|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: Student Council Room|
|Here is your tea, Hokuto.|
|I told you I don’t need it.|
|And I told you to address me politely. We’re both being obstinate, so it’s all fair. You’ll tire yourself being so inflexible, just relax.
You know, Hajime-kun from my Tea Club loves herbs; lately, I had the family gardener raise some for me.
They’re still of lower quality than those sold in stores, so I’ll have you drink them.
Perhaps herbs raised in my house are too horrid for you to put in your mouth?
|Don’t make fun of me. I’ll take it. (Gulp)… Hmm, it tastes like tea.|
|Because it’s tea. Anyway, Hiyori-kun is so late… He hasn’t changed, not caring about time. It’s becoming tiring to wait.|
|Yes. That’s the person you’ll be partnering with for the Summer Live.
You should remember him. He transferred out at the end of the previous school year… but he was a student at Yumenosaki Academy.
Tomoe Hiyori-kun, a former fine. I won’t allow you to say you’ve forgotten, Hockey Mask-kun♪
|…One of the two leading stars of the former fine. So he transferred out. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard rumors of him as of late.|
|You should be more aware of those around you.
I know your hands are full with just your own problems, but being able to see the surroundings is one requirement of a leader.
In any case, he’s one half of the famous duo that was fine’s main force. His strengths as an idol are equal—or far greater—than that of mine…
You’ll be eaten alive were you to drop your guard.
You must’ve heard rumors. About the most nationally esteemed unit in our age group… the unrivaled, Eden.
They’re the strongest contender for winning SS; the unit that’ll become your most formidable enemy.
Hiyori-kun is part of Eve, a unit that is deeply related to Eden, you see…
I believe he’s the perfect opponent to test your skills for SS.
|Hmm, I’ve heard of Eden, but not Eve…
You said they’re deeply related, but in what way, exactly? It seems they both took their names from the Bible for some reason.
|Fufu. That’s the funny part, Hokuto.
It seems Hiyori-kun’s Eve, alongside another unit called Adam, combine to form Eden.
|Sounds like a giant robot, doesn’t it? I’m currently looking into the details by using the student council to gather data for me.
It seems Eve and Adam’s relationship is truly like a couple.
There’s a series of schools branched from the same idol agency, Reimei Academy and Shuuetsu Academy…
It seems they have “Eve” and “Adam” as separate units, placed in these respective schools.
And sometimes, those two units combine into one and perform as Eden.
It’s not a very common method, so I don’t fully understand the concept, either.
Doesn’t it sound like a joke? Yet, they’re undoubtedly strong.
Perhaps even we, the current fine, are no match to them. Their business methods are tricky, but above that, their individual skills are frighteningly high.
Honestly, I can’t think of a hand to use against Eden right now.
So we’re going to deal with unmerged Eve and Adam one by one, in hopes we can find a hint to defeating them.
|Hmm… That Tomoe Hiyori from Eve was a former member of fine, which means he was your ally.
Shouldn’t you have grasped most of his strength?
|Well, those two were beyond my control even at that time, you see…
There’s also the possibility that upon transferring and gathering many different experiences, he’s evolved into an existence far beyond my imagination.
But at least compared to Nagisa-kun, Hiyori-kun should be easier to manage. The driving force of all his actions is simple, after all: Nothing else matters as long as I’m satisfied.
Compared to Nagisa-kun’s slipperiness, that’s still easier to deal with. Plus, Hiyori-kun has the sweet mercy of nobility. Even supposing things take turn for the worst, well… he won’t kill you.
|You always use such violent expressions… Hmm?
I hear footsteps. Is that not Tomoe Hiyori coming?
|No, this is…?|
|’Scuse me~ Huh, is the meeting with Eve not done yet?|
|Good morning, Isara. Are you going to join our meeting?|
|Hey, Hokuto. What’s up? ♪ Awfully hot day, huh? I got really sweaty after all that working in the archive room.
Anyway, you’re Trickstar’s leader, aren’t you? I’m not gonna take your job from you. I just came to deliver the documents the President asked.
|…Don’t slave my comrade around, President.|
|No no, Isara-kun was the one who asked if there was any work to do.
I didn’t wish to tire you Trickstar kids before Summer Live, either.
|Well, I feel the best when I’m a little bit busy. And I’m just doing my quota as a student council member.
Here ya go, I’ll leave your documents here.
|Thank you. Since you’re here, I wouldn’t mind if you join our meeting.|
|Nah, I’ll leave talking with the bigshots to Hokuto and his nerves of steel. It’s going to drain the life out of a lower middle class like me.
And I haven’t had lunch, so I’m thinking to get something for my stomach.
|Ah, it’s time for lunch already… I’m starting to feel hungry, too.
That cursed Hiyori-kun, he’s made us wait for too long. He couldn’t have gone home, could he…?
Geez. He hasn’t changed, still the same boy who won’t move to my plan.
- ↑ 秀越学園 ; It’s hard to guess how this school’s name should be read until they actually announce it. I’ll put Shuuetsu for now.