QLeft.png A look of concentration played on Junna's face as she decorated her chocolates with an unsteady hand. She let out a sigh of relief as she finished, as if she'd been too focused to breathe until then. Satisfied with her results, she wears a proud smile. QRight.png


Top-Secret Chocolate Research

Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huff, huff... Finally managed to get free.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
My hair and clothes are a crumpled mess...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
That Valentine's Fair is a battlefield. And the crowd just keeps getting bigger...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ah!? Wh-what are YOU doing here!?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...........


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? You're here to buy chocolates? I-I suppose that makes sense.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...Us? Er, we were just...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Out on a walk.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
A WALK! Right! Just two girls, out for a stroll! Perfect weather for it, am I right!?


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


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...Not very convincing, huh?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You're going to tell them?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I don't think they are the type to blab. We can trust them.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
So, um... Yeah.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Valentine's is coming up, you know? So... We came here to do research.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
If you're giving chocolate to someone special, you want it to look nice, right?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But the event's so packed. This is my first time coming to this fair. I kind of got steamrolled.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...I got squished.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But I'm glad we came. I got some good data.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? My methodology?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
First, see which shops had the biggest lines and the types of customers they attracted. That told me what this year's big trends were.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Apparently higher-percentage cocoa is in right now.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
The stuff that was popular a while ago was selling well, too.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I guess it was already familiar to people, which made it easy to go for. Hmm, let me write that down...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Also, appearance played a big factor.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Chocolates in fancy boxes, or ones where you could see the designs through the packages were selling well.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Especially animal-shaped chocolates, and ones designed to look like gemstones. They're definitely pitching them to a female audience.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? You're impressed with how thorough I was?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Heh heh. Observation, research, execution. That's my specialty.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
If I want to win the chocolate war, I've got to play to my strengths!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Willing is not enough; we must do." Those are Goethe's words.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
We must do... Then I have to taste-test them as well.


:
*rustle*


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? When did you get all those chocolates, Kagura-san!?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I got squished...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
But I still love chocolate.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
*chomp*...*munch* ...So good.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
L-Let me take notes! Give me detailed feedback!?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...It's yummy.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Yummy," ...Got it. What else!?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...It's yummy.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yeah, we already covered that! Give me new data here!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...It's yummy.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Arrrgh! You're not helping! *sigh* ...Well. It was rough, but we got some good intel.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
This'll help us make the best chocolates we can.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...Hmm? Who are we making it for? That's not...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I'll leave that to your imagination.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Top secret.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
All right, time to head back and pull this data together. If you're going to keep shoping, try not to stay out too late.

A Thank-You for All You Do

Junna (icon).png Junna:
Oh, hey! Over here!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Sorry to call you out here.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...What? You want to know if you're in trouble?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Not that I know of... Why?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What's that? ...Didn't I call you here to--


Junna (icon).png Junna:
No, I didn't ask you here to chew you out! Is that what you... Do I really come off as that scary!?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
*sigh* I do need to keep a serious image as class rep, but this is ridiculous...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Is it the glasses? If I'd worn the cute pair I bought the other day, this wouldn't have...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ahem. Apologies. The reason I asked you here today...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Is this.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What do you mean, what is it? It's chocolate.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
We ran into each other at the mall before, remember?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
And you didn't tell anyone about it. This is a thank-you for that.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It's a product of the research and experimentation I've been conduct--


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? You're opening it right now?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
W-Wait. I need a moment. I'm not...emotionally prepared.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Well of course I'm nervous! It's my first time hand-making them.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...But I'm also eager to see your response.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
So go on. Open it, if you'd like.


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


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What do you think?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
They're pretty? Y-You really think so? Oh, phew...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But that's just the first hurdle.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
We've covered the looks, now see how they taste.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ohh, I've got butterflies...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...W-Well? Say something already!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
So good you're speechless? Ohh, thank goodness!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What? You can taste the feelings I put into it?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
And you think whoever I give it to will be really happy!? ...I-I think I'm blushing.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But, um... You're not mistaken. It's full of my gratitude.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I'm glad that comes through.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Thank you. You've given me more confidence.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I hope you're right. About making Nana happy.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ack! W-Wait! I didn't say... Well, okay, I DID say, but...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Rgh, you didn't hear that, okay!? Just add that to the pile of secrets!

Junna (icon).png Junna:
Both Kagura-san and I only have experience EATING sweets. We're beginners at making them, but we thought we might as well look the part. What do you think of this costume?

Junna (icon).png Junna:
Chocolates in a showcase look like glittering gems, don't they?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But I'll tell you something. They pale in comparison to the way customers' eyes light up at the sight of them.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
There's a lesson there. Brilliance isn't something that can be achieved alone... Uh, f-forget I said that!

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