Chapter 2:

Involved

I Became the Manager of the First Galactical Idols


After chatting with the girls for a couple of minutes, I had to leave because my next class was about to begin. I told them I would come back later in the evening.Bookmark here

Not only was I lucky to find an opportunity like that, but the university was only five minutes away on foot. Transport and time were not going to be a problem. However, wandering through the Trading District didn't give me much confidence. It was known for being one of the most dangerous districts, if not the most. Police were rarely seen around, giving street merchants—or colloquially called Dreamers—a chance to sell their creations even though it was illegal to sell stuff on the street without a permit.Bookmark here

No one knew why the district had been forgotten by the local government. Many theories floated around. The one I heard the most suggested that the government took fees from the sales made inside the district. Not only from Dreamers, but from all kinds of shady businesses.Bookmark here

It was an entirely different world compared to the rest of the country. People avoided passing by it at all costs, making it a good place to collect your thoughts because of how little noise there was—provided you could suppress the fear of being mugged.Bookmark here

Maybe it's not a good idea… No, I won't run away anymore!Bookmark here

I arrived at the university and headed to my lecture located in the smallest building on the campus. No one had arrived yet except for the professor—who I secretly had a crush on. She was sitting at her desk, reading a book.Bookmark here

Now's the time to impress her.Bookmark here

"Fuku-sensei!" I greeted her.Bookmark here

"Miyahara-kun. You seem more joyous than usual."Bookmark here

She noticed it right away! She really cares about me!Bookmark here

I nodded. "Yes. Because I finally know what my final project will be about."Bookmark here

"And what is that?"Bookmark here

"It's a… surprise!"Bookmark here

I can't tell her yet! It hasn't even been an hour since it happened. I'm not confident enough.Bookmark here

"Really? What a bummer. Well, I'll look forward to tomorrow, then."Bookmark here

"Wait, what? Tomorrow?"Bookmark here

She nodded. "The deadline for your project's introduction. You didn't forget, did you?"Bookmark here

"O-Of course not! It's almost ready, actually. So please look forward to it!"Bookmark here

I thought it was next week! But I didn't forget. And it's almost ready because it will be done by tomorrow, so I'm not lying to her.Bookmark here

"Sure," she said with a gentle and soothing smile.Bookmark here

Three of the remaining nine Business Administration students arrived at the classroom. The program was practically dead due to the world running out of space and resources. There were even rumors of the program being closed soon. No businesses searched for a business manager. When a business lost its manager, it would be replaced by an associate or someone with close connections.Bookmark here

"Fuku-sensei, what do you think about the rumors of the program being closed?"Bookmark here

She seemed surprised. "I try not to care about them. If they close it, they close it."Bookmark here

"And what's your stance on it?"Bookmark here

Thoughtful for a moment, she replied, "I'd say they weren't looking ahead. Earth might be full, but more planets with new opportunities are on the horizon."Bookmark here

I smiled. That's what I wanted to hear.Bookmark here

"Oops. I shouldn't be talking like that about my employer and alma mater. Naughty Miyahara-kun, you always make me say things I shouldn't. Please go to your seat. The lecture will begin shortly."Bookmark here

"Sure!"Bookmark here

The lecture was fun and instructive, as usual from any lecture Fuku-sensei gave. The rest of the lectures for the day were boring and hard to understand. Especially math. I already hated the subject and the professor only worsened it.Bookmark here

Finally, I was free for the evening. I had no time to lose and headed straight to the weird girls' place. Even if it only was a five-minute walk, I looked for information about idols on the QNet—classically known as the Internet—using my glasses. They were cheap, so I didn't mind if they got stolen.Bookmark here

I arrived at the ancient building and put my glasses in the front pocket of my pants. The sign had already been taken off, which made me strangely happy. I stepped inside and stood in front of the door. I tried to turn the archaic knob, but the door wouldn't open.Bookmark here

It's locked. Wait. They said this was their home, so they could be—Bookmark here

"Hey, you," a raspy, stupidly deep voice growled. "What are you doing here?"Bookmark here

I turned around to see a bald, muscular giant standing on the rotten stairs. A monster with tattoos that could easily kill me with his pinky. How do the stairs support its weight?!Bookmark here

He walked down the creaking stairs and approached me.Bookmark here

"S-Sorry. I was looking for the girls that live here—"Bookmark here

Out of the blue, he squeezed my neck with his huge hand.Bookmark here

"You even admit you're a creep, you creep."Bookmark here

I couldn't neither breathe nor speak. He lifted me from the floor and walked to the front door. He opened it with his other hand and tossed me onto the sidewalk downstairs. I landed on my back, leaving me unable to breathe for a moment.Bookmark here

That's going to hurt tomorrow…Bookmark here

"Don't come back."Bookmark here

I sat on the ground, slowly catching my breath. But I have to…Bookmark here

"Gorō!" the blonde girl shouted. "What happened?"Bookmark here

She and Risa arrived behind Gorō.Bookmark here

You took your damn time…Bookmark here

"Sanae-chan, I got rid of a creep," he cutely said.Bookmark here

Huh? Where's the threatening voice from a second ago?!Bookmark here

Sanae looked at me. "He's not a creep. He's our new manager."Bookmark here

"Manager? You finally got one?!"Bookmark here

She nodded with a smirk. "Sorry we didn't tell you—Hey!"Bookmark here

Gorō squeezed Sanae, lifting her from the ground. "I'm so happy!"Bookmark here

"I know, but let go of me! I can't breathe!"Bookmark here

"Oh, sorry."Bookmark here

He gently lowered her to the floor.Bookmark here

"So go and apologize to him," Sanae said.Bookmark here

"But what if he really is a creep?"Bookmark here

"He's not."Bookmark here

We just met and she already trusts me so much.Bookmark here

"He looks too weak and cowardly to do something like that."Bookmark here

"Hey!" I yelled.Bookmark here

"But only cowards would do something repugnant like that," Gorō replied.Bookmark here

"Now that you say it… Just don't worry. Even if he tries something, we'll kick his butt out. And we'll call you."Bookmark here

Gorō nodded. He walked down the short stairs and offered me his hand. I reluctantly grabbed it and he lifted me like a feather.Bookmark here

"Sorry, young man. I'm just protecting the girls."Bookmark here

"Yes, and you're doing a great job… Call me Kaito."Bookmark here

"Nice to meet you, Kaito. Call me Butcher."Bookmark here

We shook hands.Bookmark here

"Nice to meet you too, Butcher. Wait. Butcher? Is it because… you 'butcher' people?"Bookmark here

"No. I'm just a butcher. I deliver meat to many stalls and restaurants in the area."Bookmark here

"Oh, I see. Nice to know that."Bookmark here

Suddenly, he slapped my back so hard that I was unable to breathe again.Bookmark here

"Come on, you shouldn't keep the girls waiting any longer."Bookmark here

You're the one that tossed me to the ground like a pile of trash!Bookmark here

"Sure, I won't…"Bookmark here

Shaking, I walked upstairs and stepped into the building.Bookmark here

"Why is there a hole in your shoe?" Risa asked as I walked past.Bookmark here

"I'll tell you later…"Bookmark here

I entered their home and sat on the only chair in the room. I calmly inhaled and exhaled to recover from what had just happened. Sanae and Risa soon appeared.Bookmark here

"I wouldn't recommend sitting on that chair," Sanae said.Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, something snapped beneath me and I fell backward to the floor.Bookmark here

"Because one of its legs is broken."Bookmark here

Are you kidding me?Bookmark here

They both approached and grabbed my arms to help me stand up.Bookmark here

"Are you always this unlucky?" Sanae joked.Bookmark here

"No, I'm not."Bookmark here

"Maybe you ran out of it when you found us," Risa giggled.Bookmark here

"Maybe."Bookmark here

"So, what news do you have?" Sanae asked.Bookmark here

"First of all, we should introduce ourselves properly."Bookmark here

"You keep saying 'first of all'."Bookmark here

"Yes, I can't help it. I've been saying it ever since I remember," I replied. "My name is Kaito Miyahara. I'm a fourth-year student of Business Administration at Saitama University."Bookmark here

"I'm Sanae and she's Risa; aspiring idols!"Bookmark here

I stared at them judgementally.Bookmark here

"Why are you staring at us like that?"Bookmark here

"Is that all? You won't say your full names? Mention where you study?"Bookmark here

"About that…," Sanae giggled.Bookmark here

Oh no. Here comes the unexpected turn.Bookmark here

She scratched her head. "Those are our full names."Bookmark here

"And we have never been to school," Risa added.Bookmark here

I sighed. Don't ask, Kaito. Don't get more involved than you should. You're here just to use them for your project. I mean, work together.Bookmark here

"Fine. You said you're sixteen, right? You're old enough to sign a contract."Bookmark here

"About that…," Sanae giggled again.Bookmark here

"What now?"Bookmark here

"I doubt we are even legally registered in the country."Bookmark here

I facepalmed like never before. I took the deepest breath and exhaled as slowly as possible to calm myself down.Bookmark here

What am I supposed to do now? Not only would I lose points in my project, but it's also illegal! As soon as we draw enough attention, we will be inspected and I'll go to jail without a doubt.Bookmark here

"I guess you don't… know your parents," I said.Bookmark here

They shook their heads.Bookmark here

"Well, there's no going around bureaucracy, leaving us with three options."Bookmark here

"What are they?" Sanae wondered.Bookmark here

"We give up."Bookmark here

"Never."Bookmark here

"I supposed that much. The other two options are; getting someone to be your legal guardian or we find your parents. None of them are easy."Bookmark here

"Both are impossible. They require DNA tests."Bookmark here

"And?"Bookmark here

"Our parents only left a letter when they abandoned us in this district. It said to never get our blood analyzed because it would give us many problems."Bookmark here

It sounds more like it would give their parents problems. And it happened many years ago. We can't know if they have changed their minds.Bookmark here

"I already gave you the options we have. If you don't take one of those, it's over."Bookmark here

Sanae and Risa glanced at each other, clearly troubled. They had run into a cliff on the first day they had found a manager. I couldn't blame them.Bookmark here

"Do we have to decide now?" Sanae asked.Bookmark here

It's not like I have time. I need to write the introduction of my project for tomorrow.Bookmark here

I sighed. "I'll give you some time. But you must decide soon."Bookmark here

They both jumped at me and hugged me.Bookmark here

"Thank you!" Risa said.Bookmark here

"You're the best!" Sanae added.Bookmark here

"Yes, yes. Now move away. This could be easily misunderstood."Bookmark here

They laughed.Bookmark here

What am I getting into?Bookmark here

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