|Chapter 2 - Sakuya's Family Situation|
|This is our dorm.|
|Wow, it's huge.|
|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.
|Twelve rooms? Does the Spring Troupe get all of them?|
|Nope, each sub-group gets three rooms, with two people a room.|
|Is this where you've been staying, Sakuya?|
|Yes ma'am. I use room 101. I moved in the other day, and it was pretty easy since I packed light.|
|I've got stuff stored in a coin locker, so I'd like to grab a room here tonight.|
|Be my guest! You've got your pick of rooms.|
|Great, I'll take 102, then. The one by the stairs.|
|Guess I'll be expected to live here, too?|
|There's a room on the second floor that Yukio used to stay in. Say the word and it's yours.|
|My dad's room, huh...|
|I'll take that room, too.|
|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.
|It is NOT cool.
Sakuya, you've already gotten the okay from your parents, right?
|Well, um, not exactly..|
|Wait, you haven't told them you're here?!|
|I can't believe it!|
|You of all people should've known this already! You know you're one step away from getting arresting for abducting a minor, right?|
|WHAT?! Oh god, oh man... Oh geez, what a mess!|
|Sakuya, your parents must be worried sick about you. We need to call them ASAP. Give me their contact info.|
|Are they at home right now?|
|They probably are.|
|Okay, I'll give them a call now then.|
|Sakuya's family||Hello, this is the Yoshinaga residence.|
|(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?|
|(Uh-oh. Sounds like she has no idea. I should probably just jump in and explain everything to her.|
|...And that's the long and short of it. Would you be willing to give your permission?|
|Sakuya's family||Does it cost money?|
|Nope, room and board are part of the employee compensation package.|
|Sakuya's family||I guess it's okay, then.|
|(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.|
|Absolutely. That's the plan.|
|Sakuya's family||Okay, great. Is that all?|
|Would you like me to put Sakuya on the line?|
|Sakuya's family||No, I'm good. Have a good evening.|
|(That was... strange. Could she have sounded less interested?)
Okay, Sakuya, I've cleared it with your family, so you're good to go.
|Oh, that's a relief... Thank you for calling for me.|
|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?)
|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.|
|Ah, that explains it.|
|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.
|(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.
|Oh gosh, I wouldn't want that!|
|Neither would I.|
|Then it's up to us to keep that from happening!
Masumi, you're next. Can you give me your family's contact info.
|We just started dating, and you want to meet my parents already?|
|That is definitely not why I'm asking, and we are definitely NOT dating!|
|Fine, here you go. Doubt they'll pick up, though.|
|Is there a better time to reach them?|
|They're busy, and there's a time difference, so I can never get ahold of them. Just leave a voicemail.|
|A time difference? They're overseas?|
|Yeah, right now they should be... yeah, I forgot.|
|Guess I'll just try calling.|
(Well, he warned me. I'll just leave a voicemail.
|I left a message, but just to be safe I'd suggest you stay at home tonight.|
|Nobody's gonna be there anyway.|
|Really? In that case, you're better off spending the night here.|
|Room 103's still open. You want it?|
|If I'm not sharing a room with her, I don't care where I stay.|
|If everything goes to plan we're going to get more new people, so these rooms are all going to be filled eventually.|
|I wouldn't mind rooming with Masumi.|
|I'm cool with it, too.|
|Hmm. Let's settle this with a good old fashioned rock-paper-scissors. Whoever matches will share a room.
Ready? Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!
|Okay, Masumi and Tsuzuru will be rooming together for the time being.|
|If that's what you want.|
|Looks like we're all set then.|
|Food. I'm hungry! Hey, feed me somethin'!|
|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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