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Writer: 結城由乃 (Yuuki Yoshino)
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara CG
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

Ohh, an open-air bath! The bath inside was big too, but this outside one is spacious so it sure is nice, huh~?

Come on, don’t just keep standing there at the entrance. It’s the perfect temperature so it feels real nice ♪

Location: Onsen
School Trip Chapter 5
(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render
...Well then, if you will excuse me.
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

Hah~ It feels like today’s stress is being washed away. You’re also busy due to idol work and school studies, right?

It’s good to sometimes take a break like this once in a while is what I think, but what about you?

(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render
...
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
O-i, Yuzuru? Are you listening~?
(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render

...My deepest apologies. I was thinking about something, so I was unable to hear what you were saying Isara-sama.

I have no place here in the hot springs. While I am here relaxing, the Young Master is busy dedicating himself to his idol activities...

Aah, this cannot do. I was thinking of the Young Master yet again.

...When I think about how overjoyed the Young Master would be if he was here, his eyes sparkling, the inner corner of my eye becomes hot.

(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

I-I see. It’s a shame that Himemiya isn’t here with us.

(Uuu. I knew Yuzuru’s loyalty towards Himemiya wasn’t half-hearted, but in order to let this current Yuzuru have fun is really difficult, huh~?)

(I just want to get to the point and then run away! But then there’ll be no point in us inviting Yuzuru to the hot springs.)

(And besides, I myself want to let Yuzuru enjoy himself on this school trip too~ Looks like our only option is to somehow shift the topic from Himemiya to hot springs.)

But you know, since hot springs have this effect of “relieving fatigue,” once you submerge yourself in the water you gradually become healed, huh~?

The water’s all smooth and the smell isn’t strong either. I feel like I could soak here forever ♪

Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render
Bathing in a hot spring for too long is not good. I have heard that it is best to bathe twice a day for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

Oh, Kanzaki you should enter the bath too–

Wait, w-what are you doing?!

Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render
What is the matter, Isara-dono? You appear to be shivering; are you cold perchance?
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
That’s not it! Why are you holding a sword in the bathroom?! Hurry up and leave it in the dressing room!
(Heart of Samurai) Souma Kanzaki CG2
Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render

Wha...! Isara-dono, do you intend to rob me of my soul...?!

In that case, I have a resolved intention to do battle with you. Isara-dono, prepare yourself...!!

(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
Hold up, don’t take out your sword! The other guests got frightened and ran away, see~?! Aah, really, don’t add onto my troubles. I beg of you!
Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render
I would like to request of you to not act so wildly in the bath. Goodness, Isara-dono is truly a fellow who cannot seem to calm down, yes?
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

You’re the only person I don’t want to hear that from...!!

And besides, isn’t moisture bad for swords~? Is it fine for you to bring it into the hot springs?

Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render

C-Curses...!

My impatience was so great that I forgot to coat my sword with its oil! I-I must hurry and go back...!!

(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
Ah, hey! The floor’s slippery, so make sure you come back without running, okay~?
(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render

...Fufu ♪

Aah, my apologies. The conversations between you two were just so amusing, my smile just seemed to escape from my lips.

Isara-sama and Kanzaki-sama get along very well, it seems ♪

(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

Nah, Kanzaki’s in the class next to ours, so the only time I’ve been able to have a decent conversation with him is on this school trip, see~?

Well, he displays a lot of bizarre behavior, so whenever I see him I get really anxious. But he’s not a bad guy. If we could become close from here on out it’d be nice.

(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render

Isara-sama can become close to anyone, so I am slightly envious of you.

I am the type of person whom others always seem to avoid, you see.

(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

It’s because you’re way too serious, you know~? Even though we’re in the same year you use keigo, and you’re addicted to attaching “sama” onto everything.[1]

Well, that’s still in a way one of your good points, so I won’t tell you to fix it. But still, it might be good for you to experience the kind of fun things that are appropriate for your age ♪

(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render
You are saying something rather difficult. Ever since I was young, the knowledge of how to be a servant was drilled into my head.
(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi CG
(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render

However, I lack that same amount of knowledge when it comes to things other than that. Thus, even if you tell me to enjoy myself according to my age, I do not know how.

After causing both Narukami-sama and Anzu-san to worry about me, I have done my best to enjoy myself as fitting of me.

However, the harder I try, the more I feel as if I am merely wasting time...

(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render

That’s what I mean by you being “serious.” You were laughing earlier, right? I’m saying it’s fine for you to act like that.

If you laugh thinking “oh I should laugh now,” it’s not fun at all, right? If a smile comes out naturally, it’s because you’re having “fun”~

Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render
U-Uwaaaaah...!!
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
W-what was that, a scream...?!
Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render
Do not come close! Away, demon...!!
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
Demon? Wait, the sound of footsteps are coming closer. Hey, hey, don’t tell me it intends on coming here–
Souma Kanzaki Onsen Towel Dialogue Render
Ku. If I had my favorite sword with me, I would be able to slice them into shreds and cast them away...! However, I shall not give up. I will use my hand to strike the demon away!!
(For my Friends) Arashi Narukami Full Render Bloomed
Um, Souma-chan. Isn’t calling me a “demon” a bit cruel?
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
Uwah?! Some, some person with their face all strangely white came out...!!
(For my Friends) Arashi Narukami Full Render Bloomed
Oh come on now, it’s because I have a face mask on, obviously.
(Relaxing Fall) Mao Isara Full Render
Eh, is that Narukami? S-So that’s who it was. You scared me~
(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render
I was surprised as well. You see... I thought you were something like a vengeful ghost. Fufufu ♪
(For my Friends) Arashi Narukami Full Render Bloomed

Well excuse me! I’m done with my mask already! If you boys keep making fun of me like that I can’t take care of my skin properly.

I can’t believe even you were this cruel to me, Yuzuru-chan. Even though you got ahold of su~ch a beauty, you called me a vengeful ghost and a demon! I really am offended!

But in consideration of Yuzuru-chan’s happy face, I’ll forgive you ♪

If you laugh like that, even my anger will fade for you.

(Youthful) Yuzuru Fushimi Full Render

Did I... laugh again?

I hadn’t realized at all. However, now that you mention it, I do feel like I just laughed just now... Even though it is about myself, even I do not fully understand.

(For my Friends) Arashi Narukami CG2
(For my Friends) Arashi Narukami Full Render Bloomed

That’s fine for now. As long as you start to have an interest in things other than Momo-chan little by little, it’s fine.[2]

Yuzuru-chan is my friend, after all. I’ll help you out in that field without sparing any effort ♪

  1. Keigo is basically honorific speech you’d normally use towards elders, customers, strangers… you don’t use it when talking to your classmates or friends which is why Mao calls Yuzuru weird.
  2. “Momo-chan” is Tori. You may recognize this nickname because Izumi also calls Tori this. It comes from the reading of the first kanji in his name.
Translation: Karen/Yui
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