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                               TENTAMA
           Enoki Rikako's Scenario Translation Version 1.0 
                            Chia-Hooi Lim 
                          (hooi@iastate.edu)
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Disclaimer: 
Sony Playstation's Tentama is released on January 25, 2001 by Kid. 
It will be released for Sega Dreamcast with two new characters
(twin angels) to inform you how much the girls like you. I don't
know how much that will help you. Tentama is one of te toughest
dating game, I ever played.

This file contains the translation for Rikako-chan's scenario from 
Tentama. I am not a professional translator, and I am doing this 
translation for the fun of it. I first apologize for any mistakes that 
I make in the translation. I hope you will enjoy them and please feel 
free to give me your comments on them. The purpose of my translations 
is to give you the most out of the story without losing the feel of it. 
Of course, to get the best out of the translations, you have to own
the original game itself. Please  feel free to send me your comments 
at hooi@iastate.edu :D

Spoiler Alert: This document contains spoilers for the game, Tentama.

Legend:
[/] - Place and Person's Perspective
() - Thoughts
{} - Describe the situation from the person's perspective.
-->[] - Notes to understand the translation
??(R) - Rikako-chan.
??(E) - Eri-chan

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    E D I T O R ' S   N O T E S				      
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First, you have to own the game to knows what actually happens. You
cannot understand what is going on completely by just reading this 
translation.

In this game, Kid introduced a very interesting system, where you can see 
the Tentama world from different characters' perspective and their
thoughts/feelings at the moment. No, you cannot choose which perspective
you want to see from. The game will choose for you. Most of the time,
you will see it from the protagonist, Hayasegawa Shiina-kun. What's weird
about this game is that sometimes.

I translated Rikako-chan's scenario because I felt that her scenario is
only one that really make well use of the perspective system. Futaba is
an important element in Rikako-chan's scenario and almost all (if not
all) of the other girls' scenario. So, it's best that you know 
everything that happened in the Prologue of Tentama.

After you win Rikako-chan's heart, you will unlock an omake scenario
for Eri-chan. It will tell Eri-chan's side of story.

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    C H A R A C T E R   I N F O R M A T I O N
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Name       : Enoki Rikako
Height     : 148 cm
Blood Type : O
Description: First year highschool student. She went to the same 
             highschool as Shiina. She hates ghost.

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[Canteen/Rikako-chan]
??(R)   : Ahhh, why, why! Why aren't there anything left today!?
{I went to buy some food, when the lunch time begins, but was
taken by surprise.} 
{The bread are nearly completely sold out that there aren't too many
people there.}
??(R)   : (This is the first time it has happened to me, since I first
          entered this school. The leftovers are those weird bread 
          that I don't feel like eating them...)
??(R)   : (It's not that I came here later than before, I came here 
          exactly the same time as before...)
{I wonder if it is because there are a lot of classes that ended 
earlier.}
{Or is it because at the beginning, there are very little bread for sale.}
{Even if I think about it, what is not there will not be there.}
{My empty stomach is complaining, "GIVE ME SOMETHING~" and 
"GUUGUU".}
??(R)   : (Hmmm, at a time like this, what should I do? I am very 
          hungry.)
{I look around the area.}
{The people who come later, nearly all, see the current situation and
left, as though they gave up.}
??(R)   : (I wonder, what they will do. Are they going to endure with
          their empty stomach for the rest of the day?)
Takashi : Ahhhh-Ah, there is nothing left. There is nothing we can do,
          let's slip out and go to the convenience store.
{I heard that voice at that moment.}
??(R)   : (Convenience store? I wonder if it is the one near the 
          school.)
??(R)   : (But, we are probihited to go outside of school during school 
          hour... I wonder how can they go there.)
Shiina  : It looks like it, let's do that...
??(R)   : (Eh, this voice!?)
LOOKING : KYOROKKYORO. -->[Looking around.]
{Scanning the area quickly, the view that came flying to me is....}
??(R)   : (Ah, there he is! Shiina Senpai!)
{There stands Shiina-senpai who I admired since middle school.}
??(R)   : (Shiina-senpai, he is going to convenience store, huh? 
          ... I wonder if he will take me there.)
??(R)   : (What am I saying... If I cannot even talk to him, how can
          he take me there, right?)
{During the Juken, the number one reason why I choose this school is
Shiina-senpai. That is how much I admired about him. Next is this
school is near my home, and I can do the things that I want to do,
but...} -->[Juken==School Entrance Exam]
{But, it has been more than half a year since we are in the same 
highschool and yet, I still haven't talked to him.}
??(R)   : (But, if I want to go to convenience store, I cannot get
          out by myself...)
??(R)   : (I really want him to take me outside, but... senpai,
          probably don't know me... so I cannot talk to him.)
Takashi : Well, let's go?
??(R)   : (Ah...)
Shiina  : Sure.
{During the time I am debating with myself, the two of them started 
to walk out after saying that.}
??(R)   : (What should I do, I have to talk to him, but...
          Ah, THEY ARE LEAVING!)
??(R)   : Senpai!
{Without thinking anymore, I called out to him.}
{I surrender to the pleas of my empty stomach...}

[Canteen/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Hm?
{When Takashi and I are about to leave the place, a girl that I have
never seen before called out to us.}
{She said "senpai", so she must be first year student, I guess.}
Takashi : What's the matter?
{Immediately, Takashi replied. At a time like this, he is very
quick.}
??(R)   : Eh, let's see, well...
Takashi : You are first year student? What's the matter? What do
          you want from me?
{Saying that, he is reaching his hand towards the girl's shoulder.}
??(R)   : Ah, excuse me...
{The girl avoided Takashi and talked to me.}
??(R)   : Let's see, well, senpai, are you going to the convenience
          store?
Takashi : That's right, why?
{Without comprehending the situation, Takashi interrupts.}
{The girl avoided him again.}
??(R)   : Well, this is the first time since I enter this school
          that the food are all gone, so I don't know 
          what I should do...
??(R)   : Then, while I was thinking, I heard what you guys said...
          Well, how did you go to the convenience store?
Shiina  : What do you mean?
??(R)   : I mean, we are prohibited to go outside of the school, 
          right?...
Takashi : Ahhh, I see what you meant. You don't know about the
          passage to slip outside, I guess.
??(R)   : PASSAGE TO SLIP OUTSIDE?
Takashi : Right, there is a passage to slip outside. I can go out
          from the back.
??(R)   : Is that so?
Takashi : That's right. If you use that passage, you can go out
          any time. But, there aren't too many people who knows about
          it.
??(R)   : Is that so?...
Shiina  : Takashi, we should go soon. The time is running out.
Takashi : Ah, right. That's true.
{If we don't hurry, the lunch break is going to be over.}
{We said our parting greetings with the girl, and started walking 
outside.}
??(R)   : Ah, excuse me, will you take me along with you?
{The girl chased after us.}
Takashi : Of course. No matter how many times you ask me, I will
          surely okay it. It's also okay with you, right, Shiina?
{Answering Takashi.}
<Choose Choice 1: Tsurete itte ageru.                               >
<                 "Take her with us."                              >
{Well, there is no reason to reject her.}
Shiina  : Sure, why not?
??(R)   : Ah, thank you very much!
{The girl said that happily.}
Shiina  : Well, let's go. Come with us.
{We started to walk, that girl carefreely walk with us.}
Takashi : Hey, you are first year student, right? What is your
          name?
Rikako  : Ah, well, I am Enoki Rikako.
Takashi : Rikako-chan... What a cute name.
{Saying that, Takashi move near to her from the side.}
{It looks he is interested in Rikako-chan.}
{But, Rikako-chan try to stay away from the approaching Takashi.}
{It seems like she is not used to guys.}
{I guess, I better stop Takashi.}
Shiina  : Hey, Takashi...
{At the moment when I call out to Takashi.}
Rikako  : Ah.
{Staying away from Takashi, Rikako-chan trips and is falling down.}
Shiina  : Look out!
{I grab hold of Rikako-chan as she fell down.}
Rikako  : Ah...
{Rikako-chan looks at me with surprised on her face.}
Shiina  : Are you alright?
Rikako  : Ah, yes, I am fine.
{Saying that, Rikako-chan moved quickly away from me.}
{Her face is blushing.}
Shiina  : (She is cute.)
{Futaba gave me this same feelings on the school entrance day.}
{At the short moment, I thought about that.}
{At that moment, Takashi interject.}
Takashi : Are you alright? Please forgive me.
Rikako  : Ah, no, it's okay.
{Rikako-chan replied smiling happily.}
Rikako  : Senpai, thank you very much.
{But, immediately, she avoided Takashi and say thanks to me.}
Shiina  : You don't have to say thanks for such a thing. I am glad
          that you did not fall down.
{It's not really a big thing, so I feel a bit embarassed hearing
her saying her thanks.}
{Unintentionally, I got eye contact with Rikako-chan.}
Takashi : Let's hurry, the time is running out.
{Takashi said that with irritation.}
{Hearing that, I look at my watch, the lunch break is half over
already.}
Shiina  : That's true.
{I answered Takashi and said to Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan, let's hurry.
Rikako  : Sure.

[Back in School/Shiina-kun]
{After we bought lunch, we got back to school}
{When we got back at school, we parted with Rikako-chan.}
{I stop Takashi, when he is going to ask her to eat together with us.}
{Rikako-chan say her thanks happily and returned to her classroom.}
{Come to think about it, why did she talk to us?}
{There are others who are going to convenience store too...}

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[After School/Shiina-kun]
<Choose "Karin ga konbini made mukae ni kite kana...                  ">
<       "I wonder if Karin is waiting for me at the convenience store.">

[On the way home/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Hey, Takashi, what are you looking at?
{Karin who is waiting for me at the nearby convenience store joined us,
and the four of us is walking home.}
{Takashi, suddenly stop talking in the middle, and looked at something.}
Chinatsu: Most likely, he distracted by some GIRL, right?
{Chinatsu's poison tongue.}
Takashi : SHUT UP!
Chinatsu: What? *angry* What did you just said?
Takashi : No. *nervous* Nothing.
Shiina  : (Sigh, these two...)
Takashi : Hey, Shiina, that, is that the girl from last time?
{Takashi talked to me, as though he is avoiding Chinatsu.}
{Looking at the direction where Takashi is looking at, coming into view is
the familiar looking Dango head.} -->[Dango is a kind fruit.]
Shiina  : Yeah, it's the girl that we take to the convenience store
          recently, right? She says her name is Rikako-chan, right?
Takashi : Let's talk to her.
{Saying that, without giving any chance for anybody to stop him, he 
called out Rikako-chan's name.}
Takashi : Yo, Rikako-chan.

[On the way home/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : Eh?
{Suddenly, I heard somebody calling out to me, so I look around.}
{The voice seems familiar.}
Takashi : Rikako-chan, here.
{Looking at the direction of the voice.}
Rikako  : (Shiina-senpai!)
{There stood Shiina-senpai.}
{By his side is the person who Shiina-senpai called "Takashi".}
{The person who called out to me is Takashi-senpai, it seems.}
Rikako  : {If it is Shiina-senpai's voice, I can recognized it in a
          second.)
{I felt a bit disappointed.}
{But, it looks like Shiina-senpai remember me, because he is smiling
at me beside Takashi-senpai.}
Rikako  : (Senpai, you remember me!)
{I immediately rush to their side, and bow my head only to 
Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : Good afternoon. Thank you very much for before.
Takashi : That's nothing. Right, Shiina?
Shiina  : Yeah, you don't have to think much about it.
Rikako  : Sure.
{I ignored Takashi-senpai completely, and only reply to 
Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : (YYYEEEESS *LOVE* I got to talk to Shiina-senpai again!)
Chinatsu: What is going on?
Takashi : Well, the day before yesterday, she was in trouble because
          there isn't much food on sale left, so we took her with us to
          the convenience store.
Chinatsu: HMMMMM, I thought, you probably pick her up or something.
Rikako  : (It's Chinatsu-senpai!)
{It seems like my eyesight is completely set on Shiina-senpai that I
did not notice her.}
{I was in the Public Moral Maintainance Committee with Chinatsu-senpai
when we are in middle school.}
{Strict and smooth attitude making her look very cool. After that, I
have been admiring her.}
{That Chinatsu-senpai is in front of my eyes.}
Rikako  : (Shiina-senpai and Chinatsu-senpai. I cannot believe I meet 
          the two persons that I admired most! Today is a very good
          day!)
Rikako  : It has been a while, Shinozaki-senpai.
Chinatsu: Eh? You know about me?
Rikako  : Yes. I was with you in the Public Moral Maintanance 
          Committee together during middle school. Don't you 
          remember?
Chinatsu: Eh? Let's see...
Rikako  : Just as I thought, you don't remember me...
SOUND   : GAKUN... --->[Disappointed.]
Chinatsu: Ah, no, that's not it, yes.
Rikako  : Rea...lly?
{If she really remember me, I would be very happy...}
Chinatsu: Really, really. Yes, that's right, you were there.
Rikako  : Aha, you really do remember, don't you!!
Chinatsu: Ahaha, but if you didn't say it, I would not have noticed it.
Rikako  : No, I am happy as long as you remember me.
Chinatsu: What a nice thing to say. If you got any problem, I don't
          mind discussing it with you.
Chinatsu: For example, if you got some weird guy giving you some
          trouble.
{Saying that, Chinatsu-senpai look at Takashi-senpai.}
Takashi : Who is that weird guy that you are talking about?
Chinatsu: I wonder, who could that be...
Takashi : You...
Chinatsu: WHAT?
{When Chinatsu-senpai stared angrily at Takashi-senpai, Takashi-senpai
quickly changed the subject and talked to me.}
Takashi : Ah, then, then, Rikako-chan is our Kohai in the same middle 
          school. -->[Kohai is the opposite of Senpai.]
Rikako  : Ah, well, yes.
{I ignored Takashi-senpai, and said that facing Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : That's why I know about you all. That's why I called out to
          you before.
Takashi : You don't have to worry it, you should just talk to us.
Chinatsu: I can't believe you... But, really. don't feel reluctant
          to talk to us.
Rikako  : Ah, sure, thank you very much. Huh...
{There is a girl behind Shiina-senpai, as though she is hiding.}
{I am so happy to meet Shiina-senpai and Chinatsu-senpai that I did
not notice her until now.}
Rikako  : This girl is?
Shiina  : Oh, she is my little cousin, Karin. She is living with me
          because she is taking Juken. 
          -->[Juken is school entrance.]
{Shiina-senpai introduced her, as he let her come in front of him.}
Rikako  : Good after....
Rikako  : (EH, what... is... THAT?)
{Just as I was about to greet the girl, I got stiffen.}
{Above both of her shoulder, something are floating up and down.}
Rikako  : (Up and down, up and down, it looks like wings floating,
          yet it is not hers...) 
          -->[Basically, the wings are not connected to her body.]
Rikako  : NOOOOOO! WHAAT IIIISSS THIIIIISSS!!

[On the way home/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Wh, what's wrong, Rikako-chan?
{Rikako-chan suddenly screamed, pointing her finger at Karin.}
Karin   : Hayayaya?
{Karin is so surprised that her eyes are widened.}
Rikako  : HAUUUUUUUU!? *NERVOUS*
{Rikako-chan is moving away from Karin, slowly stepping backwards.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan, what's the matter, please calm down...
Rikako  : A MOOOOONNNNNNNNTTTTTTEEEEERRRRR!!!!
{But, at the moment, Rikako-chan screamed without any known reasons
and ran away.}
Rikako  : Fumyu~
Chinatsu: What is that about?
{We all look at Rikako-chan running away, stunned.}
{Only Takashi alone complaining, "I feel as though Rikako-chan is 
ignoring me" though...}

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[In front of the School (Morning)/Shiina-kun]
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai! Good morning!
Shiina  : Ah, Rikako-chan, good morning.
{When I arrived at school, I met with Rikako-chan.}
Rikako  : I am so happy to meet Shiina-senpai in the morning.
Shiina  : I, I see.
Rikako  : Well, I should be going.
{Saying that, Rikako-chan left.}
{It's great to be full of spirit in the morning.}
{But, if Takashi found out that I met Rikako-chan, he will surely get
jealous.}
{I better kept this to myself.}

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[After School/Shiina-kun]
<Choose "Takashi to de~to surun datta na...">
<       "I have a date with Takashi...">

[Shoe locker/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : Ah-ah. I am going home alone, huh? ...
{I let out a big sigh at the school entrance.}
{All my good friends are in clubs, and the one who is not in any clubs,
has something to do because she is the class representative, therefore
cannot go home with me.}
{The class representative said that she can go home with me, if I can
wait for a while, but I need to help out at home, so I cannot wait
for her.}
{I felt kind of depressed, walking out of the school entrance.}
Rikako  : Huh...?
{At that very moment.}
Rikako  :(It's Shiina-senpai~!)
{My depressed feelings just now has disappeared into somewhere at that
very moment.}
{When I saw Shiina-senpai, I somehow felt very happy.}
{I stood there looking at Shiina-senpai.}
{Shiina-senpai is talking happily with somebody, while wearing his shoes.}
Rikako  : (I wonder, is Takashi-senpai also there...?)
{While thinking about that, senpai, got out of the school entrance 
without noticing me.}
{Takashi-senpai who is hidden from the view because of the lockers before, 
follow behind soon after.}
Rikako  : (What should I do... Should I talk to him...)
{Even if I want to, but I am not brave enough.}
{After I talked to him during that last lunch break, I got him to know me.
There are many times that I wish I can talk to him, }
{But, we are not that close.}
{I am just a underclassman that he knows.}
{For Shiina-senpai, he probably only think of me at that level.}
{Of course, if I just watch them, a one-direction relationship, and
slowly go from there...}
{Even that, I am not brave enough to talk to them.}
{But, it's okay if I only look at him...}
{With that feelings, I chased after Shiina-senpai, and ran out of the
school entrance.}

[In front of the school/Rikako-chan]
{Because I waste some time at the school entrance, they already
heading towards the school gate.}
{I kept a distance from Shiina-senpai, while getting a good view of 
Shiina-senpai.}
{Shiina-senpai and Takashi-senpai are enjoying themselves.}
Rikako  : (I wonder what they are talking about.)
{I really want to know what Shiina-senpai talk with Takashi-senpai and 
his other friends.}
{I guess... I should try to get as close as possible to listen to what
they are saying without them noticing me..}
{Listening to those thoughts, I approached them from behind.}
{They are at the school gate.}
{They turned at the corner as they went out of the school gate,
disappeared behind the school gate.}
{I chased after them and left the school gate.}
{After I got out of the school gate, I saw them again.}
{For a moment, I saw a small figure girl standing beside Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : Hoe....?
{Behind the girl, there is something floating over her shoulder...}
Rikako  : (------!!)
{In my heart, I screamed.}
Rikako  : NO--------!!
{I screamed and ran in the opposite direction of where they are heading.}
Rikako  : (It's a monster, it's a monster, it's a monther,
          IT'S A MONSTER----!!!)

[On the way home/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Hm?
{I thought, I heard a familiar voice in my ears.)
Karin   : Shiina? What's wrong?
{Karin asked me with puzzled look on her face.}
Shiina  : Ah, not, I thought I heard somebody screaming...
Takashi : Screaming?
Shiina  : Yeah, you didn't hear it?
Takashi : No, I did not hear it.
{Takashi replied.}
{He is useless, it appears that he did not noticed it.}
Shiina  : Karin, did you heear the scream?
Karin   : I did not hear anything.
{Karin answered suspiciously.}
Shiina  : I guess, it must be my imagination...
Shiina  : (Somehow, I heard it before just recently...}
{I did not say it out loud, but instead I said in my heart.}
Takashi : It must be your imagination. More importantly, let's hurry.
{Takashi hurried me.}
Shiina  : Ah, sure.
Karin   : Shiina, where are you going now?
Shiina  : W, well, it's a secret.
{I am going to have tea with Takashi today.}
{It's not because two guys having tea that is bothering me, it appears
that Takashi has discovered a cute waitress.}
{I refused to go at first, but Takashi forced me to.}
{When it comes to girls, Takashi become very pushy.}
Takashi : Hey, Shiina.
Shiina  : Yes, yes.
Shiina  : (I cannot stand this...)
Takashi : Right, Karin-chan, do you want to come?
Karin   : Is it okay for I go with you?
Shiina  : Hey, Takashi.
Takashi : There is nothing wrong with that. Well, let's go.
Shiina  : I understand.
Shiina  : (Sigh...)
{And so, Takashi and I took Karin to the shopping district.}
Shiina  : (But... that voice sounds really familiar.}

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[Hallway/Shiina-kun]
Takashi : Hey, Shiina, there.
{While walking along the hall, Takashi grab hold of my shoulder.}
Takashi : Hey, look, that is Rikako-chan, isn't that?
{Looking at the direction where he points to, is a girl walking 
carrying large amounts of books that it covered her face, and a box 
containing some materials.}
{On the other side of the books, is the familiar looking Dango head,
swaying from side to side.}
Shiina  : It seems like it.
Shiina  : (I cannot believe Takashi, when it comes to girls, he
          noticed it very quickly.}
Takashi : It looks like she is in trouble. Let's go and help her.
{Takashi approached Rikako-chan without waiting for my reply.}
Takashi : You look like you are in trouble, let me help you.

[Hallway/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : Eh, ah, let's see...
{Hearing someone talking to me, I moved my face to the side to see 
what is in front of me.}
{There stands Takashi-senpai.}
Rikako  : (Ah, that would mean that Shiina-senpai is also...)
{The moment when I thought about it, suddenly the stacks of books in 
front of me disappeared.
Rikako  : (Eh? AHH!)
Rikako  : (Shiina-senpai!)
{Standing in front of me, Shiina-senpai is carrying the books.}
{Shiina-senpai smiled at me who is looking at him with surprised.}
Rikako  : (Th, this is an act of a god!!)
Rikako  : (Meeting Shiina-senpai at a place like this, and in addition
          to that, he is helping me out!}
Rikako  : (Ahhh, god is looking after me! Thank you, god!!)
Shiina  : Hey, Takashi, you should carry some too.
Takashi : Ah, sure.
{Takashi-senpai took the rest of the books from my hand.}
{The light-weighted box containing the copy material are left in 
my hand.}
Takashi : Where are you carrying these stuffs to?
Rikako  : Ah, let's see, to Document Preparation Room...
Shiina  : We will carry them there together with you, let's go.
Rikako  : Ah, yes, thank you very much!
{I was so touched that I struggle with my thanks.}

{I started walking beside Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : (It feels like a dream, walking together with Shiina-senpai
          like this.)
{I am so happy that I barely listened to what senpai said to me.}
{Takashi's voice from behind also barely reached my ears.}
Rikako  : (Will Shiina-senpai come to save me if I fall down here?)
Rikako  : (Saying "Are you alright?", he gently CARRY ME UP....)
Rikako  : (I will then say, "I am alright", and started to stand up,
          but I lost my balance, then, then...)
Rikako  : (I fell into senpai's chest, and then... HEHEHE)
{Thinking of that, I look at Shiina-senpai's face and smile.}
{Looking at me, Shiina-senpai look embarassed and smile back.}
Rikako  : (I think, I really should pretend to fall down...)
{At that very moment, I remembered about Takashi-senpai who is just
behind me.}
Rikako  : (Ah, but, looking the pattern until now, Takashi-senpai
          probably will react much faster.)
Rikako  : (If Takashi-senpai saved me, it would be very bad...)
Rikako  : (It is better if I abort this plan of mine...)
(Inside my head, I enjoy my imaginations.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan!
Rikako  : Ah, yes.
{Shiina-senpai called to me out loud, and I am back to reality.}
Shiina  : What's the matter, you seems spaced out?
Rikako  : Ah, not, let's see, it's nothing.
Shiina  : Is that so? Did you hear what I just said?
Rikako  : Eh, let's see, what did you just said? Ehehehe.
{I tried to get out of the situation by laughing it away because
I did not hear what he said.}
Shiina  : Well, about what happened recently...
Takashi : Hm, what are you guys talking about? Let me in it too.
Rikako  : KYAAA! -->[Scream in surprise]
{Suddenly, Takashi-senpai show his face in the between Shiina-senpai
and me.}
Shiina  : Takashi... you.
Takashi : "Kyaa"... you don't have to scream like that, right?
{Takashi sounds very displeased.}
Rikako  : Ah, s, sorry. It's because you suddenlly appear out of 
          nowhere...
Takashi : Even that...
Rikako  : Really, sorry.
Shiina  : She already apologized, right?
Takashi : Well, it's fine with you because you are enjoying yourself
          talking with her.
Shiina  : That's not true. I am talking something important with her...
Rikako  : (? What could the important thing be... What did senpai say
          just now?)
{It seems like Takashi-senpai is also thinking the same thing as I am}
Takashi : What is that important thing?
Shiina  : Well, it's about what happened recently...
Takashi : Ah, don't tell me, you two went out on a date without telling
          me!
Rikako  : Th, THAT'S NOT IT!
{Without thinking, I said that.}
{If that is true, I would very happy though...}
{When I think of that, I know that my face started to become red 
naturally.}
Shiina  :Th, that's not it! What I am trying to say is...
{Shiina-senpai denied it outright.}
{A bit sad.}
Takashi : Well, what is it then?
Shiina  : What I am trying to say is... about that time when we went home...
{The bell that symbolized that the lecture is beginning interrupted what
Shiina-senpai is trying to say.}
{We are near the Document Preparation Room, the two rushed in and left 
the books there, then they went back to their classrooms.}
Rikako  : (Ah~ah, I really want to talk to Shiina-senpai more...}
Rikako  : (Takashi-senpai came out when he is not welcomed.}
Rikako  : (But... what is that important thing that he is trying to talk
          to me about?)

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[Hallway/Shiina-kun]
??(R)   : Ah, Shiina-senpai.
{Behind me, somebody called out to me.}
{There is only one person in this school that call me "senpai", and 
that is Rikako-chan.}
{Turning my back, and there is Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan, are you on your way to your classroom?
Rikako  : Yes, the next class is science.
{I see, that's why she is in the second year students' floor.}
Shiina  : Are you going to be alright hanging around here?
Rikako  : Ah, that's right. I have to hurry.
{Saying that, she waved her hand and left running away.}
{She is really a very energetic girl.}

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[Chinatsu-chan's and Takashi-kun's Classroom/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : I wonder if Chinatsu-senpai is in...
{In front of me is Chinatsu-senpai's classroom.}
{I peek inside the classroom through the opened door.}
{Inside the noisy classroom during breaktime,}
{I did not see any familiar face.}
Rikako  : (It looks like she is not in... Ah-ah, after I decided to
          brave and asked a lot of different things about 
          Shiina-senpai...)
{Even if I said that, I cannot do anything about what that is not there.}
{There is nothing I can do, but to go back to my classroom, so I turn 
back.}
Takashi : Huh, Rikako-chan.
Rikako  : Eh? Ah...
{When I turned back, there stood Takashi-senpai.}
{Is it because he is covered by the people that I did not see him? Or,
it is because he is someone that is not interesting in the first place
that I cannot get it into my eyes?}
Rikako  : Ah, g, good afternoon.
Rikako  : (Uugh, I am not good in dealing with this guy...)
Takashi : What are you doing here? Ah, I know, you came to see me, right?
Rikako  : THAT'S NOT IT! I came to see Chinatsu-senpai...
Takashi : Uugh, I was just kidding, you don't have denied it outright...
Rikako  : Ah, s, sorry!
Takashi : Ahaha, it's okay, don't worry about it. By the way, you want
          to see Chinatsu?
Rikako  : Ah, yes.
Takashi : Hmmmm.
{Takashi-senpai look around the classroom.}
Takashi : It seems that she is not in the classroom now... If you need
          to see her in a hurry, let's go searching for her?
Rikako  : Ah, I am not in a hurry to see her. Sorry. I have been a bother.
{I bow my head.}
Takashi : You don't have to be so polite. If you got something up, I am
          always willing to talk about it.
{Saying that, Takashi-senpai smile at me.}
Rikako  : (Just as I thought, I am not good with dealing with this guy.)
{Thinking that, I also smiled back at him.}
Rikako  : Sure, thank you very much.

[Hallway/Rikako-chan]
{I quickly back away from that place.}
FEELING : --ZOKUU.
{When I walked out of there, I can feel that something cold at my back.}
Rikako  : (What could that be? Somehow, I feel that somebody is staring at
          me...)
{I look around the area.}
{There is nothing special around the area.}
Rikako  : (It must be my imagination...)
{I think of that strangely, as I headed back to classroom.}

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[Rikako-chan's Classrom/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : (What is this about???)
{I looked around me with puzzled.}
{Around my desk, girls who I have never seen before gathered.}
{In addition to that, everybody look at me with same frightening faces.}
{The girls who are in the same class with me, but are not closed to me
and girls that are from other classes are here.}
{After school, when I was preparing to go home after the lecture, 
somehow this happened.}
{In the classroom, there aren't many people left in the class, other 
than us.}
{What is this about?}
Rikako  : (??????????)
{My head is full of question marks}
{No matter how many times I think about it, I cannot think of any reason
for this to happen.}
SOUND   : PAAAN.  -->[Sound of a girl hitting the desk.]
{The girl, who seems to be the leader of the group, hit the desk as hard
as she can.}
Arisa   : You, making me mad.
Rikako  : Hah...
{Even though she said that, I really don't have a clue about what is 
going on.}
{I look at them quietly.}
{Gangro, brown hair...} 
{The girl who has gathered here has looks that are not too rare.}
{Weirdly, I am impressed.}
{Well, I also have brown hair though...}
Arisa   : Hey, are you going to keep ignoring us~!
Rikako  : Let's see...
Arisa   : What is that, are you going to pretend that you don't 
          know anything. You are making me mad.
{The girls around agree with that girl, "Right, right".}
Rikako  : It's not that I am pretending to not knowing anything...
          First of all, I don't even know what is going on...
{Let's try explaining to them first.}
Arisa   : That's what makes me mad!
Rikako  : That's why, what this about?
{No matter how many they told me that they are mad, I don't know 
what is going on.}
Arisa   : You are getting too close to Aizawa-senpai, you are using the 
          seductive eyes of yours, right?
Aki     : That's right. You are too friendly with him!
Rikako  : Aizawa-senpai? Too friendly with him?
{What are they talking about, these group of girls?}
Youko   : Don't pretend that you don't know!
Rikako  : I am not pretending, I really don't know what you are talking
          about.
Arisa   : First of all, we already gave you some warning, and you should
          have noticed it.}
Rikako  : Warning?
{What are they talking about?}
Rikako  : (Ah, could it be...)
{I remembered about what happened today.}
{About the feet that suddenly came out from the desk, finding my 
textbooks at a different place than it supposed to.}
{Could it be that this is the reason for those things to happen.}
{But, I stepped on the feet that came out from the desk, and finding books
at another place did not really give me any trouble at all...}
{That would means I thought wrongly...}
{I see, that is supposed to be some sort of pranks. I did not notice
it at all.}
Arisa   : Hey, are you listening?!
{The girl in front of me looking at my face unhappilly.}
{I kept a distance from her and reply.}
Rikako  : Eh, yes, I am listening, but...
Arisa   : First of all, how to say it, you are too thickheaded. No 
          matter how I think about it, that's how I feel.
Rikako  : "No matter how I think about it"?...
Aki     : That's right. There is something that is wrong with you,
          isn't there?
Rikako  : (THIS IS MAKING ME MAD)
Arisa   : What is that, making that frightening face. You seems to have
          a problem with it.
Rikako  : Okay, I completely don't know what you guys are saying!
{I replied.}
Arisa   : What, this girl, is not listening properly. Is she that thick-headed?
Youko   : We are talking about Aizawa-senpai.
Aki     : When are you going to stop pretending?
Rikako  : (I already said I am not pretending.)
{Even though I thought that way, different words came out of my mouth.}
Rikako  : I am saying... who is... this Aizawa-senpai?
Arisa   : Hey, what are you saying, you talk to him yesterday!
Aki     : In addition to that, earlier on, you talked to him and asked
          him to go to the convenience store together with you!
Youko   : That's right, and in addition to that, you also let him carry
          those heavy books for you!
Rikako  : Convenience store? Books?
Arisa   : Are you still pretending that you don't know anything?!
{Let's see, I went to the convenience store with Shiina-senpai though...
ah, Takashi-senpai is also there.}
{Books, that would be the time when I got helped, right?}
{At that time, only Shiina-senpai and Takashi-senpai is there... 
Shiina-senpai's family name is Hayasegawa...}
{Yesterday, I did not meet with Shiina-senpai... When I went to see
Chinatsu-senpai, I met Takashi-senpai...}
Rikako  : I see! Aizawa-senpai is Takashi-senpai. Isn't that right?
{I am so happy that I finally understand that I said that.}
Arisa   : Hey, she called him by his first name~
Aki     : Don't show off~
Rikako  : I am not doing that...
{It seems that they really do not understand things very easily.}
Rikako  : The Aizawa-senpai that you guys are talking about is Aizawa
          Takashi, right?
Arisa   : Are you really serious? After all, you talked to him as 
          though you are very close with him!
Youko   : That's right!
Rikako  : That's not it!
Arisa   : What is not it?
Rikako  : I did not want to be with Takashi-senpai and talk to him...
Aki     : You called him by his first name again!
Arisa   : Could it be that she is making fun of us?
Youko   : She is really making me very mad.
Aki     : That's why she called him by his first name?
Rikako  : (Ahh, I cannot stand this.)
Rikako  : Yes, yes, well, I will call him Aizawa-san, I really do not
          intend for it to sound that way!
Arisa   : Really?  I really do not trust you.
Rikako  : It's really the truth. It's your misunderstanding.
Youko   : That is, for sure, a lie. After all, you are the one that called
          out to him.
Aki     : That's right! This is making me mad.
Rikako  : (Why are they so slow in understand the situation?)
Rikako  : (Really, that's not it, I only calling out to Shiina-senpai...)
Arisa   : Hey, say something.
Rikako  : (If I don't say it, I cannot get out of this... Though, I don't
          feel like saying it...)
Rikako  : What I am saying is that I am not calling out to Aizawa-senpai,
          but another person!
Arisa   : Another person?
Rikako  : That's right, the person that I want to talk to is Shiina-senpai!
Arisa   : Hah? Who is that person?
Rikako  : There is a person who is always with Aizawa-senpai, right?
Arisa   : Yeah, kind of.
Rikako  : So, that...
Aki     : So, what about it?
Rikako  : (Hah... don't tell me that I have to say it out clear, in order
          for them to understand.)
Rikako  : The person who I like is that person...
{After saying that, I really felt embarassed, my face become red.}
{At the end, my voice sounded like a insect.}
Arisa   : Eh?
Rikako  : What I am trying to say is that the person who I like is 
          Shiina-senpai!
{Without thinking, I said it out right loudly.}
Rikako  : (Uhiya-, I said it. It's because these people are very pushy.)
Rikako  : Aizawa-senpai is always with Shiina-senpai, so I did talk 
          to him and was talked to, that's all.
Arisa   : Is that so?
Rikako  : Yes. That's why I told you that you have misunderstood.
Arisa   : But, you should have said that earlier.
Rikako  : That's why I said you have misunderstood. And at the beginning,
          I don't know what you guys are talking about...
Rikako  : After all, I don't who is he when you said Aizawa-senpai.
Arisa   : But, Aizawa-senpai is very popular?
Rikako  : I am not really interested in that kind of things... First of
          all, I called him, Takashi-senpai because that's how 
          Shiina-senpai called him...
Arisa   : You can't be telling the truth, don't you think it's weird?
Rikako  : I am not weird.
Arisa   : Isn't this a bit suspicious? After all, she said she don't
          know about Aizawa-senpai.
Aki     : Yes, it's suspicious.
Rikako  : Because I only have eyes on Shiina-senpai...
Arisa   : Hmmm, you really are weird, it seems.
Rikako  : Is that so...
Arisa   : You are weird for sure.
Rikako  : Well, it's settled, right? There is nothing between me and 
          Aizawa-senpai... I am not interested in him.
Arisa   : Somehow, what you saying is making me mad...
Rikako  : I can't believe you! What must I do to please you!
{Somehow, it making me more and more angry.}
{Why should I said such a thing?}
Arisa   : Ahaha, sorry, sorry. If that is it, it's fine with us.
Rikako  : Well, it's settled then, right?
Arisa   : Yes, well... But, sorry, we have misunderstood.
Rikako  : It's fine already. First of all, I don't really care about
          it.
Arisa   : Ah, I see, well, let's forget about what happened just now.
Rikako  : Yes. Sure.
{Somehow, I felt stupid saying that.}
Rikako  : (Come on, just go somewhere else.)
Arisa   : Well, you do your best yourself.
Rikako  : Yes, thank you.

{After that, the girls surrounding me left.}
Rikako  : (I can't believe them, they are so pushy. Finally, they 
          understood at the end.)
Rikako  : (But, this happens because of Takashi-senpai annoyingly
          talked to me in the first place.)
Rikako  : (I want to talk to Shiina-senpai alone, but he always comes
          disturbed us.}
{Thinking about that, it's started to make me feel mad.}
Rikako  : (The next time I met him, should I paid him back?...}
Rikako  : (Ah, but, if I did badly, those girls will probably
          say something again.)
Rikako  : (But, they really do know about everything.)
Rikako  : (I wonder, if they kept following him around?)
Rikako  : (Somehow... it seems impressive...)
Rikako  : (Even though they said I am weird... Those girls seems much
          weirder.)

[Outside Rikako-chan's classroom/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Let's see...
{I stopped standing in front of Rikako-chan's classroom.}
{I walked pass that classroom by accident, and heard Rikako-chan's
voice.}
SOUND   : GARAGARAGARA... --->[Door slides open]
{Hearing the noise, I quickly turned to my back.}
Arisa   : But, don't you think it is unbelievable that she doesn't 
          know about Aizawa-senpai?
Aki     : Really, I cannot believe it.
{Talking loudly, the group of girls passed by.}
{It seems like they didn't notice me.}
Shiina  : (Those girls looks familiar...)
{They are part of group who are always around Takashi.}
{Somehow, I beginning to understand the situation.}
Shiina  : (That rumour is true...)
{Recently, the rumour, where a gangster group of Takashi's fan bully
a girl who approached Takashi, passing around.}
Shiina  : (Takashi and I did not really think much about it, but...)
Shiina  : (I should tell Takashi about it later... Even that)
{What Rikako-chan said just now remains in my head.}
{"What I am trying to say is that the person who I like is 
Shiina-senpai!"}
{I believe that Rikako-chan did really say that.}
Shiina  : (She probably... said it to get away from those girls, it
          got to be a lie, right?...)
{Forcing myself to think that way.}
{But, if that is true... the way she acted until now is more 
understandable.}
{She always ignored Takashi and talked to me.}
Shiina  : (Is that... really the truth?...)
Rikako  : Ah~ah, really, what was that all about?...
{I react to Rikako-chan's voice.}
{I better not see her.}
{She probably doesn't want me to hear that.}
{I left that place quickly, before Rikako-chan came out.}

[Shopping district/Karin-chan]
{Since lunch time, I got some free time and came to the shopping 
district.}
{It's that I want to buy something, I just enjoyed window-shopping.}
Karin   : Ah, that dress looks cute.
Karin   : This dress will look good on Nana.
{As I have learned at school, there isn't much different when compared
to Angel World.}
Karin   : I go this way this time.
{After I went bookstore and CD Shop, I got a little bit hungry.}
Karin   : (I guess, I should get something to eat. Fumyu, I wonder
          what I should get?)
Karin   : I should go to Aimirucha.
{Leaving the shopping district, I headed to Aimirucha.}

[Aimirucha/Karin-chan]
{Inside the shop, there are tables that made of wood.}
{But, a fastfood restaurant sounds modern, even though the atmosphere
is not modern.}
Waitress: Welcome, good afternoon.
{The lady greet me with a big smile.}
Waitress: Are you ready to order?
Karin   : Yes.
Waitress: What do you want to order?
Karin   : Let's see... juice... drinks... should I have orange juice, 
          or tea... I will go for orange juice, please.
Waitress: You want orange juice, right? If you want that, we have 
          this juice set special, which we are popular for.
Karin   : Let's go for that.
Waitress: It will be 525 yen for the order.
{After paying the waitress and received the juice set, I go and get
a seat.}
{Just as expected in a fastfood restaurant, coming in and out takes
a very short while.}

[In front of the station/Karin-chan]
{After I finished the juice set at Aimirucha, I arrived at the station.}
{Just as I thought, it's really boring to be alone.}
{It's nearly time to get some grocery, so I should be heading for the
shopping district...}
{When I thought of that, I saw a glimpse of Shiina.}
Karin   : Shii...
{As I was about to call out to Shiina, I stop.}
Rikako  : Even though this is a coincident, going home with Shiina...
          -->[She is probably going to end the sentence with "makes
              me very happy."]
Shiina  : Eh? What did you just said?
Rikako  : N, nothing.
Shiina  : But, did something happen today?
Rikako  : Why did you say that?
Shiina  : Somehow, Rikako-chan doesn't seems like your usual self.
Rikako  : Eh, nothing much, just that... with the girls in my class...
Shiina  : They bully you?
Rikako  : It's not that.
{Shiina is enjoying himself with the girl beside him, who is wearing
the same school uniform.}
Karin   : (Even with Futaba gone and he becoming depressed...)
Karin   : (But, he looks very happy now.)
SOUND   : CHIKU! 
Karin   : (But... seeing Shiina happy makes my heart hurt.)
{I am a big weird, I guess.}
{Somehow, my heart hurts, painful...}
{What is going on...}

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[After school/Shiina-kun]
<Choose "Takashi ga henna koto shinai youni isshou ni kaette yaru ka..">
<       "I should walk home together with Takashi to make sure that    >
<        he doesn't do anything weird."                                >

[Shoe Locker Room/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : Hah, I am glad that I can go home today without any troubles.
{I said that to myself as I changed my shoes at the shoe locker room.}
{Yesterday, after school, it is really bad, when Takashi's fans gathered 
around me, but it seems it is fine today.}
Rikako  : But... is Takashi-senpai really that popular...
{I started to wonder how trute it is.}
{I saw Takashi-senpai near me.}
Rikako  : Ah.
{Quickly, I hide among the lockers.}
{Takashi-senpai did not notice me, and someone is calling out to him.}
Shiina  : Wait a second.
{Hearing that voice, I saw Shiina-senpai followed behind him.}
Rikako  : (Shiina-senpai...)
{I stand still looking at those two, as they are leaving.}
{I am not brave enough to talk to him, more precisely, if I started
talking to them, somehow I don't like it because Takashi-senpai is
there.}
{After I somehow manage to convince those girls yesterday, I feel that
it is going to be bad if I talk to Takashi-senpai.}
{But, I really want to look at Shiina-senpai, I followed behind slowly
and got out of the school entrance.}
{At the school, there are a lot of people who are on their way home.}
{Even that, I immediately found Shiina-senpai.}
{I followed behind, so that senpais did not noticed me.}
{--then.}
{They are around.}
{Among the group of people, I saw those girls from yesterday.}
{They followed senpais keeping a small distance from them, just like me.}
Rikako  : {They are really around!}
{Somehow, I feel that it is mysterious.}
{Even though, I did not noticed it until now, there seems to be a
lot of those girls around.}
{There are also other girls that I did not see yesterday, but I know 
that they are following the two of them because of the way they moved.}

[On the way Home/Rikako-chan]
{After leaving the school, just as I thought, they continue to follow
senpais.}
{Even though I said that, this route is the route to their home for many people,
but those girls followed senpais by moving in the same speed as senpais.}
Rikako  : (HMMMMM, Takashi-senpai is really popular.}
Rikako  : (But, I don't like this. Following them behind like this...)
Rikako  : (This is what they called "stalker"...)
{When I thought of that, I realized something.}
{I am doing the same thing as them.}
{I want to look at Shiina-senpai, so I follow behind them, just like
what those girls are doing.}
{Somehow, I suddenly feel that I am doing something bad.}
Rikako  : (But, but, the direction to my house is the same, it's not
          that I am following them around...)
{Inside my heart, I made that excuse, yet I don't feel any better.}
{If I continue to follow them like this, I am feeling worse and worse.}
Rikako  : (Maybe I should just talk to them...)
{For a moment, that thought came to my mind.}
{Then, those girls from yesterday, would be very surprised, right?}
Rikako  : (But, I did said that the person that I like is 
          Shiina-senpai, and it's not that I am talking to Takashi-senpai
          alone...)
Rikako  : (In addition to that... I probably can pay them back.)
{A little mean thought appearred up in my mind.}
Rikako  : (After all, after all, saying that I like Shiina-senpai in public
          is really embarassing...)
Rikako  : (In addition to that, I don't like the way they accused me...)
Rikako  : (In front of those girls who cannot talk to them, I talk to
          them, will this work?)
{I imagined those girls' faces, when I talked with senpais.}
Rikako  : Hehehe.
{Without holding back, I giggled.}
{I look around nervously.}
Rikako  : (I am glad, no one notice it.)
Rikako  : (But... what should I do, should I really talk to them...)
Takashi : Huh, Rikako-chan!
Rikako  : Eh?
{Surprised, I looked up.}
{Doing that, Takashi-senpai is in front of my eyes.}
Rikako  : Ah, eh? Let's see...
{For a moment, I could not adapt to the situation, and repeat words 
that have no meanings.}
Shiina  : H, hey, Takashi.
{Hearing Shiina-senpai's voice, I am back to normal.}
Rikako  : (Ah... while thinking whether I should talk to them or not, I
          manage to catch up with senpais.}
{Looking at the direction of the voice, I saw Shiina-senpai clearly.}

[On the way home/Shiina-senpai]
Shiina  : Y, yo, Rikako-chan.
{I struggled, as I greet Rikako-chan.}
{What Rikako-chan said at that time makes me conscious about it.}
Rikako  : Ah, let's see, good afternoon.
{Saying that, she looks around the area.}
{I also look around, and saw that those Takashi's fans that I saw in the 
hallway are there.}
Takashi : You are just behind us, you should have talked to us.
{Without any worries, Takashi said that.}
RIkako  : Ah, well, but...
{Rikako-chan looked around. Then, her face became pale.}
{Looking around, several girls looked scaroily at Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : (I see, those girls doesn't want to see her talking with 
          Takashi.)
{Hearing what they said yesterday, I immediately knew what is going on.}
Shiina  : Hey, Takashi. She doesn't want to walk with us, let's go.
{I try to save Rikako-chan by getting Takashi out of the picture.}
Takashi : What are you saying, Shiina, do you hate Rikako-chan?
{Takashi did not realized anything, accused me of another thing.}
Shiina  : Wh, what are you saying, that's not true!
{After hearing that Rikako-chan said that she likes me yesterday, 
I quickly denied it.}
{Worrying about what is being said, Rikako-chan looked at me with her lonely
eyes.}
Shiina  : (Maybe what she said yesterday is not just an excuse...
          but the truth.)
{That thought came into my mind.}
Takashi : What's this, you two are staring at each other.
Shiina  : Wh, w, we are not doing that!
{Quickly, I replied to Takashi who is displeased with what is going on 
at the moment.}
Shiina  : (First of all, whose fault do you think this is.}
{For a moment, I thought of telling Takashi everything.}
{But, if I said that, Rikako-chan might realized that I heard what she
said.}
Shiina  : (Rikako-chan probably doesn't want me to hear what she said 
          yesterday...)
Takashi : I am just kidding, you don't have to be so defensive.
{Takashi doesn't know what I am sensitive that issue, said that to me.}
Takashi : Well, anyway, let's go home together, Rikako-chan. After all,
          we will only be walking halfway together.
{Saying that, he walked beside Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : But...
{To what I am going to say, Takashi asked me.}
Takashi : What is it, Shiina, you don't like it?
{Hearing that, Rikako-chan looked very worried.}
{If I said I don't like it here, I will hurt Rikako-chan's feelings.}
{But, if this continues, Rikako-chan will be bullied by those girls
because of Takashi.}
Shiina  : (What should I do?)
{I trying to think of  something.}
{At that moment, Takashi grabbed Rikako-chan and went ahead.}
Shiina  : (Since it come to this... I have no choice but to separate
          Rikako-chan from Takashi, so that those girls will not have
          any problem with it!)
Shiina  : Wait, I am also coming.
{Saying that, I forced myself in between Takashi and Rikako-chan.}
Takashi : Hm?
Rikako  : Eh...
{The two looked at me with surprised.}
{I ignored the looks and continued walking, while maintaining the same 
situation.}
{At the end, until we parted with Rikako-chan, I maintained the situation
that way.}
{When we are parted, Rikako-chan seems a bit spaced out and walked 
unsteadily home.}
{After seeing Rikako-chan off, Takashi asked me.}
Takashi : Hey, Shiina, what is that about. Don't tell me that you like 
          that...
{I cut Takashi off, before he completes his sentence.}
Shiina  : Listen to me carefully. Actually, yesterday...
{On our way home, I explained what happened yesterday.}
{Of course, I omitted those very words that Rikako-chan said...}
Takashi : That... really?
Shiina  : Why should I lie about that kind of things?
Takashi : I see...
{Takashi lost in thoughts.}
Takashi : I understand, from now on, I will not talk to Rikako-chan,
          when I am alone.
{After a while, Takashi said that.}
Shiina  : Yeah, that would be for the best.
Takashi : AH~AH, she is such a cute girl and all.
{Takashi said that, as he released a sigh.}
Shiina  : It's because you do all these kind of things, that's why this
          happened...
Takashi : Well, don't said that. In addition to that, those girls did it
          because they love me. Please forgive them.
Shiina  : How can you said that without getting embarassed?
Takashi : Hahaha, well, I am half-kidding after all.
Shiina  : Hey, hey, you meant you half meant it.
Takashi : Of course.
{Takashi asserted it with a serious look on his face and headed home after
waving his hand.}
{There is no medicine to cure a person like him.}
{Because of that, Chinatsu also...}
{I thought of Chinatsu for a moment.}
{A guy without any worries.}
Shiina  : (But, come to think about...)
{For a moment, I thought.}
Shiina  : (Why did I do such a thing for Rikako-chan...)
Shiina  : (Probably because I was there and heard about her situation 
          by accident, so it's my obligation to help out, but...)
Shiina  : (At that time, I only thought about not hurting Rikako-chan's
          feeling.)
Shiina  : (Just as I thought, after hearing that... I am thinking a bit
          more about her...)

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[After school/Shiina-kun]
<Choose "Takashi wa fuan kouriukai de inaishi, kaeru ka...">

[On the way home/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : (Shiina-senpai...)
Rikako  : (I don't know why, but... I want to meet him...)
{While thinking of that, as if god is guiding me.}
{I saw Shiina-senpai in front of me.}
Rikako  : (Wah, what should i do. I want to talk to him, but will I
          be disturbing him...)
Rikako  : (Hey, Rikako! You just swore recently that you will be more
          persistent. What are you doing not talking to him!)
{I took in a deep breath.}
Rikako  : OKAY!
{I ran towards Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai.

[On the way home/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Hm?
{Suddenly, I heard someone called me from behind, so I turned to my back.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan, what's the matter?
Rikako  : Senpai, are you going home now!
Shiina  : Eh, yeah, why...
Rikako  : Is it okay if I go home together with you!?
Shiina  : Eh, let's see...
{I struggled for words, as I got pressed by Rikako-chan's energy.}
Rikako  : You don't like to walk together with me?
{Rikako-chan's body shrinked.}
Shiina  : Well, let's walk together halfway.
Rikako  : Really? Yes!
{There is nothing wrong, if she became so happy just because she is 
going home together with me.}
{I walked side-by-side with Rikako-chan.}
{We walked until the shopping district.}
{Talking to her like this, it's not like the impressions that she gave me 
until now, she is more energetic and talkative type of girl}
{Probably, this is her true self. Until now, she is probably nervous.}
{Whenever we met, I felt that she always get nervous.}
Rikako  : Senpai! Are you listening to me?
Shiina  : Ah, sorry, what did you say?
Rikako  : What's the matter? You spaced out.
Shiina  : Well, I was thinking about something...
{Of course, I cannot tell her that I am thinking about her.}
Rikako  : HII!
{At that moment, Rikako-chan suddenly take in a deep breath.}
{I look at the direction where Rikako-chan is looking at.}
Shiina  : Karin.
Karin   : Ah, Shiina~
{Karin also noticed me, waves her hand at me and approaches me.}
Rikako  : NOOOOOOOOOOOOO~!
{Rikako-chan screamed in despair and looks like she is going to run away.}
Rikako  : NOOOOO!
{As she turned to her back, she screamed again.}
{Turning to my back, there stands Takashi and Aoi with confused look on
their faces.}
Rikako  : No, the number has increased.
{Rikako-chan points her finger at Aoi, and walked backwards.}
Rikako  : Nooooooooooooooo!!
Karin   : Hayaa!
{At the next moment, she ran away so fast that Karin, who is just behind 
her, fly away.}
Karin   : Ouchhhhhh. What is that?
Aoi     : What is that girl doing! She ran away after she saw me!
Karin   : Ahahaha, Aoi, got hated!
Aoi     : SHUT UP!
--->[Karin got hit]
Karin   : Fumyu~
Takashi : What is that about?
Shiina  : Hmmmm.
Takashi : Come to think about it, she ran away like this a while 
          back.
{Just as Takashi said. A while back, Rikako-chan also acted that way when
we were walking home...}
Shiina  : (But... Looking at Karin, why did she become so frightened?)
Shiina  : What do you think, what is the reasons for this? Takashi.
Takashi : Hmmmm. I don't have any idea...
Shiina  : I see...
Shiina  : (A while back, she crumbled when she saw Karin... this time, Aoi
          as well...)
Shiina  : (The only similarity between these two is...)
{I looked at the two of them who are currently quarrelling.}
{The two of them look at me strangely, as they noticed that I am looking at them.}
Shiina  : (The two of them are angels... so, they have the wings.)
{Karin said that normal humans are not able to see the Angels' wings. But, that
is only similarity between the two.}
Shiina  : (Rikako-chan must somehow be able to see those wings. I don't know
          why though...)
Karin   : Shiina, what's the matter?
{She asked me, as she is concerned about me, as I continued to keep quiet.}
{She must have thought that I got angry because she is quarrelling.}
Shiina  : Hm, no, nothing at all. Well, let's go home.
Karin   : Sure!
{Relieve, she answered me.}
Shiina  : (Anyway, this is not confirmed yet, so I better not tell them 
          what I am suspecting.)
Shiina  : (Next time, I will ask Rikako-chan...)

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[In front of convenience store/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Where did Takashi go to...?
{As usual, I went to search for Takashi to go to buy lunch together,
but I cannot find him.}
{In addition to that, because of the time spent looking for him,
all the eatable stuffs are sold out.}
{Because of that, I have no choice but to go to the convenience 
store alone.}
Shiina  : (Let's see, I got my lunch, I am going back.)
{I started heading back to school.}
??(R)   : Senpai!
{I heard the cheerful and familiar voice.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai, good afternoon.
Shiina  : Ah, Rikako-chan. You also came here?
Rikako  : Yes. Today's fourth period is P.E., it felt like he 
          is not going to end the class any time soon.
Rikako  : When it finally ended, I changed and went to buy lunch, I
          discovered that the food are sold out.
Shiina  : That's why you came to the convenient store.
Rikako  : Yes! But, instead, it became my lucky day.
Shiina  : Eh?
Rikako  : Ah, no, well, it's nothing.
Shiina  : Is that so?
Shiina  : (Lucky day... huh?)
{That remind me about what Rikako-chan said a while back.}
{Rikako-chan looked around.}
Rikako  : Senpai, you are not with Takashi-senpai today?
Shiina  : Eh, oh, yes. I tried to find him, but I cannot find him 
          anywehre.
Rikako  : Then, you are eating lunch alone today?
Shiina  : Yes, that's how it ended.
Rikako  : Well, well, let's see...
Shiina  : What?
Rikako  : That, this, if it is okay with you...
Rikako  : Will you be willing to eat lunch together with me?
Shiina  : Eh, let's see.
<Choose Choice 1 "Isshou ni taberu."                                   >
<                "Let's eat together."                                 >
Shiina  : Hmmm, let's eat together?
Rikako  : Really?! Yes~
Rikako  : Ah, then, wait a moment. I will go and buy my lunch within 
          a minute.
Shiina  : Sure.
Rikako  : Please don't go ahead and leave!
{Rikako-chan said that, and rushed into the convenient store.}
{Rikako-chan really came back within a minute.}
{Inside the convenient store, there seems to be a long line in front
of the cash register though...}
{Just ignored about it.}

[Shoe Locker/Shiina-senpai]
Shiina  : Where do you want to eat?
Rikako  : Let's see, no matter where it is, there are a lot of people...}
{Rikako-chan lost in thoughts.}
Rikako  : I know, school roof might be empty!
Shiina  : School roof, huh...
{Come to think about it, recently it has became very cold, so there are
fewer people eating at the school roof.}
{But, with the lunch break nearly half over, there are other places that 
are empty, right?}
Shiina  : Ah, but, we don't have to go to the school roof...
Rikako  : Ehhh, it's okay, isn't it? The food will tastes better, if 
          we eat under the big blue sky.
Shiina  : Ah, but...
{As if to get me, who is hesistating, going, Rikako-chan started to
walk out of there.}
Rikako  : Well, let's go.
{At the end, I lost to Rikako-chan's persistency, and got taken to the
school roof.}

[School roof/Shiina-senpai]
Rikako  : See, it feels great.
Shiina  : Yes, that's true...
Rikako  : Ah, there is a nice spot that are not being used! Let's eat
          there.
{Rikako-chan rushed to the empty bench near the fence, sit down and
opened the convenience store's bag.}
Rikako  : Senpai! Here!
{Happily, she called out to me.}
{I looked around quickly.}
Shiina  : (This is the place, where I used to have lunch with Futaba
          a lot.)
Shiina  : (Futaba...)
{The memories that I tried to hold back within me, came out clearly
to me.}
{She opened her own home made obento, and offerred it to me...}
{Looking up in the sky, it blinded my eyes...}
{Thinking back about the time when Futaba was still in good health, a 
wave of sensation swept over me.}
{Deep inside my chest, it hurts as it shrink.}
{I find it hard to breath, and inside my nose it got wet.}
{Tears are coming out.}
Rikako  : SE-N-PA-I, what's the matter?
{Hearing Rikako-chan's voice pulled me back to reality.}
Shiina  : Ah, it's nothing.
Rikako  : Is that so? Somehow, you are not looking well... And tears
          also on the verge of coming out...
Shiina  : Nothing really... Well, lunch break is nearly over, let's eat.
Rikako  : That's true. Let's eat.
{Rikako-chan is sitting beside me, and take out Onigiri out of the bag.}
-->[I am not very familiar with Japanese food, but I believe, Onigiri
    is rice seaweed surrounding it.]
{I somehow doesn't feel like eating, and look up at the sky.}
Rikako  : Senpai, just as I thought, you are not looking well.
Shiina  : Eh.
Rikako  : Is it because you don't like having lunch with me?
Shiina  : Ah, no, it's not that.
Rikako  : Then, what is it?
Shiina  : Yes, it's not something to worry about...
{There's no reason why she should know about Futaba.}
{In addition to that, it's not something that I can calmly talked about.}
{I kept quiet.}
Rikako  : Ah, it's okay with me. Well, don't worry about it.
Rikako  : More importantly, please listen, about what happen at 
          today's P.E.! The teacher is so cruel...
{Rikako-chan, as though trying to cheer me up, starts a cheerful
topic of conversation.}
Rikako  : ... Then, he said that everybody has to be punished, everyone
          forced to bend backward and support with their hands.
Shiina  : Ahaha, could the teacher be, Yama-chan?
Rikako  : Ah, that's right, that's right. It's Yamada-sensei.
{That teacher is really strict. When we are in first year, we got
tortured by him.}
Rikako  : But,  don't you think it is suspicious to punish everyone?
Shiina  : Well, that's true.
Rikako  : A while back, saying that we changed our clothes too slow, 
          he entered the girls' changing room!
Rikako  : I feel like I am going to explode!
Shiina  : Hahaha, Yama-chan is a pervert, after all.
Rikako  : It's not something to laugh about.
Shiina  : That's true.
Rikako  : That's right. In addition to that...
{... after that, she also talked about all kinds of things that happened
to her at school.}
{I am wondering whether what Rikako-chan said recently is true or not.}
{But, just I thought, it makes me a bit conscious about her.}
{Rikako-chan did not know about what I am thinking continue to enjoy
herself telling her stories.}
{After listening to her, somehow I felt much better.}
{Because that I came to school, I thought I am going to be depressed
thinking about Futaba all the time, but...}
{Right now, I am not thinking about Futaba, as much}
Shiina  : (I wonder, why...)
{It's probably because that I am with Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : (I don't have time to be depressed, when I am with Rikako-chan.)
{That's what I realized...}

[A CG of a girl on the bed at night.]

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[Canteen/Shiina-senpai]
{During lunch break, I went to buy lunch.}
{There, I met Rikako-chan by accident.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai, you also came to buy lunch?
Shiina  : That's right.
Rikako  : There are only a few left.
{Wh, what~}
Shiina  : Then, I better hurried.
{Parted with Rikako-chan, I went into the group of people.}

[On the way home/Karin-chan]
Karin   : Buchibuchi Prisoner, telling the bright light day, 
          the moment it dissolve into the waves and into the
          mint ocean.
{The weather is great, so I took a walk around the neighbourhood.}
{In addition to that, Shiina looks depressed recently.}
{It probably because it is the season that remind him about Futaba.}
  -->[Futaba passed away during Chrimas, FYI]
{Anyway, I should do whatever that I can...}
Karin   : Fue? That's Rikako.
{This is the girl that Shiina called, "Rikako-chan".}
{That Rikako is walking towards me.}
Karin   : Rikako!
{Waving my hand, as I called out to her.}
Rikako  : NOooo!
{...}
{GA----N!!} -->[Disappointment.]
{When Rikako saw me, she ran away.}
{Umyu~}

[Playground/Shiina-senpai]
Shiina  : Karin, what are you doing?
{While on my way back home, I passed by the playground, saw Karin there
and started talking to her.}
Karin   : Ah, Shiina.
{It feels as though she is not very happy, as she replied me.}
Shiina  : Karin, you looks depressed, what's the matter?
Karin   : Umyu~. I met with Rikako, but she ran away again when she saw me.
{Saying that, she weakly smile at me.}
Shiina  : The next time I meet her, I will clear this up.
Karin   : Okay. By the way, are you going home?
Shiina  : That's right. If you don't have anything else to do, how about 
          going home together?
Karin   : Yes.
{Karin rebounded and replied happily.}
Shiina  : (I am glad she is energetic again.}
{Karin start walking happily.}
{I walked quickly to catch up with her.}

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[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
{I feel terrble when I woke up.}
{I saw a dream of Futaba.}
{Why now, I wonder.}
{I felt those feelings again.}
{I shake away the feelings, and headed for the living room.}

[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
{After having breakfast, I lay down on my own bed in my room.}
{There is a lot of things happen last month.}
{Karin came here, I met new people...}
{It feels like the one month flashed by.}
{Because of it, I felt the reality everyday, and the feeling of 
loneliness living alone in the house has disappeared.}
{I have to thank Karin for that.}
{But, meeting them sometimes reminds me about some old memories.}
{Memories about Futaba.}
{The memories with Futaba that I tried my best to remember, 
but cannot remember before.}
{Recently, I am remembering a lot of those memories.}
{It does not feel painful.}
{It does not feel painful, but if possible, I don't have to remember
those memories. If possible, I want to forget about those memories.}
{But, I cannot forget about them. I cannot just forget about them.}
{The contradiction, I want to forget them, but I don't want to forget 
them.}
{The contradiction, I want to remember them, but I don't want to remember
them.}
{My worries have became complicated.}
{I got out from the bed, and moved towards the window.}
{It's dark outside.}
{As if it reflects my heart.}
Shiina  : (Because of this kind of weather, I cannot feel any good.}
{I thought of that.}
Shiina  : (I will go and watch television to change my mood.)
{Thinking of that, I headed for the living room.}

[Living Room/Shiina-kun]
{I am watching television, but cannot get anything into my head.}
{I kept remembering about memories with Futaba today.}
{There are a lot of memories with Futaba in my head.}
Karin   : Shiina, what's the matter?
{Karin look at me with worries on her face.}
Shiina  : No, chotto... -->["Chotto" is normally means "wait". But,
                            it is also used, when you don't feel answering
                            somebody's question.}
{I vaguely replied.}
Karin   : Is there something the matter?
Shiina  : No, there's nothing though.
Karin   : Is that so? But, Shiina wants to discuss about what it. It's 
          written over Shiina's face.
{Ugh, bull eyes.}
Karin   : If you got problems, it will make you feel better if you talk 
          about it.
{Hearing that from Karin, I talked to her about what I am thinking until 
now.}
Shiina  : Actually, I have been thinking about Futaba.
Karin   : About Futaba?
Shiina  : Even since Karin came here a month ago, I met all kinds of girls.
          Because of that, I do not feel lonely as much.
Shiina  : But, at the same times, I have been remembering a lot about Futaba.
          I am acting as though I forget about Futaba, but I cannot 
          forget about her.
Shiina  : I wonder if I can forget about Futaba. I should not be staying 
          in the past forever like this, right?
{The question that I have holding within myself, I said it to Karin.}
{Karin thought about it for a while, then...}
Karin   : I think, the meaning of "treasuring the past" and the meaning
          of "the past taking over you" are different.
Karin   : There is no need to forget about the past. Because there is
          past, we can live the future.
Karin   : So, I don't think you need to forget about Futaba.
Karin   : You are not chasing after Futaba's shadow, after all.
Karin   : Or Shiina, could it be that you are really chasing after Futaba's 
          shadow?
Shiina  : No, that's not it. I don't think so.
Karin   : Then, it's fine, right?
Karin   : I think, the important thing is not forgetting about the sad 
          memories and the painful memories, but to live together with
          those memories.
Karin   : I think, the important thing is to do what you can, so that
          unhappiness, caused by running away from current and confused
          with past, can be avoided.
Shiina  : ...
Karin   : Now, there is something that you should do, Shiina, and that
          is to adjust yourself with memories of Futaba.
Karin   : Then, you can give as much love to the person that 
          you love.
Shiina  : The person that I love...?
Karin   : That's right. Just like the way you gave Futaba, please give
          as much love as possible to the person that you love.
Karin   : You can do it because it is you, Shiina, that we are talking about.
Karin   : I believe that what's Futaba wish for you.
Shiina  : ...
Shiina  : (Not about forgetting about the past, but avoiding being taken
          over by the past...)
{With Karin's words, my heart is being cured.}
{There is no need to forget about the memories with Futaba.}
{I don't know if I can do it or not now.}
{But, I will do it when my memories and feelings changed.}
{That's what I thought.}

[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
{Because of Karin, I manage to adjust my feelings.}
Karin   : [FLASHBACK] I believe that what's Futaba wish for you.
{That's what Karin said.}
{That's right. That's right for sure.}
{I thought that, as I entered my futon.}
{... Good Night.}

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[A CG of an empty bed.]

[Walking with the dog/Shiina-kun]
{In the Friday's afternoon, after I got back home, I took Rakishisu
out for a walk.} -->[Rakishisu WAS Futaba-chan's dog.]
{Karin who is at that time at home comes along.}
Karin   : Shiina, Shiina. I will hold onto Rakishisu.
{Saying that, she offered her hand.}
Shiina  : Understood. I leave it to you.
{Rakishisu seems very friendly with Karin.}
{I gave her the rope, I wonder if it is going to be alright.}
{Happily, Karin took the rope and holding back Rakishisu, she stands
in front of me.}
{Rakishisu, stopped at the electric pole, and start smelling it.}
{At that moment, Karin turned to her back.}
Karin   : Shiina, where are we going?
Shiina  : Let's see, how about taking a different route today?
{Usually, the route that we take Rakishisu to is Panda Park's area.
And let Rakishisu do his business there.}
{Once in a while, we go further to the park where we can see the sea.}
{Somehow, I feel like taking a different route today.}
Shiina  : Okay, Karin, let's go this way.
{I tried a route that I never take before.}
{The setting sun makes the street covered with redness, dropped down
dark shadows.}
{Is that also part of the reason for what I am doing?}
{It's not very far from my house, I took the route that I never took before,
and it feels as though that I am lost in a unknown neighbourhood.}
{The high sky of December, is covered with setting sun's color.}
{The cold pierced into my skin. Without noticing it, I start to realize
that the winter evening have the myterious and sadness atmosphere all
over it.}
{I get used to the feelings, and chased after Karin who went ahead
enjoying herself.}

[In front of the Shinto Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{We are standing in front of the steps of the Shrine.}
{Inside the old looking Torii, the stone stairs continue on.}
-->[Torii is Shinto Shrine Archway.]
{It's very close to my house, but I seldom comes here.}
{Thinking of that, I look up at the Shrine.}
{At that moment.}
Karin   : Ah, Rakishisu!
{Hearing Karin's scream, I looked around nervously.}
{Rakishisu got away from Karin.}
Shiina  : Rakishisu!
{Rakishisu passed through the Torii, and ran up the Shrine's stoned
stairs.}
Karin   : Hayayaya! Sorry!
Shiina  : Don't worry about it, Karin. Instead, let's hurry and chase 
          after him.
Karin   : Right.
{I ran up the stairs.}
{A bit behind, Karin followed me.}

[Shinto Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{At the top of the stairs, I went through another Torii into the Shrine
ground.}
{Sunset covered Shrine ground portrayed the illusive atmosphere.}
Shiina  : (Rakishisu is...)
{I look around the Shrine ground.}
Shiina  : (There he is.)
{Rakishii is being friendly with this Shrine's Miko-san dressed girl.}
-->[Miko-san is Shrine maiden.]
{The girl is patting Rakishisu's head.}
Shiina  : (I cannot believe him... He is just like Takashi.)
{Takashi will go after a cute girl in a second. That girl probably 
very cute, I guess?}
{I cannot see her face well because it is covered by the shadow.}
Shiina  : (Huh? But, that hair style seems very familiar...}
{I walk towards them.}
{At that moment, the girl raised her head.}
Shiina  : (Rikako-chan?)
{For a moment, I strained my eyes.}
{After all, she feels different from her normal cheerful self.}
{Probably because of what she is wearing, somehow she looks more
ladylike today.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan?
{I started to talk to her.}
Rikako  : Ah, Shiina-senpai!
{Rikako-chan called my name and stood up.}
{Rikako-chan stood up and ran to my side, as though she suddenly lost
in interest in Rakishisu.}
{Rakishisu chased after her and also came here.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai! What is going on?
{Looking at her like that, how she look before has disappeared and back
to her normal cheerful self.}
{I bend down on my knee to pat Rakishisu's head, and talk to Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : Yo, you took care of Rakishisu.
Rikako  : This dog, is it yours, senpai?
Shiina  : Yes, his name is Rakishisu.
Rikako  : I see, nice to be meet you, Rakishi...su.
{Rikako-chan stopped patting Rakishisu's head and looked crumbled.}
Karin   : Shiinaa.
{Without knowing it, Karin managed to catch up with me.}
{Rikako-chan's eyes becomes very big.}
Rikako  : NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
{She quickly turned around and started to run away.}
Shiina  : Wait! Rikako-chan!
{I chased after Rikako-chan and grabbed her arm.}
Rikako  : UUu?
{Rikako-chan stopped and looked at my hand holding her arm.}
Shiina  : Ah, sorry. But, I want you to listen to me.
Rikako  : ...?
{Rikako-chan is skeptical that she kept quiet.}
{Her face looked reddish, probably because of the setting sun.}
{Anyway, I have to find out the reason for this.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan, why are you so afraid of Karin?
Rikako  : Because, because, SHE IS A MONSTER!
{Rikako-chan waved her the other arms, as she said that.}
Shiina  : Monster?...
Rikako  : Over her shoulders there are something white floating.
Shiina  : That is...
{Just as I thought, Rikako-chan can see the angel wings.}
Rikako  : I cannot stand MONSTER! I am fine with cockroaches, rats and
          snakes somehow.
Rikako  : But, I just cannot stand MONSTER.
Shiina  : No, that... Please stay calm.
Rikako  : Earth, thunder, fire, father, I am not afraid of those. But...
          NOOOO, please don't come here!
{I saw that Karin is approaching us.}
Shiina  : Ahhh, Karin, please wait there for a while.
Karin   : Huh?
Rikako  : No, DON'T.
{Rikako-chan is panicking, and if I am not holding her arm, she would
run away.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan!
{Putting both my hands on top of both sides of her shoulders, I called
out to her.}
Rikako  : Hoe?
{Rikako-chan looked surprised.}
{Her eyes immediately looked directly at my eyes.}
Shiina  : Okay, please listen carefully. Karin is not a monster. So, you
          don't have to afraid.
Rikako  : Ah, yes...
{Rikako-chan is skeptical of what I said.}
Rikako  : Ah, but, that is...
{At that moment, Rikako-chan's view changed.}
{She mostly likely looking at the wings on both Karin's shoulders, I know
it even without looking.}
Shiina  : Those are... wings.
Rikako  : Wi...ngs...?
Shiina  : You probably won't believe this, but...
{While I saying that, Rikako-chan looked straight at me.}
{I cannot explained that she is my little cousin, like I usual did. So,
it is better to tell her who Karin is.}
Shiina  : Karin is an angel.
Rikako  : An... gel...?
Shiina  : Yes. The angel who came to this world from the world where angels 
          live.
Rikako  : Excuse me, but...
Shiina  : It's the truth. I was also very surprise at the beginning about
          Karin being angel.
Rikako  : Hah...
Shiina  : It's true that she is different from human... but, she is not 
          someone you should afraid of.
Rikako  : Let's see...
Shiina  : Even though I suddenly said this kind of thing, you probably
          won't believe it, but I want you to believe me.
Rikako  : Believe in senpai?...
Shiina  : Won't you believe me?
Rikako  : Ah, let's see... Yes.
{I explained the matter in a very simple way, but it seems that Rikako-chan
believes it.}
Shiina  : I am glad... Then, please don't run away again, okay?
Rikako  : Ah, yes.
Shiina  : Sigh...
{I take away both of my hands from Rikako-chan's shoulders.}
Shiina  : Karin.
{I called Karin.}
{Karin, who followed my orders standing at the same spot, started running
to our sides.}
Karin   : Shiina, what's the matter?
{Rikako-chan, still act frightened of Karin, even after that.}
Shiina  : Well, Karin. It seems that Rikako-chan can see Karin's wings.
Karin   : Huh?
Shiina  : So, that's why she thought that you are monster.
Karin   : HOW RUDE! Karin is not a monster.
Shiina  : She knows. I just explained to her.
Karin   : Is that so?
Shiina  : Yeah. Rikako-chan, this is Karin. Karin, also greet her.
Rikako  : Ah, well, good afternoon.
{Rikako-chan nervously greet Karin.}
Karin   : I am Karin. Nice to meet you.
Rikako  : You are really... an angel?
Karin   : Yes. These wings are wings of an angel.
{Karin energetically confirmed.}
{It seems that Rikako-chan is more comfortable with Karin.}
Rikako  : Nice to meet you, Karin-chan.
Karin   : Thanks.
Shiina  : Well, Rikako-chan. That, normal people cannot see Karin's wings.
          So, don't tell anybody else about this...
Rikako  : Yes, I understand. I won't tell anybody about this.
Shiina  : I see, I'm glad.
Rikako  : Even if I tell people about it, nobody will believe me...
Shiina  : But, Rikako-chan believe it.
Rikako  : That is... because I can see the wings... in addition to that...
Shiina  : In addition to that?
Rikako  : I believe in Senpai.
{Rikako-chan say that, as she look at me.}
Shiina  : Ah, that...
{Looking at her eyes, I got a little shy.}
Shiina  : Ah, b, but, Karin. How come Rikako-chan can see the wings?
{Changing the subject, I talked to Karin.}
Karin   : Huh?
Shiina  : Normal human should not be able to see the wings of the angels, 
          isn't that right? But...
Karin   : Come to think about it... It's pretty strange.
{Karin is evaluating the situation.}
Karin   : Normal human beings should not be able to see the wings of the
          angels.
Shiina  : Karin also don't know why Rikako-chan can see them?
Karin   : Yes.
{Karin lost in thoughts.}
Rikako  : Excuse me~
Shiina  : Hm?
Rikako  : Could it be that...
Shiina  : Do you have an idea?
Rikako  : Well... I got reikan when I am still young.
          -->["reikan"=="ability to sense spirits".]
Shiina  : Reikan?
Rikako  : Yes. Well, my family is Kannushi-related, because of that
          there are a lot of people in my family who has reikan.
          -->["kannushi"=="Shinto Priest"]
Shiina  : Then, Rikako-chan also have it?
Rikako  : Ah, yes, but, my Reikan is nearly disappear now, but when
          I was young, it was very strong that I can see all kinds of
          things...
Shiina  : Could that be the reason why you so afraid of monster?...
Rikako  : Yes.
Karin   : Ah, come to think about it, I heard that there are normal people
          who can see the wings.
Shiina  : Then, all those people probably have Reikan, right?
Karin   : I don't know, but it could be true.
Shiina  : I see. Ah, kannushi? Could it be that this place is 
          Rikako-chan's home?
Rikako  : Well, yes.
Shiina  : I see. I was wondering why Rikako-chan is at Shinto Shrine,
          but now I undestand why.
Rikako  : I also was very surprise to see Shiina-senpai coming here.
Shiina  : But, why are you wearing Miko-san's outfit?
Rikako  : Once in a while, I helped out at the Shrine, and my grandfather
          forced me to wear this outfit while I am doing the Shrine chores...
Shiina  : Oh, I see. But, you look nice in that outfit. Right, Karin?
Karin   : Yes.
Rikako  : Really?! I am so happy that senpai praised me.
{Rikako-chan blushed with a smile on her face.}
Karin   : Shiina, I also want to try out this outfit.
Rikako  : Ahaha, then, I will prepare it for you.
Karin   : Really?! It's a promise!
Rikako  : Yes.
{It seems that the problems are completely solved.}
Shiina  : Then, we better get going, right, Karin?
Karin   : Yes. Rikako, next time, please let me wear that outfit, okay?
Rikako  : Yes.
Shiina  : See you, Rikako-chan.
Rikako  : Sure.
{We head for the stairs and are walking out of the shrine.
Rikako  : Ah, senpai.
Shiina  : Hm?
Rikako  : Please come here and play again!
Shiina  : Yes, I will surely come.
Rikako  : Yes, it's a promise!
{Rikako-san smiled, as she said that}
{That smile looked brilliant affected by the sunset, for a moment, make
my heart skip a beat.}

[In front of the Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{Rikako-chan saw us off at the top of the stairs.}
{Karin waves at Rikako-chan.}
{I also waves at her gently.}
{The street is getting dark, that you can see lights turned on at the
windows of the houses.}
{Karin and I quickly walked home taking Rakishisu along.}

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[On the way home/Shiina-kun]
{Takashi and Chinatsu have something to do, so when the school is over,
they left to go somewhere.}
{Karin also did not come to walk home with me.}
{This is very rare that I am walking home alone recently.}
{I feel a bit lonely not hearing  Takashi's stupid talks, Chinatsu's 
small talks and Karin's laughter.}
{While I am going on, I feel like getting something, so I take a detour
to the shopping district and look at the CD Shop, but somehow it feels
boring.}
{Because of that, for a moment, I thought about what happened at the
Shinto Shrine a while back.}
Shiina  : (I am glad that Rikako-chan understand about Karin.)
Shiina  : (Come to think about it, she asked me to come and play again.
          Should I go there now...)

[In front of the shrine/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : (Is Rikako-chan in?)
{At the end, I walked towards the Shinto Shrine.}
{After taking a detour to the shopping district, it's time for sunset.}
{It's time to go home.}
{In addition to that, Rikako-chan also might not be always at the Shinto
Shrine, and there are possibilities that she might go somewhere with her 
friends.}
Shiina  : (But, since I already came here... I should drop in to see.
          If she is not in, I will just go home.)
{I walked up the Shinto Shrine's stoned stairs.}

[Temple/Shiina-kun]
{After walking up the stairs, which are not very long, I looked around.}
{I did not sense the presence of any visitors around.}
Shiina  : (First of all, there are not many people who come to this
          Shinto Shrine.}
{Thinking of that, I searched for Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : (That is)
{In front of an old-looking temple, there is a familiar looking Miko-san.}
{It's Rikako-chan.}
{My worries about whether she is here or not are over.}
{Rikako-chan, in Miko-san outfit, feels mysterious.}
{Probably because of that, she looks different from her usual energetic
self, she looks very spiritual.}
{For a while, I stood there admiring Rikako-chan.}
{Suddenly, she look up.}
{That face became cheerful.}
Rikako  : Senpai!
{After making sure it is me, she rushed to my side.}
{I also approached her slowly.}
Rikako  : Senpai, you come to play?!
Shiina  : Ah, yes.
{The mysterious atmosphere from before is gone.}
{It's the normal energetic cheerful Rikako-chan.}
{The difference between the two is so big that it is making me surprised 
and confused}
{Inside Rikako-chan, there is the other side of herself like just now.}
{I  always have been able to only see one side of Rikako-chan.}
{Of course, that fact makes me a little bit lonely.}
{Lonely?}
{Why?}
{I was puzzled thinking about that.}
Rikako  : I am so happy that you really came here.
Shiina  : Am I bothering your work?
Rikako  : You don't have to think about it! If it is you, senpai,
          you are always welcome!
{Rikako-chan quickly denied it.}
Rikako  : It's the truth.
{Saying that, she smiles at me happily.}
Shiina  : I feel thankful hearing you said that.
{The loneliness that I felt walking home alone has disappearred without
me knowing it.}
Rikako  : Please come here any time.
{Saying that, she look behind me.}
Rikako  : It seems that you are not with Karin-chan today.
Shiina  : Yeah, today she is not with me.
Rikako  : I'm glad. I haven't prepare Hihakama yet.
Shiina  : Hihakama?
Rikako  : Ah, this.
{Rikako-chan pointed to her red divided skirt that she is wearing.}
Rikako  : A while back, Karin-chan said she wants to wear this outfit,
          right?
Shiina  : Yeah, come to think about it.
Rikako  : I think she will be perfect in my old ones, but it is stored deep
          inside the storeroom.
Shiina  : I see, you really going to prepare it, huh?
Rikako  : Ah, you thought I was lying?! You are so cruel.
Shiina  : Ah, sorry.
Rikako  : U~
Shiina  : Really, sorry. Well, I thought you just agreeing with Karin, 
          that...
{Rikako-chan stared at me.}
Shiina  : That, Karin, will surely be glad! I will bring her here next 
          time, so please forgive me.
Rikako  : Kusukusu. -->[Giggle.]
Shiina  : Eh?
Rikako  : Ahaha, I am just kidding. I am not mad.
{Rikako-chan said that, laughing by herself.}
Shiina  : Eh, eh?
Rikako  : I thought that Senpai looked cute trying hard to explain 
          the situation.
{After hearing her said that, my face naturally became red.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan, y, you.
Rikako  : Ahaha, sorry.
Shiina  : I can't believe you... I really thought I did hurt your feelings.
Rikako  : Ah, but, I can get it out very quickly, so she can come any time.
Shiina  : Okay, then, I will bring Karin here next time. I wonder if
          Karin will fit well in that outfit.
Rikako  : She will surely look cute in it.
Shiina  : Will she really look well in it?
Rikako  : That's for sure. Ah, but...
Shiina  : But?
Rikako  : My school friends also came here wanting to try on the outfit,
          but... it didn't look well on those girls that are suited
          for it.
Shiina  : Ahahaha.
Rikako  : Somehow, after dressing it, they said...
Shiina  : That they are not used wearing it?
Rikako  : It seems like it. I have been wearing this clothes since long ago,
          so I am used to it.
Shiina  : I see, and it looks great on you, Rikako-chan.
Rikako  : Eh, ah, well...
{Rikako-chan's face turned dark red.}
{Somehow, it also makes me a bit embarassed for saying it.}
Shiina  : B, but, you are admirable for helping out at your own home, and
          cleaning out the Shinto Shrine.
{I said, feeling a bit embarassed.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, that's not true at all. This, is my part-time job.
Shiina  : Oh, I see.
Rikako  : Yes, I actually received money for doing this work, so please
          don't praise me for it.
Shiina  : Even that, I still think you are admirable.
Rikako  : Ehehe, is that so?
Shiina  : Yes.
Rikako  : Somehow, I feel happy that senpai is praising me...
{As if she is embarassed, she looks down.}
Shiina  : Eh...
{I also do not say a word, for a moment, it's completely silence.}
{To break the silence, Rikako-chan nervously said.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, that's right! Senpai, do you want to do Omikuji?
          -->["Omikuji"=="a draw to find out your luck"]
Shiina  : Omikuji?
Rikako  : We are famous for it being right, you know.
Shiina  : I see, let's try it then.
Rikako  : Yeeees, it will be 300 Yen.
{Rikako-chan is leading me to the drawing, as she said that.}
Shiina  : Eh, you are going to cbarge me for that?
Rikako  : Yes. After all, it's my job.
Shiina  : You got me.
Rikako  : Ehehehe.
{Rikako-chan giggled, as she led me to the drawing place.}
{I was taken to the drawing place (a very small hut), and paid Rikako-chan
300 Yen.}
{Rikako-chan took out the box containing the omikuji.}
Rikako  : Here, please pull out one.
{I put my hand in the box.}
<Choice - I choose Choice 3 for the rest of the translation.>
  <Choice 1: "Ue no hou no wo toru."                                   >
  <          "Take the top one."                                       >
    {Rikako-chan peeked in with interest, as I opened the omikuji.}
    {Good luck.}
    {That's what it is written.}
    {Not "Great luck" or "Bad luck"... just "Good Luck".}
    Shiina  : "Good Luck", huh... it's normal, but it's better than
              "Bad Luck".
    Rikako  : Th, that's right. In addition to that, "Good Luck" is 
              better "Great Luck".
    Shiina  : Why?
    Rikako  : Well, that, that is because if you get "Great Luck",
              it is due to the fact that you used your luck for it to
              happen, so after that your luck has reduced greatly...
    {Rikako-chan tried her best to get out of the spot.}
    {Somehow, she looks cute that way.}
    {She got a bad point with her, and that is taking money from me, even
    though she is the one who invite me to do it...}
    {Even that, I felt that I became more cheerful, when I am with 
    Rikako-chan.}

  <Choice 2: "Man naka atari kara toru."  (Got CG)                     >
  <          "Take one from the middle portion."                       >
    {Rikako-chan peeked in with interest, as I opened the omikuji.}
    {Bad Luck.}
    {I saw the big word in ink.}
    Rikako  : Ah.
    Shiina  : Ahh.
    {Rikako-chan and me looked at each other.}
    Shiina  : It said, "bad luck", huh?
    Rikako  : Ah, well, that, this is...
    {Rikako-chan struggles to get out of the spot.}
    Shiina  : I don't really think much about it, so don't worry.
    Rikako  : But...
    {Rikako-chan doesn't look well.}
    {Rikako-chan looks like she is feeling guilty that I got "bad luck".}
    Shiina  : Don't worry about it, after all...
    Rikako  : Ah, Senpai!
    {Rikako-chan interrupted me suddenly in the middle of my sentences.}
    {She took me out of there.}
    {Rikako-chan went to the spot in front of the tree near the temple and 
    took the omikuji from my hands, said a prayer.}
    Rikako  : When you get bad "omikuji", you do this to ward off bad lucks.
    {Saying that, she try to tie the omikuji onto the branch.}
    Shiina  : I see.
    Rikako  : If I don't do this, bad luck will follow Senpai.
    {Doing her best, standing on her toes, ties the omikuji onto the tree.}
    {I somehow feel kind of happy that she is doing her best like this
    for me.}
    Rikako  : Senpai, won't you try omikuji again? This time you will 
              surely get "Great Luck".
    Shiina  : Even that, I have to pay money again, right?
    Rikako  : That is because... it's my job.
    {She smiled, as she replied.}
    Shiina  : Hey! Hey!
    {At the end, Rikako-chan got me to do omikuji again.}
    {I got "Good Luck" the second time.}
    {It's not "Great Luck", but Rikako-chan looks relieved.}
    {I am happy that Rikako-chan doesn't feel troubled by this and not completely
    because I got a good Omikuji.}
    {She got a bad point about her, and that is taking money from me, even
    though she is the one who invite me to do it...}
    {Even that, I felt that I became more cheerful, when I am with 
    Rikako-chan.}

  <Choice 3: "Ichiban shita kara toru."                                >
  <          "Take the bottom most one."                               >
    {Rikako-chan peeked in with interest, as I opened the omikuji.}
    {GREAT LUCK.}
    {The words are written big and in red.}
    Rikako  : Yessss! You got "Great Luck"!
    Shiina  : Yes, that's right.
    Rikako  : It's great, isn't it? My home's omikuji is known for its
              accuracy. It's the truth.
    Rikako  : So, for sure, something great will happen to senpai.
    Shiina  : I see. If it is true, it will be great.
    Rikako  : For sure, it is true. I guarantee it!
    {She said that without any uncertainty.}
    Shiina  : Really? Then, what if good things doesn't happen to me?
    Rikako  : Eh...
    {Suddenlly, she looked a bit worry.}
    Shiina  : How about Rikako-chan doing something for me, if good things
              do not happen to me?
    Rikako  : Ah, well...
    {Rikako-chan looked troubled.}
    {She looks very cute that way.}
    {Somehow, I feel like teasing her more.}
    Rikako  : B, but, for sure something great will happen!
    {Doing her best to say it confidently, her face looks a bit worried.}
    {If I teased her more, she is going to be pitiful.}
    Shiina  : Yes, it will, surely.
    Rikako  : That's right! For sure, something great will happen!
    {Rikako-chan said that with relief.}
    {It is as though she is getting "Great Luck" herself, even though I
    am the one who get "Great Luck".}
    {Somehow, I felt like I have fallen in love with that kind of 
    Rikako-chan.}
    {She got a bad point about her, and that is taking money from me, even
    though she is the one who invite me to do it...}
    {Even that, I felt that I became more cheerful, when I am with 
    Rikako-chan.}
<End Choice>

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[In front of Chinatsu-chan's classroom/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : (I wonder if Chinatsu-senpai is in...)
{In front of Chinatsu-chan's classroom, I tried to calm my breathing.}
{After the class, I immediately rushed here.}
{The area is completely covered with the noises of after school.}
{I got a bit nervous surrounded by 2nd year senpais.}
{I peek into the classroom with worries.}
Rikako  : (What should I do if Takashi-senpai suddenly approaches me
          again?)
{When I was planning to talk to Chinatsu-senpai last time, I created a
lot of time for it, instead Takashi took up most of it.}
{And because I met Takashi-senpai, Takashi-senpai's fan made some weird
assumptions about us.}
{At the end, I got them to understand the situation, after being forced
into confessing my love, so I don't want to see any more of Takashi-senpai.}
Rikako  : (Even that, I don't like to interact with him.}
{I don't like that kind of light-hearted person.}
{Well, the reason I free up those time is not for him, after all.}
{I regret to even talk to him once like that.}
{I still wonder if it is okay to discuss this with her.}
{The reason I came here today is that after meeting Shiina-senpai several
times, my feelings for Shiina-senpai has slowly increased.}
{Before that, Shiina-senpai doesn't even know I exist, and it's just a 
one-sided love.}
{But now, I can talk to Shiina-senpai.}
{He also talked to me, whenever he saw me.}
{We also had lunch together, and in addition to that, he also came to
my house (which is also the Shinto Shrine).}
{At the beginning, I am very happy just being able to talk to him.}
{I thought that it is enough that Shiina-senpai knows about my existence.}
{But, now...}
{I want to see Shiina-senpai more, I want to talk to him more, I want...}
{I slowly became selfish.}
{I want to know about Shiina-senpai's feelings, I want Shiina-senpai to
know about my feelings.}
{Inside me, as days passed, my feelings towards Shiina-senpai has continued
to grow.}
{If this continue, I am going to be at the level where my feelings will take 
over my whole body...}
{But, if I let Shiina-senpai knows about my feelings...}
{I wonder what will happen.}
{If Shiina-senpai say that he cannot return my feelings...}
{After I got Shiina-senpai to know about me, and I can talk to him 
carefreely, and I can have normal conversation with him...}
{This relationship will probably crumble, I guess.}
{That is... frightening...}
{Being just a Kohai, like what I am doing now, is much better than that.}
{But...}
{My feelings is so confused that I am tired trying to manage them.}
{The feelings towards Shiina-senpai, and the self that doesn't want this 
relationship to crumble.}
{It feels as though that I got split personalities that my thoughts kept 
changing.}
{I don't know what I should do now, it's painful.}
{If it is Chinatsu-senpai, she probably knows what to do.}
{Because of that, I came here.}
{This is not the place to turn back now.}
{I peeked into the classroom.}
{Inside the classroom, there are very few people left, and it appears 
that Takashi-senpai is not around.}
Rikako  : (Chinatsu-senpai is...}
{When I arrived here, I did not see Chinatsu-senpai leaving.}
Rikako  : (I wonder if she already left.}
{For a moment, I thought that, then I noticed Chinatsu-senpai.}
{She is sitting near the windows and spaced out, looking outside.}
{There aren't anyone around her.}
{For a moment, I noticed something different about her.}
{Somehow, it doesn't feels like Chinatsu-senpai's usual self...}
Rikako  : (It must be my imagination.}
{Is it okay for me to just walk into the classroom?}
{Have a little trouble with that, and then, decided.}
Rikako  : (I already came until here, I cannot just leave just like that,
          right?)
{I enter the classroom without trying to catch any attention.}
{It feels a little different.}
{Is it because I am conscious that this is an upperclassmen's classroom?
After all, everything in the classroom is the same as mine...}
{It appears that the other people doesn't seems to notice me.}
{I approached Chinatsu-senpai, just like that.}
Rikako  : Chinatsu-senpai.
Chinatsu: Eh?
{She looks confuse, as I approach her.}
Rikako  : Well, good afternoon.
{Chinatsu-senpai beginning to understand the situation.}
Chinatsu: Ah, yeah, Rikako-chan, right? What's the matter?
Rikako  : Yes, well...
{I was a little bit confused.}
{The atmosphere of the cheerful usual Chinatsu-senpai seems different.}
{Of course, I don't know anything about Chinatsu-senpai after Chinatsu-senpai 
left for highschool.}
{But,  when I met Chinatsu-senpai a while back, she is her usual self.}
{Somehow Chinatsu-senpai felt different today, somewhere...}
{She seems lonely to me.}
{I can see the sadness reflected on her pupils of her eyes.}
{It is probably because I am having trouble about Shiina-senpai that I
became sensitive to that kind of things.}
Chinatsu : What is it? What do you want to discuss about with me?
Rikako   : Ah, well...
Rikako   : (I probably am thinking too much.)
{But, somehow, I felt that this is not the atmosphere where I can talk about
my problems.}
Rikako   : (What should I do?)
<Choices>
  -->[This is important, as this will split into two scenarios. Choice 1
      will go to FIRST CHOICE scenarios, and Choice 2 will go to SECOND
      CHOICE scenarios.]
  <Choice 1: "Chinatsu ni doushitanoka kiku."                          >
  <          "Asked her, what is wrong."                               > 
    {Just as I thought, I cannot discussed about my situation like this.}
    {Decisively, I asked Chinatsu-senpai, what is bothering her.}
    Rikako  : Excuse me, senpai, what's the matter?
    Chinatsu: Eh?
    {Chinatsu-senpai looked confused.}
    Rikako  : Well, it's because you look depressed...
    Chinatsu: Is, is that so? That's not true at all.
    {With those words, her expressions changed inconsistently.}
    Rikako  : You are not telling the truth. Something is definitely
              wrong with you.
    Chinatsu: Why do you think that way?
    Rikako  : Because, somehow, you don't seems like your normal self.
    Chinatsu: My normal self?
    Rikako  : You always cool and smooth, so to be depressed like this,
              there is definitely something wrong.
    Chinatsu: You know... I am happy to hear you said that, but it is 
              normal for me to be depressed sometimes.
    Rikako  : Just as I thought, you are depressed.
    Chinatsu: Eh? No, that, I did not mean it that way...
    Rikako  : Why are you depressed?
    Chinatsu: No, what I am trying to say...
    Rikako  : Please talk to me about it. I cannot leave someone in 
              depressed or someone in trouble alone.
    {Chinatsu-senpai looks at me as though she gave up.}
    {At the next moment, she suddenly smiles.}
    Chinatsu: Ahahahaha, I cannot defeat you...
    Rikako  : Ah, excuse me, did I say something funny?
    Chinatsu: Ahaha, no, sorry for laughing out loud. I just thought that
              you are such a nice girl.
    Rikako  : That's not true at all.
    Chinatsu: No, that is true.
    Rikako  : Hah...
    Chinatsu: Okay, I will talk about it...
    Rikako  : Ah, yes.
    Chinatsu: It's true that it is not like me to be troubled like this.
    Rikako  : Yes!
    {Chinatsu-senpai tell me what has happened until now.}
    {About her liking Takashi-senpai (very unexpected though).}
    {However, Takashi-senpai always called out to other girls.}
    {So, it has became difficult and erupted in to an argument.}
    {Because of that, recently, she is not too close to Takashi-senpai.}
    Chinatsu: Well, that's the reason.
    Rikako  : Hah...
    Chinatsu: Rikako-chan?
    Rikako  : Ah, y, yes.
    {I really struggled those words out to Chinatsu-senpai.}
    Chinatsu: Please forgive me, telling you this strange story.
    Rikako  : Ah, no, well...
    Chinatsu: Well, that's the reason, that I am a bit depressed.
    Chinatsu: But, somehow, I feel great now. Thanks, Rikako-chan.
    Rikako  : Ah, well, don't. I am not being helpful to you at all.
    Rikako  : But... But, I bet, Takashi-senpai is also thinking about
              this.
    Chinatsu: I wonder, if it is true.
    Rikako  : It is true, for sure.
    Chinatsu: If that is true, it will be nice though...
    Rikako  : Ah, well, I think you have to tell him about it. Well,
              after all, you are not a ESPer...
    Chinatsu: You said that so conceitedly.
    {Chinatsu-senpai smiled and touched my forehead.}
    Rikako  : Ah, well, sorry.
    Chinatsu: No, actually, I know that inside me, but...
    Rikako  : But?
    Chinatsu: Childhood friends, the current relationship, I afraid that 
              it will be destroyed...
    Rikako  : Ah...
    Rikako  : (Senpai is the same as me.)
    Chinatsu: If I continue the way it is, we can be together as childhood
              friends. However, if I tell him about my feelings...
    Chinatsu: The relationship that we have now will not be the same anymore.
    Rikako  : That... might be true.
    Chinatsu: No matter what I do... the relationship now will never be the
              same anymore. That is... frightening...
    Rikako  : Even Chinatsu-senpai, is... frightened too?
    Chinatsu: That is... well, frightening.
    {Chinatsu-senpai said it, as though she is whispering.}
    Rikako  : Senpai...
    Chinatsu: Takashi also...
    Rikako  : Eh?
    Chinatsu: Takashi also probably is frightened.
    Rikako  : Takashi-senpai also...?
    Chinatsu: Takashi, probably notice about my feelings... But...
    Chinatsu: If he accept the fact that I have this feelings, he has
              to reply to my feelings the next time.
    Chinatsu: I know Takashi is the kind of person who will not just leave
              it as a question mark. -->[Leave it alone. ]
    Chinatsu: That's why Takashi...
    Chinatsu: Anyway, Takashi now is more concerned about Shiina than me...
    {Chinatsu didn't look at me.}
    {She talked as if she is talking to herself trying to confirm it within
    herself.}
    Rikako  : Senpai!
    Chinatsu: Ah...
    {Chinatsu-senpai looked surprised, as though she just suddenly realized
    my presence.}
    Rikako  : You don't know that for sure, right? After all, senpai, you 
              haven't tell him your feelings yet, right?
    Chinatsu: Rikako-chan...
    Rikako  : Don't, don't think about this by yourself, and give a 
              conclusion about this by yourself.
    Rikako  : You shouldn't do that!
    {That, I said it to Chinatsu-senpai, and at the same time to myself.}
    {To the coward, weak part of me...}
    Chinatsu: Thanks, Rikako-chan.
    {CHinatsu-senpai said that with a smile.}
    Chinatsu: That's true, I still haven't tell him anything yet... So, I
              don't how he is going to reply to it, right?
    Rikako  : Awawawawa, I, well.
    Chinatsu: Somehow, I afraid about the result, and make a conclusion
              about it by myself.
    Chinatsu: That is not good. Right.
    Rikako  : Ah, well, sorry... For... saying such a conceitful thing.
    Chinatsu: No, you are right, Rikako-chan.
    Chinatsu: I will rethink about this with my feelings sorted out. 
              Thank you.
    Rikako  : D, don't, there is nothing that I had said that 
              Chinatsu-senpai has to thank me for...
    Chinatsu: No, I think like that because of you, Rikako-chan.
    Rikako  : Ah, eh, well, let' see, that.
    Chinatsu: Come to think about it, you want to discuss something with me,
              right?
    Rikako  : Ah, well, that is fine already.
    Chinatsu: Is that so?
    Rikako  : Yes, well, I will be excusing myself.
    Chinatsu: Ah, Rikako-chan?

    {I felt embarassed, and run away from the classroom.}
    {I realized I said such a conceitful things, and cannot stands being
    there anymore.} -->[Yeah, you are also in the same position, remember?]
    {At the end, I did not manage to discuss anything with her, but...}
    {But, somehow, I have made my decision within myself.}

  <Choice 2: "Yappari soudan suru."                                    >
  <          "I should just discuss with her."                         >
    Rikako  : (Just I thought, I should try discussing with her. 
              Chinatsu-senpai is the only person who I can discuss
              with about this.)
    {I decided that, and said.}
    Rikako  : Yes, well, there is something that I want discuss about.
    Chinatsu: What is it?
    Rikako  : Well, that, well, you see... that...
    Chinatsu: Could it be love worries?
    Rikako  : Ah, well... yes.
    Chinatsu: Hmmm, I wonder if I am capable of helping you...
    Rikako  : Eh?
    Chinatsu: Ah, no, I am talking to myself.
    Rikako  : Well...
    Chinatsu: Well, it's okay. Try telling me.
    Rikako  : Yes, well... senpai, you are good friends with Shiina-senpai,
              right?
    Chinatsu: Well... we are childhood friends after all... Don't tell me,
              Rikako-chan?
    Rikako  : Ah, yes, well, I...
    Chinatsu: Hmmm, Shiina, huh?
    {I confessed to Chinatsu-senpai about my feelings for Shiina-senpai.}
    {About me admiring him, since middle school.}
    {About the main reason that I came to this school is because of 
    Shiina-senpai.}
    {And about how much my feelings have increased recently....}
    {Chinatsu-senpai listened to me quietly.}
    Rikako  : Until now, I did not plan for Shiina-senpai to know about
              me, instead it will be just enough for me to look at him
              from a distance.
    Rikako  : But, tben, I am able to talk with Shiina-senpai...
    Rikako  : Slowly, I realize that Shiina-senpai have became a great 
              part of me.
    Rikako  : When I realized it, I have been thinking about Shiina-senpai
              a lot... I don't know what will happen to me, if this 
              continue...
    Chinatsu: I see... Yes, I understand.
    Rikako  : Do you really understand how I feel!?
    Rikako  : At the beginning, I did not plan to ask him to go out with 
              me, and just being able to talk to my admired senpai is
              enough for me...
    Rikako  : When I talked with him, I was so happy...
    Chinatsu: So... there is something else you want, right?
    Rikako  : Well... yes... but... after that, Shiina-senpai talked to
              me carefreely... and talked about all kinds of things, and
              then...
    Chinatsu: During those moments, I know it myself that I slowly became
              selfish.
    Rikako  : When it became normal to talk to him, I want to talk to 
              him more and want to spend more time with him...
    Rikako  : I know that Shiina-senpai did not think much about me, and
              only thought of me as his Kohai, but I cannot bear it that
              way any longer...
    Rikako  : I want to be with Senpai more, I want to talk with Senpai more,
              and I want to...
    Rikako  : When I thought about Shiina-senpai, I felt pain in my heart,
              but when I am with him, I feel very happy...
    {This is the first time I ever tell anyone about my feelings for 
    Shiina-senpai like this.}
    Rikako  : What should I do? I... I...
    {Without noticing it, tears are coming out from my eyes.}
    Chinatsu: I see, you really love Shiina...
    Rikako  : Yes...
    Chinatsu: Then... if you really love him, I think it is better to 
              tell him about it.
    Rikako  : But... But, if I tell him...
    Chinatsu: Rikako-chan...
    Rikako  : It will probably get Shiina-senpai in trouble. Because I
              confessed to him... In addition to that...
    Rikako  : I probably will not be able to talk to him anymore. It will
              probably happen that way.
    Rikako  : If that is to happen, it would be better if it stay the way
              it is now! Forever, like this...
    Chinatsu: ... Hey, Rikako-chan?
    Rikako  : Ah... Well, I...
    Chinatsu: It's frightening, isn't it... That if you tell him your
              feelings, your current relationship with him will be gone...
    Rikako  : ... Yes.
    Chinatsu: But, if you think that way, it will be the same way forever.
              You will not be able to tell him about your feelings.
    Rikako  : But...
    Chinatsu: You really like Shiina, right?
    Rikako  : That... Yes, that's right.
    Chinatsu: Then, it's better to tell him about your feelings. Even if
              it failed, Shiina is not the kind of person who will change
              his attitude suddenly.
    Chinatsu: If you don't do that and reluctant to say it ...
    Rikako  : Chinatsu-senpai?
    {Chinatsu stopped what she is saying half-way.}
    Chinatsu: You will not be able to tell him your feelings. If the 
              situation becomes too normal, it will be harder to destroy
              it. -->[She is talking about herself...]
    Chinatsu: So... Now is the only time to tell your feelings.
    Rikako  : Now...
    Chinatsu: If not, you will become like me...
    {The last words, are like a whisper to my ears.}
    {Then, Chinatsu-senpai, kept quiet.}
    Rikako  : Senpai... Senpai also is in love with someone?
    {Without thinking, that question came out of my mouth.}
    {Chinatsu-senpai looked surprised.}
    Chinatsu: Ah, n, no, not really...
    Rikako  : But...
    Chinatsu: Really, that's not it. Sorry, after all, we discussing about
              Rikako-chan.
    Rikako  : Ah, no...
    Chinatsu: But, really, it is better to tell him about your feelings.
              If you keep to yourself, nothing will begin. Right?
    Rikako  : Right.
    Chinatsu: Sorry, I only can say this, do your best.
    Rikako  : Yes, thank you very much. Somehow, after talking about it,
              I feel much better.
    Chinatsu: Yes. I think, it probably because Rikako-chan just
              wants someone to listen to it. And want to gain some confident.
    Rikako  : Yes, that's probably it.
    Chinatsu: No matter who it is, it is frightening, be brave. It's going
              to be alright, it will go well for sure.
    Rikako  : Yes. Well, really thank you very much!
    {Saying that, I left the classroom, where only Chinatsu-senpai and me
    are left.}
    {When I left the classroom, I noticed that Chinatsu-senpai has a lonely
    look on her face...}
<End Choices>

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[Shopping District/Rikako-chan]
{On the way home, I parted with my friends and is walking along the
shopping district alone.}
{There are no winds, so I can enjoy the warm sunlight.}
{In the the shopping district, which is decorated for the coming Chrismas,
there are a lot of couples.}
{Somehow, it feels as though, everybody on the street have became couples.}
{I know that it is just my imagination, why I am thinking that way?}
Rikako  : (I also, want to walk like that with Shiina-senpai.)
Rikako  : (Hah...)
{My first big sigh.}
Rikako  : (Huh? Shiina-senpai?)
{At that moment, I caught a glimpse of Shiina-senpai among the crowd.}
Rikako  : (That is for sure, Shiina-senpai!)
{I looked around the area.}
Rikako  : (Just as I thought, it's Shiina-senpai.)
{Without thinking, I was about to call out to Shiina-senpai. Then, at
that moment, I notice that someone is beside Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : (Eh... That is...)

[Shopping District/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Well, where do you want to go next?
Chinatsu: Let's see, let's rest a while!
Shiina  : Yes, yes.
{Chinatsu asked me to go shopping with her.}
Chinatsu: Ah, this looks great, hey, Shiina, look!
{Chinatsu is looking at the show window.}
Shiina  : Yes, yes, I can't believe you...
Chinatsu: What is that, do you have a problem!
Shiina  : None...
{Just as I thought, I cannot defeat her.}
Chinatsu: By the way, Shiina.
Shiina  : Hm?
Chinatsu: What do you think about Rikako-chan?
Shiina  : What do I think?...
{Why did Chinatsu suddenly asked me about this?}
Chinatsu: She is a nice girl, right?
Shiina  : Yes, that's true...
{I did not tell Chinatsu that I heard Rikako-chan said those words.}
-->[Those words are "I like Shiina-senpai"]
Shiina  : I think, she is a nice girl. How to say it, I feel energetic,
          when I am with her...
Chinatsu: Right, right, that's right.
Shiina  : In addition to that... mysterious though, I haven't think much
          about Futaba, when I am with her.
Chinatsu: I see. That's a good thing, for you, Shiina.
Shiina  : Eh?
Chinatsu: It's time... for you to break free from Futaba...
Shiina  : Well... I know it, but...
Chinatsu: How about asking her out?
Shiina  : Don't, don't say things that an idiot would say.
Chinatsu: Who is an idiot!
Shiina  : Ah, no... But, I don't know how Rikako-chan feels...
{I tried my best to cover it up.}
{Remembering what Rikako-chan said earlier in my head, suddenly makes
me feel embarassed.}
{Chinatsu seems like she is going to say something in return.}
Shiina  : Huh?
{For a moment, I thought I saw Rikako-chan.}
Chinatsu: What is that, are you planning to change the topic?
{Chinatsu inquired straight-forwardly.}
Shiina  : That's not it.
{Distracted by Chinatsu, when I tried to look for Rikako-chan again, she 
is not there anymore.}
Shiina  : (Is it my imagination...)
Shiina  : (Is it because of what Chinatsu said...)
{But, somehow, I felt that that is really Rikako-chan though...}

[Shopping District/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : (Why is Chinatsu-senpai with Shiina-senpai?)
{Looking at them, I felt like running away.}
{Well, they have been friends since long ago, so it is probably 
normal for them to be together.}
{But, somehow, I feel that it's just not that.}
{Somehow, they looked happy together like a couple.}
Rikako  : (Chinatsu-senpai likes Takashi-senpai, right?...)
{Somehow, I felt betrayed.}
Rikako  : (Talking like that yesterday, she is already enjoying herself 
          with Shiina-senpai...)
{Looking at them, I feel the pain of jealousy inside my chest.}
{The feelings continue to build up and cannot be repressed.}
{I cannot look at them like this any more than this.}

{I don't like it that I am thinking like that.}
{Why does this have to become like this?}
{Without knowing it, tears are appearing in both of my eyes.}

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[Shopping District/Rikako-chan]
{On the way home, I parted with my friends and is walking along the
shopping district alone.}
{There are no winds, so that I enjoy the warm sunlight.}
{In the the shopping district, which is decorated for the coming Chrismas,
there are a lot of couples.}
{Somehow, it feels as though, everybody on the street have became couples.}
{I know that it is just my imagination, why I am thinking that way?}
Rikako  : (I also, want to walk like that with Shiina-senpai.)
Rikako  : (Hah...)
{My first big sigh.}
Rikako  : (Huh? Shiina-senpai?)
{At that moment, I saw a glimpse of Shiina-senpai among the crowd.}
Rikako  : (That is for sure, Shiina-senpai!)
{I looked around the area.}
Rikako  : (Just as I thought, it's Shiina-senpai.)
{Without thinking, I was about to call out to Shiina-senpai. Then, at
that moment, I notice that someone is beside Shiina-senpai.}
Rikako  : (Eh... That is...)

[Shopping District/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Hm, what's the matter, Karin?
{I talked to Karin, who is looking at the show windows.}
Karin   : Shiina, this is cute *LOVE*
{Saying that, I also look at it.}
{Cute?}
{There, there is a doll there that no matter how I look at it, I cannot 
say that it is cute.}
Shiina  : Is that so? I don't think so though.
Karin   : U~, it's cute.
{Karin looked displeased, saying that.}
Shiina  : You can say it is cute if...
{Saying that reminded me about what happened at the Shinto temple a 
while back.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan said she has prepared the Miko-san's outfit,
          so you can go there any time.
Karin   : Really? Rikako is a nice person!
Shiina  : Yes, that's true, she is nice girl.
Karin   : Shiina, do you like Rikako?
Shiina  : Bo, why suddenly...
Karin   : Shiina, when you are talking about Rikako, you look very happy.
Shiina  : Is, is that so?
Karin   : That's right. Shiina, do you like Rikako?
Shiina  : Wh, why does it has to be that way?
Shiina  : Well, I think she is a nice girl, but liking her is another thing.
{I nervously said it.}
{Somehow, I suddenly got reminded about the things that I accidentally
 heard Rikako-chan saying earlier.}
Karin   : Is that so?
Shiina  : That's right, well, I enjoy myself when I am with her, and I
          haven't been thinking too much about Futaba...
Karin   : Then...
Shiina  : So, that is different from liking somebody.
Karin   : Uu, I don't understand...
Shiina  : It's okay, not to understand it... Huh?
{I thought, I caught a glimpse of Rikako-chan just now.}
Karin   : Shiina, what's the matter?
Shiina  : Eh, yeah, well...
{For a moment, I look at Karin, but when I looked back there,
Rikako is gone.}
Shiina  : I thought, I saw Rikako-chan...
Karin   : Rikako? Where is she?
Shiina  : No, it's seems that she is not here... Did you see her?
Karin   : I did not see her.
Shiina  : I see... it must be my imagination...
Karin   : I bet, it is. Probably because we are talking about Rikako, 
          that you mistaken her.
Shiina  : Yeah...
Shiina  : (Is that right... I really believe that I saw Rikako-chan...}

[Shopping District/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : (Shiina-senpai and Karin-chan looks like as though they are 
          enjoying themselves...)
{After seeing them like that, I ran away from there.}
{They looked so happy together that I cannot talk to them.}
Rikako  : (Somehow... they feel like a pair of lovers...}
{For a moment, I thought.}
Rikako  : (Karin-chan said that she came to make Shiina-senpai happy,
          but...)
Rikako  : (But, Karin-chan probably likes Shiina-senpai too...}
{There is some unwanted thoughts came to my mind.}
{I don't want to think about that, but why it keeps coming to my mind.}
Rikako  : (In addition to that... Shiina-senpai also looks like he
          is enjoying himself a lot.)
Rikako  : (Could it be that Shiina-senpai also like Karin...)
{For a moment, I try as hard as possible to deny that kind of 
thoughts.}
{But, once it is there, it slowly spread widely.}
Rikako  : (It's impossible, but...)
Rikako  : (She is an angel. She is not a human.)
{No matter how many times I tried to deny that thoughts, but it's 
impossible.}
{My heart is in turmoil.}
{Without knowing it, I reach my limits and tears start coming out.}
{After my tears dried, I headed home alone...}

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[Somewhere near the park/Karin-chan]
Karin   : (Why did I come to the playground?)
{I took my usual walk, and before I realized it, I am in front of
the playground.}
Karin   : (Though, I did not plan to come to the playground in 
          the place.)
Aoi     : Huh, Karin, what are you doing here?
Karin   : Aoi? Aoi, how about you, what are you doing here?
Aoi     : Well, I...
Nana    : Karin-chan, Aoi-chan?
Karin   : Nana also? What is going on?
Nana    : I somehow feel like I have to come here...
Aoi     : Ah, I also the same. Somehow, I feel that I have to come to the
          playground.
Nana    : How about you, Karin-chan?
Karin   : I... don't know what is going on, but when I realized it, I 
          am came here.
Aoi     : Hmmmm, it's probably because Karin is thick-headed.
Karin   : MU~, I am not thick-headed.
Nana    : Aoi-chan, saying that makes her pitiful.
Aoi     : But, there probably is something here because all three of
          us feel like we have to come here.
Nana    : That's true.
Karin   : Ah!?
Aoi     : Hm, what's the matter?
Karin   : Currently, I feel like somebody is calling out to me.
Aoi     : Eh?
Nana    : Hearing you said that... I also feel like that.
Aoi     : You are right, it seems that it's from inside the playground.
Karin   : Let's go and see.
{We go inside the playground.}
Aoi     : Hey, Karin, let's hurry.
Karin   : Ouchhhhh, Aoi, I want you to stop pushing me.
Nana    : Hey, you two.
{We follow the direction of the voice and go inside the playground.}
Karin   : Oya?
{Aoi hit Karin from behind, when Karin suddenly stopped.}
Karin   : Ouch, what are you doing, Karin?
Karin   : That girl!
{I said that, as I pointed at the girl standing under the shadow of the
trees.}
{That girl come in front of us, and bow.}
Karin   : Huh? This girl is also an angel like us.
Aoi     : It's seems like that. There is another angel beside us here in this
          town.
Nana    : I wonder why we didn't know about it until now?
Karin   : But, I am happy to see more of our kind.
Aoi     : Yes, that's true.
Nana    : Right.
{We all agreed that we are happy to see another angel in the same town.}
??(E)   : Excuse me...
{The angel who is overwhelmed by our reaction, nervously opened her mouth.}
{We looked her way, after hearing her.}
Nana    : Hey, wait a second. This girl looks like she is not feeling well.
Aoi     : Come to think about it... In addition to that, she is wearing
          pajamas.
Karin   : Come to think about it, you are right. What is going on?
{After hearing that, the girl bow again and said.}
Eri     : Yes, well, I am Eri. I have a favor to ask of you guys. Will
          you listen to it?
Karin   : A favor...?
Aoi     : What kind of favor?
Nana    : If you don't tell us, we will not be able to answer.
Karin   : Anyway... Please tell us and we will see.
Eri     : Yes, ah, excuse me, before that, will you all tell me your names?
Aoi     : Ah, you are right. We haven't told you our names yet. I am Aoi.
          This spaced-out girl is Karin.
Karin   : MU-U!
          I am not spacing out!
Nana    : I am Nana. Well, what kind of favor is it?
{Nana calmly asked, ignoring both Aoi and Karin.}
{Eri replies it, as though she is spacing out.}
Eri     : Yes. Well, I don't have much time left, so I will make it short.
          I am the same as you guys. I supposed to take this exam, but...
Nana    : Supposed?...
Eri     : Just before the exam, my body failed on me... At the end, I 
          was unable to come to earth.
Karin   : No... How sad.
Aoi     : Body failed? Is it that bad?
Eri     : Well... I have been in hospital all these time...
Nana    : Is it okay for you to come here?
Eri     : Well... Somehow, it is going to be fine. But, I have to go back 
          soon, or else...
{Eri said that painfully.}
Aoi     : Ah, you don't much time left. Sorry...
Eri     : No, well, the favor I want to ask of you guys is...
Karin   : What is it?
Eri     : It is about my exam's partner!
{Eri painfully taking in breaths, after saying that.}
Nana    : Your partner?
Eri     : Yes. Well, that girl is Enoki Rikako-san...
Karin   : HUH?
Aoi     : What's the matter, Karin. Do you have any idea?
Karin   : Ah, well, anyway, let's listen to the rest first.
Eri     : Yes, Rikako-chan is a person who hates hurting other people...
          She is a kind girl who always thinks more about her opposite
          more than herself.
Eri     : In addition, when she was young, she had a bad experience... and
          she no longer able to let other people knows her true feelings...
Eri     : That's why, she cannot fall in love. Even when she did fall in love, 
          she will keep it inside herself...
{Eri looked like she is having difficulties breathing.}
{We look at her with worries.}
Nana    : What is this bad experience when she is young?
{To answer Nana's question, Eri calm her breathing and said.}
Eri     : Hah, hah, well... she has spiritual power... especially when 
          she young, her power is very strong that she can see all kinds
          of things that a normal human cannot see.
Eri     : Her family is prone to have that kind of power, so they can
          understand her, but...
Eri     : But, her friends around her don't know about that... So,
          even when she said that she is afraid because of it, her 
          friends didn't understand why she is so afraid...
Eri     : So, they teased her for being a liar.
{Saying all that out in one breath, so she is struggling to breath.}
Karin   : Eri, are you alright?
{I asked her with worry, Eri nodded her head weakly.}
Karin   : It's better not to push yourself.
Eri     : No, I will be fine...
Karin   : Are you sure? But, did such a thing really happen...
Eri     : Yes. She has recovered from the incident. However, it left a big
          scar in her heart...
Eri     : So, no matter who it is, she will not open her heart to them.
Eri     : I already gave up about the exam, as there is nothing I can do
          about it. But, I want her to be happy.
Eri     : But... for a person like me who cannot even comes to earth, 
          I alone cannot make her happy.
Eri     : That's why... I want to ask of you all. Please make her happy!
{Eri painfully said those words.}
Aoi     : Yes, just leave that to us.
{Nana reminded Aoi, who agreed.}
Nana    : Wait a second, Aoi-chan. Is it okay for you to agree to such 
          a thing so easily. We are also in the middle of the examination
          outselves.
Aoi     : Well, that's true, but...
Nana    : You don't even know if you can make Takashi-san happy or not...
Aoi     : But... I want to do something.
{Hearing the conversation between the two, Eri looks uneasy.}
{Then, I thought about it.}
{The girl that Eri is talking about is really that Rikako from Shinto 
Shrine.}
{Then, Rikako-chan likes Shiina...}
{Looking at Rikako-chan's reactions, I know it.}
{But, what is Shiina's feelings?}
{There is no other way to make Rikako happy.}
{But, if Shiina also...}
{I decided and looked up.}
Karin   : Eri...
Eri     : Ah, yes.
Karin   : I don't know if I can do you the favor.
{Eri looked disappointed.}
Karin   : But... We will do what we can with our limitation. We don't know
          what will happen at the end though...
Nana    : That's true. I cannot say I can definitely be able to do you a
          favor... But, we will do what we can with our limitation.
Aoi     : Right, I also do the same.
{Eri looked relieved.}
Eri     : Yes, that is enough for me. Thank you very much.
Karin   : But, we cannot say it will go well.
Eri     : Yes, that is... nothing you can do about it. But, I will be 
          counting on you all.
Karin   : I understand. We will do what we can.
Eri     : Thank you.... I feel more relieve now...
{At the moment she said that, she looks as though that she is starting
to lose consciousness.}
{Eri started to be covered by light, and started to float up.}
{Just like that, Eri floated up into the sky.}
Eri     : I will counting on you...
{After hearing that, I am reminded about Shiina.}
{Futaba's last wish...}
{When Shiina heard that last wish, he...}
Karin   : (I wonder if Shiina also feel like this...)
{I looked up at Eri.}
{As Eri is disappearing, on her face, a hopeful smile has appeared...}
{We continued to watch until Eri is completely vanished.}

[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
{From today onwards, I feel much better, as I do not have to study from
today onwards.} -->[Exam is over.]
{When I talked to Karin after dinner, she looked depressed.}
{Did something happened?}
{I immediately fall into sleep.}

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    D E C E M B E R   1 7   
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[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Fuwaaa  -->[Yawn]
{I opened the curtain to let the bright sunlight in.}
{There is not much time left until the end of the year.}
{Well, I guess, I better do my best for the rest of my highschool life.}

[Living Room/Shiina-kun]
Karin   : Good morning.
Shiina  : Good morning.
{After greeting Karin, have breakfast, I talked to Karin.}
Shiina  : Recently, you looks like you are depressed.
Karin   : That's not true.
Shiina  : Do you have something that is bothering you?
Karin   : There's none. How about you, Shiina, do you have something
          that is bothering you?
{Hearing that, I look at the clock.}
Shiina  : Ah, it's so late already. Well, I have to get going.
Karin   : Have a good day.

[Classroom/Shiina-kun]
{Did she noticed it?}
{After the exams are over, I feel much relief, but it is true that there
is something that is bothering me.}
{Well, it's my problem, and if needed, I will talk to Karin.}

[Somewhere near Shiina-kun's house/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : ... I came here, but what should I do?
{I stopped, as I am near Shiina-senpai's house.}
Rikako  : (I wonder if I am bothering him... But...}
Rikako  : (I want to know the truth about that day...)
{Thinking of that, after school, I walked towards Shiina-senpai's house.}
[DIVISION] -->[Based on the earlier choices]
  [FIRST CHOICE]
    {The look of Shiina-senpai and Chinatsu-senpai at the shopping district 
    three days ago.}
  [/FIRST CHOICE]
  [SECOND CHOICE]
    {The look of Shiina-senpai and Karin at the shopping district 
    three days ago.}
  [/SECOND CHOICE]
[/DIVISION]
{Ever since that day, I felt very uneasy.}
{The happy look on those two's faces that time cannot leave my mind.}
{No matter how I tried to repress those thoughts and tried to forget
them, before I realized it, I am thinking what happen about that day.}
{I hated that kind of me.}
{I want to hear the reason from Shiina-senpai. I want to make certain of
it.}
{No matter what answers I get from Shiina-senpai, it should be much 
better than right now.}
[DIVISION] -->[Based on the earlier choices]
  [FIRST CHOICE]
    {I am suspicious, jealous of Chinatsu-senpai and I try to deny it.}
    {No matter how I think of it, it comes back in the same way.}
  [/FIRST CHOICE]
  [SECOND CHOICE]
    -->[Nothing]
  [/SECOND CHOICE]
[/DIVISION]
Rikako  : (Anyway, I should go to Shiina-senpai's house.}
{I forced my legs to start walking again.}

[In front of Shiina-kun's house/Rikako-chan]
{I arrived at Shiina-senpai's house.}
{There, I have second thoughts.}
Rikako  : (I probably... should just go home today...}
Rikako  : (He probably not home yet...)
Rikako  : (In addition to that, I probably will be giving him troubles...)
{Those excuses kept coming into my heart many, many times.}
Rikako  : (You cannot... do that kind of things... You have to ask him.)
{I know that, but somehow my legs wouldn't go forward any further.}
Rikako  : (You have to ask Shiina-senpai.)
Rikako  : (But...)
{My legs cannot moved.}
[DIVISION] -->[Based on the earlier choices]
  [FIRST CHOICE]
    {What kind of existence is Chinatsu-senpai is to him?}
  [/FIRST CHOICE]
  [SECOND CHOICE]
    {What kind of existence is Karin-chan is to him?}
  [/SECOND CHOICE]
[/DIVISION]
{If I asked him that, what kind of answers will he gave me?}
{He probably will look trouble only.}
[DIVISION] -->[Based on the earlier choices]
  [FIRST CHOICE]
    {Or, he probably laugh at it and say that Chinatsu is just a friend?}
  [/FIRST CHOICE]
  [SECOND CHOICE]
    -->[Nothing]
  [/SECOND CHOICE]
[/DIVISION]
Rikako  : (Or...)
{I cannot think more than that.}
[DIVISION] -->[Based on the earlier choices]
  [FIRST CHOICE]
    {Because, if he tell me the answer that I don't want to hear...}
    {I don't know what I want to do.}
  [/FIRST CHOICE]
  [SECOND CHOICE]
    -->[Nothing]
  [/SECOND CHOICE]
[/DIVISION]
{Inside my head, again, I saw the image of those two that day.}
{Those two that time, look really happy.}
{Look, very happy...}
{Thinking of that, there is only one answer that has the highest 
probability of being correct.}
[DIVISION] -->[Based on the earlier choices]
  [FIRST CHOICE]
    Rikako  : (What should I do... if he said he likes Chinatsu-senpai!)
    Rikako  : (But, he really matched well with Chinatsu-senpai... Much 
              better than with me...
    Rikako  : (But, but, is it really like that?)
    {I tried to deny that probability.}
    Rikako  : (He might said that there is nothing between them!)
    Rikako  : (He might said, "I like Rikako-chan".)
    {If it is like that, it would be great.}
    Rikako  : (But...)
    {Slowly, the thought just now about "no matter what is his answer 
    is fine, I just want to know his true feelings" is gone.}
    {I am afraid of the reply.}
    {If I did not asked him, it will remain the same.}
    {I cannot bring out more courage to ask Shiina-senpai about 
    Chinatsu-senpai.}
    Rikako  : (Cannot! I cannot ask him!)
    (I started to walk away from there.}
  [/FIRST CHOICE]
  [SECOND CHOICE]
    Rikako  : (Actually... I am going out with Karin... If he said that,
              what should I do!)
    Rikako  : (I cannot said, I also like Shiina-senpai...)
    Rikako  : (Then, I don't feel like letting Karin-chan... wear the 
              Miko-san outfit that I have prepared for Karin-chan.}
    Rikako  : (Idiot, what are you doing thinking that kind of things!)
    Rikako  : (That's right, he might even said, "There is nothing between 
              me and Karin-chan, the person that I like is Rikako-chan."...
    Rikako  : (Hm... I wonder if he really will say that kind of things 
              to me.)
    Rikako  : Funyuu....
    {Somehow, my mind is very messed up.}
    {Slowly, the thought just now about "no matter what is his answer 
    is fine, I just want to know his true feelings" is gone.}
    {I guess, it is better to stay this way.}
    {I cannot bring out more courage to ask Shiina-senpai about Karin-chan.}
    Rikako  : (Cannot! I cannot ask him!)
    (I started to walk away from there.}
  [/SECOND CHOICE]
[/DIVISION]

[In front of Shiina-kun's house/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Huh...
{It seems like somebody is in front of my house.}
Shiina  : (This is...? Rikako-chan?)
{I continued to approach the house, Rikako-chan started to walk away 
without noticing me.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan!
{Quickly, I called out to her.}
{Hearing the voice, Rikako-chan turn back.}
Rikako  : Ah... Shi, Shiina-senpai. Y, you just came back?
{Rikako-chan becomes deep red.}
Shiina  : Y, yes. Rikako-chan also...
{I cannot talk very well for being conscious about the situation.}
{Rikako-chan replied without looking at me.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, yes. I am just passing by...
Shiina  : I see.
{Somehow, it is making my heart beating fast.}
{I don't know what to say to her, Rikako-chan bend her head down.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, ex, excuse me.
{Saying that, she turned to her back, and ran away from there.}
Shiina  : Ah...
{I stand at the spot, without chasing after her.}
Shiina  : (What is it, my heart is pounding very fast...)
(I was very conscious of the way my heart beats energetically.}
{At that moment, I started to notice that I might be attracted to
Rikako-chan.}

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    D E C E M B E R   1 9  
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[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Fuwaaa  -->[Yawn]
{I opened the curtain to the bright sunlight in.}
{I have been thinking about what had happened recently.}
{Will Karin always be here?}
{I thought of that, as a possible reason for Karin being depressed.}
{But, she is keeping to herself.}
{I will go and see how she is doing.}

[Living Room/Shiina-kun]
Karin   : Good morning.
Shiina  : Good morning.
{After greeting Karin, have breakfast, I talked to Karin.}
{During the conversation, she does not look energetic like her usual 
self.}
{Is there anything that I can do for Karin?}

[Living Room(afternoon)/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Karin.
Karin   : ...
Shiina  : Karin?
Karin   : Ah, yes, what is it? Shiina.
Shiina  : Why are you spacing out?
Karin   : Nothing... in particular.
Shiina  : Is that so?
Karin   : It is not something that Shiina need to concern about.
Shiina  : Hmmm.
{Karin kept quiet again, after saying that.}
{Recently, Karin had been spacing out and lost in thoughts a lot.}
{Even though I talked to her, she never got much of what I said into 
her head.}
{No matter how many time I asked her about it, she tried to avoid the
topic, as though she doesn't want to talk about it.}
Shiina  : (Since last Friday, Karin seems weird...)
{Something must have happened that day.}
{Something that she cannot tell me...}
{I noticed that it is not like Karin to keep to herself like that.}
{If she got anything bothering her and she tells me, I might be able
to help in some way...}
{Though, I cannot imagine anything that I can do for an angel, but I
feel a bit lonely not hearing anything from her.}
{Thinking of that, Karin suddenly opened her mouth.}
Karin   : Shiina, can I ask you a question?
Shiina  : Hm, what is it?
Karin   : Hmmmmm, well, that...
{Karin struggled to find the words, and then as if she has made up her
mind, she looked straight at my eyes and said.}
Karin   : Shiina, what do you think about Rikako?
Shiina  : Eh? Rikako? Shinto Shrine's Rikako-chan?
{I got asked a question that I could never imagine her asking me.}
Karin   : Yes. Rikako.
Shiina  : Eh, well, let's see...
Karin   : What do you think about her?
Shiina  : Yes... I think, she is nice girl. She is a bit forceful and some
          bad points, but a very energetic and cheerful girl.. I think,
          she is a cute Kohai.
Shiina  : It was fun when we are together. When I am with Rikako-chan, I
          don't think too much about Futaba.
Karin   : Shiina, do you...
Shiina  : Hm?
Karin   : ...like Rikako?
<Choose Choice 1 "Suki da yo."                                         >
<                "I like her."                                         >
{I answered the question straightforwardly.}
{I am attracted to Rikako-chan.}
{But, if I said I like her straightforwardly....}
Shiina  : Yes.... Yeah. I think... I like her.
{Having a little bit difficulties, I said it honestly.}
Karin   : So, do you want to go out with her?
{Karin continued to question me.}
Shiina  : Eh, ahh... I wonder. It's true that I have fun being with her,
          and I believe, I do like her. But...
Karin   : But?
Shiina  : That, I don't know... what kind of "like" it is, so even if you
          asked me if I want to go out with her...
{That is how I feel now.}
{It's true that I like her. I myself admit it.}
{But, going out with her is...}
{I don't know myself.}
Karin   : Is that so...
{Karin said that and lost in thoughts.}
Shiina  : Hey, Karin, why do you suddenly ask me about Rikako-chan?...
Karin   : Shiina.
{Karin suddenly opened her mouth.}
Shiina  : Ah, yes?
Karin   : I want you to think carefully about Rikako-chan.
Shiina  : Eh, why...
Karin   : Rikako likes Shiina for sure.
Shiina  : Eh...?
Karin   : So, if you are just being kind to her, I think you will only 
          hurt Rikako.
Shiina  : Is... that so?
{It probably is true.}
{I also realized about Rikako-chan's feelings.}
{Ever since that time when I accidentally heard it, somehow I am
aware about it...}
Karin   : That is so. So, Shiina, I want you to think carefully about 
          how you feel about Rikako-chan.
{Karin said only that. As though trying to escape, she entered her own room.}
  -->[She is going to cry?]
Shiina  : Ah, Karin?
Shiina  : (What is that about? Why suddenly Karin-chan...)
{I have doubts.}
{Karin only talked to Rikako-chan at the Shrine very little.}
{After that, she is not that familiar with Rikako-chan, even though we do talk
about her.}
{WHy she suddenly say such a thing today?}
{Could it be related to the recent "spaced-out" problems?}
Shiina  : (Rikako-chan, huh...)
FLASHBACK: Rikako likes Shiina for sure.
{I heard Karin's voice repeat what she said just now in my head.}
Shiina  : (Even if Karin did not tell me about it, I already realized it. 
          But....}
Shiina  : (How did Karin know about it?)
{Did she met Rikako-chan without me knowing it?...}
{Thinking about how serious Karin is, I quickly start thinking about 
Rikako-chan.}
Shiina  : (My... feelings...)
{What is it going be?}
Shiina  : (How do I feel about Rikako-chan?)
{It's true that I am attracted to me. But...)
{Even though I think about it for a while, I really don't know.}
Shiina  : (That's right... It's just as Karin said...)
{I have to think about it carefully.}
{My feelings towards Rikako-chan is...}

[Bedroom/Shiina-kun]
{I read the book that I bought recently.}
{After thirty minutes, I got sleepy.}
{It's a bit early, but I better sleep now.}

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    D E C E M B E R   2 1   ( F I R S T   C H O I C E )
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[In front of Chinatsu-senpai's classroom/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : I wonder if Chinatsu-senpai went home already...
{After school, I stand outside the second year students' classroom,
looking for Chinatsu-senpai.}
{I want to know what is between Chinatsu-senpai and Shiina-senpai.}
{It is impossible for me to ask Shiina-senpai.}
{I went to Shiina-senpai's house, but cannot bring out the courage and
afraid about the answer that he is going to give me...}
{But, I cannot stand anymore thinking about their relationship.}
{That's why I am going to ask Chinatsu-senpai.}
{At the hallway, after the lecture, a wave of people get out of the
classrooms.}
{Struggling through the crowd, I make sure Chinatsu-senpai did not 
escape my eyes.}
Rikako  : Ah, Chinatsu-senpai!
{She is here.}
{At the opposite side, I saw Chinatsu-senpai.}
{Struggling through the people, I approached Chinatsu-senpai.}
Rikako  : Chinatsu-senpai!
{Hearing my voice, Chinatsu-senpai look around for the source of the 
voice.}
{Chinatsu-senpai saw me.}
Chinatsu: Just as I thought, Rikako-chan. What's the matter?
{I finally reached Chinatsu-senpai's side.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, there is something I want to ask you, senpai.
Chinatsu: Ask me?
Rikako  : Yes.
Chinatsu: What?
Rikako  : Ah, well...
{I struggled with my words.}
{I started to feel regret at finding Chinatsu-senpai.}
{In addition to that, there are a lot of classmates around Chinatsu-senpai.}
Chinatsu: Something that is difficult to say here?
Rikako  : Well...
{I nodded my head.}
Chinatsu: Okay. Well, let's go home together.
{Chinatsu-senpai said that, as though she has discovered something about me.}
Rikako  : Ah, yes.
{I followed Chinatsu-senpai out.}

[On the way home/Rikako-chan]
{I walked side by side with Chinatsu-senpai.}
{After getting out of the school area, Chinatsu-senpai talked to me.}
Chinatsu: Thank you for discussing with me before.
Rikako  : No, don't say that. I am not useful at all.
{Before, I planned to discuss something about me with her, instead she 
discussed something about herself with me.}
{At that time, Chinatsu-senpai told me that she likes Takashi-senpai.}
{I said things that are conceitful out of my mouth.}
{I, myself, am having the trouble trying to tell Shiina-senpai, my feelings,
after all...}
Chinatsu: No, that's not true. After that, I feel much better.
{Not knowing about what I feel, Chinatsu-senpai said.}
Rikako  : You can't mean that...
{Somehow, I feel guilty.}
Chinatsu: Really, really. So, if I can answer your question, I will answer
          it. You have a question, right?
Rikako  : Ah, yes.
Chinatsu: What?
{Chinatsu-senpai asked me kindly.}
{I, somehow, bring out the courage to say it.}
Rikako  : Well... that... it's about what happen last Wednesday...
Chinatsu: Last Wednesday? What happened then?
Rikako  : Well, I saw it...
Chinatsu: Hm, saw what?
Rikako  : That... Senpai and Shiina-senpai being together...
{Without looking at Chinatsu-senpai, I said it.}
Chinatsu: I see, what about it?
{Chinatsu asked without understand it.}
Rikako  : Well, senpai, you like Takashi-senpai, right?
Chinatsu: Yes... that's right.
Rikako  : But why... why are you together with Shiina-senpai...
{Without realizing it, I feel like accusing Chinatsu-senpai.}
Chinatsu: What do you mean why....
{Chinatsu-senpai, with those words, lost in thoughts for a moment.}
Chinatsu: Eh, could it be that, you...
Rikako  : Ah... well...
{Chinatsu-senpai looked at me.}
{I nodded my head with my face in deep red.}
Chinatsu: I see... Rikako-chan likes Shiina.
{She said that gently. There is no feelings that she is going to make
fun of me.}
Chinatsu: Could it be that you are suspicious of Shiina and me?
Rikako  : Ah...
{My face is getting redder and redder.}
{Without looking up, I continued to walk, looking at the floor.}
Chinatsu: Ahahahahaha.
{Suddenly, Chinatsu-senpai laughed out loud.}
Rikako  : Eh...
{I look at Chinatsu-senpai, stunned.}
Chinatsu: Could it be that you have been worrying about it since then?
Rikako  : Well... Yes.
Chinatsu: I see. You should have called out to us then.
Rikako  : Well, but, you two looked as though you are enjoying yourselves...
{I cannot bring myself to call out to them with the feelings I had then.}
Chinatsu: Hmmm, I guess so. But, it's not like we are having a date.
Rikako  : Is that so?
Chinatsu: Yes. That time... I asked Shiina to discuss with me about Takashi.
Rikako  : Eh?
Chinatsu: I told you, right, that I like Takashi.
Rikako  : Yes...
Chinatsu: After that, I got a little bit confidence. So, I discussed it 
          with Shiina, who knows us the best.
Rikako  : So... that's it...
Chinatsu: Yes. But, I see, Rikako-chan, like Shiina, huh....
Rikako  : Ah...
Chinatsu: Could it that when you come to me last time, it's about this?
Rikako  : Well... Yes.
Chinatsu: I see, at the end, you got to listen to my story... Sorry.
Rikako  : No, don't...
Chinatsu: Rikako-chan also worried about it too...
Rikako  : ...
{Without saying anything, I nodded my head.}
Chinatsu: Hey, you said it last time, right? That if you don't say it, 
          he won't know how you feels.
Rikako  : But...
Chinatsu: Yes, that is frightening, right? I am also feeling the same. 
          But...
Chinatsu: If you don't tell him now, you will never be able to tell him...
Rikako  : ...
Chinatsu: It will be alright. If Rikako-chan honestly tell him, Shiina will
          accept it, for sure.
Rikako  : Is... that so?
Chinatsu: Yes... It's time that it is better that Shiina break free from 
          Futaba.
Rikako  : Futaba...san?
Chinatsu: Rikako-chan, you don't know, right?... That girl... passed away...
          about a year ago...
{The tone of her voice went down.}
Chinatsu: It was... last year's Chrismas Eve...
Chinatsu: I see, it has already been a year since then...
{Chinatsu-senpai said, as though to confirm it within herself, and then,
say, looking at me.}
Chinatsu: She was Shiina's girlfriend.
Rikako  : Girl... friend?
{Somehow, I felt as though I listening to something that I am not used of
listening...}
{After that, Chinatsu-senpai, slowly tell me all about Futaba-san.}
{That Shiina-senpai and Futaba-san met during the school entrance day... 
then, started to date each other.}
{It seems that Shiina-senpai really love Futaba-san.}
{But, Futaba-san passed away last winter because of a sickness...}
{After that, Shiina-senpai has been downed because of it...}
Chinatsu: Even though it's already been a year since then, Shiina still
          has not break free from Futaba.
Chinatsu: It seems that he wants to break free from Futaba, but...
Chinatsu: But, it's hard looking at him like that.
{Chinatsu-senpai looked down for a moment.}
Chinatsu: Being like that, Futaba won't be happy. Shiina should
          know about it himself too, though...
Rikako  : There was really... such a thing happen, right?...
{I realized that there is something different with Shiina-senpai's 
atmosphere from when he is in middle school.}
{I finally understood the reason. The reason for the loneliness, peaceful
atmosphere...}
Chinatsu: Yes.
Chinatsu: But, Shiina did say. That when he is with Rikako-chan, he did
          not think about Futaba.
Chinatsu: Probably, it's because he could not forget about Futaba. I also 
          the same...
Chinatsu: But, I cherish the memories with Futaba... as the most 
          important memories I ever have.
Chinatsu: Shiina also, should start to feel the same way, after all it
          has already been a year since then...
Rikako  : But...
Chinatsu: That's why... I think it is great that Shiina will be able to break
          free from Futaba because of Rikako-chan.
Rikako  : Can I really do such a thing?
Chinatsu: Yes. For sure. I will be rooting for you, after all.
Rikako  : But...
Chinatsu: Use your true feelings to hit some sense out of Shiina.
Chinatsu: Then, for sure... Shiina will be able to accept it.
Chinatsu: I also will be asking Shiina about it.
Rikako  : Eh, b, but, that...
Chinatsu: It will be alright, have more confidence with yourself.
Rikako  : ...

[In front of the Shinto Shrine/Rikako-chan]
{Before I realize it, I am in front of my home.}
{After parted with Chinatsu-senpai, I don't remember which routes I used
to get back home.}
{I have cleared up about Shiina-senpai and Chinatsu-senpai, but the things
that I heard afterwards about Futaba-san cannot leave my head.}
{I didn't know that such a thing happened to Shiina-senpai.}
{I want to think that my feelings cannot lose to Futaba-san's.}
{But, how is it really?}
{Will Shiina-senpai, who continue to think about Futaba-san until now, 
accept my feelings?}
{I wonder if there is a passage to Shiina-senpai's heart?}
{Thinking of that, I slowly lost confidence.}
Rikako  : (Even though Chinatsu-senpai said that...)
Rikako  : (I have to look over my feelings for Shiina-senpai again.)
Rikako  : (My feelings...)

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    D E C E M B E R   2 1   ( S E C O N D   C H O I C E )
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[Somewhere near Shiina-kun's house/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : (I came here again...)
{On the way on home from school.}
{I stopped somewhere near Shiina-senpai's house.}
{Even since four days ago when I went home without getting the courage
out to ask Shiina-senpai, I walked towards Shiina-senpai's house
everyday.}
{Then, yesterday and the day before, I went home without asking him.}
Rikako  : (For sure, the same things will happen again... Why did I come 
          here...)
{Even though I said that, I know the reason.}
{I cannot forget the image of Shiina-senpai and Karin-chan enjoying 
themselves.}
{I am curious about the relationship between Karin-chan and 
Shiina-senpai.}
{I know that Karin-chan said that she is an angel, but it still bothers
me.}
{I can't help worrying about it though...}
{Inside me, I felt jealousy feelings that cannot be repressed.}
{I hate that kind of me.}
{I know that this is not like me.}
{I want to ask Shiina-senpai about it.}
{That's why I came.}
{But, I did not asked because I am afraid of the answer.}
{I cannot bring out the courage to ask him.}
{That's why... everyday, I turn back without asking him.}
{As though there are two types of feelings inside me fighting against
each other.}
{It's painful.}
Rikako  : (If I go in front of Shiina-senpai's house, I might be able
          to meet him there.}
Rikako  : (Then, as if it is by coincidence, I asked him about it.)
{Thinking about it, it is a way to do it.}
Rikako  : (But... that kind of coincidence is not that easy to come
          by...}
Rikako  : Hah.... 
{I let out a big sigh, even that, I still start walking towards 
Shiina-senpai's house.}

[In front of Shiina-senpai's house/Rikako-chan]
Rikako  : At the end, I came anyway...
{I looked Shiina-senpai's house.}
{It is a common looking house.}
{But, because Shiina-senpai is living here makes this place feels special.}
Rikako  : (Today also... bring out my courage...)
{Thinking of that.}
{But, it cannot be done.}
{Somewhere inside my heart, brake is turned on.}
{I continue to stand there.}
Karin   : Rikako!?
Rikako  : KYAA!
{I got called suddenly that I screamed out loud.}
{When I turn to my back, there stands Karin-chan.}
Karin   : Wh, what's the matter?
Rikako  : Ah, well, you suddenly called me, I got surprised...
{Try to calm down my heart.}
{I did not imagine meeting Karin-chan at all.}
Karin   : Is that so? But, why is Rikako here?
Rikako  : Eh, ah, that, I, I am just passing by.
Karin   : I see.
{I tried to calm myself down, but in vain.}
Rikako  : Y, yes, h, how about you, Karin-chan?
Karin   : I was taking a walk. I just came back.
Rikako  : I, I see.
Karin   : Yes.
{Karin-chan innocently nodded her head.}
Rikako  : Ah, th, then, I will be going...
{I tried to get out of place.}
Karin   : Ah, Rikako?
Rikako  : (Wait a second. If I cannot ask Shiina-senpai... how about
          asking Karin-chan?)
{That thoughts came up on my mind.}
Rikako  : (Yes... even though I got surprised because she suddenly talked 
          to me... this is a good chance to talk about it.)
{I turned to my back, as I have decided.}
{Karin-chan is looking at me there.}
Rikako  : Well, Karin-chan.
Karin   : What is the matter?
Rikako  : I got... something to ask you... is it okay with you?

[Playground/Rikako-chan]
{I came to the playground with Karin-chan.}
{Just as I thought, I cannot talk in front of Shiina-senpai's house.}
Karin   : What is it that you want to ask me?
{As we arrived at the playground, Karin-chan asked me.}
Rikako  : Yes, well...
{I have second thoughts.}
{I don't know what to ask.}
Karin   : ?
{Karin-chan looked at me strangely.}
Rikako  : Well... a while back, at the shopping district...
Karin   : Shopping... district?
Rikako  : Yes, that... at the shopping district, I saw Karin-chan and
          Shiina-senpai together...
Karin   : Yes, I often go and do shopping together with Shiina.
{Karin-chan answered.}
Rikako  : You often... go?
Karin   : Yes. We went to buy Rakishisu's food.
Rikako  : I see...
Rikako  : But... you looked like you are enjoying yourself.
Karin   : That's right. I enjoy myself when I am with Shiina.
Rikako  : To me... it looks like you guys are lovers...
Karin   : Eh...
Rikako  : Hey, it's not it, right? Karin-chan is not Shiina-senpai's
          girlfriend, right?
{Without thinking, I asked.}
Karin   : ... Why do you think that way?
Rikako  : Eh...
{I was surprised when Karin-chan asked me back.}
Rikako  : Well... that is...
Karin   : ... Rikako likes Shiina, right?
Rikako  : Eh, ah, well, I do not meant that way...
{I denied it because I got asked so suddenly.}
Karin   : You don't have to deny it. I know it already, really.
Rikako  : Eh...?
Karin   : I... know how Rikako-chan feels.
Rikako  : Why...
{Is my feelings that obvious?} -->[continue in the next sentence]
{until Karin-chan found out about it, even though we only met for a short
while.}
{But, I was wrong.}
Karin   : I heard about it.
Rikako  : You heard about it?... From who?
{It's probably Chinatsu-senpai, right? The only person who knows about 
my feelings for Shiina-senpai is Chinatsu-senpai.
{But, I doubt Chinatsu-senpai will tell anybody about it.}
{Karin-chan kept quiet, as though she is thinking about something.}
Karin   : ... From Eri.
{Suddenly, Karin-chan said that.}
Rikako  : Eri? Eri... who is that?
{It's a name that I never heard of. How did that person know about my
feelings?}
Karin   : Eri is... an angel.
Rikako  : Angel... Then, she is the same as Karin-chan...? But, how did
          she knows about me...?
Karin   : Eri is... really supposed to come to Rikako-chan's place.
Rikako  : To my... place?
Karin   : Yes. But, she got sick and could not come.
Rikako  : Is that... so?
{I quietly listened to Karin-chan.}
{There is supposed to be an angel coming to my place. But, she got sick
and unable to come.}
{Even an angel can get sick....}
{This is not the place to think about that.}
{Karin-chan continued to explain.}
Karin   : Eri is... supposed to come to Rikako's place, and make Rikako
          happy.
Karin   : But, she got sick and had to go to the hospital. That's 
          why... she knows all about Rikako's feelings.
Rikako  : About my... feelings...
Karin   : Eri... wants Rikako to be happy, so she came down to earth once,
          even though she is sick...to ask Karin and the rest of us for 
          help.
Karin   : At that time, I heard about Rikako's feelings.
Rikako  : I see... That's how it is...
Karin   : So, I know how Rikako feels about Shiina.
{She said that with lonely look on her face.}
Karin   : I promised Eri. I will do what I can to make Rikako happy.
Karin   : And... my duties is to make Shiina happy. That's why I have
          been thinking about this.
Karin   : About how to make both Shiina and Rikako happy...
Rikako  : Karin-chan...
Karin   : If it is Rikako, I know that you won't make Shiina unhappy.
Karin   : So, if Shiina likes Rikako and start going out, you two will
          be happy.
{If that is true, I would be happy.}
{But, Karin-chan looked hurt as she said that. I really concerned about 
it.}
Rikako  : Is it okay... with you, Karin-chan?
{Without thinking, I asked.}
Karin   : Eh?
{Karin-chan looked surprised.}
Rikako  : Could it be that... Karin-chan also like Shiina-senpai...
{It's probably because I am that I am became sensitive to that kind of 
things.}
{Karin-chan also likes Shiina-senpai. She is attracted to Shiina-senpai.}
Karin   : That's not it at all!
Rikako  : Is that so?
Karin   : That's right. I am an angel. That's impossible!
Rikako  : There is no relationship between being an angel and falling in
          love with Shiina.
Karin   : There is.
{Karin-chan denied it forcefully.}
Rikako  : Hey... Karin-chan knows about my feelings. But... I don't
          know how Karin-chan really feel, it's not fair.
Karin   : ...
{Karin-chan kept quiet.}
Rikako  : If that is it, even though if I go out with Shiina-senpai, I won't
          be happy.
Karin   : !?
{Rikako-chan looked surprised.}
Rikako  : So, please tell me. About Karin's true feelings...
Karin   : But...
Rikako  : Please...
Karin   : I...
Rikako  : Karin-chan also likes Shiina-senpai, right?
Karin   : Ye...s.
{Karin-chan nodded her head embarassedly.}
Rikako  : Why... didn't you tell Shiina-senpai about it?
{I asked her about it.}
Karin   : That is... the same with Rikako. Why didn't you tell Shiina
          about your own feelings?
{I got asked, in return.}
Rikako  : That... that is...
{It is as though she doesn't want to answer it, that she asked it back.}
{But, Karin-chan did not wait for my answer.}
Karin   : I am an angel. I have to return to my world, after I make Shiina
          happy.
Karin   : I have to part with Shiina one day. That's why, I cannot make 
          Shiina happy!
{Karin-chan said it out to empty what is inside her.}
Karin   : I cannot make Shiina happy... That's why... I hope that Rikako
          will be able to make Shiina happy.
Karin   : If it is Rikako, Shiina will be happy.
{Her voice trembled, as she said it. It became crying voice.}
Rikako  : Karin-chan...
{I understand how painful, she must have felt.}
{To me who also loved the same person...}
{Without knowing, tears appeared in my eyes.}
{Karin-chan have to go back to her own world, even though she likes 
Shiina-senpai, and hopes that I will be able to make him happy.}
{Did I ever thought of Shiina-senpai until that level?}
{I just kept my feelings to myself.}
{But, Karin-chan makes Shiina-senpai's happiness, as her main priority.}
{I have to think more about my feelings towards Shiina-senpai.}
{I felt that I have to do that no matter what.}

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[In front of Shiina-kun's house/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Hmmmmmm....
{After getting out of the house, I take in a deep breath of winter
morning.}
{Chrismas Eve.}
{School begins its winter break, I leisurely walk towards the street.}
{I, cannot solve the worries that are in my mind for the past few days, 
greet this day.}
{Futaba's... first death anniversary...}
{This past one year, I am taken over by what happen to Futaba, 
continue to think about the past.}
{But, it is time that I also start walking forward.}
{In addition to that, today seems like an appropriate day to do it.}
{Futaba's death anniversary, but that's why, today, I...}

[On the way to the ceremetery/Shiina-kun]
{I walked alone towards Futaba's grave.}
{At the moment, I heard Chinatsu's voice.}
Chinatsu: Shiina.
{I silently turned to my back.}
Shiina  : Chinatsu... why...
{Takashi and Chinatsu invite me to go together with them, but I rejected
their offer.}
Chinatsu: You really feel like going there alone?
Shiina  : Yes.
Chinatsu: Are you going to be alright alone?
Shiina  : Yes, I will be alright.
{She must be worrying about me getting depressed again.}
Shiina  : Thank you for worrying about me.
Chinatsu: It's not that...
{Chinatsu tried to hide her embarassment.}
Shiina  : I want to go... alone. There is something... I want to report 
          to Futaba.
Chinatsu: Report?
Shiina  : Yes... I finally will be able to break free from Futaba. I might
          be able to keep a promise...
{Chinatsu looked surprised.}
Chinatsu: Does that means...
{Chinatsu, somehow, knows what is going on by that.}
Shiina  : Yes... That's why, I want to go alone.
Chinatsu: I see. Yes, I understand.
{Chinatsu smiled at me, as she said that.}
Shiina  : Yes, see you...
Chinatsu: Yes. We will go later with Futaba's parents...
Shiina  : Yes...
{I see Chinatsu off, and headed for Futaba's grave again.}

[Shopping District/Shiina-kun]
{There are a lot of people at the shopping district for Chrismas.}
{I am on my way back from the grave where Futaba sleep...}
{In middle, I walk alone.}
{After getting out of the crowd, I think back about what I said in
front of Futaba's grave.}
{The wish of Futaba, before she die...}
{My promise with Futaba...}
Futaba  : (FLASHBACK) Even if I am gone, please don't be sad. Don't cry  
          over spilled milk. ... Lonely Shiina. The Shiina that I like... 
          is not a person who will whine about what happened.
-->["do not whine about what happened" == "do not cry over split milk"]
{Futaba...}
Futaba  : (FLASHBACK) Please live happily for me....
{Hearing Futaba said that, smiling at me, I felt something pierced into
my chest.}
Shiina  : (At the end, you ask me to do something very difficult...)
{Don't be sad... Don't whine.}
Shiina  : (I wonder if I can manage to keep that promise...)
{I did not say that I will keep that promise.}
{It's because I cannot put Futaba behind me.}
Futaba  : (FLASHBACK) I am going to be one with nature and will always 
          be by your side. This time, I will watch over you.
Shiina  : If that is true, I wonder if Futaba will frown at me
          this time.
Futaba  : You can't do that. You promise that you will live happilly for
          me...
{I heard Futaba saying that.}
Shiina  : (That's right... But, Futaba, finally... I feel like I will
          be able to keep that promise.)
{I stopped and looked up to the sky.}
Shiina  : (If I said I like another girl... will Futaba be happy 
          for me.)
Shiina  : (If it is Futaba, she won't be against it...}
{Instead... she will send me off with a smile on her face, that's how I
felt.}
Shiina  : (Recently, there is a girl that I am attracted to...)
Shiina  : (That girl is completely different from Futaba. Very energetic
          and cheerful... though, she got some bad points...)
          -->[Why does he have to bring up the bad points all the time?]
Shiina  : (But, that's why... When I am with her, I can look at her and
          Futaba in completely different view.)
Shiina  : (It's fun when I am with her. Until there is no time for me to 
          be sad...)
{I came back to reality and continued to walked on.}

[On the way to Shinto Shrine/Shiina-senpai]
{At the beginning... I did not think that much about her... But, 
Karin-chan told me...)
Shiina  : (Ah, Karin is an angel who forced her way into my house...)
Shiina  : (Haha, I bet Futaba know about it already.)
Shiina  : (After being told by Karin... I have been thinking about it.)
Shiina  : (Then... I realized it... about me attracted to her.)
Shiina  : (At the beginning, I felt that this is really weird, and also
          felt that I have betrayed Futaba.}
Shiina  : (But... that's not right. Futaba is... not here any more.
          Understanding that, I have to go forward, that what Futaba
          wish for me to do...}
Shiina  : (Finally... Finally, I really accept that fact.)
Shiina  : (Until now, I cannot accept it somewhere in my heart. That if
          fall in love with another girl... I will be denying Futaba's
          existence...)
Shiina  : (But... that's not it... If I am to be taken over by my feelings
          for Futaba, the saddest person is going to be Futaba...}
Shiina  : (Finally, I understand that.)
Shiina  : (Hey, Futaba... you will be... happy for me, right?
{For a moment, the air around me changed, covered me gently... that's
what I noticed.}
Shiina  : (You will be happy for me, right?)
{Naturally, tears appeared in my eyes.}
Shiina  : (I am thinking of telling that girl. About this feelings...)
Shiina  : (It's Futaba's Death Anniversary, is it weird...)
Shiina  : (But, it is because it is Futaba's Death Anniversary that...
          I have to tell her today... that's how I felt.)
Shiina  : (It is okay, right, Futaba?)

[In front of the Shinto Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{I slowly walked up the stoned stairs, one step at a time.}
{Somehow, I know that Rikako-chan will be there on top.}
{Wearing Miko-san's outfit, sweeping the stoned floor holding the broom.}
  -->[It's winter, what can she sweep?]
{That image appear in my mind.}
{For a moment, I feel embarassed.}
{Even though Karin said it that way, what if Rikako-chan do not think 
much about me...}
{That thoughts appeared in my mind.}
{Even if that is it, it's okay.}
{Anyway, I have to tell her my feelings.}
{By doing that, I feel that I can break away from my feelings for Futaba.}
Shiina  : (Hey, Futaba, please... please give me strength. The strength...
          to tell her how I feel now...)
{I talked to Futaba, as I arrived at the top.}

[Shinto Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{I immediately saw Rikako-chan.}
{It's refreshing seeing the white and red Miko-san's outfit.}
{It really match with Rikako-chan well.}
{When she is wearing this outfit that she feels mysterious.}
{I kept quiet, as I approached Rikako-chan.}
{Rikako-chan did not notice me and continue to sweep the floor.}
{Jyari.}
{At my feet, I stepped on some leaves.}
{Hearing that, Rikako-chan turned to her back.}
{She looked at with her stretched big eyes.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai!?
{Surprised voice.}
Rikako  : Wh... wh, what's the matter?
{Holding the broom still, Rikako-chan asked.}
Shiina  : Yes, well... I want to get close to you... so...
Rikako  : Well, let's see, thank you for coming.
{Making sure that outfit is looking okay, and arranged her hair,
she said.}
{Her face is red.}
Shiina  : Is that so? Am I bothering... you...
Rikako  : That's not it at all!
{Saying that, Rikako-chan bend her face.}
{I also cannot say anything more than that, mysteriously the area is 
surrounded by silence.}
Shiina  : ...
Rikako  : ...
Shiina  : You see.
Rikako  : Well.
{We said out at the same time.}
Shiina  : Ah...
Rikako  : Ah, well...
{Again, it became quiet.}
{Rikako-chan looked at me without saying anything.}
Shiina  : What is it?
{I break the ice, and asked her.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, Shiina-senpai... I...
{After saying that, she kept queit.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan?
{I asked her again.}
{Rikako-chan looked at me, as though she has just decided something.}
{She looks directly at my eyes.}
Rikako  : Well... just now, Chinatsu-senpai came here.
Shiina  : Chinatsu did...?
Rikako  : Yes, well... She came to tell me that Shiina-senpai might be
          coming here.
Shiina  : That girl, do that kind of things...
Rikako  : I never thought that you would actually come...
Shiina  : Well... Did she say anything else?
Rikako  : Well... she said you look like you let go of a lot of stuffs...
          as you headed for Futaba-san's grave...
Shiina  : She said that... that girl...
{I frowned.}
Rikako  : Well, Chinatsu-senpai told me that because she is thinking
          about me. So, please don't get angry with her...
{Rikako looked guilty, as she said that.}
Shiina  : Ah, yes. I am not angry. Just that, I thought that she is a
          busy-body...
Rikako  : Busy-body?
Shiina  : Ah, yes, don't worry about it.
Rikako  : Yes...
{For a moment, it's completely silence.}
Shiina  : (Somehow, it's hard to say it...)
{Even that, I remembered about what my decision earlier on, and prayed
to Futaba again.}
Shiina  : (Futaba, please give me courage...)
Shiina  : Well...
{At the moment when I said that, Rikako-chan opened her mouth.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai!
Shiina  : Hm?
Rikako  : I, I... heard about Futaba-san. I also know that Shiina-senpai
          has been thinking about Futaba. Even that...
{Rikako-chan looked at me decisively.}
Rikako  : I like you, Shiina-senpai!
{Rikako-chan's words vibrate in my chest strongly.}
{I have to reply her honestly too.}
Shiina  : I also... like you, Rikako-chan.
{Naturally, the words came out of my mouth.}
Rikako  : Ah...
{Rikako-chan looked surprised.}
Rikako  : Really...?
{As though she couldn't believe it.}
Rikako  : After all... Am I... Am I really qualified?
{That voice is crying voice.}
{Her eyes is covered with tears.}
Shiina  : Yeah.
{I said.}
Rikako  : But... I am not ladylike, selfish, and childish... In additional 
          to that...
Shiina  : Rikako-chan.
{I cut her sentence off by calling out her names.}
Shiina  : It's that... It's that kind of Rikako-chan that... I fall in
          love with.
{From Rikako-chan's eyes, big drops of tears came out.}
{I looked straight at the eyes.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai...
Shiina  : I like you very much.
Rikako  : Really, really?... You are not kidding... right?
Shiina  : Yeah. I will not make this kind of jokes...
Rikako  : I am so happy... I really... really happy.
{Tears continued to come out from Rikako-chan's eyes.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan...
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai, I... I love you, senpai.
{With crying voice, she said.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai, I love you very much!

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[Living Room/Shiina-kun] 
Shiina  : Karin, I will be going out...
{I tell Karin who is there.}
Karin   : I understand...
{Karin replied without any spirits.}
{It looks like she knows where I am going to.}
Karin   : Shiina, are you going to be alright alone?
Shiina  : Yeah, I will be alright.
Karin   : I see... But, you can also go with Takashi or Chinatsu...
Shiina  : It's okay. I want to go alone. ... There is something that I
          want to... report.
Karin   : You want to... report?
Shiina  : Yes. Finally... I will probably can put Futaba behind me...
Karin   : Shiina...
Shiina  : There is someone who can make me forget about Futaba...
Karin   : Is that Rikako?
Shiina  : ...
Karin   : Then... you have thought about it, right?
Shiina  : Yes. Ever since you told me to, I have been...
Karin   : Then...
Shiina  : I still not sure myself... I want to think about it again,
          in front of Futaba...
Karin   : Is that so?...
{Somehow, Karin looked lonely.}
{But, I don't have the time to think about that now.}
Shiina  : Well, I will be going.
Karin   : Have a good trip.
{Karin's voice really sound lonely, as I left the house.}

[Shopping District/Shiina-kun]
{There are a lot of people at the shopping district for Chrismas.}
{I am on my way back from the grave where Futaba sleep...}
{In middle, I walk alone.}
{After getting out of the crowd, I think back about what I said in
front of Futaba's grave.}
{The wish of Futaba, before she die...}
{My promise with Futaba...}
Futaba  : (FLASHBACK) Even if I am gone, please don't be sad. Don't cry  
          over spilled milk. ... Lonely Shiina. The Shiina that I like... 
          is not a person who will whine about what happened.
-->["do not whine about what happened" == "do not cry over split milk"]
{Futaba...}
{Futaba...}
Futaba  : (FLASHBACK) Please live happily for me....
{Hearing Futaba said that, smiling at me, I felt something pierced into
my chest.}
Shiina  : (At the end, you ask me to do something very difficult...)
{Don't be sad... Don't whine.}
Shiina  : (I wonder if I manage to keep that promise...)
{I did not say that I will keep that promise.}
{It's because I cannot put Futaba behind me.}
Futaba  : (FLASHBACK) I am going to be one with nature and will always 
          be by your side. This time, I will watch over you.
Shiina  : If that is true, I wonder if Futaba will frown at me
          this time.
Futaba  : You can't do that. You promise that you will live happilly for
          me...
{I heard Futaba saying that.}
Shiina  : (That's right... But, Futaba, finally... I feel like I will
          be able to keep that promise.)
{I stopped and looked up to the sky.}
Shiina  : (If I said I like another girl... will Futaba be happy 
          for me.)
Shiina  : (If it is Futaba, she won't be against it...}
{Instead... she will send me off with a smile on her face, that's how I
felt.}
Shiina  : (Recently, there is a girl that I am attracted to...)
Shiina  : (That girl is completely different from Futaba. Very energetic
          and cheerful... though, she got some bad points...)
          -->[Why does he have to bring up the bad points all the time?]
Shiina  : (But, that's why... When I am with her, I can look at her and
          Futaba in completely different view.)
Shiina  : (It's fun when I am with her. Until there is no time for me to 
          be sad...)
{I came back to reality and continued to walked on.}

[On the way to Shinto Shrine/Shiina-senpai]
{At the beginning... I did not think that much about her... But, 
Karin-chan told me...)
Shiina  : (Ah, Karin is an angel who forced her way into my house...)
Shiina  : (Haha, I bet Futaba know about it.)
Shiina  : (After being told by Karin... I have been thinking about it.)
Shiina  : (Then... I realized it... about me attracted to her.)
Shiina  : (At the beginning, I felt that this is really weird, and also
          felt that I have betrayed Futaba.}
Shiina  : (But... that's not right. Futaba is... not here any more.
          Understanding that, I have to go forward, that what Futaba
          wish for me to do...}
Shiina  : (Finally... Finally, I really accept that fact.)
Shiina  : (Until now, I cannot accept it somewhere in my heart. That if
          fall in love with another girl... I will be denying Futaba's
          existence...)
Shiina  : (But... that's not it... If I am to be taken over by my feelings
          for Futaba, the saddest person is going to be Futaba...}
Shiina  : (Finally, I understand that.)
Shiina  : (Hey, Futaba... you will be... happy for me, right?
{For a moment, the air around me changed, covered me gently... that's
what I noticed.}
Shiina  : (You will be happy for me, right?)
{Naturally, tears appeared in my eyes.}
Shiina  : (I am thinking of telling that girl. About this feelings...)
Shiina  : (It's Futaba's Death Anniversary, is it weird...)
Shiina  : (But, it is because it is Futaba's Death Anniversary that...
          I have to tell her today... that's how I felt.)
Shiina  : (It is okay, right, Futaba?)

[In front of the Shinto Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{I slowly walked up the stoned stairs, one step at a time.}
{Somehow, I know that Rikako-chan will be there on top.}
{Wearing Miko-san's outfit, sweeping the stoned floor holding the broom.}
  -->[It's winter, what can she sweep?]
{That image appear in my mind.}
{For a moment, I feel shy.}
{Even though Karin said it that way, what if Rikako-chan do not think 
much about me...}
{That thoughts appeared in my mind.}
{Even if that is it, it's okay.}
{Anyway, I have to tell her my feelings.}
{By doing that, I feel that I can break away from my feelings for Futaba.}
Shiina  : (Hey, Futaba, please... please give me strength. The strength...
          to tell her how I feel now...)
{I talked to Futaba, as I arrived at the top.}

[Shinto Shrine/Shiina-kun]
{I immediately saw Rikako-chan.}
{It's refreshing seeing the white and red Miko-san's outfit.}
{It really match with Rikako-chan well.}
{When she is wearing this outfit that she feels mysterious.}
{I kept quiet, as I approached Rikako-chan.}
{Rikako-chan did not notice me and continue to sweep the floor.}
{Jyari.}
{At my feet, I stepped on some leaves.}
{Hearing that, Rikako-chan turned to her back.}
{She looked at with her stretched big eyes.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai!?
{Surprised voice.}
Rikako  : Wh... wh, what's the matter?
{Holding the broom still, Rikako-chan asked.}
Shiina  : Yes, well... I want to get close to you... so...
Rikako  : Well, let's see, thank you for coming.
{Making sure that outfit is looking okay, and arranged her hair,
she said.}
{Her face is red.}
Shiina  : Is that so? Am I bothering... you...
Rikako  : That's not it at all!
{Saying that, Rikako-chan bend her face.{
{I also cannot anything more than that, mysteriously the area is 
surrounded by silence.}
Shiina  : ...
Rikako  : ...
Shiina  : You see.
Rikako  : Well.
{We said out at the same time.}
Shiina  : Ah...
Rikako  : Ah, well...
{Again, it became quiet.}
{Rikako-chan looked at me without saying anything.}
Shiina  : What is it?
{I break the ice, and asked her.}
Rikako  : Ah, well, Shiina-senpai... I...
{After saying that, she kept queit.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan?
{I asked her again.}
{Rikako-chan looked at me, as though she has just decided something.}
{She looks directly at my eyes.}
Rikako  : Well... just now, Karin-chan came here.
Shiina  : Karin did...?
Rikako  : Yes, well... She came to tell me that Shiina-senpai might be
          coming here.
Shiina  : That girl, do that kind of things...
Rikako  : I never thought that you would actually come...
Shiina  : Well... Did she say anything else?
Rikako  : She said that Shiina-senpai... will probably confess to me...
{Saying that, she bend her face.}
Shiina  : She said that... that girl...
{I frowned.}
Shiina  : (After she said, I cannot said anything else...)
{Rikako-chan continued, without noticing that what I am thinking.}
Rikako  : So, I also, should honestly tell Shiina-senpai about my feelings...
          She also said that.
{Saying that, she look up.}
{It is so quiet that it is as though the world have stopped.}
{I looked at her.}
Shiina  : (Futaba, please give me strength...)
Shiina  : I...
{At the moment, when I am opening my mouth, Rikako-chan opened her mouth.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai!
{That voice surprised me.}
{Rikako-chan looked straight at me.}
Rikako  : I like you, Shiina-senpai!
{Rikako-chan's words vibrate in my chest strongly.}
{I have to reply her honestly too.}
Shiina  : I also... like you, Rikako-chan.
{Naturally, the words came out of my mouth.}
Rikako  : Ah...
{Rikako-chan looked surprised.}
Rikako  : Really...?
{As though she couldn't believe it.}
Rikako  : After all... Am I... Am I really qualified?
{That voice is crying voice.}
{Her eyes is covered with tears.}
Shiina  : Yeah.
{I said.}
Rikako  : But... I am not ladylike, selfish, and childish... In addional 
          to that...
Shiina  : Rikako-chan.
{I cut her sentence off by calling out her names.}
Shiina  : It's that... It's that kind of Rikako-chan that... I fall in
          love with.
{From Rikako-chan's eyes, big drops of tears came out.}
{I looked straight at the eyes.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai...
Shiina  : I like you very much.
Rikako  : Really, really?... You are not kidding... right?
Shiina  : Yeah. I will not make this kind of jokes...
Rikako  : I am so happy... I really... really happy.
{Tears continued to come out from Rikako-chan's eyes.}
Shiina  : Rikako-chan...
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai, I... I love you, senpai.
{With crying voice, she said.}
Rikako  : Shiina-senpai, I love you very much!

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[Living Room/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : It's quiet...
Shiina  : I laid down on the sofa watching the television.
{Karin and Aoi is not here anymore.} 
-->[Aoi is the blue bird here. Yes, Aoi-chan is the name of the angel 
    who stays with Takashi-kun.]
{The next day, after me and Rikako-chan... Rikako started to go out
with each other.}
{Rikako and I sent Karin off, as the exam is over and she has to go 
back.}
{The place is back to before Karin came though...}
{Somehow, the house is weirdly quiet, and felt empty.}
{Even that, I am not feeling lonely.}
{Currently, there is someone coming here after all...}
Rikako  : Shi~na-senpa~i.

[Entrance/Shiina-kun]
Shiina  : Welcome, Rikako-chan.
Rikako  : Ah, I said not to use "chan" already.
Shiina  : Ah, sorry, I am being careful about it already...
Rikako  : I can't believe you, Shiina-senpai.
Shiina  : But, you yourself is calling me, "Shiina-senpai"...
Rikako  : Ah... But, but, that is...
{I felt that she said very softly, "because I love Shiina.".}
{Karin, thank you for leading me to meet Rikako.}

[Ending Credits]

[Temple/Shiina-kun]
{The first day of the year, January 1.}
{Of course, I spent it at Rikako's home, but...}
{Currently, Rikako is not here.}
Rikako  : (FLASHBACK) Shiina-senpai, please surely come and see it!
{Saying that, she went to get ready for the dance of the god.}
{I can't believe her, she is the one, who said she will stop calling me,
"Shiina-senpai".}
{Thinking back of what Rikako said earlier makes me smile.}
{Even that... I can't believe it become like this...}
{Since New Year Eve, I got invited to Rikako's home and spent the passing
of the year, having treated soba.}
{I refused the offer at the beginning, but at the end, Rikako 
forced me to...}
{Of course, at the Shrine, it is very busy since New Year Eve.}
{This is not a big temple. Even so, a lot of people nearby gathered here.}
{They got me to help around though...}
{I joke that, "Could it be that they are targetting this in the first 
place?"}
{Rikako denied it, but it seems that she is a bit nervous when she 
said it...}
{She must have planned it at the beginning.}
{I am confused with it, but that is part of the fun.}
{Thinking of that, I followed the mysterious music that started just a while back
to its source.}
{It seems that the dance of god has begun.}
{I quickly walked towards where the people gathered.}

{Wearing the special dance dress, she quietly started to dance.}
{At the moment when Rikako started dancing, the space around become packed.}
{It's not like the usual Rikako, somehow, she looks mysterious.}
{In the past, I have felt that way many times, but today's dance seems more
mysterious.}
{I attracted to her.}
{At a moment, near where Rikako is dancing, I saw Futaba.}
{That probably is a illusion.}
{But...}
{I felt that Futaba looked at me with a smile on her face.}
{She had came to give blessing to Rikako and me.}
{That's what I believe.}
Shiina  : (Futaba, I am alright already... Thank you for everything 
until now...)
{At the moment, I said that, she disappeared.}
{I continued to look Rikako dance.}
{That face look very happy...}

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