Shrine Helpers Edit
Wedding at the shrine! We're helping with the prep!
|Eli: Good morning, everyone!
Umi: Good morning.
Nico: *Yawn* A meetup at 6 am on a Sunday... We are literally the only people in the world who're awake at this ungodly hour.
Hanayo: I'm pretty sure there are other awake people out there, but it is pretty early.
Honoka: Did you know that going back to sleep after being up for a bit feels even better than normal? *Yawn*
Maki: Honoka fell asleep!
Rin: Snxxzz... instant ramen...
Nozomi: Heheh. Thank you all so much for coming this morning. Did I make the meeting a little too early?
Umi: No, don't worry about us. We're here to help at the shrine however we can.
Eli: You wouldn't know it with so many of them half asleep, but we've all been very excited for today.
Nozomi: There is going to be a wedding later today, so we're short-handed. You all are lifesavers!
Maki: Are we really going to be any help at a shrine, though?
Nozomi: You'll be fine! Everyone here's more than capable of doing the jobs we're in charge of.
Nozomi: Oh, wait.
Honoka: What is it?
Nozomi: We need to pay our respects first. C'mon.
Hanayo: Please watch over us.
Maki: It's a pleasure to work with you.
Eli: We'll do our best to make the gods proud.
Kotori: Since Nozomi introduced us to the gods, somehow I feel a lot more secure. I promise to work hard today!
Nozomi: All of you are my closest friends. I just wanted to make the introduction and let the gods know that too.
Eli: And we're grateful you did, Nozomi.
Nozomi: Don't get sentimental on me!
Maki: Hehe, I think Nozomi's gonna be a lot of fun today.
Rin: You look like you're having a pretty good time yourself, Maki.
Maki: R-Really? I don't think I'm acting any different.
Nozomi: Okie dokie, now that we've paid our respects, it's time for the FUN part.
Kotori: Then what could it be?
Nozomi: That should just about do it. It's not too tight, is it Honoka?
Honoka: Nope! It fits perfectly.
Hanayo: Nozomi, you're an excellent dresser.
Nozomi: I wouldn't go that far. I just wear it all the time, so I'm used to it.
Rin: Wait a sec, am I wearing this right? The skirt is wide open over here!
Nozomi: Shrine maiden skirts are supposed to be open there. It makes it easier to put your hands in!
Umi: Yes, I'm used to wearing these formal skirts, but the shrine maiden style has a totally different air about it.
Umi: P-Please, you're making me blush...
Honoka: Why're you hiding in the corner?
Umi: Sorry, when people start heaping praise on me I just...
Nozomi: Hrmm... Now that everyone's changed, I've gotta say you all make gorgeous shrine maidens!
Nico: The Nico-Ni in a shrine maiden outfit! What a rare treat! A super-rare spectacle!
Eli: I suppose it is rare. Normally we'd never have an occasion to wear these outfits.
Honoka: I was about to fall back asleep a few minutes ago, but now I'm really excited!
Hanayo: Me too. I just hope we can cut it as shrine maidens. We'll need to do our best.
Eli: I think we'll all have a wonderful day thanks to Nozomi.
Nozomi: Heh... This is no joke. You're all getting put to work. Let's get to it!
|Rin: *Scrub* *Scrub* How's that?
Hanayo: Wow, the railing looks sparkling clean now!
Hanayo: Isn't it fun seeing everything all clean and pretty, especially when we're all working together?
Rin: Yeah! C'mon Hanayo, let's knock the next spot out!
Hanayo: Whoa, wait up, Rin!
Eli: Rin and Hanayo seem to be enjoying themselves. Maybe it's more fun because it's not the usual cleanup duty?
Maki: It's a beautiful day out. Maybe this isn't so bad.
Eli: What's wrong, Nico. Are you in a bad mood?
Nico: Of COURSE I am.
Nico: We shouldn't be wasting our time cleaning when we could be putting on a performance. The Nico-Ni should be sparkling, not scrubbing!
Nico: Duh! We finally got our hands on these great shrine maiden stage outfits!
Eli: Hahaha... Oh, Nico!
Nico: We couldn't have gotten up at the crack of dawn just to clean. Think about it a little harder.
Nozomi: Shrines are a place to worship the gods. We don't want to offend them, understand?
Eli: Most people straighten up their houses before people come over to hang out, right?
Honoka: Ohhhhh... So the shrine's not just for people to visit, but also for the gods themselves.
Nozomi: The gods don't get upset over little things like this. So yes, maybe a little straightening up would be fine.
Nozomi: But this shrine is very important to ME. That's why I want every square inch to be immaculate.
Nozomi: If I did a half-hearted job, I wouldn't be being true to myself.
Maki: I can picture Nozomi coming here to clean up every morning before practice.
Kotori: Seeing Nozomi every morning always puts me at ease.
Umi: This place really is important to her.
Eli: And if it's important to her, it should be important to us.
Maki: Now that you know how Nozomi feels, you aren't going to complain about cleaning up any more, right?
Kotori: Huh? Where're you going, Nico?
Maki: You'd better not be going home.
Nico: I need to refill my bucket. I'm not done washing my spot yet.
Rin: We're all done with our side!
Nico: I don't think so, slackers!
Hanayo, Rin: Y-Yes, ma'am!
Nozomi: Thank you, Nico-cchi.
Nico: It's not like I'm doing it just for you I want to please the gods.
Honoka: We need to give it our all too. For Nozomi, and for the gods that are so important to her life.
Maki: It's nice to hear what's on your mind, Nozomi. You never really talk about yourself.
Umi: You definitely are a very centered person, even if you don't show it much.
Nozomi: Aww, you're embarrassing me. It's really not that big a deal.
Eli: Nozomi's usually very calm, but when it's time to get to work she really buckles down. That's probably one reason we get along so well.
Nozomi: I think maybe you're buckled down a bit too often, Eli. Maybe you could loosen up a little every now and then?
Eli, Nozomi: Huh?! *Snicker*
|Nozomi: The last step is to open the door. Hanayo, can you grab that over there?
Hanayo: Got it. One, two...
Eli: So there's going to be a wedding here soon. How romantic!
Nozomi: I bet it really is going to be the happiest day of their lives.
Honoka: Nozomi, I finished up with the hallway!
Rin: My area is spic-and-span!
Maki: Don't the three of them remind you of a teacher and her two students?
Nozomi: *Giggle* Aren't I a lucky teacher to have a class full of cute girls?
Eli: Nozomi, the attendants are arriving.
Nozomi: Thanks, Eli. Let's all move so we don't get in the way of the ceremony preparations.
Honoka: Thank goodness we got everything cleaned up before all the guests started showing up.
Nico: Wow, there's a lot of people coming in. Are they all here for the wedding?
Umi: There's a lot of people in street clothes. I guess there are a lot of people just coming to pray.
Hanayo: I'm sure everyone's got a prayer in their hearts.
Nozomi: The gods are kind and benevolent. Whether it's for better grades, a happy marriage, or healthy children, they'll always listen to your prayers.
Honoka: Hmm? Oh, the bride!
Eli: Harasho! How beautiful.
Nico: That's a special white kimono called a shiromuku.
Umi: It's gorgeous. It looks like a holy outfit.
Maki: This whole time I've been thinking about a traditional wedding dress, but the shiromuku is pretty too.
Rin: What're you grinning about, Kotori?
Umi: I can see why. That's a tough choice. I know either one would look good on you, Kotori.
Honoka: Yup! Someday you'll make a beautiful blushing bride!
Kotori: If I was gonna wear one, I'd have to at least try on the other.
Nozomi: I think I'd have to go with the shiromuku, although I'd definitely like to see how I looked in the wedding dress.
Eli: I'm sure either one would look good on you too, Nozomi.
Nozomi: Geeeeeez, you know all this praise won't get you any prizes, right?
Hanayo: I bet a cute wedding dress would look perfect on you, Nico.
Nico: I'd love to wear a wedding dress someday, but I'm not opposed to the shiromuku either.
Kotori: Hey, for our next show we should do a wedding theme with our outfits!
Nico: Oh, come on! It was a joke. I thought it was funny...
Hanayo: You'd make a beautiful bride too, Rin.
Rin: You think? I feel like you'd look better in a wedding outfit, Hanayo.
Rin: I'm not wearing wedding stuff unless you and Hanayo wear it too, Maki!
Maki: Okay, okay. If the time comes we'll all coordinate our outfits.
Nozomi: Didn't the bride look stunning?
Nico: I guess it's okay that she was the center of attention, just this once.
Eli: I think the smiling faces of the wedding party put all of us in a good mood.
Umi: The happy couple and every single guest all looked so happy!
Honoka: No one was smiling more than me. I felt like I was sharing the bride's happiness!
|Umi: Welcome to the shrine.
Hanayo: The consecrated area is this way.
Kotori: Allow me to escort you.
Rin: Nozomi, I finished wipe down the sign.
Nico: There's still a smudge in this corner.
Nico: Don't worry... I'll get this one for you.
Eli: After just one day they're almost like real shrine maidens.
Nozomi: I can't believe how quickly everyone picked it up, but then again, they've been giving it 100 percent since this morning. Now we're almost done!
Honoka: Huh? But there are still worshippers coming in. We've still got work to do.
Nozomi: Hehe, I appreciate the enthusiasm, but that's enough for one day. I don't want to upset the gods by pushing everyone too hard!
Honoka: Oh, cool!
Eli: That's a wrap, then?
Nozomi: Thank you all so much for all your hard work today!
Together: You're welcome!
Honoka: What a great day!
Maki: It really was fun, and I'm not just saying that.
Hanayo: I've never worn a shrine maiden outfit, much less done the job! I was so excited the whole time.
Kotori: Almost makes you want to become one for real.
Umi: Agreed. You don't get to have these kinds of experiences often.
Nico: Maybe we weren't the stars of the show, like when we do our school idol performances, nut it still wasn't too bad.
Nozomi: I'm so happy to hear that! Maybe we can do this again someday?
Honoka: You bet! We'll all be here to help whenever you need it.
Honoka: Eli? What's wrong?
Eli: Nothing. Just marveling at how people are still showing up.
Honoka: I guess a lot of people come to the shrine every day. I just never thought about it since we live so close by.
Eli: I know this is obvious, but even though our jobs are done, the shrine and the gods continue to do their work without ever stopping.
Nozomi: Yeah... The shrine is such a special place.
Rin: You know, for having worked nonstop early in the morning, I'm really not too tired.
Umi: I think the fun cancelled out the exhaustion.
Honoka: Maybe it's the spiritual power Nozomi's always going on about?
Rin: Huh?! Wait, so I have spiritual powers now?
Nozomi: Actually, it was one of my goals to get you all to feel a sense of spiritual power, but...
Eli: But what?
Nozomi: Somehow, with all of you working so hard to help, I think I felt it more than anyone. I had so much fun!
Eli: We did too, Nozomi. Truly.
Nico: I hope you're grateful!
Nozomi: I am. Thanks a million!
Nico: W-Wow, she's being really honest today.
Kotori: You could learn from her, Nico.
Eli: I wish we didn't have to give back the shrine maiden outfits just yet.
Nozomi: Everyone looks so cute in them.
Hanayo: Why don't we take a picture before we change back?
Honoka: Yeah! Let's do it! Let's do it!
Nico: Oh, fine.
Maki: Nico, you brought a camera and a tripod, right?
Eli: Since you originally wanted to perform this morning.
Nico: Oh, be quiet... Timer's set. Everyone squeeze in!
Hanayo: Over here, Nico. Over here!
Kotori: Honoka, you get in between me and Umi.
Umi: Nozomi should be in the center today, no?
Maki: Nozomi, get in here.
Nozomi: Y-You want me right in the middle?
Eli: Absolutely! Now stop looking around at us. Look into the lens and smile.
Nozomi: Hehe... Got it.
Nozomi: I can't imagine anything better than being here with all of you.
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