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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
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Location: Dance Room
- A day after the falling out between Tsumugi and Natsume, in the morning -
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Eh, so Mr. Sakasaki really has gone missing? I did think it was strange that I hadn’t seen him around since yesterday at noon…

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Yes… We got into a bit of an argument yesterday, so I’ve been anxious, trying to contact him over and over since then.

But he’s not only blocking my calls, it seems like even Sora-kun’s calls are being rejected.

Despite that, I know he is serious about work, so I thought he’d at least show his face for it.

But he isn’t showing up at all, and I’m so worried. What should I do…?

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I’m afraid I don’t know what to do either…

Hm~m… Today’s “Alice” isn’t Switch, so to put it bluntly, we can continue “Wonder Game” even if he doesn’t show up at all.

As a result of our impartial little behind-the-scenes talks, it’s pretty much set in stone that Switch will be “Alice” on the last day, though.

We’ll be in trouble if he doesn’t at least participate on that day.

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I am sorry… This is my responsibility, because I'm the one who caused Natsume-kun's misunderstanding. He might hate anything and everything right now.

No, I can’t bring myself to believe that Natsume-kun would just skip work without permission. I think the chances are much higher that he's been in some kind of accident and is unable to move right now!

I-I’m gonna go check some places I have in mind, so please start today’s “Wonder Game” without me!

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Aah, please hold on just a second!

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Gyahn!? P-please don’t pull on my necktie like that! I thought I was gonna choke to death!

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My apologies! How inexcusable of me to be so careless!

More importantly. It happened a bit sooner than I expected, but I made allowances for this kind of situation to happen sooner or later.

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……..?

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Ideally, I had wanted him to “explode” on camera, though. In order to achieve that, I've been carefully and gradually adding stress and cornering him.

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…What exactly are you saying?

Are you telling me you have an idea as to why Natsume-kun has been acting strange lately? Depending on your answer, even I might not be able to help getting angry…?

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I’d be surprised if that happened. Just like all of you did in the past, I merely manipulated the pieces on the board and arbitrarily changed the situation, nothing more.

Whatever I had to do to achieve my goals. Goodness, somewhere along the way, I may have become too powerful...

Who would have thought that everything would unfold just as quickly and easily as I wanted it to.

I feel as if I’ve become God himself. Makes me wonder if that’s the same sensation all of you from the former fine experienced back then?

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………..

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Hmhm. Thanks for the valuable information. It seems like His Eminence acted accordingly to my request. As expected of him, he keeps his promises perfectly.

He is a trustworthy business partner.

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“His Eminence”... You mean Eichi-kun, right?

(Now that I think of it, yesterday Eichi-kun suddenly appeared and took Natsume-kun somewhere. He said he had something to talk about.)

(I wonder what the two of them spoke about, then?)

(Natsume-kun is a sorcerer who can manipulate words freely, so I can’t imagine him being easily manipulated by someone else verbally reaching out to him, though…?)

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Fufu, I said too much already. A slip of the tongue can be fatal for a politician. Time to retract my sinful tongue and zip my mouth right up ♪

Please, if you want to look for Mr. Sakasaki, be my guest! As long as you’re all able to participate on the last day, there’s no problem on our part!

No, in the worst case scenario, even if Switch was to disappear off the face of the planet, at this point it wouldn't be a hindrance to us! The king has already been cornered on the board[1], so feel free to do as you like ♪

Well then, I have to talk to the staff about today's program… So let’s end the idle chat here, please excuse me! Good luck ♪

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Ah, please wait, Saegusa-kun! We aren’t done talking yet!

(...Uu. He walked away without even looking back at me. Youngsters are so “impatient”.)

(But it’s too early to say that the king has been cornered. I am sure it’s not all over yet… Anything but a fatal wound is nothing but a scratch, so as long as we don’t die, we can persevere.)

(First, I have to find Natsume-kun.)

  1. Ibara is once again using shogi terms… Does this guy really not know chess rules?
Translation: Bakemonoremy
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