|Writer: 西岡麻衣子 (Nishioka Maiko, Happy Elements K.K)|
|Location: In Front of the Fountain|
|It’s very good to meet you, Shinkai-senpai! My name is Aoi Yuuta! Sakuma-senpai told me to come here!|
|Puka, puka ♪ So you are the child Rei was talking about… The one who wanted to become my pupil or something…|
|Ah, yes! Umm… Why are you in the fountain?|
|I will dry up if I do not bathe…|
(Umm, I don’t get it… Shinkai-senpai sure has a peculiar feel to him. Maybe he has some amazing motive ordinary people like me can’t understand?)
(Yeah, I’m sure that’s it! Would expect no less from the five oddballs!)
|Would you like to bathe with me, Yuuta...? It feels very good ♪|
(W-what do I do? Why do I have to bathe suddenly?!)
(No, wait, think clearly. Surely there’s gotta be a reason behind this invitation.)
(Is this a test? He might be testing whether I can see his true intentions or not…)
Of course I will bathe with you, Shinkai-senpai!
|Come in, come in ☆|
|H-here I come!|
|Puka, puka ♪|
(Aaaaaaaah! What is going on? This is so surreal! And people are giving us such pitying looks!)
By the way, why do you want to become my pupil, Yuuta…?
I do not know much about your unit, but I thought it was doing fairly well…
Ah! Umm, it’s not that we’re getting bad results or anything...
I formed a unit with my twin brother, but since we’re always together, we have a hard time understanding how much we’re growing.
So I want you to tell me your opinions and give me some advice!
|Advice…? Hmm… I cannot say I am a fan of those…|
I’m begging you! I want to learn the techniques of the oddballs, the most powerful students in the academy!
We’ve worked with Hibiki-senpai before! Even Aniki thought his movements were so astounding that he looked as if he wasn’t human! I want someone like that to instruct me!
|So we do not look human to you…?|
|Yes! You are all absolutely amazing! Everyone respects you an awful lot!|
|? Is something wrong, Shinkai-senpai?|
No… Nothing is wrong… You are very straight-forward, Yuuta… Just like the sun…
You are so warm that it feels like you will burn me… Although I have been getting used to warmth recently…
|? Umm… What exactly does that mean?|
|Well, anyway! That is my wish, Shinkai-senpai!|
Uhh… I am not sure how I feel about you calling it a wish...
There are many people who do not want me to grant their wishes… Especially here...
Well, whatever… Let’s do it like this, then...
I will now tell you to bring me five things… If you can bring all of them, I will make you my pupil...
So it will be a give-and-take ☆
|! Really? So this is a test, right? I will do my best!
This is pretty sudden, but what would you like me to bring you?
|Let me see… Alright, please bring me the bowl of Buddha’s stone and the orb of the dragon’s neck ♪|
|"The bowl of Buddha’s stone” and “the orb of the dragon’s neck”? I’ve never even heard of those things before...
Umm… What exactly are they, Shinkai-senpai?
|Hehehe… Figuring that out is part of your test, Yuuta...|
|...I see! I get it now! I’ll get going then!|
|Bye bye ☆|
|Location: First Floor Passage|
The bowl of Buddha’s stone... The bowl of Buddha’s stone...
(Hmm… What even is that? I can’t search for it without knowing what it is.)
(A bowl, huh? Like the ones in the cafeteria?)
(...No, wait. It could also be something like a flowerpot. Then maybe I have to go to the courtyard or the garden terrace… Hmm…)
(And there’s also the Buddha part… Buddha’s like some really amazing person, right? Like a god? God, huh…)
(! Aah! Speaking of gods, I heard there’s a second-year called Sakasaki-senpai whose fortune-telling is so accurate that it’s almost like he’s a god!)
(So is “Buddha’s stone” Sakasaki-senpai’s crystal ball?)
(Then the bowl should be the thing the ball is contained in…)
(I’ve got it! I bet it’s that cushion thing people put crystal balls on!)
Alrighty then! Time to go ask Sakasaki-senpai if I can borrow it ♪