TL: I want to give a quick update. So basically I got f*cked over by my mentor which might cost my graduation. I might need more time to settle things. Anyways enjoy this chapter.
There was nothing backstage.
Plainly, I was taken to the baggage storage shed, which I called the backstage area.
The girls from my class were all there.
Anri and Tanaka-san arrived late.
I looked at Anri with an uneasy face and she turned her face away from me. ……
“A-Anri? What in the world is going on……?”
“Uhm, Shinjo, I’m sorry,…….. I’m going to do your makeup for you.”
“Makeup? What’s going on?
When I looked around, I saw that several boys were getting their makeup done by girls.
They were being given wigs, perhaps brought in from somewhere.
Could it be that they are dressing up as women? I have read some TS novels as a study, and I didn’t dislike TS itself, but ……. This is not TS, but rather the boy-girl genre, isn’t it?
I shake my head. No, this is real life, don’t be fooled. The boys around me are getting made up by the girls and looking angry.
But also very happy.
“No choice, I’ll do your makeup for you.”
“S-Seo is doing mine?! I wanted Miyu-chan. ……”
“Haa? I’m going to tell everyone your childhood secret. In the classroom you peed—“
“Idiot!? It happened when I was young?!”
Fumu, Hiratsuka’s tone is uncomfortable, but he didn’t object to it. Seo’s face is also somewhat calm.
Maybe the atmosphere of the forest school made Seo feel nostalgic?
“Wait a minute, Shinjo. I’m not too keen on it either ……”
“All right, Anri, if you don’t feel like it, let’s not do it.”
“I can’t do that. Because, ……, it’s been a long time since we’ve put on a class show like this, and I’m …… happy about it.”
“I’ve never heard of such an event in the first place!? W-when did this happen….”
“T-Tanaka-san and Yamada-kun asked me to do it.”
All the boys who had heard my words looked at Yamada at once.
Yamada is getting makeup by Tanaka-san and is getting ready to be femine. …… this guy is the original culprit?
“Yamada submitted it on his own!”
“I didn’t think he’d actually do it!”
“This idiot thought it up just right!”
“Oi, stop messing around, Yamada! It was stupid of us to leave it to you!”
“Shut up?! Then give me another idea! It was your fault for leaving it to me! Besides, it only takes a few people to get through this recreation! Besides, you guys look so happy to be friends with the girls!”
“Damn it, …….”
“I certainly don’t mind. ……”
“I-I don’t care about girls.”
Here we are, half the boys in the class. They don’t seem to force anyone who doesn’t want to be a part of the quagmire.
…I-I had no idea?
Everyone knew and I was the only one who didn’t? That’s …… kind of sad.
Anri puts her hands between my cheeks.
“Yes, Shinjo. Look straight ahead. Don’t worry, I’ll make you look super cute.”
Thus Anri’s makeup session began. ……
As I was getting my make-up I was thinking about how to break out of this situation.
“…… Makoto, I’m sorry. You know, I actually kind of wanted to do your makeup.
I was so excited to see Anri’s face as she applied my make-up.
My heart jumps.
The people around me didn’t hear me, so I was back to my usual tone of voice.
I like Anri’s yankee tone of voice, but I feel more at home with her normal tone of voice.
“As long as Anri is having fun, I don’t care.”
“Ehehe, I’m having a lot of fun. ….I was afraid to go to the forest school when I was in junior high school, so I skipped it.”
Anri rarely talks about the past. She was betrayed by a girl named Momo, who was in the class with Miyazaki and Haruka. ……Because of this, Anri was left all alone.
“I see. ……. I don’t have good memories of forest school either. I didn’t have any friends.””
“We changed somehow, didn’t we? I never thought I’d spend an event with my classmates like this.”
“They’re surprisingly nice when you talk to them.”
“Yes, ……, everyone is nice. But you know, I sometimes get scared. When I think of being betrayed again, I get scared. ……”
The wider the circle of people you expand, the more problems you will have with relationships.
I’m sure I’ll continue to have problems with people in the future.
But I think I’ve grown by meeting Anri and having conversations with Haruka, my family, and Nanako.
“…..I will always be there for you. If anything happens, I will protect Anri.”
I think my voice was faint and quiet.
After I said it, I felt a surge of regret. I was a …… friend to Anri. Maybe such heavy words weren’t necessary.
Anri gently stroked my hair. It’s a wig, so it feels weird.
“Finally, you are back to your usual self. You’ve been distant lately, but I’m relieved. You’ve been distant lately, but I’m relieved. Ma-Makoto-kun is very important to me. —-Thank you for everything.”
Maybe I was being swept away by my own love interest.
Just be natural. ……Anri is special to me. That’s the relationship between me and Anri.
“Hmm? It’s strangely quiet.”
I was whispering, so my classmates couldn’t have heard me. I’m sure Anri would have paid attention to her usual tone of voice.
And yet, the girls with makeup on were turning their faces away, the boys were turning their faces down, and for some reason Hiratsuka was covering his face with his hand?
Hirano is standing in front of the window glass with his shoulders trembling. What’s this situation?
Anri taps me on the shoulder.
“Osh! Shinjo, it’s done! ……, I might have overdone it. Super cute.”
“Wait, Anri. W-What in the world is going on?”
“I’ll take pictures later! I have to go now.”
Yamada and Tanaka-san were leading the boys.
Once again, this scene was …….
The atmosphere was bizarre. Male students dressed as women strutted around the office.
Female students were happily taking pictures.
I don’t know because I have rarely participated in school events, but is this the atmosphere under special circumstances? The atmosphere is similar to that of a festival. I only remember going to festivals as a child with Haruka and Miyazaki. …… I thought I would never be able to experience such an atmosphere again.
“Wait, Shinjo? Seriously are you Shinjo?! God damn! I thought I was the cutest, but …… damn, I lost?!”
Yamada looks at me and clicks his tongue in frustration. No, don’t click your tongue. I mean, what are you competing with?
“Haa? Seriously, Shinjo? Oh, I’m going to fall in love you. This is bad. …… Hey Seo, what do you think?”
“…… frustrating but you’re prettier than me. …… I mean, don’t call me Seo.”
“I agree. …… Oh, Seo is cute too, but you shouldn’t have that crease between your eyebrows.”
“That pisses me off. I mean, you should either compliment or belittle. You’ve always been like that.”
“I-Idiot!? Miyu is watching us, so don’t do it!”
The two are playing together in a friendly manner. The atmosphere is good.
At that moment, a hand was placed on my shoulder from behind. It was a weighty touch.
I turned around and saw Hirano, who was not dressed as a woman. I think there was a character like this in a comic book.
“cross-dressing boys gather at Shinjo’s. Let’s go.”
When Hirano said that, the cross-dressing boys gathered around me.
The question never went away, and they went to the stage as if to surround me.