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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Wonder Game - Chapter 19
Location: Rooftop
Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

.....Hmmm. It’s not time for the “Wonder Game” participants to meet up yet, so I had been wondering why you came to Yumenosaki already.

…..You’re planning to make preliminary arrangements before the story of the day begins.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Yes! As they say, there’s no rest for the wicked, and diligence is my only redeeming quality after all!

Apparently, His Eminence Eichi has recently been getting here early and spending all day immersed in office work, so I figured it was a good opportunity!

Fu fu fu ♪ I am sure Mr. Sakasaki of Switch is close to hitting the limit of how long he can endure agonizing over this unbearable either-or-choice he is facing!

He’s been struggling for so long that I’m thinking I will take pity on him and end his life already!

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..What a disturbing way of phrasing things.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

My apologies! I experienced a minor lapse in memory regarding Your tenderhearted Excellence’s dislike of these things!

I truly apologize for the lack of consideration; when one was raised in a rough environment, these kinds of defects are difficult to hide at times ♪

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..Aah, you were raised in something like the military, weren’t you, Ibara?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Yes. It’d seem like playing house when you compare it with the real military, but for what it’s worth I did undergo ordinary military drills.

Of course, since that turned out to be unexpectedly helpful for idol activities in the long run, I don’t lament my circumstances in the least.

But so~metimes I just can’t help but wonder; what if I had been born into a normal family…?

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..That is something I wonder about myself sometimes, too.

…..But what does “normal” mean? What a difficult concept it is, maybe it’s like an average score?

…..The average score changes when you increase the statistic sample.

…..Seen from space, all of humanity, clinging to and crawling over this planet, is nothing but heresy.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Yes. And that’s why I think it’s best not to think about this stuff.

The grass is always greener on the other side, after all… Even if you compare yourself to someone else, it’s a given they’re different from you, since you’re separate people.

And yet. From time to time, despite usually being satisfied with crawling on the ground… I find myself wanting to climb up somewhere high. I wonder why that is.

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..Attempting to rise to the heights where God resides will only invoke his wrath and lead to divine punishment, though.

…..And yet we can’t help it. Because that’s what human instinct dictates.

…..However. If you, just like Eichi-kun back then--

--…..Nh~nh. I’m sorry, nevermind.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Pardon? Please don’t abandon this conversation halfway through~, now you made me all curious. It’s a bad habit of yours to act incomprehensible to everyone except yourself, Your Excellency?

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..Mh. Well, when the time comes and the need arises, we will finish this conversation.

…..Because I told myself I wouldn’t let that happen ever again.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

………?

Wonder Game - Chapter 19 2
Location: Student Council Room
Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Please excuse my intrusion! Saegusa Ibara humbly reporting for our arranged meeting! Salute~☆

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

Yes, how nice of you to come visit ♪

Please excuse my rudeness, but I must ask you to take your leave. We have no tea to offer a stray dog such as yourself, you see.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Geh… Hello my lifelong friend, why are you aliv-- I mean, what are you doing here?

If I'm not mistaken, you were supposed to be accompanying your owners on a trip overseas at this time...?

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

How well-informed you are. That would normally be my plan this time of year... However, due to differing circumstances, I am staying by the Young Master’s side this time.

Seeing as it is graduation season, it’s a busy time with no end to the idol work coming in.

That can't be helped, so the Master and Madam have given consent to my staying here.

Moreover. I could perceive the smell of an unwashed dog in my territory, you see.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Hmm… Here I thought your senses had withered ever since you became a collared lap dog, but it seems that your nose still works to some degree.

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

Reluctantly so. As long as I’m by President-sama’s side, I have no shortage of fishy situations in my surroundings.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Fufu. I suppose I’ll take that as a compliment. But it’s funny-… I mean, surprising. I’ve heard stories about it, but you two truly don't get along at all.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

On the contrary! Early in our lives, we spent many sleepless nights in one bed together, and are so close as childhood friends that we even call each other “Onii-chan ♪” and “Little brother ♪”! Right, Yuzuru-Oniichan ♪

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

Hah? Did you take a bullet to the frontal lobe in the time we haven’t seen each other or something?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Whoa.[1] While I could keep watching this charming exchange all day, unfortunately, I am a very busy man… Let’s skip the preamble and get right into business.

Saegusa-kun. Let me verify one last time; are you really okay with this?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

…...Yes. If Your Eminence agrees to the conditions I explained beforehand, that is.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

I see this as unavoidable for us. Or rather, it’s turning out exactly as desired, to the point that even if you hadn't come to me with this proposal, I would have suggested it myself.

As you know, the landowners are still raising hell.

We didn’t get anywhere with those antiquated old-timers who’ve tied themselves down with traditions, customs and so on, no matter how much money we threw at them--

So if you manage to make that land available for the “ES Plan”, I’ll gladly go along with the things you suggested.

In fact I’d be so indebted to you that I feel like payment by itself won’t be sufficient. How about I make Yuzuru wear a maid uniform and give you the right to keep him as a servant for around a week as a bonus?

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

President-sama, that isn’t funny.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Well, I was just kidding. But are you really okay with doing “this and nothing more”...?

Out of consideration I’ll give you a word of advice: You seem to be in an awfully big hurry.

But you are still so young; I think you should look at the long term.

If you’re in a hurry to rack up achievements and keep your relationships superficial, I can’t imagine myself taking your hand and joining you for a dance in the future.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

...Don’t worry.

Please forgive me, as I don’t intend to criticize Your Eminence. ...These are words of warning I have received before from my seniors who wanted to play up their higher rank to me.

But that was nothing but empty talk from fools who were apprehensive after losing their vested interests to me.

I have gotten to where I am today by disregarding their words and doing as I please.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Very well. If you’re aware of your standing yet possess the courage to keep moving forward, there is no problem.

I love young people like that, so let me root for you from the bottom of my heart.

Let’s raise the notion of our beloved idols to new heights, together.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

...I intend to strive for that to the best of my ability, poor though it may be.

Well then. Since we have reached an agreement, I will head to the set of “Wonder Game” now. My apologies for the interruption, please excuse me ♪

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

Ibara.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

……..?

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

Among all the people I know, you are the most despicable and filthy of all of them.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

...Well, thanks.

Yuzuru Fushimi School Dialogue Render

Which is exactly why. Don’t keep thinking that you have to hold on to your pride and die like a dog; if you’re ever at a loss, rely on “me[2].

You may not be my little brother, but you are my favorite pupil, whom I raised with care.

At the very least, I want to lend you a hand when you’re in trouble… I’m also human, after all.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

...Hm~, I don’t entirely understand what you’re getting at, but... I’ll keep that in mind, “instructor”.

  1. This might seem like an exclamation of surprise, but he’s actually using the command “Whoa” to stop a horse.
  2. Yuzuru uses the emphasis quotes and the masculine pronoun “ore” here, instead of his usual polite “watakushi”.
Translation: Bakemonoremy
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