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“Yes, sir.” (Karen)
Representatives Kitamiya and I and the other side have this tense atmosphere as things move from the preliminaries to the main competition with the words from the handsome Riajuu. I do not dislike this, that I do.
“I don’t see any end in sight for you guys even if you argue here, though. And if I make a decision on my own, a grudge will be placed over me. What should we do~?” (Bastet)
“Can you not joke play around?” (Kyla)
“I’m already thinking seriously, Kyla, more on his part than yours, what do you want to do?” (Bastet)
“I want Karen to come back. So, we can be together again.” (Toru)
“Are you a dunderhead to think that you will get along with each other, just like before? What you did is cheating in the eyes of the public, that you did. Before I forgive you for that, I have heard that you have not even apologized to Kitamiya, that you have never apologized at all, that you did not.” (Minami)
“I haven’t heard of that either. What would you have said if she had tried to talk to you in the first place?” (Bastet)
“You see…” (Toru)
“I’m busy right now, can we talk later?” (Karen)
“I’m sorry that’s the first yellow card, that it is.” (Minami)
It is a woman’s prerogative to suppress the scene of an unfaithful man, that it is.
I’m a bit of a geek myself, I’ve read more than one or ten fantasy novels, I’ve also read harem stories, and I understand them.
There are heroines who fight and almost split up like this, that I know.
“Then there’s that on-the-scene kiss. How is she supposed to go out with you, then?” (Minami)
The heroes of the story did not leave the heroine alone, that they did.
“I knew it was coming, I have this kind of personality, so Miki is more girly than me, and Toru is attracted to her.” (Karen)
“If so, why don’t you share him with her? Fortunately, we don’t have a custom in our company that would make such a thing contemptible.” (Bastet)
“I thought about that, too. But, you know, I couldn’t see it. I bet you’ll continue to get more girls. I’m sure of it since I’m your childhood friend.” (Karen)
Anyone who does that can’t be the hero, that’s for sure.
I can’t see it, me by your side, that future. Hey, answer me, Toru. Will you be there for me when I come back?” (Karen)
“…I can do it, no, I’ll show you!” (Toru)
Yes, that’s a second yellow card.
I am lost when I can’t answer immediately, that I am, and in this scene, my bad prediction came true.
This development is within my expectation, that it is.
“What? My relationship with you, Toru?” (Karen)
“Yes, that it is, that it is.” (Minami)
“What’s the matter with you all of a sudden, Minami?” (Karen)
Since we are going to take on a story like this, that we will naturally have a preliminary meeting, that we will.
At that time, I suddenly had a question, that I did.
“I wondered, that I did. Kitamiya and that Riajuu are childhood friends, that you must have been, right?” (Minami)
“Your ‘that I do/did’ is getting on my nerves, will you please knock it off.” (Toru)
“I don’t want to, that I do. Why should I destroy my own identity, that I should not?” (Minami)
“You guys, what about the discussion, can this wait when the meeting is over? (Bastet)
“…Yes, Toru and I have known each other since childhood. I’ve been with him since before I can remember. What’s wrong with that?” (Karen)
Conversation without the pretense of bickering, that is the kind of conversation between me and Kitamiya.
It could be said that we are quarreling friends, that I do not think so.
From my point of view, Kitamiya is a thieving cat who has invaded my territory, that I do not think so.
I would like to say that there is nothing wrong with fighting with a person whom I dislike, that I do, but sometimes we are on the same page, that we are strangely in tune with each other.
Therefore, I can’t help not disliking her, that I do, that is Kitamiya from my point of view, that she is.
“I am not sure if I can dislike her, that I can’t dislike her.” (Minami)
“So, what’s the point? Isn’t it normal? An old friendship.” (Karen)
“I don’t care about that, that I don’t.” (Minami)
“You don’t care, but you asked me if we’re childhood friends.” (Karen)
“That’s right, like Leader, I’m only interested in one thing here. Kitamiya.” (Minami)
It is because she is such a woman that I observed her with caution, that I did.
It is because she is such a woman that I have a deep understanding of her character, that I have.
It is because she is such a woman, that she,
“Are you really in love with that Riajuu?” (Minami)
There were times when I had felt that I was looking at myself like in a mirror, that I did.
“What are you talking about, it’s obvious! Otherwise, why are we even talking about going out?” (Toru)
“Yes, that it is, that maybe for Kitamiya.” (Minami)
“Then, how about you Riajuu, do you?” (Minami)
“You feel that childhood friends are always together, that it is natural for them to be together, that they are. I am the same way, that I am.” (Minami)
I continue my words as if interrupting Kitamiya’s attempt to say that it has nothing to do with this story, that I will continue my words.
Because what Kitamiya is talking about is the path that I have taken, that I have gone through.
I have always thought that Masaru is always with me, that I have always thought that.
But that is a one-way perspective, that it is.
I was able to realize that because I had a chance, that I did.
So, I will be the trigger for Kitamiya, that I will be.
“Did Leader realize it, that he did?” (Minami)
“It’s a possibility… but.” (Jiro)
“I don’t think I’m somehow wrong, that I’m not.” (Minami)
“What are you talking about?” (Jiro)
“It is simple, that it is. A romance between childhood friends, that it is a template plot in a story, that it is. But…” (Minami)
“I’ll never do anything like that again! So.” (Toru)
I was remembering the conversation we had before I came here, looking at that Riajuu, who was seriously looking at us, Kitamiya to be exact, it seems that the conversation had moved on. I was about to skip an important cut scene, that I shouldn’t have.
“So that’s your answer.” (Karen)
Slowly, that winsome Kitamiya laughs gently.
Ah, so this is how it turned out after all, that it did.
“Then I can’t be with ‘you’ after all.” (Karen)
“I noticed, no, I was made to notice. We weren’t in love.” (Karen)
They did not call for each other, that they did not.
What caused this issue this time is that childhood friends are sometimes thought of ending up to be together, that they sometimes misunderstand each other’s feelings.
“You got too close, didn’t you? We took it for granted that we were together so much that neither I nor Toru could see it.” (Karen)
“What are you saying–” (Toru)
“I like you, you know. But I had never thought about what kind of love it was. But something like this made me take a step back and think about it. Do you like me, Toru?” (Karen)
“It’s natural! I like you!” (Toru)
“Yeah, but do you love me as a woman?” (Karen)
That’s the third yellow card, that it is.
No it is, a red card.
“Yes, you don’t even look at me.” (Karen)
“I never said that!” (Toru)
“You said it, that you did, and I am sure of it, that you did. Riajuu, you don’t like Kitamiya or anything, that you don’t.” (Minami)
“You’re wrong!” (Toru)
“Then why didn’t you ‘deny’ her last statement, that you did?” (Minami)
“You take it so much for granted that you are together that romantic feelings don’t exist there. It can happen, that it does.” (Minami)
I wanted it to come off if possible, and I did.
I was actually going to beat you to the punch this time.
After many, many talks, Kitamiya became calm and even considered going back, which she did.
However, she could not make up her mind.
I was going to give her that support.
No matter what the outcome, Leader and I were willing to accept Kitamiya’s choice.
However, I wanted to confirm this, that I did.
I was worried that this Riajuu might see Kitamiya as a natural and convenient existence, that she should always be there.
I told this to Leader and Kitamiya, that I will bring it up this time.
Riajuu, you had to say in your last answer that you love Kitamiya not as a woman, but only as Karen Kitamiya, that you do.
“It’s decided.” (Bastet)
“Wait Bastet! This discussion isn’t over yet.” (Kyla)
“You can’t rewind from here! Besides, from the company’s point of view, it would be more efficient for her to stay at the current party. Both profits and public morals are leaning in the other direction. Then all that’s left is the verdict.” (Bastet)
The end of this story comes to an end, leaving Riajuu unable to understand the last few words.
“As a result of this outcome, Karen Kitamiya’s affiliation will officially join Jiro Tanaka’s party. I will submit a document to the personnel department so. No objections will be accepted.” (Bastet)
Huh, I worked, that I did.
My entire body relaxes at once, and I lean back against the back of the sofa with a deep sigh.
I have worked too hard, that I have.
Working is losing, that it is!
Another Side END
Note for the Day
Woah! This is not my character!!!
This level of seriousness, that’s not me! That it is!
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