twitter short story (2015)
A very sweet story posted on April 12, 2015. Aww, sometimes Joker can be nice... sort of. :D
happy birthday, Chiba!
Yuki: Chiba-san, good morning! You work so hard, even doing practice on Sunday!
Chiba: Asahina? Coming to the dojo so early in the morning, what’s the matter?
Yuki: Well, today is your birthday. Happy birthday! Here, take this. It’s a towel as a present. I thought you might want to use it to wipe off the sweat after practice, so I chose one that had a nice feel to it.
Chiba: This is for myself.... Thank you. I’ll use it with care.
Yuki: That, and, do you have a little time today?
Chiba: Yeah. Practice is over at 3, so after that is fine.
Yuki: Then, I’ll come pick you up after practice, so please wait in the courtyard. There’s somewhere I want to take you. See you later!
Chiba: Somewhere he wants to take me? He can’t mean, a date...?
Chiba: It’s almost 3....
Arata: Huh, huh? Hayaya, what are you doing here? You look kind of excited.
Chiba: Wah! M, Minase... don’t startle me! What are you doing here?
Arata: Club is over, so I’m going back now. Are you waiting for someone?
Chiba: W, well....
Chiba: He’s here!
Arata: Oh, it’s Ace-kun.
Yuki: Sorry, I’m a little late. Were you waiting?
Chiba: N, no. Not at all, I wasn’t waiting or anything.
Yuki: Oh. I’m glad. Then, shall we go?
Arata: What, what? Are the two of you on a date?
Yuki: Hehehe, not quite. Arata-san, do you want to come too?
Chiba: It’s not a date!?
Chiba: Oh... n, no, myself was not really hoping....
Yuki: Um... t, today I have something else prepared so, well... anyway, let’s go! You too, Arata-san!
Joker: You’re finally here. You’re late, you two.
Sonoda: Huh, Minase came too.
Chiba: Joker-sama, this....
Yuki: One, two...
Yuki: Chiba-san, happy birthday!
Joker: Hayato, happy birthday.
Sonoda: Hayato, happy birthday!
Chiba: Thank you, Joker-sama! Asahina. Sonoda.
Arata: Oh, could this be a birthday party? Happy birthday, Hayaya.
Yuki: That’s right. I found some late-blooming cherry trees, so to celebrate Chiba-san’s birthday, it’s a birthday flower viewing party!
Sonoda: I put all my skill into making some perfect flower viewing bentos, so eat up.
Arata: Are these the bentos that you were selling for 10 meal tickets?
Yuki: Giving such a high class present, that’s being a member of Durak for you!
Joker: Of course not. I paid the tickets.
Sonoda: Actually, I was sold out on pre-orders, so I want some gratitude for making extra specially for Hayato. Besides, I made the contents to suit Hayato, so try it.
Chiba: It looks delicious. ... This rolled omelette has eel in it?
Sonoda: That’s right, it’s umaki. It’s your favorite, isn’t it? It’s your birthday, so I used wild eel special, so be sure to savor it as you eat.
Chiba: *munch munch* I’m savoring it. It’s delicious.
Yuki: This really is delicious, Sonoda-san! This egg seasoned with strong dashi, with eel delicately rolled in has an awesome balance. It’s like having a flower viewing in my mouth!
Sonoda: Thanks for the wonderful impression. Wait, now I can’t tell if it was a present for Yuki-kun or Hayato.
Joker: Wow, so it’s that delicious. But, it doesn’t matter which, does it? If Yuki-kun is pleased, Hayato is happy too.
Chiba: Urk... *cough cough*!
Yuki: Chiba-san, are you okay? Some tea, some tea!
Arata: Hayaya, you’re all red.
Sonoda: I have a present for you like that too. Here.
Chiba: Thank you... these are amusement park tickets?
Joker: Right. After all, for high school students, a date in school uniform is standard. Have a date in a land of dreams with both of you wearing school uniforms.
Sonoda: Is that okay? If they go on a date in these uniforms, they might get everyone’s attention.
Yuki: Oh! That would be a bit embarrassing....
Chiba: Thank you, Joker-sama!!!!!
Joker: It looks like Hayato is really eager, but Ace-kun, you don’t want to?
Chiba: Asahina... you don’t want to...?
Yuki: I, it’s not that I don’t want to! Well, it’s just a bit embarrassing so... aaaah. So please don’t look so dejected, Chiba-san!
Chiba: M, myself is not dejected...
Yuki: Then, next week! Let’s go a date with these tickets!
Joker: Then as a souvenir, I want a picture of you in front of the castle with matching ear headbands, arm in arm.
Chiba: Leave it to me, Joker-sama!
Yuki: Joker-san! Please don’t put up hurdles!
Arata: Ace-kun, don’t be shy, don’t be shy. Do your best.
Yuki: Urgh... you guys don’t have to deal with it.... But, well, this is his birthday, and besides...
Yuki: (Chiba-san is smiling. I guess he’s looking forward to going on a date in uniform with me. I see, I see...)
Yuki: (Oh no. I’m kind of excited and my face is turning red.)
Chiba: Asahina, I look forward to it!
Note: The amusement park may be Tokyo Disneyland based on the mention of the castle, unless it’s standard for Japanese amusement parks to have castles?