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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
First Dreams - in peace 2
Location: Inside the train.

(Some time later.)

Rei Sakuma Casual Winter 2 Dialogue Render

...♪

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Anija. Since the person beside me got off at the last station, why don’t you sit down?

It's really creepy that you're just standing there staring down at me like that, and I'm getting ki~nda irritated by it, you know?

Rei Sakuma Casual Winter 2 Dialogue Render

Mm. I was just thinking that this was the first time in a while that I'd been able to take a good look at my adorable Ritsu.

You've grown into such a splendid adult... Ah, I'm moved to tears yet again~.

It's as if I'm appreciating an exalted piece of art...

Ouch? Ritsu, please stop, there's no need to kick my shin like that!

This is a public space. We don't know who may be watching, so be mindful of how you act.

The walls have ears, Shoji has eyes, and Ritsu has big bro right by his side~♪[1]

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

... (Becoming rather irritated.)

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... With that said, I'll take advantage of your kind offer and sit beside you. ♪

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Go ahead... Anjia, it's uncomfortable having you pressing that closely to my side, so scoot over a little.

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Hm~m. That may be quite difficult, physically speaking. It wouldn't be such a problem-woblem if you sat on my lap, but you'd really hate that, wouldn't you?

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Stop with the babytalk. You're always making fun of me like this.

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Perish the thought. You know, as your older brother, you'll always be my "sweet baby brother"...

But it isn’t as if I can’t see you as you are now, so please rest easy.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

...

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That being said, it is awfully cramped in here. Everything in this country is snug, so it's rather unfit for those of our height.

Then again, it's the time of year when most people'd be going home for the holidays, so it being this crowded was inevitable.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

That's such a weird custom...

Well, I’m sure we’re not ones to talk, seeing as we’re heading for a Sabbath held by a bunch of shady guys calling themselves vamps.

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It isn't a Sabbath, just so you know. We won't be plucking an unborn child out of a pregnant woman's stomach to roast and eat.[2] The kagami mochi'll[3] suffice.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

But Romania doesn't have kagami mochi, right?

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Indeed. It's a country where "traditional foods are good, but curry's pretty fine too". ♪ [4]

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...

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Ah, that was a pun on the words curry roux and Romania.[5] "Rouxmania".

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

It's cold... Thanks to you, Anija, the Earth's temperature is sinking. Seems like winter'll claim more lives this year.

Hey, your IQ's not dropping more and more each year, is it? Are you okay?

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You don't have to look at me with such a concerned face. It means I’ve become more human-like, so I’d prefer it if you’d interpreted it in a more favorable fashion.

It’s quite foolish to throw pretentious tongue-twisters that no one can understand out into empty space.

One's voice, one's words, should be used to interact with those of the same race. If at all possible, I'd like to use the oxygen I breathe for that purpose.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Then just so you know: I'm not enjoying myself at all right now.

Rei Sakuma Casual Winter 2 Dialogue Render

How disappointing, because right now my heart is jumping with joy. It's been forever since I could spend New Year's with you, you see. I have to calm down..♪

Idols make most of their profit when the public has its holidays, so until now it's been stage after stage for us...

It's just as they say, there's no place like home.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Totally. But on the other hand, staying inside all the time's depressing too...

I wanna take a trip around the world at least once, just like you did.

But without feeling like I gotta to visit relatives and all, like right now... I wanna decide the place myself, and travel as I please.

I'm seriously such a kid, knowing nothing outside this confined world.

Our king... He wants to use his overseas connections to do a world tour with Knights along with a graduation trip--

(Hawk's First Dance) Rei Sakuma CG
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...♪

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

... Anija? No way, you're not seriously sleeping, are you?

He~y? You know that falling asleep whenever's part of my character, right~?

It's trouble if you take that from me, Anjia... Mm, I left everything up to you, so I don't even know what station to get off at at all, you know?

Eh... Well, as long as we get off at some airport looking station, it should be fine, right? Ughh, this is the worst. It shouldn't be a problem to just wake him up, but...

If I hate being woken up myself, then it doesn't make sense to do that to him, right?)

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... Mm. Ah? Did I fall asleep?

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Yeah, for a little bit. What's the matter with you, Anjia, that was seriously weird... It's not like you to show such a vulnerable side with others around, considering you always try to look good.

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Yes, I’m surprised myself. I’m sure it’s because I believed that even if I were under attack while asleep, you would handsomely protect me!

I love you, Ritsu~♪

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Nope, if it came to that kinda situation, I'd abandon you without a second thought.

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Ritsu's such a meanie... Ya~wn ♪

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Wow, that was a big one. That's weird too... Anija, are you tired? Unlike Knights, you didn't have any jobs today, right?

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Mm. It might be a case of mental fatigue.

I've tried to act cool while around you, but I'm not particularly enthused about visiting our relatives either.

Especially because I'm graduating this year. In other words, the milestone that everyone claims puts an end to “unnecessary detours.”

Since it seems our relatives will be giving us a warm welcome, it only serves to make me feel rather despondent.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

...

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... Whoops. I'm terribly sorry, it can't be very interesting to listen to my grumbling. Let’s talk about something more fun, like curry roux. ♪

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

I never brought up something like that.

... Hey Anjia, if you hate this so much, why don't we run away?

If both of us pretend to oversleep, we can go someplace far, far off.

Blood ties are just an illusion in the end, it's not like there's anything chaining you to them.

Even legally, there's no reason for you to take the seat as the head of our clan. The only thing that's binding us is logic and moral principles.

We've always chosen to do it that way, saying "we don't have a choice". And since you're an earnest guy, you're always roped into various things.

Even if you didn’t hold things in or go rescue others... We’d still be able to live comfortably and happily.

Don't forget that. Family's not supposed to be your enemy, they're supposed to look out for you. At least, in my opinion.

That's why... Um, this is getting really tiring to do, so is it fine if I take a break?

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That'll ruin the mood!

I'd like to hear your grateful words until there's none left to say, no matter how embarrassing it might be~♪

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

Shut up.

... Mm, looks like we're at the airport's station. Are we getting off here?

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We're not, there's still about two stations left. This train'll take us right to the terminal where our flight takes off.

That's why, Ritsu, is it alright if I doze off for a bit?

When we arrive, you absolutely need to wake me... Promise me that.

I can't run from my fate, nor do I want to.

Our destination is at the end of the line, there's no chance of turning back... It's not possible to oversleep and miss it either.

That’s why I’d like to savor what sweet time we have left before our stop.

I won't ask for more than that.

Ritsu Sakuma Casual Winter Dialogue Render

... That so. Just make sure you have a good dream then.

Goodnight, big bro.

Rei Sakuma Casual Winter 2 Dialogue Render

Mm. We'll be parting for a short time, my little brother, reality... Goodnight to you both.

  1. Shoji are those paper walls with the grid wood pattern, shown here.
  2. The "Sabbath" Rei speaks of here is the traditional sense of a ritual or gathering of some kind rather than of the religious. There haven't been any unborn children eaten in Western sources, but many Witch's Sabbaths have been said to consume live ones. This may be what he's referring to.
  3. Kagami mochi is the traditional food eaten at New Year's, seen here.
  4. He's singing the catchphrase of a popular curry brand, heard here. Additionally, enjoy Rei's instructions on curry preparation.
  5. He's referring to the "Ruu" in how they say Romania, and how roux (ruu) is pronounced.
Translation: Peace
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