Episode 41 – Don’t worry, I only tell Takuma this stuff

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The night passed and we entered the second day of the school festival. The school is still in the festive mode as it was yesterday, and is crowded with many people.

“All right, let’s go out for a bite to eat”

“Is that what you’re going to do as soon as the second day of the festival starts?”

“Eh, What’s wrong with that?”

I was a bit taken aback, but I went along with Alice’s eating until she was satisfied. The play ended yesterday, so I’m basically free all day today.

“Now that we’re all full, let’s go see the rest of the first grade classroom exhibit that we didn’t get a chance to see yesterday.”

“Yeah, It would be a shame if we didn’t get to see all of them, since it’s the school festival.”

As soon as we entered the school building, we started heading straight to the first grade classrooms.

“Takuma’s class did what kind of classroom display last year?”

“Our class made trick art using optical illusions and displayed it all over the classroom.”

“Sounds like you had a lot of fun.”

“Yeah, it was so popular that there was a line of people waiting to get their pictures taken.”

While we were talking like this, we arrived in front of the first grade classrooms. Yesterday we saw classes one through four, so today we plan to see the remaining classes five through eight. We went into the fifth class for the first time.

“Hee, this class is a planetarium,”

“It’s more authentic than I thought it would be.”

The ceiling of the classroom was filled with a star-filled starry sky projected onto the ceiling, creating a fantastic space that was hard to believe it was a school classroom. We were the only ones in the room, so we could take our time to look at it.

“Over there is Altair in the constellation of the Eagle, and over there is Vega in the constellation of Lyra, and the three stars are connected by the famous Summer Triangle.”

“You can’t see the beautiful starry sky when you live in the city, and I wish I could go see the real thing again”

“Yes, let’s go see the stars together again.”

The two of us were enjoying the planetarium for a while while talking like that, but then a problem occurred.

“Kyaa!?”

Alice slipped on the blackout curtains hanging on the floor and almost fell. It was basically pitch black in the classroom, and she apparently failed to notice the light-blocking curtains at her feet.

I quickly stopped Alice, who was about to fall backwards on her back. Although I was in a complete princess position, I was doing it to save the day.

“Are you all right?”

“Thanks to you, Takuma, you saved my life.”

“I’m glad to see you’re not hurt. Let’s get you down.”

“Eh, I’d like to keep it this way for a while longer. Ah, you can go around the campus with the princess carry in your arms.”

Alice started to say such outrageous selfishness. No, it would definitely be very embarrassing if anyone saw me.

It took about five minutes to get her down because of Alice’s resistance, and needless to say, the people who came to the classroom later gave me a lot of stares.

……, it was utterly awful.”

“You got to carry me like a princess, so that’s your reward, right?”

“How can you say such a thing so openly and without shame?”

“Don’t worry, I only tell Takuma this kind of thing.”

Alice was in a really good mood when she said that. After that, the two of us continued to tour the first grade classroom exhibits that we hadn’t seen yet.

The cardboard maze in class 6 and the haunted house in class 7 are standard fare at school festivals, but the human-powered coffee cup in class 8 was a rarity.

“I guess this year’s first-year students have thought of a lot of things.”

“Yes, each class had a completely different personality, so it was interesting.”

The first year class exhibition was over and we were talking about it as we shared fried chicken and takoyaki from the food stall for a late lunch.

“What are we going to do after this?”

“Ah, I’ve already decided what to do next.”

Alice said, smiling wryly and pointing to a pamphlet about the school festival. The moment I saw it, I involuntarily shouted.

“Eh, you’re going to participate in this?!”

“Yes, I am.”

What a surprise, it said “Best Couple Contest”. It said that two couples, a man and a woman, who are bound together by a strong bond, will compete in quizzes and games, and the couple with the highest points in each competition will be the best couple.

“No, no, no, if we enter this kind of competition, we will definitely stand out,”

“Takuma’s already made a name for himself, so it’s a little late for that.”

“I mean, you can’t participate in a project like this unless you apply in advance.”

The pamphlet also states that only couples who have been selected through a screening process are eligible to participate, so it should be impossible for us to just jump in and join the party.

“Yeah, that’s all right then. I’ve filled out the paperwork and submitted the application for you.”

“…… Um, this is completely new to me, right?”

“I just told you for the first time. I’ve already passed the screening process, by the way.”

It seems that Alice had applied for the event without my knowledge.

“B-By the way, do I have the right of veto ……?”

“Do you think you have veto power?”

I was speechless when I heard that from Alice, who had a smile on her face. It seems like I have no choice but to participate.

“That’s what I mean, so please take care of me”

“…seriously depressing.”

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