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Writer: 日日日 (Akira) Requirement: Unlock in (After Lesson) Subaru Akehoshi's Idol Road
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Season: Spring (春) Location: Dance Room
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... Soooo, do you need something, Student Council President?

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Oh, it appears that I’ve been spotted. You’re unexpectedly sharp... Or rather, you have a heightened wariness not unlike that of a wild animal’s...

My apologies, I hadn’t meant to interrupt your practice.

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It’s fine. School has been over for a while now, so I was just thinking of finishing up my practice and going home soon.

Actually, is it okay if I cut the polite talk? I’m not that good at it.

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I don’t mind. Go ahead and speak casually.

I’d like it if you’d simply call me “Eichi”, by the way, rather than “Student Council President”. It would be nice if we could become more amiable, so I’ll call you Subaru-kun as well. ♪

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This guy’s real pushy, huuuuh... Well, uh, Eichi-senpai, did you need something from me?

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No. I had simply finished my Student Council affairs and was about to head home when I spotted a room still lit.

So I thought I should do my part as the Student Council President and give whoever had stayed back so late a bit of a warning. 

Fufu. I recognized a familiar singing voice, and just as I thought, it was yours...

My, in working as late as I have, it feels as if I’ve found a wonderful treasure.

Ever since long ago, I’ve wanted to sit down and have a proper conversation with you.

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Huh, that so. On my end, I’ve got a lotta things I wanna ask and learn from you too.

Like, why aren’t you trying to pick a fight with me even though you said all that stuff during the DDD…? 

I was like, “This guy’s lost interest in me, huh~.”

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But I am interested in you — incredibly so. I would even say that I’m in the process of becoming a fan of yours– no, of Trickstar as a whole.

Though this wasn’t the result of solely your actions, I nonetheless lost to you all. It’s only natural I would respect you for that, don’t you think?

However, I was afraid that I would be a detrimental influence, disturbing the delicate balance you four have, if I were to meddle in your affairs too much.

So I chose to restrain myself, but it appears that all my worry was for naught.

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Yup, don’t underestimate us~. Trickstar’s not a unit that’ll be shaken just ‘cause you meddle with us a little.

What, you wanna go again?

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Ahaha. If you were to race towards me now, I doubt you’d even be able to even reach the tips of my feet. That’s fine, though; the young bounce back easily. ♪

I believe that, someday... we will have a rematch. I did promise something along those lines during the DDD.

However, fine is still flawed, so it won’t be anytime soon.

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... Hey, Eichi-senpai... Is it really okay for us to compete in the SS?

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What ever do you mean by that?

You all have both the right and the skill to participate in it, and above all else you have a limitless future ahead of you... You have the potential to grow infinitely. That is something I, Tenshouin Eichi, can guarantee.

I wonder... Are you perhaps frightened by such a grand stage, the scale of which you’ve never performed on before? However, if that is true, I shan’t coddle you. I, at the very least, never shall.

If you were to unquestioningly follow my every word to the letter, then perhaps you would be able to avoid experiencing such pain and despair.

However, nothing will come out of discussing such hypothetical scenarios. 

After all, you all chose to oppose me, brazenly declaring, “Bullshit! We’ll follow our own paths!” didn’t you?

You are the ones who chose this highway to hell yourselves, so do fully devote yourselves.

I won’t lift a single finger to help you. After all, it isn’t any of my business what such shameless fools end up doing. I’ll simply look away, or perhaps even scoff at you.

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... I see. Actually, hearing that’s pretty relieving.

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Relieving? You certainly are odd... Are you going to thank me after being refused so bluntly?

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I mean, it’s better than being hugged, coddled, and told, “You did well”. That sorta stuff from you would just confuse me.

We’re enemies, you know? Enemies that have to fight each other with all we’ve got, rivals that beat each other into the ground... I’m happy that someone like you exists.

Always having someone stronger to surpass — a more formidable foe you’ve gotta challenge — by your side is a blessing, don’tcha think?

But y’knooow, the SS is still a loooong way off, since it’s at the end of the year and aaaaall...

And I dunno a lot about what the other school’s reps are like, so it’s kinda hard to actually get motivated for it...

It’s not like I’m burning out or anything, but for some reason I just can’t, like, get my heart into it these days.

Everyone else in Trickstar has their own club activities they’re doing, school events they’re participating in too... But I think those kinda things are just distractions, y’know?

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Ah, so that’s why you’re the only one practicing today.

To me, Trickstar gives the impression of four friendly people who always act as one, so I must say, I thought it rather unusual.

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Ahaha. Everyone else happened to have other things to do today...

But just before the DDD, everyone threw their all into practice to the point that they’d collapse, nevermind what else they had going on.

And then, just like that, I realized super clearly that I wasn’t working hard enough. 

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Fufu. It’s certainly true that even if ruffians — ruffians with neither amibition nor ideals, who mindlessly attack the first person they happen to be affronted by — managed to coincidentally seat themselves on the throne, that act would be as meaningless as casting pearls before swine.

If you ever find yourself unable to bear that heavy responsibility... then I shall bear it for you at any time.

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Sure. With you around, Yumenosaki Academy’s in good hands, huh?

You’ve got ambitions, ideals, a dream... Adding in the fact you can handle politics, in my eyes you’ve got it all.

But that’s why we’re gonna do everything we can — even if it kills us. Even if each one of us shatters into nothing but stardust...

I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up whatever we leave behind and use it well, or something like that.

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Alright. Leave the politics to me for now; youth such as yourselves should rampage upon the battlefield.

You need only show the whole world how wonderful Yumenosaki Academy’s idols are.

I really will be cheering you on. ... Work hard, Subaru-kun.

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Sure, no problem! I’ll do my best, Eichi-senpai.

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Fufu, we certainly have been talking quite the while, haven’t we..? It’d be terrible if you caught a cold, so please do change your clothes and head home without delay.

Stay aware of your surroundings as you traverse the night, as your body is your most valuable asset.

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Nah, I’ll be fine. I live in a neighborhood close to school.

My mom’s staying overnight at her job today, so since I’d just be lonely if I hurried home after school... I ended up staying late to practice instead.

Oh, actually! Eichi-senpai, if it’s alright with you, why don’t you come over for dinner?

Like, we haven’t talked enough at all... and besides, my Mom made way too much curry — I can’t finish it all by myself, so it’ll just end up going to waste otherwise.

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Eh? I hadn’t expected you to propose such a thing — what on earth shall I do... I have always wanted to taste a truly home cooked meal, as I seldom have the chance to. This is a rare opportunity, so perhaps I’ll take you up on your offer...

I was supposed to attend a rather troublesome social event today, so I hadn’t particularly wanted to go home... By inviting me to yours, you’ve quite frankly saved me.

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Cool, then it’s settled. Actually, I wouldn’t even mind if you just stayed the night~♪

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My, and you called me pushy...

Perhaps you and I are more similar than I thought — birds of a feather.

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Nope, I’m me and you’re you. That’s why chatting like this is fun, right?

I don’t think it’d be very interesting if everyone was the same as everyone else, that’s all.

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Yes, you’re right. You’re absolutely right...♪

Translation: Peace
Proofreading: haranami
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