I agreed to write the lyrics for Nonoi without telling anyone.

I think it was a bold request on my part.

Until now, I have only written poems to keep in my mind.

Now I’m going to write lyrics for Ari chan to sing, and by extension, for many people to hear.

For me, this is the biggest job in my life.

This is a big responsibility.

Now, although I have made a bold request and been given this important role, I have to admit that I am still having a hard time coming up with lyrics……

“I can’t think of any words…”

My head was completely blank.

I’m lying on my bed, looking up at the ceiling in a daze.

I try to write lyrics, but when I think about it, nothing comes to mind.

The band’s personality, the members’ personalities, the current trends in the world. I have thought about all of these things, but nothing seems to come to mind.

The band has just been formed, so I don’t think it has enough color to be called individuality. I tried to push the members’ personalities to the forefront, but that didn’t work either.

It was only when I came to this point that I realized that I actually know nothing about them.

Kobayakawa Kingo kun, a junior who has experience in the band.

Azekura Ari chan, the energetic founder of the band.

Kanda Ryoko san, Kobayakawa kun’s cool and beautiful friend.

I have spent nearly half a year with them and we have become good friends. But what I know about them is superficial, and I don’t know them well enough to put into words the parts of them that can be called their personalities.

Yes, let’s start with understanding the people.

The key person in particular is the vocalist, Ari chan. Since the lyrics are to be sung by Ari chan, I want to make sure the lyrics are perfect for her.

Then it is a good idea to ask someone who knows her. I leave the room and head for the living room.

There, as usual, my sister was having a drinking session. Today is sake. I served dried mackarel. She looks like an old man. feel like an old man…….

“Nee san, can I have a word?”

“Oh, you came down already?”

After preparing my sister’s supper, I refused the sake and hid myself in my room. She seems lonely, but she’s happy when I’m here.

“What kind of girl is Ari chan, from your point of view?”

“What, you suddenly changed your mind. Did you have a fight with Azekura san?”

“I’m not, but I wanted to get to know her better.”

Ari chan is an alumni student of Atago All Girls’ Academy, a junior high school and high school school. My sister must have been familiar with Ari chan since she was her homeroom teacher from the time she entered school until graduation.

“Well……. Azekura san is.”

“Yes, yes.”

“She’s so energetic !”

I know that already.

“What else?”

“The other is……I guess. She’s energetic, but a little bit fidgety. She was cheerful and had many friends. She was serious and hardworking at heart.”

Well, even I know that much information.

“Can you tell me more about her in depth? Her family environment, how she overcame conflicts with her friends?”

If I could get to know those faces that are not easily revealed, I would be able to connect them to the lyrics.

With this one thought in mind, I tried to find out.

Then, my sister raised her eyebrows in suspicion.

“Shino, why are you asking me that?”

“T-that’s…….I wanted to know Ari chan better.”

I was too embarrassed to tell her that I was writing lyrics for her to sing.

My sister doesn’t say anything to me.  She straightened up her mouth and stared with sad eyes.

“It’s good to try to get to know people, Shino. I’m glad you’ve had such a change of heart. But, you know, if you’re trying to get to know your friend, what’s the point if you don’t get to know them?”


To get to know someone, you must first communicate with them. That’s a given.

But I’m not good at that obviousness. That’s why I’ve been running away from it. I’ve been running away to the world of books so that I don’t have to get involved with other people as much as possible.

But I can’t run away just now.

In order to have Ari chan sing and write lyrics that are typical of Ari chan, I need to look at Ari chan more closely with my own eyes.

I feel ashamed of myself for not noticing such a simple thing. But I’m glad I did.

“Thank you, Nee san. I never thought that my drunken sister would give me a good argument. You are indeed a teacher.”

“Shino? Let’s drink up tonight, shall we?”

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