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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Wonder Game - Chapter 26
Location: Rooftop
Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

(Aah, how busy I am! There's barely any time until today's "Wonder Game" starts, so I better hurry and adjust the plan to suit the present situation!)

(After how long “Wonder Game” has been going on, the staff has probably gotten the hang of things, so it’s a good time to do this… I’ll just contact them through the internet, and… there ♪)

(I’m not so senile that I feel restricted by superstitions such as “unless you speak face to face to someone, you won’t be able to get your feelings across”, after all!)

(There may be some lingering anxiety, but that’s fine for now--)

(Switch’s condition is developing just the way I had planned, so I have to get in touch with the other agencies I’m colluding with!)

(Fu fu fu ♪ Humans all tend to think of themselves as special, so as long as you whisper “this is just between you and me, in secret” to them, they’ll just believe it without reservations!)

(Not one of them expects that I, Saegusa Ibara, am secretly in touch with every single idol who’s participating in “Wonder Game”!)

(It makes me wonder why everyone else isn’t doing things the way I am! After all, the pieces on the board won’t move unless you touch them with your own hands! Ah hahahaha...☆)

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..Ibara.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Yes? Oh yes, yes, what is it, Your Excellency? You’ve arrived early today, I am pleased to see that you are so full of motivation! I have much to learn from you!

My apologies though, as you can see I have my hands full right now… I don’t know what came here for, but if it’s a trivial matter you should go talk to someone else from the staff, or--

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

Ibara.

You bastard[1]. Since when are you so high and mighty that you can just order me around without even looking at me?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

………

...H-huh? Your Excellency, what did you just say?

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

………

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

H-hiyeoh!? W-wait just a second, Your Excellency… You must be fooling around! As expected, your arms are very strong! To think that you are able to pick me up with just one hand…!

W-what kind of joke is this? I’m not a child who gets happy when someone lifts them up in the air, you know?

And I could drop and damage my laptop like this, which would be a great loss for me, so please let me down!

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

Aah? You wanna repeat that, “please let me down”? Bastard, are you in any position to demand things from me?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

U-umm…? Eh, what is this? I find it hard to keep up with this situation!

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

Hahn, is it that unexpected? Did you think of me as nothing but a game piece you can use however you like? Did you take me for an animal who doesn’t even think, or a powerless little baby?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

N-no, I would never! The mere thought is absurd! P-p-please calm down, Your Excellency, this is dangerous, I’m gonna fall I’m gonna faaaall!?

I-I’m gonna die if I fall from this rooftoooop!?

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

You wanna try dying once, aah?[2] Ibara?

I told you, didn’t I? “The rooftop is off-limits, so don’t go up there”! And now try to remember, what’s the relationship between me and you, bastard?

I’m the lord and you’re the servant, or did you forget that? How pitiful -- That’s gonna cost you dearly! If I had my due, you would be decapitated for lèse majesté, got it?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

………

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

But you know. I’m a kindhearted guy, so I’ll give you one more chance, bastard.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

…? …?

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

Obey what I tell you from now on. I won’t permit the slightest bit of treachery, your reply to me will be either “Yes” or “Yes”.[3]

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Y-yes…

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

There, there. That’s a good boy, you do get it after all. I love you, Ibara, that’s why I’ll forgive you, just this once.

Everything was just going so smoothly that you couldn’t suppress your laughter, right?

And so, you got a bit cocky, didn’t you?

I get it… But you’re nothing but a servant, aren’t you? A mere pawn like you can’t move the other pieces, right?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

...Y-yes.

Umm. I am aware that I’m not permitted to speak out of turn, but please allow me to apologize. I am sorry, Your Excellency… I, “I”[4] got cocky, just like you said.

All because! At last, my aspirations were so close to being fulfilled! I was so close to getting all those guys who’ve always looked down on me on their hands and knees, so I could laugh at them!

And when I imagined that, I… got too absorbed in this! Or rather… Uwaaah, I’m really so sorryyyyy!

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

………

…..Good boy ♪

…..You’ve apologized properly, well done. I’m sorry for scaring you.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

…? …?

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..What do you think? Did I make a convincing “oresama character”?

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Eh, ah… Aah! So that’s what this was about!

Since Your Excellency couldn’t seem to get accustomed to that role, we have been reconsidering it, so I haven’t seen you act like that in a while.

It completely slipped my mind, or rather, I forgot about it!

You were splendid, Your Excellency! You even managed to frighten me, Saegusa Ibara! So it was all just a joke~, you’re so mischievous, Your Excellency ♪

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..All just a joke?

Don’t be stupid. Tone of voice aside, I meant every word I said, and everything I say is the truth. …..If you get carried away again, I’ll drop you for real next time!

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Hiii!? Sir, yes sir--...!

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..Mh. See you then. Today’s “Wonder Game” is about to start, so I’m leaving.

…..You should hurry, too. The set won’t function without you, Ibara. Don’t concern yourself with unnecessary plans, and just do what you need to do.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

Y-yes! Of course, Your Excellency! I am a man who gets his work done, after all!

Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render

…..I know that. Tell me only things I don’t know, because that’s what I’m expecting from you.

Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render

………

(A-aah~… That shocked me! It really shocked me!)

(There’s a limit to how unexpected one can be, Your Excellency! Though, it was a splendid surprise attack. Just as one would expect of you! Nothing less from the lord I serve with respect and affection!)

(Of course I don’t think of him as a baby who can’t do anything by himself!)

(...To tell the truth, I might have made light of him just a little bit, though. But he cleverly figured that out, and gave me a warning.)

(Hmm. To think that I would allow His Excellency, who is always so easygoing, to approach me from behind and stab me…)

(Maybe I really was too impatient, and it led to a lapse in consideration and intuition.)

(That’s no good. I can’t mislead myself and think that everything is going to fall into my hands so easily. Of course, there’s no way it would…)

(It has never been that easy, but in my foolishness, I forgot about that.)

(That’s what you were scolding me about, right, Your Excellency? I am greatly obliged for your thoughtfulness!)

(Thanks to you, I’ve cooled my head again… Like a cold-blooded animal, for the first time in a while.)

  1. In the following part, Nagisa consistently refers to Ibara with the impolite “kisama” (Keito loves to use this, too). It’s often translated as “you bastard”. He also notably stops using the “.....” before every sentence he says.
  2. This is the catchphrase of Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl), who says this to her victims before taking their souls to hell.
  3. This is a Japanese meme that originated from the TRPG “Night Wizard”. In the meme, the reply options one is offered are either “hai” or “yes”.
  4. He switches to the personal pronoun “ore” instead of his usual “jibun” here.
Translation: Bakemonoremy
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