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Table of Contents 

April 4th (Saturday) 


Setting up Camp 


April 5th (Sunday) 



April 6th (Monday) 


Hmm... Commence Invasion? 


April 7th (Tuesday) 


Commence Invasion ^ 


April 8th (Wednesday) 


Commence Invasion 5. 

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April 9th (Thursday) 


There's no Spirit of Cooperation 


April 10th (Friday) 


There's Spirit of Cooperation 





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The following rights 
and regulations 
applies to the 
individual or group 
that fullfills the 
requirements: 

Those who ratify the 
Corona Convention. 
Those who intend to 
occupy room 106 
currently in 
possession of 
Satomi Koutarou. 












Setting up Camp 


A paltry 5,000 yen. 

That was the monthly rent cost for Room 106 of the 
Corona House, a two story wooden apartment that was 
built 25 years ago. 

And the rent was lower since it's location is quite a 
distance from the center of town. 

However, a six tatami room with a kitchen, 
bathroom and toilet for 5,000 yen a month was an 
extraordinarily cheap apartment. 

On top of that, it was completely interest free. 

In reality the rent was, apart from room 106, about 10 
times higher. 

However, there was a reason why only room 106 was 
super cheap. 

Every person who has moved in had, without 
exception, left just as quickly. 

The quickest was three hours and the longest three 
months. Leaving on the third day was the norm. 


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Because of that, the rent kept dropping. 

Entering this year, the 10,000 yen rent had been cut in 
half before spring. 

"Don't treat that carelessly, Mackenzie. The contents of 
that box are more valuable than your life." 

Said the boy moving in to this super cheap apartment. 

"You're telling me that, Kou? Compared to you. I'm 
always careful." 

"As long as you understand. Keep working, 
Mackenzie-kun." 

"Yeah, yeah... Who's helping who move, I wonder? 
Geez." 

The one moving in was Satomi Koutarou, 15 years old. 

His childhood friend Matsudaira Kenji, also 15 years 
old, called him Kou, and in return Koutarou called him 
Mackenzie. 

After the entrance ceremony the day after tomorrow 
they would both be high school students. 


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The date was Saturday, the 4th of April. 

Due to his father's sudden job transfer, Koutarou had 
begun to live alone that spring. 

Koutarou had visited a real estate agency which 
introduced him to Corona House. 

Koutarou, who had grown up alone with his single 
father, did not want to be a burden and jumped at the 
offer before even hearing the reason for the low rent. 

"Anyways, Kou, it was a good thing you managed to 
find a vacant room with this kind of timing, huh?" 

"I was lucky. When my old man told me about the 
transfer the other day I seriously panicked." 

Koutarou's father's transfer had been decided a little 
after the middle of February. 

It had happened when Koutarou was waiting for the 
results of the high school exam. 


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'That said, it couldn't be helped when his co-worker 
was hurt and couldn't go." 

"Mm, That's right." 

Originally it wasn't Koutarou's father who was 
supposed to go, but that co-worker instead. 

However, the co-worker had an accident that left him 
with a serious injury, and Koutarou's father had to take 
his place. 

"The transfer was sudden, but it might be a good 
chance for my independence. Besides, we're already high 
school students; we should be able to take care of 
ourselves." 

"How positive..." 

"How about we celebrate the start of my journey to 
becoming a man?" 

"What the heck is that supposed to be?" 

Koutarou and Kenji carried a suitcase full of clothes 
into the building. 


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The two had been carrying luggage for a while now, 
making round trips from the apartment to the movers 
van. 

"Should I put the fridge next to the sink?" 

A middle aged man in work clothes poked his face out 
of the apartment and asked. He was the driver of the 
mover's van and had been helping Koutarou and Kenji 
move. 

"Yes, please!" 

"Got it." 

After hearing Koutarou's answer, the man went back 
inside the room. 

Koutarou and Kenji followed suit and entered. 

"To think this is 5,000 yen per month... It's just too 
cheap." 

As the two crossed the open door Kenji breathed a 
sigh. 

"Jealous, aren't you?" 


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"If I had known of this place, I definitely would have 
rented it." 

The room was of a somewhat old Japanese style. 

In the entrance there was a boarded floor hall leading 
into the inner six tatami mat room. 

On the left side of the hall was a kitchen unit, and on 
the right were located the toilet and bathroom. 

Though the room was old-fashioned, it was 
well-maintained and clean. 

"Be careful, Kou, the suitcase is about to hit the wall." 

"I know, I know!" 

"We'll see... We're coming through, uncle." 

"Oh, sorry about that Glasses-kun." 

Squeezing past the man installing the fridge in the 
kitchen, Koutarou and Kenji reached the six tatami mat 
room. 


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The two wove past the cardboard boxes and furniture 
littering the room. 

"Alright, what do we do with this suitcase?" 

"Hmm... Let's put it in the wardrobe" 

"Alright." 

Koutarou and Kenji worked together to heave the 
suitcase into the wardrobe. 

As they stood up, the worker entered the room. 

"That was the last of the luggage, wasn't it?" 

"Yes, this is all of it." 

"Alright, then I'll be taking my leave." 

"Thank you very much!" 

Koutarou, who was an athletic type, had been raised to 
respect his elders and naturally bowed to the man. 

"The one bowing should be me; thank you very much. 


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The man smiled gently and bowed his head deeply, 
then left the room, leaving behind several documents. 


"Right then, that's the first part done..." 

"Here, Mackenzie." 

As Kenji was pushing up his glasses, Koutarou threw 
him a plastic bottle of tea. 

"Whoa, thanks." 

Having been together for a long while and being used 
to this, Kenji caught the plastic bottle without trouble. 

"It's a bit lukewarm since the fridge was just installed.. 


As he said that Koutarou reached into a plastic bag 
and pulled out his own bottle of tea that he had he 
purchased a while back from the nearby convenient store 


"I know!" 


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They opened their bottles and drank at the same time. 

"Ah... I feel alive again!" 

Koutarou sat down on one of the cardboard boxes 
whilst Kenji leaned by the entrance to the room. 

Kenji looked over at the calendar hung up on the wall. 

"Time sure flies fast... The day after tomorrow is the 
entrance ceremony!" 

"That's right, I need to unpack everything necessary 
today." 

Koutarou also looked at the calendar he had hung up, 
along with a clock he had placed there on the first day he 
visited the room. 

"Hmm? Can't you just do it tomorrow?" 

"I've got some part-time work to do tomorrow." 

"Why'd you do that? Can't you at least take a day off 
while you're moving?" 

Kenji stared in amazement at Koutarou. 


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"There're a lot of necessities needed in the early spring. 
Don't lump me together with you people who live with 
your parents!" 

"Still, your old man left you some money, didn't he?" 

"I don't want to touch that unless I have to. That's 
what living is all about!" 

"... I don't care if it's for living or whatever, but if you 
collapse don't tell me I didn't warn you..." 

"Unlike you brainy people, I have absolute trust in my 
stamina." 

"Yes, yes, whatever you say..." 

Kenji shrugged and sighed at Koutarou, who was 
puffing up his chest proudly. 

"So what time do you start tomorrow, Kou?" 

"In the morning, like always." 

"Alright, I'll pick you up as usual." 

"Please do." 


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The two of them actually worked at the same place. 

When they passed the high school exam they both 
applied for the same job. 

As luck would have it, they were both hired and had 
already started working. 

"...Hey Kou, will you be able to wake up in time when 
school starts?" 

"No problem, no problem." 

"For someone who has needs me to wake them up 

every weekend to go to work, you're not very convincing 
// 


"Don't be so stingy!" 

As work during the weekend usually started in the 
morning, Kenji waking Koutarou up was a common 
occurrence. 

"I've started living on my own; I've joined the rank of 
adults. I can't act like a child forever." 


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"Does that mean I don't have to pick you up tomorrow 

?" 

"This and that are two different things, Mackenzie-kun 
. You would do well to pick me up tomorrow." 

"As expected..." 

Kenji drooped his shoulders in amazement. 

"Thanks as always, old man." 

"... All my motivation just vanished." 

"Don't say that; you're young after all!" 

The doorbell at the front door rang out. 

"Hmm?" 

"A guest?" 

Just before Koutarou could answer the door, was 
opened and the visitor stepped in. 

"Hello! Is Satomi-san at home?" 


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The voice of a girl resounded through the building. 

It was a voice Koutarou had heard before. 

"Oh, it's the landlord." 

"Landlord?" 

"Ah... Yes, I'm coming!" Koutarou answered as he 
jumped up from the cardboard box he was sitting on. 

Kenji likewise stopped leaning against the entrance to 
the room. 

"That's a pretty cute sounding voice!" 

"Come on, Mackenzie; you'll be surprised." 

"Alright!" 

The two of them headed for the door together. 

"Hello, Landlord-san!" 

"Hello, Satomi-san." 


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Standing in front of the entrance was a girl wearing an 
apron on top of her normal clothes. 

As she said her greeting she bowed her head 
gracefully. 

She was about as old as Koutarou and Kenji, with 
some childish facial features still remaining. 

Her long hair was tied up with a large ribbon, giving 
off an impression of a refreshing and healthy girl. 

"Eh? Landlord? This girl?" 

"That's right! This person is Corona House's landlord. 
Surprised, aren't you, Mackenzie?" 

"Ye-Yeah..." 


Kenji looked on amazed and nodded. 

The word landlord and the cute girl he was facing did 
not connect in Mackenzie's head, leaving him astonished. 

"I was surprised at first too." 

"Everyone is surprised at first. Fufufu..." 


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The girl smiled gently and turned towards Kenji. 

"Nice to meet you. I'm Corona House's landlord, 
Kasagi Shizuka." 

"Pi-Pleased to meet you. I'm Matsudaira Kenji." 
"Hope we'll get along well, Matsudaira-san." 

"Yes, likewise!" 

Kenji and Shizuka bowed to each other. 
"Landlord-san, this guy is my childhood friend." 

"Oh, is that so?." 

"You'll probably see him around here in the future, so 
please call him Mackenzie." 

Shizuka blinked a couple of times and looked at Kenji. 

"You're Japanese, aren't you? With a name like 
Matsudaira..." 


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"Ah, yes. Of course he's Japanese. His full name is 
Matsudaira Kenji, but if you shorten it you get 
Mackenzie." 

"I see, 'Ma' and 'Kenji' become Mackenzie." 

Satisfied, Shizuka put her hand to her mouth and 
started laughing. 

"That's just what Kou calls me!" 

"So would you prefer that I call you Matsudaira-san?" 
"No, Mackenzie is fine; I'm already used to it, after all. 

// 


"Got it, Mackenzie-san." 

Looking at Kenji shrugging his shoulders, Shizuka 
started laughing once again, her long hair and ribbon 
waving gently. 

"That's right; Landlord-san is starting at 
Kitsushouharukaze this year as well." 

"Heh, what a coincidence." 


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"With a bit of luck, we could end up in the same class! 

// 


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"Fufu, let's get along at school as well." 

Shizuka bowed politely once again. 

"So Landlord-san, what business do you have with me 


"Oh, right, I almost forgot!" 

Shizuka clapped her hands and pointed at the window 
behind Koutarou and Kenji. 

"Actually, a little while ago I saw the movers' van 
leaving through the window, and I figured it was time to 
help." 

"From the window?" 

"Yes Mackenzie-san, I happen to live in the room 
above." 

"Isn't it great. I'm sharing a roof with the cute 
Landlord-san? " 

"Well..." 


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Shizuka looked on with a smile. 

"You're flattering me, Satomi-san." 

"...Of course you're sharing the same roof; this is an 
apartment, after all." 

"It's a matter of feelings!" 

"Fufufu, the two of you sure get along well... Oh, that's 
right, I came to help. Unlike the physical labor from 
before I should be able to help from now on." 

"That would help a lot, Landlord-san. Kou is good at 

breaking stuff and leaving a mess, but bad at cleaning up 
// 


"Hey, Mackenzie! Don't say disrespectful things!" 
"It's the truth though. You constantly trouble me." 
Kenji let out a big sigh while pushing up his glasses. 
"Then Mackenzie-san is always...?" 

"Yes, I'm always having a hard time." 


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"I am grateful." 

"... Only grateful though. Oh yes, Landlord-san, I have 
something I'd like to ask, if that's alright." 

"Yes, what is it?" 

Shizuka smiled and nodded. 

"Why is the rent for this room only 5,000 yen?" 

"O-oi Mackenzie! Don't just suddenly ask about that!" 

Koutarou, who was aware of the circumstances, began 
panicking. 

"That's because I want to know. With this great of a 
room and a reliable landlord, I can't find anything wrong 
with it." 

"But you know, this apartment was left behind by 
Landlord-san's parents, and-" 

"I don't mind, Satomi-san." 

Koutarou was worried about angering Shizuka, but 
she smiled calmly and shook her head. 


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"Mackenzie-san's worries are justifiable. Fufufu, 
besides, haven't you noticed that Mackenzie-san is 
worried about you Satomi-san?" 

"Landlord-san..." 

"Besides, there's not much I can do in this matter." 

"Ha, haah..." 

Koutarou nodded with an apologetic look on his face 
and Shizuka turned back to Kenji. 

"Actually... In this room... They appear." 

"Appear? What appears?" 

"The rumor is that a ghost appears in this room." 

"A gh-ghost!?" 

A surprised Kenji started hastily looking around the 
room. 

"I haven't seen it myself yet, but every tenant in here 
does... And they don't stay for long." 


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"A ghost... That's hard to believe, though..." 

"I think so too... But that's what every tenant has said 
when they moved, so it's the truth." 

Kenji was perplexed and smiled bitterly at Shizuka as 
he dropped his shoulders. Koutarou, on the other hand, 
puffed out his chest and grinned. 

"Leave it to me Landlord-san! I won't be beaten by a 
ghost!" 

"That's so reliable. Please live here long enough to 
erase any rumors of ghosts." 

"Of course!" 

"But to think there's a ghost in this room..." 

A still unconvinced Kenji took another look around the 
room. 

"Nothing will come from thinking on it too hard, 
Mackenzie. The landlord has come over, so let's starting 
unpacking." 

"Ah, you're right." 


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Urged by Koutarou, Kenji returned to normal. 

"Kou is thick headed, so he'll probably be fine even if a 
ghost appears." 

"Those words hurt..." 

"That's on purpose!" 

"I know... Well then, shall we get started, 
Landlord-san? " 

"Of course, Satomi-san. It looks like I won't have to do 
much, though; the two of you make a great team." 

Looking at Koutarou and Kenji going back and forth, 
Shizuka started laughing. 

"Is that so?" 

"Landlord-san, please don't say such a terrifying thing. 

// 


"Mackenzie, you don't have to put it like that, do you? 

// 


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As Koutarou and the rest were buzzing about, they 
unpacked the luggage. 


Thanks to the cooperation of Kenji and Shizuka, 
enough luggage had been unpacked to settle in before 
dinner time. 

"I'll be going home now. There's work tomorrow, so 
keep the unpacking to a minimum and get to bed, okay?" 

"I know, I know... Oversleeping would be bad, right?" 

"Your 'I know' is the least trustworthy thing I know of, 
though..." 

Kenji sighed once more as he put on his shoes 
scattered about at the entrance. 

"Then I'll also be going now, Satomi-san." 

"Landlord-san, you don't have to call me Satomi-san, 
we'll be classmates the day after tomorrow." 

"Hmm, okay... Satomi-kun." 


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"Yes, that way's better." 

"Okay, then I'll call you that." 

Shizuka smiled brightly and put on her shoes which 
had been left neatly arranged. At the same time, Kenji 
opened the front door. 

"Thanks a lot for today, Landlord-san." 

Hearing Koutarou's thanks, the both of them exited 
through the door. 

"No need, I was glad to help." 

"... No thanks for me, huh?" 

"You're more of a give and take kind of guy." 

"I don't think so though..." 

"Well then, Satomi-kun, good bye." 

"Good bye, Landlord-san." 

"Hurry up and get to sleep." 


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"I get it, I get it!" 

With a bang of the door Kenji and Shizuka vanished. 


The lone Koutarou started unpacking once more after 

eating the bento he had also bought at the convenience 
store. 

"Hmm... Now what to do with this bat... I can't just 
treat this like any old bat, after all... And I can't just leave 
it in the umbrella stand either..." 

Koutarou was holding the bat in his hand, thinking of 
a place to put it. The bat was signed and had been used 
by the so called God of Batting, the legendary Slugger. 

It was one of the treasures Koutarou valued the most. 

"Alright, I'll get a stand to decorate it, but for today it'll 
have to make do in the corner." 

Koutarou put down the bat and opened up a new 
cardboard box. 

"Now, what was this again?..." 


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He ripped off the tape and peeked inside. 

"More treasure, huh..." 

Contained within the box were trophies, certificates, 
commemorative shields, and his beloved glove. 

These were all keepsakes from Koutarou's middle 
school era. 

"Oh? What's this doing in here?" 

Among the trove of keepsakes was one item that didn't 
fit in with the rest. 

"I'll need to find a good place to put this..." 

It was a knitted sweater. Koutarou picked up some 
nearby paper, neatly wrapped it up, and put it in the 
back of the wardrobe with his suitcase. 

"And that's that." 

Koutarou clapped his hands as he stepped away from 
the wardrobe. 


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Suddenly, the cellphone he had left charging in a 
corner of the room started ringing. 

"Hm? Is that the old man?" 

There was only one person with that ringtone among 
Koutarou's contacts. 

Satomi Yuichirou. 

The name that appeared on the cellphone's screen was 
Koutarou's father's. 

Koutarou picked up the phone and placed it next to 
his ear. 

"Hello, old man?" 

"Oh, there you are Koutarou." 

The voice on the phone was indeed Koutarou's father, 
Yuichirou. 

"How's it going over there? Have you unpacked all 
your luggage?" 


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"Slowly but surely. Mackenzie and the landlord 
helped me out, so it's at least habitable/' 

"I see. Did you thank both of them properly?" 

"Of course. How's it going over at your end?" 

"I'm living in the dormitory, so even if I don't do 
anything dinner will be served and the bath will be 
prepared. If they washed my clothes as well, there would 
be nothing to complain about." 

"Good. You're worse than I am at living on your own, 
so I was about worried, old man." 

"Hahaha, that's true..." 

The Satomi family consisted of just Koutarou and 
Yuichirou, and Koutarou had been doing almost all of 
the housework on his own. 

Of course, he wasn't necessarily good at it. 

However, if Koutarou hadn't done it, Yuichirou would 
have just made a bigger mess. 


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Yuichirou was a man who was terrible with 
housework. 

"Living separately will be a good chance for you to 
find a good partner." 

Koutarou wanted his father to remarry as quickly as 
possible. 

He was worried his father would die from hunger or 
that his room would fill up with dirt if he didn't. 

"Guhahaha, that's a bit..." 

However that was not likely to happen any time soon. 

The reason being was that Yuichirou was still in love 
with his late wife. 

Koutarou understood this and did not voice any 
complaints. 

"Hmm, well, it seems all is going well." 

"You too, old man. Don't forget to take out the trash." 


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"I know, I know." 

"We'll see about that." 

Koutarou felt like he was able to understand how 
Kenji must feel around him. 

"Well, I won't hold you up anymore. Besides, I still 
have some more unpacking to do." 

"I'll do the same. Talk to you later, old man." 

"Yeah; good night, Koutarou." 

"Good night." 

Koutarou casually hung up the phone. 

"I was wondering what would happen when he 
suddenly brought up the job transfer, but..." 

Koutarou then put the charger back into the phone. 

"Everything is going well for now." 

He smiled, and after he'd taken a quick breather he 
began to put his room in order. 


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"Already eleven o'clock?" 

Koutarou stopped as he looked at the clock 
approaching 11 P.M. 

"I guess I'll stop for today and go to bed. If I oversleep. 
I'll never hear the end of it from Mackenzie..." 

Koutarou had been busy moving these past several 
days, and on top of that, he had work in the morning. 

Due to this, he decided it would be best to go to bed 
early. 

"Alright, time to sleep." 

Koutarou slid open the wardrobe and pulled out a 
futon with a floral cover that Shizuka had prepared for 
him. 

With a grunt, he pushed aside a cardboard box and 
threw down the futon. 

At that point he looked down at the futon. 


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"I guess I should spread it out properly..." 

Having changed his mind, Koutarou properly spread 
out the flower covered futon. 

He would feel bad for his considerate landlord if he 
just carelessly threw it about. 

"There we go." 

Having finished spreading out the futon, Koutarou 
turned off the light and crawled inside. 

"Good night!" 

Addressing no one in particular, Koutarou closed his 
eyes. He quickly fell asleep and started breathing calmly 
and evenly. 

"Zzzzz..." 

The only thing that could be heard in Room 106 was 
the sound of Koutarou's breathing, which was about as 
loud as a ticking clock. 


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This sound would be drowned out by the TV in Room 
105 or by Shizuka opening and closing the door in Room 
206 above him. 

However, that was just until midnight. After 2 A.M., 
Koutarou's relaxed breathing could once again be heard. 

And then, another small sound could be heard in 
Room 106. 

It was not Koutarou, who was in a deep sleep and not 
moving a muscle. 

The noise was coming from the window. However, it 
was not like the window was poorly constructed or 
because wind was blowing. 

Despite that, the window kept rattling, with the sound 
growing louder over time. After a few minutes the sound 
had grown to become irritable. 

"Zzzzz..." 

But despite the sound, Koutarou showed no signs of 
waking up. 


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"Mmm... Mackenzie, just stop already..." 

In fact, he began talking loudly in his sleep. 

If this loud of a voice wasn't waking him up, neither 
was the window. 

As if responding to Koutarou's voice, the sound from 
the window stopped. 

"Guehefuefuefue." 

However, right as Koutarou began talking in his sleep 
again, the window rang out, almost as if startled. 

After that, there was silence for a while. Koutarou had 
stopped sleep talking, and a few minutes passed. In spite 
of this, the incidents did not stop. 

A high-pitched sound resounded, as if a small glass 
bottle had fallen and broken. 

However, the source of the sound could not be found 
inside of the room. 

The noise continued, and at the same time a baseball 
rolled across the tatami mat. 


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But the source of the sound could still not be found. 

The noises continued, and they were increasing in 
volume, several times louder than the window from 
before. 

"Hehehe, Mackenzie, you can't handle Landlord-san? 
She is cute after all-" 

Despite the commotion, Koutarou showed no signs of 
waking up; in fact, he began talking in his sleep once 
more. 

"You've got good looks but no guts!" 

As if to drown out Koutarou's sleep talk, the 
mysterious noises grew even louder, and various things 
in the room start shaking. 

As the room was at the height of chaos, furniture and 
boxes start rattling, with the sound growing even louder. 

Even with loud noises right in front of him, Koutarou 
would not wake up. 


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Even his childhood friend Kenji had a hard time 
waking him up; these kind of noises were nothing for 
Koutarou. 

"U ehehehehe ...” 

The noise was interrupted by Koutarou's sleep talk 
once more. 

And if this noise was caused by someone... 

"Shut up with the rattling, Mackenzie!" 

...That someone must have been amazed at Koutarou's 
thickheadedness. 


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Corona Convention, Revised 
2009/05/01 (Excerpt) 

Second Article 

These regulations are annulled alongside of 
participation should an individual or group 
not ratify the Corona Convention. 

However that is not applied if that 
individual or group is observing the Corona 
Convention. 

In this case the individual or group entering 
the war is required to swiftly notify Kasagi 
Shizuka (Landlord of Corona House, residing 
in room 206 ) 

However, given circumstances up to three 
days of delays may be permitted. 

Again, those who wish to secede from the 
agreement are to give a prior notice to 
Kasagi Shizuka (Landlord of Corona House, 
residing in room 206 ), as it will take one 
week for it to enter effect. 










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"Haaa—h..." 

''Color me surprised, Kou. For you to wake up on your 
own..." 


"I went to bed early, after all." 

Koutarou and Kenji, who were dressed for work, 
walked side by side. 

Since it was a Saturday morning, only the two of them 
could be seen on the sidewalk. 

"Like I said before. I'm already a self-sufficient adult 
living on my own, Mackenzie-kun." 

"And I hope it stays that way..." 

"Of course it will!" 

"We'll see about that... By the way, what about that 
thing?" 

"What thing?" 

Kenji put on a serious face and lowered his voice. 


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"You know, about them appearing in that room..." 
"Appearing? Oh yeah... You're talking about the ghost! 


Understanding the reason for Kenji's worries Koutarou 
clapped his hands and smiled. 

"The ghost didn't appear at all!" 

"It didn't?" 

"Yeah, nothing happened up until I fell asleep and it 
was quiet all throughout the night. Besides if you think 
about, if a ghost had appeared do you think I would be 
able to wake up on my own?" 

"You have a point there. If you hadn't slept properly 
there's no way you'd wake up on your own." 

Feeling relieved, Kenji loosened up. 

"Fuhahaha, Mackenzie; I didn't think you'd be one to 
believe in ghosts." 

"What?" 


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"For you to worry about ghosts when you're always 
talking about science..." 

Koutarou was poking fun at Kenji. 

Kenji puffed up his cheeks and says. 

"So what? Can't a citizen of the science world hate 
ghosts?" 

"If you're scared, just say so!" 

"Yes, scary, so scary. Even if ghosts exist or not, freaky 
things happens every day" 

"You're taking this all too seriously." 

As Koutarou was shrugging, they approached the 
gates of a school. 

Kitsushouharukaze: that was the name of the school 
the two would be attending starting the day after. 


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Kitsushouharukaze was about a 20 minutes' walk from 
the closest station as well a 20 minute walk from Corona 
House. 

Corona House, Kitsushou high school and the station 
formed a equilateral triangle, and all urban necessities 
were gathered inside of the triangle. 

Kitsushouharukaze was established a few years ago 
after the merging of the neighboring municipalities, 
Kitsushou and Harukaze. 

After the merging, a high school would be needed for 
children of both municipalities to attend. 

Plans to construct a school were already in place 
before the merge, and Kitsushouharukaze naturally 
became a large scale high school. 

It was not as big as a school in the city, but for a 
suburban school it was as large as could be. 

"Fight, fight, fight! Harukaze Fight!" 


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Due to this fact, there were many students 
participating in club activities, even during the spring 
break. 

"The baseball club... The spring tournament must have 
ended, and the third years have graduated by now." 

"They seem quite lively; more so when the first years 
join, I imagine." 

Looking at the uniformed students, the two passed by 
the front gate. Their work site was slightly further ahead. 


Passing by the front gate, Koutarou kept his eyes fixed 
on the schoolyard. 

Pitching, batting, running and catching... Koutarou 
had been doing the same a while back. 

"Hey, Kou... Are you sure you don't want to join the 
baseball club?" Kenji asked Koutarou in a serious tone. 


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"It's alright. Living on my own, working part-time, 

and playing baseball at the same time is just not possible. 
// 


Koutarou took his eyes off the schoolyard, looked at 
Kenji and gave him a smile. 

"Kou..." 

Koutarou put on a lonely smile. 

"Besides, there's the knitting society, so there's no 
reason to be so pessimistic." 

"What's with that? The knitting society?" 

"Hmm?" 

"Are you serious about joining that club?" 

"Of course I'm serious!" 

Koutarou had decided to join the knitting society ever 
since he was recruited during the announcement of the 
high school exam results. 


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"You're kidding, right? It just doesn't fit you." 

Kenji stared at Koutarou's body while saying that. 

Big body, sturdy physique, and big hands. 

Kenji did not think that knitting and the handicraft 
were in anyway suitable for Koutarou. 

If anything he would be better at tearing it up. 

"Just you wait and see. I'll be sure to knit a muffler for 
you sooner or later." 

"Please stop, you're making me feel ill... I'm 
shuddering just imagining it." 

"You're right, I feel the same way. I'll just knit one for 
myself." 

The two smiled wryly and looked at each other. 

"Admit it, your goal is the beautiful club president 
that recruited you." 

"It has nothing to do with that." 


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"Oh? I didn't expect that response... I was certain you 
were after the club president... Was I wrong?" 

Being childhood friends, Kenji saw through 
Koutarou's reaction. 

"Either way. I'll be spending my youth with 
Sakuraba-senpai in the knitting society" 

"Hmm, that does sound fun... Maybe I should join too. 

// 


"Leave it be. If a lady-killer like you gets close to 
Sakuraba-senpai she'll be tainted." 

"What's that supposed to mean? Don't treat me like 
I'm some sort of bacteria!" 

"Just think about it, back during Valentine's when you 

monopolized all of the class' chocolate The other boys 
cried tears of blood." 

"That wasn't my fault!" 

Kenji sighed as he heard the same argument yet again. 


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"Not at all; it was entirely your fault. Don't think a 
grudge over food will be forgiven easily!" 

"But in the end you ate most of it anyways! Besides, 
that really wasn't my fault. It's easy to give chocolate to 
me, but indirectly it was given to y-" 

Kenji stopped mid sentence. 

"Hmm? What's wrong?" 

"No, it's nothing. In fact, I won't tell you." 

"What's that supposed to mean?" 

"We'll be late if we don't hurry." 

"Wait up, what's with the sudden rush!?" 

The two arrived at the work site shortly after. 


"HAAA!" 

Along with Koutarou's shout, a large stone began 
rolling. 


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"Koutarou-chan sure is strong." 

The elderly woman struck up a conversation with 
Koutarou. 

The woman was wearing farmers' clothes, and in her 
small hands she was holding a metal trowel. 

"I'm still young, Obaa-chan. But as a result. I'm not 
good at careful work, like you. 

"Hohoho, that might be true. Thanks for the help, 
Koutarou-chan." 

"You're always giving me sweets, so consider it even." 

"What'd you call it again? Give and take? 

"Haha, that's right... Anyways, I'm returning to my 
post. I'll see you later Obaa-chan." 

"Thanks again!" 

Koutarou parted ways with the elderly lady and 
headed over to his assigned land division a few dozen 
meters away. 


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"Now then..." 

As Koutarou looked back at the elderly lady, he saw 
her squatting down and shaving off soil by her feet with 
her trowel. 

"Fufufu... I guess I'll start up with my work again, then 
. I can't afford to lose to Obaa-chan!" 

Koutarou rolled up the sleeves of his work clothes, 
picked up a trowel and started shaving off soil by his feet 


Koutarou worked on excavating ruins; the elderly lady 
from before was a co-worker. 

She had helped Koutarou out a lot back when he first 
started. 

Kenji was doing the same job Koutarou was. However, 
he had been assigned to a different land division, and 
since the excavation site was very large, he was out of 
sight for Koutarou. 

The ruins Koutarou's group was digging up was 
generally called the Kitsushouharukaze Ruins. 


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The mins had been discovered by chance when plans 
for expanding on the Kitsushouharukaze High School 
facilities were in the making. 

As one could guess from the circumstances of the 
discovery, the ruins were close to Kitsushouharukaze 
High School. 

The school was within a few minutes walking distance 
and stood halfway up a slope. The ruins were at the top 
of said slope. 

Therefore, continuing the climb up the slope past the 
school would lead to the excavation site. 


At the time the ruins were discovered, they were 
thought to be from the late Yayoi Period 1, and nothing 
of value was expected to be discovered. 

True to this belief, the only items found at the 
beginning of the excavation were common relics. 

However, after examining the items, the ruins were 
determined to be priceless; they were actually 10,000 
years old! 


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Even if the items found were common, they held 
astronomical value if they were 10,000 years old. 

10,000 years ago was the initial Jomon Period . 

Earthenware and Bronze ware commonly used during 
the Yayoi Period being over 10,000 years was enough for 
a large scale investment. 

The discovery could completely overturn the 
archaeology field. 

To speed up the excavation, a large amount of workers 
were required, and recruitment posters were printed en 
masse. 

Koutarou and Kenji, who had been looking for a 
part-time job, jumped at the offer, and since it was so 
close to school it was an obvious pick. 


Squatting while slowly shaving away at the soil little 
by little was very tiring. 


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However, Koutarou, who had been a catcher during 
the entirety of middle school, was used to the position. 

Though he was unaccustomed at first, after over a 
month of work he was completely used to it. 

"All I find is dirt, no matter how much I dig..." 

According to the archaeologists, the area Koutarou 
was in charge of contained a building used during 
religious ceremonies. However, despite the efforts of 
several tens of workers, nothing like it had been found. 

"Aren't we the only ones digging up someplace 
completely unrelated?..." 

Since he started working, Koutarou had seen nothing 
but dirt. 

"Mackenzie's area seems so much more fun; he gets to 
discover a bunch of items..." 

The tedious and unchanging work bored Koutarou. 

"Koutarou..." 


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"Hmm?" 

At that point, Koutarou thought he heard somebody's 
voice 

"I thought I just heard a voice... I wonder if it was 
Obaa-chan." 

Koutarou stood up and started looking for the source 
of the voice; however, he couldn't find anyone who could 
have called him. 

Koutarou was the only person in this area, and the 
elderly woman had her back turned towards him. 

"I wonder if I was just imagining it..." 

Koutarou tilted his head in confusion, and the voice 
entered Koutarou's ears once again. 

"Koutarou..." 

"This isn't Obaa-chan's voice... I feel like I know it very 
well... No, maybe it's the first time I've heard it?" 

"This way..." 


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"That way? On the other side?..." 

After hearing the voice for the third time, Koutarou 
was able to determine it's origins. It was coming from a 
woody area about 10 meters away from him. 

"All right..." 

Koutarou left the trowel at his feet and approached the 
woody area. 

"Is it one of Mackenzie's pranks, or is it someone else? 

// 


Koutarou was almost certain it was one of Mackenzie's 
pranks, so he didn't feel any danger whatsoever. 

However, in the event that it wasn't, it might've been 
someone in trouble, so he decided to take a look just to 
be on the safe side. 

"Really... We'll be high school students tomorrow, and 
he's wasting his time playing pranks... When I catch him 
I'll make him confess who's voice he's recorded!" 


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Having no recollection of the voice, Koutarou assumed 
Kenji had recorded the voice of some girl he'd hooked up 
with. 

"Hmm, its pretty thick..." 

Koutarou elbowed his way through the thick woody 
area, rustling the bushes. 

Because of the tall trees and the overgrown weeds his 
sight was horrible. 

The weeds poked at Koutarou as he walked through, 
making it painful to pass.. 

"Oi, Mackenzie! You're out there, aren't you? Hurry 
up and show yourself!" 

The weeds poking at Koutarou started to irritate him 
and urged him to find Kenji and get out of there. 

"Come out and tell me who this girl you've hooked up 
with is!" 

Then the feeling of ground underneath Koutarou's foot 
suddenly vanished. 


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"Huh?" 

Oh crap , a hole in the ground!? 

By the time he noticed, Koutarou had already been 
swallowed by the ground. 

"Ow!" 

Suddenly hitting the ground caused Koutarou to 
exhale sharply, and acute pain shot through the back of 
his head. 

Having fallen, there was good news and bad news. 

The good news was that the hole was not all that deep. 

The bad news was that Koutarou had hit his head on a 
rock when he fell. 

"Ouch, that hurts... This is all Mackenzie's fault..." 

Koutarou put his hand on his hurting head and stood 
up. Thanks to his unusually sturdy body, he sustained no 
real injuries apart from a bump on his head. 

"Eh? Where am I?" 


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Koutarou's surroundings entered his eyes as he stood 
up. 

Despite being the bottom of a hole, it was not pitch 
black; instead, it was somewhat bright. 

It was too bright to be just the light entering through 
the hole up above. The light was comparable that of an 
emergency exit sign in a dark hallway. 

"Something's here... Some sort of stand and several 
pillars... Even the floor is paved." 

It was a mysterious sight, roughly 10 meters in every 
direction. 

The areas was filled with buried flat slabs, forming a 
sturdy floor. 

Several pillars about as tall as a person stood on top of 
the floor, and on top each of the pillars there was a 
glowing sphere. 

The light in the room came from the spheres' weak 
glow. 


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And as if surrounded by the pillars there was a single 
stand. 

On top of the stand was a human statue looking down 
on Koutarou. 

"Are these the ruins of that religious building that was 
supposedly buried around here?" 

The statue on top of the stand looked godlike due to 
the glow of the spheres on the surrounding pillars. 

Had someone said this was a temple, anyone would 
believe them; it was that kind of mystical place. 

"Koutarou..." 

The voice that had been calling for Koutarou filled up 
the area. 

"That voice again... Hey, is someone here!? Why are 
you calling my name?" 

The surprised Koutarou started looking around the 
room. However he could not see anything moving. 


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The only thing moving was Koutarou himself... 

"Koutarou, I've been waiting for you all this time../' 

"Waiting? Where are you!? Who are you!?" 

Not even Koutarou could believe this was one of 
Kenji's pranks. 

Koutarou felt doubts about the mysterious voice; 
however, he did not voice those doubts. 

"Uwah, wh-what!?" 

All of a sudden the statue on top of the stand began 
shining. This light, however, was not due to the light 
from the pillars. 

It was the statue itself that had begun to glow. 

The light was weak at first, barely noticeable, but soon 
it began shining brightly. 

"Countless days and nights have passed; a 
never-ending cycle of sun and moon. Just how many 
times have I dreamed of just this moment..." 


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"The statue? Are you the one talking?" 

Another light burst forth from the statue. At first it 
seemed like normal light, but slowly the luminosity 
began to gradually assume the shape of something. 

"I am not this statue. This is one of the prayers given 
to me. Although the purity of it allows me to use it as my 
power's focal point, it is not me." 

Eventually the luminescence assumed the shape of a 
person. It seemed almost as if the statue had transformed 
into a human. 

"...Koutarou, we finally meet..." 

"A girl... ?" 

The shaped light overlapped with the statue, revealing 
the figure of a young girl with calm and gentle eyes. 


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Corona Convention, Revised 
2009/05/01 (Excerpt) 

Third Article 

The following methods of attacks are 
prohibited: 

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weapons (ABC weapons) and 
ammunition based on them. 

• Large area destruction weapons and 
ammunition based on them. 

•Any method of attacks that may 
harm room 106 . 

•Any method of attacks that may 
cause loud noise for neighboring 
households. 

•Any method of attacks that Kasagi 
Shizuka (Landlord of Corona House, 
residing in room 206 ) has prohibited 
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White light rained down. 

"...Wh-what?" 

Waking up, Koutarou found himself lying down and 
staring up at a fluorescent lamp in the ceiling. 

"Why am I lying down? And where is this?" 

"You finally woke up?" 

Koutarou blinked a couple of times as his eyes 
adjusted to the light, and Kenji's face fell into focus. 

"Mackenzie?" 

"Don't look so dumbfounded. You scared the hell out 
of me when I heard you suddenly fell at work." 

"I fell?" 

"Yeah, you slipped and fell. Supposedly that's when 
you got that bump on the back of your head." 

"Ouch, there really is a bump..." 


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While rubbing his head Koutarou surveyed the area 
and found himself in a bed inside of a hospital room. 

"If I remember correctly, there was a large stone over 
at the area Obaa-chan was digging up..." 

Koutarou recalled what he had done before he got 
woke up in the hospital. 

"That old lady was worried about you too." 

"I'll make sure to let her know I'm alright later... 
Anyways, after moving the stone I went back my 
assigned area..." 

Koutarou stopped and thought for a while, then 
continued. 

"...What happened after that?" 

"What would asking me do? You probably slipped 
and fell there; you were found in the middle of the 
excavation area." 

"Hmm..." 


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Koutarou tilted his head and pondered. 

"What?" 

"Hmm... I think there was something else that 
happened, but..." 

Something felt off to Koutarou. The bump on the back 
of his head and his location in the middle of the 
excavation site made Kenji's conclusion seem very likely. 

However, that explanation did not satisfy Koutarou. 

"Don't be stupid. Maybe you were dreaming?" 

"Hmm..." 

As Koutarou was crossing his arms and trying to 
remember, the nurse in charge of Koutarou came into the 
room pushing a cart. 

"Oh, you're awake." 

"Thanks to you." 

Kenji, who had met with the nurse before, gave her a 
light bow. 


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"Fufu, shouldn't you be grateful to your partner?" 
The smiling nurse peeked at look at Koutarou's face. 
"Grateful?" 

"Yes, Kenji-kun sat beside you the entire time with a 
worried look on his face." 

"Mi-miss!?" 


"There's no need to be embarrassed Kenji-kun; that's 

very cute of you. Or maybe the two of you are going out? 
// 


"Not at all..." 

Kenji coldly denied the question. 

"Yes, actually. The two of us are lovers." 

Koutarou, on the other hand, swiftly confirmed it. 

"So you really are going out! H-hey, which one of you 
is the bottom!?" 

"Hey now..." 


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"Idiot!" 

Kenji threw a punch at Koutarou to shut him up. 

"Ouch!" 

"Stop it Kenji-kun! There's no reason to hit your lover 
on the head like that!" 

"Please stop saying such horrifying things!" 

Satisfied by Kenji's reaction, the nurse pointed at the 
bandages around Koutarou's head. 

"Fufufu, I'm sorry. But as you can see, Koutarou is 
injured, so please don't hit him too much." 

"I'm sorry. My bad, Kou." 

"Don't worry about it." 

"Now that that's settled... Here you go, Satomi-kun." 

The nurse reached into to the cart she had been 
pushing, pulled out a thermometer, and handed it over 
to Koutarou. 


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"Could you measure your temperature with that? Just 
to be safe." 

"Yes, of course." 

"When you're done with that you can go home for 
today, but if you notice any changes to your body you 
have to come back, okay?" 

"Got it." 

"Good, I'll leave the rest to you Kenji-kun. Please hand 
this file over to the cashier on your way out." 

"Got it. Thank you." 

"Goodbye then, you two." 

The smiling nurse waved her hand at the two and 
turned her back to move on to the next patient. 

"Hey, Mackenzie." 

"Hm?" 

Kenji, who was flipping through the file, looked up at 
Koutarou. 


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"Are you aiming for that nurse this time?" 

"Idiot!" 

Kenji raised his fist at Koutarou, but remembering the 
nurse's words, he held back from hitting his head again. 

"Really, I can't believe you..." 

Instead, Kenji sighed. 

"Sorry, sorry." 

Koutarou placed the thermometer in his armpit while 
smiling. 


Leaving the hospital room, Koutarou passed by the 
cashier whom he left to Kenji and headed for the 
hospital's drugstore. 

Koutarou had injuries on him apart from the bump, so 
just to be on the safe side he went looking for medicine 
he might need. 

"This way..." 


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Koutarou followed the direction board hung up on a 
corner into a hallway. 

The drugstore was at the end of the straight hallway. 
However Koutarou's feet had stopped just before it. 

By chance he saw a familiar face on other the side of a 
window. 

"That's Sakuraba-senpai... What's she doing in a place 
like this?" 

Koutarou saw the figure of the club president of the 
knitting society. 

She was sitting down on a bench in the courtyard of 
the hospital doing something. 

"Hmm..." 

Deciding to leave the drugstore for later, he passed 
through the glass door leading to the courtyard. 


The early spring sun shone on the courtyard, lighting 
it up. 


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Since the courtyard was surrounded by hospital walls 
there was next to no wind passing through. 

Because of that, the courtyard was much more 
comfortable than the hospital hallways, making this an 
obvious place for the hospitalized children to play every 
day. 

When Koutarou came in, however, the children were 
completely silent and sat down on the paved ground, 
listening intently to the person who had sat down on the 
bench. 

Upon said bench sat a young girl wearing a cardigan 
on top of her pajamas. 

She was one year older than Koutarou, but her 
lily-white skin and delicate figure made her look 
younger. 

Her name was Sakuraba Harumi. 

She was the club president of the knitting society that 
Koutarou was joining. 


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"And the North Wind said: 'With my power I'll blow 
the clothes of the travelers right off! I'll prove that I'm 
stronger than the Sun.'" 

She was currently in the middle of reading out loud to 
the children around her. 

The book was spread out on top of her legs, and she 
spoke with a calm and gentle expression on her face.. 

"However, the Sun would not be defeated. He said to 
the North Wind - Oh? Hey, who's the one who scribbled 
on this page?" 

"Hiromi, it was you, wasn't it?" 

"It wasn't me!" 

"It was Saya-chan, I saw her!" 

"Is that true, Saya-chan?" 


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"...Y-yes ..." 

"I see... You shouldn't have done that, Saya-chan. This 
book belongs to everyone." 

"Yes... I'm sorry." 

"As long as you understand. I won't be mad if you 
know what you did was wrong and regret it." 

Harumi and the children wore bright expressions on 
their faces. 

Koutarou found the sight of the diligent and smiling 
Harumi talking to the children refreshing. 

It's best not to get disturb her... 

Koutarou decided not to call out to Harumi and 
instead sat down behind the row of children. 

Fortunately, she did not notice him. 

"Onee-chan, keep reading!" 

"Okay, I will." 


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"I'm certain this is where the Sun fights back!" 
"What was it they said on TV the other day?" 

"Hey batter, batter, batter!" 

"That's it!" 

"Everyone, you shouldn't be watching those kind of 
channels yet! Wait until you get older!" 

"Everyone, don't become that kind of adult, okay?" 

"Okaaaay." 


Heeeh... Senpai can make that kind of face as well... 

Looking at the children playing around with Harumi, 
Koutarou thought back to the time when he first met her. 

Koutarou and Harumi first met about a month ago on 
the 1st of March. 

Koutarou had gone to the school to find out the high 
school exam results that day. 


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There were unfortunately cloudy skies that day, and 
even though they had entered March it was still cold, no 
thanks to the weather. 

"The Soccer Club is recruiting, we're looking for fresh 
meat!" 

"The Chorus Club is recruiting! Last year we placed 
second in the chorus tournament, and this year we're 
aiming for first place! Please lend us your strength!" 

"We're not just fat people, we're fat people that can 
move! We're looking for those of you concerned about 
your weight! Welcome to the sumo wrestling club! Feel 
free to visit!" 

"Withdraw! We're the true strong men here, the Karate 
Club! Withdraw, and don't forget to do the same with 
your bellies!" 

"What was that!? Just try saying that one more time!" 

However, Kitsushouharukaze's schoolyard was being 
warmed up by the hot blooded recruiters. 

It was a battle to recruit new members. 


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In Kitsushouharukaze, club activities was actively 
participated in. 

Moreover, there were a lot of club events; much more 
than a normal high school. In fact, the activities had 
become a normal part of their school lives. 

The more members a club had, the more power it held 
within the school, which was why every club was 
desperate to recruit as many members are possible. 

As a result, the recruitment was started earlier and 
earlier each year, and eventually it was held during the 
day exam results were announced. 

Peacefully waiting until the entrance ceremony would 
leave a club with no members to recruit. 

As such, the schoolyard was filled with recruiters who 
were trying to lure in students who had let their guards 
down after being accepted. 

"Th-the Knitting Society is recruiting... Would you like 
to join the Knitting Society?" 

Harumi was one of the recruiters. 


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"Ah... Please, at least listen, please..." 

However, the recruiting was not going well. 

The knitting society was originally small, and the 
person recruiting, Harumi, was shy and withdrawn. 

Her voice was small and weak, and was erased by the 
surrounding chaos of recruitment. 

"Hey, if I join the knitting society will you go out with 
me?" 

"Um, that would... Trouble me..." 

The ones she could attract were good-for-nothing 
people who were only interested in her appearance. 

She was unable to find the kind of club members she 
had been wishing for. 

".... Hmm?" 

That Koutarou noticed her was just a coincidence. 

He was passing through nearby when Harumi's small 
cry for help entered his ears. 


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If at the time she had been recruiting like normal, he 
might not even have noticed her existence. 

"Please stop it! Let go!" 

"You want members, and I want to go out with you. 
It's a win/win situation, don't you think?" 

"This society was not made for things like that!" 

"You're lacking members, right? Take a look at reality! 

// 


"No! Let go of me!" 

A persistent, sleazy boy and a powerless and thin girl 
trying to escape from him. 

The girl seemed to be recruiting members for a club, 
and the boy seemed to be hitting on her. 

Koutarou, picking up on the severity of the situation at 
a glance, approached the boy and girl. 

Would you at least think of what yon ’re doing? Geez. 

Hearing the boy's selfish excuses irritated Koutarou. 


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"Welcome~ Oh my, aren't you a good looking man~" 

Koutarou spoke up in a flamboyant feminine voice 
and embraced the boy. 

"Wh-what!?" 

"You're joining our club, aren't you? I'm so happy, 
you're just my type!" 

"Le-Let go! Who are you!?" 

Surprised by Koutarou's sudden hug, the boy let go of 
the girl's hand. 

Noticing this, Koutarou kept talking to the boy whilst 
tearing him away from the girl. 

"Oh, I thought you wanted to go out with me?" 

"Wh-Who would want to go out with someone like 
you!?" 

"You want to go out with someone, and I want to go 
out with a boy. It's a win/win, don't you think?" 

"It's a lose/lose! Let go of me, you freak!" 


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"Don't be so cold " 

Koutarou swung the boy around and let go. 

"So, you'll join, right?" 

"Who the hell would join this plain and boring society 
when a freak like you is in it!" 

"Oh, I'm sorry to hear that." 

"Ueh, I'm starting to feel sick..." 

Throwing out those words, the boy turned his back to 
Koutarou and ran away. 

He only started up a conversation because he saw a 
cute girl, and he left just as easily as he came. 

"There's just too many idiots during spring for me... I 
hope he's not one of my classmates." 

Koutarou said with a sigh, having safely resolved the 
incident. 

Even after the boy had run out of sight, Koutarou kept 
staring in the direction he had run off to for a while. 


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"Uhm, Thank you very much." 

"Wh-what!?" 

A sudden voice surprised Koutarou and he let out an 
odd sound. 

"Ah, I'm sorry for surprising you!" 

The voice belonged to the girl who was with the boy. 
Having startled Koutarou, she frantically bowed her 
head. 

"Uh, No, I'm sorry for being so startled. That's right, 
senpai was here too..." 

Being so irritated at the boy, Koutarou had completely 
forgotten about the girl. 

"...He was very persistent. You were a big help." 

"Sorry, actually. I was out of line, and I even drove 
away a potential club member when you're out here 
recruiting." 

"No, that's okay. That person wasn't interested in 
knitting anyways." 


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The girl's expression finally loosened up. 

This girl's eyes look very gentle. 

The girl left a very calm and gentle impression, and 
just looking at her made Koutarou feel at ease. 

"Knitting?" 

"Yes... I'm the president of the knitting society." 

"The knitting society..." 

The girl was seated by a receptionists desk, where the 
words 'Knitting Society' were written and hung. 

"...I'm sure it's not very interesting for most men..." 

The girls face turned gloomy and she lowered her 
head slightly. 

Koutarou sensed that the club was severely lacking in 
members. 

"That's true; even I-" 


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Koutarou was about to nod in agreement when 
suddenly he remembered the precious half-knitted 
sweater he was keeping safely wrapped up at home. 

If I join this society, I might be able to... 

"Excuse me, Senpai." 

"Yes?" 

"If I join this society, would I get better at knitting?" 

"Of course; that's why the society exists." 

The girl nodded her head. 

"Would it be possible for a complete amateur to knit a 
sweater?" 

"I'm sure it would be next to impossible at first, but if 
you keep at it, surely." 

"Would it be possible, even if I was clumsy?" 

Koutarou raised both his hands and showed his 
fingers to the girl. Looking at his hands the girl nodded. 


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"You'll be fine. In the end training and effort is more 
important than dexterity." 

"That's my specialty. I'm the athletic type, after all." 

After speaking for a while, Koutarou made his 
decision. 

After his dad's sudden transfer, he was unable to 
continue with baseball, so there wasn't much to worry 
about. 

"Um, wo-would you like to join?" 

The girls expression brightened up. From the flow of 
the conversation, the girl sensed that Koutarou might be 
interested in joining. 

"Yes, if it's not too much trouble I'd like join. Do you 
mind?" 

"Of course not! We-welcome!" 

As if really happy, the girl hurriedly welcomed 
Koutarou. 


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"This way please! Th-there's an application form to fill 
out!" 

"Of course." 

Koutarou followed the girls lead. 

"I'm Satomi Koutarou. Pleased to meet you." 

"Oh no, that's right..." 

The shy girl made an embarrassed, small smile. 

However it quickly changed to a big smile. 

"I'm Harumi. Sakuraba Harumi, The president of the 
Knitting Society." 

This was Koutarou and Harumi's first meeting. 


"Satomi-kun, if you were here you should've said so 
right away..." 


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"Hahaha, Senpai looked like she was having so much 

fun with the children, so I would feel bad just butting in. 

// 


Koutarou and Harumi sat on the bench, and they 
looked at the lively children, who had split into groups, 
running around the courtyard. 

"Do you normally come here, Sakuraba-senpai?" 

"Yes. Ever since I was a child. I've had a weak 
constitution, and every now and then I'm hospitalized 
and examined. Because school starts tomorrow, I wanted 
to make sure there was nothing wrong." 

"And, do you play with the children every time you 
come to the hospital?" 

"...Yes" 

Harumi had a calm gaze while she blushed slightly. 

"Onee-chan!" 

"Is he bullying you? Should we get him!?" 


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The children loved Harumi. Just from this little 
exchange that became very clear to Koutarou. 

That's why Koutarou figured they had known each 
other for a long time. 

"It's okay! This person is my friend!" 

"Oh, okay." 

"Take a hint!" 

"It's an adult..." 

"Adult! Adult!" 

Satisfied, the children began playing again. 

"I'm sorry, Satomi-kun; they're just unused to new 
young people." 

"It's fine. I'm your friend, right?" 

"...Yes, a precious friend" 

Nodding to Koutarou's words, Harumi began looking 
at the playing children once more. 


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Her eyes were incredibly gentle. Harumi also loved 
the children. 

"So why are you in the hospital, Satomi-kun?" 

"Is it that unexpected?" 

"Yes, you look so healthy and energetic." 

"I'm not sick. I'm hurt. Here, look..." 

Koutarou turned around and showed the back of his 
head. 

Although the bandages wrapped around his head had 
been removed, the bump and a band aid were still there. 

"Are you okay?" 

When Koutarou turned back to Harumi, she bore a 
worried look on her face. 

"It's just a bump and a small cut. It's nothing, really." 

"Oh good... But how did you get hurt?" 


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Harumi breathed out, relieved, and then tilted her 
head slightly. 

"Actually, I tripped and hit my head during my job. 
Hahaha, I guess I'm too energetic." 

Koutarou spoke happily, shoulders high, but Harumi 
looked worriedly at Koutarou's head. 

"...Are you sure you're alright?" 

"I'm alright. It's not like I can get any dumber than this 
anyways." 

"If you say so..." 

"Fufu, don't worry so much Sakuraba-senpai." 

"Head injuries are pretty bad, you know? Besides, 
you're a member of the Society after all." 

"I see, so it's the club you're worried about?" 

"The club? No! I'm not..." 


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Harumi's face turned red once again while Koutarou 
laughed to himself. 

"Kukuku, ahahaha!" 

"Oh you, Satomi-kun." 

While Harumi was pouting, one of the children thrust 
her face between Koutarou and Harumi. 

"Ah!" 

"Kyaa!" 

The child was one of the older girls who had climbed 
over the backrest of the bench, and she had surprised 
Koutarou and Harumi. 

"Did I scare you? Are you Onee-chan's boyfriend?" 

"Bo-boyfriend!?" 

Harumi, who was not accustomed to this kind of topic, 
was left speechless, and she stared on in amazement. 


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"Ahaha! That would be nice, but I'm not her boyfriend. 
In fact. I'm her apprentice." 

"Apprentice of what?" 

"Of knitting. I'll start learning it from her starting the 
day after tomorrow." 

The Knitting Society's activities started the day after 
the entrance ceremony. In other words, Tuesday, which 
was the day after tomorrow. 

"I see... Onee-chan is good at knitting, after all." 

Satisfied, the girl smiled. 

It seems Harumi's knitting skill was well known even 
in the hospital. 


"Hey! Kou! Where are you!?" 

Following those words, Kenji showed up at the 
entrance to the courtyard. 


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"Ah..." 

Harumi suddenly got a bit flustered. 

"Mackenzie! Over here!" 

Not noticing her change, Koutarou waved his hand as 
he called over Kenji. 

"You idiot, what about the medicine!?" 

"Oh crap, I forgot!" 

Koutarou jumped off the bench and ran towards Kenji. 

"Hey, Onee-chan." 

The young girl looking at Koutarou's back whispered 
to Harumi. 

"Yes?" 

"Are you sure he's not your boyfriend?" 

"He's not! He's a classmate and I made a promise to 
teach how to knit, that's all." 


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You're lying! He's the only guy you don't get 
flustered around." 

"Th-that's not..." 

Harumi hurriedly denied it, but the young girl was 
right. 

Harumi had only meet with Koutarou a few times 
after the announcement day, so they were not all that 
close. 

Usually, she would be unable to even talk to a man at 
this point. 

"It's not?" 

"...Urn..." 

However, oddly enough, Harumi doesn't have her 
guard up around Koutarou at all. 

Harumi was also perplexed by this. 

"Sa-Satomi-kun is..." 


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As Harumi was muttering his name, Koutarou joined 
up with Kenji and turned towards Harumi. 

"Senpai! I'll be leaving now, but I'll see you again the 
day after tomorrow!" 

"Ye-Yes! We'll see each other the day after tomorrow, 
Satomi-kun!" 

"Goodbye!" 

Koutarou bowed deeply and left the courtyard with 
Kenji. 


Harumi held her hands in front of her chest and stared 
at Koutarou's back. 

"...So you're not lovers, but you're interested in him, 
right?" 

Observing Harumi's actions, that was the conclusion 
the girl had come to. 

"Ehhhh!?" 


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Harumi's face turned bright red and she was at a loss 
for words. She desperately started looking for words to 
deny it, but she couldn't think of anything that she could 
say that would deny her feelings for Koutarou. 

"It's okay, it'll be our secret!" 


In the end, Harumi was unable to say anything to the 
smiling girl. The silence continued. 


"Does she hate me or something?" 

"What?" 

"When I called out to you she looked she got really 
nervous all of a sudden, remember?" 

"Really?" 

"...Please, at least notice something that obvious." 

Kenji smiled wryly to Koutarou while getting on his 
bike. 


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Kenji had left his bike at Corona House. 

Normally he traveled by train to the closest station, 
and from there he would ride his bike to Koutarou. After 
meeting up, the two of them would walk to school. 

"I don't know if she hates you or not, but if an enemy 
to all women like you approached Senpai she'll be 
tainted. Don't go any near her. Shoo, shoo!" 

"Come on now..." 

Koutarou smiled at Kenji's reaction, but he soon made 
a serious expression again. 

"To be honest, though, it seems Senpai is a bit shy..." 

Although they had only talked a few times, Koutarou 
had picked up on that. 

"Hmm, she seems to do fine with you, though..." 

"A lot of things happened when we met, after all." 

"Ah, that time with a real enemy of all women?" 


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"That's right. It seems she's a bit thankful, and after 
that we've met by coincidence a few times, so it's 
probably because of that." 

The originally quiet and shy Harumi would probably 
treat Koutarou the same if not for the events that had 
transpired when they had first met. 

At least, that's how Koutarou thought of it. 

"That's how it is, so until she gets used to you just 
keep your distance, Mr. Enemy-of-All-Women." 

"Would you stop calling me that!?" 

Kenji was usually the one who was popular with the 
women. 

"Just understand that you'll be rejected, 
Mackenzie-kun." 

"Fine, fine." 

Kenji was well aware that it was a joke, and he smiled 
wryly while turning his bike around. 


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"Well then, Kou. Tomorrow's the entrance ceremony, 
so make sure you get to bed early." 

"I get it, I get it. Don't worry so much! I woke up just 
fine today, you know." 

"You have a point. See you tomorrow, then." 

"Yeah, see you." 

Kenji started riding towards the station, while 
Koutarou began walking back to Corona House. 


With a click the lock on Room 106 became undone. 

Although the door looked old, Shizuka would 
properly replace the locks every time a new tenant 
would move in. 

The door opened without any noise, as it had been 
well maintained. 

"I'm back..." 

Koutarou said while entering the empty room. 


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It sure is boring coming home to an empty house. 

Unexpectedly, the thought of Koutarou's mothers 
crossed his mind. 

It was a sight he would always see when he came 
home up until a few years ago. 

"You're finally back, you thick headed man!" 

However, a voice came from the back of the room, 
interrupting his nostalgic moment. 

"What!?" 

Koutarou quickly threw off his shoes and headed 
towards the inner room. 

"You didn't notice anything yesterday, but today I'll 
make sure to chase you out!" 

In the inner room Koutarou saw a small girl wearing a 
summer dress. 

She looked like she was several years younger than 
Koutarou, and from her small body she appeared to be a 
grade-schooler. 


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With powerful eyebrows and large eyes, she left quite 
an impression. 

"Plan Number One! Start up with the noise even 
though it's the evening!" 

Koutarou wasn't sure if she noticed him or not, but she 
started beating the furniture with both of her hands in 
the middle of room. 

"What?..." 

Running back and forth in the room, the girl ardently 
beat furniture and boxes, leaving Koutarou astonished. 

What's this girl doing? 

Koutarou was too surprised about what the girl was 
doing to think of how she got in. 

"It was a mistake trying to scare this thick-headed man 
in the night! Starting up with noise when he's awake - 
I'm on fire today!" 

The girl wandered around the room beating on 
everything she could. 


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"How about you start getting scared, thick-headed 
man? It's a paranormal phenomenon!" 

And finally the girl turned her head towards Koutarou 
who had been standing in astonishment staring at her, 
and their eyes meet. 


"And with that, you'll be running away!" 
"...Huh?" 

The girl stopped beating on the furniture. 

And the two then stared at each other for a while. 


"...What are you doing here?" 

Koutarou was the one who broke the silence. 

Koutarou pointed at the girl who had her hands held 
together, and asked her dumbfounded. 


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Coming home tired and seeing a girl dancing like she 
was crazy would make anyone feel the same. 

"Eeeeeh!?" 

The girls eyes opened wide in surprise. 

"He-Hey you! Can you see me!?" 

The girl leaned forward and brought her face closer to 
Koutarou. 

"Of course I can see you. What are you even talking 
about?" 

"You don't just see me, but you can hear my voice too! 

?" 


"Stop talking nonsense and..." 

Not understanding what the girl was talking about, 
Koutarou tilted his head in confusion. 

"Because you couldn't see me yesterday, and you 
couldn't hear my voice either!" 

"Hah?" 


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The girls words left Koutarou speechless, he was 
confused. 

"Like I'm telling you! No matter what I did to you, you 
wouldn't notice anything at all — that's what I'm saying! 
But why is it that you can see and hear me today!?" 

"Wait, wait, explain yourself properly! I won't 
understand anything if you talk like that. And before that 
, who are you? How did you get in here!?" 

"My name is Higashihongan Sanae, and I'm a resident 
of this room! I didn't get in here from anywhere, you're 
the one who came to me!" 

"Ah? This room's resident?... Wait a minute..." 

"Wh-what now?" 

Koutarou left the puzzled girl behind and opened the 
door to peek at the door plate. 

Room 106, Satomi Koutarou. 

"I'm in the right room after all..." 


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Confirming that, Koutarou quickly returned to the 
inner room. He was a bit worried he had accidentally 
entered the wrong room. 

"This is my room. I'm the one who's renting it from the 
landlord!" 

"This is my room! I've always lived here, so get out!" 

"I'm the one who's renting it, so why do I have to leave 
my own room!" 

"Shut up, shut up, shut up!! If I'm not here, mom and 
dad will be troubled!" 

The discussion wasn't getting anywhere. 

"...Hmm..." 

The troubled Koutarou tried to piece together the 
situation. He folded his arms together as he went 
through the events that led up to this in his head. 

As soon as I get home, there's some girl I've never seen 
before. She's insisting that this has been her room for a while. 
However, she was nowhere to be seen yesterday. And there's 


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no way landlord-san woidd rent out the room to two people at 
the same time... 

“Which means, this girl is..." 

"Wh-what, just staring at me like that?" 

To Koutarou, this girl was just someone who has 
entered his room without permission. 

Additionally, her reason for being there didn't make 
any sense. Since he didn't see her at all yesterday, he was 
sure she was just making it up. 

She was just a kid from the neighborhood who found 
that the door unlocked and came in to play. 

That was Koutarou's conclusion. 

"Alright." 

As soon as Koutarou reached a conclusion he rushed 
into action. 

"No problem, no problem." 

"Kyaa! What are you doing all of a sudden!?" 


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Koutarou captured the nape of the neck of her summer 
dress and lifted her up, and then headed for the door 
with her dangling in the air. 

"It's almost bed time for kids, so hurry up and go 
home!" 

"Let go! Just because I'm a kid doesn't mean you can 
just...! Wait, you're touching me! How!?" 

The girl tried to wrestle free, but because of the 
difference in strength nothing happened. 

"No 'how's' or 'what's'! Go home!" 

"But you couldn't touch me yesterday! You just passed 
through!" 

"You're making no sense, so just go home. A lot of 
things happened today and I'm tired." 

Koutarou threw the girl out and closed the door. 

"Hmm, to just let someone break in like that... I'll need 
to make sure I lock the door from now on." 


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With a click, Koutarou made sure to lock the door. He 
sighed as he made his way to the inner room. 

"What do you think you're doing all of a sudden!?" 

"Eh?" 

However, in the inner room he found the girl he just 
threw out. 

The girls face was dyed red with anger, and she 
angrily approached Koutarou. 

However, since she was small and had a rather cute 
face, she was unable to intimidate him. 

"You again? How did you get in here?" 

Koutarou quickly took a look at the window, but it 
had remained closed. 

Besides, too little time had passed for her to have been 
able to run around the house. 

"I passed through the wall, obviously." 


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"You passed through the wall?" 

Koutarou gazed at the wall behind her, but all he saw 
was the newly replaced white tapestry. 

"I don't see any holes..." 

"Of course not! I'm a gh-" 

"I got it! It's one of those magic tricks, right!?" 

Koutarou's eyes sparkled. He had seen magicians pass 
through walls on TV, so he completely mistook her for a 
magician. 

"Eh?" 

"One more time! Show me one more time!" 

"Kyaa!? A-again!? How can you touch me!? No one's 
been able to do that before!" 

"Come on, don't be so stingy. Do it one more time!" 

The girl was thrown outside once more. 

"Kyaa! Just hear me out, will you!?" 


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"Come on, come on!" 

However, Koutarou wasn't listening to her at all; he 
was convinced she was a genius child magician. 

"Kyaa!" 

"I'm begging you!" 

Koutarou threw her out and closed and locked the 
door again, excitedly waiting for the girl to get back 
inside. 

However, something unexpected happened. 

"Would you give it a break!!" 

"Wah!" 

Surprisingly, the girl's face projected from the door. It 
was almost as if a hole just for her face had opened. 

"You often get told you don't listen very well, don't 
you!" 

"Ho-how are you, why are you-!?" 


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And as Koutarou was watching the girls body passed 
through the door. 

"Move out of the way!" 

"Kyaa! Again!?" 

Koutarou pushed the girl away and examined the door 


However, there was not a single scratch on it. There 
was nothing that would allow her to pass through the 
door. 


"How did you do that!?" 

"I did it! You're surprised! That's what I've been 
waiting for!" 

Koutarou finally gave her the kind of reaction she had 
been expecting. 

This pleased her greatly, and a smile appeared on her 
face. 


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".. Oh, right. I'm not supposed to get excited." 

"Just who are you? How did you get in?" 

The girl put on a big grin. 

"I told you, didn't I? I passed through the wall, and I'm 
Sanae. Higashihongan Sanae," 

"Sanae?..." 

"I'm the ghost who's been haunting this room!" 

As the girl said that, Koutarou acted far more 
surprised than when she had passed through the wall. 

"Whaaaaaaat!? A ghost!?" 

"You can't believe it, right? But a normal person can't 
do this!" 

"Yo-You're floating!?" 

"Of course I float; I'm a ghost after all." 

Sanae floated up towards the ceiling she then looked 
down on the surprised Koutarou and laughed. 


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Having gone unnoticed by Koutarou all this time, she 
was very pleased. 

"A ghost... I had heard the stories from Landlord-san, 
but think you were real../' 

Koutarou had heard the stories from his landlord 
Shizuka, but he didn't think he'd see it for himself. 

However, Sanae was right in front of his eyes, and he 
had no choice but to believe it. 

A normal person can't pass through walls or float in 
the air. 

"So that means you're the ghost that's been appearing 
in this room?" 

"You finally understand! That's right. I'm the true 
master of this room!" 

"Which means you're the one who chased out all the 
previous tenants?" 

"That's right! It's my home, after all." 


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Sanae landed on the floor. 


"...You're a ghost, so why do you have legs?" 

"What does it matter? That's not what should be 
surprising you!" 

"Even if you say that... I can clearly see, hear and 
touch you, you know? Until you passed through the wall 
, I thought you were just some kid." 

Because of that, Koutarou wasn't panicking at all; after 
all, she looked like just a normal girl. 

"Th-that's what I want to know! Why can you sense 
me all of a sudden?" 

"What are you talking about?" 

"Yesterday, even if I stood right in front of you or 
shouted right next to your ear, you wouldn't notice me at 
all! I even passed through your body when I tried to 
tackle you." 

"Even you ask me..." 


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In other words, Sanae had been in the room with 
Koutarou since yesterday, always watching him. 

"I don't understand it either. The only 
out-of-the-ordinary thing that happened today was that I 
fell and hit my head." 

Koutarou turned around and pointed to the band-aid 
on the back of his head. 

"You hit your head and now you can see ghosts? Stop 
it with the nonsense!" 

"I don't want to hear that from you! You paranormal 
phenomenon!" 

"Uu..." 

Aware that she was the odd one out, Sanae recoiled 
slightly. 

"Th-that doesn't matter! Now that you can hear me, 
we can get down to business!" 

"You're the one who brought it up..." 

"Shut up! Shut up!" 


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"And, what business?" 

Sanae regained her composure after hearing 
Koutarou's words and then opened her mouth. 

"That's obvious! This is my home, so get out!" 

"I see... that's a bold statement." 

"It's not bold at all; it's a given." 

At the same time she said that, several small 
lightning-like phenomena started crackling around her, 
as if she was discharging them herself. 

"And what if I say no?" 

"I'll just do what I always do..." 

As Sanae raised her hand towards Koutarou, and a 
suspicious energy could be seen waving at the tip of her 
finger. 

It was what one would call a will-o'-wisp; however, 
Koutarou didn't know that. 

This girl wants to fight, huh... 


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Koutarou felt Sanae's intention to fight, brought his 
body lower to the ground, and took a stance. 

'Today I'm in top condition, so hitting you with this 
won't just surprise you!" 

The energy mass at the tip of Sanae's finger grew 
bigger. It went from being as small as a firefly to the size 
of a baseball. 

Getting hit by that would be bad... 

Koutarou didn't know what the light was, but he 
instinctively sensed danger and swallowed his saliva. 

Even though she's a ghost I can touch her, so it's not like I 
don't stand a chance. 

Koutarou, who was normally quick to pick a fight, 
formed his fists as he steeled himself. 

"...That's a coincidence. I'm in top condition today too. 

// 


"I see, what a coincidence... Fufufu, ahahahaha!" 
" W ahahahaha!" 


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Laughter and tension filled the room. 
The fight was about to start. 


The sound of a delivery truck passing by the 
apartment served as a gong, and the two start moving. 

"Eat this-!" 

Sanae threw the glowing ball at Koutarou. 

"Uwah!?" 

However, Koutarou quickly lowered his body, and the 
ball passed through the area where his face used to be. 

The ball hit a wall and disappeared, leaving behind a 
sound similar to a loud clap. 

"You nimble bastard!" 

"And that's not all!" 

Koutarou rushed towards Sanae, and since it was a 
small room he quickly reached her. 


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He swung his right hand. 

"Kyaa!?" 

However, Sanae passed through the wall behind her 
and dodged his attack, which was a fitting way for a 
ghost to dodge. 

Because of that, the only thing Koutarou could touch 
was the ends of her hair. 

"That's right, you're a ghost. But I hit you, and I can 
still do this!" 

As Koutarou confirmed the sensation of hitting the 
ends of her hair, Sanae entered the room once more. 

"That's dangerous!" 

"Like you're one to speak!" 

"It's a given that ghosts attack residents! 
Counterattacking is against the rules!" 

"Like I care!" 

"Get beaten or get out!" 


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"Not a chance! I finally found a place to live!" 

Koutarou didn't want to burden his father, who had 
raised him alone, any more. 

And because the rent here was just 5,000 yen, 

Koutarou could afford it with just his part time job. 

The only problem was the ghost laughing right in front 
of him. 

Koutarou didn't have a choice to just leave. 

"Like I'll leave because of a single ghost! I need this 
room to live a fulfilling high school live!" 

"I don't care about that! Get out! This is my home!" 

Both of Sanae's hands began glowing, and a ball of 
light formed on top of each hand. It was clear that she 
was planning on throwing both of them at Koutarou. 

"So you're finally getting serious..." 

Koutarou took a stance. 

"This time won't be the same as before!" 


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Two orbs materialized in Sanae's palms, and this time 
they were slightly larger than before. 

Dodging two of them would be much more difficult 
due to their size and power. 

As Sanae had said, the danger had increased. 

"As if I'd let you!" 

If that's the case I just need to keep her from attacking! 

Koutarou quickly made a decision and rushed towards 
Sanae, reaching out with his hand. 

"Kyaa!?" 

"I've got youuuu!" 

Koutarou's right hand captured Sanae's left arm, 
causing the will-o'-wisp in her left hand to fall to the 
ground. 

And like before, the ball hit the floor and disappeared, 
making a sound reminiscent of a loud clap. 


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"These aren't just for throwing!" 

"Uwah!" 

As Koutarou was following the falling ball, Sanae 
thrust the ball in her right hand towards Koutarou. 

He tried to dodge, but it was not enough. 

"Guwah!?" 

As the ball touched Koutarou it disappeared like the 
two before it. However, this time it impacted Koutarou 
heavily. 

It was almost like receiving an electric shock. 

"I did it! I don't know why, but I'm in top condition 
today!" 

"Ku!" 

Koutarou was knocked back by the impact and landed 
on his bottom. 

"And now for the finisher!" 


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In front of the fallen Koutarou, Sanae formed two 
more glowing spheres. 

You'll be sent to the hospital with defeat written over 
your face, and I'll be able to take back my room!!" 

"Yo-you selfish...!" 

Koutarou was still stunned from the impact and was 
unable to move. 

Meanwhile, Sanae combined the two balls to form a 
single large one. 

All Koutarou could do was watch. 

"If you'd just gotten out, it wouldn't have to end like 
this J>" 

The ball Sanae was holding over head grew bigger, 
and was now roughly the size of a dodge ball. 

If the ball from before was enough to leave Koutarou 
stunned, then the power of this one didn't need any 
explanation. 

"This is bad! I'll get killed!" 


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Koutarou braced himself, for it was all he could do to 
prepare himself for the incoming damage. 

"Nyahaahaahaa!" 

However, Sanae's triumphant laughter was 
interrupted by a small explosion by her feet. 

"Kyaa!" 

Sent flying by the explosion, Sanae fell over, with only 
her head passing through the wall. 

At the same time the will-o'-wisp she had made 
collided with the wall, leaving behind a large bang. 

Seeing that, Koutarou felt a chill run down his spine. 

"Owowow..." 

Sanae pulled her head from the wall and shook it 
slightly. This time, it was Sanae who was stunned. 

"...What did she step on?" 


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Koutarou saw something explode as Sanae stepped on 
it. Trying to find it, Koutarou approached the spot where 
she had been standing.. 

"I see! She stepped on this!" 

'Safe Delivery' 'Successful Studies' 'Traffic Safety' 

What he found was a bunch of good luck charms he 
had gotten from his grandmother. 

They had been taken out of the cardboard box and left 
on the floor, and Sanae had stepped on them. 

"That's right! You're a ghost, so you're weak to charms 

!" 


Koutarou picked up the charms. 

"Wahaha, with this, the tables have turned!" 

"Ku!" 

Sanae got up and glared at the charms in Koutarou's 
hand. 


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"To think you had those kind of things..." 

"I have plenty! From wards to Maneki Nekos , theres 
no lack of fortune goods in this room!" 

Koutarou didn't just get charms from his grandmother. 

When he passed his high school exam, she had sent a 
large amount of those kinds of fortune goods. 

"Ku, just how virtuous are you!?" 

"Hahaha! It's because of all my good deeds! God is 
watching!" 

Koutarou thrust the charms towards Sanae as he 
gradually closed in. 

Sanae, who had been on the offensive all this time, was 
gradually pushed towards the entrance with a bitter look 
on her face. 

"Eii!" 


Sanae threw three will-o'-wisps towards Koutarou. 
"It's no use!" 


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However, as the will-o'-wisps touched the charms in 
Koutarou's hands, they disappeared as if they were 
melting. 

"They don't work!?" 

"Stupid, there's no way a charm can't block a ghosts 
attack. Don't underestimate a Family Safety charm!" 

Koutarou grinned and started moving once more. 

"It's your turn to leave now, ghost!" 

"There's no way I'm leaving! I have to wait here no 
matter what!" 

"However, I'm the winner!" 

"Not yet!" 

With Sanae's short shout, the items around here 
started floating in the air. 

A cardboard box, a dictionary, a case filled with small 
articles. 


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These kinds of things started floating in mid-air, 
spinning around her. 

"How about this! Poltergeist Attack!" 

"Gah!" 

The items floating around her started pelting Koutarou 
all at once. 

The charms had no effect on the thrown items. 

Koutarou held his head and tried to escape, but some 
of the items crashed into his body. 

"Ouch! What're you doing!?" 

"Nyahahaha! It seems this works!" 

"If you hit me straight on I'll die!" 

"Stupid, that's what I'm trying to do!" 

"Dammit!" 

"Once more!" 


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Sanae lifted the nearby luggage into the air once more. 
"As if I'll take any more of this!" 

Koutarou picked up his treasured bat that happened to 
be lying right in front of him, preparing to defend 
himself from the attack. 

"In this narrow room, how long do you think you can 
last against my attack with that!?" 

Sanae sent a couple of items flying at Koutarou. 

"Hmph!" 

Koutarou swung with his bat and blocked the attacks. 
"Too slow, ghost! It's like they're flying in slow-motion 

l" 

"Curse you!" 

Sanae lifted up several more items into the air. 

Five more again... 


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In total there were five items floating in the air, a 
similar amount to the previous times Sanae had attacked. 

It seems like her limit five items at a time... 

Koutarou, without getting too careless, readied himself 
for the next attack. 

"Hm?" 

At that time, the dictionary floating to the right of 
Sanae fell onto a tatami mat. 

"That's..." 

Next to the fallen dictionary, Koutarou saw the 
Maneki Neko lying on the floor. 

It looked to Koutarou as if the dictionary had fallen 
when it flew too close. 

I guess I'll give it a try. 

When Koutarou made his decisio,n he tore up one of 
the charms he was holding together with the bat. 


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The charm he had tore was "Safe Delivery". 

"Ey!" 

Koutarou then threw it towards Sanae. 

"Owa!?" 

Sanae brought the items floating in front of her to 
shield herself. 

The charm hit the make shift shield and fell down to 
the tatami mat. 

"Don't surprise me like that!" 

"You'll be even more surprised by this!" 

Koutarou had rushed over to pick up the Maneki Neko 

"Wh-what?" 

"This guy!" 

Koutarou thrust out the Maneki Neko towards Sanae 
and their eyes met. 


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"A cat?" 

"Look around you!" 

"Ah!?" 

The items circling Sanae fell to the ground one by one. 

"It seems you can't make items fly next to this guy." 

"Fortune goods!?" 

Sanae ground her teeth in frustration and hurriedly 
ran towards the entrance, and luggage began floating 
around her once more. 

"How about if I attack you from this distance!?" 

Sanae threw a tissue box made of plastic at Koutarou. 

She only threw a single item, but that item traveled at 
a great speed. 

"It's no use!" 

However as the tissue box approached Koutarou, it 
stalled and fell to the ground. 


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"Why!?" 

As the box had approached the Maneki Neko, it had 
lost its power. 

When the box reached Koutarou, it had already lost 
most of its momentum and harmlessly bounced off of 
him. 

"The tables have turned again, ghost!" 

Koutarou laughed, full of confidence. 

"Wh-what!? I'm not losing yet!" 

"None of your attacks can reach me, but I can still 
attack you!" 

Koutarou held up the Maneki Neko and lucky charms. 

"Hmph! As long as I don't get close, it's no big deal!" 

"However, with that, you can never chase me out no 
matter how hard you try. It's my win, ghost!" 

Koutarou triumphantly declared his victory. 


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"...Hey, you no longer have a chance to win, so just 
give up and leave. Or better yet, pass on." 

"No way! Why do I have to do something like that? 
You leave!" 

Koutarou tightened his defenses with the Maneki 
Neko and the two entered a standoff. 

Both of them lacked a decisive blow. 

All of Sanae's attacks were prevented by the Maneki 
Neko. 

With her Poltergeist Attack she might be able to hit 
him with small items, but the damage would be next to 
nothing. 

Large heavy items would be stopped by the Maneki 
Neko before they were be able to hit. 

And Sanae herself couldn't approach the Maneki Neko 
, meaning direct attacks on Koutarou were impossible. 

At the same time, Koutarou was unable to defeat 
Sanae. 


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He could touch and grab her, and he threw the charms 
and blew her away as well. 

However, Sanae could flee through the walls, making 
his attacks ineffective. 

And because Sanae couldn't come near the Maneki 
Neko or the charms she would move even faster. 

And most importantly, Koutarou didn't know any way 
of getting her to pass on. 

No matter how many times he threw her out of the 
room or blew her away with the charms, she would just 
return. 

"Why do you insist on haunting this room anyways!?" 

"What does it matter! Either way, I have no intention 
of leaving! This is my home!" 

Sanae threw some crumpled up paper at Koutarou, 
but Koutarou caught it without difficulty and threw it 
back at Sanae. 

"Geez, you're just like a kid." 


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"You can't be a ghost if you're not childish!" 

"...That's an impressive argument." 

"Don't treat me like an idiot!" 

"You're the one who said it!" 

And like that, the two divided the room in half and 
continued their quarrel. 

Every once in a while someone would throw a 
crumpled piece of paper at the other, but the actual 
attacks had stopped. 

"Since it's come to this, it'll become a test of spirit! I'll 
haunt you until you give up, and I won't let you sleep 
during the night either!" 

"Go ahead and do it if you think you can! I've been 
forged by baseball, and my spirit is unbeatable! Besides 
not being able, to sleep goes both ways!" 

"You're not cute at all!" 

"Like you can talk!" 


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Like this the two stared each other down for hours. 
Night had started long ago. 


And before they knew, it the door bell rang. 

"Hm?" 

"Who is it now, during this busy time!" 

A loud continuing knock followed after the doorbell. 

"Wake up Kou! You'll be late for the entrance 
ceremony!" 

The voice coming from the other side of the door was 
Koutarou's childhood friend Kenji. 

"It's Mackenzie!" 

"Mackenzie? Oh, the guy in glasses." 

"Ah! It's already morning!?" 

Looking at the clock hanging on the wall, Koutarou's 
eyes shot open. 


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It was already 7:30AM. 

It took about 20 minutes to walk to school, so 
Koutarou had to leave around 8:00 to make it in time. 

And since today was the entrance ceremony, it would 
be best to get there earlier. 

"I can't just sit around here!" 

"Hey, you!" 

"We'll continue this when I get back! I have to get to 
school first!" 

Koutarou opened up the wardrobe and pulled out his 
uniform and school bag. 

"Hey Kou, are you awake?" 

"I'm awake. I'm awake! I'm on my way!" 

"Oh, you're awake." 

Koutarou shoved the Maneki Neko and the charms 
into his bag and started changing. 


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"Wait, before you go to school we need to settle this, 
right!?" 

"I don't have time for that, we'll do that later! I'm only 
living here so I can go to school! Besides, who would 
believe me if I didn't show because of a ghost!" 

"Eeeeeeeeeeeeeh!?" 

The completely rejected Sanae puffed up her cheeks 
and glared at Koutarou. 

"Don't start acting up when I'm gone okay? When I get 
back we'll settle this!" 

"I got it. I don't want to start any trouble here either." 

"...You're the trouble though..." 

"You're the one who's trouble! I had no problems up 
until now!" 

"I got it, I got it. I got it so until I get back just sit still, 
okay?" 

Sanae nodded reluctantly at Koutarou's words. 


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"I got it, so don't waste any time and hurry back." 
"Yeah!" 

And like this, the temporary truce between the two 
would last until the evening. 


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Revised 
2009/05/01 
(Excerpt) 

Fourth Article 

Any combat taken place 
outside of Corona 
House's room 106 is 
completely prohibited. 
However, that is not the 
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Koutarou let out a loud yawn. 

"You look sleepy, Satomi-kun." 

"I couldn't really sleep a lot yesterday." 

"That's unusual for you, Kou." 

Koutarou, Kenji and Shizuka were walking to school 
together. 

The three of them were wearing their brand-new 
uniforms. 

And they were all about to attend the 
Kitsushouharukaze High School's entrance ceremony. 

"Yeah, just a thing yesterday." 

"Did something happen, Satomi-kun?" 

The tone of Shizuka's voice was not the tone of a 
landlord, but rather the tone of a friend. 

Shizuka's tone had changed when she changed from 
addressing Koutarou as Satomi-kun yesterday. 


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Koutarou, who was bad with formality, welcomed the 
change. 

"Actually, Landlord-san, that thing appeared." 
"Appeared? You mean..." 

"The ghost appeared!?" 

"Yes. I couldn't believe it at first either, but it's without 
a doubt the ghost." 

Shizuka and Kenji were amazed by Koutarou's answer 


"So that's why it was a bit noisy yesterday..." 

"So... So are you okay, Kou!?" 

"Calm down, Mackenzie. It's not that big of a deal. A 
ghost appeared and some paranormal phenomena 
occurred, that's all." 

"O-oh... Well, if you say so..." 

Kenji let out a sigh of relief after seeing Koutarou 
behave as if nothing had happened. 


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Kenji was not good with scary stories. 

"So are you okay, Satomi-kun? Do you think you'll be 
able to keep living there?" 

As Corona House's landlord, Shizuka did not just 
share the same worries as Kenji; she also had another set 
of worries. 

If Koutarou moved out now. Corona House's 
reputation would drop even further. 

"It's okay, Landlord-san; it's not that big of a deal. It'll 
be settled within a few days." 

"I see. You're so reliable, Satomi-kun." 

"Just leave it to me. I'll deal with it!" 

Koutarou pounded his chest as he undertook the task, 
and Shizuka showed a relieved smile. 

Looking at her smile, Koutarou reconfirmed his 
decision to never run away from his room. 

"But to think there really was a ghost..." 


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"I'm just as sur - huh?" 

As Koutarou smiled wryly at Kenji, he noticed the 
shadow of someone peeping at them behind a utility pole 
right in front of them. 

"What's wrong?" 

"Look over there. There's a girl staring at us..." 

"You're right, but that outfit certainly stands out..." 

"I'm not usually one to say this, but... Is she not 
embarrassed walking around like that?" 

It was a girl that seemed to be around the same age as 
Koutarou. 

Although most of her body was hidden by the utility 
pole, it was not enough to hide the flashiness of her outfit 

She was wearing a colorful and frilly dress that looked 
like it belonged to an anime heroine. 

"Ah." 


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Although her voice didn't reach Koutarou, the way her 
mouth moved suggested that that was what she had said. 

Immediately after that, the girl turned around and fled 
, vanishing around a nearby corner. 

"What was that?" 

"Who knows..." 

As Koutarou and Kenji looked on in confusion, they 
could hear the sound of a collision from the corner the 
girl had run off to. 

"Kyaa!?" 

"You idiot! Don't just suddenly jump in front of my 
bike!" 

"I'm sorry! I'm so sorry! It wasn't on purpose!" 

"And what's with that outfit!? If you're gonna play, do 
it elsewhere!" 

"I'm sorry! I'm so sorry! I'm not playing! This is part of 
my job!" 


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A quarrel could be heard around the corner. 

"What was that?" 

"Who knows..." 

"I wonder if it was the girl from before." 

The three approached the nearby corner. 

"...Who know's what the young ones are thinking 
nowadays..." 

However, as the three of them peeked around the 
corner, all they could see was a middle-aged man picking 
his bike back up. 

The girl from before was nowhere to be seen. 

"The girl from before probably jumped out and got hit 
by the bike..." 

Kenji concluded this as he peeked around the corner. 

"I see. I wonder if she's alright, though..." 


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Koutarou looked back at the corner that they were 
moving further and further away from. 

"I'm sure she's fine, Satomi-kun. If not, she would be 
lying there." 

"You have a point." 

The worried Koutarou smiled slightly after hearing 
Shizuka's words. 

"That sure was a strange girl, though..." 

"It's spring after all.." 

"Now that you mention, the strange ones come out in 
droves at spring, don't they." 

And the three headed for school as if nothing had 
happened. 


After attending the entrance ceremony and homeroom, 
Koutarou headed for his work site. 


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He then worked until night for a total of roughly seven 
hours. 

Because of that, both Koutarou and Kenji were 
exhausted when they reached Corona House. 

"I'll hurry home and get to bed." 

"I wish I could do the same..." 

Koutarou sighed next to Kenji, who sat himself down 
on the bike saddle. 

"Make sure you get some sleep, okay? You fell asleep 
during the entrance ceremony, and you don't want to do 
that during class!" 

"Yeah, I will. See you later, Mackenzie." 

"Yeah." 

Koutarou and Kenji lightly waved to one another and 
headed for their own destinations. Koutarou headed for 
his own room and Kenji headed for the station. 

"...Well then. It's time to get down to business." 


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Koutarou looked back at Kenji and slapped his cheeks 
with both of his hands to pump himself up. 


"What the!?" 

What entered Koutarou's eyes when he opened the 
door was a mountain made of his furniture, piled up in 
front of the door. 

"I'm helping you move out and building a barrier to 
defend myself from invaders at the same time!" 

Said Sanae smiling as she stuck her head through the 
mountain of luggage. 

"Whatever, move it." 

"Oh come on!" 

However, Koutarou showed his bag to Sanae and she 
disappeared into the room. The Maneki Neko and 
charms were still in there. 

"What a childish thing to... Right, you are a child." 


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Koutarou took off his shoes and mumbled as he 
climbed over the furniture. 

Since it was just furniture for a six tatami mat room, 
there wasn't a lot of furniture to begin with. 

"If you don't want childish things to happen to you 
then come back earlier! It was boring just waiting around 
! Besides, you said you were just attending the entrance 
ceremony! Why are you coming home so late!?" 

"My bad, I had work after the entrance ceremony. 
Unlike you, I have to earn my living expenses. I don't 
want to cause to much trouble for my old man." 

Koutarou started by carrying the TV back to the room. 

"Hmm... So you're having a bit of a hard time too." 

"That's why I'm not leaving this cheap room!" 

"But I'm gonna have you leave!" 

The room was completely deserted. 

Koutarou sighed as he put down the TV next to the 
antenna outlet. 


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"Alright, next is..." 

After putting down the TV, Koutarou passed by Sanae 
who was lying in wait and headed for the entrance to 
move the next piece of furniture. 

"Stop! You can do that later, right? What about me!? 
Besides, you might be about to leave anyways." 

"Ghost, instead of talking, helping me move this back. 
I'm not dealing with you until everything is back where 
it was." 

"Fine, it can't be helped..." 

And Sanae reluctantly followed Koutarou. 

She can be quite obedient from time to time... 

Looking at Sanae reluctantly helping him, Koutarou 
felt some positive feelings for her for the first time. 


"Is there anything left?" 
"No, this is the last one." 


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Sanae shook her head and answered Koutarou's 
question as she levitated the cardboard box through the 
air. 

"Okay." 

Hearing that Koutarou stopped moving towards the 
entrance. 

"Alright, hand over the box, Sanae." 

"Sanae... ?" 

Koutarou stretched his hand out to take the box but 
Sanae stared at Koutarou in amazement with a surprised 
expression. 

Tears began forming in her eyes. 

"What's wrong?" 

Koutarou asked as he noticed and Sanae quickly 
wiped her eyes. 

"It's nothing! Just some dirt that got in my eye" 

"I see" 


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Since Sanae was a ghost there was no way dirt could 
actually get in her eyes, but Koutarou who didn't think 
anything of it believed her. 

"Come on, give it here, Sanae" 

"He-here!" 

Sanae floated the cardboard box to Koutarou's hand, 
who then headed for the wardrobe with it. 

"He called me Sanae..." 

Sanae whispered as she gazed at Koutarou's back. 

Nobody had called Sanae by her name ever since she 
had turned into a ghost several years ago. 

Because of that Sanae didn't attack Koutarou who had 
both of his hand occupied with the cardboard box with 
his back turned towards her, and instead gazed at his 
back with a mysterious emotion swelling up. 


"And that's it" 


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Closing the wardrobe Koutarou turned back to Sanae. 

"Hm, What's wrong?" 

Koutarou noticed the unmoving Sanae. 

"I-it's nothing! That's right, we still have to settle this!" 

"Yeah, we do." 

Koutarou had almost forgotten as he and Sanae were 
moving back the furniture. 

"I have no intention of leaving this-" 

Koutarou was interrupted mid-sentence by the sound 
of his window breaking. 

"Kyaa!?" 

"What!?" 

The surprised Koutarou and Sanae looked at the 
window, and at the same time that something that was 
breaking the window flew into the room. 

"Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" 


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That something fell flat on its face and rolled across the 
mat as it screamed. 

It crashed into the wall face first and then stopped. 

"Wh-what just happened!?" 

"Wh-who knows..." 

Koutarou and Sanae looked at each other briefly and 
took a look at what had flown into the room. 

"It looks like a person..." 

"Yeah..." 

It was a girl that seemed to be around the same age as 
Koutarou. She had a large bump on the top of her head. 

"But what's with this flashy outfit?" 

"Is she not embarrassed walking around like that? You 
can almost see her breasts from this position." 

What Koutarou and Sanae found odd was her outfit. 


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It appeared to be a dress abundantly decorated with 
things such as frills and lace. The colorful design used a 
lot of pink and primary colors, and the dress itself was 
quite revealing. 

As Sanae said, the girls well-shaped breasts looked like 
they were about to spill out. 

And the most noticeable thing was the broom she was 
straddling. 

It was a broom, no doubt about it, but it was not 
designed for cleaning. 

The broom was also colorful and well decorated, and 
seemed to value design over function. 

"She looks like she's from a fairy tale, like the old 
witch handing out poisoned apples... Except that this 
girl's cuter." 


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"She does have a witch feel to her, but doesn't the 

outfit look like something an anime heroine would wear? 
// 


"So it's cosplay..." 

"That's it!" 

The two came to a conclusion, and when you though 
of it as cosplay it made perfect sense. 

"But why would a cosplayer come flying through the 
window?" 

"Who knows... Maybe because it's spring?" 

"Spring... Ah!" 

At that point Koutarou recalled the event in the 
morning. 

"I think she's the one I saw this morning!" 

"Morning?" 


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"I saw her on my way to school! She was hiding 
behind a utility pole so I can't say for sure, but it'd be odd 
for several people to be walking around dressed like this. 
It must be her!" 

"Which means she's been walking around in this outfit 
since this morning?" 

"...A complete oddball..." 

"Yeah..." 

With the maniac girl in front of them, the two 
unintentionally looked at each other with amazed 
expressions. 

"So what do we do about this?" 

Sanae repeatedly poked the girl lying unconscious by 
her feet. However, the girl showed no response 
whatsoever. 

The big bump on top of her head and wide open 
mouth made her look pitiful. 


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"We can't just leave her like this. I'll put out the futon; 
you go get some water." 

"Okay, I got it." 

The two forgot about their situation and began nursing 
the unconscious girl. 

The girl in question woke up after Koutarou had 
changed the washcloth they were using to cool off her 
forehead for the fourth time. 

Over three hours had passed, and the time was now 11 
PM. 

"N-nnnn..." 

"Hey, it looks like she's coming to." 

"Really?" 

Sanae rushed over to Koutarou's futon just as the girl 
was blinking her eyes repeatedly. 

"E-Eh?" 


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And as her vision regained its focus she could see 
Koutarou's and Sanae's faces. 

"Hey." 

"Good morning!" 

The girl blinked once more. 

"Eh? Uhm... Eh?" 

The girl was unable to comprehend the situation. 

"Listen. A while ago you flew through my window, hit 
the wall, and passed out." 

Koutarou pointed at the window covered with 
newspapers and then at the wall. 

"And the two of us took care of you and cleaned up 
the shattered glass." 

Hearing Sanae's explanation, the girl's eyes opened 
wide as she came back to her senses. 

"Ahhhh! I-I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!" 


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The girl hurriedly got up and repeatedly bowed. 

"It wasn't on purpose!" 

Hearing her apology, Koutarou became convinced that 
it was the girl from the morning. Her voice sounded just 
like it had back then. 

"If it was on purpose, we'd have thrown you out 
already... That doesn't matter, though. You're paying for 
the repairs." 

"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry! I don't have any money!" 

"Then come through the door! Why would you crash 
through the window!?" 

"I'm sorry, I was in a hurry!" 

Attacked by Sanae from the moment she woke up, the 
girl looked like she was about to cry. 

Seeing that, Koutarou decided to give her a hand. 

"Don't nag her too much, Sanae. She might have her 
reasons for it." 


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"But she broke my window, you know?" 

"You can get angry later. Let's start by hearing her 
story." 

"You wouldn't even listen to my' story!" 

Sanae looked like she was ready to erupt. 

"Ah... Anyways, let's just hear what she has to say!" 

"Fine, but don't think this is over..." 

Sanae finally backed down after the persistent 
persuasion, and the two stared at the girl. 

"So, what did you come to this room for? Or were you 
in accident or something?" 

"Uh-uhm..." 

The girl flinched as the two glanced at her. 

"...Isn't it just her hobby?" 

"You just be quiet, Sanae." 

"Hmph!" 


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As Sanae turned her pouting face away from Koutarou 
, the girl slapped her cheeks to pump herself up. 

"Fight! Yurika Fight! 

- Actually, this room is in danger" 

Her voice and glance were more serious than they had 
been before, as could be told through her sharp 
expression. 

"Danger? What danger?" 

"Explain it properly!" 

"There are people trying to steal this room for 
themselves!" 

"Steal it for themselves?" 

"That's..." 

Koutarou and Sanae pointed at each other and said in 
unison: 

"Do you mean Sanae?" 


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"Do you mean Koutarou?" 

"It's not me! This is my room!" 

"What are you talking about!? I'm the one living here!" 

As the two began to argue, the girl shook her head 
from side to side. 

"No, it's not either of you." 

"It's not?" 

"Eh? It's not Koutarou?" 

"Yes. It's a completely different group." 

The girl clearly asserted herself as she nodded. 

"Who are they!? Are they also after this cheap room!?" 

"O-or do they want to make this beautiful ghost their 
own!?" 

"...That won't happen, ever." 

"Why not!? Don't be so rude!" 


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"It's neither. They're after the abnormal power that's 
concentrated in this room, so please hurry up and run 
away! It's dangerous! They will surely appear in a few 
days!" 

"Power? Danger?" 

"What's that supposed to mean?" 

Hearing the girl's explanation, the two looked 
astonished. To them it was nothing but nonsense. 

"Please explain it properly. Even if you tell me to run, 
it's not like I'll just pack up and leave." 

"Yeah. For starters, what's this power you're talking 
about?" 

"I want to know too!" 

When the two demanded answers from the girl her 
glance began drifting. 

"Uh-uhm... You could call it a naturally overflowing 
power, or erm... a supernatural power..." 


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Her convincing attitude started disappearing and she 
began to stumble on her words. 

Sweat started forming on her forehead and she forced 
herself to smile. 

"Aha, aha, ahahaha..." 

What? Should I not have asked? 

The girl's fake smile left that impression on Koutarou. 

"I don't understand anything from that kind of 
explanation! Don't use a vague word like power and tell 
me exactly what it is!" 

"D-Do I have to?" 

"Please do. It might be hard for you to say, but I'm 
ready to accept most things today." 

"You wouldn't hear me out though..." 

"Since I believe you now, I want to hear this girl's 
story from the start." 


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"Do-don't think I'm crazy or that I'm kidding, okay?" 

The girl's uneasy gaze looked upon Koutarou's and 
Sanae's faces several times. 

"Don't worry." 

"Fine, I promise." 

"O-okay, then I'll tell you..." 

The girl nodded and swallowed her saliva. 

And after looking at Koutarou's and Sanae's faces one 
more time she finally opened her mouth. 

"...Actually, the power in this room is." 

Though the girl started explaining, her voice quickly 
became quieter and quieter, and the essential part 
couldn't be heard. 

"The power is what?" 

"I can't hear you!" 

"I-I'm telling you, the power filling this room is ma..." 


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She really didn't want to say it. 

Her words disappeared for a second time. 

And her face was turning red. 

"Don't worry. We won't laugh at you, so please tell us. 


"That's right. If you don't tell us anything, nothing will 
happen." 

Hearing that from Koutarou and Sanae, the girl 
pumped herself up once more. 

"Yurika Fight! Yurika Fight!" 

She then stared straight at Koutarou and Sanae. 

And began explaining with large and exaggerated 
gestures. 

"Both of you, please listen! Actually, a large amount of 
magic power is gathering in this room!" 

"Eh?" 


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"Ma-Magic!?" 

"If the magic power keeps gathering at this rate, evil 
magic girls who plan on misusing its power will soon 
appear! And this place would become a battleground! So 
please run away if possible right now!" 

The girl loudly declared as she took the broom in her 
hand and started spinning it. 

"I'm the princess of love and courage. Magic Girl 
Yurika! I will defend the peace in this town!" 

With the oddly perfected pose and the firm beautiful 
voice, Koutarou and Sanae spaced out for a second. 

"Ah, what can you say... Right, Sanae?" 

"I know exactly what you want to say. This must be 
the worst possible development." 

"It's spring after all..." 

"That must be it." 


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When Koutarou and Sanae recovered from their 
dumbfoundedness, the first thing they did was look at 
each other and let out a big sigh. 

"Eh? Eh? What? What are you talking about!?" 

"No, it's nothing. We're just talking about how it's 
much warmer now that it's spring, really." 

"That's right." 

Saying that, Koutarou grabbed a hold of the girl, 
Yurika, the one wearing flashy clothing. 

"What? Why are you holding me?" 

"No reason, no reason." 

Koutarou smiled at Yurika and headed straight for the 
entrance. 

"That's right; no reason, no reason." 

Sanae also smiled, using her Poltergeist to carry 
Yurika's broom. 


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"Eh? What? Where are we going?" 

"That's up to you to deciiiiide!" 

Opening the front door, Koutarou threw Yurika 
outside. 

"Kyaaaaaa!?" 

Yurika fell flat on her face and started rolling until she 
reached Corona House's concrete wall. 

"Here, you forget this." 

Sanae followed up by throwing the broom at Yurika. 
"Kyan." 

The broom hit Yurika's head. However, neither 
Koutarou or Sanae bothered watching. 


"Fu..." 

"Good grief." 


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After quickly closing the door, Koutarou and Sanae 
sighed. 

"It's spring, after all..." 

"Isn't it because last year's winter was cold?" 

"You're right. It sure got warm all of a sudden..." 

Koutarou and Sanae were convinced Yurika was a 
cosplayer with a good imagination. 

Even after admitting the paranormal phenomenon 
Sanae, magic and magic girls were in a completely 
different league. 

There was a limit to the amount one could believe. 

"Excuse me, please open the door! Please listen to 
what I have to say! And why did you throw me outside 
anyways!?" 

A vigorous protest could be heard from the other side 
of the door alongside an intense knock. 


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Yurika did not leave as Koutarou and Sanae had 
hoped. 

"Keep it down, cosplay woman! If you want to hold a 
cosplay party, do it elsewhere!" 

"You heard him! It's because of people like you who 

don't consider the surroundings and bother people 

around them that the reputation of all cosplayers is 

ruined! How about you think about your actions instead! 
// 


Hearing that Yurika knocked once more very weakly 
and quieted down. Instead they began hearing her 
sobbing. 

"Uuu... Auuuu, yo-you don't have to say it like that! 
You wanted me to say it and you said you'd believe me, 
so I told you even though I didn't want to! Please believe 
me!" 

"Who would believe you when you're running around 
with that kind of outfit, talking about magic!" 


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"I-I'm well aware of that! I don't want to either! When I 
transform into this outfit, all the men stare at me! It 
doesn't fully hide my chest or butt either!" 

And instead of a knock a scratch could be heard. 

"But, the magical land told me to wear this and act 
boldly or I'll be poorly received by the citizens, so I have 
no choice!" 

The whimpering voice gradually grew louder. 

"I already know! That I'm not suited for this job and 
that no one will believe me! I'm not crazy! 
Fueeeeeeeeeeee!" 

Her whimpering voice had now grown into a loud 
crying voice. 

"Uwaaaaaaaa! This is too cruel! Uwaaaaaaa! Open the 
door! It's not fair! Please believe me! Fueeeeeeeeeeee!" 

Even though there was a closed door between them, 
the crying voice could be heard as if it was right next to 
them. 


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"Haa..." 

And Koutarou, having finally had it, put his hand on 
the doorknob. 

"Koutarou, do you really believe that idiot's story?" 

"It doesn't matter if I believe her or not. At this rate, 
it'll bother the neighbors." 

If Koutarou could hear the voice this clearly, all the 
other rooms probably could as well. Besides, it was 
already midnight. If this kept up, he would be thrown 
out. 

"I don't have any part in this." 

"It can't be helped..." 

And Koutarou sighed once more as he opened the 
door. 

"I-I'm not lying, I really am a magic girl!" 

"I understand, okay? So please stop crying." 


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"That's right, Yurika. Your belief is splendid; not a lot 
of people can stick with it like you." 

Even inside of the room Yurika would not stop crying. 

Koutarou and Sanae tried to calm her down, but it did 
not go very well. 

"Do-Does that mean you believe me? That this place is 
in danger? And that magic is real?" 

"Th-that's a bit..." 

"I knew you didn't believe me! You're all talk! 
Fueeeeeeee! You think I'm just some pervert!" 

"You idiot, Sanae! At times like this, say you believe 
her, even if it's a lie!" 

"That's because she's talking about magic! No matter 
how much abnormalities you add up magic is just 
impossible!" 

"Uaaaaaa! You really don't believe me! You're just 
trying to trick me!" 


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"Look what you did because of your unneeded remark 

!" 


"It's not just my fault!" 

In the middle of room Yurika was bawling her eyes 
out. Koutarou and Sanae were flustered, and the 
situation was getting worse by the minute. 

"Here, Yurika, wipe your tears with this. Okay?" 

Sanae used her Poltergeist to send a nearby towel 
flying to the sobbing Yurika. 

Seeing the towel float towards her, Yurika suddenly 
stopped crying and opened her eyes wide. 

"Ma-magic!? You can use it too!?" 

"Eh? Me?" 

"Yes! This is magic, isn't it!? Why won't you believe 
me when you can use it too!?" 

Yurika's face regained all of its luster in an instant. She 
was happy to have found another magic user. 


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"Ah, this? This isn't magic." 

However, Sanae clearly denied it. 

"It's not... magic?" 

Yurika showed a surprised face and blinked 
repeatedly, then tears began forming again. 

"This is just a paranormal phenomena." 

"Paranormal... phenomena? 

"Yeah. I'm a ghost after all. Look" 

Sanae stretched out the towel mid-air and flew 
through it. 

"Eeeeeeee!?" 

This left Yurika speechless. 

"Are you really a g-g-ghost?" 

"Yeah, as you can see. Here's your towel." 

Sanae landed with her back to Yurika and handed her 
the towel. 


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The towel flew through her body and floated in front 
of Yurika. 


"What?" 

Sanae stared at Yurika, who had her eyes wide open, 
and stopped moving. 

"A-Aaa, auuu..." 


Yurika blinked twice. 

"Are you okay?" 

And as the worried Koutarou started approaching 
Yurika, she began to move. 

"Kyaaaaaaaaaa! Nooooooooooo! G-ghost! Not a ghost! 

!" 


Yurika suddenly sprung up, picked up her broom, and 
surveyed the room. She then ran towards the wardrobe. 

"Wh-What!?" 


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"H-Hey, what's wrong?" 

"Don't possess me please! I beg you! I'm scared of 
ghosts! If you're going to possess someone, possess him!" 

Yurika jumped into the wardrobe and closed the 
sliding door in a hurry. 

"Don't come near me! Don't possess me! Nothing good 
will come from killing me! Please suck the life out that 
energetic person over there instead, please!" 

Pitiful pleas could be heard through the wardrobe. 

"What's up with that?" 

"Wh-who knows... But she's probably scared of you." 

Koutarou and Sanae, who had been left behind, stared 
at the wardrobe dumbfounded. 

"Ri-right. Normally when a person comes across a 
ghost they act like that. After spending some time with 
you I completely forgot." 

"Were all the previous tenants like that too?" 


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"Yeah, something like that." 

Sanae looked at Koutarou and nodded. 

"But is it even okay for a magic girl of love and 
courage to run away like that? She even left you behind 
to take her place as the victim." 

"Well, she's just a cosplayer. Even if she wanted to act 
like a real one, she couldn't" 

"You have a point." 

The two kept staring at the wardrobe with cold glances 


"I'm sorry! I'm so sorry! You don't have to believe 
magic anymore! Just please don't possess me!" 

Unaware of Koutarou and Sanae's feelings, Yurika 
desperately pleaded for her life. 

"So what do we do about that?" 

"What's there to do? We'll just have to get her to come 
out." 


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"...Yeah." 

Koutarou and Sanae looked at each other and let out 
big sighs once more. 


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Corona Convention 
Revised 
2009/05/01 
(Excerpt) 


Any cosplay outside 
of Corona Houses's 
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Tuesday, April 7th, 7:30 AM. 

"...In the end, she didn't come out at all..." 

"If you leave her here with me, she definitely won't 
come out." 

Koutarou stopped with his shoe in hand and turned 
towards the inner room. 

Yurika had not come out of the wardrobe ever since 
she had jumped in. 

The sulking and scared Yurika refused to come out no 
matter how many times they had tried to persuade her. 

And Koutarou was about to put things there on hold 
and head for school. 

"She'll come out when she gets hungry." 

"I hope so. But at this rate, we're not going to get 
anywhere..." 

"You're right about that..." 


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Koutarou finished putting on his shoes and forced a 
smile as he stood up. 

"Hurry up and come back, okay?" 

"Yeah. I don't have any work today, so I'll be home 
earlier than yesterday." 

"Yeah, come back safely." 

I'm being seen off... 

"Yeah, I'll see you later." 

And saying good bye... 

The two who had been fighting over the room 
exchanged those words. Oddly enough, it did not feel 
unnatural. 


As Koutarou stepped out he spotted Kenji, who was 
leaving his bike in the bike racks in front of the 
apartments. 

"Hey, Mackenzie." 


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"Morning, Kou." 

Having finished locking the bike, Kenji approached 
Koutarou, who was in the middle of yawning. 

"Fuaaaaaaaaa..." 

"What, lack of sleep again?" 

"Something like that. It was hard to sleep..." 

"That ghost?" 

"That's part of it." 

Koutarou felt a sudden shake. 

"Eh?" 

At first Koutarou thought it was because he was 
moving, but he kept shaking even though he had 
stopped. 

"What's wrong?" 

"Isn't it shaking?" 


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"Hm? Yeah, now that you mention it, it is shaking a bit 

// 


"An earthquake?" 

"Probably. There's probably no construction going on 
at this time, after all." 

The two looked down to the ground, and after a few 
seconds the shaking stopped. 

"It looks like it's stopped." 

"Well, that's about it I guess." 

As the two were talking Shizuka's voice could be 
heard from above. 

"Good morning, Satomi-kun, Mackenzie-kun!" 

Koutarou and Kenji looked up at Shizuka, who was on 
the passage of the second floor in the middle of locking 
her door. 

"Good morning, Landlord-san!" 

"Good morning, Kasagi-san." 


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"The weather's very nice today." 

Shizuka walked down the stairs of the second floor. 

"Did I keep you waiting?" 

"I didn't wait at all, Landlord-san." 

"I just arrived as well." 

Today was the day lessons started at 
Kitsushouharukaze High School. 

Fortunately, the three happened to be assigned to the 
same class, and they had decided to go to school together 


"Oh, good. Let's go then, shall we?" 

"Yes!" 

"Got it. But Kou, you sure are strangely polite to 
Kasagi-san." 

"You're right, Mackenzie-kun. While I'm calling him 
Satomi-kun, he's being formal and calling me 
landlord-san." 


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"It's only normal to hold your landlord in high regard. 

// 

"He's been raised to value hard work, so he's always 
like this towards those he works with." 

"I see... ufufufu." 

The three walked together to school. 


It was the second day of school counting the entrance 
ceremony, and the classroom was quiet. 

There were a few groups talking, but it was mostly 
groups of students who had gone to the same middle 
school. 

It would probably take a few more days until the 
students got used to one another. 

"Satomi-kun!" 

In the quiet class room Shizuka's voice could be clearly 
heard. 


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She was carrying a cardboard box and moving 
towards Koutarou and Kenji's seats. 

"What is it, Landlord-san?" 

"Fufufu, please don't call be Landlord-san at school, 
Satomi-kun. Oh right, here you go." 

"What's this?" 

Koutarou recieved a small cardboard box from 
Shizuka. 

"I spoke to a classmate of mine from middle school 
who knows a lot of these kind of things, and after I 
explained the circumstances to her she gave me all this." 

When Koutarou opened the box he saw a lot of notes, 
labels, ropes and decorated sticks inside. 

"Religious equipment..." 

Kenji, who was seat was right in front of Koutarou and 
was also peeking into the box, stated the contents of the 
box before Shizuka. 

"Religious equipment?" 


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Koutarou, who didn't understand, asked Kenji. 

"Yeah, look at this. It has 'begone evil spirits' written 
on it." 

"You're right." 

"But to think there's equipment from so many 
different religions gathered here. Shinto, Buddhist, 
Christian, Islamic... Wow, even Voodoo." 

"Why would you give this to me, Landlord-san?" 

"That's because you said a ghost appeared in your 
room. I thought this might help." 

"Ah..." 

Koutarou finally remembered that he was fighting 
against Sanae over the room. 

That's right , I'm fighting against her over ownership of the 
room. 

With Yurika showing up the day before, there was no 
time for any of that. 


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"Wouldn't all of this cost quite a bit, Kasagi-san?" 

"Oh, about that, Mackenzie-kun. These were about to 
expire so I got them for free." 

"Expire!? Religious equipment!?" 

Hearing those unexpected words from Shizuka's 
mouth left Kenji amazed. 

"That's what she said. She also said the expiration date 
was really really close, so use them as soon as possible." 

"...To think the wave of civilization would affect even 
these kind of things." 

Kenji picked up a small, dried up, suspicious looking 
charm, and stared at the label attached to it. 

'Expiration date: six months from manufacturing. For 
date of manufacture, please consult the packaging.' 

"The world is at an end..." 

That was Kenji's honest opinion. 

"This'll help a lot, Landlord-san." 


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"I hope it'll be useful." 

"I'll make it useful!" 

"Do your best, Kou; I'm cheering for you!" 

"Then help me out!" 

"No way. You know I'm bad with those kinds of 
things." 

"Now that you mention it..." 

Kenji hated all things occult. 

Even though he was more knowledgeable, he feared 
them more than Koutarou. 

If you asked him, he'd say he hated it because he knew 
about it. 

"Alright, with this..." 

Koutarou stopped mid-sentence, remembering that he 
had one more he had to drive out of his room. 


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Self-proclaimed Princess of Love and Courage: Magic 
Girl Rainbow Yurika. 

It was an embarrassing girl with an excessive cosplay 
hobby. 

"Hey, Mackenzie." 

"No matter how many times you ask I won't help!" 

"Not that. There's something I want to ask." 

"Hmm? What?" 

Kenji nodded and looked at Koutarou who showed 
him the cardboard box. 

"Ghosts can be exorcised with these kinds of things, 
right?" 

"Well, yeah." 

"So, what do you use to exorcise cosplayers?" 

Koutarou looks at him seriously. 

"Are you stupid? There's no such thing!" 


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"Don't say that. I'm serious here." 

The day before he only had to deal with a ghost, but 
that day he also had to deal with a cosplayer. 

Koutarou was serious. 

"Seriously, cosplayers are just normal people. Don't be 
stupid." 

"So I can just use force?" 

"Do whatever you want!" 

Kenji adjusted his glasses with a fed up expression. 

"Hmm..." 

And as Koutarou crossed his arms to think, Shizuka, 
who had been watching the two, started laughing. 

"Fufufu, you two sure get along well." 

"Only because we've known each other for so long..." 

"Don't make it sound so unpleasant, Mackenzie!" 


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"Fufu. You don't really hate it. Right, Mackenzie-kun? 

// 


"I really do!" 

"You're not honest, are you, Mackenzie-kun." 
"Landlord-san, he's always trying to act tough." 

"Kou! Are you picking a fight with me!?" 
"Ahahahaha!" 

Shizuka's laughter filled the classroom. However, even 
hearing her laughing voice, Koutarou was thinking about 
something completely different. 

Do I really want to drive away Same? 

That was a sudden and unexpected hesitation for 
Koutarou. 


After school, having finished clean-up duty, Koutarou 
headed for the club building. 


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There were all kinds of clubs and societies in each of 
the rooms. 

In fact, you could call it an apartment building for 
clubs. 

"Well, it's technically treated as a society so..." 

Koutarou headed for the south wing of the second 
floor, where the societies had been gathered. 

Sports clubs were gathered around the entrances to the 
building. 

However, further inside the building there were 
almost no students to be found. 

In the quiet hallway only Koutarou's footsteps could 
be heard. 

"Here it is." 

Koutarou stopped in front of the room the furthest 
back. 

The Knitting Society. 


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That was the society he had joined on the 
announcement day. 


"Hello?" 

Koutarou knocked on the door. 

Because the door was made of resin and had an 
aluminium frame, the sound of the knock carried all the 
way through the entire hallway. 

".. Ye-Yes!" 

And a slightly panicked voice answered. 

Shortly after, the lock on the door was undone, and the 
face of a girl popped out. 

"Who is - ah..." 


The girl showed a suspicious face at first, but after 
noticing it was Koutarou she eased up. 

"Hello, Senpai." 


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"Welcome, Satomi-kun." 

The girl was Sakuraba Harumi, the club president, and 
the only member apart from Koutarou. 


To Koutarou, who was a complete beginner, even the 
basics of knitting were hard to grasp. 

To explain it, you spin the wool on your finger around 
the knitting needle, and on top of the needle you make 
loose knots. 

Although easy once used to it, Koutarou was clumsy 
and had bad memory, making it rather troublesome. 

"Senpai, what do I do here?" 

"You pull to the right and then loop it around here." 

"Oh, that's right. Now I remember..." 

Koutarou would sometimes stop to look at Harumi 
before continuing on. 


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And although he was somewhat careless and almost 
stabbed his fingers on the needle, Koutarou was 
thoroughly knitting. 

"There's no need to rush, Satomi-kun. I won't mind if 
you do it slowly; today is just practice." 

"Ye-yes. I'm sorry. I'm clumsy." 


"I don't mind. Everyone is like that when they first 
start." 

Harumi seemed happy as she watched over Koutarou. 

Normally she was shy and withdrawn, but right now 
she was positive and talkative, probably because she was 
doing what she loved. 

"Was it the same for you too, Senpai?" 

"Yes. I've even stabbed my fingers with a knitting 
needle before." 


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Harumi fondly remembered her past. However, 
Koutarou was not looking at her face at this time. If he 
had, he would not have been able to forget the smile on 
her face for the rest of the day. 

"Do this like this and... Haha, I feel more motivated 
after hearing that even senpai has failed before/' 

"When you put it like that it sounds like you're teasing 
me. Fufufu, but you still haven't stabbed your finger yet, 
so you might be better than I was." 

"Ahaha, I'll try." 

Even when laughing Koutarou diligently kept moving 
the knitting needle, not looking away from his hands. 

It sure is unexpected... That someone like Satomi-kun would 
work this hard... 

Harumi, who was seated next to Koutarou, couldn't 
help but find it mysterious. 

While she herself enjoyed knitting, she was also aware 
that not everyone else did. 


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She did not expect an athletic type like Koutarou to 
show any interest in this kind of thing. 

She had at one point even wondered if he had some 
kind of ulterior motive, like the boy from the 
announcement day. 

"Senpai, when I pull the knots is it alright if I put some 
force into it?" 

"Ah, yes, that's okay. But it'll turn out poorly if you 
pull too much and the sides become unbalanced, so be 
careful." 

"Oh, I see. Got it." 

"Good." 

Why does he work so hard... ? 

In reality, however, that was not the case. Koutarou 
was earnestly working away and trying to seriously learn 
knitting. 

Harumi couldn't help but find that mysterious. 

"Satomi-kun..." 


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"Yes, what is it?" 

Hearing Harumi's call, Koutarou stopped moving his 
knitting needles and looked up. 

Being confronted by Koutarou's gaze, Harumi's 
normal shy and withdrawn personality returned ever so 
slightly. 

"Do you mind if I ask you something?" 

"That's fine, ask me anything." 

"I-in that case..." 

Having made up her mind, Harumi swallowed her 
saliva and pitched her question to Koutarou. 

"Satomi-kun, what made you want to pick up knitting 

?" 


"Pick up knitting?" 

Koutarou laughed embarrassingly and put his hand to 
his head. 

"It doesn't fit me at all, right? Ahahaha..." 


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Koutarou was aware of how he must look to others. 

"Th-that's not what I meant! I just meant that, well, 
wouldn't a guy get bored doing this?... And that made 
me wonder..." 

Hearing Koutarou's laughing voice, Harumi's face 
turned red and she turned her gaze down. 

Looking at her, Koutarou decided to tell her about his 
circumstances. 

He felt that she would understand, and since she was 
his teacher he felt it was only fair she should know. 

"You don't seem like the gossiping type, so I'll tell yo.u 

// 


"Satomi-kun?..." 

Harumi looked back up at Koutarou, and she was 
slightly surprised that his face was more serious than she 
had expected. 

"Actually, there's a half-knit sweater in my room..." 
"Sweater... Ah..." 


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Harumi remembered Koutarou's words from the first 
time she had met him. 

"Would it be possible for a complete amateur to knit a 
sweater?" 

"I hope to complete it with my own hands eventually. 
Hahaha, who knows how long it'll take before I'll be able 
to do it though..." 

That sweater must hold some memories of someone special to 
him. 

That is what Harumi thought as she looked at 
Koutarou's smile. His slightly embarrassed and laughing 
expression was oddly gentle. 

So that's why he's working so hard... He must think that 
completing the sweater... I see , so that's how it is... 

Filled with relief, Harumi felt joy from the bottom of 
her heart. 

"I understand, Satomi-kun. I'll make sure that you'll be 
able to complete that sweater!" 


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"Really!?" 

"Yes!" 

Harumi was truly happy that Koutarou was taking 
knitting seriously and that she had been able to find a 
true companion. 

"Let's work together, Satomi-kun!" 

"Yes!" 

Koutarou being unskilled was not a problem at all. 
Harumi didn't think anything of it. 

But I wonder who knitted that sweater... 

Harumi asked herself, but the question quickly left her 
mind. 

That doesn't matter! Let's get along , Satomi-kun! 

Harumi was satisfied having found a true companion. 
It was a truly joyful event for her. 


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"I do this here, and..." 

Koutarou reviewed what he had learned that day 
while walking to the Corona House. 

The sight of a boy moving his hands in a suspicious 
way in the town dyed by the sunset was surreal. 

However, Koutarou was serious. 

He moved his empty hands and continued his image 
training. 

"Hmm?" 

As Koutarou returned to Corona House he could hear 
a sound from the garden. 

"I wonder what that is." 

As Koutarou turned the concrete wall, he saw Shizuka, 
who was wearing an apron on top of her school uniform 
and holding a large bamboo broom. 

She was in the middle of cleaning up the garden. 

"Welcome back, Satomi-kun." 


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"I'm back, Landlord-san." 

Shizuka welcomed him back with a smile. 

"I was cleaning the garden." 

"I see." 

There was a small pile of uprooted weeds at her feet. 
After pulling up the weeds, she gathered them up with 
her broom. 

"I want to keep this as beautiful as possible." 

Shizuka smiled and narrowed her eyes as she looked 
up at Corona House, dyed by the sunset. 

Corona House was beautiful. 

Although the design was old fashioned, the 25 year 
old building showed no signs of its age. 

This was because Shizuka had never neglected 
maintaining it. 

"Landlord-san, you said this house was left behind by 
your parents." 


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Koutarou also looked up at Corona House. 

"Yes, that's right. That's why I want to keep it standing 
as long as possible, although in the end it will probably 
be demolished." 

"I'll make sure to live with care." 

Koutarou understood Shizuka's feelings. 

They were the same kinds of feelings that Koutarou 
had towards completing the sweater. 

"Thank you, Satomi-kun." 

"Well, I have to act cool from time to time." 

"It would have been a moving scene too, if only you 
hadn't said that. Ahaha." 

" W ahahahaha!" 

And as the two laughed, a small, blue light flew 
through the crimson sky. 

"Ah, a shooting star." 


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"So it is." 

The shooting star flew close by Corona House and had 
entered the view of the two. 

"...I wish that Satomi-kun won't lose to the ghost." 

Shizuka puts her hands together and made a wish. 

The star vanished at the same time she finished 
wishing. 

"I won't lose to a ghost. Besides I got a bunch of 
religious equipment from you." 

"Just in case, Satomi-kun. Ufufu." 

"I'm not being trusted at all..." 

"I trust you." 

"You're just feigning it!" 

"Ara ara. Ahahaha." 

" W ahahahaha!" 


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The two cheerfully talked, but the only reason they 
were able to remain so cheerful was because they were 
unaware of what was about to happen. 


Standing in front of Room 106, Koutarou reached into 
his pocket and took out his key. He could hear voices 
coming from inside. 

"Nooooooooo! Please don't come any closer!!" 

"Fuefuefue, what does it matter, what does it matter?" 

"I hate ghosts!!" 

"What's the matter, magic girl Rainbow Yurika?" 

What he could hear were the voices of a frightened 
Yurika and a playful Sanae. 

"...What are they doing?" 

Koutarou unlocked the door, put the key back into his 
pocket, and opened the door. 


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"Sa-save meeeeeee!" 

"Oo!? 

At that moment, Yurika jumped out of the room into 
the hallway and began shaking as she hid behind 
Koutarou's back. 

"Gh-ghost-san, i-if you're going to possess someone, 
po-possess this person!" 

"Come on now, for someone who introduces herself as 
a magic girl of love and courage..." 

Koutarou was awestruck. 

Well it's only natural; she's only a cosplayer after all. 

As Koutarou was thinking this the other person in the 
room came to the front door. 

"Welcome home." 

"Thanks, I'm back." 


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Koutarou responded to Sanae's welcome, took off his 
shoes, and entered the room. The trembling Yurika 
followed him in. 

"Sanae, don't bully her too much. She's not related to 
all this." 

"I am related!" 

"I know she's not directly related, but if she starts up a 
cosplay party here, I won't stand for it." 

"I'm not here to host that kind of party! The evil magic 
girls are... The enemies are approaching!" 

"...It seems the party is just moments away." 

"Right?" 

"Please listen to what I have to say! Please!" 

"Fine, fine." 

"We know, we know. Danger is approaching, right?" 

"It must be nice for someone who's only playing..." 


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"That's true..." 

"Aaaaaaaa, you're not listening at all!" 

While entering the inner room, Koutarou threw his 
bag into the corner and turned to Sanae. 

"Sanae, lets leave this girl be for now." 

"Yeah, I got it." 

"Don't leave me be, please! This is important!" 

"For the time being, lets settle this between you and 
me." 

"Yeah..." 

Suddenly the smiling Sanae's expression becomes 
more grim. 

"... That's right, I had to drive you out of this room, 
didn't I." 

"I can't afford to leave, so I need to exorcise you." 

"That's right, that's what this was about." 


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That had been the intention of those two up until 
yesterday. However, those feelings had gradually 
diminished. 

"Please listen to what I have to say!" 

"Could you quiet down? There's no time to play!" 

"Sorry, I'll play with you later." 

"Noooooo, I don't want to play with a ghost!" 

"...Do you want me to listen or not? Make up your 
mind!" 

"Hey, Koutarou..." 

Sanae spoke to him in a quiet voice. Up to that point, 
her voice had always been loud and energetic, so this 
attracted his attention. 

"Hmm?" 

"...Do you hate me?" 

"Eh?" 


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"If by any chance you - 


What interupted Sanae was a large sound. 

"Kyaaaaaaa!?" 

Yurika screamed, and at the same time the tatami mat 
next to the entrance of the inner room was sent flying. 

Yurika, who was standing on that mat at the time, was 
sent flying face-first into the ground. 

"Why is it always me!?" 

Yurika started rolling, crashed into the wall, and 
stopped moving. 

"Gyafu." 

"What!? What just happened!?" 

"Koutarou, below the tatami mat! Someone's coming 
out!" 

"What!?" 


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Koutarou, who had been following the flying tatami 
mat, looked back and saw a person crawling up from 
where the mat had been. 

There was a round hole in the floor boards, just large 
enough for a person to pass through. 

"It is a pleasure to meet you for the first time. My 
apologies for surprising you." 

Coming up from the ground was a lone girl. She 
appeared to be slightly older than Koutarou. 

She was tall with a proper and formal appearance and 
distinct eyes, creating a composed atmosphere around 
her. 

"My name is Kiriha. A descendant of the people of the 
earth, born of the Kurano family, who resides over 
oracles and incantations." 

However, her clothes were strange. 

She was wearing rarely seen old fashioned clothing 
with lots of adornments. 


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It was almost as if out of a history book, resembling 
the outfit of a shrine maiden in ancient japan. 

"Kiriha?" 

"What's up with this one...!?" 

With this, four people had gathered in the small room. 
Koutarou, Sanae, Yurika and Kiriha. 

Why do people keep gathering to this room... ? 

Koutarou was less concerned with the appearance of 
Kiriha, and more concerned with the increasing 
population of his room. 

Koutarou, Sanae and Kiriha were sitting at the tea 
table in the middle of the room. 

Yurika was still lying by the wall next to the window, 
unconscious and unmoving. 

"Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Kurano 
Kiriha. Kurano is the name of my clan, so I'd prefer if 
you called me Kiriha." 


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"I'm Satomi Koutarou." 

"I'm Sanae 

"Koutarou and Sanae. Although it's just until we're 
done with my business, I hope we'll be able to get along." 

Hearing their names, Kiriha politely bowed. 

"How polite." 

"Le-lets get along." 

Koutarou and Sanae returned the bow. 

"First off. I'd like to apologize. I'm sorry for coming 
out from a place like that. It was the result of not wanting 
to cause a lot of commotion." 

"Please raise your head, Kiriha-san." 

Koutarou was grateful in response to Kiriha, who 
politely kept bowing her head. 

"We wish to express our gratitude for your generosity. 
Thank you, Koutarou." 


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Kiriha raised her head with a smile on her lips. Her 
sincere attitude and amiable posture dispelled 
Koutarou's wariness. 

Her clothes are strange and tone is stiff, but it seems like she 
can at least hold a proper conversation. 

The encounters with Yurika from yesterday and Sanae 
the day before had been disasters, but Kiriha's 
appearance left Koutarou with a good impression. 

"Well, Kiriha-san, what kind of business do you have 
here? And why did you come from below - " 

"Hey, Koutarou!" 

"Uwa! Wh-what is it, Sanae?" 

Sanae's sullen face cut in between the two, interrupting 
Koutarou mid-sentence. 

"Your attitude is completely different from when you 
met me and Yurika!" 

"Of course it is. The other party's attitude is different, 
after all." 


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"...Aha~ I can see right through you~" 

"Wh-what's with that look?" 

"It's because of those big breasts, isn't it!? You pervert! 


"Eh? Are Kiriha-san's breasts big!?" 

"If you didn't notice, you don't have to looook!" 

An English-Japanese dictionary sent by Sanae's 
Poltergeist hit Koutarou's head. 

"...Do-don't be unreasonable!" 

"This is usually how we act!" 

"Then don't get angry when you're left out of the 
conversation!" 

"Grrr... I still feel like something's unfair! Hmph, I 
don't care anyway!" 

As if she had been talked down to by Koutarou, Sanae 
looked away sullenly. 


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"...Is it okay if I continue?" 

Kiriha, who had been looking at the two in amazement 
,lightly cleared her throat with a cough and straightened 
her posture. 

"I'm sorry, Kiriha-san." 

"Not at all. I'm the one being unreasonable, appearing 
at such a strange time from such a strange place. There's 
no need to worry." 

"I appreciate you saying that. Kiriha-san, I'll ask you 
again: what reason do you have for coming here? And 
why did you come from under the floor?" 

"For me to explain that. I'll need to start from 
explaining who I am." 

Kiriha looked directly at Koutarou and began to speak 
boldly. 

"I'm of the people of the earth, and as you might guess 
from the name, we live in this planet." 

"Ha... But isn't that the same for everyone?" 


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Koutarou didn't understand what Kiriha was talking 
about and replied with a perplexed look on his face. 

People normally lived in the planet after all. 

'That's not what I meant. We don't live on this planet, 
but literally inside of it." 

"Eh!? Which means your people live under the earth?" 

"That's right. To make it easy for us you could call us 
the underground people. We live completely 
self-sufficiently underground." 

"You don't mean..." 

"Un-underground people!?" 

It wasn't just Koutarou, but Sanae, who had been 
looking away, who stared at Kiriha in surprise. 

"What would someone like that want with us!?" 

Sanae slammed her hands down on the tea table and 
leaned in towards Kiriha. 


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"Calm down, Sanae. I haven't put the luggage in order 
so it's very cramped. Don't move around too much." 

"Ah, So-sorry..." 


Being told off by Koutarou, Sanae sat down in her 
original place. 

"Our purpose for coming here is not you or even this 
building." 

"What does that mean?" 

"Our tribe originally lived in the mountains of this 
region. However, when your ancestors started using 
metal in large quantities and began mining into our 
mountain, we were forced to live underground." 

"And that's how you became underground people?" 

"That would be the result of it, yes. Having gone 
underground, our tribe had originally planned on 
returning to the surface shortly thereafter. However, they 
unexpectedly found the underground comfortable. 

About half the tribe stayed underground. Those people 
would be my ancestors." 


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"Heeh..." 

Having come from underground, Kiriha's words were 
very convincing. 

The hole left in the floor seemed to lead downwards 
into the very depths of the earth. 

"And recently, we made a historical discovery." 

"A historical discovery? What?" 

"A single book was discovered by chance. In it, the 
position of the altar where souls of our ancestors are 
enshrined was recorded. We have been looking for it for 
countless years." 

"So, you surfaced to look for the altar?" 

In response to Koutarou's question, Kiriha nodded. 

"That's right. However, the position of the altar was 
accurately recorded, so there's no reason to look for it." 

"So your business is almost done already." 

"Good for you, Kiriha-san." 


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"It's not all that easy." 

Kiriha sadly lowered her eyebrows and shook her 
head. 

"We would love nothing more than to rebuild our 
altar. However, there's a problem with the place." 

"The place...?" 

"I have a bad feeling about this..." 

Sanae made an unpleasant expression. 

"Actually, our altar's position would be the middle of 
this room." 

Hearing Kiriha's words,they were just as Sanae had 
feared. 

"Which means, Kiriha-san..." 

"Yes, Koutarou. Could you please relinquish this room 
to us? It's important for the altar to be in this exact 
position." 

"I knew it!" 


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Sanae stood up in a hurry. 

"Of course we won't give to you! I won't let you build 
some strange altar here!" 

Sanae refused to let somebody just build an altar in her 
home. 

"We won't forcibly evict you. Our tribe has its pride 
and traditions. We won't force our matters onto you. In 
return, we would like offer you the necessary 
compensation to find an abode elsewhere. Karama, 
Korama, please bring that." 


"Gotit-ho ■!" 


"Understood-ho, Ane-san!" 

Two small shadows appeared from the hole. 
"Wh-what's that!?" 


"Ha-haniwa? " 


// 


Ho~ 


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"Hoho~" 

They were two haniwa about 30 centimeters long. 
With smooth surfaces and adorable faces, the two were 
combining forces to carry a golden glowing lump of 
metal. 

"Hey!" 

"Ho~" 

"Hey!" 

"Ho~" 

The two were letting out strange voices as they carried 
the lump of metal towards the stunned Koutarou and 
Sanae. 

"Soooo cuuuteee!" 

"Wh-what are they!?" 

"There is no need to be surprised. These two are my 
servants. They are similar to the machine dolls your 
people use." 


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"Ho-! I'm Karama-ho!" 

"Hello-ho! I'm Korama!" 

Putting down the metal lump in front of Koutarou, the 
two waved cheerfully. 

"To think these are robots..." 

"Hello, Karama-chan, Korama-chan!" 

Koutarou and Sanae were shocked. 

If Kiriha's words we're to be trusted, these two were 
robots. 

However, nothing about them seemed mechanical. 

Even though their bodies looked like pottery, their 
limbs moved freely. 

In contrary to their lovely appearance, they must have 
been made using highly advanced techniques. 

Sanae had her heart stolen by the cute robots. 

"If Mackenzie saw this he might cry out in joy." 


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"Koutarou, Sanae. That lump of metal is solid gold. 
However, in the process of casting it, some platinum was 
mixed in, though I doubt that will lower its value. If you 
clear out of here, we will offer you this in return." 

"Th-this is a remarkable amount, Kiriha-san!" 

When told the metal in front of him was gold, 
Koutarou was shocked once again. 

Gold is worth a few thousand yen per gram, and this 
must have been at least 10 kilos of it. 

Which meant that that gold would be worth several 
tens of millions of yen. 

It was an abnormal amount of gold just for clearing 
out of the apartment. 

"This is just to prove how serious we are. If this causes 
you any inconvenience, we can exchange it to Japanese 
yen. How about it? Would you be willing to relinquish 
this room to us?" 

"So much gold... What am I doing!? No way! There's 
just no way! This is my home after all! Koutarou, you say 
something too!" 


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"Hmmm..." 

Sanae flat out refused, but on the other hand, 

Koutarou had his arms crossed and was deep in thought. 

"Hey! What are you thinking for!?" 

"Well, hearing her circumstances, I think it might not 
be wrong to cooperate with her." 

"Koutarou!? Are you sure!?" 

Hearing Koutarou's response, Kiriha expression lit up 
and she began to stand. 

And the adornments attached to her clothes made 
piercing jangling noises. 

Like the metal lump, it seemed like they were made 
from gold. 

"Not just her breasts, but you've lost sight of yourself 
over money as well!?" 

"You're wrong! I can't accept this kind of amount!.. 
Well, if I move. I'll need some amount of money, since if I 
couldn't survive after moving it would be pointless." 


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"That is well within your rights." 

"When I told you to get out you refused! Why are you 
listening to this big breasted woman! Are big breasts that 
great!?" 

"Don't treat me like some pervert! It's just that I'm fine 
with cooperating with her because her reason and 
attitude are reasonable!" 

"What's up with that!?" 

At this point Koutarou, felt that it might be okay to 
cooperate with Kiriha. 

She was very polite, and had clearly explained her 
reasons. 

She also said she would prepare necessary 
compensation for moving. 

And her reasons for wanting the room were 
completely sound. 

Rebuilding an altar to worship their ancestors, which 
was similar to building a grave or a Buddhist altar. 


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Koutarou had no reason to say no to someone who 
only wished to honor their ancestors. 

"Sanae, you probably want to stay in this room, but 
can't you compromise somehow? Even if you remain 
here, an altar wouldn't be an inconvenience, right?" 

"Th-that's... Well, it wouldn't be inconvenience, but..." 

Sanae peeked at Kiriha's face. 

Sanae had no reason to hate her, other than because of 
her big breasts. 

Therefore, Sanae's feelings began moving gradually 
due to Koutarou's persuasion. 

"So forgive her, will you? Unlike Yurika, it's not like 
she wants to hold a cosplay party" 

"I got it... I'll hold it in." 

And Sanae finally gave in. 

"Oh! So you'll agree! Koutarou, Sanae!" 

Kiriha's expression brightened further. 


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"Yes." 

"I don't really like it, but I have no choice. 
Circumstances can't be changed." 

Sanae was going to coexist with the altar. 

"Thank you, both of you! With this, we'll be able to 
move onto Phase Two right away!" 

"Phase Two?" 

"What's that?" 

Koutarou and Sanae both tilted their heads in 
confusion after hearing Kiriha's words. 

"The surface invasion operation. Once we activate the 
altar, we'll be able to gather large amounts of spiritual 
energy! And with that, we'll be able to mass produce 
spiritual weapons like Karama and Korama!" 

"WH-WHAAAT!?" 

"A SURFACE INVASION!?" 


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"Of course. There is no need to worry; you two 
benefactors will be treated as guests. There is absolutely 
nothing to worry about." 

Kiriha had interpreted Koutarou and Sanae's surprise 
as if they had been worried what would happen to them. 
Of course, that was not the actual reason behind their 
surprise. 

"Wa-wait just a moment! So what!? You want to 
rebuild the altar where your ancestors have been 
enshrined to so you can invade the surface!?" 

"That's right... What's wrong all of a sudden, Koutarou 

?" 


Surprised by Koutarou's unexpected reaction, Kiriha 
looked at him in amazement and blinked. 

"No 'what's' or 'why's'! I take it all back! I'll never hand 
over the room to you!" 

"Well said, Koutarou!" 

"Koutarou!? What now all of a sudden? You were 
being so cooperative just a moment ago!" 


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"I flat out refuse! I can't shoulder the responsibility of 
letting a surface invasion happen!" 

Looking at Karama and Korama, even Koutarou who 
was a novice at science could understand. 

Making something like that required highly advanced 
techniques. 

If those kinds of people invaded the surface, who 
knew what they could do. 

He didn't even want to imagine it. 

"I thought you were at least reasonable! But to think 
you would just casually say something so ridiculous!" 

"...I see. For you to resist that much... Well, I have 
another plan." 

"What!? Are you gonna use force!?" 

"Well, who knows..." 

Kiriha did not so much as flinch as Koutarou showed 
his enraged face in front of her. Instead, her lips formed a 
suspicious smile. 


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"Koutarou, the red bottle in the seasoning box is the 
salt, right?" 

"Yeah..." 

"So it was this after all..." 

Koutarou was cutting up cabbage for dinner. 

Next to him was Kiriha wearing an apron. 

She was dexterously stirring the frying-pan while 
shaking the salt inside the small red bottle. 

"Koutarou, would you prefer the it to be heavily salted 
or just lightly?" 

"...I would prefer it heavily." 

"Heavily salted things are bad for your health. Let's 
start gradually decreasing the amount starting tomorrow 
. You're living on your own, so you need to take care of 
yourself." 


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Kiriha gently smiled while she continued to stir the 
frying-pan. 

She was in the middle of stir-frying vegetables. 

The cabbage Koutarou was cutting up was soon going 
to be added as well. 

Moreover, the rice cooker was cooking in the inner 
room. 

Kiriha had washed the rice a little while ago. 

Koutarou's dinner for today consisted of rice, some 
meat, and stir-fried vegetables. 

"Koutarou, are you done with the cabbage?" 

"Ye-yeah." 

"In that case, please add it in." 

Kiriha lowered the flames and beckoned Koutarou. 


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"I didn't think you could cook, Koutarou." 

"My old man couldn't do anything on his own, so..." 

Koutarou threw the cabbage into the frying pan, and 
as the remaining moisture of the cabbage mixed with the 
oil it made a loud sizzling noise. Hearing that, Koutarou 
began feeling nostalgic. 

How long has it been since I was standing next to someone 
in the kitchen?... 

What had crossed Koutarou's mind was a memory of 
him standing next to his mother in the kitchen. 

She would always have a gentle smile on her face, just 
like Kiriha. 

"Koutarou, next time you cut up the cabbage, make 
sure you cut it thinner. It'll be hard for you to eat it like 
this" 

"...Yeah." 


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With the image of his smiling mother in his head, 
Kiriha's smile proved to be very effective, and Koutarou 
obediently nodded his head. 

"Koutarou, prepare the plate. It'll be done soon." 

"Yeah." 

Koutarou nodded once more and reached towards the 
shelf. 

The sound of the frying-pan and tableware being 
placed filled the room. 

The sounds continued for a while longer before Kiriha 
stopped the flames. 

And she then casually called out to Koutarou while 
smiling. 

"Koutarou, is the plate ready?" 

"It's ready." 

"Is the rice boiled?" 


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"In another two minutes." 

"I see. Koutarou, will you relinquish this room?" 
"I wi - " 


Due the natural and casual way Kiriha asked him, 
Koutarou almost nodded and agreed instinctively. 

"Of course I won't!" 

"I see. That is regrettable." 

She mentioned it casually, as if it was a completely 
normal conversation. 

She had skillfully and casually mentioned it with 
opportune timing, and Koutarou had been close to 
agreeing several times. 

"I won't fall for those kind of tricks!" 

"You're quite a tough opponent, Koutarou." 

Although Kiriha had failed several times, she didn't 
seem to mind. 


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"Fufufu, it seems this will become a long war." 

"What are you trying to do?" 

Koutarou was perplexed by her attacks. 

Unlike Sanae, who was simply being unreasonable, or 
Yurika, who kept repeating her incomprehensible 
reasons, Kiriha's type of attack of trying to get into 
Koutarou's mind and make him casually agree was more 
troublesome. 

"I told you, didn't I? We have our pride and traditions. 
Using force goes against both of those." 

"In that case, why not just give up on invading the 
surface?" 

"We're just taking back what is rightfully ours. I told 
you, we have our pride and traditions. While we want to 
regain our territory, we don't hold a grudge against the 
people here. We know the pain of having something 
stolen, so we won't attack the people here. Our enemy is 
much bigger." 

"So what, do you think I'll just agree with you?" 


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And the most troublesome thing was that Kiriha's 
behavior and belief were extremely correct. 

If it had just been someone who was trying to force 
their way in, it would have been much easier for 
Koutarou. 

"I'll make you agree. We have plenty of time." 

Kiriha pressed her rich chest against Koutarou and 
looked up at him provokingly. 

"Wh-wha!?" 

With her suspicious look and the feeling of her large, 
soft breasts, Koutarou unintentionally jumped back. His 
heart started beating intensely. 

"We have endured 1000 years underground." 

"Wh-what about it? 

"Fufufu, it means we have waited for 1000 years. But 
how long will you endure? Half a year? A year? I'll do 
anything to make you nod your head." 

Kiriha nonchalantly threw a kiss at Koutarou. 


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-Ugh..." 

Kurano Kiriha. The mysterious girl who came from 
underground. 

A tough opponent appears. 

For Koutarou, she was the strongest enemy right now. 

"What's with that! Showing off her large chest! And 
Koutarou too! Blushing at that obvious sex appeal!" 

Sanae had peeked into the hallway to observe the 
situation, and she was furious. 

Sanae wanted to chase out Koutarou. 

But she had a strong dislike for Kiriha's method that 
she herself was unable to use. 

"If you hand over the room for something like that I'll 
never forgive you!" 

Because of that, Sanae did not want Koutarou to be 
chased out by Kiriha. She had long forgotten her original 
goal. 


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"E-excuse me..." 

A person began talking to Sanae. 

"What!?" 

"Hiii! So-sorry, so sorry, I was in the wrong!" 

The voice belonged to Yurika, who had just woken up. 

Frightened by Sanae's attitude, she began to cry. 

"It was just on impulse! I just wanted to know what 
was going on!" 

"...Oh yeah, you were here too." 

"Nooooo! My very existence has been forgotten!" 

"You're being very annoying at this important time... 
Just stop crying already... Geez." 

Sanae, who was floating in the air, landed in front of 
Yurika with a tired expression on her face. Reluctantly, 
she began explaining the situation. 


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"That woman came from underneath the tatami mat, 
and while leaving me out of it, she's trying to take control 
of this room. She said something about the underground 
people invading the surface and using this room as their 
base." 

"Un-underground people!? Really!?" 

"There's no need to be surprised about people living 
under the ground, right? Compared to you, she is a 
proper person." 

"You're wrong! That's prejudice! Why won't you 
believe me!? Even though you believe in underground 
people invading the surface!?" 

"How about you touch your chest and ask yourself 
that instead!" 

"Chest...? Do you mean her big breasts are the reason? 

// 


After looking down on her own chest, Yurika looked 
at Kiriha and Sanae and revealed a relieved smile. 

She was happy she wasn't in last place. 


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"...Just mention breasts again. You won't see the 
sunrise tomorrow." 

"Kyaaa! So-sorry! I'm so sorry! It's all my fault!" 

Hearing Sanae's threats, the frightened Yurika ran 
towards the wardrobe and closed the sliding door in a 
hurry. 

"...Everything's become such a mess." 

In the beginning, all she had to do was chase out 
Koutarou. 

However, the situation began to develop in an 
unexpected direction. 

"Anyways, Koutarou, if you fall for that woman's 
tricks you'll regret it!" 

Unexpected feelings began budding in her small chest. 

Unaware of that, Sanae ground her teeth looking at 
Koutarou and Kiriha's interactions. 


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Having finished laying out the dishes for supper, 
Koutarou's stomach growled. 

"Finally, dinner..." 

It was now almost 10PM. It was only natural for his 
stomach was growling. 

"I apologize, Koutarou. For my sake..." 

One of the reasons for the delay in dinner, Kiriha, took 
a seat to the right of Koutarou. 

"If that's what you think, then get out." 

"I can't do that... By the way, Koutarou, why not share 
a meal with me?" 

Laid out in front of Kiriha were stir-fried vegetables, 
meat, rice and miso soup. 

"I don't make debts. I especially can't be careless 
around you." 

"Fufufu, you sure are earnest. It seems I'll have to start 
breaking you down from there." 


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Koutarou was sharing the dinner with Kiriha because 
she had helped make it. 

'That woman only helped, so you would leave this 
room? There's no debt to be repaid; if anything, it's the 
opposite." 

Sitting in front of Koutarou was a dissatisfied Sanae. 
She did not like Koutarou and Kiriha getting along. 

"That's not true. I only wish to deepen our friendship - 

M 


"Hmph, we'll see." 

There was no dinner in front of Sanae. Ghosts can't eat 
anything, after all. 

"That looks so much better than cup noodles..." 

Said Yurika as she was pouring hot water from the 
kettle into her cup noodles. 

Despite the high cost of living, the noodles could be 
bought for a bargain price of 98 yen. 

The sad figure of Yurika could move you to tears. 


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"...Do you want some too?" 

"Eh!?" 

Because of that, Koutarou felt a little merciful. 

"W-would that be alright?" 

"Yu-Yurika! The water! The water! It's overflowing!" 

"Kyaaa! I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!" 

Distracted by Koutarou's offer, Yurika had not paid 
attention to her pouring, and the hot water spilled out 
from her cup noodles. 

Yurika put down the kettle on the tea table and 
hurriedly wiped up the hot water with a dishcloth. 

"...You're a helpless person, aren't you..." 

"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry! I'm clumsy and a blockhead!" 

"That doesn't matter... But what about dinner; will you 
eat too?" 

"You'll still share with me after what I just did!?" 


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The half-crying Yurika's expression brightened, and 
she sped up her hands wiping up the water. 

"Yeah, you can have some." 

"Thank you very much!" 

"No need to say thanks. But in return, you have to get 
out after you eat." 

Hearing that, Yurika's smile froze and her hands 
stopped. 

"I-I can't leave, so I'll eat the cup noodles..." 

Yurika's shoulders dropped with disappointment. 

However, like a child, Yurika kept staring at the meal 
in front of Koutarou. 

"...It seems like she's regretting her decision." 

"There's no need to hold it in. You can eat your fill and 
then get out." 

"Aaaaaaaa..." 


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Yurika swallowed her saliva. 

"No, Yurika! You can't lose to this temptation! Yurika 
Fight!" 

Yurika desperately tried to persuade herself, but the 
smell of the delicious food continued to tempt her. 

She had only been eating cup noodles for a while now, 
and the temptation was unbearable. 

As such, Yurika kept staring at Koutarou's meal, 
almost drooling. 

"Just let it go, Yurika. All you have to do is get out of 
this room." 

"A-aaaaaa! The rice! The miso soup is calling me! So 
cruel, this torture is too much!" 

Yurika's stomach growled loudly. Her body seemed to 
have already given in to the temptation. 

"...Dinner..." 

While looking at Koutarou and Yurika going back and 
forth, Sanae looked at the other three's meals. 


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"I haven't eaten for years..." 

"What's wrong, Sanae?" 

Koutarou felt something was off with Sanae, but she 
did not answer him right away. 

She began talking only after several seconds had 
passed. 

"...Hey, Koutarou and Yurika... Either one of you is 
fine, but..." 

"What?" 

"Ye-Yes, What is it?" 

Koutarou answered nonchalantly whilst Yurika 
answered nervously. 

"Could I possess you?" 

Sanae's next words were unexpected. 

"Possess?" 


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However, what was more unexpected to Koutarou 
was Sanae's serious attitude. 

That's why Koutarou wasn't surprised and wanted her 
to explain herself in greater detail. 

"Noooooooooooo!!" 

However, Yurika did not share Koutarou's feelings at 
all. 

"I don't want to be possessed by a ghost no matter 
what! If you're going to possess someone, let it be 
Satomi-kun, please!!" 

Yurika left her cup noodles in place, hurriedly jumped 
into the wardrobe, and closed the sliding door. 

"Well you see. I'm a ghost, right?" 

"Yeah." 

Koutarou and Sanae no longer expected anything from 
Yurika, so they continued their conversation like nothing 
had happened. 


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"Because of that, I can't eat stuff, right?" 

"That's right. Offerings would be as far as possible." 

"But if I possess someone, I can taste what that person 
eats." 

"Sanae, that method would work better if you 
possessed someone with the same wavelength as you. 
Wouldn't it be better to possess me or Yurika instead?" 

Kiriha, who had just been looking on, began to speak. 

"That's true, but Yurika's like that, and Kiriha, I refuse 
to do it with you!" 

"Why?" 

"If I become indebted to someone like you, I know I'll 
regret it!" 

"...Well aren't I hated..." 

Kiriha smiled bitterly at Sanae. 

"That's how it is, so Koutarou, please!" 


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"What's in it for me, then? Besides, I won't let you just 
possess me and then get rid of me." 

Sanae put her hands together and lowered her head. 

"Please! I won't get rid of you! I just want to be able to 
taste food again!" 

"...Really?" 


"Yes!" 

Sanae looked up and nodded repeatedly. 

"The only thing I need you to endure is sore shoulders. 


"Sore?... Don't say such things to the person you're 
about to possess." 

"And if you let me possess you when you're eating I 
wouldn't mind a truce! That's okay, right!? If your 
shoulders get stiff I'll give you a massage!" 

"A truce..." 

That was an attractive proposition for Koutarou. 


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It'd mean the amount of people he'd have to chase out 
would be reduced to two, and the most aggressive, Sanae 
, would keep calm. 

And all I have to do is endure stiff shoulders?... Alright. 
"Alright, I'll accept those conditions." 

"Really!?" 

"Yeah, come on. I'm ready." 

Koutarou tapped his own shoulders as he said that. 
"Yeah!" 

Sanae then suddenly jumped at Koutarou. 

"Uwa!?" 

"Thanks, Koutarou!" 

Even if you call her a ghost , it's almost like she's a child.... 
Well , I guess she is a child. 

That is what Koutarou felt as he looked at Sanae. 


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At that moment, the wardrobe door slid open, and 
Yurika's red face appeared from inside. 


Yurika silently returned to the tea table. 

She felt that the situation had calmed down, but was 
ashamed of her own behavior. 

"So Sanae, all I have to do is eat like normal?" 

"Yes! Just wait a minute; I'll possess you now!" 

However, neither Koutarou nor Sanae paid any 
attention to Yurika at all. 

And Kiriha, who was watching the two, paid no mind 
to Yurika either. 

It was about this time that Yurika would usually start 
complaining; thankfully, that was not the case that time. 

"Ei!" 


Sanae spun around over to Koutarou's back and clung 
to him with her arms wrapped around his neck. 


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"Go ahead, Koutarou." 

"This is what possession is like? It's quite different 
from what I had imagined..." 

Koutarou could feel Sanae's small body on his back. 

It was warm, and he could feel her breathing next to 
his ear. 

She was weak to fortune goods, could pass through 
walls and use Poltergeist Attacks. 

There was no doubt that she was a ghost. However, 
Koutarou gradually stopped thinking of Sanae as just a 
ghost. 

"Yes! Eat up, Koutarou!" 

Sanae, on the other hand, was in a very cheerful mood. 

"Alright, Let's eat." 

"Yes, Go ahead... I guess that's not my line." 

"Hahaha, What does it matter" 


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Koutarou began eating while carrying Sanae on his 
back. 

I wonder why...? 

Strangely enough, Koutarou didn't feel anything 
negative towards Sanae at that moment. 

"Ah, Koutarou, this one's delicious!" 

"I am honored you would praise me." 

"Kiriha made that one." 

"Hee~ Your clothes might be strange, but it seems you 
can at least cook... The taste is a bit strong, though." 

"Is that so?" 

"It's bad for your body." 

"Look, Koutarou, even Sanae is saying it. Starting 
tomorrow, we'll make the taste weaker." 

"Hmph..." 

Kiriha joined in, and they continued eating happily. 


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"...That looks delicious..." 

Yurika looked on in regret. 

"And compared to that. I'm eating cup noodles..." 

Yurika looked on with a sad look on her face as she 
gently peeled open the lid of her cup noodles. 

The fragrance of synthethic seasoning rose up from the 
cup. 

"Ah..." 

Dissapointed by the smell, Yurika's hand twitched and 
the tore the lid off halfway. 

Yurika attempted to peel off the torn portion, but some 
of the lid remained, and the overall appearance of the 
cup worsened. 

"...Today has just been terrible... " 

As she said this, her disposable chopsticks broke, and 
the left and right chopsticks took on different shapes. 

"Koutarou! Miso soup! Miso soup!" 


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"I got it, so just calm down a little." 

"It's hot, so be careful, Koutarou." 

While looking at the three having fun, Yurika's 
chopsticks reached out for the cup noodles. 

"Why is it always me..." 

While grieving by herself, Yurika slurped up her cup 
noodles. 

"They're even soggy..." 

The 98 yen noodles tasted slightly saltier than normal. 

"Well then, now that we've eaten, let's return to the 
original subject." 

"Original subject?" 

Kiriha questioned while pouring some after-meal tea. 

"The subject of throwing you out!" 


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Sanae laughed at Kiriha while resting her chin on 
Koutarou's shoulder. 

"Sanae, you want to keep living here, so you're 
chasing out everyone else, correct?" 

"Yes. Well, we have a truce at the moment." 

"Right, and Kiriha-san, you want this room so you can 
rebuild your altar." 

"That's right." 

"And Yurika, you want hold a cosplay party with your 
friends here." 

"You're wrong!" 

"And I live here, so I don't want to move out. And I 
won't find someplace with a rent as cheap as 5,000 yen 
anywhere else. Besides, if I just hand this room over, 
there will be various inconveniences." 

If Koutarou moved out, the rumours of the ghost 
would just spread further. 


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Or there would be a surface invasion or cosplay parties 
held daily. 

As Shizuka's friend, Koutarou wanted to prevent that 
at any cost. 

I understand why this place is so valuable to her. 

"Please listen to me! There really is danger 
approaching!" 

"And not everyone wants to fight it out... Even though 
I'm good in a fistfight." 

"It is not my purpose to harm people." 

"We are currently in a truce, after all." 

"I won't be holding any cosplay parties!" 

"And none of us have any intention of backing down." 

"Of course." 

"This is my home!" 


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"It's dangerous! Please, everyone get out as fast as you 
can!" 

"With that being said, Koutarou, we need to resolve 
this in some way. Apart from the prolonged negotation 
with you, there are two others after this room. At this 
rate, our progress will stop. It's obvious we will never 
come to an understanding, so we need to solve this in a 
way everyone can agree with." 

"Yes, that's right... But that method is..." 

Koutarou agreed with Kiriha and looked around. 

If only Mackenzie was here at a time like this. 

For Koutarou, who was more action than words, there 
had been no time where he had wanted to borrow Kenji's 
wisdom more than right then. 

But on the other hand, he couldn't just call the cops. 

If he started talking about ghosts, underground people 
, and cosplayers, they would just think that he had lost 
his mind. 


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He was unable to rely on outsiders. 

"Please listen! I just can't accept this! Why won't you 
believe me!? The magic power gathering here is 
dangerous!" 

"Does anyone have any good ideas? A method that 
everyone would agree to..." 

"That's a tough one..." 

"Hmm... a fair method... Hey, Koutarou, what about 
this? We play some kind of game, and the loser has to 
leave." 

"Like I said, I can't accept this! Please listen to me!" 

"To decide this fairly with a game is a good idea. If 
you look back in history, there are many examples of 
competing over territory using games." 

"Wait just a second! I don't want this kind of 
important thing to be decided by a game!" 

Kiriha was onboard with Sanae's idea, but the same 
could not be said for Koutarou. 


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The reason was simply because Kiriha was smart and 
Koutarou was not. 

"Koutarou, would you rather have us hit each other or 
continue an endless discussion?" 

"A fistfight... Discussions..." 

Koutarou gave up the idea of a fistfight after looking at 
Sanae and Kiriha. 

And looking at Yurika, he gave up on having a 
discussion. 

"Ku, it looks like there's no other way..." 

Although they had fought on the day they met, for 
some reason Koutarou did not want to hit Sanae now. 

The religious tools he had gotten from Shizuka were 
all still in their box. 

He was at a loss at if what Kiriha was saying was 
rational or unreasonable. 

And he didn't think reason and discussion would lead 
anywhere with Yurika. 


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"A game... A game, huh..." 

Koutarou dropped his shoulders for a moment, but he 
soon recollected himself and looked at Sanae. 

"Alright, Sanae, if we were to play a game, what 
would it be?" 

"How about an easy one like rock-paper-scissors?" 

Sanae put up a finger and slightly tilted her head. 

But Kiriha shook her head at the proposal. 

"Rock-paper-scissors would be bad. It's too simple, 
and luck would play too much of a part. For everyone to 
agree, we will need a game where a person's ability will 
be the focus." 

"That said, we can't use shougi or chess, right? There 
are merits and demerits." 

"I haven't played either." 


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"A game that even a beginner would be able to play 
and that contains an element of luck, but where player 
ability would come out on top after playing several times 
.... It's a classic, but what about card games?" 

"Card games... like Trump?" 

"It wouldn't just have to be limited to Trump, however 

// 


"I'm fine with that. I've played a lot with Mom and 
Dad." 

"...Fine... Call it cosplay or whatever you like... If 
you'll get out anything is fine..." 

Koutarou looked at the three and took a big breath. 

"...Alright. It seems we've all agreed, so let's go with 
that. My room is on the line, and I wanna get through 
with this ridiculous thing as soon as possible." 

Koutarou couldn't hit the smiling Sanae, who still 
clinging onto his back. 


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And he doesn't have any confidence that he'd be able 
to endure Kiriha's plans for much longer. 

He was unable to persuade Yurika. 

Koutarou had no choice to but to go with this. 

"No objections. So, Koutarou, what kind of card games 
will we play?" 

"Let's see..." 

"Koutarou, how about the four of us take turns 
picking the game? That way it'll be fair." 

"In that case, we'll need to add points for the placings. 

// 


"That'll be the case. At the very least, it needs to 
continue for everyone to get a turn." 

"Uuuu! After all, no one listens to my opinions." 

"Hey Koutarou, the two of us have a truce, so we 
should work together. It'll be easier that way, and after 
we're done, we just need to talk it out." 


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"You're on. If I play normally I'll probably just lose to 
Kiriha." 

"Kiriha-san, those two are teaming up..." 

"That's the kind of thing that usually happens in 
territory disputes. Fufufu, it looks like I can't let my 
guard down. Should we two work together to defeat 
them?" 

"Y-Yes please!" 

Like that, the games to determine the owner of the 
room began. 


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Sixth Article 


Combat during the 
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Birds were singing outside of the open floral curtains. 

The curtain was Shizuka's. Along with the futon, she 
had prepared various things before Koutarou had moved 
in. 


"Uwa, It's already morning, Koutarou/' 

Sanae, who had gotten up first, had pulled the curtains 
back, and outside of the window was a clear blue sky. 
Sunshine streamed down, lighting up the residential area 


On top of a pillar were a couple of small birds singing. 

It was a completely normal morning. 

"It's already past 7 AM..." 

Koutarou rubbed his tired eyes and looked through 
the window, and the blue sky and white light entered his 
eyes. 

The light from the sun passed through Sanae and lit 
up the tatami mats behind her. 


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It looked to Koutarou as if Sanae had a solid body, but 
it was at times like these that he was reminded that she 
really was a ghost. 

"Another all-nighter../' 

The date was Wednesday, the 8th of April. And 
Koutarou had now pulled three all-nighters in a row. 

"Sorry, Koutarou; with this I'm out." 

"Uwa, Really!?" 

Kiriha pulled a card from Koutarou's hand, and she 
then placed two cards on the tea table, emptying her 
hand. 

The game they were playing right now was Sanae's 
specialty. Old Maid. 

"Ouch- Koutarou, just don't end up in last place okay? 

// 


"I got it." 

Whilst replying to Sanae, Koutarou extended his hand 
towards Yurika's cards. 


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"A, Auuu..." 

Yurika, who had a terrible poker face, closed her eyes. 
If she didn't, Koutarou would just see right through her. 

If it wasn't for Kiriha, Yurika would've run out of 
points long ago. 

"Urya!" 

"...Uhm.." 

Hearing Koutarou's voice and the feeling of a card 
pulled out of her hand, Yurika opened her eyes. 

"Hauuuuuuu!" 

However, the card remaining in her hand was the 
despicable Joker, laughing at her face. 

"Alright! I'm out!" 

Koutarou completed his hand and threw his cards 
onto the table. 

"I lost!" 


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A cheerful Koutarou and depressed Yurika; their 
appearances contrasted. 

"Which means I'm first, Kiriha is second, Koutarou is 
third, and Yurika is dead last." 

"Indeed. With this, the points are back to where they 
started." 

As she said that, Kiriha added the points onto the 
score sheet hung up on the wall. As she had said, all the 
points added up to 20. 

According to their rules, first place gave someone 
three points and second place one point. 

In third place you lost one point, and in fourth you lost 
three points. 

Which meant there was a two points' difference 
between each position. 

And everyone started with 20 points. 

Those who lost their 20 points would be declared loser 
and be forced to leave the room. 


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"We weren't able to get a point lead..." 

"It seems we are quite even." 

Kiriha's shoulders dropped next to the yawning 
Koutarou. 

The card games had gone on for the entire night, but 
there was no conclusion in sight. 

They were able to stop each other's victory, and as a 
result no one ended up with 0 points. 

At one point, Yurika was about to lose all of her points 
, but she was able to mount a comeback thanks to a lot 
luck. 

After that, the points just went back and forth. 

"What are you going to do, Koutarou? It's time to go to 
school." 

Sanae pointed at the clock hung up on the wall. 

The hands were pointing at 7:30 AM, meaning Kenji 
would arrive any moment now. 


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"...Everyone, do you mind if we continue this after I 
get back?" 

Koutarou pulled out his bag while yawning. 

"In reality there's no time to spare, but... I don't think 
there will be any danger during the day." 

"I don't mind. I feel like resting for a while." 

As Kiriha and Yurika agreed, the doorbell rang out. 

"Hey, Kou, Are you up!?" 

Kenji had arrived. 

"Yeah, I'm coming!" 

Koutarou shouted towards the front door and then he 
whispered. 

"...Everyone, make sure Mackenzie doesn't see you 
when I leave, please." 

"Because it'll be a pain? I already know." 


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Sanae turned off the lights in the room while 
answering. 

This was so nobody would notice that there were 
people left inside the room. 

"Yurika, come over here a little bit more. The front 
door is in plain view over there/' 

"Ah, ye-yes, Kiriha-san." 

And the three made sure they couldn't be seen from 
the entrance. 

Koutarou had a feeling something bad would happen 
if they were found. 

The day before yesterday it had been Sanae, yesterday 
it had been Sanae and Yurika, and that day it was Sanae, 
Yurika and Kiriha. 

Surely... There wont be four tomorrow , right?... 

"...No way." 


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Koutarou shook his head lightly and smiled wryly, 
and he turned his back on the three while suppressing a 
yawn. 

He couldn't take it too easy with Kenji waiting on the 
other side of the door. 

"Didn't sleep much, Koutarou?" 

"Something like that. I'll sleep at school." 

"That'll do you good. It'll be bad for your body if you 
force yourself." 

"Goodbye, Koutarou-san." 

"See you, Koutarou. Come back as soon as you can, 
okay? We're waiting for you." 

"Yeah... I'm off." 

"I wish I could go to school... Being home all the time 
is just boring." 


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Embraced by the early spring's calm atmosphere and 
the warm sunshine, time drifted in the clubroom after 
school. 

Right now, the only time Koutarou could feel at ease 
was at school. 

At home there were three girls trying to take over his 
room. Compared to that, the time spent in the clubroom 
was like heaven. 

"I wish it was always like this... Fuaaaaa." 

As he relaxed, Koutarou let out a yawn. 

Having had several all-nighters, Koutarou was 
exhausted. 

Although he had slept during class, he was far from 
recovering his stamina. 

"Not good, gotta keep knitting..." 

"Are you okay, Satomi-kun?" 

Harumi, who was sitting next to him, didn't let the 
yawn go by unnoticed. 


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She looked at Koutarou with a concerned look on her 
face. 

"I'm fine, Sakuraba-senpai." 

"But, you don't look... Have you been able to sleep 
properly?" 

Koutarou tried to play it off, but it didn't work. Instead 
, the concerned look on Harumi's face grew more serious, 
and she leaned forward slightly. 

Because of her weak constitution, she took her and 
others' health seriously. 

"Hahaha, I just moved in and I haven't quite gotten 
used to it yet. I'll be back to normal soon, 
Sakuraba-senpai." 

"...I hope so..." 

"That aside, Senpai, show me that knitting technique 
one more time." 

Using the knitting method he had learned the day 
before, Koutarou had begun to work on an actual project, 
with Harumi guiding him on the way. 


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"...I got it. I'll do it once more slowly, so make sure you 
look." 

"Yes, please." 

Harumi was still worried, but she moved her hands at 
Koutarou's request. 

Satomi-kun, it's fine to be enthusiastic , but are you really 
okay? 

Still worried about Koutarou, Harumi thought of a 
way to allow him to rest while moving her hands. 

And after showing him the knitting method, she came 
up with an idea. 

That's right , maybe if I leave him alone... 

Harumi immediately put her plan into action. 

"...And like this. Did you understand, Satomi-kun?" 

"Yes. You're a big help; I'll try it out right away." 

Koutarou began moving his knitting needles. 


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Although awkward, he displayed his intent and 
motivation. 

It's because you're working so hard... 

Harumi put her knitting needle and yarn on the desk 
and stood up. 

"Satomi-kun, is it alright if I leave you to keep an eye 
on the clubroom for a while?" 

"Y-Yes... I don't mind, but what now, all of a sudden?" 

Koutarou stopped moving his hands and looked up at 
Harumi. 

"I forgot that the committee was calling for me. I'll be 
back soon." 

"Okay, I got it. I'll keep watch while you're away." 

"Sorry, please do." 

Harumi lightly bowed and headed towards the exit. 

"...Satomi-kun, I hope you'll be able to sleep a little 
with this..." 


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"Senpai, did you say something?" 

"Not at all. I'll be back." 

"Okay, see you soon." 

Harumi left a small smile behind as she exited the 
room. 

Hm?... That's... 


When Koutarou came to, he saw the room dyed red by 
the evening sun. 

"Oh crap, I fell asleep..." 

The knitting needle in his hand had been placed on the 
desk, and a girl's uniform's coat had been placed on top 
of his body. 

"Were you able to sleep well?" 

Koutarou raised his head, and in front of him was a 
gently smiling Harumi. 


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Having taken off her coat, she was knitting in her 
blouse. 

"Senpai, I..." 

"I was about to wake you up. It's almost 6 PM." 
Harumi stopped her knitting and showed him the time 


The time was now 5:45 PM, almost time for the school 
to close for the day. 

"I'm sorry for falling asleep in the middle of club 
activities, Senpai!" 

For Koutarou, who had been strictly taught to respect 
his elders, this was a big problem. 

He apologized and bowed deeply. 

"It's fine, Satomi-kun. It's... Um... O-our society, after 
all." 

As she said that, her cheeks turned red with 
embarrassment, but Koutarou, who was bowing, did not 
see her. 


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"That's why, Senpai!" 

"No, that's wrong. It's our society, so as long as we 
agree, it's alright if we do what we want." 

"Sakuraba-senpai..." 

"Satomi-kun, look after your body, please." 

Oh I see , Senpai... 

Looking at Harumi's serious face Koutarou finally 
remembered her weak constitution. 

That's why she was so worried... 

Koutarou was both grateful and sorry to have made 
her feel anxious. 

"Understood, I'll look out for myself more." 

"Yes... Thank you, Satomi-kun." 

Hearing Koutarou's answer, Harumi cheerfully 
responded. 


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I should be the one worried about her. I gotta snap out of it.. 


The past three days had been nonstop trouble due to 
three strange people. 

But thanks to Harumi's gentleness, Koutarou was able 
to regain some spirit. 


"I'm back." 

When Koutarou opened the door, it was still dark 
inside, and Sanae, who had welcomed him back 
yesterday, was nowhere to be found. 

"Hm?" 

While Koutarou was thinking, Sanae poked her face 
out from the inner room. 

"Koutarou, this way, come fast!" 

"What is it?" 


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"It'll be faster for you to see it yourself. Come on, 
Koutarou!" 

"Something's wrong!" 

After Sanae both Kiriha and Yurika called out to him. 

The three voices sounded surprisingly serious, so he 
hurriedly left his shoes by the entrance and entered the 
room. 

"What's up with you three, you still haven't even 
turned on the... Ehhhh!?" 

Jumping into the room, Koutarou opened his eyes 
wide in surprise. 

"Wh-What's that!?" 

An abnormality had occurred inside of the inner room. 

In the dark room, the wall furthest away was glowing 
dimly. 

The glowing abnormality was almost two meters in 
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"This was just a wall, right!? What happened!?" 

"...That's what we want to know." 

Kiriha turned on the lights in the room, and the glow 
on the wall became slightly less noticeable. 

"Sanae, did you cause this?" 

"That's rude! It wasn't me! Don't try to make 
everything my fault! Besides, what's the point in making 
the wall glow!?" 

"You have a point..." 

Koutarou suspected Sanae after having seen countless 
paranormal phenomenon caused by her, but after 
hearing her argument he concluded she must have had 
nothing to do with it. 

Like she said, she had nothing to gain from making the 
wall glow. 

"Don't just blame me right away, geez!" 

Dissatisfied, Sanae puffed up her cheeks and floated in 
mid air. 


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"It can't be helped. You're a ghost after all." 

"Hmph! Who cares about what you think anyways!" 

And Sanae looked away from Koutarou. 

"Come on, don't sulk just because I doubted you for a 
moment..." 

As Koutarou was trying to calm down Sanae, 
somebody pulled the sleeve of his uniform. 

"Excuse me, Satomi-san." 

"Hm? What is it, Yurika?" 

The one pulling his sleeve was Yurika. She let go of his 
sleeve and curled mouth into a coy smile. 

"The wall: it's glowing, isn't it?" 

"Yes, it is." 

"Something strange is happening, isn't it?" 

"Yes, it is..." 


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"Haven't you considered that it might be my magic?" 

"...I might have." 

As Koutarou nodded for the third time he turned to 
Kiriha. 

"Kiriha-san, how long has the wall been like this?" 

Koutarou had already lost interest in Yurika. 

"Why!? You could at least doubt me a little bit!! It's a 
supernatural phenomenon, you know!? It's a complete 
mystery! It might be my magic!" 

"Just a while ago, roughly 10 minutes before you got 
home." 

"10 minutes..." 

"It's not fair! It's unfair to believe in ghosts but not 
magic! I demand a correction and an apology!" 

"Karama, Korama, please tell Koutarou the results of 
the measurements as well." 

"Yes-ho!" 


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"Leave it to us, Ane-san-ho!" 

The two haniwas flew up to Koutarou. 

"There are no readings for radiation, electromagnetic 
waves, heat, vibration, or spiritual energy-ho. The only 
data we're receiving is from a few radiating photons-ho!" 

"But we can't measure the other side of the glow-ho. 

It's almost as if there's an invisible wall-ho! It's not even 
certain where the photons are coming from-ho." 

The haniwas explained everything in detail with 
gestures, but it made no sense to Koutarou. 

"I don't get it; what does this mean?" 

"It means apart from not being able to see the other 
side of the glow, it's a completely normal wall... However 
, if technology I don't know of is involved, that might not 
be the case." 

"In other words, it's just a glowing wall we know 
nothing about." 

Koutarou slowly approached the wall. 


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"Aaaaa, if you could just give me a portion of that 
doubt..." 

Yurika started sobbing behind Koutarou. 

"If you could just believe there are girls with 
mysterious powers...! Why!? I'm trying to so hard to 
make you believe me too!" 

However, Koutarou was focused on the wall, and 
Yurika's complaints fell on deaf ears. 

"Koutarou, don't just carelessly touch it, okay?" 

"...It sounds so persuasive when you say it." 

What reached Koutarou's ears instead was Sanae's 
voice. 

Sanae floated up next to Koutarou as they approached 
the glowing wall together. 

"Don't treat me like I'm some sort of floating danger!" 

"That's exactly what you are!" 


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"What's that supposed to mean!? I've had it! I was just 
thinking of protecting you if something happened too! 
And you just trample all over my feelings! You're just 
terrible!" 

Sanae began sulking and returned to where Kiriha and 
Yurika were standing. 

"...You won't die a pretty death, Koutarou, I'm sure of 
it!" 


"He won't even believe in magic either!" 

"This is a common occurrence for people our age. A 
good woman would overlook something like this." 

"I'm just a kid. I don't care!" 

They're not feeling any tension whatsoever... 

That's what Koutarou thought while listening to the 
girls. 

Stopping 30 centimeters in front of it, Koutarou 
observed the glowing wall. 


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"Apart from glowing, it looks just like a normal wall." 

The glow was weak and you could see the wall behind 
it. Even the recently changed wallpaper could be seen 
clearly. 

"What's up with this..." 

Koutarou brought his hand closer to the light, but it 
was not hot, just as Kiriha had said. 

However, it was not clear if touching the wall would 
be safe. 

"Now then, what to do..." 

While Koutarou was considering whether to touch the 
wall or not, a change took place. 

"Oh?" 

At the center of the glowing wall, roughly one meter 
from the ground, a blue disk about 30 centimeters in 
diameter appeared. 


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From the middle of the disk, beams of light began to 
form a picture. 

It looked like a man wearing armor and fighting a 
large reptile. 

"A knight and a dragon... Is it some kind of crest?" 

Koutarou brought his face closer to examine the 
mysterious image. 

And he noticed that it wasn't just a picture, but a 
three-dimensional sculpture. 

That strengthened his impression that it was indeed a 
crest. 

"But why is there a crest on a glowing wall?" 

Koutarou brought his face closer to the crest, but all of 
a sudden his view was blocked. 

"Eh? What!? 


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His sight suddenly went dark, and his face was 
pressed against something soft and warm. 

Caught by surprise, Koutarou's body stiffened. 

"Hanya!?" 

A girl's voice could be heard right next to Koutarou. 

Everyone in the room was surprised, but the most 
surprised of all was the one who had surprised Koutarou 
and the others. 

"Ho-How rude!! You don't just bury your face in a 
princess's chest! This is unforgivable, even for a clueless 
Neanderthal!" 

"Eh? What!? What's going on!?" 

Having somebody yell right next to his ears caused 
Koutarou to attempt push his face away from what it 
was pressing against by placing his hands against it and 
gently thrusting away his face. 

"Waaa!? You touched a princess' chest!? Grabbed it!? 
Fondled it!?" 


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"Ehhh!?" 

In front of the staggering Koutarou was a girl standing 
with the problematic wall in the background. 

She was short, but still slightly taller than Sanae. 

With her blonde hair and blue eyes, she was most 
likely a foreigner. 

She was wearing a beautiful dress shining in white. 
The ends of the spread skirt covered up a large part of 
the room. 

And on top of her golden hair was a silver tiara 
decorated with jewels. 

"...Who?" 

"It's not who! Move your hands away from me this 
instant. Neanderthal!" 

"Hands?" 

When his hands were mentioned, Koutarou put some 
force into his finger tips. 


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"Waaaa, do-don't fondle them, you fool!!" 

"Wa, Waaaaa!?" 

Koutarou finally noticed that his hands were placed 
firmly on the girl's chest. 

"So-sorry!" 

"A sorry won't cut it! You all of a sudden buried your 
face in my chest, and then you even groped them 
repeatedly!" 

The girl's face was dyed red in anger and shame. She 
shouted at Koutarou while covering her chest with her 
arms. 

"This noble chest that you played around with so filled 
with desire is not something the likes of you can touch! 
You should consider yourself lucky you are not slain on 
the spot!" 

"Desire!? No, that wasn't my intention, this is all just a 
misunderstanding! It was just an accident!" 

Koutarou shook his head while panicking. 


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"All criminals say the same thing!" 


"That's not true! Who would want to fondle that flat 
chest! Even I have the right to chose which breasts I 
fondle!" 

"Fl-flat?" 

The girl's expression froze. 

"Do you think I'd take that kind of risk for that 
washing board chest!? Don't make me laugh!" 

"Washing board...?" 

The girl was stunned and looked up at Koutarou. Her 
eyes were wide open and her face was twitching. 

"That's right- Koutarou spend all yesterday fondling 
Kiriha's breasts, so he has no need to fondle those." 

Sanae chimed in; she was still holding a grudge 
against Koutarou from before. 

"Don't talk about me like I'm some sort of pervert!" 


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"There's no need to deny it. You know you want to 
fondle them, you pervert~" 

"Koutarou, do you want to fondle my breasts?" 

Kiriha lightly thrust her chest towards Koutarou, and 
her large breasts bounced. 

"I don't! I won't fondle anyone's breeeeasts!" 

"There's no need to hold back, you know?" 

"I won't leave this room in return!" 

Yurika who had been silently watching, pumped 
herself up by raising her fist up towards the heavens. 

"You got a high rank! Good job Yurika! Fight!" 

By ranking the chest size of the girls in the room, the 
order went from largest to smallest: Kiriha, Yurika, Sanae 
, and lastly the mysterious girl. Yurika was glad she was 
second. 

"...Either way, you don't want to fondle those..." 


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Yurika gave the lowest ranking chest a pitiful look. 

"I'm telling you it was an accident! Who would want 
to go out of their way to touch those!?" 

"Th-those... You called them those... Flat, washing 
board... those..." 

The girl looked down. 

"You don't need to say it like that. She is still young, so 
she has plenty of time to grow." 

"Uwa~ That's a mean way of putting it, Kiriha~ The 
elite have it easy." 

"I didn't mean it like that!" 

"But, she's even losing to Sanae-chan... They're not 
going to grow that much..." 

As Yurika said that with deep pity in her voice, the 
girl's shoulders began to tremble. 

Koutarou interpreted it as if she was about to cry, but 
her voice was far from that of a crying voice. 


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"Fu, fufufu, fufufufu, ahahahaha..." 

It was an almost sad, dry laugh. 

"You pity me. I see, you pity me, a princess!" 

At that time, Koutarou thought that he could her the 
sound of the girl's patience snapping. 

"I'll kill you! I'll kill you all right now! I'll make sure 
none of you will be able to keep flapping your mouths!" 

The girl screamed, swung both her hands around and 
stomped the ground with her foot. 

The girl had completely lost it. 

"...It looks you made her angry, Koutarou. You should 
apologize right away." 

"That's right, Koutarou. You should do it while the 
wounds are still shallow." 

"It's because you're bullying her, Satomi-san. There's 

not that many that can handle being bullied as well as me 
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"Don't try to blame this all on me! You ’re the ones who 
finished her off! Besides, just look at her, she's well past 
the point of persuasion!" 

"Fuhahahaha, you Neanderthals! You won't even have 
time to realize your sins! Once your bodies have 
vaporized, you'll regret ever going up against me!" 

The girl who had lost it laughed loudly at Koutarou 
and the rest. 

It was impossible for anyone to persuade someone this 
angry. 

"Blue Knight! Activate the anti-personnel weapons 
system!" 

While the girl kept laughing loudly, she shouted at the 
bracelet on her right hand. 

"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

And the bracelet on her hand lit up and responded to 
the girl. 

"What's that girl doing?" 


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"Who knows... She's so angry that she's talking to her 
bracelet; she's a bit scary." 

Two black disks about 20 centimeters in diameter 
appeared one after the other above her right and left 
shoulders. 

Strangely enough, they had no thickness. 

"SELECT THE WEAPONRY." 

"Anti-personnel Pulse Laser, Sonic Impact Cannon! 
Fill them with holes, pulverize them, and blow them 
away!" 

"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

Immediately after the girl's commands were shouted, 
something metallic could be seen coming out from the 
black disks. 

Although the disks had no thickness, the metal was 
oddly three-dimensional. 

It was almost as if the black disks were some kind of 
window. 


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"What the heck is that?" 

The metal resembled a muzzle as it turned and 
pointed at Koutarou. 

And from the left hole, bluish-white light began to 
shine. 

At the same time, a low-pitched sound making the 
room shake came from the right. 

"I'm getting a bad feeling about this..." 

Koutarou, who was feeling danger from the disks, was 
not sure what to do, so he lowered his body and took a 
stance for the time being. 

"Emergency alert-ho! The things you can see from the 
black holes appear to be weapons-ho!" 

"Energy reaction-ho! The current presumption is that 
the left side is an energy weapon, and the right side is a 
shock wave cannon-ho! They will be ready to attack 
within a few seconds-ho!!" 

"Get down, Koutarou!! She's shooting!" 


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Kiriha's desperate voice entered Koutarou's ears, 
telling him what to do. 

"What!?" 

"It's already too late! Wipe them out. Blue Knight!" 
"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

The panicking Koutarou leered at the girl shouting 
orders at her bracelet. 

"Koutarou!!" 

"Owaaa!?" 

In that moment Koutarou fell down onto the tatami 
mat. Sanae had tackled him and forcibly pulled him 
down. 

At the same time, several blue beams passed through 
the spot Koutarou had stood. 

Right afterwards white bullets passed by, as if chasing 
the blue beam. 

"Kyaaaa!?" 


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The blue beam passed right by Yurika's ear and 
burned a couple strands of her hair, and as she bent over 
in surprise the white bullets arrived. 

The white bullets hit Yurika's broom and exploded, 
making a loud sound. 

Right afterwards, a strong shock wave was generated, 
knocking Yurika off of her feet. 

"Why is it always meeee!!" 

Yurika, who lost her balance, was sent rolling on top of 
the tatami mats. 

"Gyafu!" 

Yurika rolled into the wall and stopped. She was no 
longer moving; she had lost her consciousness. 

"That was close! That's a weapon!?" 

Looking at Yurika, Koutarou finally understood the 
danger he was in, and a chill ran down his spine. 


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Koutarou didn't know what kind of weapons the girl 
was using, but one look at Yurika told him what would 
happen if he got hit. 

"Are you alright, Koutarou!? Get up! The next one's 
coming!!" 

"Ah, yeah!" 

"Tsk, looks like one of them is perceptive." 

The girl spat out those bitter words as she glared at 
Koutarou. 

And the muzzle peeping out from the holes above the 
girl's shoulders pointed towards Koutarou. 

"But in this narrow room, the next won't miss!! Blue 
Knight, continue firing in synchronous mode!" 

"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

"Don't be like that, shorty!" 

"You don't just insult my chest but my height too. 
Neanderthal!?" 


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"You stupid idiot!" 

"Argh, you're even calling me stupid!?" 

"I am! You self-conscious inverted chest!" 

As Koutarou was saying that, signs of the girl 
attacking appeared again. 

The bluish-white light and loud sound. 

"Koutarou, don't bicker with her! Just get up, hurry!" 

"Waaaaaaa!! Oh crap!!" 

Koutarou was still in the middle of getting up, and 
even with Sanae's help it didn't look like they would 
make it in time before the next attack. 

"Ahahaha! You're too slow! It's already over! You can 
regret the crime of making a fool of me after you've been 
turned to ashes!" 

"Karama, Korama, Spiritual Energy Field to maximum 
output!" 

"Understood-ho!" 


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Along with the sharp voice, the two haniwas stepped 
between Koutarou and the girl. 

"But we'll lose in terms of power-ho! We're not good 
against physical attacks-ho!" 

"I just need you to endure one attack! You need to 
block it no matter what!" 

"Got it-ho!" 

The blue beam and white bullet shot out. 

At that moment, a spherical yellow light enveloped 
Koutarou and the rest. 

It was a shield the two haniwas had made. 

As the blue beam exploded on contact with the shield 
made of light, the shield shattered like glass and was 
blown away. 

The haniwas' shield was only barely able to block the 
blue beams - the Pulse Laser attack. 


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So the slightly delayed white bullet - the Shock Wave 
Cannonball - passed by with ease and headed for 
Koutarou and the rest. 

"Waaaa, This time it's all over!!" 

"Hissatsu! Sanae-chan Bomber!" 

However, before the bullet could hit Koutarou, Sanae 
prevented it by throwing a cushion with her Poltergeist. 

The bullet and cushion collided in the air, and a 
explosion was heard, alongside cotton being scattered all 
over the room. 

"Tsk!" 

"Ho~" 

"Hoho~" 

Apart from Sanae, everyone else was thrown towards 
the walls because of the shock wave. 

That was enough for Corona House to start shaking 
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"Is everyone okay!? You haven't been done, in have 
you!?" 

"I'm neither! Even if I'm okay for now, I won't be 
sooner or later!" 

Koutarou stood up while shaking his head, and he 
grabbed the bat leaning against the wall next to him. 

"What are you going to do!?" 

"The only way to survive is to attack before she 
recovers!" 

The girl in question had lost her balance from the 
shock wave. 

Because the cushion had impacted with the bullet next 
to her, the shock wave reached her too. 

"Tsk, by something like this... Blue Knight, change to 
Sonic Impact Cannon and Ion Blaster! This room is too 
small!" 

Noticing Koutarou approaching, she ordered the 
bracelet to change weapons. 


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"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

"You're too slow!" 

But before her weapons were able to change, Koutarou 
swung down his bat. 

He was aiming for the pulse laser sticking out from the 
hole above her right shoulder. 

"It's no use. Neanderthal!" 

However ,the bat did not reach the pulse laser. 

Immediately before it hit the barrel, it collided with 
something half-transparent and bounced off. 

"What!?" 

"You thought you were the only ones with a barrier!? 
How thoughtless!" 

The girl stood up, a grin brimming with confidence on 
her face. 

She was surrounded by white hexagons. 


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Like the haniwas' shield of light, it was a shield 
preventing attacks. 

"This is bad-ho! The barrier's power is on a different 
level-ho!" 

"It's a repulsion barrier-ho! It's far superior than ours 
against anything but spiritual energy-ho!" 

"Just who is that girl!?" 

Kiriha was aghast at the overwhelming difference in 
power. 

Kiriha and the others' attacks barely had any effect, but 
they couldn't block their opponents attacks. 

"Dammit, what's with that hard shell? Unless we do 
something about that, we're not getting anywhere!" 

"Stop, Koutarou! We have no way of breaking it!" 

"What? Really!?" 

"It's true. Neanderthal! The difference between our 
powers is like that of heaven and earth! You won't be 
able to so much as lay a finger on me!" 


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The girl stopped her attack and boasted triumphantly. 

"...I'm not so sure about that." 

Sanae floated in front of the boasting girl and was 
poking at her. 

"Wh-what!? W-what did you just do!?" 

After Sanae suddenly appeared in front of her, the 
girl's face was twitching. 

"What? I was just poking you." 

Sanae had easily passed through the barrier the girl 
had been boasting about. 

Although it could protect against any attacks, it seems 
that it couldn't protect against ghosts. 

"Good job, Sanae! Now restrain her!" 

"Fine, fine. You sure are bossy..." 

Sanae started depriving the girl of her freedom while 
she was still surprised. 


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She caught the edges of the skirt of the girl's dress with 
her Poltergeist. 

"What are you doing!?" 

"Who knows what someone like you will do if I let 
you be! In other words, Hissatsu Sanae-chan Tulip!" 

Sanae lifted up the edges of the girl's skirt. 

"Uwawa, wh-what!?" 

"Just relax!" 

Sanae lifted up the skirt over the girl's head and 
wrapped it around like a drawstring purse. 

With her underwear exposed, she looked similar to a 
tulip, as Sanae had called it. 

"Stop it, you rude ruffian! I can't see anything!" 

"No way- If I stop, you'll just attack me." 

The girl struggled, but Sanae's power was too strong, 
and she was unable to break free. 


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"Kiriha-san." 

"What is it, Koutarou?" 

"I know my life is at stake, but right now she just looks 
like an idiot..." 

"...Agreed. To think I'd see a bear here..." 

The tulip struggled while making no progress. 

It was a sight that invited laughter. 

Moreover, imprinted on the girl's panties was a lovely 
bear. One couldn't help but laugh at the situation. 

"If you give up. I'll let you go." 

"There's no way the princess of the Holy Forthorthe 
Galactic Empire would lower her head to some primitive 
barbarians!" 


"Then we'll just leave you like this." 
"Grrr, you're just a Neanderthal!" 


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Sanae and the girl were bickering, and Sanae was 
currently winning. 

Meanwhile, Koutarou let out a small sigh of relief. 

"It looks like we'll at least be able to catch our breath." 
"It's about time." 

Kiriha smiled lightly and talked to Koutarou. 

However, the commotion was not about to stop as the 
two had expected. 

"Fine! If you want it that way, I have plans of my own! 


"What? Are you still planning on doing something?" 

"Blue Knight! Change the battle mode to final attack 
mode! Fire a limited Genesis Buster! Turn the area 
centered around me into mere atoms!" 

"AUTHENTICATION IS REQUIRED FOR 
ACTIVATION OF THE FINAL ATTACK MODE AND 
THE USE OF THE GENESIS BUSTER." 


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"My name is Theiamillis Gre Masteil Sagurada von 
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"AUTHENTICATION COMPLETE. CONFIRMED 
THE IDENTITY OF PRINCESS THEIAMILLIS. THE 
ORDER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED. AS YOU WISH, MY 
PRINCESS. 

The girl gave a complicated order, unlike before. 

Looking at that, Koutarou once again felt a chil l run 
down his spine. 

"What are you planning on doing?" 

"Don't ask such foolish questions. Neanderthal. It's 
obviously an attack." 

The tulip responded full of confidence. 

The girl was probably laughing, but Koutarou was 
unable to see her face. 

"An attack?" 

However, nothing was happening in the room. The 
black holes floating above her shoulders remained 
motionless. 


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"Nothing's happening..." 

"Fufufu! Wahahahaha, that's why you're a 
Neanderthal! Don't just assume that what you can see is 
all there is!" 

The tulip gladly shook left and right. 

"Emergency alert! A super-high energy emission 
roughly 50 meters in the sky-ho!" 

"What!?" 

Receiving Karama's warning, Kiriha jumped to the 
window. 

She then opened it in a hurry and leaned her body out. 

Koutarou followed suit. 

"That's it!" 

"What's that!?" 

In the sky above Corona House, a black hole similar to 
the ones floating above the girl's shoulders could be seen. 


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Even though it was a starry night, that part of the sky 
was completely free of stars. 

A large cylindrical thing peeked out of the hole. 

"Confirmed the generation of antimatter-ho! The mass 
is increasing rapidly-ho!" 

"Antimatter!? What are its the measurements!?" 

"Currently at 58 grams-ho! And it's still increasing-ho! 

// 


"Is that an antimatter cannon!? Impossible! Do you 
know what those kind of things can do!?" 

Kiriha turned to Tulip and shouted at her. 

Koutarou was able to understand the seriousness of 
the situation by looking at the normally calm Kiriha 
acting like this. 

"Of course I know! It'll turn you Neanderthals into 
photons!" 

Tulip laughed loudly at the panicking Kiriha. 


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"Koutarou, what's anti-matter?" 

"Don't ask me. That's Mackenzie's field of expertise." 

Koutarou and Sanae were unable to understand the 
term. 

So the two just care freely tilted their necks. 

"To put it simply, antimatter is a terrifying nuclear 
weapon." 

Strictly speaking, the nuclear fission used for nuclear 
weapons is completely different from antimatter. 

However, the two released energy on an atomic level, 
so it was an appropriate explanation for the two who 
didn't understand at all. 

"Nu-Nuclear!?" 

"By nuclear you mean those things that always appear 
in movies and anime, where something terrible happens 
if they explode and leave behind a mushroom!?" 

Because of that, Koutarou and Sanae could easily 
understand the situation and began panicking. 


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"L-Lets run, Koutarou!" 

"Y-Yeah!" 

"It's not use! The antimatter has already exceeded 100 
grams! No matter how far you run, you'll never be able 
to outrun it! Too bad!" 

"...So it's all over..." 

Kiriha sighed and dropped her shoulders. 

She very clearly understood the power of over 100 
grams of antimatter. 

"Don't give up! Do something, Kiriha!" 

"What do we do!? What should I do!?" 

Only aware that it was a powerful weapon, Koutarou 
and Sanae panicked and ran around Kiriha. 

"Petty tricks won't be able to stop this weapon! It's my 
victory!" 

Tulip on the other hand was ecstatic. Being able to 
release all of her resentment, she laughed loudly. 


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Even the bear on her exposed panties looked like it 
was smiling to Koutarou. 

"There's nothing we can do. Please give up, Koutarou, 
Sanae." 

"Noooooooo! I don't want to dieeeeeeee!" 

"You're already dead! Nuclear weapons or antimatter 
won't do anything to you!" 

"Oh yeah." 

Realizing that normal weapons wouldn't work on 
ghosts, Sanae regained her calm. 

"I'm sorry for your loss~" 

"Hearing that from you strangely pisses me off!" 

"It's the privilege of being a ghost!" 

Sanae turned to Koutarou and made a triumphant 
V-sign. 

"You can't be so sure when it comes to antimatter. 
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the very fabric of space would be distorted. Even a ghost 
might not be able to survive." 

"Did you hear that, Sanae!? Even ghosts can die!" 

"Don't rejoice, idiot!" 

As Koutarou and the rest began falling into unrest and 
confusion. Tulip's bracelet coldly reported in. 

"THE GENERATION OF ANTIMATTER IS 
COMPLETE." 

"Excellent! Start the firing procedures! And don't 
forget to recover me as you fire!" 

"AS YOU WISH. INITIALIZING FIRING 
PROCEDURES." 

"Waaaa, they're firing! They're firing!" 

"Nooooooooo! I don't want to die young!" 

"An unexpected end for the surface invasion... 

Although with this, there won't be a Japan left to invade.. 
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The laughing girl, the restless Koutarou, Sanae 
clinging onto Koutarou, the melancholy Kiriha, and the 
still unconscious Yurika, who had no grasp of the 
situation. 

The five people showed five different reactions as the 
time finally came. 

"ANTIMATTER HAS FINISHED GENERATING. 
SAFETY RELEASED. AWAITING ORDER TO FIRE, MY 
PRINCESS." 

"Kukuku, and with this it's over! Genesis Buster, FI-" 


However, as the girl was about to give the firing 
orders, another voice filled the room, interrupting her. 

"Please wait. Princess Theiamillis!" 

"Ruth!?" 

As the girl raised her voice in surprise, another person 
came jumping out from the glowing wall. 

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The person coming through the wall was a girl 
wearing a military uniform with a short skirt. 

She was taller than Tulip, at about the same height as 
Yurika. 

"H-hey, a person just came through the wall!" 

"What are you so surprised for? Tulip came through 
the same way." 

"Really, Kiriha-san?" 

Koutarou didn't see Tulip come out. 

As he was busy examining the crest his sight was 
suddenly blocked. 

"Yes. The first girl came out of the wall the same way 
and bumped into you." 

Kiriha had already given up, but with the appearance 
of the other girl she had started recovering. 

"Your Highness! What is the meaning of firing the 
Genesis Buster at this planet!?" 


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The new girl immediately began shouting at Tulip. 

"B-but, they were making a fool of me!" 

Tulip raised her objections, but her voice was 
completely different. 

"It looks like that girl came to stop Tulip." 

"Really?" 

Koutarou and Sanae looked at the two quarreling. 

Koutarou and the rest were unable to comprehend this 
unexpected development. 

"That doesn't mean you can destroy this entire planet! 
First of all, it violates the the galactic treaty!" 

"Sanae, it seems like the weapon above us has enough 
power to destroy the planet." 

"So it would be a casual end of Earth." 

"Knock on wood..." 


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"But they said I was flat, short and stupid! There's no 
way I could forgive them!" 

"There's no one who would bring out a wide-area 
destruction weapon used in space combat for a that kind 
of childish reason!" 

"B-but Ruth!" 

"No 'huts'!" 

The argument was falling into the favor of the new girl 


The number of words Tulip spoke gradually decreased 
, and she was now mostly silent. 

"Fuuuuu. It looks like everything will calm down... 
Geez." 

Kiriha let out a big sigh and relaxed her shoulders. 

"Princess Theia, please settle down. If you kill the 
residents of this room you won't be able to achieve the 


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trial given to Your Highness. Do you want to be the 
quickest to fail in the history of Forthorthe and bring 
shame to your mother?" 


As soon as her mother was mentioned. Tulip stopped 
arguing. 

"Your Highness, please open your mind. Forthorthe's 
influence doesn't reach this planet. We're the ones forcing 
ourselves onto them." 

This girl has been saying reasonable things for a while now.. 


The several past days have been a mess of 
unreasonable people forcing themselves into this room. 

So this new girl's reasonable words were like music to 
Koutarou ears. 

"I got it... Blue Knight, Release the attack mode and 
return to guard mode. Cancel the Genesis Buster." 

"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 


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"Thank you. Your Highness." 

The new girl showed a smile of relief, and the rioting 
in the room seemed to have settled. 

There were holes in the walls from the laser, and the 
wallpaper had been torn off in places because of the 
shock waves. 

The once beautiful tatami mats had scorch marks left 
on them. The room was in pieces. 

"If the landlord sees this she'll probably cry..." 

Koutarou looked around the room. 

Corona House was the landlord Shizuka's treasure. 

It was a keepsake from her late parents. 

And finding it in this state would almost certainly 
cause her a lot of grief. 

Koutarou was painfully aware of that. 

"Koutarou, please sit down, or we can't start." 


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"Oh, sorry, right away." 

As Kiriha called out to him, he turned around and saw 
five girls, seated around the tea table. 

The order they were sitting in was clockwise: Sanae, 
Kiriha, Yurika, Tulip, and the girl who came with her. 

And there was a space left open between Sanae and 
Kiriha for Koutarou. 

"...So I sit here." 

Koutarou sat down in the open space. 

"It's kind of tight..." 

"That's because we're up to six people now." 

Kiriha shrugged at Sanae's words. Both the tea table 
and the room were not designed for six people. 

Because of that, the room felt very small with six 
people in it. 


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"The problem we need to settle seems to have gotten 

bigger. I'm not saying we need to deepen our friendship.. 
// 


"Well that's true, but..." 

Sanae had a sad look on her face. 

"So to get to the point, who are you?" 

"Hmph!" 

Tulip - The girl in the dress who was the first to come 
out of the wall - refused to answer. 

And she provokingly turned her face away from him. 

"I am sorry. It seems my master is in a bad mood, so 
instead I will explain." 

Instead, the girl in uniform who had come out later 
began speaking. 

Compared to the girl in the dress, she had a mild and 
cooperative atmosphere around her. 


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She bowed her head politely and calmly towards 
Koutarou and left a strong impression on Koutarou. 

However, she might be like Kiriha, so instead of 
relaxing Koutarou decided to hear her out before letting 
his guard down. 

"Please allow me to introduce ourselves. First off, my 
master. Her Highness Theiamillis." 

And the girl in uniform pointed out the girl sitting 
next to her. 

"Her Highness?" 

It was a phrase she had used several times already. 

Koutarou knew it was a title of honor for someone 
noble, but he did not think it was suitable for the girl in 
front of him. 

"Yes, Her Highness's name is Theiamil l is Gre 
Forthorthe. She is the princess of the Holy Forthorthe 
Galactic Empire." 

"Princess!? This person over here's the top brat!?" 


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Hearing Koutarou's words, the girl in the dress, Theia, 
glared at him. 

However, this time she, perhaps showing some 
discretion, said nothing. 

"Yes. She is the seventh princess, but in the present she 
is the current emperor's only child." 

"So she's a princess? Really?" 

The girl explaining nodded at the amazed Sanae. 

"It will be hard to show you proof of her identity right 
away, but there is no mistake." 

"There will be no need for that. I understand that you 
at the very least hold a high position." 

"Eh!? You'll believe us!?" 

"Yes, to a certain extent." 

Unexpectedly, the one supporting the girl's words was 
Kiriha. 

"What do you mean, Kiriha-san?" 


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"Koutarou, think back to the power of their weapons." 

"What about the weapons? Well, they were dangerous 
but..." 

"Do you think anyone would be able to walk around 
with that kind of weaponry? Least of all, antimatter?" 

"Oh, you mean like that." 

With that, Koutarou understood what Kiriha meant. 

"Sanae, what seems more natural to you? A normal 
person with that kind of weapon, or someone in a high 
position?" 

"Well, that would be a really important person, right? 
They have mushroom bombs after all." 

"Right? In other words, that's how it is. It would be 
strange for those two to be normal people." 

"I see. Now that you mention it, that makes sense." 

Sanae was satisfied and nodded and she began making 
fun of Yurika. 


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"Yurika, unlike a self-proclaimed princess like yourself 
, she's a real one." 

"I'm also a real one!" 

"I know. A real hardcore cosplayer, right?" 

"You're wrong! Why does everyone bully me!?" 

Yurika ground her teeth in frustration, but no one was 
listening to her. 

"To show position, show power. An old-fashioned 
method, but it was effective." 

"As for the sudden use of power I would like to 
apologize." 

The girl bowed apologetically. 

"You don't have to worry about that; we were both in 
the wrong." 

"Thank you." 

"Koutarou, you sure forgave them quickly, didn't you? 

// 


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"Why don't you remember what you said." 

Sanae flinched at Koutarou's cold glance. 

She also felt she had said too much. 

Apart from touching her breasts at the start, Koutarou 
had also said a bit too much afterwards. 

The same was true for the other two. 

"And what about you? Do you also hold a high 
position?" 

"No, I'm just part of the military. I am the protection 
officer in charge of guarding Her Highness Theia and 
taking care of her surroundings. My name is Ruthkania 
Nye Pardomshiha." 

"...Ruth is my childhood friend." 

Theia, who had kept quiet, opened her mouth for a 
moment. 

"She's a reliable and talented protection officer." 

"Your words are wasted on me. Your Highness." 


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Ruth gave Theia a smile, and Theia blushed slightly 
before starting to sulk again. 

"Hmm... so this person's a soldier." 

"Ruth-san... Oh right, I forgot. I'm Koutarou, Satomi 
Koutarou, this room's resident." 

"I'm Higashihongan Sanae. And this flashy person is 
Yurika. But the only thing flashy about her is her 
appearance, so don't pay her any attention" 

"I'm Nijino Yurika, a magical 

Yurika attempted to introduce herself, but... 

"Kurano Kiriha. Please call me Kiriha." 

Sadly, she was interrupted by Kiriha. 

"Do you really hate magical... No, me that much?" 

Yurika said while crying. She dropped her shoulders 
and spilled tears on her handkerchief. 

Ruth was surprised by Yurika's sudden crying. 


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"Did something happen to Yurika-sama?" 

"It's fine. Please let her be, Ruth-san." 

"Okay, Satomi-sama." 

Yurika continued to cry. 

// ^)// 


Ruth was unable to comprehend the situation, but she 
decided to leave it be for now. 

"By the way, Ruth. You mentioned a galactic empire 
before. What did you mean by that?" 

"Did she say something like that, Koutarou?" 

Sanae, who hadn't been paying attention, pulled on 
Koutarou's sleeve and asked. 

"She did. Something along the lines of The Holy 
something Galactic Empire. That Theia seems to be that 
country's princess." 

"I know about the Empire in Ginza !" 


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There was a famous hotel in Ginza called the Imperial 
Hotel. 

"Those two are unrelated..." 

"I know that too!" 

"It is just as everybody is saying." 

Ruth nodded her head. 

"We came from the Holy Forthorthe Galactic Empire." 

"Holy Forthorthe Galactic Empire... I've never heard of 
a country with that name." 

"Have you heard of it, Yurika?" 

"Why would you think I know anything?" 

Yurika had a confused look on her face after Sanae 
asked her. 

"It sounds like a name right out of an anime." 

Yurika began sobbing. 

"Don't just make her cry for no reason, Sanae." 


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"Sorry, it was just a reflex." 

"So Ruth-san, where is that country? In the Middle 
East? Or maybe Europe? 

"No." 

Ruth shook her head. 

"It's about 10 million light years away from here, in a 
different galaxy." 

"So that really was the case!?" 

Kiriha instinctively stood up. 

The antimatter weapon Theia and Ruth had used 
caused Kiriha to hold some suspicion, but she was still 
very surprised. 

"Koutarou, a different Ginza? Is there another Ginza 
outside of Tokyo?" 

"No, another galaxy!" 


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Koutarou was perplexed. He understood what Ruth 
was saying, but it was more likely to be the plot of a 
movie he would watch with Kenji. 

'That can't be right. If they came from a different 
galaxy that would make them 

"Yes, that's correct. We came from a different planet; in 
other words, we're aliens." 

Theia and Ruth, these two girls were the most 
extravagant visitors yet. 

"A-alien..." 


Koutarou's jaw dropped. 

"After ghosts, cosplayers and underground people, I 
wasn't going to be surprised by most things, but to think 
aliens..." 

"I'm not a cosplayer! I'm a magical girl!" 

"I believe it's quite normal to be surprised. It is rare to 
come into contact with another civilization after all." 


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Ruth showed an understanding smile. 

"But, now that you mention it, it does kind of feel 
obvious." 

Lasers, barriers, antimatter cannons. It was hard to 
image that these sci-fi weapons could be found on Earth. 

If we had that scientific progress on Earth, we would 
have been a lot further ahead. 

Kiriha's two haniwas were surprising, but this 
technology was surprising even to Kiriha. 

"There's no doubt about it." 

Kiriha wiped the sweat off her brow. Her cold sweat 
would not stop. 

"...Karama, Korama, prepare that." 

"Got it-ho!" 

"We'll bring it right away-ho!" 

As the haniwas heard her orders, they sprung into 
action right away. 


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They flipped up the tatami mat closest to the front 
door and jumped into the hole beneath it. 

"What will you do, Koutarou?" 

"For starters. I'll continue as if what they're saying is 
true." 

"You believe them when they say they're aliens?" 

"Yes, they don't seem to be lying." 

Koutarou brought his mouth close to Sanae's ear and 
whispered. 

"...Besides, even if it's a lie, those weapons are real." 

"...You have a point. They're definitely different than 
someone like Yurika." 

Sanae whispered back and looked at Theia and Ruth. 
And another reason crossed her mind. 

"Hey, Koutarou." 

"Hm?" 


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"Are you believing them because that Ruth girl is your 
type?" 

"Of course not!" 

"Really?" 

"Of course! ...Well, she is cute, now that you mention it 


"...I am honored... For you to call me c-cute..." 

The girl who had constantly kept a serious face 
blushed after hearing Koutarou calling her cute. 

It was only when she made this kind of face that she 
looked like a girl of age. 

"She's got a proper attitude and she's not saying 
anything strange. There's no reason to doubt her, right?" 

"You sound suspicious- Are you sure it's not because 
obedient girls are your type? Typical boys- Just because 
she's pretty and obedient she's being put on a pedestal-" 

"Well, compared to you, anyone would be obedient!" 


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"...That's true." 

Sanae, Yurika, Kiriha, and Theia. The four of them 
were far away from the word 'obedient'. 

"I am truly grateful you believe us, Satomi-sama. I was 
actually always worried about how to make you believe 
this part." 

"Always? So you two didn't just arrive today, 
Ruth-san?" 

"Yes." 

Ruth nods. 

"Actually, we arrived at this planet yesterday evening. 

// 


"So, what were you doing all this time?" 

"We were gathering data for a translation device from 
the conversations in Satomi-sama's room." 

While Ruth was explaining, she pulled out a small box 
and presented it to everyone. 


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That was the translation device the two were using. 

"Now that you mention it, the two of you are speaking 
in Japanese." 

"To think this small box can..." 

Koutarou and Sanae stared at the box. In order to 
make it easier for them to look at it, Ruth handed it over 
to them. 

"Because of that, we just about understand 
everybody's circumstances. As a result, we ended up 
eavesdropping on you, and for that I would like to 
deeply apologize." 

"If we can't understand one another, we won't get 

anywhere, so you don't have to worry about it, Ruth-san. 
// 


"Thank you very much, Satomi-sama." 

Ruth had been prepared to be blamed, so she felt 
relieved. 

"So why did you two come here?" 


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"That would be our problem..." 

Ruth sharpened up; there was no time to be relieved. It 
was time to get down to business. 

"Her Highness Theia came here because of a certain 
ritual passed down through the emperor's family." 

"Ritual?" 

Kiriha raised her head. Ruth nodded and continued 
her explanation. 

"Yes. A trial is passed down onto the empire's 
successor when he or she turns 16." 

"A trial? What kind of trial?" 

"They could be all kinds of trials depending on the 
person. It could be searching for items, exploring an 
unexplored region, fighting with your destined enemy, 
and the like. Once they have cleared their trial, they are 
deemed fit to succeed the throne." 

"So it's like a ritual to turn into an adult?" 


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"That is correct, Kiriha-sama. If a member of the royal 
family doesn't display their capabilities, they won't be 
allowed to succeed the throne, even if it's the emperor's 
own child." 

"So does that mean when she clears her trial, she will 
become empress?" 

"No, that is not the case. Those who clear the trial are 
recorded in order of time of completion on the list of 
candidates with the right to succeed the throne. The one 
on top of the list is crowned emperor." 

"In order of when they cleared it... That's how you 
show your capabilities, huh." 

"Yes, that is correct, Satomi-sama." 

Ruth nodded. 

"Which means you two, or rather, the princess over 
there came here to clear that trial?" 

"That's right." 

Theia opened her mouth. 


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"I have to show my capabilities. Because of that, I 
came here with Ruth." 

"Just the two of you?" 

Koutarou was slightly surprised. In his head, royalty 
usually only traveled with a large party. 

However, according to her, Ruth was her only 
companion. 

"Yes. I'm showing my capabilities with this trial. That 
won't be possible with a large group." 

"I see. Unless you do it on your own, there won't be a 
point." 

"Precisely." 

"So what's the trial? You came from far away, so are 
you exploring?" 

"No. The trial given to her highness is invasion." 

"Invasion!?" 


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"Her Highness Theia must invade this room and rule 
it in both name and reality." 

"W-wait just a minute! Why does it have to be my 
room!?" 

Koutarou was taken aback, and Ruth continued 
explaining. 

"As I believe you are now well aware of, this trial is to 
show the capabilities of the successor to the throne. 
Therefore, a real invasion won't be expected. Her 
Highness has been given coordinates selected at random 
to a small space to occupy and make into her own 
territory. It's merely a ceremony." 

"So that space just happens to be my room!?" 

"I know it's hard to believe, but the coordinates the 
computer selected overlap perfectly with this room." 

"What kind of coincidence is that!?" 

"We are perplexed by this as well. Normally, the 
coordinates for this trial are in empty space. All one 
usually has to do is place their flag in that space and it's 


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over. This trial requires extreme courage; one must face 
the uncertainty of traveling to an unknown location in 
the vastness of space." 

Ruth had a serious look on her face. 

The coordinates the computer would give you had an 
almost 100% chance of being empty space. The universe 
is mostly empty, after all. 

Which is why this was the first time coordinates 
pointing to a habitable planet, and with intelligent life in 
it had ever happened. 

"So what happens in this case?" 

"If intelligent life is found at the invasion point, you 
don't just have to invade but also make the life found 
there swear its allegiance. It's a trial to show you are 
capable of standing above others after all. And of course, 
taking their life is absolutely out of the question." 

"...Which means..." 

Having had this thoroughly explained, even Koutarou 
was able to understand what would happen next. 


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"With this, even someone at your intelligence level 
could understand! Swear your loyalty to me right away 
and relinquish rule of this room to me! If you do so, you 
shall become a citizen of our glorious empire and be able 
to enjoy a long and prosperous life." 

The 7th princess of the Holy Forthorthe Galactic 
Empire, Theiamillis Gre Forthorthe. 

She was not trying to just invade this room, but also 
Koutarou's heart. 

"I refuuuuse!" 

Koutarou's response to Theia, who was demanding the 
room and his loyalty, was the same as always. 

"Who would ever swear loyalty to you!? Don't make 
me laugh!" 

After having his room nearly torn apart, Koutarou did 
not have a good impression of Theia. 

Koutarou could not even imagine swearing loyalty to 
her. 


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"Damn you. Neanderthal! I treat you gently and this is 
how you repay me!?" 

"When did you ever treat me gently!? The only one 
who ever lowered her head was Ruth!" 

Ouch... 

Pain ran through Koutarou's head after yelling at 
Theia. 

Maybe I got a bit too excited. 

Koutarou shook his head in an attempt to get rid of the 
headache, but the pain remained along with a heavy 
feeling in the center of his head. 

Koutarou thought it was because he had gotten too 
excited, but in reality it was because he had been pushing 
his body so hard for the past few days. 

"I won't mind turning you into ashes on the spot!" 

"I already know you won't be able to clear your trial 
like that! Your empty threats mean nothing!" 


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However, Koutarou quickly forgot about his headache. 
Theia, who was in front of him, was a much bigger pain. 

"Grrrr, the Neanderthal has picked up some unneeded 
knowledge..." 

"If you weren't with Ruth, I would have kicked you 
out long ago!" 

"What!? Watch your words when speaking to your 
master!" 

"Who is this master!?" 

"I am, plebeian! Do I have to keep reminding you!?" 

"As if I want to remember. Tulip!" 

Neither Koutarou nor Theia was backing down, and 
they glared at each other intensely. 

The two drew their faces closer and closer, to the point 
of if they moved a bit closer they would be close enough 
to kiss. 

"Your Highness, Satomi-sama, please calm down. 
Fighting won't be a benefit to anyone." 


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"Even if it's Ruth-san's request, I definitely won't listen 
to this shorty!" 

"You heard him, Ruth! This plebeian won't understand 
unless we use force! This Neanderthal won't understand 
the joy of being a Forthorthe citizen!" 

Ruth's persuasion didn't work on Koutarou and Theia, 
who were both far too worked up. However, Ruth 
wouldn't give up. 

"Please! Please, please listen to my selfishness! No 
matter the outcome the two of you should never fight!" 

Ruth was truly worried over the two and it gave 
power to her words. 

"...I understand Ruth. I am sorry." 

"This time only. Only because of Ruth-san." 

Thankfully, her second attempt reached the two. 

They stared at each other in discontent as they stepped 
down. 


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"Thank you, both of you. Thank you so much for 
listening to me." 

And Ruth wiped the corner of her eye and was quietly 
relieved. 


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2009/05/01 
(Excerpt) 


Seventh Article 


All fighting during the 
period when Kasagi 
Shizuka (Landlord of 
Corona House, 
residing in room 206) 
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"Phew../' 

Koutarou was able to calm down after drinking a lot of 
the tea Kiriha had poured for him. 

"Troubles just keep piling up, and I'm starting to lose 
my mind..." 

"It's at times like those that you have another cup of 
tea. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any good tea 
leaves..." 

Sanae was hanging on to Koutarou's back and playing 
with the empty cup using her Poltergeist. 

Now that I think about it, I used to fight all the time with 
Sanae when we first met. 

Koutarou looked at Theia, who was sitting right in 
front of him, as he was thinking that. 

The stubborn Theia, however, shifted her look away 
from him, determined not to lock eyes with him. 

Koutarou felt his current situation was quite similar to 
when he had first met Sanae. 


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"Hey, Tulip." 

"...Don't call me by that strange name! I have a 
splendid name - Theia!" 

Theia glared at Koutarou. 

Although she was more aggressive and selfish than 
Sanae, her puffed-up face was still overflowing with 
youth. 

I have no intentions of handing over this room , but I guess 
I'm being a bit immature. She's only a child. 

"Alright, Theia." 

"Call me Theia-sama or Your Highness Theia!" 

"I'm not a citizen of your country, and I don't intend to 
become one either. Think about it; right now we're 
enemies." 

"...Very well. What do you want?" 

"Although we're enemies, let's stop doing things that 
won't benefit either of us." 


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"What do you mean, more specifically?" 

"Punching, kicking, shooting beams, and the like. If I 
die, you'll lose out too. The emperor won't recognize you 
if you use violence to show your capabilities, right?" 


Theia fell silent. She was aware that Koutarou was 
correct, but she couldn't bring herself to agree. 

"I'll restrain myself and keep from attacking you. I 
think we should both show each other at least that level 
of restraint." 


"Your Highness, bargaining is required from time to 
time." 

"...I understand. It's true that fighting with you won't 
benefit me." 

Ruth was able to persuade Theia. 

"If you will accept to negotiate, I will stop resorting to 
violence." 


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Theia acted like she was agreeing reluctantly, but in 
reality she was on the same page as Koutarou. 

"I'm fine with that." 

Hmm... As long as she doesn't get emotional , it seems like 
she can be quite reasonable. 

Theia could use her weapons to take the entire planet 
as hostage and threaten Koutarou. 

But she did not do that. When she was not losing it, 
she seemed to be aware that such a thing was 
preposterous. 

"Well, with that settled. I'd like us to organize 
ourselves and explain our situation once more." 

With Koutarou and Theia calming down, Kiriha drew 
a breath of relief. 

"No objections." 

"Understood." 

Sanae and Yurika agreed right away. 


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"Let's do that. I'm starting to lose track of what's going 
on." 

In just four days, the population of the room had gone 
from just Koutarou to six people. 

"I don't mind. I'd like to hear all of your plans once 
more." 

Theia also obediently agreed. 

However, the last one, Ruth didn't say anything. 

She was just Theia's accomplice. 

"Then we'll start with Koutarou. He is the current legal 
owner of this room." 

"I've lived here since before Koutarou, though..." 

"Koutarou has signed a contract with the landlord. We 
won't leave you out of this, Sanae, but let's first hear 
what Koutarou has to say." 

"...I guess there's no choice..." 


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Sanae was dissatisfied, but she held it in for the time 
being. 

Sanae's feelings for Koutarou had changed, although 
she was not aware of it herself. 

Sanae from when she had just met Koutarou would 
have never backed down. 

"Go ahead, Koutarou." 

"Alright... In my case, it's simple. While I'm going to 
high school I'll be living here. That why I refuse to leave. 
The 5,000 yen a month rent also helps. 

"Pleb, how long does one attend high school?" 

"...Three years." 

Although slightly irritated by being called a pleb, 
Koutarou answered obediently. 

"I can't wait for that long!" 


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"But I won't leave. I'm friends with landlord-san, and 
handing this room over to you would just cause her a lot 
of trouble." 

Koutarou had two reasons for not leaving. 

The first was of course regarding living expenses. 

The second was the existence of Shizuka. 

Although they had only been together for a few days, 
Koutarou felt a debt and a bond with her. 

That's why he couldn't just haphazardly leave this 
room and push this pain onto her. 

Koutarou was well aware of how much Shizuka 
treasured this building. 

Which is why he couldn't just leave. 

"That's just about it for me." 

"...If this is only about a place to live, you could easily 
pull back, no?" 


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"However, it will be troubling if you don't leave!..." 

"Yurika, I'd like you to leave that story for your turn. 
Next is Sanae." 

"Me?" 

"We're doing it in the order of appearing in this room. 


"I got it. But my reasons are simple, too. I've lived here 
for a long time, so I don't want to get chased out, that's 
all." 

Sanae declared that and laughed indifferently. 

"I'm currently in a truce with Koutarou, but I plan on 
throwing out anyone in my way." 

"B-by possessing... By possessing and killing?" 

"If needed... Fufufu. I might put a curse on you J>" 


Sanae laughed grimly, leaving Yurika frozen with fear. 


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She slowly approached her. 

"N-N oooooooo!" 

"Wait, stop, don't run away Yurika!" 

Yurika tried to run into the wardrobe as always, but 
Koutarou grabbed a hold of her foot. 

"L-Let go, please! The only one who needs to be 
possessed is Satomi-san!" 

"Stop kicking! Don't run away! At least tell us your 
story first!" 

"But, the ghost! The ghost is coming!" 

"I might eat you up " 

"Kyaaaa!! Nooooooooo!!" 

"Sanae! Would you give it a break! If you keep this up 
we won't be able to continue!" 

"Tehehe, sorry 

Sanae stuck her tongue out and returned to her seat. 


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"Noooooooo!" 

"Yurika, calm down! Sanae's not coming after you 
anymore!" 

"Let goooo!" 

However, Yurika was unable to take in her 
surroundings and continued to struggle. 

Koutarou was kicked several times, and rage began to 
boil inside of him. 

"Gah! This is why I hate cosplayers with nothing but 
spring in their minds!" 

"If we don't put a stop to this kind of behavior, 
cosplayers' social standing will just keep falling. Even 
though they're all good people." 

"It's not cosplay!" 

Shouting back in reflex, Yurika was finally able to 
recall her current situation. 

And her face drained of color as she noticed 
everyone's cold glare. 


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"Ehh..." 

"...About time..." 

Koutarou sighed as he let go of Yurika's leg and 
returned to his seat. 

"Good work, Koutarou." 

"I don't want to hear that from you, Sanae!" 

"Well, well just relax." 

"Really now..." 

"Tehehe-" 

Sanae showed no signs of being flinching after 
angering Koutarou. 

"I'm sorry for making such a commotion..." 

Yurika made an apologetic expression as she returned 
to her seat. 

"Well then, Yurika, it's your turn now. What reason 
did you come here for?" 


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"Yurika came here to hold a cosplay party with her 
friends, right?" 

"Yeah, that's what it was. The cheap rent caught her 
eye." 

"You're wrong! People will come to claim the magic 
power overflowing in this room. And before that 
happens. I'd like everyone to get out!" 

"Is that the backstory for the party?" 

"I will applaud you for being thorough, but I won't let 
you have this room for something like that." 

"To be honest, even I am struggling with how to 
handle Yurika..." 

"You're wrong! Why don't you ever listen to what I 
have to say!?" 

Yurika desperately tried to appeal to them, but they 
would not believe her at all. 

"Even if you ask us why... right?" 


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"Yeah, no one would believe in magic nowadays. It's 
just not possible." 

"And after calling yourself a hero of love and justice, 
you constantly run away, leaving Koutarou behind. 
You're just not fit to be a magical girl." 

Common sense, reality and cowardice. There was too 
much going against Yurika for anyone to believe she was 
a magical girl. 

"Auuu, I'm not lying..." 

"Don't worry, Yurika." 

Theia tapped Yurika on the shoulder. 

"I believe in your story." 

"Really!?" 

And the gloomy expression on Yurika brightened up 
almost immediately. 

"You believe in magic!?" 


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"Of course!" 

"And that I'm a magical girl!? And that enemies are 
coming!?" 

"Yes, of course." 

"Thank youuu! I always hoped that someone who 
believed me would appear!!" 

Yurika grabbed Theia's hand and shook it intensely as 
she was crying tears of joy. 

"There's no need for thanks. If you'll leave in return, 
that is." 

However Theia's next words made Yurika's expression 
freeze in place. 

"Eh?" 

"W-what do you mean by that?" 

"It's nothing, I believe you. That's why you can leave 
without any regrets. I will judge your enemies. There is 
no need to worry." 


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"W-wait just a minute! You mean 

"You'll try to remove her using politics. Even though 
you don't believe her for a second, you'll support her 
story in order to bargain with her... You're a clever one, 
alien princess!" 

Kiriha picked up where Yurika left off. 

"Kukuku, using force is not the only power royalty has 

// 


"This is too cruel! You all keep on picking on me! Why 
!? Even though you're fine with ghosts, underground 
people and aliens!!" 

Yurika started crying. 

"This is discrimination! It's unfair! I demand a 
correction in the balance!!" 

Yurika jumped into the wardrobe and slammed the 
sliding door shut with all of her might, and her sobbing 
voice began leaking through the wardrobe. 

"Right, I'm next." 


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"Kiriha, why did you come here?" 

Everyone quickly lost interest in the sobbing wardrobe 


"sniff. I'm here, right here, sniff" 

And Yurika's crying got louder. 

"My purpose for coming here is to rebuild the altar 
where my ancestors are enshrined." 

"I see, so this is sacred ground to you?" 

"But you'll also use the altar as a tool to invade the 
surface, right?" 

"That's correct. Once the altar is rebuilt, we'll be able to 
efficiently gather spiritual energy. And then we'll be able 
to mass produce spiritual weapons to regain our lost 
glory." 

"In terms of politics, your goal resembles mine." 

A happy smile appeared on Theia's face. 


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So this one is my true enemy. She's also a quick thinker... 
This'll be interesting. 

Theia was secretly happy a powerful rival had 
appeared. 

"And finally, Theia-dono, your turn." 

"Yes, my purpose is as I told you before. I came here to 
prove myself worthy as an emperor of Forthorthe as part 
of a ritual. I'm after the rule of this room and the pleb's 
allegiance." 

Whilst saying that Theia pointed towards Koutarou. 

Koutarou had a lot of things he wanted to say, but he 
held them in. 

"Which means that all of us are after this room." 

"That's right." 

Koutarou and Sanae wanted to live there. 

Yurika wanted to hold a cosplay party. 


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Kiriha wanted to build an altar. 

And Theia wanted to rule it. 

"In other words, you all came here to invade my room 


"Simply put, yes, that would be the case." 

Having kept quiet all this time, Ruth chimed in. 

Five girls after Koutarou's room. 

They each had their own respective goals, and aimed 
to deprive Koutarou of his room. 

"But what do we do? Nobody wants to fight or leave. 
Are we going to play more games?" 

And they had all agreed to not fight with Koutarou. 

Because of that, everyone except Theia had decided to 
settle it using games. 

"Fufufu, games aren't a bad suggestion. The wars of 
old could be called such." 


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"So, Theia-dono, does that mean you agree to using 
games?" 

"On a condition." 

Theia nodded greatly and showed her composure. 
"Condition? What condition?" 

"Fufufu, I will only play with that one." 

Theia pointed at Kiriha. 

"What do you mean, Theia-dono?" 

Kiriha's expression stiffened. 

"It's simple. If I play a game now. I'll have a one in five 

chance of winning. However, after I have exterminated 

you, it'll be a one in two chance of winning. Besides, 

aside the pleb I have no need to play with the rest of you! 
// 


"So that's your plan!..." 
"You think you can win!?" 


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Tension in the room rose as Theia stood up with a 
fearless smile. 

"Of course I will! I was just about to win a while ago!" 

"We'll see about that. I have already prepared a 
weapon that will work on you. Karama, Korama!" 

"Ho!" 

"Yes-ho!" 

Responding to Kiriha's voice, the two haniwas floated 
in front of her. 

Their designs had changed slightly from before. 

One had a sword hung on its waist, and the other had 
added something resembling a beard around its mouth. 

"The Spiritual Energy Katana and Spiritual Wave 
Cannon are prepared-ho!" 

"Ane-san, leave this to us-ho!" 

"This means neither of us can block the other's attack." 


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Kiriha declared that and stood up with a smile similar 
to Theia's. 

"To put it simply, the Spiritual Energy Katana and 
Spiritual Wave Cannon are similar to Sanae's powers. 
Like Sanae, these weapons will be able to slip past your 
barrier." 

"You impudent...!" 

"Which means this is mine and Kiriha's victory. You 
can't harm me since I'm a ghost!" 

Sanae also stood up with a smile and began forming a 
will-o'-wisp. 

With repeating electrical discharges, the will-o'-wisp 
gradually grew larger. 

"Blue Knight, activate the anti-personnel weapons 
system. The weapons I want are Mind Pulse and Motor 
Cannon!" 

Following Theia's orders, the two black disks 
reappeared above her shoulders. 

"Those things won't work on me!" 


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"We'll see!" 

However, Theia's confidence didn't waver. 

"Even if you're a ghost, you have a mind. So if I can 
harm your mind, I can defeat you!" 

"Dammit, is there anything aliens can't do!?" 

Sanae stomped her feet in frustration. 

Koutarou and Ruth who couldn't keep quiet raised 
their voices. 

"W-Wait a moment you guys! Are you planning on 
fighting here!?" 

"Please stop. Your Highness!" 

"Stand down, Koutarou! It seems we need to eliminate 
this alien princess no matter what!" 

"If you get in the way you'll get hurt!" 

"Just stand by and watch, pleb! I'll show you how 
powerful your master is!" 


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"S-Stop! If you guys fight for real, who knows what'll 
happen!" 

"Your Highness! Please stop. Your Highness!" 

However, they refused to listen to Koutarou and 
Ruth's desperate pleas. 

As the three stared each other down the tension grew. 

"W-What's going on!?" 

Yurika, who was unaware of the situation, opened the 
sliding door, which served as a starting gong. The fight 
began. 

"Victory goes to those who attack first!" 

"Gooooo!" 

"Korama, the Spiritual Wave Cannon!" 

What happened afterwards was a disaster. 

"Look out, Ruth-san!" 

"E-eh!?" 


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A bullet spat out from the disk above Theia's shoulder 
and headed for Ruth, who wasn't paying attention. 

Koutarou instinctively reacted and tackled her into the 
hall leading to the front door. 

"Kyaaa!" 

Although there was a slight pain from being thrown 
onto the floor, the bullet fortunately passed above the 
two. 

"T-Thank you, Satomi-sama." 

"Don't space out, Ruth-san!" 

"I'm sorry. Even though I'm a protection officer. I'm 
not good with fighting..." 

As Koutarou was helping Ruth stand up, Yurika came 
to hide in the hall as well. 

"W-W-What's going on!? The futon inside the 
wardrobe was charred!" 

"Tulip is planning on reducing the number of people 
in this room before she settles things with me!" 


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"Eh? We're not playing games again!?" 

"Her chances of winning are higher if she's just 
playing against me." 

"Is she serious!? That means I'll be targeted too!" 

"Don't worry. I'm sure she's not counting you anyways 


"Fueeeeee, I don't want that either-!" 

A few minutes had passed since the three began 
fighting. 

"Fuhahaha! What's the matter, you two!? Do you think 
you can beat me like that!?" 

"What do we do, Kiriha!? She's just ridiculous!" 

"We're not losing yet! Calm down and look for an 
opening!" 

Although it was Sanae and Kiriha against just Theia, 
Theia had overwhelming firepower, so the battle was 
currently progressing evenly. 


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"But what do we do? At this rate the room will be 
destroyed!" 

Koutarou, who was looking on, started panicking. 

Without a victor, the room had taken the majority of 
the damage during the prolonged fight. 

There were charring and bullet holes from stray bullets 
all over the room, and it was a complete mystery how 
nothing had caught on fire yet. 

"Look out, Satomi-sama!" 

"Eh!?" 

As Koutarou peeked out to take a look on the situation 
, a fireball one of the haniwas had spat out headed 
towards him. 

"Waaa! I'll die!" 

"Quick Cast - Fireball! Targeting Option - Auto 
Homing!" 


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As Koutarou was covering his head to protect himself 
from the fireball heading towards him, Yurika's loud 
shout could be heard. 

"What!?" 

The broom in Yurika's hand began glowing red, and a 
second fireball appeared from the center of the glow. 

"Wah!" 

The two fireballs collided midair and exploded. 

Although they were able to avoid a direct hit, the 
flames from the explosion attacked Koutarou. 

"I'll die! I'll be enveloped by flames and die!" 

"Flame Protect!" 

However, the flames didn't harm him. 

"Eh? It's not hot?" 

Oddly enough, the flames vanished 10 centimeters 
away from him. 


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A yellow light surrounded Koutarou's body, and when 
the flames touched it they vanished. 

"What's this...?" 

"Satomi-sama!" 

"Are you okay, Satomi-san!?" 

Ruth and Yurika dragged Koutarou back towards the 
front door. 

"That's dangerous, Satomi-san! Don't just poke your 
face out during a fight! If my magic hadn't made it in 
time, who knows what would've happened!" 

"What was that!? Yurika, was that your doing!?" 

Koutarou looked at Yurika with a surprised expression 


"Yes! The fireball and the light protecting Satomi-san 
right now is my magic!" 

Yurika looked at Koutarou's face and smiles. 

"You, are you really...!" 


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"Yes, I'm really a magical girl!" 

Yurika was filled with expectation, unable to wait for 
Koutarou's next words, and she finished his sentence for 
him. 

"Are you really an idiot!?" 

"...Eh?" 

Yurika's expression froze. The words that had left 
Koutarou's mouth were the complete opposite of what 
she had expected. 

"There're plenty of things that could catch on fire here! 
What kind of idiot fights fire with fire!?" 

"Eeeeeeeeeh!? That's what your problem is!?" 

Yurika was deeply disappointed. 

She was overflowing with expectation, but in an 
instant her expression darkened and her eyes filled with 
tears. 

"sniff Why is it always..." 


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Yurika was hoping that this time Koutarou would 
admit she was a magical girl and be taken aback in 
surprise. 

This time, this time surely... However, reality was 
cruel. 

"What is it now! You idiot!" 

"Auu, please be surprised that I'm actually a magical 
girl-!" 

"Who cares!? My life is at stake here! Are you trying to 
burn me to death!?" 

"I'm using magic to protect you from fire to prevent 
that from happening, aren't I!?" 

"Right, I don't have time to waste on this!" 

Koutarou stopped arguing with Yurika and ran 
towards the front door. 

"... Aaaa... I'm starting to hate everything—!" 

As she watched his back, Yurika grew timid and 
squatted down on the floor. 


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"My precious stuffed animals also burned up... Maybe 
I should stop protecting this room and everyone in it—" 

The only reason none of the three girls fighting had 
been hurt was because of Yurika's defensive magic. 

Otherwise, the three would already have suffered 
large injuries in the small and narrow room. 

On top of that, a large fire would have started by now. 

"This is painful— I thought being a magic girl would 
be more brilliant than this~!!" 

However, her efforts were not acknowledged, and she 
was left behind. 

And the biggest contributor to a peaceful solution was 
sulking. 

"Ruth-san, I'll leave Yurika to you!" 

Koutarou grabbed his bat from the umbrella stand 
next to the sulking Yurika and ran into the battlefield in 
the inner room. 

"Satomi-sama, just what are you!?" 


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"I'm going to stop Theia!" 

"Please stop, Satomi-sama! You'll be risking your life if 
you jump in there!" 

"It'll be too late if I don't go now! I don't even want to 
think about what would happen if that fight continues on 
outside of this room!" 

Koutarou was well aware of the danger of jumping 
into the fight, but if he didn't stop it now it would 
eventually grow out of control, and they would end up 
outside of the room. 

If that happened, there would be nothing he could do. 

Right now, the three were holding back so they won't 
hurt themselves with their own attacks, but once they got 
outside they wouldn't have to. 

They'll be able to go all out. 

"If we're going to stop them, now is our chance! 

There's not much time left!" 

Koutarou wasn't confident he'd be able to stop them if 
they got outside. 


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"Satomi-sama ..." 

"There's no need to worry; she won't be able to attack 
me, right?" 

"That's true, but..." 

Ruth anxiously looked towards the inner room in the 
back. From there she heard three voices and bright 
flashes blinking one after another. 

"As long as I can restrain her, the other two will stop 
fighting. Ruth-san, this should be the best way to protect 
your princess." 

"Satomi-sama... You..." 


Ruth looked at Koutarou with a surprised look on her 
face and eventually nodded. 

"I understand. I'll support you." 

"Are you sure?" 

"Yes, this is the best for Her Highness." 


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Ruth smiled in a mysterious way that showed her 
commitment. 

"I'll rush straight on and grab her!" 

"In that case. I'll intrude into Blue Knight's main 
system and lower Her Highness's barrier. Please strike 
when it's down." 

"I'm counting on you. Let's go right away; we don't 
have any time!" 

They quickly decided, and Koutarou rushed towards 
the inner room. 

"Yes!" 

Ruth followed after him. 

"I'm going, Ruth-san!" 

"I'm leaving it to you, Satomi-sama!" 

Koutarou jumped into the inner room. 

When Koutarou entered the room the three were in the 
middle of a fire fight. 


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However, since Theia had more firepower, the other 
two were being pushed back. 

"It's no use! I can see through all of your attacks!" 

"Then what about me!?" 

Koutarou rushed towards the girl while laughing 
loudly. 

"What!?" 

"Koutarou!? Why!?" 

"Get back, Koutarou! You'll get killed!" 

"All you! Stop this stupid fighting right now!" 

Koutarou grabbed Theia's right wrist whilst he 
shouted out. 

"I caught you!" 

"What!? The barrier's not working!?" 


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The barrier intended to protect the girl failed to 
activate and allowed Koutarou's approach. 

That was what Koutarou and Ruth had agreed on, but 
Theia, who was unaware of the situation, was left 
surprised. 

"I won't just let you do as you please!" 

Koutarou pulled on Theia's arm and glared at her. 

"You fool! I told you I won't attack you!" 

"If I just let you fight like this, it will turn into a giant 
mess!" 

"What about it!? Blue Knight, use non-lethal weapons! 
I can't just accidentally kill the pleb!" 

"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

As she said so, the weapons above her shoulders 
changed. 

Theia couldn't afford to kill Koutarou, so she changed 
out to weapons that were non-lethal even in the case of a 
direct hit. 


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"Not gooood!" 

However, that showed that Theia still intended to fight 

Koutarou noticed that and threw away his bat, and 
using both of his hands he held her tightly. 

"L-Let go of me, you fool! Don't just casually touch me 

l" 

"Why should I!? If I let go you'll just keep attacking, 
right!?" 

"Of course!" 

Theia struggled to break free, but Koutarou didn't 
make it easy for her. 

"Alright, Koutarou! Just keep a hold on her!" 

"Sanae!?" 

Koutarou turned his head around to see Sanae lifting a 
TV into the air. 

"Stop it, Sanae!" 


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Sanae intended to throw the TV on Theia, and 
Koutarou desperately tried to stop her. 

The TV had been in use in the Satomi family since 
before he moved, so it was quite large. 

It wouldn't just hit Theia, but Koutarou as well. 

"Eiiiii! Hissatsu Sanae-chan Drop!" 

However, Sanae ignored Koutarou and threw the TV 
anyway. 

"Ahhhh!" 

"Uwawawa!?" 

Koutarou jumped towards the tatami mat while still 
holding onto Theia. 

The TV flew past the spot Koutarou and Theia had 
stood moments before and rolled across the floor. 

It collided with the wall and stopped. 

The TV fell apart due to the impact. 


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"You idiot! Are you trying to take me out with her!?" 

"Sorry, I just went with the flow." 

"You have my thanks, ghost! Thanks to you, the tables 
have turned!" 

Falling onto the tatami mat, Theia was able to escape, 
and she then pointed her weapons at Koutarou. 

The main body of the gun could be seen shining eerily 
through the black disk. 

"Oh no!" 

"Karama, Korama, block up that hole!" 

"Leave it to me-ho!" 

"Got it-ho!" 

"Fireeee!" 

At the moment they fired, the two haniwas blocked 
the holes. 

The attacks hit the haniwas directly. 


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However, the weapons had been changed out to 
non-lethal and could not harm them. 

"You again! You annoying lot!" 

Theia touched her left fist while boiling with anger. 

The metallic glove on her fist had the power to blow 
away her opponents. However, the two Haniwa dodged 
her attack and returned to Kiriha. 

"Thanks, Kiriha-san!" 

Koutarou thanked Kiriha while taking some distance 
from Theia. 

"There's no need for thanks." 

"Eh?" 

Kiriha smiled and grabbed a hold of Koutarou, and 
her big chest was pushed up against Koutarou's back. 

"With this, I can't lose!" 

"Wh-what are you doing!?" 


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Koutarou shouted at her before he could take the time 
to appreciate the feel of her breasts pushing up against 
him. 

"Koutarou, while I have you, that girl won't be able to 
attack me, but I can attack her." 

"Ho!" 

"Hoho!" 

The two haniwa floated in front of Koutarou and 
Kiriha. 

"Kiriha-san, let go! There's no reason to continue 
fighting!" 

"With this. It's my victory, alien princess." 

"You put some thought into this. People of the Earth!" 

Theia ground her teeth and stopped moving. 

In the current situation, Theia was unable to attack 
Koutarou. 


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Kiriha was using Koutarou as a shield, so she was 
unable to use any powerful weapons. 

However, with non-lethal weapons she couldn't stop 
the two haniwas. 

"Hey Kiriha, get away from Koutarou!" 

"Sanae!?" 

However, the situation did not proceed the way Kiriha 
had wanted. 

"You're trying to seduce him with your adult figure 
again!" 

"You're wrong! Stop Sanae! You've misunderstand the 

// 


"What do you mean I'm wrong!?" 

Unfortunately, Kiriha's attempts at persuasion failed, 
and the furious Sanae jumped in to pull Kiriha and 
Koutarou apart. 

"Chance!" 


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And of course, Theia did not let this chance slip by. 

"Blue Knight, exterminate everyone except the pleb!" 

"AS YOU WISH, MY PRINCESS." 

"Waaa, stop! You'll destroy the room!" 

Koutarou had jumped in to stop the three; however, 
the situation had just worsened instead. 


"...Eh?" 

When Yurika returned to her senses, she was alone by 
the front door. 

The riot in the inner room was still raging on. 

A burnt smell and loud noise filled the room. 

"Oh no, the magic is about to lose effect!" 

Yurika hurriedly stood up and raised her broom over 
her head. 


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"I need to use a stronger magic or the room won't last! 
Return to the way you were, Angel Halo!" 

The broom was wrapped in pure-white smoke. 

And once the smoke had cleared the broom was 
nowhere to be seen. Instead, she was holding a large cane 
in her hand. 

Like the broom, the cane was covered in decorations. 
No matter how you looked at it, it was not to be used to 
help one walk. 

"And with this, once more!" 

Yurika grabbed the cane with both hands and closed 
her eyes to concentrate. 

"Force Field - Mode: Fiery Effect - End - Effective 
Time Twice!" 

Along with her voice, a yellow light shot out from the 
cane. 

The light gradually grew, slowly extending to the floor 
and walls of the room. 


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It was a defensive spell to protect Koutarou and the 
rest, alongside the room. 

Yurika let out a sigh of relief. 

"Alright... With this, we'll be okay for a while longer." 

Once the light extended through the entire room, 
Yurika wiped her eyes. 

"Should I put up Elemental Shield just in case as well... 

?" 


Yurika peered into the inner room where the fight was 
continuing and tilted her head slightly. 

"Eh!?" 

At that time, the front door behind her opened without 
warning. 

"What's with this commotion, Satomi-kuuun!?" 

The person who opened the door was none other than 
the landlord of Corona House - Kasagi Shizuka. 


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The chaos had kept going well past midnight, and she 
had come to find out what had been going in in Room 
106 . 

"T-The room is a complete mess! What's going on!?" 

Anyone could tell the horrible state of the inner room 
from the front door. 

As soon as Shizuka saw it, she was taken aback in 
surprise. 

"What are you doing, Satomi-kun!?" 

Shizuka took off her sandals and rushed towards the 
room. 

"No, stop, it's dangerous to go inside!" 

"Outsiders should keep quiet!" 

"Kyaa!?" 

Shizuka pushed away Yurika, who was trying to stop 
her, and jumped into the inner room. 


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"Kyan!" 

Being pushed away, Yurika rolled towards the wall, 
collided and stopped moving. 

However, Shizuka didn't have the time to care about 
that. 

"Just what exactly are you people doing!?" 

The room was charred and filled with holes. 

Inside of it were Koutarou and the others fighting. 

It was very clear to Shizuka that they were responsible 
for what had happened to the room. 

"It's dangerous, Landlord-san, don't come over here!" 

"T-This is my precious Corona House, my father and 
mother's keepsake!" 

However, Koutarou's words of restraint did not reach 
the enraged Shizuka. 

There was probably no one who could have seen 
Shizuka's attack. 


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"Haaaaaaaaa!" 

The moment she had entered the room, Shizuka saw 
Sanae and she punched her with all of her might. 

"Kyaaa! Whyyy!?" 

That lightning-fast punch sent Sanae flying, even 
though normal attacks should not have been able to 
affect ghosts. 

Sanae, who had let her guard down, didn't even have 
time to defend herself. 

"Hya!" 

However, Shizuka did not just stop there. 

She used the momentum from the punch and used 
centrifugal force to unleash a sharp kick. 

"Gua!" 

"Daaaa!" 

Her blow hit Kiriha and blew her away. 


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Koutarou, who happened to be next to Kiriha, got 
caught up in the attack. 

The attack's power wasn't enough to kill them, and 
instead the two fell down next to the wall together. 

"W-Who are you!?" 

Shizuka, who had eliminated Sanae and Kiriha in an 
instant, caused Theia to freeze in her tracks. 

"I'm this building's landlord. I won't let any of you 
keep bothering the neighbors anymore!" 

Her cold voice and determined posture showed none 
of her normal kindness. 

That was just how angry she was. 

"I won't take anyone's orders! Attack her. Blue Kni-" 

"You're too slow!" 

Shizuka, sensing Theia's intent to attack, showed no 
mercy and struck Theia with her palm. 

"Gyah!?" 


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Theia was unable to finish giving her attack orders due 
to the fast and heavy attack, and she joined Koutarou, 
Sanae, and Kiriha on the floor. 

"L-Landlord-san... ?" 

Koutarou couldn't believe what he had just witnessed. 

Shizuka was able to defeat the invading girls Koutarou 
had been struggling with in just a few seconds. 

And without using any weapons. 

"I can't believe it..." 

"What is she!? Is she really human!?" 

"She punched me!? She's not Koutarou, but she could 
touch me!" 

Of course, it was same for the girls as well; nobody 
could believe what just happened. 

However, it didn't matter if they believed it or not; 
they had all taken enough damage to render them 
immobile. 


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Shizuka stopped moving and exhaled greatly, and she 
turned towards Koutarou and the rest as if nothing had 
happened. 

Being exposed to Shizuka's piercing glare, the four 
people froze. 

Everyone was certain she was about to finish them off. 

"Satomi-kun." 


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"Y-Yes!" 

Shizuka looked at Koutarou. 

I had a good life... 

The other three felt relief that they weren't the one 
getting Shizuka's attention. 

"W-What may I help you with, Landlord-san?" 

Koutarou, on the other hand, got anxious. 

Just witnessing Shizuka's overwhelming ability caused 
him to sweat nonstop. 

"If something like this happens again. I'll have you 
leave." 

"Y-Yes, I understand!" 

Shizuka's glance was sharp and her voice was cold. 

The current Shizuka had an overpowering presence 
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And being exposed to that, Koutarou could feel the life 
draining from him. 

"And then there's you three!" 

"Waa!" 

With Shizuka's glance shifting over to the three girls, 
they all begin trembling whilst embracing each other. 

"I'm sorry!" 

"I'm sorry!" 

"I'm sorry!" 

The three girls apologized in choir. Honor and 
reputation was nowhere to be seen. 

"The next time you make such a big mess... You know 
what will happen, right?" 

"Yes!" 

"If you hurt this building or trouble the other residents 


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Shizuka stopped midsentence and cracks her knuckles. 

"...I'll definitely make sure you regret it. That you're 
alive, that is." 

And Shizuka laughed with a smile. 

The three girls let out a scream when they saw that 
smile. 

Shizuka was simply laughing and smiling, but she was 
filling the room with her overpowering presence and 
killing intent. 

Compared to this, the expression she showed 
Koutarou was much better. 

This is a demon. This is a demon in the form of a human... I 
am not allowed to act against her...! 

That is what the three girls' instincts were screaming at 
them. 

And it was at this point that three girls finally 
remembered Yurika, who was passed out next to them. 

Why are yon the only one unconscious! 


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The girls were envious of Yurika, who was out cold. 

"What's your answer?" 

Shizuka's smile grew bigger as the three girls 
neglected to answer. 

Many men would find that smile very attractive, but 
the three girls only felt fear. 

"I understand! I won't do it again!" 

"I was planning on solving it p-peacefully from the 
start. I have no o-objections. None!" 

"I am of noble birth. I strongly dislike barbarous 
methods like fight. F-feel at ease!" 

Their responses were all different. 

But they all had the same meaning: a total surrender to 
Shizuka. 

"Well done." 

With this. Corona House's Room 106 quieted down for 
the first time in a while. 


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Amongst the burned and scorched furniture, only the 
tea table remained. 

Shizuka joined in and seven people surrounded the tea 
table. The small and narrow room was now at it's limit; 
however, no one raised a complaint. 

Apart from Shizuka, everyone was sitting straight up 
with a serious expression. 

"...I now understand the situation." 

After hearing the four girls' circumstances, Shizuka 
slowly nodded. 

"A ghost, a cosplayer, an underground person, and an 
alien. I find it hard to believe, but there's not much room 
for doubt." 

Shizuka spoke in a very professional tone; however it 
had none of the gentleness she had shown when 
Koutarou had moved in. 

"Excuse me... I'm not a cosplayer. I'm really a..." 

Yurika attempted to object. 


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"...What is it?" 

"N-No, It's nothing. I'm a cosplayer, yes." 

However, when Shizuka glared at her, she shook and 
easily took back her objection. 

"...However, as the landlord I can't overlook any 
rioting. All of you will have to solve this peacefully." 

As the landlord, that was the line that Shizuka had 
drawn. 

"We had no intention of fighting against Koutarou. 
But..." 

"We would never be able to come to an agreement! 
Even if you say to solve it peacefully, that would not be 
easy!" 

"She's right! Koutarou aside. I'll never be able to get 
along with this woman!" 

However, the girls who had done nothing but fight 
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"Then would you prefer eternal peace right now? I'm 
fine either way." 

"That said, fighting nonstop won't solve anything!" 

"Y-You're right. The time has come for us to work 
together." 

"I'll become a pacifist instead!" 

However, as Shizuka cracked her knuckles while 
smiling, the girls' attitudes changed completely. 

The three girls sweated profusely and agreed to 
Shizuka's proposal. 

"I'm happy we've come to an agreement. So what 
about you, Nijino Yurika-san?" 


Yurika didn't answer. 


"Nijino-san?" 


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"Surely, you're not saying you'd like to keep fighting?" 

"Hey, what's wrong?" 

Sensing danger from Shizuka, Koutarou spoke up and 
looked over at Yurika. 

"...Yurika, just say you don't want to fight. There's no 
need to put your life on the line for cosplaying." 

And whilst shaking her shoulders, Koutarou 
whispered to her. 


However even then, Yurika said nothing. 

"Waa—, Yurika!?" 

Instead, being shaken by Koutarou, Yurika fell onto 
the floor. 

"She's unconscious...?" 

"The poor thing, she must have been terrified..." 


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Under Shizuka's lead, Koutarou and the rest agreed on 
a treaty. 

And it was quickly put onto a document. 

The content was mainly about peacefully deciding on 
the owner of the room. 

It also included not destroying Corona House, not 
disturbing the neighbors, dealing with arguments 
outside the room, and keeping it quiet during the night. 

And finally, that treaty was named the Corona 
Convention. 

"I'm done. You're next, Theia." 

"This is humiliating... To think that I'm signing this 
document... There's no humiliation greater than this..." 

Theia received the document from Sanae and 
reluctantly removed the cap from the pen. 

"Please endure it. Your Highness." 

Ruth smiled wryly next to her. 


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"You don't have to sign it." 

"Really!?" 

Theia's expression brightened after hearing Shizuka's 
unexpected offer. 

"If you don't sign. I'll have you experience eternal 
peace right now though." 

"N-No... Thanks, but I'd rather sign this document!" 

Theia hurriedly moved the pen. 

By the way, she was writing in her native tongue, so 
the only ones who could read it were Ruth and herself. 

"As royalty, I have a duty to bring about peace! For 
that, I will throw away my pride!" 

Although there was some whining, in the end 
everyone signed the document. 

"Landlord-san, do I sign it as well?" 


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"Of course, Satomi-kun. You are the current tenant of 
this room. If you don't sign it, how will we be able to 
proceed?" 

"I already have a contract with Landlord-san, though... 

// 


Continuing after Theia, Koutarou signed the document 
with his name. 

"Satomi-san, after you are done give it over to me 
please." 

Yurika waited until the time was right and raised her 
hand as Koutarou finished writing. 


However, Koutarou just stared at Yurika instead of 
giving her the pen and document. 

"W-What is it?" 

"Landlord-san, should Yurika sign it as well?" 
"That won't be needed in Yurika's case, right?" 


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Sanae spouted out. 

"Well, now that I think about it, Nijino-san might not 
need to... Yes, she doesn't need to sign." 

"Then, lastly it's -" 

"I'll do it! I'll sign it! Please let me!" 

Yurika stole the document and pen from Koutarou as 
he was handing them over to Kiriha. 

She then wrote her name down while tears were 
forming in her eyes. 

Nijino Yurika. 

That was her real name. 

"There's no need to cry, Yurika." 

"B-But... I'm serious!" 

Kiriha received the document and pen from the half 
crying Yurika and signed it with her name. 

"I'm done." . 


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After everyone was done signing, the document ended 
up in Shizuka's hands. 

There were five names written: 

Koutarou, Sanae, Yurika, Kiriha, and Theia. 

"...Excellent. With this, the decision is formally in 
effect. If you violate it... You know what will happen, 
right?" 

Shizuka looked over the document and then moved 
her glance to the room. The other six people began 
shaking. 

The previous fear they had experienced was firmly 
implanted into them. 

"Well then, everyone, I hope you find a method that 
everyone can agree to and that will solve the problem 
peacefully." 

Eh? 

Shizuka smile looked distorted to Koutarou. 


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But soon, it wasn't just limited to her, but the 
surrounding scenery as well. 

Eventually he started getting dizzy and lost his 
balance. 

Not good... 

And Koutarou began to lose his consciousness. 

"Satomi-kun!?" 

"Waaa!? Koutarou collapsed!?" 

"Hey, this is not the time to be sleeping! Wake up!" 

"Don't move him! He has a terrible fever! Get the futon 
and ice!" 

"I'll go get the medical treatment kit!" 

"I'll use h-healing magic!" 

"You don't have to do anything unnecessary; get the 
futon instead!" 

"Auuuu!" 


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And Koutarou's consciousness slowly sank into 
darkness. 


Koutarou opened his eyes when he heard the sound of 
flowing water. 

"W-What...?" 

At first, Koutarou was surprised to find himself in his 
futon, but he quickly remembered what had happened. 

That's right, after I signed the document I began feeling 
faint, and... 

The clock on the wall indicated that it was 5 o' clock, 
which meant Koutarou had been asleep for several hours 

"You're awake, Satomi-sama." 

A shadow was looking down on Koutarou. 

"...Ruth-san?" 


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"Good morning, Satomi-sama." 

She smiled mildly as she changed the wet towel on 
Koutarou's head. 

The sound of flowing water he had heard a few 
moments ago was her washing the towel. 

"Thank you, Ruth-san." 

The new towel cooled him down and made him feel 
comfortable. 

"There is no need to thank me for something like this. 
Besides, if you're going to say thanks, say it to everyone, 
please. When you collapsed everyone was very worried." 

"Yeah..." 

Koutarou nodded to Ruth and looked around, and he 
could see the girls around him. 

They were seated around his futon, and everyone had 
an exhausted look on their face as they were sleeping. 

"Did everyone help nurse me back to health...?" 


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"Yes. Kasagi-sama was here just a moment ago, but..." 

"Even Landlord-san?" 

"Yes. She said she had school to attend and left with 
apologetic look on her face." 

"I see. I'm sorry I caused her so much trouble..." 

Koutarou looked around his surroundings again. 

Sanae was sleeping soundly next to his pillow. 

Kiriha was sleeping next to him. 

Yurika was sleeping while holding onto a square 
cushion. 

Theia looked like she was sleeping uncomfortably in 
her big dress. 

Koutarou had considered them troublemakers for a 
long time, but looking at them now the thought didn't 
cross his mind. 

They might not be all that bad... 


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He was feeling gratitude due to their kindness. 
"Satomi-sama, please close your eyes once again." 
Ruth smiled gently. 

"Satomi-sama, you're the most tired after all. You've 
been forcing yourself for these past several days, right?" 

"...Yeah, I think I will." 

Koutarou obediently closed his eyes. 

"Good night, Satomi-sama." 

As Koutarou closed his eyes he spoke once more. 

"...Thank you." 

Those words were not just intended for Ruth. 


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• Even if destruction and 
noise is prevented by a 
powerful force field, it 
does not mean use of 
powerful weaponry is 
permitted. 


In other words, 
don't party or 
cause trouble 
in my room. 


By Koutarou 










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"Oh?" 

Harumi stretched and peeked through the small 
window in the door leading into the classroom for Class 
1-A and looked around. 

"Satomi-kun is..." 

The disorderly atmosphere before homeroom was the 
same regardless of year. 

Students were spending their mornings in various 
ways, some talking to friends, others doing their 
homework, and some reading a book. 

"...Ah, there he is!" 

Harumi found the person she was looking for sitting in 
the back of the classroom. 

"Oh good, Satomi-kun must be feeling better..." 

Koutarou had taken the day off school yesterday. 

When Harumi had heard of his absence, she had come 
to look at how Koutarou was feeling today. 


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"He's laughing... It looks like he's feeling better..." 

Confirming that, Harumi stopped peeking and turned 
around to walk the second years' classrooms. 

Being shy, the thought of calling out to Koutarou 
didn't cross her mind. 

"Alright... I'll have to work hard today as well." 

Harumi was satisfied just seeing Koutarou back and 
healthy. 

She had no need to call out to him since she was 
certain Koutarou would be coming to the clubroom after 
school. 

Koutarou, on the other hand, was not aware Harumi 
had stopped by, and was cheerfully chatting with Kenji 
like always. 

"But the school sure is relaxing... We can't be too noisy, 
we can't be too..." 

Koutarou said that while looking around the 
classroom. 


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"However, it's rare for you to take a day off from 
school, Kou." 

"...For a no-brains athlete, right?" 


After the commotion, Koutarou had been absent from 
school for a day. 

On Sunday, Sanae appeared. On Monday it was 
Yurika, Tuesday it was Kiriha, and Wednesday it was 
Theia and Ruth. 

The nonstop commotion had left Koutarou exhausted. 

Just sleeping until the morning hadn't been enough to 
recover. 

So Koutarou had been absent on Thursday, and today 
it was Friday. 

"Well, even moving in and attending the entrance 
ceremony would affect even the mighty Kou." 

"Yeah, something like that." 


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Koutarou had not told Kenji the truth because Kenji 
disliked paranormal phenomenon and the occult. 

"...Ahahahaha, It's a good thing you recovered, 
Satomi-kun! Ahahaha!" 

Shizuka, who was standing next to Koutarou and 
Kenji, let out an awkward laugh. 

Being the only one who was aware of Koutarou's 
situation, she sympathized with his complex feelings. 

Which is why she had a complex smile with sympathy 
mixed in it, but... 

"Hahaha, HAA!?" 

However, her smile suddenly froze. 

"Alright everyone, return to your seats!" 

The female homeroom teacher entered the classroom. 

However, that alone wouldn't be enough to surprise 
Shizuka. 


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"Everyone listen~! It's an odd time for it, but I'd like to 
introduce you to the transfer students- " 

The homeroom teacher brought in four transfer 
students. 

Those four transfer students were none other than 
Yurika, Kiriha, Theia, and Ruth wearing the school's 
uniform. 

They followed the teacher and lined up in front of the 
blackboard in the classroom. 

"...I tried to stop them, you know." 

Sanae appeared in front of Koutarou with a serious 
expression on her face. 

Oddly enough, she was also wearing the schools 
uniform, floating in the air as she drifted towards 
Koutarou. 

"What are those girls planning..." 

Shizuka should also be able to see Sanae, but she 
showed no signs of noticing. 


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Instead, her focus was on the four people who stood in 
front of the blackboard. 

And it wasn't just Shizuka who didn't notice Sanae. 

Not a single student noticed Sanae; the only ones who 
could see and hear her were Koutarou and the four girls. 

"This is too much... Even if they're trying to put 
pressure on you to chase you out of the room..." 

"F-For something like that... You'll do this much, you 
guys!..." 

Koutarou's fist began trembling. 

"Ooh, Koutarou is here!" 

Theia unnaturally called out to Koutarou, as if she had 
just noticed his existence. 


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"I'm glad we could meet again, Satomi Koutarou." 

"Satomi-saaan! How fortunate... We're in the same 
class —\" 


Kiriha and Yurika followed Theia's lead. 

The only one who didn't say anything was Ruth, who 
was smiling apologetically. 

"...Those idiots... Being so obvious about it..." 

Of course they were well aware Koutarou was in this 
class; in fact, that was the precise reason why they had 
transferred into his class. 

And they also knew what would happen if they called 
out to him like this. 

"Koutarou?" 

"Meet again?" 

"Satomi-san?" 


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"Do you know them, Satomi-kun?" 

Of course, the class stared at Koutarou. 

They were both curious and jealous. 

A few of them even held a grudge against him. 

That was a given, since the girls were all beautiful. 

"That's right, I had completely forgotten... In the end, 
you're invaders... Alright, if that's how you want to play 
it I'll accept you challenge..." 

"Satomi-kun, not here! Calm down!!" 

Shizuka's persuasion didn't enter Koutarou's ears. 

Koutarou emotionally shouted out in a loud voice. 

"Bring it on! I'll take you all ooooooon!" 

"What are you talking about, Koutarou?" 

Theia tilted her head cutely and feigned ignorance. 

Yurika was afraid of Koutarou. 


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Kiriha calmly observed the development of the 
situation. 

And Sanae was floating in the air and happily 
laughing at Koutarou. 

"I'll protect my livelihood with my own hands! I won't 
let you guys do as you please!" 

There were only two years and 11 months left until 
Koutarou's graduation. 

The curtains for a long three years' fight rose. 


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Afterword 


Afterword 

Long time no see, everybody. It's Takehaya. It's been 
about a year since "Ano Hibi wo Mou Ichido", and my 
second work has finally been published. This is all 
thanks to everybody's support, so I would like to start off 
by thanking all of you guys. Since I have some leeway 
with the pages this time around. I'd like to touch on my 
works. "Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?" is a comedy that 
follows Koutarou, our protagonist who's just entered 
high school, and his nonstop misfortune. My previous 
work didn't have any comedic elements in it, so it has 
quite the different feel to it. Also, this work has been set 
up so that it can be continued. I wrapped my previous 
work up in a single volume without thinking. I should be 
able to continue this one depending on the reception. 
Speaking of differences, the illustrator this time around is 
also different. The one helping me this time around is 
Poco-san. Though I was taken aback by his excitement 
when I first met him, I think he'll be just right for the job. 

This work came to life when I was working on a brutal 
story of a game two years ago. When writing that story, I 
felt like I would eventually lose my mind. It was at that 
point that I figured that writing a bright story would put 
me in a better state of mind, and following that simple 


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idea, the first draft for this work was created. However, 
being given the go-ahead with this story turned out to be 
a problem due to differing views with the publishers. 
After a lot of discussion, we eventually decided to go 
back to the original idea and go ahead with the first draft 
, and because of that there was a big delay before I could 
start writing. In return, I believe I was able to write 
something good. I would be happy to hear if everyone 
else felt the same way. By the way, I was feeling good as 
I writing this story. Although this is the second novel I've 
written, the first one ended on the first volume, so it's 
more like this work is my first, and while I have 
enthusiasm, I still have ways to go when it comes to 
experience and technique. With that in mind, I would 
like everyone to gently watch over me. If the reception is 
good enough. I'm hoping to release the second volume 
soon. If possible. I'd like to release the continuation to the 
first and second volumes during this year. 

If possible. 

That's right, if possible. 

What a nice phrase. 


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And finally, I would like to thank the publishers, 
Poco-san helping me with illustrations, my friends who 
would give me advice and the readers. After using up a 
couple of pages, this seems like a good place to stop. 
Let's meet again in some other afterword. 

If possible, of course. 


January, 2009. 
Takehaya. 


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Translator’s Notes and References 

1. _t_ A type of mat used as flooring material, it's 
roughly 0.9m by 1.8m and about 5cm thick. 

2. _t_ A pre-packed meal often eaten during school 
lunch and work lunch breaks. 

3. J_ Girls tend to give chocolate to the guy they like 
during Valentine's in Japan. There's also obligation 
chocolate, given to friends and family. A month 
later on 14th of March, which is called White Day, 
boys tend to return the gift, usually in the form of 
cookies. 

4. The Japanese iron age normally cited to last 
between 300 BC to AD 300. 

5. _t_ Prehistoric Japan, starting from roughly 12,000 BC 
to 300 BC. 

6. _t_ Ghosts are commonly described as having 
see-through or no legs in Japanese folklore 

7. J_ Literally translated to beckoning cat, it's 
considered a lucky charm believed to bring good 
luck to it's owner 

8. _t_ The haniwa's -ho thing is just a verbal tic, kinda 
like Naruto's -ttebayo or -de gozaru. 

9. _t_ A clay figure that was used during rituals and 
buried with the dead. It is theorized that the soul 
would reside inside of it. 


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10. _t_ Literally translated to Certain Ki ll , I felt it would 
be better if left untranslated 

11. _t_ Sanae was mixing up Ginza with Ginga, the 
Japanese word for galaxy. 


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