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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
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Location: Soundproof Lesson Room
- A few days later, one week has passed since the curtains opened on “Wonder Game” -
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(Our strange daily life continuES.)

(And “Wonder GaME”, which is based on the eternal young girl Alice’s stoRY, continues on without any major incidents or even minor troublES; everything is going just perfectLY.)

(As of nOW, Switch has yet to stand out from the competitiON…)

(But as a resuLT, we aren’t being ostracized or bothered by the others, in fact it feels like we blend in naturalLY.)

(We are usually misfits here at YumenosaKI, or to put it in the words of a certain someoNE, it’s like we are always running around in the shadoWS[1].)

(RealLY, you can’t call this state of affairs anything but wondroUS.)

(It’s peaceful and relaxED, so there shouldn’t be any reason for me to be displeasED, and yET…)

(I still feel this vague uneaSE… But wHY? What is it that’s stuck in my throAT?)

(...It’s fine like thIS. BesidES, this is ideal as the last big job for us before Senpai graduatES.)

(It may not have a big impact on “that person’s future paTH”, but having made an enormous event into a huge success will definitely not detract from it in any wAY.)

(It’ll be our somewhat premature graduation party for hIM.)

(...And the person in question is happy like the cat that got the creAM, so I don’t have the right to voice complaints based on feeling “kind of uneasy for no reasON”.)

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Oka~y, listen up everyone! Try to do these steps after me!

One, two! One, two! Alright, you’re a little bit out of sync! If you keep this up, this tea party is never going to end~♪

I’m fine with that, but doesn’t “Alice” have other plans?

Days where nothing out of the ordinary happens are wonderful too, but please make up your mind and move forward!

Now, everyone, take this “Mad Hatter” as an example! Learn proper etiquette, and embark on your journey towards adult society!

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(...The things you’re saying sound like they have a deeper meaning to mE, SenpAI. To even go as far as to put on a play aCT, you’re really unusually cheerfUL.)

(WeLL, everyone aside from “Alice” is also playing a character in “Wonder GaME”.)

(It’s not strange for that Mojacko to act according to his roLE, thEN.)

(ActualLY, I should also be wearing some kind of cosplay and participating in thIS.)

(But for some reasON, my costume went missing or somethiNG, and until a new one is preparED, I can’t do anything but sit and watCH.)

(They said the loss of the costume was an accideNT, but is that really trUE?)

(So~mehOW… It feels like I’m being excluded on purpoSE, but since I don’t feel like joining in the cheerful clamour anywAY, I’m fine with IT.)

(But I feel like I’m constantly being manipulated by someone lateLY, and it’s giving me the creePS.)

(In the eND, I agreed to collude with Eden, and if everything goes according to plAN, we will be chosen to be “Alice” on the last, most exciting day of “Wonder GaME”.)

(Getting what you want without working hard for it should be “ideAL”... I shouldn’t have anything to be dissatisfied aboUT, since I am an advocate for efficienCY.)


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…Natsume-kun? What’s wrong, you look really pale~? This is bad! If you feel sick, I’ll carry you to the infirmary right away!

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No need for thAT, just leave me BE. In faCT, the cameras are still runniNG, so get back to the sET, idiOT. Go carry out your role as the “Mad Hatter” until the eND.

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Fufu. In that case, caring for you is still in-character for me, so there’s no problem with it.

Well, maybe not in the original work, but it’s the kind of role the “Mad Hatter” has in the movies and such ♪

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HaH? What are you talking aboUT?

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Fufufu~, I am the one who’s in charge of making your costume that’s been said to have gone missing, Natsume-kun.

It was originally Anzu-chan’s job, so I feel quite bad for snatching it up from her, though.

In Alice in Wonderland, I felt like Natsume-kun just absolutely has to play “that role”...

Though I think that due to how “Wonder Game” works, it’ll be difficult for you to wear that costume the whole time, so we might have to make some other costume for you as well.

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? Can you talk in a way in which you might be understoOD, SenpAI?

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Aah, I’m sorry for my bad explanation! But actually, I shouldn’t be chatting away, right? I don’t want you to scold me about that again, so I’ll be going back to work now~♪

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…YeAH. Do your beST, SenpAI.

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I will! Thanks for your encouragement, Natsume-kun!

♪ ~ ♪ ~ ♪

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(HrmM. I feel somewhat guilty about making Senpai do all the woRK.)

(Compared to “AliCE”, there’s a number of other characteRS, so they’ll be fine even if I don’t force myself to participaTE.)

(...NO. Thinking baCK, it feels like I’ve always been like thIS.)

(Mommy is a highly successful and popular fortune tellER, Daddy a businessman who travels the world trading various merchandiSE. Even before I was boRN, I already had everythiNG.)

(A kind famiLY, monetary fortuNE, any precious item I would waNT.)

(Descended from such magnificent parenTS, I was blessed with abundant taleNT, and since I was surrounded by nothing but idioTS, I was able to easily make friends whenever I wanted TO.)

(Daddy only had to snap his fingers to procure anything I could ever waNT, and Mommy only had to call and any number of people from her personal connections would come running immediateLY.)

(As soon as I realized that I could have anything I wantED, I stopped desiring anything at aLL.)

(Not wanting anything is the same as not liviNG. I was bored every single dAY.)

(It was me who was Dr. FauST, who had grown tired of life because he had everythiNG, ShishOU.[2])

(HowevER. Here at YumenosaKI, even though I didn’t even particularly wish for IT, I was granted wonderful treasurES.)

(A sparkling youTH, and magnificent Nii-sans that I respect from the bottom of my heaRT.)

(But thEN, those things were taken away from mE… And for the first time in my liFE, I thought that I “wanted” somethiNG.)

(I wanted to get back everything that was stolen from mE, but I didn’t know hOW.)

(Because I had never wished for anything before thAT. There was only a hollow void within mE, an emptiness that could never be fillED… I struggled desperateLY, but I’m out of tiME: My Nii-sans are going to graduate soON.)

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(...”Tsumugi-niisan”, that includes yOU.)

  1. He is quoting what Mao says about Switch in Pleiades Night - Concealed Heart 5. Weirdly enough, Natsume wasn’t in the room when Mao said this
  2. He is referencing a conversation he had with Wataru in Rocket Start - Set Theory 2 where he compared Wataru to Faust.
Translation: Bakemonoremy
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