|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: Gym (Fashion Show)|
|That’s how it is. We’re pretty busy, and while Izumi-chan might be saying some dumb things…
We might be in trouble if you ask for something too difficult from us.
|Ah, that’s okay. I think this won’t be much of a burden for you two…
Umm, to put it simply: it seems the budget for Festival Eve is looking tight.
|Aah… I thought that might be case. It’s nothing but a pre-event for the school festival, yet everyone is putting a lot of power into their show.
Mikejima’s at the head, right? Just how bad is he at accounting?
|It might be partly Mikejima-senpai, but mostly that the whole business itself is messy. It seems the scale for both the Festival Eve and school festival is particularly large this year.
Which means the whole academy is fired up for these events, and that’s a happy thing in itself.
But the budget, arrangement, and preparations simply can’t keep up.
So, umm. It’s hard for me to say this, but… the outfits you guys are presenting for Fashion Show will be shared properties.
What the heck? Are you stupid? I wear outfits fitted perfectly for me and only for me. I won’t back down on this.
Shared? That’s the number one word I hate in this world.
|I knew you’d say that. I’m really, seriously sorry, but we can’t proceed if you don’t cooperate, Izumi-san…
Apparently there’s no other place to cut down the budget on.
The management staff is troubled too~ Can’t you please be the adult and cooperate?
|Uuh~… Really? No matter what? Umm… I use the word shared, but I think it’s a little different from what you’re thinking, Izumi-san.
Umm, I don’t know how to explain this, but…
|What is it? I’m getting annoyed! Be more clear, can’t you?|
|All right, Izumi-chan. That’s your cue to take a deep breath… Nothing to gain from flaring up at Yuuki-kun. Let’s listen to what he has to say until the end♪|
|Ugya!? I told you not to cling to me, you damned okama!|
|Ahaha… Well, see. There’s that outfit you’re wearing, right, Izumi-san?|
It looks pretty good, right? It was quite expensive too; I don’t have money left to spend on the special effects and all that jazz, but… ah well, it was a good purchase.
Heheh. I had my favorite designer, that I’ve paid attention to since my kids’ model days, make it for me♪
|Huh… That means I might know him too?|
|Don’t you? You know, the one who often gave out snacks during breaks…
It would’ve made me fat, and I hated being fed like a pet, but he’s good at his job, at least.
|Ah, as I thought. I was thinking I’ve seen that style before. That person, huh… how nostalgic; he was always so kind to us.|
|Wasn’t it for his own sake?
He must’ve thought he could tame us easily since we’re brats. You know, since if we like him enough, he might be requested for another job, right…?
|Why do you have to be so distrustful…
Though… we ended up talking about something else. I’m sorry.
So about those outfits—after you wear them for the Fashion Show, Izumi-san…
We were thinking if you’ll let us fix them up a little, so we could use them for the Spring Music Festival we’ll appear in.
|Ah, that’s what you meant by sharing?|
|Yeah. Our Spring Music Festival also use musical instruments, which already cost a lot…
And because our appearance didn’t get decided until the last minute, it seems the budget doesn’t quite fit.
I know that’s because we were too slow on things, so we don’t have the right to complain.
But paying for costumes is really looking hopeless…
UNDEAD, who will appear with us, said they’re willing to shoulder the cost for us, but we’d like to avoid that…
That’ll make us entirely dependent on UNDEAD… We’ve seriously troubled those people to no end, we can’t be adding more to our debts to them.
So please, Izumi-san. Can you guys let us wear your outfits after you’re done?
The Fashion Show might become an advertisement for the Spring Music Festival, which is killing two birds with one stone.
Is it too much to ask…? It’s too convenient for us, huh?
|Yep. Seriously, you Trickstar are always like that…
Instead of prioritizing what you want to do, try thinking about the trouble you’re causing for people.
But maybe you guys are fine as you are—like main characters… Fufufu, that’s so fitting for you, Yuu-kun.
|Umm, I wonder about that? I’m just a supporting role to the end; maybe an extra…|
|…Okay then. I accept the deal. But I have conditions.|
|Ehh? Please don’t interfere while I’m talking; you’re always like that, Izumi-san…
Err wait, really? You’ll allow us to use your outfits?
Thank God♪ Transfer student-chan did say she’d guarantee Izumi-san would say OK if I went to convince him…
But I was still worried whether I could properly negotiate!
|You’ve always been bad at talking, Yuu-kun.
Still, we’re no longer children… I guess I can’t be kind and give you everything unconditionally. I want to gain something from this too.
You understand, right? Bargain.
|Y-Yeah… I’m a little scared, but try saying what it is.
I do hope it’s not going to be such a mean condition… but I’ll do anything within my power.
This is an important time for Trickstar. I can’t come to a deadlock here.
|Of course you can’t… Hey, what should I do, Naru-kun? I’m such a lucky man☆
Yuu-kun just told me he’ll listen to anything! What should I do with him? Fufufu♪
|You have the face of a villain, Izumi-chan…
Don’t act too much like degenerate, please. We’re in a delicate time too, since we’re in the middle of restoring our name.
|I know. It’s my fault Knights is having a hard time now. I feel enough remorse to fill the tip of the nail on my little finger.|
|No, seriously, be more sorry about it… Sheesh, what a darling of an Onii-chan we have here…|