Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Checkmate monologue
Location: Garden Terrace
Izumi Sena School Dialogue Render


Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Fufu. When you can’t find a solution, one method is to change your point of view.

After talking with you, I’ve realized this again. The both of us have been rather narrow-minded. I can relate to you quite a bit even about this.

God hasn’t given us any gifts of talent, but yet we must still stand and fight next to those dreaded geniuses.

I sympathize, and I empathize, and I believe we can help each other.

This is how I really feel, Sena-kun. We’re classmates, after all, so let’s get along.

Izumi Sena School Dialogue Render

…Be quiet for a bit. I’m thinking about my next move, so could you not chatter on the sidelines?

What, now that I’m about to figure out how to break free from this situation, you’re trying to throw me off by talking nonsense, huh?

Sly, aren’t you?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

You’re free to think that, but coming to that conclusion might mean you’re digging your own grave, you know?

It’s so boring when matches get this stiff. I should’ve set a time limit.

We’re not betting anything on this game, and we didn’t set strict rules or anything, but...

Even then, I don’t really want to lose. I should’ve thought about it more.

Well, I’m only human, and not a god. It’s not like I can perfectly predict the future.

Izumi Sena School Dialogue Render

I told you to shut up already.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

My voice is nothing more than a distant songbird’s chirping, though?

As you know… a gigantic event, with no precedent in all of Yumenosaki’s history, is ever approaching. That would be DDD.

There’s noise everywhere as people prepare for it. Music drifts out of performance practices, and everyone’s humming along noisily.

Rather, if you don’t raise your voice enough, conversations won’t go as you’d like them to. But it’s fine that there’s so much energy…

It means there was worth in opening DDD and lighting a fire under all the school’s students.

There’s a bustle that no one could have imagined a year ago.

Knights will participate in DDD as well, right?

Is it okay for the practice-loving Sena-kun to be dawdling around over here? It seems rather unlike you.

Let’s wrap up the conversation, and the discussion… I believe perhaps we should just both do our utmost not to fail next time.

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…Don’t rush me. Like I said, I’m still thinking. I couldn’t give a crap about DDD.

Knights is now an empty shell, with no trace left of its golden age. Standing onstage would only be an embarrassment. Unbelievable, right?

Even with the new member, we only have four people, you know?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Ah, that’s right. The Suou household’s Tsukasa-kun joined Knights, didn’t he. How curious, I wonder what his reasons were.

However, if my memory is correct, doesn’t Knights have five people?

You should include Tsukinaga-kun in your predictions. For now, he hasn’t quit school yet, right?

Izumi Sena School Dialogue Render

…He can no longer fight.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

I suppose so. Even I visited him, just once, but I was deeply disappointed.

That wasn’t the Tsukinaga-kun I was so fond of. Truly, geniuses are surprisingly fragile.

It’s such a shame. The colossal unit that once had a majority of all the students at this school…

Chess, where you have your origins – its long history appears to be nearing its demise.

Izumi Sena School Dialogue Render

You say it like it’s someone else’s business, but whose fault do you think that was?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Are you suggesting it was mine? How vexing, when you were the ones who went and destroyed yourselves.

Well, it went just as I wished, I suppose.

Knights… Chess lost its original purpose and only uncontrollably swelled in size, eaten away from the inside.

It was the very picture of a rotting existence, inheriting an old-fashioned, corruption-filled tradition, something that practically begged me to exterminate it from Yumenosaki Academy. It’s no surprise at all that something like that would be eliminated by the changing times.

Those once called knights were buried in the darkness of history, and perished.

Though at least their name remained in fairy tales and place names… Someday, you’ll all be like that too..

Having benefits from just being a part of it, and thinking yourself to be someone important…

When in reality, you’d just accepted the pleasure and consequences of not working hard.

A group like lukewarm water. A festering capital that spread like an infection throughout Yumenosaki, a place where the slothful masses went to play.

That was what Chess was. Of course it perished like Sodom and Gomorra.

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Trying to say you’re God here, are you?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Rather, I’m an angel. Tsukinaga-kun used to call me that, I believe… Squeezing out the pus, purifying the rot, judging the sinners, bringing the world into a new age -

That was my role, the duty I was born to fulfill.

And in thinking that, I made stupid mistakes, lost my friends, lost my way, and at the height of bewilderment…

I washed myself in blood, dyed my wings black, and fell from the heavens.

Izumi Sena School Dialogue Render

Even if you put it so poetically, I won’t be nearly as impressed as Leo-kun would be.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

I just wanted to try saying it. Knightly tales are often accompanied by poetry, right, Sena-kun?

Since you’re not moving pieces very quickly I’m adding some excitement by saying meaningless nonsense.

…Won’t you perhaps hurry up, Sena-kun?

We’re already third years. We don’t have much time left, especially me…

God gave us all a gamepiece of equal time – and I would like to put mine to more meaningful use.

If we don’t, then these tragic defeats will only repeat over and over.

Translation: royalquintet
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