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Chapter 2 - Sakuya's Family Situation
Isuke profile
Manager
This is our dorm.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Wow, it's huge.
Isuke profile
Manager
The first floor has the practice room, the lounge, and the communal bath.
Since the kitchen's next to the lounge, we pretty much eat all of our meals here.
There's six dorms on the first floor, and six on the second for a total of twelve rooms.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Twelve rooms? Does the Spring Troupe get all of them?
Isuke profile
Manager
Nope, each sub-group gets three rooms, with two people a room.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Is this where you've been staying, Sakuya?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yes ma'am. I use room 101. I moved in the other day, and it was pretty easy since I packed light.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
I've got stuff stored in a coin locker, so I'd like to grab a room here tonight.
Isuke profile
Manager
Be my guest! You've got your pick of rooms.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Great, I'll take 102, then. The one by the stairs.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Guess I'll be expected to live here, too?
Isuke profile
Manager
There's a room on the second floor that Yukio used to stay in. Say the word and it's yours.
Izumi profile
Izumi
My dad's room, huh...
Masumi profile
Masumi
I'll take that room, too.
Izumi profile
Izumi
No, you won't!
First off, you're still in high school, Masumi. You need your parents' permission to stay in a dorm at all.
Masumi profile
Masumi
It's cool.
Izumi profile
Izumi
It is NOT cool.
Sakuya, you've already gotten the okay from your parents, right?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Well, um, not exactly..
Izumi profile
Izumi
Wait, you haven't told them you're here?!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
No, ma'am...
Isuke profile
Manager
I can't believe it!
Izumi profile
Izumi
You of all people should've known this already! You know you're one step away from getting arresting for abducting a minor, right?
Isuke profile
Manager
WHAT?! Oh god, oh man... Oh geez, what a mess!
Izumi profile
Izumi
Sakuya, your parents must be worried sick about you. We need to call them ASAP. Give me their contact info.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
...Yes ma'am.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Are they at home right now?
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
They probably are.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Okay, I'll give them a call now then.
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Sakuya's family Hello, this is the Yoshinaga residence.
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Yoshinaga? Weird, that's not Sakuya's last name.
Hi, sorry to call so late. I'm Izumi Tachibana, from the Mankai Company troupe.
Sakuya's family Uh, what? A troupe?
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Uh-oh. Sounds like she has no idea. I should probably just jump in and explain everything to her.
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Izumi profile
Izumi
...And that's the long and short of it. Would you be willing to give your permission?
Sakuya's family Does it cost money?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Nope, room and board are part of the employee compensation package.
Sakuya's family I guess it's okay, then.
Izumi profile
Izumi
(That was... surprisingly easy. It was like the money part's all tha matters to her.)
Sakuya's family Just keep him in school, will you? I wouldn't want anyone asking questions about me.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Absolutely. That's the plan.
Sakuya's family Okay, great. Is that all?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Would you like me to put Sakuya on the line?
Sakuya's family No, I'm good. Have a good evening.
Izumi profile
Izumi
(That was... strange. Could she have sounded less interested?)
Okay, Sakuya, I've cleared it with your family, so you're good to go.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Oh, that's a relief... Thank you for calling for me.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Do you need to reach out to anyone else?
(That woman had a different last name, after all. Maybe he has another set of parents?)
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
No, I'm fine. I lost my parents when I was young, and I've been living with my relatives ever since. That's why our names are different.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Ah, that explains it.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
I've been staying with my current family for the past six months, but I've spent most of it crashing with friends. I don't go home much.
This is the first time I've had a room of my very own. It's nice, actually. I'll pull my weight as part of the troupe, you can count on that.
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Sounds like things are pretty complicated at home.)
I sure hope so, because this dorm's not sticking around much longer if the troupe doesn't.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Oh gosh, I wouldn't want that!
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Neither would I.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Then it's up to us to keep that from happening!
Masumi, you're next. Can you give me your family's contact info.
Masumi profile
Masumi
We just started dating, and you want to meet my parents already?
Izumi profile
Izumi
That is definitely not why I'm asking, and we are definitely NOT dating!
Masumi profile
Masumi
Fine, here you go. Doubt they'll pick up, though.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Is there a better time to reach them?
Masumi profile
Masumi
They're busy, and there's a time difference, so I can never get ahold of them. Just leave a voicemail.
Izumi profile
Izumi
A time difference? They're overseas?
Masumi profile
Masumi
Yeah, right now they should be... yeah, I forgot.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Guess I'll just try calling.
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Izumi profile
Izumi
...
(No answer...)
(Well, he warned me. I'll just leave a voicemail.
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Izumi profile
Izumi
I left a message, but just to be safe I'd suggest you stay at home tonight.
Masumi profile
Masumi
Nobody's gonna be there anyway.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Really? In that case, you're better off spending the night here.
Isuke profile
Manager
Room 103's still open. You want it?
Masumi profile
Masumi
If I'm not sharing a room with her, I don't care where I stay.
Izumi profile
Izumi
If everything goes to plan we're going to get more new people, so these rooms are all going to be filled eventually.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
I wouldn't mind rooming with Masumi.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
I'm cool with it, too.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Hmm. Let's settle this with a good old fashioned rock-paper-scissors. Whoever matches will share a room.
Ready? Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Paper.
Masumi profile
Masumi
Rock?
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Rock.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Okay, Masumi and Tsuzuru will be rooming together for the time being.
Masumi profile
Masumi
If that's what you want.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Sure thing.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Looks like we're all set then.
Kamekichi profile
Kamekichi
Food. I'm hungry! Hey, feed me somethin'!
Isuke profile
Manager
Oh, look at the time!
Okay, guys! Sit back while I'll throw together a feast to celebrate our new director and troupe members!
To be continued...
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