Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy - Chapter 4 Part 1
Chapter 4 The Poison of First Love
ED: Pascal’s Wager
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When Kuroha and the others appeared, the members who had been lying in the living room started to wake up.
I looked up at the clock and saw that it was eleven o'clock.
As I recalled, we were originally supposed to wake up at seven o'clock to make breakfast, study, and practice dancing.
Let's see… while we were playing through the night, we decided that we wouldn't make breakfast… At 9:30, Eri-san and the female members needed to leave for the airport. I'm sure that's what we discussed…
It was around 4:30 when we were talking about it.
So I set my alarm for nine o'clock and went to bed─
"That's weird~? It's already eleven o'clock…?"
I said with drowsy eyes, Kuroha put her index finger on her chin and brought her face close to mine with a dark smile.
"Hmm~? Aren't we supposed to be the ones saying that~?"
"Then don't you have something to say first~?"
Ugh… Kuroha was smiling on the surface, but she's completely pissed off.
'Don't you have something to say?'
There was something in my mind that was a little bit melancholy.
I've said something similar to this line many times. But Kuroha was always trying to dodge it.
"Oh~, that's how you want to start this…? You're one to talk to here."
Kuroha hung up her cute little animal eyes.
"Ehh… What now? You're trying to pick a fight with me, Haru…?"
Midori jumped in between us.
"Kuro-nee! Don't go berserk in front of everyone!"
"Midori, Let go of me! And what do you mean by going berserk!?"
"No, you're really going berserk right now!"
"Haha, sorry for making such a ruckus…"
The one bowing to everyone is Aoi.
Eri-san turned pale when she realized the time.
"Sorry~, I'd completely overslept…"
I apologized while scratching my temples as if I was embarrassed.
"Kuroha-chan, I'm sorry. I'm the leader, so I should be held responsible for this."
"Ah… No, it's not…"
The acting guardian onee-san apologized, making Kuroha flustered.
"I'm really sorry, although how did you guys get here?"
"I don't know the area, so I just gave them the address and took a cab."
"I see, I'll pay for the fee. How much was it?"
In the meantime, Tetsuhiko also woke up and intervened.
"Ahー, Eri-san, it's fine. I'll pay for it. Shida-chan, this was our mistake. I'll pay for it as an expense of the Ultramarine Alliance. Do you have the receipt?"
"Yeah, I have it."
"…Okay. Here's the money."
Tetsuhiko collected the receipt and handed over the money for it.
Well, that settled the matter of what we had done.
Since many of us were meeting for the first time, Kuroha introduced her sisters.
"This is Midori. She's in her third year of junior high school. She's also preparing for her exams, so she'll be studying with Haru."
"Thank you very much, it's nice to meet you all."
Her usual violent gestures were nowhere to be seen. She's like a borrowed cat. Right now, Midori is being shy.
"These are Aoi and Akane. They're twins. They are in the first year of junior high. The one with twin-tails is my sister, Aoi, and the one with pigtails and glasses is my sister, Akane."
"I'm Aoi. Thank you for inviting me today. I look forward to working with you all."
Aoi, as expected, was very polite and quickly entered the scene. She truly was polite.
"…Nice to meet you all too."
On the other hand was Akane. She's a bit clumsy in a different way than Shirokusa.
There was a round of applause from no one in particular.
Nobody was opposed to the addition of new friends to this fun place. The mood was naturally welcoming.
"Tetsuhiko-kun, what are your plans?"
Tetsuhiko was scratching his head as he said,
"The materials for the stage will be brought in this afternoon. We need to assemble them first. And Kachi needs more dance practice. I've already put Maria-chan in the study group since yesterday because she was good."
"Fuun~, is there anything else?"
"Actually, I was going to pick up Shida and the others and get some costumes for them. Well, we have no choice but to go buy them now… We'll split up into two groups, one to make lunch and one to shop, and go quickly while I'm cooking."
"Ah, about that… Aoi."
Why was Aoi suddenly mentioned here?
In front of everyone else, Aoi-chan opened her mouth nervously.
"Ah, about that, while I was watching Kuro-nee and listening to the PV, I thought about something for the costumes…"
Tetsuhiko looked at Aoi's face with great interest.
"Ah well, is it okay I call you Aoi-chan?"
"Yes, it's fine."
"Tell me what you think."
"Okay. Swimsuits are no longer allowed, right? So, if you're going to go out and buy one, you're thinking of an idol-type frilly outfit, right?"
"Well yeah, that's right. I haven't really decided on it, but that's what I had in mind."
"Why don't we just drop that idea and go with normal casual clothes?"
Tetsuhiko's complexion changed.
"…I see, it's nice to have a stronger image of a normal girl who came to the beach in the summer instead of dressing up weirdly. It's not like the Ultramarine Alliance is aiming to have idols, but rather extensions of normal high school students."
"That's right! I also thought it would be better to wear casual clothes because of the concept of the Ultramarine Alliance! You're amazing! I can't believe you can tell just from a few words!"
It's a good thing Tetsuhiko has this kind of intuition.
"Okay, then no shopping. We'll choose the costumes from our own clothes that we brought. I'm sure there's a balance between the three… so Aoi, why don't you make your selections?"
"E-eh!?" I-I'm doing it!?"
"You're the one who suggested the idea. Let's have a look at your taste."
Aoi glanced up at me.
Her expression was half wanting to stop and half wanting to try.
I've already made my decision.
"Aoi, you should do it. I want to see it too."
"Is anyone objecting?"
I looked around at the group, but the mood was rather welcoming. The three people who would be wearing the costumes also made encouraging comments one after another.
"Aoi, do it with confidence."
"Thank you, it's much easier than deciding for myself."
"It sounds interesting. I'm counting on you, pretty and cute stylist."
Aoi was a shy person. This was why she was embarrassed to be the center of attention and expectation. She turned bright red and turned her head down.
"I'll do my best…."
She mumbled in a fading voice.
Tetsuhiko resumed his work.
"I'm starting to get hungry, so I'll be making rice for the time being! The four people who came just now have two rooms on the first floor. You can put your luggage there and after doing so, come back to us again. Shida-chan, I want to see your singing and dancing, so we'll be on the terrace. After that, I want Kachi and Maria to join us for one session before lunch."
The three people on stage nodded.
Shida's sisters should help with the cooking, right? The dish is curry, right? Sueharu, you're in charge."
We've come to such a wonderful place. Everyone wanted to enjoy it without wasting time.
That's why everyone started to move around.
However, the lunch was the same curry that I always made, so I wasn't too worried.
The only thing we were concerned about was the quality of the singing and dancing of Kuroha.
Tetsuhiko said that if Kuroha was not good enough, he would not send her to teach me. So I couldn't help but wonder if she would be replaced by Reina or not.
As I turned on the rice cooker and chopped vegetables for ten people, Midori and the others came over.
"We'll chop too."
"Thanks for the help. So, how's Kuro doing?"
"Wouldn't it be better for Sueharu to go and see? We'll take care of this in the meantime."
"That's unusual… for Midori to be so considerate… Oh, I get it. It's because there are a lot of strangers here, right?"
"Shut up. Just be grateful and go."
“In that case, why didn't you go check and check her too, Midori-neesan? You haven't seen her at all since you were studying for your mock exams, have you?"
"Oh, really, Aoi?"
"You're the one who told me to be grateful…"
When I retorted, Midori kicked me in the butt with her knee.
"I'm tired of seeing it because I've been following Kuro-nee's practice. So everyone can go."
Akane also gave me a boost.
But then I'd be forcing the youngest twin to go and…
"Let's all go see it together. Aoi and Akane haven't seen Shiro and Momo's, have they?"
I invited them. But─
Akane silently shook her head from side to side.
This girl tended to put up a wall when there were a lot of strangers around. Midori just became quiet, but Akane tended to try to hide.
I understood how they felt, but I think it would be better if they gradually improved. However, it would be a pity to take them by force when they have just arrived.
As I was wondering─
"Haru-niisan, Midori-neesan, I don't want to suddenly join in with the rest of you… I'll be watching from here while Akane and I make curry…"
Aoi made us feel uncomfortable.
When she took this stance, Aoi could be very stubborn at times and would not give in. Midori and I knew all about this, so we made eye contact and nodded at each other.
"Okay. If you want to see it, you can always join us."
After saying that, we both headed for the terrace.
Oh, the first session of the three members already?
Kuroha was dancing by herself when we were talking. I couldn't see much of her dancing at that time, but the fact that she was dancing with the rest right away meant that the quality of her dancing was above standard.
The three of them were positioned with Maria in the center, Kuroha on the left, and Shirokusa on the right.
As they danced, the center took turns, but the center at the start was the signature. It was only natural that the center would be Maria, considering her ability and name recognition.
‘Eh!? No way, how!? I've met that person again! Is this a coincidence? Or is it inevitable?’
I lined up next to Tetsuhiko and watched the three of them dance.
Maria's very good. There's an overwhelming sense of stability.
"Shida-chan, isn't far off behind…"
I nodded back at Tetsuhiko's statement.
That's right, Kuroha's as good and gorgeous as the rest.
Objectively speaking, I'd say that Maria's dancing is a little better. The two of them have slightly different dance personalities, and perhaps because she's an actress, Maria seems to be a bit overacting and pretentious. Kuroha has the freshness of a high school girl, and the amateurishness of a girl who stands out from the crowd at a class dance. Both have their own merits, so it's up to each person's preference.
But for singing, Kuroha is better. It's hard to exactly say what it is, but it's Kuroha's singing that catches your ear.
Singing is not Maria's main occupation. However, Kuroha's singing ability and voice quality. was better than Maria's, which was very good at everything. And that was impossible without something innate.
Comparing them in this way, it's easy to understand. After all, Kuroha has a talent for singing.
Well, I didn't dare to mention it because she didn't want to do it and forcing her to do it wouldn't do any good, but I felt like it's a waste when I saw it like this.
And then there's Shirokusa─
"She's getting much better, isn't she?"
Tetsuhiko was being modest, but from my point of view, I'd say she looked different.
Yesterday, she looked very strong and stiff, but now her expression had softened. That alone made a big difference in my impression. As expected, her singing and dancing were a notch or two lower than the other two, but considering what she did yesterday, it's a drastic improvement. Their facial expressions had improved, so even when the three of them were dancing together, there' s at least a sense of cohesion, and I feel that they were now at a level that could be shown in PVs. If they continued to refine their cute and cuddly poses and movements, tomorrow's performance would be much better.
At the end of the song, I called out to Shirokusa.
"Shiro, you're looking really good."
"If that's the case then I think Sue-chan's advice was good."
"I see, I'm glad."
Kuro was staring at us as we talked…
"…I'm glad that nothing happened between them at first, but this is…Seems like I have to do that after all…"
I thought I heard the voice of Kuroha and turned around. However, Kuroha was about to turn around and talk to Tetsuhiko.
"How was it, Tetsuhiko-kun? I can go to my studies now, can't I?"
"You can do so much on your own, but you'll get even better if you practice a little more with others."
"I can study now, right…?"
Wow, Kuro's got a scary look on her face…
"Then, I'll do just that."
With this, the teacher's role had been decided for Kuroha to manage…Today was going to be a tough one…
"But after lunch, we can have an hour or so to play on the beach, okay? Wouldn't you like to have a spacious place to play and take pictures before we set up the stage?"
"…Well, that's about it."
Yesterday, everyone was following Tetsuhiko's instructions regarding the schedule. He didn't consult with anyone, but instructed everyone as needed.
But when Kuroha was around, he always checked in once. Well, the only members of this group who had the power to defy Tetsuhiko's decision and overturn it head-on were Kuroha and Maria.
However, she's not the type to willingly take charge. This was why Tetsuhiko only asked for confirmation from Kuroha.
In this way, it may be natural that Tetsuhiko was the head of the Ultramarine Alliance and Kuroha was the second in line. The two of them tended to be the ones who led and drove everyone.
Midori spoke to Kuroha, who was wiping sweat off her face.
"Kuro-nee, Kuro-nee, look over there. That's the beautiful Akutami award-winning writer, Shirokusa-san, right…?"
"What are you saying, Midori? You've seen her face once before."
Ah~, that's right.
When Shirokusa came to pick me up at my house in a luxury car, I ran into the four Shida sisters.
"No, because that was in the morning when I didn't have much time, and Kuro-nee was like a raging beast, so I couldn't see her properly."
"Haa? A beast?!"
Good grief… Midori's a really careless person.
However, Midori herself did not care about Kuroha's glare at all.
"Wait, it's really you! Wow~! She looks even more beautiful in the flesh! This was dangerous! She's too beautiful!"
That's right, this was a normal reaction. I'm a little bit of a meek person, but I think this was my first impression of 'Shirokusa Kachi.'
Midori glanced at Kuroha and mumbled.
"…Kuro-nee, you can't win against her."
"What are you…"
"Face, back, chest."
Wow, it's thanks to the bond between the sisters that they could step through these mines without a care in the world.
The sisters' interaction seemed to be new to the school members.
Tetsuhiko nodded his head and Reina rolled her eyes. Maria glanced at Eri-san, who was smiling and already had a drink in her hand.
As for Shirokusa─
"If I recall correctly, you said you were Midori-chan?"
She was trying to get in touch with Midori.
"You're a very nice girl. Unlike your sister."
Midori, you're vulnerable to celebrities. Well, it might only be at the beginning, because the final result was a quarrel between the two of us back then. They probably think you're too easy to get on their side early on.
"Midori… come here for a minute…"
Of course, Kuroha was still in rage mode.
"I don't want to! Kuro-nee is so scary!"
"Isn't that right? Shida-san is scary, isn't she? Even though you're such a good and honest girl, I feel sorry for you. If you want, you can talk to me okay?"
"Ehh! You don't mind!?"
"This is bad, Kuro-nee! You're completely defeated even in personality! The only thing you've got going for you is your black heart!"
"Midori… You've got some nerve…"
Midori… You're amazing in a way. That statement was so problematic that you dug out the landmines one by one and exploded them all at once.
"There, there… Calm down, Kuro."
I stepped in between the three of them.
Thanks to my presence, Kuroha was able to avoid losing her temper just in time. Normally, I would have already given Midori a joint move or two.
You should try to get her to settle down while she's still on the edge of her seat.
"Midori's excited about the trip, you know. She's just excited about this trip. I'm not saying you have to forgive her, but you have to calm down a bit…"
Kuroha looked up at me with a scowl.
Ugh… It's not as if I'd forgotten the argument we had earlier… And I was still angry at her…
Usually, the two of us would argue and calm down later on, but this time it's a little different.
"Do you have something to say as well, Haru…?"
"N-no, I don't have anything in particular I want to ask you…"
"Haru, come with me. I'm sorry everyone. We'll be right back."
"Wh-whoa, ouch! Wait a minute~"
Kuroha stretched out, grabbed my ear and pulled me along.
I'm not sure what to do.
When she does something like this, I have no choice but to bend over and follow her. Kuroha was very short, so it was very hard for me.
I asked for help with a hand sign, but everyone looked away.
"…Hey, don't abandon me! Especially Midori! You're the one who poured the oil, so take responsibility!"
"Sueharu… We'll take care of the Buddha after your death." (ED: probably referencing how Japanese people tend to get Buddhist burials)
"Ah, oi! Midori, you b*st*rd! You've got to be kidding me! Don't just pray for me!"
In the meantime, we were drifting away from the others. We walked down the stairs from the terrace, out onto the beach, and into the shade of the villa.
As you can imagine, I was exhausted from walking in the middle of the beach, and I unintentionally fell on my butt in the sand.
In response, Kuroha glared at me with anger at its highest level and an air of being a scoundrel.
"Haru, as soon as we arrived, you came at me like that… Could it be? You're pissed off with me, aren't you…?"
一For a moment I felt guilty, but soon my heart turned black.
"A-ah, that's right! Because Kuro, you lied to me and you didn't even apologize! What's wrong with me being angry?"
That's what I was still stuck with. (TLN: In case this line sounds weird, it means that this idea of Haru is lingering in his head.)
When I muttered that, Kuroha pushed my shoulder.
I was sitting on my knees, so I fell down easily and my back was on the sand.
I was on my stomach and Kuroha leaned over me.
That's it. That's what I call the "mounted" position.
This was a very disadvantageous position. Even if attacked, the mounted person could not fight back properly.
…But, that's not the point here.
I didn't like the way it feels on my stomach though!
I tried to escape, but this time both my arms were clamped around my elbows, completely blocking my movement.
In the face of Kuroha looking down at me, there was an evil look on her expression.
"Haru… You don't trust me, do you? That's why I'm going to multiply the number of times you say you like me by ten."
"What are you complaining about? It's fine. I'll just say I like you all by myself. Haru doesn't believe me, so why don't you just take it as a joke?"
Th-this girl…She comes up with some very ridiculous ideas…!
K-kuro though, she's completely fallen into the darkness…!
She's not like the 'Ultimate Kuroha' or the 'Pure Kuroha' of the past.
Ultimate Kuroha was more malicious, extremely sadistic, and had a twisted seductiveness.
If you want to put it that way, yes, she's like an "Alter Kuroha".
She's not just a "little devil" anymore. She's a "big devil" with big black wings.
It's true that being pissed off can bring out a side of her that even I didn't know existed yet… What potential did this have?
"Declaration of war for now."
When Kuroha pushed my forehead with her forefinger, she pulled away from my body and turned around as if nothing had happened.
Kuroha glanced back and licked her lips.
Her switch's completely on…
I was shivering and all I could do was look away from the back of her head.
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