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|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: Aquarium Stage|
|I’m baaack~♪ The live show hasn’t started yet, right?|
|You are late! I almost thought you had escaped! Just where were you, and what were you doing?!|
|Now, now, Souma… Welcome back, Kaoru. It looks like you came back wearing the costume, yes?|
|Yeah, more or less~ As soon as I came back, Sakuma-san and the others hoisted me right into the dressing room, and then wrapped me up in this costume like I’m some dress-up doll.
Anyway, I’d look like an idiot if I were the only one wearing casual clothes while everyone else wore costumes for the show.
But this show came out of nowhere, so weren’t we just talking about how we probably won’t get any special costumes for it?
That is right. But Wataru was able to provide some for us.
It seems that he was able to spot an association from a nearby theater doing a public performance at the perfect time.
He has connections with them, so he asked them to lend him some costumes as a favor.
But these costumes were not made for us, so we must make some adjustments to the size.
|Ahhh… So that’s why Anzu-chan has her sewing box out and is clamoring about like her moment has finally come.|
|Ahaha, Anzu-dono, that tickles.
I would rather you not fumble with my costume… I think it is best that you adjust Mikejima-dono’s outfit instead of mine, no? He seems cramped in his costume.
|Yep, please and thank you! Honestly, I’d be able to move about to an extent even if my limbs were somehow all tied up, so you don’t really have to be precise with the adjustments.
Anyway, there’ll be quite a lot of water splashing onto us during the performance… I’m probably worried over nothing, but just in case, you should make your clothes waterproof.
Here, Souma-san, I’ll do you the honor of coating you in the waterproof spray~♪
|Cease at once! It would be a great deal of pain if it were to come into my eyes! I can do it myself!|
|Ahaha, Mikejima-kun got himself on Souma-kun’s good side before we knew it.|
Hehe, it looks like he has taken a huge liking to Souma ever since Wisteria Festival long ago…
Souma often complains about how he would come and pester him over every little thing.
And since Souma is a good boy, he cannot be cold-hearted to someone who treats him intimately.
|Haha, I see. Mikejima-kun has peculiar taste, doesn’t he? It feels like he’s always involving himself with the weird kids.|
|It is because that rogue has always liked old-fashioned things, and Souma excites him for that reason.|
|He’s a samurai of the old ages, so it makes sense~ Wait-- Kanata-kun, you’re talking like you know all about him. Were you two that close?|
Hm... His father is a high-ranking police officer, you see. So his father would often come to my house for inspection.
Sooo… I would see him often as well. It has been like that since long ago.
We would play together while the adults talked to each other, since we were the same age.
|Ahh, that’s right, Mikejima-kun’s parents are police officers.
I could tell he has influential power, but wow… your own parents being part of the police force already makes you sound like a hero of justice.
|Ahh, no, it’s not both my parents, just my dad. My mom actually used to be someone who went against society… She’s retired now, though.|
|Wait what? What do you mean by that? Was she a terrorist? Part of the yakuza?
How did someone like that marry a police officer?! I can smell a romantic story~♪
|You like stuff like that, huh… But I can’t really tell you more about their love story, since I don’t know much about it myself.
Anyway, since I’m still a kid, I try to ask for help from my parents whenever I hit an area I can’t deal with.
By using the power of the state and the power of the underground, most things end up working out somehow.
I do want to work things out with my own power, though… It’d be pathetic to keep relying on your own parents’ power, you know?
But Kanata-san’s household is an unusual case, so I used every card in my hand.
Is it really that unusual…? I did understand the fact that I am different from others.
But to me, this was always the norm.
I am always confused whenever people tell me “that is so weird” or “you poor thing.”
And I am on good terms with my household, so I am not really that dissatisfied, you know?
It is just… The gods has been falling out of power lately. So it seems like my household’s power has weakened.
And that is when my household decided to let go of this aquarium they own.
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