19. Energetic people usually have an interesting character
On the day of the Review Meeting,
Atsushi had black bears under his eyes.
『”A-Atsushi-san? What’s wrong with you?”』
“What? I didn’t sleep for two days, of course it’ll be like this.”
『”Two days … Atsushi-san, didn’t you say it yourself? That You’ll read as much as you can.”』
“To be honest, I thought I’d stop after one or two volumes… but all of them are interesting, so yeah…”
To be honest, Atsushi didn’t expect that much because it was a light novel written by a student.
But, once he started reading it, he couldn’t stop turning the pages. It was an easy-to-read but solid story. The heart-warming development made him teary and laugh, and the excitement made him want to know what would happen next. He couldn’t think of it as a novel written by an amateur.
『”Well, they didn’t write at least one book once a month for nothing.”』
“Maybe… is it that? Did they perhaps have a light novel that’s been published?”
『”No, of course not. They are now training to gain more skills. It seems that they would do that only after they’ve properly become adults. It seems that the goal is to get a proper job and also write a novel on the side. They said that it’s almost impossible to live solely as a writer.”』
“To see that further… They’re both amazing.”
『”Because both of them are in the third year. So, they’ve started thinking about their career paths.”』
The word “Career” suddenly stuck in Atsushi’s mind.
We’re still in the second year now. But, that means, it’s next year. And one year, it’ll be gone in no time.
Atsushi was thinking a little about the future.
『”Ah, that’s right. Atsushi-san. I’m sure you’ll be surprised when the club president comes, but you don’t have to worry too much.”』
“Huh? What do you me―――”
A moment when Atsushi tried to ask a question.
Suddenly, the door of the club room opened.
A man appeared dashingly while shouting.
He also did a backflip somersault.
Atsushi was so shocked that he became speechless.
Looking at such Atsushi, the man made a daring smile.
“Huufff――― It’s decided. Today, I’m also in great shape! And the strategy was a great success! Boy, are you surprised at my coolness? You’re surprised, right? You don’t have to say it. I can tell by looking at that expression, but I don’t want you to be surprised at this level. After all, I’ll show you my skills that are better than this――― “
A merciless chop was struck in the back of the man’s head.
Suddenly, behind the man, there was a woman with glasses and a slightly sharp eye.
Atsushi chose the word ‘Woman”, even though she was the same student because she didn’t look like a student, in a good way.
Semi-long black hair and black eyeglasses. Her slightly slanted eyes, on the contrary, exuded her coolness. She was full of charm just like an adult.
“You are Atsushi Yamagami, is that right? Nice to meet you. And I’m sorry. This idiot has caused trouble from the beginning.”
“Who is an idiot!! Who is it!!?”
“It’s you. Stupid, Idiot. Don’t show such shameful behavior in front of your Kouhais.” [TN: Kouhai means, junior]
“W-what’s wrong with that!? It’s not shameful at all! It was the best way to show off my awesomeness to the friend of my cute Kouhai in one go, don’t you think so!?”
“Huh? I mean, everyone will be troubled when someone appeals like that. And it’s very embarrassing, especially for me, as your childhood friend.”
It seems like they’re childhood friends.
Atsushi regained his composure and sorted out the situation in his head.
And there was only one answer that came to his mind.
“Umm… Are you, the president and the vice-president of the Light Novel Research Club?”
“Ah, I’m sorry. I haven’t introduced myself yet. I’m Rinko Tsurumi. As you say, I’m the vice-president of this club. Then, this guy here is…”
“Soichiro Kameshita!! I’m the president of this club!! Nice to meet you, young Yamagami!!”
“Ni-nice to meet you…”
Atsushi was pressured by the brisk way of speaking. He thought that the man in front of him had the most interesting character he had ever seen. No doubt.
Seeing the reaction of Atsushi, Tsurumi was holding her head.
“I’m really sorry. Believe it or not, it’s his real character. He’s not trying to force himself to make a fake character. So, I’m sorry, but please put up with it.”
From Tsurumi’s attitude, Atsushi could understand that she probably had a lot of hardships on a regular basis.
Why? Of course, it was because a disappointing girl had him wrapped around her finger recently.
“I’ve heard from Shirasawa-san, that this time, you seem to have responded to our request.”
“Well, I mean, you let me use this club room. Rather, I’m sorry I didn’t say anything about that all the time.”
“It’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. Rather, I’m glad that our cute Kouhai finally made friends.”
Tsurumi said such a thing while smiling.
Apparently, Tsurumi knew the disappointing aspects of Yuri, and also Yuri’s relationships with other people, which was why she was happy that Atsushi had become her friend.
On the other hand, Kameshita…
“Then, Miss Shirasawa! Let me know your impressions, evaluations, and points needing improvement!”
He sat in the seat, crossed his arms, and said so.
In response, Tsurumi sighed.
“You, seriously… I know you want to hear the review sooner, but can’t you read the air a little more? Read the air.”
“It can’t be helped, you know? I’ve been itching since yesterday to hear what she thinks. Now, Miss Shirasawa, let me know your opinion soon!”
Kameshita’s eyes shone brightly as if he was a child.
Perhaps you could say that it was the figures of the authors who wanted to hear the impressions of their work?
However, the most surprising thing for Atsushi was that Yuri immediately responded to the word.
“I understand. Then, let’s start from, Kameshita-senpai… So, let me tell you from the conclusion…”
While taking out the manuscript from the bag, Yuri looked toward Kameshita.
” ――― It’s trash.”
With a smile, Yuri said that.
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