Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ngh! That was a productive day! Hikari-chan, Mahiru-chan, let's head back!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Sure, Karen-chan.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...I'm hungry.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Hold on a minute!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whoa, Jun-Jun!?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Karen, you were supposed to hand in a 50-word personal statement for the Performance Festival by today. You haven't done that yet!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh? Oh... Oh! I completely forgot!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You're a lost cause, Karen.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You haven't submitted yours either, Kagura-san.


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


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You're both so forgetful, sheesh. And Karen is too scatterbrained for her own good. Well, let's get going, Futaba-han.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Hanayagi-san, yours is also overdue.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Say what!? Didn't I tell you to get it done last night, Kaoruko!?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Oops... You got me.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Come on, guys... I know you're all busy with practice, but make sure to submit things by the deadline!


:
Okaaay...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Here I was thinking that you've made good progress, but some things never seem to change...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Teehee! You know, everyone's statements will be included in the Performance Festival pamphlet. With photos!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Our photos will be in it, too!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Does that mean it'll be...our debut as Stage Girls?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
A debut? I guess you could call it that. Maybe I should rewrite my submission...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hey, what sort of stuff did you guys write?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
"Bonjour! Je suis Claudine Saijo. I've been chosen to represent Seisho Music Academy for the second consecutive year."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
"I will deliver top-class entertainment, making use of my abilities cultivated through many years of experience as a child actress."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's what I wrote. Does it sound too formal? Show me yours, Maya Tendo.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
"My name is Maya Tendo. Year to year, day to day, I strive to shine ever brighter as a star."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's even stiffer than mine... Kind of expected it, though.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Your statements are so slick. How about you, Mahiru-chan?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
"I'm Mahiru Tsuyuzaki from Seisho Music Academy. I was really surprised to be chosen for the National Student Drama Performance Festival."


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
"I promise to do my best!" That's it.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's nice, and so totally like you!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh... You're making me self-conscious...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Just for your reference, mine goes like this.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Greetings. I'm Junna Hoshimi, class representative and a second-year Group A student at Seisho Music Academy. There is a quote dear to my heart, which has guided me in my stage arts aspirations."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"The quote is 'Be prepared. An opportunity will eventually present itself,' by William Shakespeare."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"With this quote in mind, I've been working hard every day, and the culmination of my efforts is this year's National Student Drama Performance Festival."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"That I am part of this brilliant performance is proof that my endeavors have led me in the right direction..."


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Uh, Junna-chan... Isn't that way over the word limit?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Really!? Oh no, which partdo I leave out...?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
And what did you write, Futaba?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Doesn't really matter.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You submitted it without showing me... I guess it was just that good?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
All I wrote was "I'm Futaba Isurugi. It's my first time in the Performance Festival. I'll do my best!"


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...Seriously? How boring can you get? You should've made it a bit more, you know...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
You're one to talk. You haven't even written yours!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Oh! Eureka! It just came to me.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
"I'm Kaoruko Hanayagi of the Senka-ryu School of traditional Japanese dance. I hope you will enjoy the play I will be starring in."


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
How's that supposed to be better than mine? Besides, the roles haven't been decided yet.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
And yours, Banana? Tell me, tell me!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Well...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
"I'm Nana Daiba from Seisho Music Academy. This year, nine Seisho Music Academy students have been chosen for the festival!"


Nana (icon).png Nana:
"I hope everything goes well and we can put on a wonderful show." Do you think it's weird?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Not at all! And it suits you perfectly, Banana!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
All right, I feel ready to write my own! Right, Hikari-chan?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I...can't. I'm not good at this.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whaaat!?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
How about we all help you with it, Hikari-chan?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Don 't think too much about it. Just be true to yourself.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
True to myself...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's right. Write your own thoughts, whatever pops into your mind.


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


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
"I'm Hikari Kagura. Inspired by 'Starlight,' which I saw as a child, I'm aiming to become a star myself."


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
"I feel honored to be chosen for the Performance Festival." Would that be okay?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's amazing! Okay, my turn...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
"I'm Karen Aijo from Seisho Music Academy!" Er...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
...Karen-chan?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I don't know what to write next! It's so hard! How do I talk about my moderation!?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I think it's "motivation," Karen-chan.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Motivation, huh... Okay!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
"I'm Karen Aijo from Seisho Music Academy. I'm super excited about the play!"


Karen (icon).png Karen:
"Stage Girls get better day by day! We're going to put on a show full of brilliance!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Wow, Karen-chan, that's really great!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Yes. It's very good.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Okay, I'll go with this then! Here you go, Jun-Jun!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ugh... It's still too long... Maybe I can shorten this... No, I should remove this bit...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Jun-Jun, are you listening!?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? Oh, your statement! Okay, now I have everyone's.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I'll take them to the event staff. Look forward to seeing them in print!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Junna-chan, make sure yours is within the word limit!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I don't need you to tell me that!


Hahahahaha!:

Karen (icon).png Karen:
What are we going to do about our winter break assignment?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
No wonder we've been told to build up stamina... I can barely stay on my feet after fighting practice...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
But let's work on it together, Karen-chan! Oh, I know. How about we mark each completed day with a sticker?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I have Jagahiru stickers!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Jagahiru's the mascot character of your hometown, right? In Hokkaido? It's adorbs! Kinda resembles you!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Hehehe... Grandma says so, too!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
All right, what do we do for starters?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huff... Huff...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Ugh... Huh...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huff... Huff...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Huff... Sorry, Karen-chan... I'm spent!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's two laps around the park. Let's call it a day! We've powered up!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Two laps isn't very far. I don't think it's enough...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
One! Two! Three! Four!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Five! Six! Seven... Eight... Ugh.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Are you okay, Karen-chan!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I tripped... Lemme try this again!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Let's take it slower this time. One, two, three, four...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Five, six, seven, eight... Ugh.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I'm not cut out for skipping rope.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
No, that's not true! Your shoelace got caught, that's all! But we don't want you getting hurt, so let's try something else!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Something else? Oh, I have an idea!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
What is it, Karen-chan? Why did we hurry back to the dorm?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Over here! Ta-dah!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
What are we going to do in the kitchen?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Well...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Okay, it's ready!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Here come German fries, made with potatoes grown by my parents back home!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I'm digging in!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
*munch munch* Mahiru-hyan, ith delifus! Powew wup!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm happy you like it!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It's so good, and fortifying! That's a win-win!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...You're going to put on more than just muscle mass from that.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh, Hikari-chan! You're welcome to have some, too...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I'm full, thanks.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh... She's gone.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
She's right, though. If we don't exercise, we won't be Stage Girls... We'll be Stage Potatoes!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Um, yeah! I'll work out when I finish my food!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You ready, Mahiru-chan? Here I go! Hyah!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
You're really good at badminton, Karen-chan! Back to you!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oh, sorry! It went too far to the right!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
No worries, I'll get it! There!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
We're in perfect sync. And it's good exercise!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I'm loving it! This I won't be getting tired of so easily. Take that!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I'm still going strong! It's a home run!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Your smashes are amazing!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
(I think she might have some hidden talent at this!)


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ninth inning with two outs... It's a walk-off home run!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Karen-chan, that's baseball, isn't it?

Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kaoruko! Hurry up, Kaoruko!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Just give me a moment!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Come on, get a move on. If we don't make it there fast, all the limited edition candy will be sold out.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I know that...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Meh, it's cold today. I don't want to go any more.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Look, I'm not going on my own. YOU told me to get the bike out.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I just wanted to complain a little, that's all. You carp about everything like my grandma...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Huh? What was that?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Never mind!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
It's unusual for you to get gifts for your family, though. But it's nice that you're kind to them sometimes.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm just hoping that giving them a little attention will pay off, that's all.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Ah, I get it now.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Oh, Futaba-han. I left my phone at the dorm.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I asked you so many times to make sure you had everything... Sheesh. Okay, just keep close to me.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
No need for that, it's not like I'd get lost.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
It'll be a pain in the neck if we get separated. Come on, Kaoruko.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
What, you want to hold hands?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Easy to get lost in the crowd.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That's embarrassing! I'm not a child! But if you really insist, I guess I can do it for you. There.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I just don't want you to get lost, that's all!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Okay, here we are.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Oh, how cute. Look at this camellia key ring.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Yeah, these handmade fabric flowers are really well-made.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
And where's the shop we're going to?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
It's in the food area in the basement. Let's go down the escalator over there.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
There it is, Futaba-han! That's the shop, Mangetsu-do!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Excuse me... Can I get as many of the limited edition Mangetsu Uguisu Mochi as you have?


Clerk:
We have only one box left, is that all right?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Futaba-han, that's the last one!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Yes, we'll take it!


Clerk:
Thank you. Come again!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We made it in the nick of time...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I'm glad we managed to get it. Your grandma is crazy about this mochi.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Look, they sell yummy-looking glazed dango over there. I think it's time for a snack, don't you think, Futaba-han?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I knew this would happen...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Hello. Two glazed dango, please.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
The monaka over there looks good, too. Let's buy some for Tendo-han and the others.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Excuse me, can we have a box of ten monaka, please?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
And that too...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
We're buying too much stuff... Are you still going to buy more? Wait, Kaoruko? Ka-o-ru-ko!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Drat, she's gone!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We have to get that yokan, too... Huh? Futaba-han? Where's she gone?


karouko:
Why did you have to get lost in the crowd, Futaba-han? The things I have to put up with for you!


Lost Child Center:
Customer announcement... Futaba Isurugi-sama, please come to the lost and found desk. Kaoruko Hanayagi-sama is waiting for you.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Wait, me!?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
The lost and found, huh? She's getting smarter.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Lost and found? Why are you making it sound like I got lost!? It was Futaba-han who got lost!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Hey, Kaoruko! Hey, don't get so mad, you're being a nuisance to the staff.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
They damaged the reputation of my family with their insinuations. You're the one that got lost, Futaba-han.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
*sigh* Yeah, sure, all my fault. Let's go now. There's another place I want to stop by before we go home.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...The shop with the camellia key rings?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Yeah. I thought we might get matching ones.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Hmph. Fine, I suppose.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We'll be like Karen-han and Kagura-han.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I'll take this purple one.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'll get...the pink one.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Let me pay for both. I don't mind doing that sometimes.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Huh? Are you sure, Kaoruko?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You helped me out today, after all. Thanks, Futaba-han.

Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Ugh, it's so chilly! But I've got to practice, even if just for a bit...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Clau-chan! Poncho!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Bonjour... Something wrong, Karen? What are you doing at 5 in the morning on a day off!?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Are you sick?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Nope! Winter break starts today, and I got so excited about going home that I couldn't sleep. Teehee!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
So I got up early, but the trains aren't running yet.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Seriously? I got worried for nothing. I thought we still had classes or something.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Have a safe journey home, Karen. Take care. Bon voyage!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah, and Happy New Year!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Today... Huff, huff...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I won't be outdone by Maya Tendo.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Am I the first one here...?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Well, of course I am. I left before she did for sure...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Good morning.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Whoa! How come you're already here!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You seemed to be having a nice chat with Aijo-san, so I came ahead.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Grr...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Is this really what you want to be competitive about?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Ugh, I know it doesn't matter. I just wanted to get here before you at least once before the end of the year.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh... I won't slack off even for a day. Shall we push each other to new heights today as well, Claudine Saijo?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
No need to ask, Maya Tendo.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Whew...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Huff... Oh, it's so late already.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
We had a good session.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Huff... Huff... Good work.


:
??


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Huh? Did you hear something just now, by the door?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Don't tell me it's...a ghost?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I'll check it out.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Wait, what the heck!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
The door's locked from the other side!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Well... We have more time to practice now, I suppose.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Ca m'embéte! How can you be so calm!?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
What do we do if no one lets us out? I've got a flight to Paris tonight!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Ah, that's a problem. Let's contact Hoshimi-san.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Neither Hoshimi-san nor Daiba-san is picking up...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Thanks. It's okay... If I don't make the flight, I'll figure out what to do then.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
There's still some time. I'm sure Junna will notice the call.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Hopefully. While we're waiting...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
What? Huh? Baumkuchen cake?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Voila! Please have some, Saijo-san. It's easy to become irritated when you're hungry.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
But you only have one cake...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You're welcome to it.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Okay then, let's cut it in half.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...As you wish.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Mmm... It's so good!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
The light texture and rich taste of this baumkuchen goes very well with black tea.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I can see that! Makes you want a cup of strong Assam tea.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...You get talkative when it comes to sweets, don't you?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh... Delicious food loosens the tongue.


:
♪ ♪ ♪


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Oh, it's from Hoshimi-san.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Tendo speaking... Yes... Yes... Thanks so much.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
What did she say?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
She's coming here. Do you think you'll make it for your flight?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Yes, if I leave soon.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I'm relieved to hear that.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Take care, Claudine Saijo. Don't let up on your practice while you're in France.

Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ahh, I had a nice soak.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Ngh... Zzz...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh? Nana?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You can't sleep here! You'll catch a cold!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Huh? Oh, it's you, Junna-chan. Did I nod off?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
This is really unlike you. Are you turning into Karen? Look, your notes are all crumpled.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Whoa, they are, aren't they?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Is something wrong? You were working at your desk until really late yesterday.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
It's a secret... But I guess I can tell you.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
You see... I started writing a play.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I won't have much time when school starts again, so I'm trying to get some writing done over the winter break.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
That's terrific! Masai-san from Group B was saying that you have a knack for script-writing!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I want to become a New Banana!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Nana... Yes, you should definitely keep writing.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
By the way, what's this play about?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
So, um... It's set on an imaginary tropical island where people live happily. I have a general idea of the plot, but...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You're stuck, huh?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yes... When I started writing, it just seemed so unrealistic.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ah, I see. Okay, Nana. I'm going to do all I can to help you!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Huh!?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
We're going out tomorrow, Nana! We're going scenario hunting!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Uh, scenario hunting?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...And so here we are.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
What are we doing at the library?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."


Nana (icon).png Nana:
That's a quote by Shakespeare.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Here you can get all kinds of information like the history of tropical islands and pictures, too.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I see... To write a story, first I need to know about the setting and the people who live there.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I'll go find you some books that might help, but you can read this while you wait.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
"Life in the Tropics"? When did you find this?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Hmm... There's a lot about indigenous spirituality here.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
The beliefs shaped the lives of the people...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Hm?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I found some books for you. This should do for now.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
One, two, three... Eleven books? That's going to take me some time to read through.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Here you have a photobook, this covers ethnohistory, and this is modern history. And a fantasy novel set in the tropics, in two volumes...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Thank you, Junna-chan! You're amazing.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You were really concentrating, weren't you? We'd better go back pretty soon.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yes. Thanks to you, I feel like I can write again!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Then the scenario hunt was a success!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Thank you, Junna-chan. You spent so much time helping me.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You don't have to thank me for that.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It's always you supporting me all the time...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Huh? Sorry, I didn't catch that.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ahem... You've helped me a lot too, so I'm just repaying the favor.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I want to be of some use to you, too.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
But I haven't done much for you...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Just you being here makes a huge difference to all of us. You have this good energy.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I really appreciate that you shared your secret with me.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
And I'd like to thank you for making me realize I don't have to go it alone.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I understood that I'm not all on my own thanks to all of you. But please don't tell anyone else about the play yet!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Sure. It's our secret.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hey, Jun-Jun! Banana! Helloes! Karen Aijo is back from her trip home!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
And where have you two been?


:
It's a secret!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whaaat? Why? No harm telling me where you went, come on!

Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Karen-chan and Hikari-chan, are you done changing yet?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ngh... Banana... I'll have another bowl of rice... Nom nom... Zzz...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Karen, you've got rice stuck on your cheek... Zzz...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Yikes, they're both asleep again!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Gosh, your school uniforms will get all crumpled! Get up already! New Year's over, you know!


:
...Oh!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Are you awake now? I want to air the bedding and clean the room. You two are always making a mess...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You're like our mom, Mahiru-chan!


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


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm not your mom!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Weren't you supposed to go out today?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
(Oh yeah, that's right!) How could I forget? Come on, Hikari-chan. Let's go!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Huh? Were we going somewhere today, Karen?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Don 't think about it too much!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I hope she can pull it off... It won't be easy, but use those acting skills, Karen-chan.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Where are we going, Karen?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
To the rehearsal room! I got all rusty over the winter break. Let's get some practice in!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I'll need to go back and get my leotard then.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Okay, let's head back to the dorm...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Remember I'm going to be using the kitchen until evening.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Aaactually, no! We can't go back! I mean, it's too much trouble. Let's go somewhere else!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Oh?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I just remembered I wanted to go shopping.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
So we're going to the mall?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Karen, you absolutely must not come anywhere near the shopping mall on that day.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oh! We can't... She said we can't go near the mall today!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Who said that?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I umm... I read that in my horoscope! It's a big non, non!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
That was an even bigger "non, non" than usual... How about we go to the aquarium?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Good idea, we can get there by train easily--


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
We'll be going to the variety store in the station building, so don't use the station.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's a non, non...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Let's go to the park.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
The park? The park is... Absolutely okay!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What are they doing over there?


Performer:
Here we have a completely normal balloon! Now I twist it this way...and that way... Voila! A doggy!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Wow! Hikari-chan, this guy's incredible!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Excuse me! I'd like to become your apprentice!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Ah, Karen! She's doesn't hesitate, that's for sure.


Performer:
First, this is how you inflate a balloon...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Inflate the balloon...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Sorry to keep you waiting! Here, this is for you!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Mr. White balloon art?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I made it for you, Hikari-chan. All yours!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Huh?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
My master's sample was much better than mine... Next time I'll try harder to make it even nicer!


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


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Did you get bored, Hikari-chan?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
No, it was fun watching you. And I got this Mr. White.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Thank you, Karen.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You're welcome!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It's evening already. Let's go back, Hikari-chan!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
You sure it's okay now?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah, probably!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
All right...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
(Karen is terrible at hiding things...)

Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Is this going to work?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I don't know...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
The cooking team will be all right, but I'm worried about Kaoruko, and Karen with her diversionary mission.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yeah, me too. Especially about Karen.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
She has to keep Hikari away from the dorm for the day, but also has to avoid the train station and shopping mall...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
And she has to do that without arousing suspicion. This may be really hard for Karen.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Anyhow, we've got our own task to accomplish.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes. The shop's on the third floor!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
You're so reliable, Hoshimi. Everything's easier with you around.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Hanayagi-san would get mad at you for saying that.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
But it's true. When I came here with her the other day, she got lost.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kaoruko better not be causing any trouble for Clau-ko and Tendo...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Achoo! Someone's talking about me... I bet it's Futaba-han getting anxious because I'm not with her.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Maybe she's happy to get a break from you.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I will have none of that.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Oh no, what an oversight on my part! It's sold out!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
It must be pretty popular, I guess.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Well, we have to find another shop. All eight of us decided THAT is what we're getting...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
No worries, let's check out the station building shops.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Let's see... I think it's on the second floor.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I can't believe they're sold out, too... What do we do now?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
We still have time. It's too early to give up. Let's check the shopping district.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You're a very positive person, Isurugi-san.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Am I?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kaoruko used to be super contrary, so I had no choice but to counter that with a can-do attitude.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
That makes sense... It's worthy of respect, really.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...Achoo! Achoo!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
My, my. Is Futaba gossiping about you again?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
They say two sneezes mean someone's bad-mouthing you.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
She's probably griping about you.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Why do both of you have to be so nasty? There's no way Futaba-han would say anything bad about me!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
If any shop around here's got it, it's probably the one on the corner there.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Excuse me, we're looking for something...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I see. You're out of stock...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Oh, but you'll check which stores have it? Thank you so much!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Isurugi-san, we're going back to the shopping mall! Someone cancelled an order and they have one left!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
All right! Let's go!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huff... Huff... You seem to be holding up well, despite all this walking.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
This is nothing compared to fighting sequence practice.


Clerk:
Thank you, have a nice day!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yay! We finally got it!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Whew! Good for us. Mission accomplished!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
That took way longer than expected. I didn't think it would be this hard.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Now we just need some wrapping paper. Which color do you think Kagura-san likes?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Out of these, maybe the blue one?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Blue wrapping and a red ribbon, then?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Let's make it fancier and go with a golden ribbon!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Oh yes, that will look good!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
It's her special day, after all.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It's bulkier than I thought. Isn't it heavy, Isurugi-san?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Not a problem! Your hands are full anyway, so I'll carry this.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It's helpful that you're so strong. You carry Hanayagi-san's bags every day, don't you?


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Lately she's started carrying her stuff herself, actually.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Wow, that's amazing progress. I mean, for her. To most people it's normal...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Well, we've done our part. Now we pray that things are going well for the others.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Let's hurry back, before Karen returns with Hikari.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes, and maybe we can help with the cooking or decorations. And we have to wrap the gift, too!

Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
*snip snip*


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Ugh, I can't do this! My delicate fingers weren't made for this sort of work.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Holding a paper fan is the most I can do!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You chose this yourself, because it seemed like the easiest thing to do.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You just need to cut along the lines.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Maybe that's why Kaoruko is bad at coupés in ballet, too.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
What does that have to do with cutting?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Coupé in French means "cutting."


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Ah. Well, the letters A, P, B, and R are the worst. How am I supposed to cut out the middle bits?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Would you prefer to make kanji characters instead?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Don't be silly.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Once you're done cutting out the letters, put them up on the wall, Kaoruko. And what are you doing? Origami?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You fold the paper many times over... Then cut it like this...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It looks random to me.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Then you unfold it again...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
C'est quoi ca! How did you do that!? It's a bird!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Your paper art is amazing. I'm making paper flowers. I finished this many already! Quick, huh?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You're getting better at it. Well done.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You can't help sounding patronizing, huh? Well, fine.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Huff, huff...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
How about that? The balloon I inflated is bigger! I win when it comes to lung capacity!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
.....


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Hey, say something.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Wouldn't it be more visually appealing if all the balloons were the same size?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Urgh... You're right.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
A bit higher. Slightly to the left. Yes, that's it.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
This the right spot? Hey, Maya, can you pass me some tacks?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It looks pretty now that the festoons and balloons are up.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
And there are delicious smells coming from the kitchen, too.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Yes, it's all going well. ...What's up with that quizzical look, Kaoruko?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
How to put it... I can't tell if you two get along or not.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You think we get along!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Why, don't we?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Did you think we get along!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I thought so, Claudine Saijo.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Oh. Well... That's okay then.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You two really do get along...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
By the way, I'm done cutting out the letters. See? "HAPPY"!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's all you've done? What about the rest?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'll get started with the next word now...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You'll get started? Look at the time!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
It'll be fine. Any minute now...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kaoruko! I'm back!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
There she is. Futaba-han will do the rest.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Say what!? You haven't finished your work? I knew this would happen.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Why was I put on decoration duty, anyway? All this detailed cutting and snipping...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Then what else do you think you're more suited for?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Food tasting, maybe? Anyway, Futaba, I'll leave the snipping to you.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
...Guess I've got no choice.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Heh! All done! How's it look?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
It's beautiful... You're very talented, Isurugi-san.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Thanks to your help, we finished putting up the decorations in time. You should thank Futaba, Kaoruko.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I wasn't born for hard work. It's not that I can't do things. I just don't need to.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Oh no, you get off your lazy behind!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
They really get along.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Indeed they do.

Nana (icon).png Nana:
Flour, eggs, butter, cream, and a lot of fruit...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Carrots, onions, nori seaweed, and... Err...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
My parents sent a lot of their home-grown potatoes to the dorm, so this should do!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Your family's potatoes are really tasty!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm always surprised when I get another huge load of potatoes. I'm so glad you make delicious meals out of them!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Okay, the shopping's done and we have all the ingredients, so now it's time to work our magic in the kitchen! I hope everyone will like what we make.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Of course they will! A home-baked birthday cake is really special!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
All right. I'll take care of the cake and other desserts.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
And I'll make something with the potatoes, and sushi hand rolls!


:
It's Nana-hiru cooking time!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Sift the flour and melt butter in a bain-marie... Preheat oven to 350°F.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Crack eggs into a bowl, add sugar, and mix them...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
You're so good at this, Nana-chan. I can't bake anything without looking at the recipe.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm going to boil the potatoes, peel them, and make them into a mash while they're still hot.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
You don't peel them first?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
My grandma says if you boil them already peeled, they'll taste bland.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Bana-nice! I learned a new thing. I'll do it your way next time.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
We need to keep up with doing the dishes, too. I'll wash the bowls and knives.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Okay, and I'll wipe them dry!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
This really takes me back. I grew up in a big family and there was always a pile of dirty dishes after the meals.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
My grandma would wash them, and I would wipe them with a cloth.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Heh... That's just like here! We're all like one big family.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
You're the mom...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
And you're a big sister. I used to think Karen-chan was the youngest sibling.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
She's acting more grown up lately, though.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
So the youngest would be Hikari-chan?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Heh, maybe!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
We've got a sponge cake, cookies, fruit punch, sweet potatoes...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Potato salad, German potatoes, mashed potatoes, fries... And sushi hand rolls.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
That's a feast!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
And the sink's full!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I'm back!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Welcome back, Junna-chan. Oh, is it this late already? I need to hurry up and decorate the cake!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
And we need to tidy up the table! We won't make it before Karen-chan gets back!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Calm down, it'll be okay. I'll do the dishes, so you two prepare the table and cake.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
We can always count on you to save the situation, Junna-chan! You'd definitely be the oldest sister.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What are you talking about?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I think the cream is thick enough now.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Do I cut the strawberries like this?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Perfect.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Okay, let's decorate the cake.


:
Wow!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Banana-chan, you're like a professional patisseur! The cream roses are great!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
The cream dances on the sponge cake stage... Our Stage Girl talents are tested in the most unlikely scenarios.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
There's so much to making cakes.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Now, for the final touch...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
A chocolate plate with birthday wishes...


:
And the cake's ready!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Karen and Hikari should be back soon.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We've finished decorating the room, too.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Let's switch the lights off and wait.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Everything's ready for Hikari-chan's...


:
Celebration!

Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hikari-chan, Hikari-chan, do you know what day it is today?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Hmm... Headphones Day?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What? I had no idea that was a thing! I mean, no, that's not it!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It's your birthday today, isn't it?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...You remembered?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Of course! How could I forget the birthday of someone so important to me?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Thank you, Karen. For the Mr. White balloon, too.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Let's always celebrate together. Every single one of your birthdays.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Okay, and your birthdays, too. Even when we're adults, or old ladies.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It feels like time has flown by since we met again. So much has happened, my head is spinning like a merry-go-around!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Thanks for spending the whole day with me, Hikari-chan!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It was fun, Karen.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
We're baaack!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Aah! Party crackers?


:
Welcome home!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
What's going on?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Wow! This is amazing! You really went all out with the food!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
There's all kinds of potato dishes, and you can make your own sushi hand rolls with any filling you like.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
The decorations are cute, too. Did you all do this for me?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You have no idea how hard it was to cut out the letters. But it wasn't a bad way to pass the time.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
It was all Karen's idea.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Nah, I just said, "Why don't we throw Hikari-chan a birthday party?"


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Everyone wanted to help, and it turned out really awesome!


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


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hikari...chan? Are you crying?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I'm...not.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Let's get started, girls. Before the food gets cold!


:
All right!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Oof! I can't eat any more...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
There's dessert coming.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Ah... So it's time for...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Time for what?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
This gift is from all of us. Go on, open it.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Oh... It's a Mr. White jacket!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I've wanted this forever... I couldn't get it anywhere, since it's limited edition...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
This jacket is so amazingly uncool... I don't understand how anyone could be happy about getting it.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
If Kagura likes it, that's what matters. Although it is uncool.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hikari-chan really likes Mr. White stuff!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Next is the birthday cake! Let's light the candles and turn off the lights!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
I never thought...you'd do this for me.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hikari-chan...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Well, you can pay me back by giving me your role of Claire in "Starlight."


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kagura, what sort of stuff did they teach you in England? Show me your moves next time!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Next time, I'll try for the leading role with the same tenacity you and Karen showed this time.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I'm really happy I get to perform with you at the Seisho Festival and Performance Festival, Hikari-chan.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I'd like to see you perform a passage from "Starlight" in English. I can show you the French version.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I'm looking forward to seeing you play Claire, Kagura-san.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Hikari-chan, I'm really happy we became friends! I hope we'll keep having fun together!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Now, everyone... One...two...three...


:
Happy birthday!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Thank you, everyone...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Time for the cake cutting ceremony, Hikari-chan!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Uh, Karen, it's not a wedding...


:
Hahahahaha!

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