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Prologue - Mankai Company
Izumi: (Let's see. Where's the theater? I know the flyer had a map on it.)
Izumi: The Mankai Theater.
Izumi: (Is it at the very end of Veludo Way? Only one way to find out.)
Izumi: (So this is Veludo Way, the Theater Heartland. Apparently I came here when I was younger, but I sure don't remember a thing about it.)
Izumi: (It lives up to the hype. Theaters as far as the eye can see! This is going to take a while. I'd better check every building sign to be safe.)
Out-of-Sorts Man: Urgh...
Izumi: Hm?
Izumi: (He's bent over. Is he sick?)
Izumi: Sir? Are you okay?
Out-of-Sorts Man: I...I'm good...
Izumi: (His face tells an entirely different story.)
???: Something wrong. ma'am?
Izumi: This guy looks like he's in pretty bad shape.
Out-of-Sorts Man: No, really, I'm good.
Panicked Boy: Tasuku!
Izumi: Hm?
Izumi: (They must know each other.)
Tasuku: Haruto...
Haruto: You know you're not supposed to sneak out of the hospital!
Izumi: Wait, what?
Tasuku: Look, it's either that or I spend my whole life cooped up in there.
Izumi: (Okay, this is WAY more complicated than I expected. Or is it? Something feels off..)
???: Hey, um...
Passerby A: Ooh, check it out. It's a street act.
Passerby B: Oh wow, I saw those guys in a play the other day!
Izumi: (Wait, did they say street act?)
Izumi: (Ooohh, I get it now!)
???: You think they'll be okay?
Izumi: Yeah, let's give them some space.
???: Are you sure?
Izumi: Yeah, come on. Watch how this plays out.
???: If you say so...
Tasuku: Come clean with me! My condition is incurable, isn't it?
Haruto: That's not true!
Tasuku: Don't lie to me, Haruto. I saw you and the doctor talking.
Haruto: You did?
Tasuku: Blissfully ignorant isn't how I wanna go out. I want to know what's wrong with me.
Tasuku: Please, Haruto. Please.
Haruto: Not here. We're making a scene. Let's talk in the hospital.
Tasuku: ...Fine.
Izumi: (Aaand, scene.)
Tasuku: Thank you for watching.
Haruto: Thanks, guys!
Passerby A: Man, the actors in the God Troupe are crazy good.
Passerby B: Their acting just draws you in!
Izumi: (It's true. I felt like I was part of the story! And I was, sorta!)
???: Wait, acting? That was a play?
Izumi: It's called a street act. Basically, it's a roadside improv performance.
Izumi: Troupes do them for advertising and extra tips.
???: Oh, wow! So, it's like a theatrical flash mob!
Izumi: Exactly. It happens a lot in cities with a lot of smaller theaters. Really throws you for a loop the first time you see it, huh?
???: Wow... That's the drama street for you, I guess. I've got a lot to learn.
Tasuku: Hey, sorry if we spooked you two, And thanks.
Haruto: I was sweating when I showed up and saw you talking with some pedestrians.
Tasuku: Well, maybe if you hadn't taken so long showing up I wouldn't have had to.
Haruto: Oh, so you're saying this is MY fault?
Izumi: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't spooked a bit, but I had a great time.
Tasuku: You're welcome to come see the God Troupe perform anytime.
Izumi: Sure thing!
???: Excuse me, um, is the God Troupe accepting new actors right now?
Haruto: Yeah, why? You wanna join?
Tasuku: I was thinking about it. Do you have a group dorm or anything?
Haruto: Not really. Those not living with their parents tend to rent apartments together nearby.
Haruto: Only a select few have steady income. Most have to lean hard on family support to get by.
???: Oh, wow...
Haruto: Course, it's a whole 'nother story if you've got the experience and chops to back you up.
???: I see, Thanks for the info.
???: I'll be going, then.
Tasuku: Thanks again.
Izumi: (He wants to join a troupe, huh. He reminds me of myself, back in the day.)
Izumi: (I should give these guys a tip, too. They deserve it.)
Haruto: Thank you, have a nice day!
Izumi: (These boys have flair and acting skill in spades. They've got to be popular, right? I guess competition is hot on Veludo Way.)
Izumi: (Now I'm even more excited about the play I'm catching!)
Izumi: (Here it is. The Mankai Theater...I think.)
Izumi: (It looks very... historic? Old? Who am I kidding... It's falling apart!)
Izumi: (There's a performance today, but I don't see anyone around. I think I may see a tumbleweed or two, though.)
Izumi: (If I came all the way out here just to find out this letter is a prank, I swear...)
Izumi: The Mankai Company. That's the troupe Dad used to be a part of, right?
Izumi: Whoever sent this letter addressed it to Dad. That means they know him. I could find something out if I met with them in person.
Haruto: Do what you want, sweetie. I want no part of it, though.
Izumi: Mom, it's been eight years since Dad disappeared. Aren't you worried about him?
Haruto: He's probably dead in a ditch somewhere for all I care. I moved on, and so should you.
Izumi: (For as hard as Mom comes down on the guy, I'm sure she's just as worried as I am.)
Izumi: (Isuke Matsukawa is the name of the sender. What's his relation to Dad? Did they work in the same troupe?)
???: Hey, you've got some business with this theater?
Izumi: Er-
Izumi: Excuse me, are you Mr. Matsu...
Yakuza-Looking Guy: Am I who?
Izumi: (No...Please no. Don't let it be this guy!)
Yakuza-Looking Guy: Do I know you...? No, it couldn't be...
Izumi: Me? No way! It's not like I got a letter or anything telling me to come here. I'm just your friendly neighborhood Passerby A, just... passing by. Nothing to see here.
Izumi: (Don't tell me Dad wound up in debt to this guy?! If that's how this story is going I'm out!)
Yakuza-Looking Guy: If you're not here for anything, then get lost if you know what's good for you.
Izumi: What? But, why?
???: EEEK!
???: Hey, hey, hey!
Izumi: ?!
Izumi: (What's that noise?!)
Izumi: (Is that a backhoe?!)

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