Former Magical Girls and their Daily Lives
It was Monday once again, and the Lemons were in their school uniforms and were riding the train to school. They sat together. Yuri read a book, Kasumi slept, and Risa was on her phone. Kasumi had her head leaning on Yuri, but Yuri didn't react to the invasion of personal space.
Suddenly, the train screeched to a halt. The passengers held on to the bars and handles, Kasumi went flying in Yuri's direction. They both fell to the ground.
Already awake, Kasumi got her face off the ground and asked, "The train broke. Didn't it?"
The speaker turned on, and a woman's voice said, "Hello, passengers. The train has run into some technical difficulties, and it won't be moving very soon. As such, may all passengers please wait for assistance? Sorry for the inconvenience."
Risa turned her phone into horizontal mode and pointed the camera at Yuri and Kasumi, who were still on the ground.
"How are you guys doing down there?" Risa said.
"I guess I'm doing fine. Are you recording this?" Kasumi said.
"Yes. This is the beginning of my vlogging series, where we will focus on our daily lives."
Kasumi stood up and looked at the camera.
"I don't think that our daily lives are interesting enough to warrant a video diary."
"It isn't a video diary. It's a vlog. Anyone's life should be interesting if you condense their day into a couple of minutes."
"Are you going to do this every day? Kill me now."
"I rather wouldn't. You could make us a lot of money if you are the main attraction. Think about it. You could be famous."
"If I become famous, then there's something wrong with the world. Yuri, can you get up? You look stupid if you just stay down there for Risa's home video."
Yuri got up from the floor and continued to read her book.
"I'm going introduce everyone," Risa said, "This is Kasumi. She's the mean one, but she is actually quite nice and friendly. Say hi Kasumi."
"This one is Yuri. She's the quiet one. She's great to have around. Say hi Yuri."
Yuri lifted her hand, and she went back to reading her book.
"What are you reading there, Yuri?"
Yuri showed the title of the book to the camera. It was called '100 and 1 ways to procrastinate on your prostate exam'.
"What do you think about it?"
"Interesting," Yuri said.
The camera lingered on Yuri for a while until Kasumi stepped in.
"So, what are your plans for the future of this vlog? All you did was introduce us and ask Yuri what she was reading."
"Hm. I know." Risa turned the camera to herself. "Hey, guys. I'm Risa, and I'm 15 years old. I like to vlog and meet new friends. I'm personally the most popular girl in school, and you'll get to find my tips and tricks into figuring out how to become popular in high school."
"Risa, you aren't the most popular girl in school. You literally only talked to Yuri, Megumi, and me. I was there. Don't sell popularity to your unexpecting viewers."
"I guess you are right. I can't explain how to become popular in high school. I guess I'll have to cut that from the final vlog."
"Wait, how long do you plan to keep that on?"
"As long as I can, we need to catch any potential moment. That's what you're supposed to do here. Catch those blink and you miss it moments. We could find something epic. For example, someone could be running from the police right now!"
She pointed the camera to the window. There wasn't anything remarkable there.
"Well, that didn't work, but we always have to be on the lookout. We have to document everything in this world."
"No offense, but there isn't that much interesting stuff."
"In the past week, we dealt with an explosion of letters and a hostage situation. How can you say that this life isn't that interesting?"
"If you recorded either of those events, I will kill you. I don't want you recording those events."
"Do you want me to record the events that weren't interesting?!"
"Honestly, not really. I don't see the point of having a recorded record of your every move. I'm seeing the long game here. What will happen if people get interested in your daily life? Like really interested. You have these people who expect you to come up with some wild story every day. These people want to pressure you for entertainment. I can't imagine living a life like that."
Risa put down the camera.
"Kasumi, I don't think it has to be like that. You don't really know what will happen. You never tried. Come on. Let's do something fun."
"Sigh. I guess it's better than waiting here for the train to move, but I don't like the potential for disaster."
"If people harass us for some reason, we could delete the videos and go away. Or maybe just stopping the vlogs would be enough. We do decide that."
"I guess so. But what do you even do in a vlog? Tell me."
Risa smiled, and Kasumi smiled back.
"Well, you say what's going on today. Today, the trains stopped, and we are stuck here for a while. So, we are here to do nothing. Honestly, I don't think that this particular moment is that interesting. We might be late for class, but we would have a pass if it was because of the trains."
"Would you have to run to school?"
"I don't think so. Sometimes I have to do that anyway. The world is a weird place. Sometimes we are the only people in the class because we got there too early. Do we have cleaning duties today?"
"I'm pretty sure that we don't."
"Cleaning duties are a pain, but at least I understand them. I remember that I read this book where a kid was class president and his only job was to turn on the lights every day. But one day, he saved a dog and he was late for class. He got inside and the lights were off. His teacher scolded him for not turning on the lights and she told him that she couldn't teach because he didn't turn on the lights. He asked her why she didn't turn on the lights, and she said that it was his job to do it. Then he wasn't class president anymore."
"That's a dumb story."
"I'm sure that it was a children's book. Hey, if anyone watching this knows the book I was talking about, tell us in the comments below. We are aiming for a million subscribers by the end of the year. We can do it. I believe it!"
The train jerked forward and started moving. Risa looked at the camera.
"Oh, that means that the train is fixed. This is the end for now. See you guys next time!"