The usual members, at the usual family restaurant. I was having a glass of wine with the people I wanted to call “usual”, although it was so long ago that I couldn’t call any of them usual anymore.
“How long has it been since we’ve been together～? As expected, we’re getting old, aren’t we～”
“Even so, I’m surprised this place hasn’t gone out of business. There haven’t been that many customers here since long ago.”
“The quality of the food has kind of gone down…….Are the current part-timers okay?”
“Emphasizing the commoner…..”
Shinobu, Midori, Paa san, and Hikari. It’s been a long time since we’re gathered together. I guess that’s what everyone wanted to talk about. But today, anyway.
“Paa san ! Congratulations on making the Anime !”
I wanted to celebrate the best news in recent days.
“Anime, huh…….,I wasn’t aiming for it. Hahaha !”
The 37 year old man who’s easy to understand, but I’ll let him get drunk at least for today. Even for Paa san who’s still suffering in another timeline.
“Hikari……you did it.”
“I didn’t do anything. I just told them about the genres that seemed to hit the spot. I didn’t do time paradoxes or ghostwriting.”
He always wanted to be a Mangaka, even 10 years ago. In another timeline, Paa san has continued to work hard even now. In this world, he had successfully won a serialization and even managed to make it into an anime. I’m sorry to say this, but no matter how you look at it, Hikari’s help from the future must’ve been a big help.
“Really……I had nothing to do with it. It’s because of your hard work, Paa san.”
However, the entertainment world is not so naive as to think that just guessing a genre is enough to make a hit. The basis of the success is undoubtedly Paa san’s efforts for more than 10 years. That’s why I’m happy for him. I want to congratulate him from the bottom of my heart. But first.
“Then, I’m going out for a bit. Shinobu, call me if something happens.”
“…….That’s my line.”
It’s a long-awaited reunion, but there was someone I wanted to clean up first, so I left the family restaurant. ……It’s raining. I forgot to bring an umbrella. They were all drunk, so they took a taxi.
“I’m sorry for calling you.”
I called out to the guy who was soaking wet from the rain. He is someone I met when Paa san’s manga was made into an anime. He’s not exactly famous yet, but still, he’s made it to the point where he can do the theme song for the anime, even though he hasn’t done it for less than 10 years. ……I really can’t compete with this guy.
“Why did you start playing guitar, Daiki?”
“….Because I wanted to win against you.”
No matter how far you go, you will always be confronted with the difference in talent. And there’s no doubt that we’re brothers.
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