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First Guest Appearance Part 1
[Mankai Dormitory Lounge: Afternoon]
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Izumi
Okay, so I've gotta check the props and the staging...and the meeting time with the stagehands...
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Izumi
Ugh, so busy...
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Izumi
(Not only are preparations for the Spring Troupe's play in full swing...)
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Izumi
(But the other theater troupe I always help out with is putting on a play on their own at the same time.)
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Izumi
They always help us out, too. I want to lend them a hand, but I do need to prioritize the Spring Troupe's play... What should I do?
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Sakuya
Hi, Izumi!
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Izumi
Hey, Sakuya! You just got back?
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Izumi
...Actually, you seem a bit down. What's up?
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Sakuya
O-oh, sorry! I didn't realize I was so easy to read...
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Izumi
Is everything okay?
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Sakuya
Uhh...
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Izumi
I just made some tea. How about we sit and have a chat?
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Sakuya
Thank you!
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Sakuya
So, basically... After talking to my friend, I've started thinking about where I'm going in the future.
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Izumi
(I guess Sakuya's at the age where he has to start thinking about these things. I wish there was some sort of advice I could give him...)
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Izumi
(But this is a problem he has to work out on his own. And considering his family situation...it's not so cut-and-dry.))
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Sakuya
Could I get your advice about something?
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Izumi
Of course! You can ask me anything!
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Sakuya
Actually, it's more of a request. You see...
[Time Skip]
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Izumi
Funny enough, this is perfect timing! I know just the place!
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Sakuya
Really?!
[Other Theater's Stage]
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Izumi
This is Sakuya Sakuma.
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Sakuya
U-um... Nice to meet you!
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Sakuya
I, uh... Starting from tomorrow, I'll be helping out in place of Izumi.
Actor A Thanks for coming to help out. No need to be so nervous, haha.
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Sakuya
R-right!
Actor A Let's get right into it, then. I'll start by explaining the props and set pieces we have.
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Izumi
I'll be helping today, too, so no pressure. Come on, Sakuya.
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Sakuya
Okay!
[Time Skip]
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Sakuya
So I move this set piece in after this scene, right?
Actor A Yep. Oh, and it's easier to carry it like this.
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Sakuya
Oh, okay! Thanks!
Actor B Sakuya, when you're finished over there, can you help with the lights?
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Sakuya
Sure! I'll be right there!
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Sakuya
Hey, let me help you carry that!
Actor C Thanks! You're a huge help. You said your name was Sakuya? You're certainly keeping yourself busy!
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Izumi
(I'm so glad everyone seems to have taken a liking to him.)
Lead Thanks for today, Izumi.
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Izumi
Not at all!
Lead You brought in a really good kid. He's really trying his hardest to remember everything.
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Izumi
That's Sakuya for you! He's a hard worker, and he puts his all into anything he does.
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Izumi
He actually came to me asking if I knew of any theater troupes he could help out at.
Lead Really? Why's that?
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Izumi
Oh, that's because...
Past [Mankai Dormitory Lounge: Afternoon]
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Sakuya
I want to keep working in the theater business for as long as I can!
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Sakuya
So I want to know even more. No, I want to know everything about it! Please help me out, Izumi!
Present [Other Theater's Stage]
Lead Wow, he really is a passionate kid, huh?
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Izumi
(I hope Sakuya gets some good experience from working here.)



































































First Guest Appearance Part 2
[Mankai Dormitory Lounge: Evening]
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Izumi
(It's been two weeks since Sakuya started helping that other theater troupe. Their show has started its run, and it sounds like Sakuya's been working hard.)
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Izumi
Sakuya, are you doing okay? You've been helping the other troupe after school, plus weekends, and you've still had to keep up with our rehearsals...
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Sakuya
I'm fine! I've been learning a lot, and everyone over there is so nice. I'm having a lot of fun! I'm glad I can help them!
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Sakuya
Oh, yeah! You'll never guess what happened today! I've gotten more used to setting up the props, and...
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Izumi
(He's always so excited to tell me about his day when he gets home, I've found myself looking forward to his stories every night.)
[Time Skip]
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Izumi
Oh, Sakuya! You're back!
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Sakuya
Izumi! I need your help!
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Izumi
W-what's wrong?
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Tsumugi
Sakuya? Is everything all right?
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Sakuya
During the performance today, one of the supporting actors got injured!
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Sakuya
Tomorrow's the last performance, and they asked if I could stand in!
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Izumi
Really?!
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Tasuku
That's pretty sudden...
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Sakuya
If I can't stand in, they said they're going to have to change some of the script.
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Sakuya
The one they'll have to change in one of everyone's favorite scenes...! I love it, too, and I'd hate for them to have to cut it from their last performance!
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Sakuya
But...I'm just there to help out backstage... It doesn't feel right for me to go on stage...
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Izumi
Do you have all of the lines memorized?
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Sakuya
Y-yeah. I've been watching every day from the wings, so I know them pretty well.
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Izumi
I think you should do it, then.
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Sakuya
What, really?!
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Tsumugi
I agree.
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Tasuku
Me, too. You went to help out because you wanted to know more about theater, right?
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Tasuku
It'd be just as an great experience for you to have a go at standing in, too.
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Tsumugi
Take it from Tasuku. He's always making guest appearances in one show or another.
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Tsuzuru
Oh, Sakuya. You're back?
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Citron
What is wrong? You all look so cereal.
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Tsuzuru
Serious.
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Tsumugi
Well, you see...
[Time Skip]
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Tsuzuru
Oh, wow. I agree. You should do it.
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Citron
You can do it, Sakuya! I'm believing in you!
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Tsuzuru
You were a lead role in Romeo and Julius, and you did an amazing job. You should be able to handle a guest role, no problem.
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Sakuya
Citron... Tsuzuru...
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Sakuya
...Okay, I'll do it! I'll give it a shot!
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Izumi
You've got this, Sakuya!
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Sakuya
Thanks for all your encouragement, everyone! I feel like I can actually give this a try!
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Sakuya
Now that I've decided I'm going to do this, I'm suddenly really excited!
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Tasuku
Well, that was fast.
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Sakuya
Sorry, I was so panicked, I forgot just how much I love standing on stage!
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Tsumugi
Ahaha. That's the spirit. You can do it, Sakuya.
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Izumi
I've actually got plans to go see the show tomorrow night. I look forward to seeing you on stage!
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Sakuya
Thanks! I feel better knowing you'll be there to watch me. I'll do my best!
Actors Thank you!
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Izumi
(What an amazing show! Sakuya subbed in without a hitch!)
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Sakuya
Thank you...!
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Izumi
(Aww, the other actors are all patting him on the back. Look at him smile.)
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Izumi
(Sakuya always looks his happiest when he's on stage.)
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Izumi
(I remember the first time I ever saw him act, way back, before I was even part of the Mankai Company...)
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Izumi
(He was the only actor, and his acting was terrible...but he looked like he was having the time of his life.)
[Other Theater's Stage Closed]
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Izumi
That was great, Sakuya.
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Sakuya
Izumi! Thank you!
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Izumi
You seem like you had a good time.
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Sakuya
I did! I'm glad I took the leap and stood in for them!
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Izumi
So how did it feel, making your first guest appearance?
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Sakuya
I feel like I can't even put it into words, but I learned so much!
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Sakuya
It felt completely different, being on a different stage with different people...
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Sakuya
I was way more nervous than usual, too. My heart was in my throat the whole time.
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Izumi
Really? You didn't look nervous on stage at all.
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Sakuya
That's probably because everyone really supported me out there!
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Sakuya
It also helped so much knowing you were out there watching. I was able to pull myself together because of that.
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Sakuya
This is the first time I've ever acted with another troupe...
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Sakuya
It made me appreciate the strength and security the Spring Troupe gives me when we stand on stage together.
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Sakuya
Everyone's always so supportive, and they help me out so much...
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Izumi
Sakuya...
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Sakuya
I want to do the same for them! I'll keep learning more about theater...
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Sakuya
And I'll make it so that, the next time I stand on stage with the Spring Troupe, I can give the best performance ever!
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Izumi
You can do it, Sakuya. I believe in you.
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Izumi
(Sakuya's practically shining. I have no doubt he'll go on to become an even greater actor.)

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