|Writer: 結城由乃 (Yuuki Yoshino)|
|Location: Garden Terrace|
|President, sorry to keep you waiting~♪|
|Alright, it looks like everyone’s here. Now then, Hajime-kun, I have a certain job I’d like to entrust you with. Can I count on you?|
|Huh!? W-What kind of job?|
|Fufu, relax, you don’t need to snap to attention like that. I did say “job,” but really, I’d just like you to perform a certain big role at the upcoming sports festival.|
|Sports festival......? Umm, are you going to be participating too?|
|For the moment, yes, I’m planning to. That said, I suppose it’ll depend on my health.
My body’s a worn out piece of junk, so even if I seem like I’m doing well, my health might suddenly take a turn for the worse. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything I can do about that.
Still, though, I’d at least like to enjoy the atmosphere of the sports festival. Worst case, I’ll be watching over how bold and daring you are from the first-aid tent......♪
|That’s no fair, Ecchan. I want to laze around in the shade of the tent too~
While everyone else is out there dripping with sweat and working hard, I’ll be kicking back with snacks......♪
|You’re so lazy, Ritsu-kun. Drink some tea and perk up.|
|Ugh~...... I just had a ton of iced tea, so I can’t possibly drink any more.
It’s Ha~kun’s fault for making such ridiculously good tea. Ha~kun, take responsibility and take care of me, okay~?
|What!? I don’t have enough savings to support you, Ritsu-senpai~...... I- It wouldn’t be enough to promise come back for you after I move up in the world someday, would it?|
|Ritsu-kun, cut it out. Can’t you see that Hajime-kun is troubled by all this? Actually, if anything, I’d like to provide for you, Hajime-kun. How would you feel about becoming a child of my family?|
|Huh!? Pr-President, please don’t get carried away too!|
|Fufu, I got scolded by Hajime-kun......♪|
|W- Why do you seem sort of happy about that!?
Anyways, what was that job you wanted to entrust to me? It has to do with the sports festival, right......?
|Yes. It’s also the reason why I was late to our tea party, but it turned out that a cheer contest is going to be introduced to the festival starting this year.
However, we’ve been stuck trying to decide who the key players – the cheerleaders – should be...... If I remember correctly, you’re on the red team, Hajime-kun, while Ritsu-kun is on the white team, right?
|Yes. Akehoshi-senpai is on the red team too~ Ehehe, I’m really glad we’ll get to participate in the competitions together......♪|
|I’m sure I must have this wrong, but you’re not thinking of having Ha~kun and me be the cheerleaders, are you?|
|Fufu, you catch on quickly, Ritsu-kun. If I appoint you to be a cheerleader, then you have no choice but to participate in the sports festival.
All I have to do is make sure you have nowhere to run to. It’s so easy, even a child would understand.
|Even if you nominate me, I can still decline, can’t I? Or are you gonna use your power as the student council president to make it so I can’t?|
|Well, I don’t really have much power at all as the president.
The real authority is all held by Keito, after all. If you two are completely dead-set against doing it, I won’t have much choice but to find someone else.
I’m not ordering you to do it, I’m asking you. I’d appreciate if you could think of it as a favor and help me out.
|I- I don’t know if I’ll be able to lead well, but...... If you’re nominating me, I’ll do my absolute best!|
|If I reject you now, it’ll make me look like the bad guy, won’t it? Well, I don’t really have a problem with that, but I’d rather not have you holding a grudge against me, you know......?
What do we even have to do for the cheer contest anyways?
|Generally speaking, you’ll do stuff like sing and dance to encourage your team.
Once the morning program ends, there will be a lunch break and then the cheer contest.
You’ll raise the team’s morale hoping that they’ll work hard in the afternoon program, I guess.
|Whaaat~...... That’s when the sunlight is strongest, isn’t it? It depends on the location, but if you tell me to go out in the middle of the grounds, I guarantee you I’ll collapse, okay?|
|We can’t have the cheer contest in the spectators’ tent, so this is a bit of an unavoidable problem if you were to be a cheerleader.
How about...... I know. What if I had a chair placed in the middle of the grounds?
Of course, I’ll prepare something with a canopy to block sunlight. That way, even you’d be able to do it, right?
|Uuu~...... Well, I guess I could, but... It’d be impossible to sing and dance while sitting in a chair. If I accidentally let my foot slip and I fell, that’d be the end......|
|It’s enough if you just wear a special costume and wave pompoms. You’ll look the part, somehow or another. As long as it gets across that you’re cheering for the team, that’s fine.
The costume...... What should we do about the costume? We have a dedicated designer for fine, so I could ask them to make it, but...
We might as well ask Anzu-chan to make it ♪
While we’re at it, let’s ask her to come up with a simple dance routine too. Fufu, that solves all our problems at once.
Now it feels like I can relax and enjoy the tea Hajime-kun brewed for me. Ahh, it’s delicious......♪
|Come to think of it, is Anzu-san going to be on the red team or the white team?|
|Class A has Sagami-sensei as their homeroom teacher, I believe. Wouldn’t he be the one to decide?
Hajime-kun, you and I are both on the red team, so why don’t we invite her to join us? ♪
|Ugh~...... You’re just gonna leave me out, huh?
I’ll haunt you, roar~♪
|That’s for lions, not ghosts, isn’t it?
Anyways, it seems like Anzu-chan doesn’t have any objections.
If she’s your coach, then you have no reason not to be the cheerleader, right, Ritsu-kun?
|It doesn’t really matter who the coach is...... I guess it’s better than competing in events, though. I just have to sit in a chair and shake pompoms, so I’ve got it easy......♪|
|Oh, just because you’re a cheerleader doesn’t mean you’re exempted from participating in the competitions, you know? The tea club will be participating as well.
I wonder what we should compete in. Fufu, I can feel my heart racing. I’m so excited that I won’t be able to sleep tonight......♪