It was the end of June, a few days before the final exam.
I was supposed to be busy studying for a test, but I was encountering a shuraba. Encountering is not the right word, is it? To be more precise, I was standing in the middle of the “Shuraba.” [TL: scene of carnage]
“I’m the one who will give the closing speech.”
It was the red goddess, Yuuhi Akazawa, who started it out that way.
The woman who was my first love from childhood was standing up with her bright red hair swinging. Normally, she looks like an idol, but now her expression is stern.
“It’s my role.”
It was the blue goddess, Umi Aoyama, who replied.
The girl who had been my best friend stood up, her ponytail swinging. Her cheerful mood had faded away, and her face was serious.
“……I’m the right person for the job”
Quietly standing up was the black goddess, Tsukiyo Kuromine.
The girl who had been a fellow wounded companion for me, glared sharply at the goddesses around her as she shoved her hands into her pockets.
“I should be the one to do it.”
The one who stood up with dignity was the white goddess, Mayuki Shirase.
The girl who is my ex-girlfriend was trying to match the height of the surrounding goddesses by standing taller. Even though she was trying her best to grow taller, she was still a little under the height of the other goddesses.
The voices of the [four color goddesses], the pride of Tenkain Gakuen, echoed through the conference room.
……Why am I witnessing this kind of scene?
To explain how this situation came to be, I need to rewind time a bit.
On the day before the final exam, Tenkain Gakuen was in a study mood. It was the same for me. I reduced my part-time job just before the test and focused on studying after school.
The first semester, with its many twists and turns, is about to come to an end.
I was proud to say that I had been reborn, but there was a visitor who disturbed my mind. But, well, I’ll keep this in the back of my mind. For now, I want to focus all my attention on the final exam.
It was time to leave school, and I was walking home.
I ran into Shirase.
Shirase was as small as ever, and her hairstyle today was a twin-tail. It matched her appearance and her young face, but it gave a slightly mocking impression.
I had never seen Shirase before since the incident.
Nothing had been heard from her about her brother’s case. There is no way I can ask her now. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned, but the important thing now is the test.
“Are you on your way home?”
“As you can see.”
“I see. By the way, you are apparently free right now, aren’t you, Nijitani-san?”
How rude. I have to go home and study now. That’s right, I play a few games as a distraction, but basically I’m busy.
“Actually, I have a meeting with gods.”
“It’s like a regular meeting. It’s a meeting where the god and goddesses get together. It is held once a month and has the purpose of coordinating events. However, it is now becoming a meeting exclusively for the goddesses.”
“I see. So, the goddesses get together and have a friendly meeting.”
I’ll answer as I see fit.
“I would never get along with those people!”
It was a land mine. Come to think of it, the goddesses didn’t get along.
I don’t know why, but it’s troublesome.
“I’m sorry about that. So, you’re going to the meeting, right? You’d better get going.”
“……Nijitani-san, please join the Goddess meeting.”
“The decision needs to be made today. This is something that has been on the agenda for a long time, but there is no sign of a conclusion. It would be great if Nijitani-san, who is acquainted with all the goddesses, could make the decision.”
“It’s too much trouble, so I’ll pass.”
“Thank you very much. Then, let’s go.”
“I said I ain’t going!”
When I raise my voice, I am pierced by ambient stares from all around me.
I had forgotten the power of the goddess in the academy. Standing there talking to the crowd quickly became a crowd pleaser. It was clear that if I refused, things would turn out badly.
Resistance was impossible.
“…..Alright. I’m going.”
Shirase took me to the conference room.
In the conference room, there was a U-shaped desk and other goddesses were already seated. The relationship between the goddesses was clear in the fact that they were sitting far apart from each other. They stared at Shirase as she entered the room, and then were surprised to see me coming in from behind.
The red, blue, and black goddesses each react to me.
Shirase smiles at the goddesses as if to say, “Why are you here?”
“I have brought a friend of mine.”
That was the moment she said that. The air in the conference room tingled. Akazawa’s eyes, in particular, looked as if she could kill a person.
Without knowing why, I was made to sit down. For some reason, I was placed in the center of the U-shaped desk.
Shirase sat down and the meeting began.
“Then, let’s get started, shall we? The agenda is the speech for the closing ceremony of the first semester, which has been on hold for a long time.”
And back to the beginning–
It seems that the agenda that is being tossed around is the address to be given to students at the end of the first semester. It is God’s work, and these girls were adamant that they were the ones to give the closing address.
The issue itself is said to have been raised some time ago, but no one would budge, and in the end it has been delayed until today.
“Our discussions are forever at a standstill.”
Shirase exhaled when she saw that no one was giving in.
“So let’s let Nijitani-san decide.”
It was an unexpected suggestion.
“I’ve heard Nijitani-san is acquainted with all of you.”
“Is that why you brought Nijitani-kun?”
Shirase nodded at Akazawa’s question.
“Even if we discuss it, we’ll just get into trouble like we always do. The greeting is something that has to be decided this time, and if it is decided by rock-paper-scissors-scissors, it is likely to be a problem later on. I think it would be more appropriate to have Nijitani-kun, who is acquainted with us and is a transfer student whose vote is not yet known, decide.”
That’s not appropriate at all.
I mean, that’s why she called me here.
Shove it up this young lady’s a**. Don’t let an outsider decide for you.
“That’s a good idea. For white atleast.”
“I agree. For White atleast”
“…….Fine by me. Drop dead White”
For some reason, the goddesses look at me with confidence.
What am I going to do about this?
Do they look like they deserve to be chosen? If I choose one of them, I’m going to be in a lot of pain later on.
Where is the way out?
I run my brain as fast as I can, and the most recent thing that comes to mind is this.
Yes, the final exam.
“How about having the person with the highest grade on the final test greet the students? The top scorers should have their test results posted.”
At Tenkain, only the top 30 students in the test are posted.
“The main thing for students is to study. It should be fair to compete on the basis of test results. This way, it’s clear that it’s black and white, and there won’t be any complaints. It seems that everyone wants to do it, so how about the one with the top score will do the greeting?”
What was the reaction of the goddesses to the proposal?
“I see. Well, that certainly makes it clear who wins and who loses.”
“I agree. ……”
“It’s a constructive suggestion. It’s very much like our school.”
Thus the curtain rose on the fierce battle between the goddesses.
It all worked out somehow.
When I was about to leave, having done my part.
“…… wait a minute!”
As if Aoyama had noticed something.
“I remember the male god told me to talk to him when the discussion was finalized. I remember he said he wanted to say hello.”
The moment the word “male god” was mentioned, they felt nervous.
The complexion of the goddesses clearly clouded over.
Come to think of it, I haven’t met a male god.
God’s presence was thin during the first semester. I moved in late April, and there were no such events during the first semester. It is in the first semester that God is not very active in greeting people at ceremonies or giving awards at events.
“If so, let him join us. He’ll probably be on board. The student who was at the top of his class is going to deliver the speech.”
Shirase mumbled with a bitter look on her face.
Thus, the final exam showdown was set to take place.
The next day, the male god officially decided to participate in the test showdown, making it a school-wide event.