First Previous Chapter Next Chapter

Prologue - Mankai Company
Sakuya: Huff... huff...
Manager: Okay, Miss Director. Next question, please.
Izumi: Y-Yes. Of course. Uhh.
Izumi: (This is a bust. No one's biting, and Sakuya looks pretty tired. Maybe we should move on.)
Onlooker: ...
Izumi: Hm?
Izumi: (I feel eyes on me.)
Onlooker: ...
Izumi: (What a handsome boy. He really stands out.)
Izumi: (He's been watching us for a while now. A potential member?)
Izumi: Excuse me, um, are you interested in theater?
Onlooker: ...
Izumi: You've been watching us all this time, right?
Onlooker: Uh... er...
Izumi: (Did I say something weird? He won't look me in the eye at all.)
Sakuya: Wait, is that Masumi? Masumi Usui?
Izumi: You know him, Sakuya?
Sakuya: We've never talked, but he's a year below me at school.
Masumi: Who're you?
Sakuya: Oh... Guess you wouldn't know who I am, huh.
Izumi: Um, Masumi, was it? If you're interested in acting, how would you like to give our troupe a try?
Masumi: Are you in the troupe?
Izumi: I'm, uh, more of a helper, really...
Masumi: So you're not?
Manager: How can you say that, ma'am?! You're our chairwoman, our general director! Our visionary!
Izumi: Well, yeah, maybe in the script, but...
Izumi: (Why is he throwing even fancier titles than director on me?!)
Manager: Now there's no need to be modest! You're the creme de la creme!
Izumi: (I'm begging you, Matsukawa, lay off the titles! It's already hard enough being a make-believe director!)
Masumi: If you're in, I'm in.
Izumi: Wait, you're what?!
Manager: Heck yeah! That's one down!
Sakuya: Really, Masumi? You'd do that for us?!
Masumi: I never said anything about you.
Sakuya: M-Maybe not, but I'm still happy!
Izumi: (Oh dear. Wasn't really planning on joining a troupe today, let alone this one.)
Izumi: (But we need someone new right now, and it's not like it's my first lie of the day, right? It feels sneaky, but let's run with it.)
Izumi: Okay, well, would you be willing to join in on our street act?
Masumi: What do I do?
Izumi: All you have to do is play along with the conversation.
Masumi: 'Kay.
- - -
Izumi: (This guy's quick on the uptake. He's got good instincts and a great presence. This could work out nicely!)
Masumi: That good?
Izumi: Huh?
Masumi: What I just did. That good?
Izumi: Uh, yeah. Just keep the act going.
Masumi: 'Kay.
- - -
Masumi: How about this?
Izumi: You're doing fine, so quit asking every time!
Izumi: (...Okay, he's a little quirky, but he's got prospects.)
- - -
Izumi: (Oh no. The sun's starting to set.)
Manager: I think our time's up.
Sakuya: What, really?!
Masumi: Done already?
Izumi: (Oh no, the troupe really will go under at this rate! And right when we got Masumi to sign on!)
Izumi: (I have to do something. Gotta find someone, anyone!)

First Previous Chapter Next Chapter

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.