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“Please let me win the grand prize…!”
Just as I always did, I said a small prayer before clicking the ‘Send’ button. It was already nearing the end of January, and I had sent my newest work to Ryuusei Publishing for their next light novel contest.
“…Whew. Even though I was really cutting it close to the deadline, I just barely managed to finish it in time.”
My goal this time around was to emphasize and strengthen the role and personality of the heroine. Although it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be, I had managed to get enough material and finish it. This was mostly thanks to all the research that I had done up until now.
…Although I really meant to model the heroine after Suzuka, I wonder if she actually turned out as cute as I’d hoped? Normally, I’d always say “This time I’ll definitely win for sure, yeah!” and such when submitting (even though I always dropped out in the preliminaries), but this time I really couldn’t say for sure.
“Though I do think that Suzuka’s cuteness really shines through. Only in the sense that she was a model for the character, of course!”
Again, who am I making these excuses to? Well, now that I’ve sent it, I can’t change it anymore anyway. For now, I’ll have to wait. Since I’ve never used anyone as a model before, this took way longer than before. Even though I’ve been writing light novels for a long, long time, I still felt extremely tired.
“…Well, time for a break, I guess.”
I leaned back in my chair and stretched. Just then, I heard a knock on the door, followed by Suzuka’s voice.
“Onii-chan, do you have some time?”
Suzuka hesitantly entered my room. After the misunderstanding between the two of us was cleared and we made up, we’ve gotten closer again— That’s a total lie. We’ve stayed almost exactly the same as before. Well, we’re not kids anymore, so that much would be pretty much impossible to achieve. But at the very least, it feels like the wall between us has vanished. I guess that it’ll take some more time until the stiff atmosphere is gone as well.
“Ah, were you busy writing?” She said, seeing me sitting in front of my PC.
“No, I just finished the manuscript and send it in.”
“Ah, so you finished it. That’s the work where I’m the model for the heroine, right?” Suzuka asked with slightly flushed cheeks.
“T-That’s right. Thanks to you, I finished it.”
“U-Uhm, I also want to see it… that manuscript.”
“I-I really don’t wanna show you… It’s embarrassing.”
I mean, just think about it. Letting my real little sister read a story I wrote where she’s basically the heroine? Just imagining it makes me shiver!
“T-That’s not fair! I have the right to read it, since I’m your model!”
But there’s no way I can say no to this logical response from Suzuka.
“Fiiine… Is that why you came over?”
While I was close to tears, Suzuka let out a small “Ah,” as if she had remembered something.
“N-No. We’ll leave that for later. There’s something that I wanted to ask of you, Onii-chan…”
“What is it?”
“It’s about tomorrow. Would you show me around your school, please?”
I never expected Suzuka to ask this, so I was taken aback.
…Eh? W-What? Show her around my school?
“For my entrance exam, of course. It’s at the end of the month, right? You should know, since you took it as well.”
Hearing that, I responded “Y-Yeah…”
That’s right, tomorrow there’s no school since they have to prepare for the entrance exams.
Oh… I see. An entrance exam, huh? I completely forgot. I have no reason to refuse, of course, so I opened my mouth to answer. But then—
“…………Eh?” My body froze up.
…Wait a second? Entrance exam? Suzuka? Eh? Ehhh?!
“Wha-?! W-What’s wrong, Onii-chan?!” Suzuka twitched as I screamed.
“Entrance exam?! You?! At my school?!”
“No…! But…! Ehhh?! W-Why?!”
“Please calm down, Onii-chan. I’m a third year in middle school, so this year in April, I will become a high school student! Of course I would have to take entrance exams!”
“B-But wait! You’re still a student at Hakuou, right?! Why would you go to my public school?!”
“I never once said that I would stay at Hakuou.”
T-That’s true, but…! Normally, if you were already at such a prestigious school, you’d stay in the same institute, right?! She should have high enough grades to go to any high school she wants, so why my public school?!
“I’ve talked with Father and Mother about it already, and I have prepared everything.” She said so confidently.
For some reason, she started fidgeting with her hands while her cheeks started to flush, and she said the following words.
“I’ll do my best so that we can go to the same school, Onii-chan.”