Act 2: A Summer of Overcomings!
Chapter 11: Sakisaka Muku’s Dream
Izumi: (Tonight’s dinner is a tomato curry filled with fresh vegetables……)
Wait?! We’re out of tomatoes?!
Mmm……I could just make it a chicken curry instead, but I’m in the mood for tomato curry…..
There’s still time, so I guess I’ll go out and buy some. I’ll get some fruits for dessert while I’m there.
Muku: I’m home.
Izumi: Ah, welcome back, Muku-kun.
Muku: Huh? Director-san, are you about to go somewhere?
Izumi: Yeah, just to buy some groceries for dinner.
Muku: Would you like me to help carry them for you……?
Izumi: Eh? Are you sure?
Muku: Yes. Of course.
Izumi: I’m sorry I got carried away and bought too much just because you came with me Muku-kun…I’ll carry half of that.
Muku: Don’t worry, this is nothing.
Izumi: You’re unexpectedly strong, despite your appearance.
Muku: N-No……this really isn’t a big deal or anything.
Izumi: (Or so he says, but he’s effortlessly carrying a massive bag of groceries……)
Could it be that you used to do some kind of sport?
Muku: Actually, I was in the Track and Field Club for a long time.
Izumi: Woah! Really?
Muku: I spent all my free time out of class doing club activities.
Izumi: I’m a little surprised. I thought you’d be the type to spend your time reading in the library.
Muku: I get told that quite a lot.
So, spending all my free time practicing with the theater now reminds me a little of the past.
Track and Field Club Member A: Huh? Sakisaka?
Track and Field Club Member B: It’s been a while.
Muku: Y-Yeah, it’s been a while……
Track and Field Club Member A: ……
Izumi: (Friends from school, maybe? But the atmosphere between them is a little off……)
Track and Field Club Member B: ……Kinda feels like I never see you anymore, even though we’re in the same school.
Muku: Y-Yeah, it really does.
Track and Field Club Member A: What are you doing nowadays?
Muku: Nothing much……
Track and Field Club Member A: I see……
Muku: Um, good luck with practice.
Track and Field Club Member A: T-Thanks. Bye.
Track and Field Club Member B: See you.
Izumi: Are they friends from school?
Muku: They’re former teammates from the Track and Field Club.
Muku: I quit the club after an injury. It was stupid of me, wasn’t it — they even called me the ace me back then. Everyone had high hopes for me.
Izumi: I see. ……Did you run races?
Muku: Yes. The protagonist of one of my favourite shoujo manga was the ace of their Track and Field Club, and I really admired that, so I joined the club.
I practiced everyday and did my best so I could become the ace and be just as cool……
Izumi: Your dream came true, then.
Muku: Yes, it did. But at some point, my dream changed from wanting to become the ace to wanting to win with the rest of my team.
Izumi: They must’ve been good teammates.
Muku: Yes, they really were.
Izumi: (Those kids were hesitating just now because they didn’t know how to talk to Muku, huh.)
Muku: The dream we chased together back then is a dream that I can no longer see.
I’m sure everyone would laugh if they knew that I was now trying to become like the prince of a shoujo manga on stage instead.
Izumi: That’s not true.
Why don’t you invite those friends to the performance? Show them your acting, Muku-kun.
Muku: Eh? But I’m……
Izumi: Show them what you’ve been working hard on, in replacement of the Track and Field Club. Put on a show that you won’t feel ashamed of to perform in front of them.
Muku: ……I will.
Izumi: And someday, you can play the role of a prince.
Muku: Yes! I’ll do my very best!
Izumi: Ah, the pears are falling out!
Muku: Uwaaaaah, wait! Wait!
Izumi: Stop right there!!