“Let’s see, today’s location is……”
It was just after nine o’clock.
After taking a formal absence from school, I was on my way to the studio in Shinjuku, looking at the map attached to the email from my manager.
“–Seven years have passed since then.”
While dozing in bed yesterday, I had a nostalgic dream.
It was the journey from my dream of becoming a voice actress to now.
When I was in the fourth grade of elementary school, I saw an anime titled [Someday, Under That Promised Tree] and I wanted to become a voice actress, so I convinced my parents to let me join a children’s theater company.
Practicing there was a lot of fun, and I steadily improved my acting ability, and in the first year of middle school I passed an audition to join the company I belong to now, Oishi Productions.
After that, things happened very quickly.
I just kept working and auditioning for the jobs in front of me.
This year marks the fifth year since I joined the company.
The unit [Try☆Stars Trusta] that Maya san, Megumegu, and I are working as a trio has become popular enough to tour the country, and I myself have become one of the so-called [popular voice actress] with over 300,000 followers on Twitter.
But, I wonder since when.
–I feel so suffocated.
–I can’t genuinely enjoy my work like I used to.
[‘Shiorin] is my nickname among my fans.
an idol voice actress who is pure, always smiling, cute, and treats everyone without dividing them.
During work, “I” always expected to be “Shiorin”. Or perhaps I’m acting as “Shiorin” even outside of work.
Perhaps because of this, I sometimes lose track of who I am.
I’m an ordinary high school girl who loves theater and anime, has a sweet tooth, and still longs for romantic love.
[Shiorin is like the ideal woman.]
[No one can be Shiorin’s boyfriend〜]
“Stop it ! !”
I found myself shouting out loud.
I had caught the attention of the people around me.
“I-I’m sorry !”
I left the place as if I was running away.
Sigh. I guess I’m a little tired because I’ve been busy lately…….
“Hey, you look cute. Are you a celebrity? Idol?”
“N-no, I’m not. Please move aside.”
In an alley near the studio, I was being tangled up with a group of men who looked like a bad guy.
I’ve been tangled up with male fans before, but this was the first time I’d ever been tangled up with someone like this. Moreover, I can’t call for help because there’s no one around……
Suddenly, I hear footsteps.
I turn my eyes in that direction and–
There was Prince Shin.
No, I only say that because he looks so cool.
He looks at me, sighs, and makes a bothered face.
I’m really sorry, but I have to rely on you.
“Ah, Kazu kun! I’ve been waiting for you already~♥”
In my heart, I apologize and run over to him.
“N-no. My name isn’t Kazu–“
“Please. Please put up with me……”
I tried desperately to appeal to his eyes, and he gave me a small nod, as if he understood what was going on.
“Hey, hey, why are you getting in our way?”
The leader of the group was staring at me with a fierce look on his face.
I only held back from raising my voice, but I was so scared that my body was shaking……
“Sorry ! My girlfriend has caused you trouble. Can you please let her go?”
“Huh? I’m not going to let her get away with it, you idiot ! Don’t take someone’s property without permission !”
“Don’t lie to me ! You’re a stranger anyway. Just because you have a nice face doesn’t mean you’re not going to get hurt, yeah?”
He pretended to be my boyfriend, but I don’t think the thugs will let me off the hook.
W-what should I do…….
“I’m going to ask you one more time. Can’t you let her go?”
“Are you kidding me?”
“Enough. I’m seriously going to kick this guy’s ass !”
I knew this was going to happen.
And I’m the one who got him into this mess !
“Hey, if we don’t run away, it’s going to get ugly. We have to run away together…….
“Don’t worry. It’s not safe, so please step back a little.”
He let go of my arm and took a semi-conscious stance.
Don’t tell me you’re planning to fight…..?
No matter how strong he is, there’s no way he can win this……
With teary eyes, I still make eye contact with him to try to escape, but he doesn’t lose his fighting stance.
“God, you’re so cool, Mr Hero.”
“You can’t win in a four-on-one match, you idiot ! Die.Oraa.”
He dodged a punch from a thug that suddenly flew at him with his footsteps.
“With this number of people, I guess I won’t hold back. Don’t hold a grudge okay?”
Boom, thud, thud !
–A few minutes later.
The thugs were lying on the ground.
He threw them to the ground and beat them up in a flash.
This kind of thing is only possible in manga and anime……
He turns away and walks away as if nothing happened.
“Ah, w-wait !”
I stopped him in a hurry.
–I wanted to know more about him.
I had a strange feeling inside me that I couldn’t explain with words like, thank you for your help.
“……What is it?”
“L-let me thank you. For saving my life.”
“No, it’s okay.”
“N-no ! Please let me. Let me take you out to dinner afterwards…….”
“Sorry, I don’t have time.”
“Well, then, please at least exchange line with me !”
“Well, that’s about all I can do.”
Taking out my phone, I exchanged line with him.
“Let’s see, the name is…..eh?”
He looks surprised.
Fufu, it’s no wonder.
“So your name is Ryoga kun. Cool name…… My name is Himemiya Shiori・・・・・! Nice to meet you, Ryo kun.”
“Yes……. Ah, um. Are you by any chance the…..Shiorin the voice actress?
“Yes. I’m Himemiya Shiorio, a voice actress belonging to Oishi Productions.”
I took off my sunglasses and mask.
“Y-you’re kidding, right….?”
“I’m not. Look.”
I look up at him and gently wrap my hands around his.
Fufu, I’m going to excite him a little.
“N-no. It’s a dream, right? Eh?”
“It’s not a dream. How can I make you believe me?”
Ryo kun’s cell phone rings, and his hand is quickly released.
“G-got it. I’ll be right there.”
I didn’t hear him talking, but he seemed to have some urgent business to attend to.
What a shame, but it can’t be helped.
“It looks like you’re in a hurry.. I’ll thank you next time.”
“Y-yes. No, but you don’t have to thank me…..”
“Geez, I wanted to thank you. I won’t let you say any more, okay? Ryo kun.”
I puff out my cheeks a little and protest.
I just want an excuse to see him again, that’s all.
“Well then, I’ll be on my way. Himemiya san.”
“Just call me Shiori, okay? And no honorifics.”
“What’s your reply?”
“I understand—got it.”
“Then, I’ll call you later.”
“Fufu, good. I’ve got some work to do too, so I’ll leave you to it. Bye bye, Ryo kun !”
I wave and walk away.
“I’m sure we will meet again……”
At that time, I did not know yet.
I didn’t know that I would soon be reunited with him ・・・・・・ as a voice actress–
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