QLeft.png As Christine learns to sing from an angel of music, she gets a sudden opportunity to sing onstage as the opera's prima donna. QRight.png


Finding Your Inner Talent

Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Father, you once told me, 'If I die, I shall send you to the Angel of Music.'"


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"You were watching over me each night I prayed, weren't you? The Angel of Music flew down to me without a sound."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"That sweet, gentle voice is truly like a melody of the angels. It improved and guided my singing, and it embraced me with warmth."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"I owe everything to your love, Father, and to divine mercy. So I shall sing, so that my voice reaches you in Heaven. Your Christine will be all right now."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(Hmm... Something's not right, but I can't put my finger on it.)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(I'm not expressing Christine's loneliness as well as I could.)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(She was orphaned at age seven after her father, her only living relative, died. Even though she experienced terrible suffering, she never stopped believing in what her father said.)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(And when the Phantom appeared, she thought he was the Angel of Music. Have I expressed her joy and her liberation from loneliness?)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Oh, it's you.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Good evening. Why are you here at this hour?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You saw me rehearsing? Oh, that wasn't a rehearsal.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I was just acting out some of Christine's lines from the "Phantom of the Opera" script Nana wrote.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I was reading it, and just couldn't stop myself.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You'd like to read it? Yes, you definitely should! Nana's script is amazing!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
She wrote it for junior high school students to perform, so it's easy to follow, but it's not the least bit childish.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You can really feel the Phantom's and Christine's loneliness!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
The lonely singer and the musician hiding beneath the Opera House...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Every one of their lines is filled with heart-wrenching sorrow. It really draws you in.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What will happen to them? Is there any hope? The story keeps pulling you in.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But words don't do it justice. I'd really like to perform it for you, so you can really see how amazing the script is.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Actually, Nana said I could be Christine if the 99th Class ever performs her "Phantom of the Opera."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
As the title states, it's a story about the Phantom.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But it also stars Christine, the woman he loves and the one who ultimately changes him.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What Stage Girl wouldn't be thrilled to be given such a major role? So that's why I couldn't sit still.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But to be able to really play the role of Christine in Nana's "Phantom of the Opera" one day, well...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
To start with, I'll have to practice and overcome every challenge I face one by one to further polish my skills.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Be prepared. An opportunity will eventually present itself." That's what William Shakespeare said.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Please watch me perform if you'd like. Having you here will help me bring my A game.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
And I think it will feel different from two actors together.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...Hee hee, it helps to hear you say that.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Promise you'll come when we perform "The Phantom of the Opera." And don't take your eyes off me!

The Woman Named Christine

Junna (icon).png Junna:
...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(Love triangles really are complicated.)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(That's why they are the perfect setup for writing stories full of emotional ups and downs, but...)


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Why, Junna, you're reading a romance novel.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yikes! S-Saijo-san!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's not your usual kind of book. Have you fallen in love?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
N-No! I'm studying!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You know how Nana's writing a "Phantom of the Opera" script right now? Well, that's why I'm studying up on how to portray love triangles.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Je vois! I see. So that's why you're reading a romance novel about a love triangle.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Have you read this, Saijo-san?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Oui, but of course. It is a historic masterpiece.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It tells of a tragic love that starts with two houses upon a hard, desolate landscape, but it develops into a tale of vengeance.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Afterwards, I was left not quite knowing how I felt. But it was so very realistic... I still remember it clearly.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes... That's right.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It sounds like a whole other animal than "The Phantom of the Opera," but I thought it might be a good reference for complicated relationships.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Still...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Still... What?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Well... I can understand the feeling of loving someone with all your heart...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But I have trouble wrapping my head around wavering between two interests like in this book.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
So then you can't understand Christine's feelings in "The Phantom of the Opera," either?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
That's one thing I'm worried about. I feel like I do understand, but on the other hand, I don't.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Christine wavers between the two, but that doesn't mean she doesn't love them with all her heart.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Rather, I feel like she wavers between her beloved Raoul and the Phantom BECAUSE she loves them with all her heart.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
At any rate, I'm worried whether I can skillfully portray the subtleties of her heart.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
What? You understand just fine. Christine loves them with all her heart.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Besides, aren't love triangles in stories usually about the conflicting emotions of loving more than one person with all your heart?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
A story with a love triangle based on convenience or mutual interests would be rather dull, don't you think?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes, that's true...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You find love triangles difficult to understand, but you can understand loving someone with all your heart. So in other words...!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
D-Don't get the wrong idea! I didn't mean it like that.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I know.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
We are Stage Girls. We chose this life because we've been bewitched by the stage. And that wholehearted feeling is something we have in common.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Saijo-san...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes... That's right.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Our feelings toward the stage may differ, but our desire to be up there is the same.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That wholehearted feeling is why Stage Girls are Stage Girls, no?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes, you're right.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Heh heh, I feel so inspired. Maybe I'll go work up a sweat in the rehearsal room.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Oh, I almost forgot.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I read Nana's script, too.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
And I noticed that Christine's lines reminded me of you, Junna. I wonder if she wrote that role with you in mind.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
So go ahead and study, but don't overdo it. You should just perform the role in your own special way.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Of course, I don't know for sure whether she wrote that role with you in mind, but... Well, I really will get going now.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(Is Nana's Christine really that similar to me? Did she really have me in mind?)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(At any rate, it's time to study up on love triangles!)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
(Saijo-san told me not to overdo it, but this is just my style.)


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Okay, back to the books! And this time, I'm going to really focus!

Junna (icon).png Junna:
This script project wasn't anything I ever expected, but now everyone's obsessed with it...including me.

Junna (icon).png Junna:
The Phantom and Raoul... I wonder what it feels like to be loved by two different men.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh, you know!? Wait, are you an expert in romance?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You're joking!? Ugh, don't do that to me! ...What, me? I... I'm a Stage Girl in love with theater, and that's my final answer!

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