QLeft.png Belle's song soothed the hearts of all who heard it. She could even bring a smile to the Beast that dwelled in the gloomy mansion deep within the forest. QRight.png


And She Later Befriended the White Steed

Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(I wonder if Yukishiro-senpai will be in soon… She usually comes around now.)


:
*clatter*


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(Ah!)


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Oh? You’re here early, Shiori ♪


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
M-Michiru-senpai! Hi…


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Waiting for somebody?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
What!? How could you tell?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You're kind of an open book. In a good way!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
What's that you've got?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, this is a pamphlet for a stable. For horseback riding.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ah right, I forgot you were into that equestrian stuff.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yes!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
During one of the rehearsal breaks, I noticed Yukishiro-senpai kept staring at the backdrop painting…


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Oh, for the scene where Belle frolics with the animals?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yes. All the animals in the painting are very cute…


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
It had me wondering if Yukishiro-senpai is an animal person. So I thought I'd ask if she wanted to go ride horses sometime…


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I think that's great! And she'll be happy to get an invite from you.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Thank you! Hearing that is a nice confidence boost.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Happy to be of help!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But, why horses? I know you like them, but there were a bunch of different animals in that backdrop.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I know! It had squirrels and songbirds and all sorts of things…


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
but I feel like a horse would suit Yukishiro-senpai perfectly.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I totally get that! What color! White, right?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yes! I have exactly the same mental image!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
And not just any old white horse. If we were doing the Three Kingdoms, she’d get Zhao Yun’s steed, White Dragon.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Or the Pegasus from Greek Mythology!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Absolutely. Though a jet black horse could work, too.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
That sounds awesome!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Actually, would you be interested in joining us?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Horseback riding? Hmm…


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Not interested?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
It's not that. I actually enjoy equestrian stuff myself.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
You've ridden before, then?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Yep! So it's not about my interest level.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You did a tea tasting with Akira before, didn't you? Were you guys able to talk then?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Ah, yes! She was interested in the tea, and the conversation took off from there.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Right? I think it'd be great if riding course horses could give you two another chance to get closer.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Plus some conversations are just more fun between two people ♪


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I've been with Akira for forever, so we're pretty much already in sync.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But you and she still need to get to know each other better, no?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Why don't you make this outing something for just the two of you?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Aw, Michiru-senpai!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So stop waiting around and go invite her ♪


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
She just got to the locker room, so she's probably still there changing now.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
No time like the present, right?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Right! I'm on my way! Thank you so much, Michiru-senpai!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You’re welcome.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
...Akira the animal lover, huh?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
She's not QUITE right, but better for those two to figure it out together than for me to butt in ♪

The Youngest Always Gets Spoiled

Akira (icon).png Akira:
One more set! Focus, ladies!


:
Got it!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Yeah, yeah.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
One, two, three! One, two, three!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Ngh… *pant*


Akira (icon).png Akira:
…………


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Ngh! *huff* *gasp*


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Okay, that’s all for today! Remember to stretch.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
*pant* Whew! Thanks, guys!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Thaaanks!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
*pant* *gasp*


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Shiiiori!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
*huff* Michiru… senpai…


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Today’s lesson was a tiny bit tough, but you managed to keep up! Great job ♪


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
That’s… *huff* That’s very… Kind of… you to…


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You can wait till you’ve caught your breath. Here, have some water.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Seeing such a frail kid blossom like this… Ooh, I’m like a proud big sister here!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Y-Yachiyo-senpai! You… You knew?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
You’re in poor health, Shiori!?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
You mustn’t push yourself. Here, I’ll wrap you in a towel. Come and sit here.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, no. Thank you, but I haven’t had health issues since I was little. I’m perfectly fine now…


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
You never know. Here’s some candy. Suck on it, don’t bite it.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Ridiculous…


Akira (icon).png Akira:
She says she’s fine. Don’t blow things out of proportion.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Still, you can never be too careful.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Relax. She’s out of breath because she isn’t breathing from the diaphragm properly.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Is that true, Shiori?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I thought I was doing it the way I was taught, but...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Then I’ll give you another demonstration.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ooh, private lessons from Akira? And a first-hand demo, no less! Talk about a rare sight ♪


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Hardly.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Sh-Shiori! I’m so jealous!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Akira-senpaaai. Can I get a refresher course too?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Me too!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
What are you lot on about? ...Fine. I’m only doing this once, so watch closely.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(It’s not break time yet, but it feels like it…)


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Ready? Anyone can breathe from the belly. But we must do so consistently during high-intensity practice.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(Is this…)


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(Are they all doing this to give me time to rest?)


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(If so, it’s incredibly nice of them. I have to work much, much harder to repay them!)


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Are you all right, Shiori?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yes! I’ll work even harder!

Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
The thorns have been stripped from all the roses we’re using on stage… I really appreciate the extra work that took.

Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Thanks to the others' help, I’ve finally got the role of Belle down!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I’m just so happy, I had to come tell you… I hope it’s not a bother?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, good. It isn’t long until we perform it, but I’ll be spending every second to make it even better!

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