“A-as expected, you won’t stay away? This is rather not good……”
“No. If I leave now, I will lose the war.”
“All right, all right! I lost. So let’s get out of here, okay?”
Me and Elena were heading for the karaoke place we had reserved.
–We were arm-in-arm.
That’s why I’m getting a lot of stares from people around me. A gloomy guy like me and a beautiful S-class girl like Elena were flirting like lovers.
How could I not stand out?
“You see, people are looking at us, right? It’s not good, this is…….”
“No, I can’t do that. I’ll never leave.”
Elena is acting like a spoiled schoolgirl.
She’s a really sore loser, even though she says she’s fine with me losing.
Elena is instantly stubborn when it comes to competition.
This is one of the good things about Elena, but this time it seems to have backfired on me.
“If someone takes a picture of us and posts it on social media, it would be a problem for the office, you know? Seriously, stay away from me or I’ll get angry.”
“Ah, I can’t walk…..”
When I looked at Elena’s feet when she said that, her high-heeled feet were trembling like a newborn fawn.
The street we are walking on now is a bumpy cobblestone road, and with high heels, it looks quite difficult to walk on it.
I crouched down in front of Elena.
“Come on, hop on.”
“I’ll carry you on my back. You can’t walk, can you?”
What’s with that surprised look on your face?
I can at least be considerate …….
“Wow～, what a great couple.”
“Seriously. A super handsome guy and a beautiful silver-haired girl…….”
“I wish I could be given a piggyback ride by a handsome prince like that～”
The people passing each other stop their feet and stare at the two of them in awe.
Meanwhile, Ryoga walked awkwardly with Elena on her back.
Ryoga has lost all confidence because he is called “Gloomy” and made fun of at school, but he looks quite handsome objectively when he takes off his mask and glasses.
His body is also well toned thanks to the muscle training he does for his voice training and the running he does every morning to strengthen his lung capacity.
“Je suis très heureuse de t’avoir rencontré, Ryoga. (I’m glad I met you, Ryoga)”
“Did you say something?”
—- It will be a while before he realizes the real reason why Elena is blushing.
“I’m Nekura, we had a reservation for two.”
“So, Nekura san. Your room is 301.”
Me and Elena enter the designated room while ignoring the people lined up at the reception desk of the karaoke shop.
Whoa～ ! This room is amazing.”
“Certainly, this is amazing.”
The room we were shown was reminiscent of a live concert hall.
There were steps like a stage, and a microphone stand stood in the center.
“Hey Ryoga, there’s lighting too.”
“You’re right. This is amazing.”
Obviously, it was not a room for two people. But since we’re here,let me use it to my heart’s content.
“Ah, I just thought of something good.”
Elena smiles like a schoolgirl who has come up with a new prank.
“What’s the matter, all of a sudden?”
“–From now on, Shijou Elena’s mini-live will be held !”
[You’re the culprit !] I poked my index finger at Elena’s forehead and gave her a light chop.
“What do you think I came here for? Let’s get on with the reading.”
“Fu～un. Is that the right attitude?”
“……What are you trying to say?”
“I was going to sing the opening of [Ore Machi] too.”
“W…what did you say !?”
[Ore no Seishun wa Machigateiru……probably]–also known as [Ore Machi].
It’s an anime that depicts a sweet and sour but frustrating adolescent romantic comedy between a twisted hero and heroines who cannot be honest.
The original light novel was released eight years ago and has sold a total of 5 million copies since then.
Two years ago, Elena, then a newcomer in her first year, was chosen to play one of the heroines in the anime adaptation of [Ore Machi].
From then on, her outstanding looks and popularity grew steadily, and she has become the signature voice actress of Eight Productions.
“I see, so you don’t want to listen to it~ Well, that’s too bad ! It’s a real shame. But I guess it can’t be helped, since Ryoga said he didn’t want to hear it, right?”
“Hmm? What’s wrong, Ryoga? I have to get the script out as soon as possible ! We’re going to read it together, right? Hm?”
“Please ! Please do a mini-live, Elena sama ! !”
I slide toward Elena’s feet, put my knees to the floor and bow my head.
Overwhelming, sliding, kneeling…!
What can I say, I’m a big fan of [Ore Machi].
I have three sets of all the first editions of the original work, and there’s nothing I don’t own, from the Blu-ray of the anime to the event merchandise.
It’s what got me into voice acting in the first place.
It’s a small price to pay to have her sing a song from Ore Machi. No, it’s too cheap.
It’s so cheap, it’s even a bargain sale.
“But I’m also a professional, so I can’t just say it’s free-“
Elena looked down at me with a meaningful expression.
I see, you want me to pay you……
“I-if it’s up to 100,000…..”
“No, that’s not what I meant ! I mean, the amount is so subtle and realistic, it’s scary…..”
“Then what should I do?”
“Please treat me to Suipara next time.”
“Why not? That much.”
“Y-yeah. I don’t mind, but…….”
“I’ll send you my schedule on line. Tell me when you’re free, Ryoga.”
Isn’t Suipara only 1500 yen per person?
I wonder if that’s enough.
I was happy, but at the same time, I stared at Elena with mixed feelings.
She seemed to be in a good mood, humming a song and playing with her phone.
Well, if that’s what she wants to do, then that’s fine.
“With this, all right ! Let’s get to it ! First song, Ore Machi’s first season opening, [Seishun Pre-parade].”
“Uwoooh ! ! ! !”
–One hour later.
“For the third time, I love you. I want to dedicate it to you only～”
“Hai ! Hai ! Oh, hai !”
–Two hours later.
“I’m turning into your color~My heart won’t stop~”
“Hai ! Haa, haa…… Hai !”
–Three hours later.
“Go……go get em……Shokupanman……”
Thus, Elena, who had been singing for three hours straight, and I, who had been singing along, were now lying on the sofa, collapsed.
“I-I can’t do it anymore…”
I was in a mild state of exhaustion from all the shouting.
I’m not going to be able to read a script at this point.
“Let’s go home…..”
“I guess so…..”
I couldn’t practice, but I’m really glad I got to hear Ore Machi sing live…….
Satisfied, Elena and I left the karaoke bar.
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