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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Shinsengumi - Before the dawn 7
Location: Garden Terrace
Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Akehoshi. Hidaka. You too, lil’ miss... Drop the scary face. Mikejima’s just trying to provoke you.

That’s an understudy of Sakuma for you. Good at taunting and nothing else, eh?

First, you denounce your opponent, deny everything they’ve done... Once they’re angered and provoked, now you work on guiding their thoughts.

This is what you’re planning to say next, right... Mikejima?

Help with my work to finally perfect your revolution the way it should be, Trickstar.’ Something along that line?

It’s a type of negotiation method. Hasumi does it too, though he’s terribly bad at it.

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

Hahaha! [A veteran’s wisdom]!

Things just don’t go my way when an experienced third year’s involveed! This method is really effective against first years who are clueless about the ways of wars, though, and most of the second years!

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Shut your trap. You poked at peoples' weak spots and made children still full of worries anxious. Don’t you dare feel good about it.

At least restrain yourself, you twit. Man, I just can’t like this.

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render
Hahaha. I’m a solo uniit. I fight alone, and I’ll play every possible card to win even if I’m on my oown.
Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render
Umm...?
Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

Hahaha! What I said just now was all a joke! Nonsense I spouted as a way of negotiation! Mama Joke☆

I didn’t mean any of it―can you think of it that waay?

Hokuto Hidaka Summer School Dialogue Render
Joke? I find that hard to believe.
Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render

Yeah. It felt really disturbing...

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

It’s my hobby to say disturbing thiings! Though that’s a joke too☆

To tell the truth, I can’t figure you kids out just from the outsidee...

It looks to me like you were only swept by the current, led around by the nose, and happened to find victory by luck.

That’s why I’d like to work together with you once, to grasp your abilities and ideaals. We’ve gotten quite off topic, but this has to do with my current goal tooo.

Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render

...And that is?

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

A festival. Ah, to speak in your words: a job.

MaM has built a good reputation after all the work I've done. Connections and a fine track record tooo...

And this time, I’ve been entrusted with a huge job and given the budget to do it.

But the details haven’t been decided yet, so I thought I should start by gathering comrades.

I was thinking to invite any kid I could find, anyone; and discuss the details of the job with theem.

That’s why I picked at Anzu-san and her favorite Trickstar.

Since I spotted Kurou-san in the middle of our game of tag, I tried to involve him as an afterthought.

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

I’m an afterthought? Don’t make a fool of people too much, Mikejima.

Ah well, that doesn’t matter. So actually, I had this talk with Kanzaki while we were making snacks... It seems our Hasumi has a case of his own.

A town revitalization plan using the Shinsengumi or something.

Mikejima. You have connections and budget, but your job doesn’t have specifics yet and you’re in the middle of gathering teammates.

And here we have a job with specified details, and at minimum Akatsuki to be the performers.

(For the Sake of the Lord) Souma Kanzaki Full Render

...But Hasumi-dono disapproves of us getting involved in this personal matter.

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Hey, you’re being distant there. Fussing about the weirdest stuff is his usual bad habit, so we’ve gotta force ourselves in.

What are we comrades for if we won’t help each other in need?

(For the Sake of the Lord) Souma Kanzaki Full Render

O-Of course. Indeed I was thinking to ask your help. Hasumi-dono might not nod to my plea, but Kiryuu-dono should be able to convince him, I thought.

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Haha. That guy holds a guilty conscience towards me. He won’t say no if I ask.

Sure, it doesn’t feel too good since it’s like I’m scaring him into it using his weakness.

But we’re not doing anything bad here. We just wanna help him since he looks so troubled, right?

Nothing to feel sorry about. We just gotta be frank and show our sincerity.

So anyway. Don’t our two problems blend in quite well, Mikejima?

Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render
Eh? What does he mean?
Hokuto Hidaka Summer School Dialogue Render

You should understand if you’ve been listening. Each can fill in for what the other lacks, and their interests align...

Discerning that, Kiryuu-senpai is trying to invite Mikejima Madara to collaborate with them.

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Heh. Since we’re talking about you here, Mikejima, you should have already factored in this possibility, right? Isn’t that why you involved me? Am I wrong?

You and the strings you pull... You’ve got sharp ears, and like Sakuma, you have wide connections, so info naturally comes to you.

I don’t think Hasumi was trying to hide it anyway, so you’re probably already in the know about his problem.

...As always, you come up with a bunch of schemes despite looking like a thoughtless fool.

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

Right, and that’s why I remain unhurt even after the war, huuh...

It’s only now I realize that I should’ve dropped all that cunning and struggled with all my youthful energy back then.

I’ve missed the opportunity to die... I could’ve done something, and yet I didn’t involve myself in the story. I’ve always regretted that.

Anyway, there’s no demerit in it for me, so I’m not against teaming up with Akatsuki for this joob.

But Keito-san wouldn’t like this, would hee?

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Even if he starts pouting, I’ll see that I make him say yes.

He’s a lot smarter than me; he should agree if I explain my reasons.

First off, he’s good-natured at his core, and he’s weak to pressure.

Get a crass thug like me to tell him ‘Shut up and obey!’ and no question he’ll nod his head up and down.

Well, sit tight and expect some good news. I’ll go to convince him within today.

Translation: kotofucius
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