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Prologue - Mankai Company
???: ...Dang it. Just can't find anywhere that meets my needs.
Izumi: !!
Izumi: (Oh, it's the guy who was looking for a troupe earlier today! I remember him mentioning dorms!)
Izumi: Hey! Long time no see, right? How'd you like to join a troupe with a dorm?
???: Huh?
???: Oh, I remember you...
Izumi: You were looking for a troupe earlier, right? Did you find one?
???: No, not yet. What's this about a troupe with its own dorm?
Manager: It's called the Mankai Company, and we welcome you with open arms!
Manager: The Mankai Company provides dormitory housing and two meals a day!
???: Two meals a day?
Izumi: That's right, good sir! What do you say?
Masumi: Who's this guy?
Izumi: A potential new troupe member.
Masumi: But I'm right here.
Izumi: We need more than you.
Masumi: Oh, so you'll take just anyone off the streets? That easy, huh?
Izumi: ...You could have phrased that in a million other ways, but here we are.
Masumi: What do you need anyone else for when you've got me?
Izumi: First of all, we met thirty minutes ago. Second of all, we really don't have time for this, Masumi!
Izumi: A-anyway! Don't mind him. More importantly, would you be willing to consider signing on with us?
???: I don't have any experience acting. Is that okay?
Sakuya: I hadn't really acted when I joined, too. You're not alone!
Manager: I've been acting for eight years, and I still have no idea what I'm doing!
Izumi: (I'm pretty sure that's a whole 'nother issue...)
???: I guess I should also mention that I'm an aspiring playwright, so I'd like to do some script writing.
Manager: Perfect, we could seriously use one!
Izumi: (There's no way his work could be worse than what they've got right now.)
Izumi: Sounds like you're a great fit. What do you say to being a playwright and actor?
???: Okay, I'm in!
Manager: Heck yeah!
???: Name's Tsuzuru Minagi.
Izumi: Nice to meet you, Tsuzuru!
Sakuya: Looking forward to working with you!
Masumi: I could write a script...
Izumi: You've made your point loud and clear, Masumi.
Izumi: The sun's setting. We'd better hustle back to the theater!
Tsuzuru: Wait, we're running?
Izumi: I'll explain why on the way there! Just run!
Tsuzuru: Sounds like there's a lot more to this story...
Masumi: Okay, I'm with you.
Sakuya: Let's hurry!
Manager: Huff...puff...
Izumi: You just started running like five seconds ago and you're already winded?
- - -
Furuichi: You didn't skip town. I'm impressed.
Sakuya: We're...on time...right?!
Manager: ...New...New...members...
Tsuzuru: Inhale and exhale, Manager.
Izumi: Whew...your new members...as promised!
Masumi: ...Here I am.
Furuichi You were grasping at straws, but I guess you found a needle in the haystack after all.
Manager: So you won't tear the place down?!
Izumi: Thank goodness.
Furuichi: Don't relax just yet. All I said was that I'd leave for today if you could assemble a roster.
Furuichi: As I explained earlier today, two new members won't be enough to keep this troupe going.
Manager: Aww, man!
Izumi: Come on!
Masumi: So we're done here?
Tsuzuru: I knew there'd be more to the story, but I didn't think it'd be such a short one.
Manager: And here I thought we'd be able to get a new Spring Troupe off the ground... So much for that... What a fiend, getting our hopes up just to dash 'em...
Furuichi: A new Spring Troupe?
Manager: Yeah! Now that we've got the troupe together, we can put on shows!
Furuichi: When's the new Spring Troupe's debut show?
Manager: Huh? Uhh. When do you think?
Izumi: You're asking me?!
Izumi: Hmm. Well, if we're doing a debut show, we'd need a good six months to get down the basics and rehearse.
Furuichi: Like hell I'm waiting that long.
Izumi: Look, people don't develop experience overnight. It takes time.
Furuichi: You've got until next month.
Izumi: What?
Furuichi: Train your asses off and put on a show by the end of next month.
Izumi: You're only giving us one month?! That's absurd!
Manager: You devil! You fiend! All this slow-burn tormenting, are you trying to market yourself as a sadist because you're sure doing a good job of it!
Furuichi: Oh, spare me the nonsensical accusations. I'm making a special exception here and giving you one last chance.
Furuichi: I've got three conditions. If you meet those, I'll consider giving you another payment extension.
Izumi: Fine. Give us your worst.
- - -
Izumi: (And that's how it all began. I had no idea about the excitement waiting just beyond the hardships in store.)
Izumi: (The many actors I would witness coming into bloom.)
Izumi: (Those three conditions led to so much more. And it was beyond anything I ever could have imagined.)
To be continued...

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