi. Even if we have differing opinions on acting, we aren't afraid to share them.)
(She never shies away from anything.)
[Flashback]
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
I knew Tsumugi was acting funny after the God Troupe audition, but I couldn't say anything to him.
Anything I said would come out as bragging since I passed and he didn't. I didn't have the heart to speak up.
And then Tsumugi went on to quit theater, and I beat myself up for never talking to him.
But I couldn't bear to face that regret. All I could do was lash out at Tsumugi for being a quitter.
Izumi profile
Izumi
If you regretted it once, you should know better than to do the same thing again.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
...
Izumi profile
Izumi
You couldn't talk to him then, but you certainly can now.
Don't let there be any room for more regrets.
[Flashback end]
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
(If Izumi hadn't encouraged me back then, I don't think I would've been able to make amends with Tsumugi.)
(And if we hadn't been able to air things out and pull ourselves together as a troupe, we probably would've lost the act-off with the God Troupe, too.)
(Everything worked out because of Izumi...)
(It's not just rehersals she helps us out with. Izumi's overall impact on this troupe is huge.)
...
"Let's have a great second year, too. - Tasuku Takato"
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
You done?
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Yeah.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Let me see.
Oh. You wrote something longer than what you did for our elementary school yearbook.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
What are you grinning about?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Nothing. I was just thinking how it's so like you to keep things nice and simple.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Ler's give this to the other guys.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Wait a sec.
DM icon Tsumugi
Tsumugi
Homare, Hisoka, are you in your room?
DM icon Hisoka
Hisoka
Yeah. Just woke up. Arisu's not here.
DM icon Tsumugi
Tsumugi
We're done with the message book, so we'll bring it to you now.
DM icon Hisoka
Hisoka
Okay.
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Hisoka's in their room. Let's go.
[Scene change: Living Room]
Tetsuro profile
Tetsuro
...
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Oh, it's Tetsuro.
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
That's strange. We're not getting ready for a performance or anything, so what's he doing here?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Hello.
Tetsuro profile
Tetsuro
...
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Are you here to see Izumi or Matsukawa?
Tetsuro profile
Tetsuro
...!
...
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
Huh?
Tetsuro profile
Tetsuro
...
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Oh, there he goes...
Tasuku profile
Tasuku
What was that about...?
Tsumugi profile
Tsumugi
Um, I'm not sure... I couldn't tell what he was trying to say...
[To be continued...]
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