Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Rainbow - Chapter 12
Location: Soundproof Lesson Room
Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Umm, the originator of this project is that magazine company magnate, right?

I thought he’d decided to retire completely to spend his old days in peace, but there seems to be a lot of life left in his aged body.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Yeah. Talked with him a few times, and he sounded pretty full of vigor still.

And here I was worried because he asked me to ‘grant his last wish’ and stuff.

…You were prolific as a model, so you know the magazine industry better than I do, don’t you?

Are we actually playing a dangerous game here? It’s smelling fishy in some places, y’see.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

I wonder. I’m a traitor who turned against the magazine industry and the modeling world…

Even if there is some hidden intent, no one there likes me enough to tell me.

In fact, since I caused quite a mess there, I fear for the children. What if they’re bearing the brunt of my actions?

People seeing them and thinking, 'Aah, it’s a Yumenosaki kid. Must be Kunugi’s student, then.

'Then, they’re probably going to turn on us like Kunugi did’—and such.

That’s why I think I shouldn’t get too close with the children currently active in modeling.

…Or am I being too self-conscious?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Nah. It’s true that people drag out grudges and hard feelings longer than you expect.

There are guys who’ve never quit bugging me even after I retired.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Ah, you mean that person who sent you a ‘cursed video’ in this day and age? In the end, what was that?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Who knows… it creeps me out so I don’t think too deeply about it. I asked Hasumi to burn the so-called cursed video for me.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Hmm. What was the name of the underdog who appeared in that video?

Have you contacted him? He is still alive… isn’t he?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Underdog, he says… Nah, why’d you expect me to contact him?

If he had nothing to do with it, then I’d be a nuisance just by bringing up the topic. And if he turns out to be the culprit, I don’t even wanna converse with him.

…But y’know, his name is in the list of retired idols planned to be invited to join Project-Saga.

The rotten business exploited him and he was stuck as the ‘eternal second place’ since I debuted…

But he was still a pretty famous idol, with a history of success behind him.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Oh. Then it may become a long-awaited reunion for the both of you.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

God, spare me… I don’t have the face to meet him after all this time. I mean, how could I? It’s not like we have pretty memories to recollect either.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

But he was a rival of Sagami Jin the Super Idol.

People may be fired up to see your long-awaited reunion and rematch.

I was a fan as well, so I’d love to see it – it’ll be a nice trip down memory lane.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Well, it’s basically a project for middle-aged people and above to take a nostalgia trip. Rubbish…

I’m sure the old coots would be thrilled to see that ‘old rivals’ face-off’ if it actually happens,

But plans are no more than plans. We dunno yet how many retirees are willing to come back for this low-budget project.

I mean, a look at the list made me laugh, y’know? Felt like some little kid’s ‘original list, don’t steal!’ deal.

Made me feel that probably, the list wasn’t made by that magnate, but the hard work of a young kid who got ordered to put it together by their boss.

There was Hidaka-san’s name when he isn’t even retired, and ‘that Akehoshi’ who can’t possibly return to idol work anymore.

Whichever kid wrote it probably just copied down what he saw in some idol encyclopedia.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Eh – that man is alive!?

To have Jin on stage with Hidaka-daisenpai and Akehoshi-senpai would make for a true all-star cast of dreams.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

No, he’s deceased. The showbiz killed – nah, all of us let him die.

We loved an idol together and strangled him to death together.

…We can’t romanticize that, nor pretend it ‘never happened’.

With the fact that a sinless man died there, any love, dream, and hope that showbiz promotes just sounds like hypocrisy.

It’s all like a bad joke. A bunch of horseshit.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

But shunning what our predecessors worked hard to build, simply due to a single tragedy…

…Would be what true insincerity – futility – is like, wouldn’t it?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Idols have always been a gamble, an exercise in futility. The white-collar workers working to the bone out there are the better guys, they contribute more to society.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Why is your outlook so bleak…? Well, I guess you can’t help that. But will you be fine like that, ‘Sagami-senpai’?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Who cares. I just gotta save face until the project ends. My duty ends, I step down again.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Ahaha. Well, thank you for the hard work, then. …You have absolutely no intention to make a real comeback, I take it?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

I didn’t retire for nothing; I doubt anyone still wishes to see me there. This is such a weird project. I just hope there’s really no hidden agenda…

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Hmm, if you’re really bothered, should I pull a few strings to see what I can dig up?

My relation with magazine companies is hopeless, but I do have a bigger network with industry people than you do…

A new fact may come to light if I probe a little.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Nn~… I don’t think it’s anything that big, but it’d help if you could look into it whenever you’re free.

We gotta avoid causing trouble for the brats, after all.

A~ah… Why did things turn out like this? I’m getting lazy.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Don’t say that. For the first time in a long while, this is a story with you in the main role. Make the most out of it, because I’ll be watching over you and having a good time, myself.

Translation: Kotofucius
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