Chapter 9:

Blo… what?

I Became the Manager of the First Galactical Idols

"It's not necessary, but it would be great to come up with a name related to our image," I said.Bookmark here

Everyone stayed silent, thinking of a name for the group.Bookmark here

"Let's call it Traditional," I suggested first.Bookmark here

"Only one word?" Sanae wondered.Bookmark here

"Many names of bands, groups, and companies are only one word."Bookmark here

She looked at the ground, thoughtful. "What do you girls think?"Bookmark here

"I don't like the word," Astra answered.Bookmark here

"Me neither," Aki added.Bookmark here

"Sounds old," Umi said.Bookmark here

"Fine," I sighed. "What about Tradidolional?"Bookmark here

Everyone stared at me, their gazes ranging between confused and worried.Bookmark here

"Forget it, let's keep thinking."Bookmark here

Astra promptly raised her hand.Bookmark here

"You don't need to do that," I said.Bookmark here

"Sorry," she giggled. "What about Samurais?"Bookmark here

"Not a bad band name and it pays tribute to a traditional Japan, but I don't think it fits our group."Bookmark here

"You're right."Bookmark here

Moments later, Aki suggested, "Stars; because we will be stars traveling through space, which has stars."Bookmark here

"Oh!" Astra uttered in surprise. "I like it."Bookmark here

"Me too," Sanae added.Bookmark here

"It needs something more," Umi said. "It's not even related to Japan."Bookmark here

I didn't expect that feedback from her.Bookmark here

"I agree," Risa replied.Bookmark here

"And what could that be?" Aki wondered.Bookmark here

"What do I know? Blend it with another word or whatever," Umi answered. She crossed her arms and closed her eyes. "Something like Blostars."Bookmark here

We all stared at her in silence. Confused, she opened her eyes.Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Where does the 'blo' come from?" I asked.Bookmark here

"From 'blossom'. It came to my mind just now because it was popular in Japan centuries ago."Bookmark here

"Oh!" everyone uttered in awe.Bookmark here

I continued, "It sounds cute, blends perfectly with 'stars', and pays tribute to a traditional Japan. What does everyone think?"Bookmark here

They all approved it.Bookmark here

"Awesome. That settles it; we are Blostars, a Japanese idol group that pays tribute to a traditional Japan while proving to people that only living beings can make living beings truly happy."Bookmark here

Everyone clapped.Bookmark here

"And that's it for today. We'll meet here next week after you're done with school. Make sure to enjoy it."Bookmark here

Astra and Umi stood up and left the room, whilst Aki stayed and approached me instead.Bookmark here

"You said you're a student at Saitama, right?" she asked.Bookmark here

I nodded.Bookmark here

"You'll pause your studies too?"Bookmark here

"Most of my lectures will be paused, yes. Except for Business Administration, which I'll still have to attend to."Bookmark here

"Interesting. Let's eat lunch together at the cafeteria this week, shall we?"Bookmark here

Her smile and smell made my heartbeat rise.Bookmark here

Why am I thinking of her smell?!Bookmark here

"S-Sure."Bookmark here

"Wonderful. See you tomorrow, then!"Bookmark here

As she walked out of the room, Sanae glared at her. Sanae realized I noticed it and looked away from me. Risa giggled at her side.Bookmark here

I hope it's not what I'm thinking.Bookmark here

I left the building after saying goodbye to Sanae and Risa. Without much to do, I headed to my apartment and sat at my computer. I wirelessly connected my glasses to it and opened my favorite role-playing game.Bookmark here

My vision darkened and I zoned out for a brief moment. I stopped feeling what I was feeling in real life and started to feel warmer. I had gone through the linking process many times, yet it still felt weird; it was like being forced to sleep.Bookmark here

I opened my eyes and I was standing next to a fireplace in the living room of my in-game house. The entire game was medieval-themed, so my house was too.Bookmark here

Not even ten seconds after I opened the game, a visit request from Tomokazu appeared in front of my eyes as I checked my guild's bulletin board; I accepted it. A few seconds later, he knocked on the front door and walked in.Bookmark here

I never understood why he made his character look exactly like him. It was a game where you could be whoever and whatever you wanted. For example, my character was a female thief, while I was a male and far from being a thief in real life.Bookmark here

"Hey," I greeted him.Bookmark here

"Good afternoon, Kaito."Bookmark here

It took me weeks to convince him to call me by my name instead of my nickname. Mainly because I didn't want to call him Overlord.Bookmark here

"Do you need something?" I asked.Bookmark here

"I wanted to ask you about your idol business. How is it doing?"Bookmark here

"It's doing great. We had our first meeting today and decided on a name for the group."Bookmark here

"Can you tell me what it is?"Bookmark here

"I don't know. You spend all day in forums, I don't want you to tell everyone before I can at least get it registered."Bookmark here

"Come on, you don't trust your friend?"Bookmark here

I sighed. "Blostars."Bookmark here

"Cute name, I like it. I hope the girls are cute as well because you haven't sent me their pictures after I asked for them last week."Bookmark here

"And I told you I won't. You'll see them when we make some advertising or if you meet them. Maybe you've already seen two of them."Bookmark here

"What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"They study at Saitama. One is studying Fashion Design and the other one Songwriting."Bookmark here

"Interesting. Fine, I'll wait patiently."Bookmark here

"Good decision. Is that everything you came for?"Bookmark here

He nodded and I sighed.Bookmark here

"You could've sent a message."Bookmark here

"I prefer talking face to face."Bookmark here

"Sure. It's not related to you ogling my chest repeatedly."Bookmark here

"Not at all. I shall leave. Talk to you soon."Bookmark here

"Bye."Bookmark here

A visual effect of fire-like waves circled him and he promptly vanished from my house.Bookmark here

This chat reminded me that I haven't told my parents. I should, now that it's practically guaranteed.Bookmark here

My glasses recognized my command to exit the game. Again, my vision darkened and I went through the unlinking process. Once back in real life, it took me a few seconds to get used to it. Even though companies had improved the process over the years, it was far from pleasant.Bookmark here

I called my mom with my glasses and she answered right away. A hologram of her projected from my glasses onto the floor.Bookmark here

"Darling! How are you? You haven't called in weeks, you had me worried."Bookmark here

"Calm down, Mom. It's only been three weeks. I'm good. Actually, I'm great."Bookmark here

She gasped. "Did you find me a daughter-in-law?"Bookmark here

"No, I didn't. Before I tell you; how are you and Dad? And how's Takuya doing with his independence?"Bookmark here

"Don't remind me about it, your Dad and I are distraught. Fortunately, it seems he's doing well. He calls almost every day to ask us how to do things."Bookmark here

"He's still a kid, after all."Bookmark here

"I know! I can't understand why he wanted to leave us this soon. Are we bad parents? Darling, tell me the truth, we can handle it."Bookmark here

"No, you aren't bad parents. He just wanted some personal space. I was only one year older than him when I left."Bookmark here

She inhaled and let out a deep breath. "I'll take your word. You still worrying about him makes me happy."Bookmark here

"Of course, he's my little brother."Bookmark here

"Then why didn't you ask about your big sister?"Bookmark here

She got me there.Bookmark here

"Because she's already established in the world. She has an apartment, a high rank at her job, and, more importantly, she's old."Bookmark here

"Kaito!" she yelled.Bookmark here

"Sorry, sorry. I'm joking."Bookmark here

Kind of.Bookmark here

"She'll kill you if you say that in front of her."Bookmark here

"That's what makes it funny."Bookmark here

She sighed. "She told us not long ago that her company might get closed this week."Bookmark here

"Wait, really?"Bookmark here

She nodded. "It's not certain yet, so we are all hopeful it won't."Bookmark here

"I hope that too."Bookmark here

After a moment of silence, she smiled. "Enough chatter about us. What did you want to tell me?"Bookmark here

"That I finally started my Business project."Bookmark here

She gasped. "Finally?! Does that mean that you opened a business?!"Bookmark here

"Not yet. Everything is ready, but I need to get it registered this week."Bookmark here

She squealed. "I have to tell your father! Wait, no. I'll keep it a secret."Bookmark here

"Why?"Bookmark here

"Come home next weekend for dinner and surprise everyone! Your father, Takuya, and Aya."Bookmark here

She always wants to give surprises. Even for the smallest things.Bookmark here

"Sure. I'll pass by on Sunday evening."Bookmark here

"Excellent! See you that day, then!"Bookmark here

"Wait, I haven't told you what the business is about—"Bookmark here

"Don't tell me! I want to find out along with everyone else."Bookmark here

I smirked. "Okay. See you on Sunday."Bookmark here

Beaming, she ended the call and her hologram disappeared. I took off my glasses and put them on my desk. I leaned against the backrest of the chair and stared at the ceiling.Bookmark here

What's going on with my life? I met two girls with a dramatic backstory and they basically gave me the final project I needed. Then we found the rest of the members; three cute, talented girls. Though only Astra wants to be an idol. Aki and Umi are using it as a medium to reach their real goal.Bookmark here

I stood up and jumped into my bed. Laying on my back, I stared at the ceiling again.Bookmark here

About Aki… I don't want to assume anything, but I hope she's not hitting on me. And I also hope that Sanae's glare wasn't one of jealousy. I know it's almost impossible not to, but I don't want to mix work with my personal life; it'll make things harder.Bookmark here

Without realizing it, I fell asleep. I woke up later in the evening and ended my day with dinner, playing games as usual, and making sure I worked on the project and business documents.Bookmark here

Cel T.
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