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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
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Location: Animal Pen
- One year ago, in fall. On the day of old fine’s very last Live -
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………

.....”The Jabberwocky is coming ♪ The Jabberwocky is coming ♪”

.....”Out of fear we built a bulwark, and now he’s angrily clawing at us ♪”

.....Hey ♪ Yo ♪

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Nagisa-kun.

I was looking everywhere for you. It’s almost time, so let’s get ready.

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………..

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I implore you. Because this is probably going to be the last one.

The other fine members got exhausted, grew tired of being used like tools and quit already.

If you and Hiyori-kun don’t participate, we won’t be able to win the next show. This is a crucial match for the sake of our revolution; the conclusion of the subjugation of the “Five Oddballs”.

I want to make sure we succeed. But you’re so kind, and I don’t want to make you do any more inhuman things…

I think this will be the “happy ending”, so please, I beg of you.

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.....Tsumugi-kun.

…..Don’t lower your head to me, please.

.....You-- No, we, aren’t doing anything wrong, are we?

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………..

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.....You see, I was caring for the rabbits.

.....Raising animals helps cultivate your aesthetic sensibilities.

.....That’s the official reason why the school built these animal pens.

.....However. Now that everyone is so absorbed in waging war, no one is paying attention to this place.

.....Is it justifiable to abandon frail creatures and to let them die, if there is some greater cause for it?

.....I don’t know. Lately, I’ve become unable to tell.

.....If I hadn’t remembered these little ones, and wasn’t taking care of them, they would probably starve to death.

.....Back when we started our revolution, it was the same with the concept of idols at this school.

.....They were such a feeble existence that without someone to find them and support them, they would have surely died and disappeared.

.....Father, loved us idols. That’s why, I wanted to protect them.

.....I just wanted to keep them alive, out of love.

.....How many dreams did we have to starve to death for the sake of this greater cause?

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Nagisa-kun. We couldn’t have helped that. We aren’t God, after all.

All we could do was either hold on to this one dream, or to abandon all of them and let every single one die.

That’s why… I want us to keep those alive whom we trampled all over, those we hurt and tried to protect until they met utter misfortune.

Together, just one last time.

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………..

.....Don’t worry. I’ll stand on that stage just like that contract obliges me to do.

.....I will abide by the contract. If I broke it even once, the door to Heaven would close for me, after all.

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Contract? Aah… A long time ago, you and Hiyori-kun were acting so unrestrained that we were all made to sign written contracts, I remember.

I think that was just something like a game of make-believe between children, though.

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.....Is that really what you think?

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Yes… Because, if it wasn’t, then that would mean…

That Eichi-kun was serious about it ever since we signed the written contracts back then. It would mean that he knew things were going to turn out like this, and worked out a scheme for it in advance.

It would mean this wasn’t fun and games, it wasn’t a childish flight of fancy, he really put his life on the line to make this revolution happen.

And it would mean that despite Eichi-kun's expression telling me that we are best friends--

I was never able to understand even the most fundamental thing about him at all.

I abandoned his true self in the darkness, and was never able to find him even to the very end. And all this time, I was just making merry like a complete idiot.

I don’t want this… I don’t want to acknowledge it. It feels like our whole year is going to turn into nothing but a dream.

All I wanted was to spend a glittering youth together with my beloved friends--

To think that I was all alone all this time, merely shown a dream from a corner of the world…

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…..Tsumugi-kun.

…..When I’m no longer here, I want you to look after these Jabberwockies in my stead.

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Eh, what do you mean, “no longer here”? You’re exaggerating, Nagisa-kun! Well, it does kind of feel like we’re about to head into a cruel, decisive battle…

But it’s not like we’re really going to take up swords and arms and kill each other.

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…..Eichi-kun, probably intends to.

…..That’s why. If you get on stage, aware of this, you might be able to reach it in the very end.

…..The bottom of the darkness, where he is.

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………..

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…..Take care. And don’t die, because there’s no guarantee that Heaven and Hell really exist.

…..Bye-bye, Jabberwockies.

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Jabbaworkies? Is that what these rabbits are called?

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…..I don’t know. But the one running at the head of the herd is a white rabbit, so.

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Aah, like in “Alice in Wonderland”.

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…..Yeah. This one is “Alice”, this one is the “Cheshire Cat”, and this one is the “Mad Hatter”.

…..The one who always lazes around arrogantly in high places is “Humpty Dumpty”.

…..And these twins who always get into fights are “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”.

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Fufu. So you even gave them names, and looked after them enthusiastically. That’s kind of surprising. I always thought that you didn’t have any interest in animals, Nagisa-kun.

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…..I don’t. Maybe Hiyori-kun asked me to take care of these rabbits because he wanted me to cultivate an interest in them.

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…..I still don’t understand life. Or love.

…..But. I find it hard to part with these rabbits, and feel some kind of attachment to them.

…..That’s why right now, I can truly feel the weight of the precious lives we trampled all over. It hurts.

…..It hurts so much. I find it hard to breathe, being alive is suffocating.

…..Ultimately, this is surely the Original Sin that was bestowed upon me.

Translation: Bakemonoremy
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