|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: Soundproof Practice Room|
Wai—hey. You’re sticking too close, Tomoe-senpai. Is this normal in Eve?
|Yes yes, in Eve it is!
Since we are only a two-person group, if we’re positioned too far apart from each other, it will give the wide stage a deserted impression!
So we stick close, performing as though we’re a single living being.
We focus the audience’s gaze to one point, so they would be captivated by our performance… in a much deeper level.
And by being joined like this… I can lend a helping hand to the still immature Jun-kun as I feign a touch.
Dancing while sticking close like that, like we’re hugging, makes it look like we’re close, too.
It seems everyone wishes for the people they like to be on good terms with each other, after all?
I’d like to make every possible effort to answer to what the audience wants.
It seems there’s a problem with my personality, but if I show an excellent performance, the audience would love me, right?
Or at the very least, they’ll lift up something close to love for me. I’m an idol because I crave that.
Hokuto-kun, for what sake are you an idol right now? Money? Fame? Love?
Or is it simply to follow after the footsteps of your acclaimed parents—or the opposite, to rebel against that?
|Okay, stop! You shouldn’t look up at me like that! It can’t be helped since I’m taller than you, but you can keep talking without trying to look at me in the eyes, right?
Considering our skins are touching right now, we should even be able to communicate without letting out a voice!
Well, you aren’t used to it like Jun-kun, so I suppose it’s too much to ask for.
|(Wha!? He made me lower my head while making it seemed like part of the dance? How did he do that? Was that aikido or something…?)|
|Don’t ponder on every little thing! Focus, focus~♪
Well, since this isn’t the real deal, I’ll word it out to you while I haven’t forgot.
Summer Live is held outside. It’s midsummer… there will be intense sun rays, okay?
If you lift your face, you’ll be staring at the sun flare in the eye and experience retinal burn!
We idols can’t sing and dance while wearing sunglasses, right?
So be careful where you direct your gaze! Although well, looking down with the sunrays behind you would cast a shadow on your face and make you look gloomy.
Hokuto-kun, how about cutting your bangs? You might look just a little more cheerful!
I abhor gloom, you know! Summer Live is supposed to have a bright atmosphere, but that’ll go to waste if you look gloom!
If cutting it doesn’t settle with you, how about dyeing it?
Nowadays, they won’t scold you over it as much! Dyeing your hair makes you a delinquent—that kind of antique values are dying down, see?
|No, I like my hair as is. Grandma had once complimented me for it… she said that it’s nice, that it gives me a sincere, serious impression.|
|Grandma? Idols are culture for the young, right?|
|Well, true… D-Do I look that gloomy?|
|Ahaha! Compared to me, yes!
Well, there’s no reason to force it if you have some fixation over it. I think things that can be changed should be constantly renewed to suit the needs, though.
Or you’ll turn into an obsolete industrial waste before you know it!
Come on, how about giving some effort, at least, to look a tiny bit cheerier? You can copy what I do!
Cutely and delightfully, here’s an idol pose…☆
|I—Idol po~se…? Like this?|
|Ahaha! So unnatural it’s laughable! But conversely, that makes such a fine weather…☆|
|(Hmm… As I thought, his words and actions are rather odd, but… has Tomoe-senpai actually been trying to give me guidance since we started?
He has some atypical ideals, but some of what he says are sensible. Plus, his singing or dancing didn’t get disturbed at all even as he spoke.
And unlike me, he doesn’t concern himself over his own problems—he performs with the audience as his priority, as is proper.
Where his body faces, where his gaze rests, each of his gestures—everything’s been calculated and polished to perfection.
There are just the two of us here in this narrow lesson room… but he gives the illusion of standing at the center of a great many people.
I can even feel the audience’s cheers, their applause, the heat that comes from all of that.
Is this Tomoe Hiyori’s world? The true ability of the two leading stars of fine, who once stood at Yumenosaki Academy’s apex?
No, for a top idol, it must be something as natural as breathing.
I’m still immature, that’s all there is. As an idol, I still don’t have enough resolve, enough experience… enough of anything.)