|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
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Wahaha! I can feel it, I can feel a surge of inspiration!
I feel like I’m going to be able to write a masterpiece today. Just watch, Haydn……☆
I guess surroundings really are important!
The snow blocks out other sounds so I focus better, and because the cold is numbing my senses, I feel like I’m in a trance!
Alright, I’m going to engrave on this earth a song that will be remembered in history~
|Leader! Really, how could you be so……!|
|Oh, Suo~! You’re being far too energetic in this cold weather, tone it down! To think you would throw a snowball at me - you really are still a child……
But I’ll take you on! I don’t go easy on anyone, not even during a snowball fight……☆
|Woah, that was close! Hey, kicking the snowballs is against the rules!
If you do that, you'll be ostracised like countries that are ostracised by the world’s economy because they don’t follow the international laws~ However, putting stones into your snowballs is sometimes allowed, depending on the situation!
|I don’t know what you’re talking about! I’ve been looking for you for quite some time, Leader!
Please stop casually going missing over and over again or I’ll have to plant a GPS within you!!
|Hey hey, calm down. I’ll apologise for worrying you, so don’t get so emotional about it. I’m sorryyyy, I just got kind of lost…… This school is just so huge, I was in a bit of a disaster ♪|
|How does one even manage to get that lost within a school campus……!?|
|Wahaha, I’m a genius that accomplishes what no one else can, that’s why!
Anyway, the air’s dry in the winter - if you shout that much, you’ll end up hurting your throat you know~?
|Please take better care of yourself before worrying about me……
Most normal people would catch a cold if they just sat in the snow like this, you know?
Make sure to pay more attention to your health. This school’s biggest event of the season is soon……
The S1 rank【Star Light Festival】, I mean.
We’ve got to work even harder than we did during the 【Halloween Party】 from the other day, and do our best to increase 『Knights’』 reputation ♪
……Though you seem to have no interest in things like reputation and influence, Leader.
|I am aware of their importance. Even the infamous Mozart bowed his head down to the nobility and wrote songs he didn’t want to write for the sake of getting jobs.
Once you get powerful, you won’t have to do 『that』 anymore, right?
Gaaaah, don’t talk about Mozart! He irritates me~!
|Eh, Leader, you’re the one who brought him up though!? Why are your words contradicting each other?|
|Uuu~…… Anyway, let’s go back to the topic of working hard for the ‘Starlight’ thing.
I know what I have to do - I was just about to finish off a new song I wrote for the event.
|Well, I do think composing is important, but please make an effort to attend Lessons too……
The other senpais from 『Knights』 have already gathered at our fortress, the Studio.
|Ah, the Sena-House, you mean. It’s comfortable there, so I like it too~♪|
|Leader, why do you call the Studio the 『Sena-House』? What a strange name.|
|Well, it smells the same as Sena’s home……
|What’s wrong, Leader? Please don’t suddenly raise your voice in such a wild manner!|
|Oh, sorry…… Hey Suo~, is the person over there Naru? Or am I just seeing things?|
|Ah, it indeed is Narukami-senpai. I wonder what he’s doing here.
Good grief. I’m sure I told him “『Knights』 members should all gather at the Studio~” earlier.
Leader, you’re a different case altogether, but to think that even Narukami-senpai is idling away his time in a place like this.
It makes me seem like I'm the stupid one for always having to go all over the place - and all for nothing too…… I wish everyone would make more of an effort to keep in step with each other.
Hey~! Narukami-senpai~, I don’t know what you’re doing over there but -
|Suo~, keep quiet for a sec.|
|W-what for? Also, please don’t randomly cover my mouth like that!|
|Yeah yeah, sorry ‘bout that. But it's rare to see Naru have such a serious expression on his face…… I'm not sure why, but seems to be in prayer, so let’s leave him alone for a bit.|
|In prayer……? Now that you mention it, the thing Narukami-senpai’s standing in front of looks like a grave. But what’s something like that doing in our school?|
|It’s not a grave, but a cenotaph. Everything’s peaceful now, so you probably didn’t know about this, but in the past, there were quite a few students who committed suicide because their dreams had been torn apart……
The cenotaph’s purpose is to pacify the souls of those people.
|Aah, I think I get it. There’s a cenotaph in my house that was built for the spirits of my deceased ancestors.
But why is Narukami-senpai praying in front of something like that? Did an acquaintance of his pass away?
|Mmm~ I have no clue. Naru and I were active in 『Knights』 during almost completely separate periods of time, so……
We’re not that close, and I don’t know that much about him.
Besides, Naru never tells us anything about himself. But he and Sena have known each other since they were in models, and they’ve always seemed kind of close, so maybe Sena knows something.
If you’re really that curious, try asking Sena later.
But remember. Becoming deeply involved with someone means that you’re stepping foot into their battlefield.
It’s impossible to just learn what you want and control how much information you receive, so make sure to be cautious about that.
|Alright…… Well, it’s not like I’m really that interested in this anyway.
Something just feels off.
Narukami-senpai is always smiling, considerate, and kind…… He’s never show forlorn expression like that in front of us.
The reliable, elegant image that Narukami-senpai shows us everyday…… Is it just a shield he has put up to hide how he truly feel, so as not to worry us?
If that’s so......I’m not quite sure how to put it in words, but I think it must be very lonely for him.