|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: In Front of the Fountain|
|But hey, Hokke… So in the end… what is the Summer Live?
We were frantic when you just suddenly broke it to us that we’ll be participating in a large-scale live and need to free up our schedules.
|I don’t know the details, either. The student council president personally called me to his office and told me that.
It didn’t feel like he’d give us a choice; not that that’s any different than usual.
|Ah, you got called through a broadcast yesterday, didn’t you, Hokke? That was kinda shocking to me, like it’s going to be the second coming of the whole DDD nightmare!|
|Hmm, but breaking up Trickstar this late will only demerit him. Plus, we’ve become relatively well-known to the outside world.
His order of dissolve back then was only effective because we were still newborn and unstable as a unit.
None of us will be swayed at whatever anyone says now.
We’ve solidified our base and grown strong and sturdy; this is the stage where we must improve on ourselves for SS at the end of the year.
We’re the representative for Yumenosaki Academy. Pitting us against each other and ruining us won’t benefit the student council president.
Though well, I don’t doubt that he has a hidden agenda.
However, in SS, where we must fight against power units from outside the academy, the student council president is an ally.
He’ll back us up as a fellow Yumenosaki idol… at least we have no choice but believe that.
Doesn’t mean we can slack our guard, though. This Summer Live thing is kind of fishy, too…
It seems to be something like an interschool competition, so we can’t count on what’s considered common sense in Yumenosaki Academy.
We must be careful as to not shame ourselves in front of strangers. Especially you, Akehoshi.
|I know! I’ll be a good boy♪
Hokke, you shouldn’t start quarreling with the guys from the other school, too.
|Yeah. I know. Leave it to me, Akehoshi. My preparations are flawless, as always.
Oh, I can’t be wasting time on chatting. It’s about time to go to the student council room… We’ll see each other again at practice in the afternoon, Akehoshi.
|Of course. See ya, Hokke~…♪|
|Location: Student Council Room|
Trickstar’s leader, Hidaka Hokuto, is here.
Fufu. I’m happy to see your face, Hokuto. You seem rather pleased; did anything good happen?
|I’m the same as usual. I think it’s you who seem excited about something.|
|To return your words: I’m the same as usual.
Fufu, it feels so nice when things are going according to your plan. As I thought, working things out in the background is so much easier and relaxing.
|…Are you scheming something again, Student Council President?|
|What sort of character do you take me for? Well, I brought that upon myself, so I guess I can’t complain.
I’m not scheming anything evil. It’s just another setup to grant the dream I long for.
In any case, it seems our guest will be late, so you’ll have to wait. Take a seat, Hokuto.
How about a cup of tea? I’ve gotten hold of some exquisite tea leaves.
My doctor restricted my consumption of caffeine, but drinking isn’t the only way to enjoy a tea.
|What are you babbling on about…? I don’t need tea when I can’t tell what you put in it.|
|A pity. They’re so good, though~… Don’t be so nervous, Hokuto.
A clever boy like you would know that I’m not your enemy in this situation.
While I can’t have you depending on me too much, I still wish to back you up, since you guys are Yumenosaki Academy’s representative.
That’s what the Summer Live is for. A practice for the coming SS; a chance to compete with a powerful opponent of another school.
I’ll be sending you guys for more of such pilgrimages in the future to let you earn abundance of experience. It’s better that you learn the ropes as fast as you can.
One of these days, I’ll send you on a job befitting of a representative of Yumenosaki.
Calling in opponents from other schools to Yumenosaki Academy to fight against, for one. Depending on the situation, perhaps even a live tour throughout the country.
I want you to feel the broadness of the world and confront SS with the proper gravity.
It’ll turn out dangerous, if all you know is the miniature garden that is this Yumenosaki Academy.
Know of the great ocean, little frog in the well♪
|If I’m to be honest, I wish I can participate more in DreamFests inside the school.
Plans that involve other schools don’t count into the DreamFest system, so they do nothing to our grades whether we win or lose.
Isn’t this just you making us pursue exhausting jobs that don’t reflect on our rapport card, strangling us with a silk floss to weaken us?
Your methods are underhanded, as always.
|That’s your persecutory delusion. But this is unexpected; I didn’t think you were the type to care for grades.|
|My parents like numbers. They scolded me because my grades have been falling lately.|
|Fufu. That’s how the world of adults is—the capitalist society is ruled by numbers, you see. Momentary passion will fade like a phantasm with the passage of time.
They all forget. So surprisingly easily.
What remains is results—in other words, numbers. My position allows me, to an extent, to manipulate these numbers inside Yumenosaki Academy at will.
You should be careful with how you address me. How about using polite language as a start?
So you won’t be insolent to our guest from the other school, how about I beat the rules of etiquette into you?♪