Act 2: A Summer of Overcomings!
Chapter 12: A Hectic Read-Through
Izumi: We’ll be starting read-throughs of the play today. You’ve all gone through the script once, yes?
Tenma: Of course.
Misumi: What’s a script~?
Muku: It’s the script that Tsuzuru-san wrote for us a while back.
Kazunari: Sumi, the one where you play the role of the genie, remember?
Misumi: The genie of the lamp~!
Kazunari: Yep, yep.
Izumi: (I wonder if we’ll be okay……)
Try to get a better grasp of the character you’re playing as you read your lines, alright?
Alright then, from the very top.
Yuki: ‘Tonight, too, I shall tell a story. Yes, one of the thousand stories I know……’
Izumi: (This time, we’re performing a comedy based on Arabian Nights.)
(The story is centered on a pair of childhood friends, Scheherazade and Alibaba, where the main characters attempt to discover the legendary oasis……)
Tenma: ‘Please, tell me, Scheherazade! Where is the oasis — the legendary paradise?!’
Yuki: ‘Tonight, too, I shall tell you a story. Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom……’
Tenma: ‘This introduction is taking too long! Just summarise it into three points!’
Yuki: ‘Aladdin, a magic lamp, a genie.’
Izumi: (Yuki-kun’s still not quite there yet, but Tenma-kun’s already gotten a good grasp of his role as Alibaba.)
(There’s no problem with the way he acts out the comedic parts too. He really is skilled……)
Kazunari: ‘Aladdin……? How does that have anything to do with me?’
‘Oh well. Hey, you’re cute. What’s your name?’
Izumi: (Kazunari-kun personality is similar to Aladdin’s flirty personality, so it seems like a pretty easy role for him. I guess the fact Tsuzuru-kun wrote the play with these actors in mind is really helping.)
Misumi: ‘I am the genie of the lamp. I can grant three of your wishes. Master, what do you wish for?’
Tenma: ‘Gaaaah! My backside’s on fire!’
Kazunari: ‘Can’t you tell just by looking?! Do something about that magician and the huge snake!’
Misumi: ‘The magician and the huge snake, yes? That will cost you two wishes in total — are you sure?’
Kazunari: ‘Who cares, just hurry up and do something about them!’
Misumi: ‘Your wish is my command.’
Izumi: (Misumi-kun’s in character too. His eccentric personality fits well with his role as the genie.)
Tenma: ‘How do you not know where the gold is?! You’re Sinbad!’
‘Grow up, Alibaba. Something like a legendary paradise doesn’t exist. There is no way to instantly become a billionaire. Go find a job like everyone else.’
Tenma: ……What the heck was that? Stop speaking like you’re being forced to read out loud in class or something.
‘Grow up, Al-Ale-’
Yuki: Can you stop interrupting us every 5 seconds? You’re just making things harder.
Tenma: And whose fault do you think that is?!
Muku: I-I’m sorry……it’s all my fault for being stupid and an idiot and nothing more than absolute junk……
Tenma: I didn’t mention anything like that!
Yuki: He didn’t mention anything like that.
Tenma: Just try again.
Muku: ‘Grow up, Alibaba. Something like a lag-‘
Muku: I’m sorry!
Izumi: (Mmm……it’s even easier to make mistakes when you’re under pressure like that.)
Yuki: ‘I’ve managed to delay it until now, but there’s nothing I can do anymore. The King is-’
Tenma: The King will.
Yuki: I messed up.
Yuki: Stop with all the haa-ing. What are you, a pervert?
Tenma: What did you say?!
Izumi: Come on, let’s continue.
Izumi: And that’s the end. Well, at least we managed to get through the entire play.
Tenma: This is ridiculous.
Do you really think you can act on the same stage as me in this state! Especially you, Sakisaka! You’re nothing but a hindrance!
You can’t even say the lines properly, much less in character–
Izumi: Tenma-kun, stop! It’s just not possible for everyone to start off at the same level as you.
I can’t deal with this. Just practice without me.
Izumi: Think about how you can improve everyone’s acting as the leader. It’s you, Tenma-kun, I’m sure you can do it.
Muku: He left……
Yuki: Just ignore him.
Muku: Sorry……it’s my fault, isn’t it? It’s all because I’m a failure and trash and a useless grain of rice……
Kazunari: Mukkun, no one said anything about that! Besides, does being a grain of rice even count as an insult?!
Muku: Ah, t-that’s true. Sorry……
Yuki: Muku, you say some really weird things sometimes.
Misumi: Muku, cheer up~ Here, I’ll even give you this triangle.
Muku: Eh? A tiny eraser? Thank you.
Izumi: (I wonder if Tenma-kun’s alright. I hope he manages to cool off.)