QLeft.png Benzaiten of the Seven Lucky Gods watches over those who have come to pray to her. She grants the worthy an opportunity to let their talents bloom, though the rest is up to that individual's effort. QRight.png


A Nostalgic Organ

*clatter*

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*cough* ...Is this place always so dusty?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yes, that's right. This is my first time coming here. Most General Education students would have no reason to.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So? Where is the biwa?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...You don't know? Well, I suppose that's no surprise. It's not an instrument that sees much use.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I suppose we'll just have to look for it.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
There's a part where Benzaiten plays the biwa, so I'd like to get some practice in. So--


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh? There's an organ.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It looks like it hasn't been touched in ages. Just look at all the dust...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*cough* But at least the keys are clean.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Do you mind if I play a bit?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Thank you. I can't imagine it's in tune...


♪ ~

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm...


♪ ~ ♪ ~ ♪ ~

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yes, the pitch is off.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Still, what a nostalgic sound.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
We had one at home, growing up.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
My father kept ours in tune for us.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
A professional? Oh no, his work had nothing to do with music.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Didn't I tell you? My family runs a factory.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
My father works there. He's always been good with his hands, so he took up organ tuning as a sort of hobby.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Mmhm, just for fun.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
He always loved the sound of my mother's playing, so he decided to teach himself, instead of hiring a pro.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Father would keep it pitch perfect, and Mother would play...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
She taught my younger sister and me as well.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
We used to play duets side by side...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm? You want to hear the rest? What, of that song?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sorry, but I can't play properly on an out-of-tune organ.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If I'm playing for an audience, I want to do it right.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm no musician, and I stepped away from the stage for a time, but...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No, perhaps that's why. I don't want to compromise on what I create now.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I wasn't fishing for compliments when I said that.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...But thank you.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...AHEM! A-Anyway!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If you're that keen on hearing me play, I'll practice up.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So, let's find that biwa. That's what we came for.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Found it already? That was faster than I expected.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, one of the strings is broken.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ah, well. I can ask a teacher if they can get it fixed.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Thanks. I'll see you later.

Two of Us, Side by Side

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sorry to keep you waiting, Ichie.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Not at all! So, you ready to power through another of Fumi's special training sessions today?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh, Ichie... Huh?


♪ ~ ♪ ~ ♪ ~

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
A piano? They're really good!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Is that coming from the next room over?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Maybe one of the teachers is playing! Let's go take a peek!


♪ ~ ♪ ~ ♪ ~

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
............


*clatter*

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whoa! That was you playing, Fumi?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's rare to see you sitting at a piano. What song was that?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Just an organ practice tune. I just got the itch to play a little.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Are... Are you in love!?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If there's any logic there, I'm missing it.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yesterday, while I was looking for Benzaiten's biwa...



Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's right, there was an old organ in the Resource Room.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Play more! I wanna hear!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No. I'm done.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whaaat!? Why?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
This song is meant for two players.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Without Shiori--


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Without a partner to play the second part, it's incomplete.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That so?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
So teach me and I'll play it!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You...?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
And if we're going to do it, let's do it on an organ! Isn't there one in Music Room 2?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, but... You can't force her.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Aww, we can't do it?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I didn't say that, exactly...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Please? You're playing Benzaiten soon, aren't you?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Give me a lesson, as the goddess of music!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Why are you so set on this?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
'Cause playing a duet sounds fun!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Why don't you ask for it as a reward for today's training session?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ooh, that's brilliant!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You too, Tamao?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi! I'll keep up a pas de bourrée for a whole hour! Pleeease?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If it's that important to you, I suppose...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You'll do it!?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You're really going to do a full 60 minutes?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Of course! C'mon, Fumi! Let's hit that rehearsal room!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
H-Hey, don't tug! I'm going!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Good for you, Ichie.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(How did I get talked into this?)


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(Well, I suppose there's no harm.)


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(It might be nice to play a duet every now and again.)

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm headed to the shrine to say a prayer. Care to join me? Seems only polite to let Benten-sama know I'll be playing her.

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Apparently Benzaiten stole her seat among the Seven Lucky Gods from another. How does that make you feel?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Personally, I admire her strength. A person would need at least that much if they hope to become a top star.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Though I refuse to resort to any underhanded tricks! I want to get there by skill alone. So, let's get to that lesson!

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