|Writer: 結城由乃 (Yuuki Yoshino)|
|With two, we can’t have a competition, so passing practice…. Also 1 on 1, and stuff?|
|That’s fine too, but….. Akehoshi, could I have you leave it up to me? I thought of a good practice menu. Just hear me out, please.|
|Mm~..... If it’s just listening to it, that’s fine, huh? Club Captain Chi-chan, what did you think of?|
|Yes. How about some reflex practice using balls?
I’ll wait near the hoop, and Akehoshi, you approach the hoop dribbling and try to shoot, but you’ll have to avoid the balls I throw.
If you focus on avoiding the balls, you will neglect your hands. But then if you focus on dribbling, you will be unable to avoid the balls and will be hit….
Splitting your attention between the two, while going for the hoop. How about it? Do you want to try?
|That’s good, it sounds interesting~☆|
|Is that so? You said it sounds interesting! As I expected of you, Akehoshi. You are my sun, aren’t you….. ☆
Then, we’re off! Get past the balls, and come to me! Bwahahaha…...☆
|(Club Captain Chi-chan. He took all the balls out of the ball bin. He’ll throw them relentlessly, won’t he~?)
(If I let down my guard, it’ll be the end, a ball will hit me. I’ll have to follow the movement of the balls with my eyes, make my body react immediately, and prepare for the next ball.)
(As I get closer to the hoop, the balls will be coming right in front of me. A repeating pattern of dodge, dribble, dodge.)
| (But, it’s really fun! It has a thrill. I’m shivering. Could you say it’s like bungee jumping from a suspension bridge?)
(Curiosity is winning out over the fear of not being able to see what’s next. I can’t think of letting my hand off the ball. Just run at full speed and aim for the hoop…..!)
|(Akehoshi, he has a good look on his face, doesn’t he? It’s an expression that says he is having so much fun, he cannot help himself. I am becoming excited, as well…..☆)
(Whoops, this is the last one, huh? I see, Akehoshi has avoided almost all of the balls, and has made it to the hoop without stumbling? Splendid!)
Akehoshi, leap over me and become the sun! The sun blazing bright red, it suits you….. ☆
|I don’t care about the sun or whatever, but I’ll have you let me score. Shoot….. ☆|
|A shot from the ring…. It’s a layup shot, huh? It’s not flashy, but it is a reliable shot.
Your reflexes are extraordinary, as well. There is nothing left for you to learn from me. Akehoshi, you possess a full mastery of the art…..!
|This isn’t martial arts, so it’s weird to say “a full mastery of the arts,” isn’t it? *sigh*~.... I worked up a good sweat. I’m thirsty, huh. Club Captain Chi-chan, go buy me a drink, okay?|
|Sure, what do you want to drink? While I’m at it, I shall go buy some for Takamine and Isara, as well.|
|Huh? Is that seriously okay? At any rate, you are the Club Captain, and all, Club Captain Chi-chan…. I feel weird making you an errand boy, you know.
I have some stamina left, and all. I’ll go get them, so…
|It would be a problem, too, for me to make my club members play errand boy just because I am Club Captain. At any rate, we are at an impasse like this, aren’t we? Will you go with me, Akehoshi?|
|I don’t want to be alone with you, Club Captain Chi-chan, do I?
If [player] goes with us too…. that is, now that I think about it, where is [player]? I don’t see her, but where did she go, I wonder?
|I was wrapped up in practice with you, Akehoshi, and I did not notice when she disappeared. Nevertheless, [player] is not the kind of kid to go off without our permission, right?
She left for just a bit…..
Yes, it appears that [player] has returned, you know?
|Ah, you’re right.
Player, where did you…. you’re carrying canned juice in both hands, but, did you go and buy them at the vending machine? Were you so thirsty as to buy that many?
Hmm. Treats for us? You thought that we would get thirsty practicing, and went to buy them?
[player], you’re thoughtful, aren’t you~ Seriously, won’t you become the manager for the basketball club?
|Yes, since there is no manager for the basketball club, see. [player] is a girl, and all. She is thoughtful, and all. If she were to become our manager, she would be most welcome. ☆
Nevertheless, I am sure that you could not decide like “Oh, is that so?” Being a manager is work that uses up an unexpected amount of endurance, and all, isn’t it?
Doing it alongside your work as a “Producer,” you would be even more pressed for time than you are now…..
Wh-what is it, [player]? You look incredibly happy, but, did something good happen?
|It seems like [player] likes to be busy, so maybe she got happy from that?
Ah, that’s right, isn’t it? While we’re chatting, the drinks will get warm. *glug* *glug* They’re cold and delicious~☆
|Let’s call over Isara and Takamine. Heey, Isara, Takamine. [player] went and bought drinks for us as treats! Come over here and let’s take a break.|
|Understood! Takamine, it’s break time, he said.|
|[player]-senpai gave us treats, didn’t she….? I was thinking that I wanted to take a break, so this helped me out…… ♪|
|Ahh~ It’s cold, feels good. [player], you prepared towels as well, didn’t you? Thank you. ♪|
|Isara, how was Takamine’s practice? I was concentrating on throwing the balls at Akehoshi, so even you guys escaped my attention.
If you noticed anything, please tell me.
|Mm~..... Takamine is tall, and all, and his reflexes aren’t bad either, so if he’s refined, I think he could shine at it, huh?
But, there’s a wall, you could say, or…. he isn’t showing himself as he really is?
Probably, he doesn’t know what amount of distance he should have in interacting with me, so there is some hesitation when he throws the ball, I think.
Club Captain, you’re also in “unit” activities with Takamine, so I think you know his heart better than I, but….
My impression is that if we come to know each other a bit better, he’ll be even better than he is now.
|Is that so? Isara, you watch your partner well, don’t you! In order to know each other well, the best thing is to talk about things you like, right?
Akehoshi, Takamine, listen as well, please. Your hobbies.. or something you’ve been really into recently, anything is fine, get in a huddle and talk….. ☆
|Talking about hobbies is fine, but is there a need to get into a huddle…?
That is, Club Captain Chi-chan, you’re always sudden, aren’t you? Did you become aware of something talking to Sari~?
Well, whatever though.
My hobbies are taking Daikichi for walks and making nicknames. The thing I’ve been really into recently is money, I guess? Ah, I say money, but I don’t mean bills, I mean coins, don’t I?
You can buy expensive stuff with bills, but it doesn’t shine, so, see, it’s definitely the coins, that shine when you polish them, that I love~☆