"The Ogasawaras' summerhouse. I would really like to be invited.
If impossible, at least just let me have a peek on the Red Rose sisters'
The short-haired girl who fixed her bangs in a three-quarter part with
hairpins mumbled while closing her notebook.
"It is private property though."
The girl with silver-rimmed glasses replied. In her hand was a small
"We cannot intrude as we like."
"Putting that aside, when I tried to hide myself in this bush to
tail the Red Rose sisters, I didn't expect that a guest has arrived
here ahead of me."
"Dear me! My jaw also opened whide when you appeared."
"Seems that we share the same point of interest."
Laughingly, the two stretched their backs and loosened their shoulders,
evidence of that they had kept the same hiding pose there for a long
"Why not give up this thread and target the Yellow Rose sisters
or the White Rose sisters?"
What do you think? Three-quarters asked Glasses.
"Let me see. Where are the White Rose sisters going?"
"Visiting around churches and buddha exhibitions."
"The Yellow Rose sisters?"
"Climbing Mt. Fuji."
Three-quarters' material memo notebook was scrawled
all over with information mainly about executive members of Yamayurikai.
"Humm, neither place could we follow behind by normal means."
"Agreed. But those have a better chance than ambushing outside
the summerhouse ground, not even knowing when they are coming out."
"But see, those are churches and Buddha exhibitions! Tailing would
be easy, but most of the places don't allow photos, so..."
"True, but choosing to climb Mt. Fuji instead... My motto is 'perfect
articles need perfect data collection,' and that means I must tail the
sisters while climbing a mountain..."
"Then, why not join the sisters instead of tailing them? The Yellow
Rose sisters would most probably agree to collaborate."
Glasses turned her camera towards Three-quarters.
"This is nothing to brag on, but I don't have confident on my stamina."
"Well well. That is a fatal flaw to news reporters."
The shutter snapped with a clean-cut sound, as if trying to cut off
the cicadas' cries. The Red Rose sisters had entered the campus building
for quite some time, so they should not have overheard.
"Every time my stamina sustained my body to move around collecting
materials, but my enthuasiasm gives at the beginning when climbing Mt.
Fuji is concerned."
"Everyone will be scared off if the opponent is Japan's Number
Glasses smilingly lowered her camera.
"So, it might be the most convincing to focus on the Red Rose
sisters. Why not ask Yumi whether we can go along? We may get an unexpected
"But look at the ambience of that pair's little world! It is a
little tough to ask after peeping on that."
"We would be just bugs."
The two were classmates of Fukuzawa Yumi, and knew how much Yumi loved
her Onee-sama. No matter how good the articles or how good the photos
would turn out to be, to butt into such delicate happiness would be
a violation to their friendship, and would not be allowed.