Reika-sama – 212

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Although the class trip had made me a busy class rep, I wasn’t neglecting my duties at the Handicrafts Club either.

It was around the time that new students really began to visit the clubs.

Last year I had just become an official member, so I had gone a bit overboard.

But as the president, this year I was going to show proper restraint and secure as many members as possible.

We needed more boys like Minami-kun!

We sat there, chatting relaxedly about it as we knit.

This place was so soothing~

It would be nice to just chat and knit, without worrying about my troubles ever again~

The world of humans was filled with complications.

Wakaba-chan and Kaburagi weren’t in the same class anymore. But in 3rd year, we had even more electives, which was why they did have a few classes together.

Still, the fact that they were separated at all was, and I quote, “Disappointing to the extreme…!” and so to make up for it he would use schoolwork as an excuse to speak to her whenever possible, both before and after class.

Wakaba-chan being Wakaba-chan was more than happy to discuss schoolwork, and so from the outside at least, their relationship seemed to be going swimmingly.

I had been hoping that the Spring Holiday would be enough to cool down the rumours and ill-will towards Wakaba-chan, but from the way Kaburagi was behaving I couldn’t see the jealousy dying down.

I was beginning to consider telling him to get his act together and stop talking to her.

He really needed to start thinking about how his behaviour was affecting her.

But they were already in different classes.

On top of that, Wakaba-chan was always busy with the Student Council after school, and it wasn’t easy for him to find an excuse to see her on the weekends.

Given all of that, the periods between classes was one of his only chances to talk to her.

He was holding back as much as any boy in love could.

And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t understand…

An ordinary boy would never have to worry about what others thought about who he crushed on.

How much he spoke to her, and how often he spent time with her was his business, and his alone.

Kaburagi was already limited in that respect. If I told him, ‘You should just give up on her,’ it would be really too heartless.

He was an idiot, yes, but he was sincere about her.

Something else that the Spring Break hadn’t helped were the rumours around Enjou.

The new year had begun with rampant rumours about how at the Kaburagi Flower-viewing party, Enjou and Yuiko-san had been spotted intimately linking arms.

The origin were probably the few Zui’ran students who had been invited.

Enjou blew off any questioning with “She’s just a relative,” but it was hard to see the two as anything but an intimate couple.

There wasn’t the sense of them being family at all, was there?

Which was why I was questioned a lot as well.

‘Is it true that Enjou-sama was cuddling a beautiful girl?’

‘Is it true that the girl was the same one who came to the School Festival?’

All I could say in response was a harmless, “I did spot him together with a girl, but I really do not know much more.”

Either way, they weren’t going to get anything if they were expecting gossip from me~

‘Reika-sama, could you ask Enjou-sama how he feels about that girl?’

As if!

At any rate, Zui’ran was buzzing with rumours about Kaburagi and Enjou. Business as usual.

Getting used to Third Year, dealing with the class trip, and on top of that being tossed about by the romances of total strangers.

The Handicrafts Club was truly a bastion for my weary heart.

Here I could knit away, forgetting about the troubles of the outside world.

I wish I could rest here forever~

But the cause of my troubles had messaged me with another summons today.

Tsk.

There went my plans of avoiding the salon and staying here all afternoon.

Even if I ignored this message, another would just arrive five minutes from now…

This was basically as bothersome as it got.

I was beginning to entertain the thoughts of dropping my phone into water again…

*

*

“You’re late,” he said.

I go out of my way to come here, and that’s the first thing you say to me?

Just how self-centred could this guy get?

I was irritated, so I decided to lecture him a bit.

“Kaburagi-sama. It pains my heart to say this, but I too have plans. I cannot always throw everything away for your convenience. I, too, will be keeping a close eye on any further harassment of Takamichi-san, but for your own romantic troubles you need to put in the effort yourself first. Please only contact me when you need advice. Can you agree to that?”

Kaburagi looked at me wide-eyed.

“Got it…”

His one redeeming quality was that he earnestly took your advice.

“As long as you understand. Well then, what did you wish to speak about?”

“…I don’t know how Takamichi feels.”

We were using a small classroom again, so there was no need to worry about being overheard.

“Well, even if you ask me…”

“How do you… How do you think I can get her attention…?” our cool and talented Emperor hesitantly asked.

Honestly, you would expect a line like that to come from a lovesick maiden instead.

“I have suggested this before, but why not simply confess?” I asked.

“Like I said, it’s too early for that!”

I might have imagined it, but I think he was blushing.

“But you want to know how she feels, and you want her to have some awareness of you as a potential boyfriend. Would confessing not be a simply way of accomplishing both?”

“But… But I want the situation to be perfect when I confess to her. I still haven’t prepared everything!”

What, was he thinking of doing it on a classroom after school, or in a park during the evening or something?

“Situation? For example?”

“…Like, for example I’d have a few dozen fireworks blooming in the sky, or maybe I could use skywriting to confess in the sky.”

“Ehh!? Those are for proposing, damnit! You’re going to go that far for a confession!?” I blurted.

The shock was so crazy that I forgot to watch my tone.

But seriously, skywriting!?

Like getting a plane to write ‘I love you’ in the sky, right!?

What was wrong with this guy!?

“It’s important. I want her to remember it,” he said without a shred of self-doubt.

“Whoa, whoa, I really, really suggest that you reconsider. While I shant deny that there are girls who are moved by that sort of thing, I doubt that Takamichi numbers among them. Far from it I could even see her being creeped out by having that much money spent confessing to her.”

“Really?”

“Yes, really!”

This was the same girl who was gobsmacked just from being given an expensive uniform.

It was hard enough for her to empathise with my sense of money.

Even if she hypothetically had feelings for him, seeing him spend a few million yen on a confession would be a sure-fire way to disillusion her.

“Then what if I fill her whole house with roses to symbolise just how much I love her? Romantic, right?”

“On top of having no place to stand, it would be a pain for her to clean up afterwards. Just how many garbage bags do you think that would need?”

“You sound like a poor person.”

“I am being realistic.”

“Then what if I reserve a hall and have an orchestra play exclusively for her?”

“Again, please stop trying to impress her with money. Takamichi-san was raised in a normal family, with a normal sense of money. The things you suggested just now are more liable to scare her off.”

“What’s ‘a normal sense of money’ even supposed to mean? Isn’t it more like you just don’t have a romantic bone in your body?”

“Absolutely false. At any rate, putting on an exaggerated performance like that would probably work with any other girl in Zui’ran, but Takamichi-san is different. She already knows how hard it is to make money. If you begin wasting your parents’ money left and right like that it would make her more guilty than happy. And being honest, your ideas were clichéd and tacky anyhow.”

“Aren’t you being a little harsh…?”

“It pained my heart to say it as well, but honest advice is the best way that for me to help you.”

“…Then what am I supposed to do then?”

“Why not simply tell her that you like her?”

“That’s too ordinary. I’d have to at least give her a ring with her birthstone or something.”

“Heavy…! You aren’t even dating yet! And what are you going to do with the ring if she rejects you!?”

“Saying that is bad luck, damnit! As for the ring… I’ll get rid of it. Maybe toss it into the ocean or something.”

“Uwa-! The type that Takamichi-san hates the most are people who don’t value their belongings, you know. And throwing it into the ocean…? Uupftpft…”

“You…”

“Apologies. Well, at any rate, going back to the matter of the ring for a moment, if something like that ever does happen then how about selling it off and donating the money to a charity? It is a very meaningful way of using your money.”

“I wonder if I picked the wrong person to talk to about this…”

Seriously though, a ring?

That sounds like a disaster in the making.

It becomes more apparent each time I talk to this guy just how little skill in romance he has.

“Girls like accessories, don’t they? Hmm… but come to think of it, I never did see her wear the presents I gave her.”

“Eh!? You gave her accessories as a present!? When!?”

And Wakaba-chan never mentioned it either!

“When did you give her such a thing?”

“At Christmas.”

“Christmas?”

I thought he got her a German-made teddybear for Christmas.

It was a bit on the expensive side for a normal girl, but you could say that it was a very sensible gift for Kaburagi.

It seems that I gave him too much credit.

“I gave her a teddybear.”

“Indeed.”

I know.

“So I put a diamond heart necklace around its neck.”

Haah!?

Was it wearing something like that!?

It was wearing cute Christmas clothing so I hadn’t noticed at all!

“The heart motif was filled with my feelings for her.”

“What are you doing before you have even confessed!?”

“And I thought she might be hesitant to accept a brand-name item, so it was custom made.”

“Who made it…?”

“I did.”

“By ‘I did’, you mean…?”

“I hand made it. I went to a workshop and used lost-wax casting to make it. I put all of my feelings into it.”

Heavy! Even receiving a hand-knit scarf would be ten times less heavy than that!”

And more importantly…

“Do you think that perhaps she has not noticed the meaning behind it…?”

“Eh!?”

Maybe it was buried beneath the clothing, or perhaps she had taken it off to store elsewhere, but I hadn’t seen any necklace when Wakaba-chan showed it to me.

“No, no, she had to have noticed, right?”

“I wonder about that.”

The Takamichi siblings had all been shocked about the price of the bear.

If it had come with a necklace, they definitely would have mentioned it to me.

“…Don’t tell me that Takamichi really didn’t notice?”

“I cannot say. To begin with, why did you give them to her together like that?”

“To make it romantic.”

It’s just confusing, damnit!

If you want to put on a performance like that then you need to pick the right one for your partner!

“Still, a handmade accessory? How on earth did you come by that idea? I must applaud you for coming up with something like that.

“What are you trying to say?”

“Nothing in particular.”

“Well, in one of Yurie’s favourite movies the guy proposed with a ring he made himself. Which was why each year I gave her an accessory that I made myself. I only started in middle school, but for the first year it was a necklace with a lily motif, since her name is Yurie. The next year was lily designs, but for earrings instead. And when I was going to become a high schooler I thought to give her a lily-themed ring… but…”

Aah, but he was rejected before that.

I guess he must have been remembering the struggles of that year, because Kaburagi’s expression turned dark.

“The centrepieces of the necklace and earrings had Yurie’s birthstone. The ring was supposed to be both of our birthstones around a diamond…”

Diamond? That means it was an engagement ring, right!?

I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason she suddenly rejected him was because she panicked after realising a ring was coming next.

Scaryyy.

Anyone would want to run away from that.

I was at a loss…

This guy was even more hopeless than I thought…

Perhaps this idiot was beyond my help…


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98 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 212”

    1. I protest… our Queens patheticness took 2 short life spans to accomplish! and besides, its part of her charm! while for that bakashit its not charming at all!!!

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  1. >> But as the president, this year I was going to show proper restraint and secure as as many members as possible.

    “Proper retraint” and “secure as many members as possible”

    >> All I could say in response was a harmless, “I did spot him together with a girl, but I really do not know much more.”

    Worried about any gossiping getting back to Enjou I assume.

    >> “Kaburagi-sama. It pains my heart to say this, but I too have plans. I cannot always throw everything away for your convenience. I, too, will be keeping a close eye on any further harassment of Takamichi-san, but for your own romantic troubles you need to put in the effort yourself first. Please only contact me when you need advice. Can you agree to that?”
    >> Kaburagi looked at me wide-eyed.
    >> “Got it…”

    Ohhh nice Reika. Now she’s got a position of power she’s pushing it to see how far she can go.

    >> “What’s ‘a normal sense of money’ even supposed to mean? Isn’t it more like you just don’t have a romantic bone in your body?”

    Hah. Kabugari is starting to put forward some nice comebacks.

    >> “Saying that is bad luck, damnit! As for the ring… I’ll get rid of it. Maybe toss it into the ocean or something.”

    He would do that, yeah.

    >> “Apologies. Well, at any rate, going back to the matter of the ring for a moment, if something like that ever does happen then how about selling it off and donating the money to a charity? It is a very meaningful way of using your money.”
    >> “I wonder if I picked the wrong person to talk to about this…”

    Hahahahahaha. Reika is spending perhaps too much time what to do with the ring if he gets rejected.

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    1. But he *has* no sense of money. I mean, the bear troubled her, and he keeps talking about these high end gifts like it’s their twenty year anniversary or something…

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  2. Bakaburagi… the lengths he go to just to make Wakaba notice him. Unfortunately.. Senpai never noticed you! Trolololololol, the one she cares more about is Coro-chan! The necklace… and its handmade. I wonder what happened to it.

    Don’t tell me… They thought it was a toy that came as a set with the bear, and gave it away or something…?? Hmmmmmm… Bakaburagi, you poor child.

    But then again, as expected of filthy rich people, he thought of sky writing just to confess… 😂😂😂

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      1. The this correct. Chapter 194 interlude: “It was bloody insane.

        The teddy bear had actually come with a coat and a heart necklace.

        My little sister wanted the necklace since she thought it was cute.”

        Google searched for “kenkyo teddy bear”. Found chapter 186 when the near was introduced. No necklace in that chapter nor the next,, concluded that was in the interlude.

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  3. Lol why the fuck is he trying to woo her the same way as Yurie lol fucking baka shit!!!!!!! STAB YOU BASTARDBURAGI!!! STAB STAB!!!

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      1. Yeah you would think… doh! it didnt work on Yurie why do I think it will work on Wakaba! he dares diss Reika sama!

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    1. Bakaburagi, being Bakaburagi, did not think about the fact that, compared to them, Wakaba *is* poor. So it makes a lot of sense for Reika to represent that point of view.

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  4. “Isn’t it more like you just don’t have a romantic bone in your body?”

    Kaburagi-sama, do you know who you are talking to? She is the goddess of love, Kali-sama herself, whose mere reverse curl gives blessings to maidens in love!

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        1. Oh, right. He did give Reika-sama that cursed book, after all.
          Then again, the image of Bakaburagi reading shoujo in search of clues is so funny I’d rather not discard it.

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  5. Thank you for translating this story.
    It’s always fun to read their interaction…

    I hope Reika will have her own boyfriend that love all of her quirkyness soon…
    Cz i really like her… She is such a good girl..

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  6. Anyway, he’s getting advices from his love rival… I mean, from the Mayor of Forever Alone Village.
    When he’s busying with making accessories and spinning with crazy ideas while persistently refusing to confess, his Advisor had become a regular guest at his crush’s house, undressed, eaten homemade food, and even gotten his dreamed girl to wear her old uniform.

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  7. Lol, Bakaburagi doesn’t notice that Reika-sama knew about all Wakaba’s taste and likes. She even gives him advice based on her own Experience xD.

    And does no one really notice their Secret Rendezvous considering their popularity i doubt that no one notice them sneaking around… Its the Emperor and Empress of the Forever Alone Village were talking about here no? At least Enjou would notice it right?

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    1. I bet Enjou knows about it but also knows it better to let sleeping dogs lie. as for the rest……. IDK how but it seems no one found out yet. or else there would tons of rumors flying around. I am gonna bet someone is gonna find out at some point though.

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    2. I would guess people take it sort of naturally. The whole school seems to ship Reika + Bakaburagi/Enjou. Poor students have no idea what terrible boyfriends they’d make.
      Plus, I bet Enjou is running infosec.

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  8. I’m increasingly satisfied with her increasingly real advice for our resident hopeless romantic, lmao.

    Real talk though, I hope she gets to spend more time with Takamichi. I adore how Coro-chan is trying to look out for her. Their friendship is one of my favorite things about this story, lol.

    Thank you for the update~

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  9. Goddess Kali is so benevolent to take on such a cumbersome disciple like Bakaburagi. The rate he’s going, he might get himself forever stuck in the FAV.

    The heck!? The bear was stretching it, but a diamond necklace too!!!?? And handmade… before even a confession… -_-|||| And that ring for Yurie… He’s just toeing that line. I’m starting to worry for Wakaba.

    And by the by, I love candid Reika! XDDXDDXDD

    Thanks so much for this!

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    1. Would you? He’s the Emperor, after all. The only reason Reika is comfortable with confronting him like this is she’s in a position of power (plus she knows he’s an idiot).

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  10. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Full throttle right off the bat.
    That’s a good example of how to scare off a girl. At least the non gold digger types.

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  11. hm if enjou is not gonna be here future bf then who is it then hmmmmmm
    man when they said slow romance they really meant slow romance hhhhhhhh

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  12. I don’t think Reika will be in the Forever alone village that long if this foolishness continues… Not sure if she would welcome Kaburagi the Idiot to the village tho

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  13. Stick it to him Reika-chan-sama! Your candid honesty here to him is refreshing! If Enjou was here, I’ll bet he’ll snicker at how Reika smackdowns Bakaburagi and his common sense. And here I thought that the dudes from Ouran High School were hopeless about money, at least they knew romance enough…

    Bakaburagi has absolutely no redeeming features except his money, charisma and his emperor-like skills. All those are completely useless in the romance field if he wants to chase after Wakaba beyond the first gate of impressions like in an omiai profile. Kaburagi, you need socialising lessons 101 and romance a girl dummies book from the bookstore. Study that first before you ask Reika-sama, at least go the walk of shame in a bookstore, you ninny. You’re just bothering our Mayor who could do so much with her time.

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  14. “Either way, they weren’t going to get anything if they were expecting gossip from me~” << Reika's already learned her lesson concerning making/encouraging rumors regarding Enjou: NEVER DO IT AGAIN. =P

    “Isn’t it more like you just don’t have a romantic bone in your body?” <.< lol

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  15. (continuing from my previous comment, don’t know what happened to the rest of my comment) If Kaburagi thinks that way, why the hell is he going to Reika for romantic advice??? Something MUST be broken in that brain of his…

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  16. I pity Reika-sama for having to bear with the Kaburagi situations, lol, sigh.!

    Hmm… now I’m wondering what direction that story will go first since there’s many foreshadowing or should I say issues that are likely to come up, anyway, good luck Reika-sama~!!! May the last laugh be with you!! XD!

    — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

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  17. Thanks for the chapter! And hand-made jewelry? With wax-casting? That’s some cool if over-the-top thing!

    I’m pretty sure he could make a cheap-looking necklace/earrings with a design that Wakaba’d like. He just needs to tone down the diamonds..

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  18. *ICREDIBLY LOUD ALERT SOUND* REIKA-CHAN YOU BLEW UYOUR COVER I REPEAT YOU JUST BLEW YOUR COVER COMPLETELY!!! “Wakaba-chan” “showed me” “she thinks it is a waste of money” get yourself together Reika you’re not supposed to know that much!!!
    I feel she’ll soon be pretty depressed over it but I’m still proud she managed to get her point through to Kaburagi and make him respect her and her time. *sniff*
    THANK YOU ESTE! <3

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  19. Kaburagi…..so heavy!
    I got goosebumbs! Brrr
    Reika-sama is still realistic regard love, even though she’s the head of the forever alone village! Viva reika-sama! Long live reika-sama! Don’t despere reika-sama!

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  20. Finally we get to see what’s inside bakaburagi’s mind and it was… Worst than expected.
    No wonder Kaburagi’s mom trying to get this boy engaged to a girl who can manage him.
    …pst good luck Reika

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  21. LOLOL XD This is too funny. Especially since Reika is kinda a… double agent. She knows exactly what Wakaba likes, but Kaburagi can’t be persuaded out of his EXTRA mindset.
    Many thanks

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  22. Kaburagi is starting to be intimidated by Reika-sama! It’s funny!

    Lack of romantic bones, ruthlessly denied.

    KABUDOZER’S COMPLETE STALKER HOOD – confirmed! I didn’t get to give Yurie a ring… so I should probably START with a ring! My logic is flawless!

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING AWESOME! ! ! ! !

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    1. For one second I thought you meant he had a hood to stalk her with. I wondered to myself: “Huh. Missed that part.”
      The mere fact that I considered this should tell you about my opinion of him.

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  23. Thank you for the chapter!
    Best phrases in this chapter:
    “Far from it I could even see her being creeped out by having that much money spent confessing to her.”
    “On top of having no place to stand, it would be a pain for her to clean up afterwards. Just how many garbage bags do you think that would need?”
    “Heavy…! You aren’t even dating yet! And what are you going to do with the ring if she rejects you!?”
    “The heart motif was filled with my feelings for her.”
    “I hand made it. I went to a workshop and used lost-wax casting to make it. I put all of my feelings into it.”
    “Heavy! Even receiving a hand-knit scarf would be ten times less heavy than that!”

    Bakaburagi is really too heavy. 😵

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  24. Kaburagi is slowly becoming less funny and more annoying. His being out of touch was entertaining in the beginning but the way he just isn’t learning and continues to harass Reika with his obsessive behavior is getting old. Hail Reika for putting up with this bs tho.

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  25. “Isn’t it more like you just don’t have a romantic bone in your body?”
    The Dunning-Kruger effect is strong with this one…

    Bakaburagi: “Romantic!”
    Reika: “You keep saying that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

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  26. Bakaragi needs to invoke the essential incantation for it to work: “One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them; One ring to bring them all
    and in the darkness bind them.”

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  27. Ooooh, Reika lectured him good :D Get wrekt, Bakaburagi!

    Bakaburagi’s love is extremely annoying :/ Thank god Reika-shishou is here to rein in this disaster of a man.
    Wow, it’s even worse than I thought. He’s literally an insane creepy stalker type.. run, Wakaba, run!

    Thanks for the chapter.

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