|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Onee-sama~, Merry Christmas ♪
Fufu, I’m happy I was able to see your face. What brings you here today?
Hm. So you’re going around and meeting with all the 『Units』 who are planning to take part in the Star……the 【Star Festival】.
That makes sense - this is an『S1』, after all. It simply would not do to just go into it without a plan.
The number of 『Units』 participating in the 【Star Festival】 is like the amount of stars in the sky; it must be a real trouble to meet with them all.
You have my sympathies. Please don’t push yourself.
Fufu. Yes, as embarrassing as it sounds…… Us 『Knights』 are currently holding an early Christmas Party.
Would you care to join us, Onee-sama?
Ehehe, Ritsu-senpai made a cake that doesn’t have a grotesque appearance for once, you know? (eating) It tastes great too ♪
|Su~chan, you’re eating too much. 『Ou-sama』 and Nacchan aren’t back yet, so make sure you don’t eat it all by accident.
I’m fine as long as I have Anzu’s blood~, but everyone else need to eat normal snacks, right?
|You shouldn’t say that even if it’s a joke, Ritsu-senpai. I, Suou Tsukasa, will take down all those why try to hurt Onee-sama.
……This just occurred to me, and I know it’s only a self-proclaimed title, but is it okay for a vampire like you to be celebrating Christmas?
|I did consider this myself, but why don’t we avoid thinking too deeply about it and just let it slide~……
Besides, I don’t know if it’s for fashion-related purposes or what, but my brother even has a cross hanging around his neck.
Knights are usually deeply associated with Christian beliefs.
If vampires are really existences that the Christian Church denies, then I’m basically not fit to be a part of 『Knights』.
Putting that aside - Anzu, you look kind of pale. Are you feeling alright……?
|You’re overworking yourself aga~in, aren’t you, Anzu. Even God takes a break once a week, for Heaven’s sake - and it’s not like you’re Santa Claus or anything.
At least try to take it easy over the New Year’s.
Then again, there’s a ton of large-scale events during this period of time, what with the 【Star Festival】 and the other 『SS』……
I guess it only makes sense for a『Producer』 to be super busy.
I know it’s called ‘Shiwasu’¹ for a reason, but seriously…… If you end up passing out, it’ll be troublesome for me too.
Take a short break and have some sweets or a cup of tea with us here before you go out again.
Don’t hold back - you’re always welcome here, Anzu.
|(whispering) Sena-senpai’s really nice to Onee-sama these days, isn’t he?|
|(also whispering) No - it’s hard to tell, but he’s been nice since the very beginning. Secchan’s a tsundere, but he’s totally dere-dere to anyone he meets who’s younger than him.|
|Eh, but he’s always been so strict to me. I wonder why that is?|
|Secchan’s just awkward like that. If he really likes someone, he tends to go extra hard on them, to the point where he sometimes gets disliked instead.|
|I see…… I think I’m going to put more effort into understanding Sena-senpai’s kindness.|
|Yep. Anzu used to avoid him, but recently she’s grown to understand him more. Now she just honestly deals with his way of showing affection. Su~chan, you should learn from her.|
|Hey, what are the two of you whispering about? It’s su~per annoying!|
|It’s no~thing much. Anyway, Anzu…… Have you seen 『Ou-sama』 and Nacchan anywhere?
They’ve been out for an awfully long time; I wonder if they’ve gone to raid someplace like the forty seven ronin.²
|Yes, it is worrying. What if they’re stranded somewhere again?|
|Mmm~ It’s possible that the gift shopping is the reason why they’re taking so long. I don’t know about 『Ou-sama』, but I feel like Naru would be strangely picky over things like this.|
|Wahaha☆ I’m back~ The King has returned……!|
|……Oh, speak of the devil. Where have you been all this time, and what were you doing? We got so hungry, we couldn’t wait and just started eating without you.|
|Sorry, sorry! Nazu looked kind of troubled, you see~ So I decided to help him out!
He was my ally in 『Knight Killers』, and it seems like he’s helped you guys out a lot, so…… I thought I’d return the favour ♪
|By Nazu, do you mean Nazunyan? What happened to him……?|
|I’m back~ ♪ Sorry I took so long~, the shop I wanted to go to is a bit of a distance from here.
And since the blizzard out there’s quite strong, I had a bit of a hard time on the way back too~
|Welcome back, Narukami-senpai. Uwah, that’s a lot of bags in your arms.|
|Ahaha, since I was there already, I did some shopping for myself too……
Anyway, did you hear, Sena-chan? Appa~rently, there’s something going on with『Ra*bits』 at the moment.
|Mm~ What is it? Nazunyan’s the type to brood over his worries on his own, so I haven’t heard anything……
Then again, it’s not like we’re friends or anything?
|Ufufu, you say that now, but the two of you get along so well usually~ ♪
It seems that it’s got something to do with the 『unit』 Mika-chan-……the 『unit』 my friend is in. Sounds fishy, doesn’t it?
|Aah, the one with Itsuki…… I heard he got sick recently, and that he’s been absent from school.
I wonder what happened - not that it has anything to do with me though?
Aah geez, this is the worst…… We were having such a good time too, and now the mood’s been ruined.
I guess I’ll contact Nazunyan and Itsuki…… It might be none of my business, but it’s a pain to have to watch the two of them getting into a mess right in front of me.
|Ufufu, Izumi-chan, you’re so kind~
But from what I’ve seen, it’s probably best not to interfere~. It seems like it’s something related to their private matters.
|We got Nazunyan involved with our own private matters with the『Knight Killers』 business, didn’t we.
It’s only right for me to try and help. I can’t just leave him be.
……H~mmm. Both Nazunyan and Itsuki aren’t answering their phones; what the heck are those two doing?
|Mm~ Because I heard that Shuu passed out, we actually went to visit him on our way to buy the Christmas presents.
It really seems that he’s been pushing himself too far for a while now.
He was getting all riled up about participating in the【Star Festival】 no matter what, so all of us tell him to stay in bed and even had to tie him up.
It was terrible~ He’s always been such a stubborn person.