Location: Front Gate
Arashi: But that’s okay, I’ll keep you company. I’m feeling cold because I’ve been standing here this entire time, so I feel like working up a sweat.
Arashi: Let’s practice together♪
Arashi: It’d be so lonely to do it alone
Izumi: Okay. Then it’s decided. I doubt anybody from my unit will come, but if someone does I’ll introduce you
Izumi: You should still at least say hi – they’re your other group members?
Arashi: Well, even if you say “your other group members”… you’re the one who dragged me into this by force. I haven’t fostered a sense of camaraderie at all?
Izumi: Isn’t it more convenient to just join us? A crumbling castle is better than being out in the open.
Izumi: We’re not so much an idol unit as we are something like a cooperative or a guild.*1
Izumi: Not only are we not tied down, but you can get some benefits if you join
Izumi: You’ve got nothing to lose by just registering with us for now. I also used to be in the modeling industry…I understand how hard it is to break into the idol business from a different field
Izumi: You’ll be pretty out of your comfort zone so you’ll probably hesitate at first at this change in environment
Izumi: I guess I’ve been in this field longer, so I reached out to you because I’m worried about you.
Arashi: How patronizing… geez, that part about you hasn’t changed.
Arashi: Haha, well there’s no point in me being stubborn, I’ll keep you company then.
Arashi: I like having privileges but I don’t like feeling obligated, so I’m not going to work for the ‘unit’, okay?
Izumi: I know, you’re the type that won’t lift a finger for anyone besides yourself
Izumi: You’re really such a terrible brat… but I guess I have confidence in your abilities
Izumi: Right now, I want to increase our strength even if it’s just a little bit, I’ll have you contribute to our cause
Izumi: We have to somehow revive our swollen, slowly rotting unit
Arashi: You say “we”…But I really don’t feel like it.
Arashi: I don’t even clearly remember the name of this unit I belong to, was it “Othello” or something?
Izumi: It was up until last year. Our leader changed this year so it’s now “Backgammon”
Arashi: It sure changes a lot. Wasn’t it “Chess” or something initially?
Izumi: Yeah, I think it’s the second oldest active idol unit in Yumenosaki Academy. I mean, I don’t know for sure and it doesn’t really matter anyway.
Izumi: Seems like Leo is obsessed with that initial unit, Chess…
Izumi: He was the only one vehemently against it when they decided to change the name.
Izumi: He’s the same age as me and in the same unit. You’ve never met him?
Arashi: Hm~ Could he be that kid who is with you all the time? Long hair, looks like a girl…
Arashi: In my heart of hearts I’m relieved, aww, Izumi, you’ve made a friend~
Izumi: We aren’t really friends. How do I explain this? He’s like a cat who was abandoned in the rain and I took him in because I just couldn’t leave him there.
Arashi: Ooh~? You two seem like great friends (giggles) ♪
Arashi: Izumi, darling…when you’re with this ‘Leo’*2, you have the same lovely expression you used to have back in the old days
Izumi: Huuh? Don’t I always have a top tier, perfect expression?
Izumi: …W-what’s up with this dude?! Is it a dead body?! Gross, I totally stepped on him!
Arashi: He should be alive?
Arashi: I know he is because I’ve been by the school gate this entire time, but he sort of came staggering in and laid down here. Maybe he’s taking a light nap?
Izumi: Outside? Also, I can’t believe you came across this weirdo and just let him be?
Izumi: You should be more mindful of other people! Wouldn’t it be terrible if he were sick and had fainted?
Izumi: Hey! Are you okay? Should we call an ambulance?
Ritsu : Uugh…? So loud, what do you want…?
Ritsu: Leave me alone, I’m fine… You’re disturbing my sleep
Ritsu: I’ll murder any fool that disturbs my sleep
Izumi: What?! I was just worried about you! The hell is up with this guy, he’s pissing me off! You’re probably a first year aren’t you? Is that how you behave towards a compassionate upperclassman like me?
Ritsu: Mm~… I am a first year but, I was held back a year so I think I’m the same age as you
Ritsu: Just leave me alone… The sunlight is really intense today, it hurts…
Ritsu: I plan to lay here in the shade until the sun completely sets
Ritsu: I wanted to get Maakun*3 to gimme a piggyback ride back home if he happens to pass by here but…
Ritsu: I haven’t seen him at all, I think he’s busy
Izumi: Hm, I don’t really get what you just said but
Izumi: Like, you said it hurts? If you don’t feel good I can carry you to the infirmary?
Ritsu: Ugh~…. Thanks for your kind offer, but I’m okay
Izumi: There’s no way you’re okay. Look, I’ll carry you? Four eyes, come help out!
Arashi: Oh nooo~, I told you not to call me “four eyes”
Izumi: But you hate your name, right? Then I gotta use a nickname then
Ritsu: Oh really? Me too~… We’re the same then, four eyes♪
Ritsu: (chuckles) Now that you’ve been introduced, ’tis only polite to reveal my own identity*4
Ritsu: Ugh~ But what a pain. If I mention my last name here at this school I’ll get weird reaction
Ritsu: But, well, I’ll be courteous. My name is….Ku…Ma… Ritsu
Izumi: Hm? What? Kuma?
Izumi: I don’t really understand what’s going on, but if you’re in pain don’t speak! Hush now…Kuma?
Arashi: Oh my, what a cute nickname! You can call me “Naru”~ I’ve recently started not to dislike my name that much?
Izumi: Okay, okay, save that for later! We have to hurry to the infirmary now!
Ritsu: Ugh~….What’s with them~ I don’t get what’s going on, but what a loudmouthed pair.
*1 Kanji is “union” but the katakana is “guild”
*2 Arashi uses Izumi’s “Leo-kun” and adds -san to it “Leo-kun-san.” The emphasis here is he calls Izumi “-chan” but uses -san on this unknown person, which reflects the familiarity he has with Izumi.
*3 For those who haven’t read other stories, Maakun is Mao (Mao-kun, but the o is dropped and the a is extended as a cuter, lazier way to refer to Mao).
*4 It’s hard to convey since I haven’t translated anything with Rei in it yet but he’s using some Rei diction