Prologue Chapter 2: Making the Best Couples Official!
Oh my, I can't wait to meet Sayuki-sama.
Neither can I. My heart won't stop pounding.
I was thinking I should bring a gift for Rikka-sama.
Goodness! That would certainly put you in her favor.
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The excited ruckus at school still hadn't calmed down since we learned our counsellors were going to be one of the Best Couples from the main campus.
Even I was hoping for a chance to meet Rikka-sama, my senior on the track and field team.
So naturally I was eager for their visit, but...
...I couldn't get quite as worked up as everyone else.
I was relieved that the people around me weren't going too crazy...
It feels like this is never going to end, though...
Wherever Manami-san went, trouble was bound to follow. Even my own girlfriend wasn't immune.
I hope I'm just worrying over nothing...

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Honestly, I don't see what all the fuss is over... Don't you agree, Nagisa?
Rina looked to me for agreement, sounding disinterested as we walked home after our club activities.
What all the fuss is over? I can't tell what you're upset about.
Obviously I'm talking about the girls who came to observe the track and field team.
Huh? Rina, were you watching? It was so cold today, I told you not to come...
But... But I just wanted to cheer you on! And I even wore my coat and kept my distance so I wouldn't be a bother.
"Is it really so bad?" she'd asked me with puppy dog eyes.
I was moved, but I held my ground.
It is a bother. What would I do if you caught a cold?
You really care that much about me? That makes me so happy.
Um...
That wasn't really the issue at the moment... I stopped short of saying that, though.
I decided to change the subject.
Why were there so many people watching today?
Oh, it was the worst. At first I thought they were there for you and your team, but all they could talk about was Rikka-sama.
Oh, really?
Yes, really! Honestly, those girls. Until just a few days ago, they were cheering all of you on.
Well, it's not surprising. Rikka-sama is super popular.
Far from it. You're much more dashing than her. Those other girls don't have a clue.
Rina... Those two are one of the main campus's Best Couples. It's only natural for people to look up to them.
So what? People call us a Best Couple too.
I told you before, that's just something people say. It's not like it's official or anything.
Ohhh...! Then they should make it official... Oh!
Rina exclaimed like she'd just thought of something.
Hehehe, I just had a great idea♪
Um... what's that?
You'll see...♡
Rina...
Somehow, it didn't seem like there would be anything great about it...

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Hey, Rina-san, what'd you drag us all out here for? Do you have to cut into me and Hazuki's precious time together?
I want to hurry up and get back to Aya too.
Hehe... I wonder if you'll feel that way once you hear what I have to say.
(Oh man... What the heck does she have planned?)
I never was able to get her to tell me what she had in mind yesterday.
That's why I'd secretly followed her today.
I found her summoning Manami-san and Ai-san, two people who she'd never associate with under normal circumstances.
I was 120% sure she was up to something fishy.
I eavesdropped while staying hidden back in the hallway.
Oh, fine... If you're going to make such a big deal out of it, I guess I can at least hear you out.
Well, can I go home at least?
Well aren't you a happy crew. I'll overlook it, though, since I'm so charitable.
Rina began to explain without the slightest hint of modesty.
Concerning the counsellors, Best Couples seem to garner quite a bit of popularity, don't they?
Yeah, that's true.
But unlike them, we are not Best Couples!
Yeah, me and Hazuki are the Best Couple everyone's jealous of. Obviously.
Me and Aya are as hot as couples get.
That may be. But we are still only "self-appointed" and "endorsed" at best.
Huh...?
Manami-san responded to Rina with a surprised expression.
But she immediately lifted her head with a look of confidence.
Be that as it may, I refuse to give up the title.
Indeed. That's it, exactly!
Rina grinned in a way that seemed somewhat sinister.
This is the perfect opportunity to get the school to officially recognize the annex's Best Couples.
(What?! Hold on, Rina, what are you talking about?)
I see... I like it. Not a bad idea, for something you thought up.
What's the point of this?
I was in violent agreement with Ai-san.
What would this accomplish?
That much should be obvious. If we go public, news of me and Hazuki will spread throughout the whole school, and everyone will see how close our bond is.
And my bond with Aya...
That's right. Nagisa and I will be able to proclaim our love so that no one can ever get in our way.
It's perfect! If it'll keep people from getting between me and Aya, I'm in total agreement.
(M-My head is starting to hurt... Isn't this going a little overboard?)
The three of them escalated things even further, totally indifferent to my concern.
The first step will be to persuade Sayuki-sama and Rikka-sama, the Best Couple from the main campus. That should be right up your alley.
Yes, I suppose. I am a better negotiator than you, after all.
You bite your tongue!
But will that be enough?
If we can get Sayuki-sama and Rikka-sama to convey our will to the main campus, it's as good as done.
Well then, all that's left is to make it happen.
Their conversation was picking up steam.
For some reason, Rina seemed to think that if Manami-san said she would do it, that meant it would actually happen.
This is bad... Maybe I should tell Hazuki-san and Aya-san about this.
I couldn't stay put any longer. I had to go find the others.


Aiiee!?
I bumped into someone the moment I turned around.
Ow... Huh?
Whoever it was had been knocked to the ground from the impact.
I-I'm so sorry. Are you all right?
I extended my hand, and the other person took it and pulled herself up.
She was pretty small. A younger student, maybe?
I recognized her when she looked up at me.

I-I'm all right. It wasn't that bad.
(I know I've seen her at the school assemblies, and at the club budgetary meetings).
You're Maki-sama, president of the student council. I'm so sorry.
Former president, actually. And you don't need to keep apologizing.
But...
Anyway, I'll be going now...
She quickly walked down the hall, looking like she had some important business.
She looks even smaller up close... Oh, right. I need to hurry up and talk to Hazuki-san and Aya-san.
I headed back to the classroom, in a rush myself.

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Phew... I can't believe I got so distracted while I was walking.
I ran straight into that girl.
I still don't know what to do...
Sayuki-sama and Rikka-sama were coming to provide guidance counselling.
I had personally volunteered to steward both of them while they were here.
I'd entrusted the student council president's office to a younger student, so I hadn't been that overwhelmed.
But then...
Of all the rotten timing... The new president just had to get the flu!
So suddenly, I was acting as her stand-in.
I know she'd do the same for me... But still, why did it have to be now of all times?!
I had planned to do an amazing job of taking care of them, but...
I was even planning on showing Sayuki-sama how much I'd grown... Hnnh...
But no matter how much I complained, it wouldn't change things.
I can't take care of this and the student council at the same time. That's just too unreasonable to make work.
Unfortunately, there was no other choice but to hand over my stewardship duties to someone else.
But who...
Considering how important those two were, it couldn't be just anybody.
I knew some screaming fan was going to be the furthest thing from hospitality.
But everyone seems to look up to the Best Couples from the main campus... Oh!
The moment those words, "Best Couples," went through my mind, I was struck with an idea.
Come to think of it, I seem to remember hearing there were some students at our school that people called "Best Couples."
If they were worthy of being called that, then surely they were more than your average student.
Yeah... This just might work.

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And that's why I'm asking if you could take care of our counsellors while they're here. What do you say?
Take... care of them?
After school, former student council president Maki-sama had summoned us. We were all taken off guard by the invitation.
You want us to watch over them? B-But why...?
There have to be loads of other people who'd jump at the chance.
Hazuki-san and Aya-san were wearing worried expressions that said "Why did she pick us?"
I was in the same boat, but...
Just leave it to us, Maki-sama. We would be more than happy to be the respectful ambassadors of the annex campus.
I'll even do my best to cooperate with everyone♪
Manami-san, Rina...
So will I... For the sake of my relationship with Aya.
All three of them were curiously full of enthusiasm.
Ahaha, it's not every day that Rina-san offers to cooperate with everyone~
And what's Ai's talking about with our relationship? Manami-san's way too excited too... Is it because...?
I looked at the two of them and hung my head.
I'd already told them about our girlfriends' plans to get the annex's Best Couples officially recognized.
Those three couldn't have hoped for a better opportunity.
Tell me about it~
Haah...
Well then, I'll be in touch with you again before our next meeting. Thank you so much for coming here today.


Hehehehe, they delivered them right to us, and we didn't even have to do a thing ... I should have expected no less.
It's our big chance to talk to them about the Best Couples.
Aya... Very soon there won't be anyone else to get in our way.
Aw, man... I've got a bad feeling about this.
Hahaha. Don't you guys ever get tired of these schemes?
Yeah, I'm pretty worried myself...

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