|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Season: Spring (春)||Location: School Infirmary|
... I understand that "Sagami-senpai" had done idiotic things for my sake. I too am no longer a child who doesn't know a thing.
My efforts had paid off, and I become a distinguished idol.
But at that time, the entertainment world was eager to promote the "super idol" Sagami Jin.
As another idol of Yumenosaki Academy, I was compared to him, and was used as his foil.
I appeared in the same TV shows as him, and was forced to make him look good.
Like that, other idols were eaten up and used as stepping stones, and a "super idol" was made.
Being young and foolish, I was not aware of that.
The sun of the entertainment world — the "super idol" was... an idol covered in blood and lies, shining brilliantly at the top of a pile of countless corpses.
Jin had suffered and was worn down in that position for a long time.
It was a position that I had wished for and gotten. For the entire entertainment world to become so eager to decorate a single human being...
It'd be impossible to think about that happening now.
We should be grateful. But it was painful to live while chomping up others.
I especially didn't want to trample over my cute junior like that.
At that time, I was at my limit. Flowers have a short life, after all — the "season" of an idol, you could say.
It was time for a shift of generations. I wanted to reward somebody who was putting in all their effort to the point of coughing up blood.
That's why I wanted to hand over the place of "super idol" over to Akiyan.
But back then, Akiyan cluelessly stood out... He might've been made my foil, but he competed against me.
Most of the entertainment world kept an eye on him — they probably thought he was a eyesore.
Indeed. As I focused on being an idol, I neglected my modeling job...
I had a quarrel with a magazine publisher. To the modeling industry, I was seen as a traitor.
If you interpret it positively, it was possible that they expected that if I was unable to continue with my idol work...
I might have come back to the modeling industry.
I suppose I should appreciate that I was so sought after.
There were quite a number of terrible articles written about me, as the internet has not developed that much back in the day...
The information dispatched by the mass media was taken as the "truth".
"He's gonna be destroyed at this rate...!" was what I thought. In my eyes Akiyan looked impossibly defenceless, really.
So I did some things on my end and protected him too.
Yes. It happened when the fact that your crossdressing somehow turned into an article about how I was having a tryst with some famous actress... when that was circulating.
It was a completely baseless rumour that was barely given any thought, but one wrong move and it could be a fatal blow to an idol.
That is why this idiot made a thoughtful move, and stated that the one I met was not some famous actress, but a crossdressing idiot.
So that humourous information overwrote everything, and it was made the truth.
After that, while I was poked fun at at every opportunity... I was treated as something like his partner.
Thanks to that, I was not "destroyed" as an idol, and was able to produce "decent" results.
At that time, Jin was a thorn in my side, so I even began to resent him.
But Jin didn't mind... no, he not only understood, but he accepted it. He protected and raised me.
It took me a long time to realize that, however.
It was a blast~ Wrestling with the corrupted entertainment world together.
But, well, it's an old story. It's just that while we may be worn out old men now, we had our youthful days too ♪
I am still young — although I do not think about wanting to experience my youth again, of course.
At the very least, let us protect the children who are currently in the midst of their youth. Just like how Jin protected me.
... Oh dear. It seems like I have once again got caught up in Jin's pace.
It is time for good children to return home. Miss transfer student, allow me to drive you home.
Staying up late is not good for your health — that is what a certain idiot taught me long ago.
Let's call an end to this foolish story... ♪