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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Wonder Game - Chapter 14
Location: In front of the Auditorium
- Several Minutes Later -
Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

~.....♪ (He’s playing a video game on a handheld console.)

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

~.....♪ (He’s embracing Sora from behind and watching him play.)

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

~ ♪ (After clearing the game, he proudly looks up at Natsume.)

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

~ ♪ (Looking satisfied, he nods his head a few times.)

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

...Excuse me~, do you have a moment~?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

WhaT. Do you have a problem with US. We’re on standby while we wait for the other idols who participate in “Wonder Game” to arriVE, which means there shouldn’t be any issuES.

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

(Hoh… What a relief. Sakasaki Natsume-san of Switch… He hadn't said a word and has been making scary faces ever since I went to greet him with Ohii-san.)

(But it looks like he’s at least willing to have a conversation with me, since I’m not a former fine member.)

(He’s emanating a strong aura of “Don’t talk to me!”, or rather, it’s like the two of them are in their own little world, though...)

(Because of how “Wonder Game” is set up, we’re gonna have to lock step with a bunch of other idols, so we all really should try to get along at least a little, right~?)

(It’s not like that’s my strong point either, but in order to achieve our goal, I have to compromise a little.)

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

...So what’s the mattER, if you’ve got something to sAY, say it clearLY, will yOU?

It’s quite unpleasant to be stared at like thAT. BesidES, there was that time when your Lilith made a big spectacle of injuring Ba-Barrier, that our Sora belongs TO.

That’s nothing compared to what the former fine dID, but it doesn’t make you entirely exempt from my hatrED, got IT?

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

(Uwah, he’s petty!? Everyone in Eden is so “laid-back” that this kind of resentful attitude is actually kinda refreshing~?)

(I wonder if back then, before I was a “special student”, I was like this, too?)

(How unendearing… It’s pretty amazing of Ohii-san to have picked me up when I was like that~?)

...Haha. Don’t say that, won’t you open your heart just a little bit~?

Especially considering that from now on, as you know, Yumenosaki and CosPro are pursuing collaborative policies?

We’re not enemies, right.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

...That’s what’s stuck in my throAT. The collaborative policy was simply decided by other peopLE, it’s not like we were informed about it and consented to IT.

Our student council president's like the ghost of a defeated soldiER, a completely senile geezER -- He's just burning the candle at both ends by doing any reckless nonsense he can get his hands ON.

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

...I don’t really get it, but to me it looks like you’re kinda displeased with the status quo right now?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

DispleasED? Of course I AM, absolutely every part of this is rubbing me the wrong wAY.

The other dAY, your companion Mr. Saegusa proposed a certain role for us of Switch to plAY… Just another thing I can’t stomaCH.

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

(Ah, so this guy’s the type to call others “Mr.”, too. It’s like he’s creating himself a persona~, but that’s typical of Yumenosaki idols.)

(CosPro-affiliated idols, with Eden as the exception, are severely lacking in personality… Feels like this is the difference between factory-made and hand-made.)

...Umm. Did that Ibara guy ask something of you?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

YeAH. You didn’t hear about IT?

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

Hah… Ibara is entirely in charge of strategies, so the rest of us kinda stick to a policy of keeping our mouths shut~.

As a result, we've been successful with barely any problems so far.

That guy is basically in control of our agency… of CosPro~. When I put it like this, I guess he’s kind of our boss.

We're the same age, so we're like friendly colleagues in a sense, but it'd still be bad to disobey him.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

HmmM. Feels like there’s a strict hierarchy at Cosmic ProductioNS?

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

I guess. The restructuring is well underway, but even now, we live in a stratified society that the "Special Student" system influences.

But, it’s not like we’re just begrudgingly abiding by everything Ibara says~, if we have our doubts or complaints, we just say them right off the bat.

For what it’s worth, he does try to take our opinions into account~.

But well, in general he basically just does whatever he pleases. That’s why even now, he still doesn’t get along with the selfish Ohii-san, or rather, they clash a lot.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

...Quite straightforward of yOU, to just lay your situation out in the open like thIS.

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

No point in trying to hide it, really. I’m repeating myself here, but we’re like comrades now, so I think we should share information with each other~?

If we didn’t open our hearts to you, and then one-sidedly demanded you to “be sociable, get along with us” it'd be ridiculous, don’t you think~?

Did I say something weird?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

Not realLY. You’re more flexible than the rumours saID, Sazanami Jun of EdEN. I imagined you to be more liKE, a hoodlum who’s just putting on a tough guy aCT.

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

Haha. “Hoodlum” is harsh~, but I guess with the kind of life I’ve lived, it’s inevitable.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

(HmmM. He’s not stirred by my provocatioNS… He really is more mature than what I’ve heard about hIM.)

(NO, it seems more like he gained a lot of experience during “SS” and “Rebirth LiVE”, and matured through thEM.)

(...Compared to thAT, how much have I grown UP?)

Translation: Bakemonoremy
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