Let's Cheer for Umi! Edit
Why's Umi been absent so much lately? A tournament?
|Honoka: Whew, what a fun practice we had today!
Umi: Honoka, can I talk to you?
Umi: I'm terribly sorry, but I can't make Sunday's practice. I need to take the day off.
Kotori: It's rare for you to miss even one practice, Umi.
Umi: Oh, no, I'm definitely not just goofing off, I just...
Rin: You just what?
Honoka: Umi, hold on!
Nozomi: Hmm... What's up with Umi today?
Hanayo: She was definitely acting a bit odd.
Nico: Very suspicious! Umi's definitely up to something.
Maki: It's not that suspicious. Everyone has one or two things they'd rather not tell other people.
Maki: Quit grinning at me like that!
Hanayo: What's wrong, Nico?
Nico: What if she's being recruited by another school idol group!?
Honoka: No way! Umi's the last person who'd let that happen!
Honoka: Sure, I wouldn't blame other groups for wanting her. She's pretty, an excellent dancer, a wonderful songwriter...
Rin: No, I don't want her to leave!
Nozomi: I really don't think she'd do that.
Nico: You're too trusting, Nozomi. We live in an era of school idols, the headhunters could target any on of us at any time!
Honoka: But Umi's part of µ's. She'd never abandon us!
Maki: I don't think she'd leave µ's, but it is possible that she's meeting a recruiter anyway.
Kotori: No... Umi...
Nico: That does it. Let's tail her!
Together: Tail her!?
Nico: You heard me. Everyone put these on.
Hanayo: Nico, do you always have sunglasses on hand?
Kotori: She's got enough for everyone...
Maki: Forget tailing people, I'd be too embarrassed to wear these in public.
Hanayo: Nico seems like she's enjoying herself.
Nozomi: Hahaha... I think she just wanted to try shadowing someone.
Rin: I trust that Umi is loyal to µ's, but I also wanna know hat kind of secret she's hiding.
Nico: Come ON, let's go already! I'm not gonna wait forever!
Honoka: Ack! Wait up, Nico!
Kotori: Umi... What could she be up to?
Umi: ...And that's why I need to take Sunday's practice off.
Eli: That's fine, Umi... but are you sure you don't want to tell the others the truth?
Umi: I'm sure. I don't want them making a big fuss over me.
Eli: I honestly don't see what you're so worried about. Then again, I suppose it's rather like you.
Umi: I'm sorry.
Eli: There's no need to apologize! I promise I won't tell a soul. Best of luck, Umi!
Umi: Thank you. I'll be going now.
Eli: *Sigh* Umi's too considerate for her own good. She should let us be there for her a little more.
|Hanayo: *Pant* *Wheeze* Oh, it's Eli...
Eli: Umm... What's with the sunglasses, everyone?
Nico: Eli, have you seen Umi?
Eli: Hmm? Y-Yes, she was just here.
Maki: Did she tell you anything?
Eli: Err... Wh-What would she have told me about?
Rin: Like, if another school idol group's trying to steal her!
Kotori: This all started when Umi asked to take off Sunday's practice. We got worried that maybe she was going to meet with another school idol group.
Eli: So, she already told you all about Sunday, then.
Hanayo: Hmm? Eli, do you know where Umi's going that day?
Rin: What's the plan, Nico?
Nico: We follow here. Remember, this is a covert operation. Don't do anything conspicuous.
Nico: These are for you, Eli.
Hanayo: I think Umi's headed to the shrine.
Nico: After her!
Eli: I don't think we should be tailing Umi.
Kotori: Umi looks so serious...
Hanayo: Maybe she's worried about something?
Nico: Shh! Umi's on the move!
Umi: I guess I'll start from here.
Maki: Wait, how's this different from a normal dance practice with us?
Hanayo: She's doing the choreography we came up with the other day.
Kotori: Perhaps she's trying to make up for the time she's going to miss on Sunday?
Honoka: I guess no one's trying to recruit Umi after all.
Hanayo: I think you're right.
Nozomi: So we got all worked up over nothing?
Nico: Then why's she keeping secrets from us? I'm gonna go ask her myself!
Eli: Everyone... Listen.
Eli: I wasn't supposed to tell you this, but the truth is... Umi's got an archery tournament on Sunday.
Eli: Because she didn't want us wasting time that could've been spent practicing. She's afraid she'd be holding the group back.
Honoka: Ah ha... Now I get it...
Eli: So, please, let's all respect Umi's wishes.
Kotori: I had no idea Umi felt that way... Now I feel bad.
Honoka: But... but Umi's got it all wrong.
Maki: She does? How?
Honoka: I'd rather go to the tournament to cheer her on!
Honoka: I would never consider supporting her a waste of time! I'm going to the tournament and that's that.
Honoka: Right? Let's all go to the tournament and cheer our hearts out for Umi!
Nozomi: Okay, count me in!
Nico: Yeah! Let's give Umi a big surprise.
Eli: All right. I can tell there's no talking you all out of this.
Honoka: Sorry, Eli!
Eli: It's fine. Honestly, I'd rather go and support Umi, too.
Honoka: Thanks, Eli! *Giggle* Umi's gonna be speechless!
|Hanayo: All right, everyone. Let's make Umi a special bento lunch for her big day!
Maki: Did you wash your hands, Rin?
Rin: Of course! I don't wanna make a lunch that'll give everyone a stomachache.
Hanayo: Yup, enough for all nine of us.
Eli: What should we make first?
Kotori: I'll make little octopuses out of hot dogs.
Honoka: Sounds good. I'l start grilling them now!
Eli: I'll help you. So, you like your omelettes extra sweet, Nico?
Nico: It's because I'M sweet, not because I have the palate of a little kid. Is that clear?
Nozomi: You're making rice balls, right, Hanayo? I was thinking of making some, too.
Maki: Obviously you were going to make rice balls, with or without a reason.
Hanayo: Hehe... Let's make a wide variety of them.
Rin: Whoa, Nozomi! What're you doing with the seaweed?
Nozomi: Making some of those deco-rice balls that are so popular these days.
Eli: Deco-rice... Is that short for decorated rice? I've never heard of that...
Maki: Nozomi, won't Umi be embarrassed if she has to eat a rice ball with UMI written on it in seaweed letters?
Kotori: Maybe so. She'll be a little embarrassed, but happy at the same time!
Hanayo: Once you finish making your rice balls, bring them over here so I can wrap them in aluminum foil.
Hanayo: I can't wait for lunch. Rin, I have some extra apples if you want one.
Honoka: Because they're cheering for Umi!
Kotori: Oh! Well then, I'll need to make mine do the same. *Cheeeeeer*
Nico: All done! One big extra sweet omelette, ready to eat!
Hanayo: That's the last piece. Looks like our lunch is all put together!
Kotori: We should bring a big blanket to lay out, too.
Eli: Hehe... It'll be like a mini picnic.
Maki: I know it's kinda early, but should we head over now?
Honoka: Ooh, wait a sec! First, let's make a big banner!
Rin: Nice! If she sees us cheering and waving a big banner, it'll definitely get her pumped up.
Maki: Don't you think that would make her mad? I'm pretty sure people who go to an archery tournament don't do a lot of yelling and flag-waving.
Eli: Yes. We don't want to disturb the competitors when they're trying to concentrate. Let's forgo the banner.
Rin: Don't be sad, Nico! After the tournament, we'll sit down and make some pom-poms together.
Hanayo: Maybe we can't bring them to the tournament, but we can use them onstage.
Nozomi: Other way around, Nico-cchi. They're helping you.
Nico: I suppose you could put it that way.
Honoka: What about a headband?
Hanayo: I guess we can't write or draw pictures on it, can we?
Eli: No... Unless... we only write on the inside? If we're going to the trouble to make one, we should at least write SOMETHING.
Maki: What should we write? "Win the championship"?
Honoka: I think Umi's probably already decided what her archery goals are.
Honoka: We ought to just put, "We love you Umi"! There's no way to misinterpret that, and it's absolutely the truth.
Nico: Don't you think she'll be embarrassed if the message is so direct?
Maki: For someone as oblivious as Umi, I think that's perfect.
Nozomi: Okay, let's make her a headband that's full of love!
Eli: Sorry, Umi. I spilled the beans about the tournament.
Umi: Oh Eli... Well, now it makes sense.
Honoka: Umi, you're gonna get it! How could you keep a secret, something as important as this tournament, from us?
Kotori: We all came to cheer for you. Honoka put it best when she said it would never be a waste of time to support you.
Maki: rushing over to watch a fellow member take on a big challenge is the natural thing to do.
Umi: Kotori... Maki... Everyone...
Nozomi: We made this for you, too. It's overflowing with the power of love. Here!
Umi: A headband! Thanks so much. I can definitely use this.
Eli: We made it for you. We thought that maybe you could wear it for the tournament.
Umi: W-We love you, Umi... I've never seen such a flamboyant headband.
Hanayo: I guess we put a few too many hearts on there. Don't worry, the outside is totally blank.
Nico: The perfect headband for Umi Sonoda, the school idol.
Rin: C'mon, Umi, c'mon! Let's have lunch now!
Hanayo: We made a big bento lunch, too, Hopefully it'll give you the strength to keep up the good work this afternoon.
Umi: Thank you so much. A new headband, a big lunch... I'll definitely give it everything I've got.
Kotori: Great job out there, Umi!
Honoka: The runner-up in single competition! Umi, you're awesome!
Umi: Thank you! It may have been a small tournament, but it's definitely a good feeling to have won a prize.
Eli: I've always wanted to see you fire an arrow. I had a great time today.
Umi: Yes. I truly appreciate your being here today. But to be honest...
Umi: I... I really didn't want you all to come.
Umi: You all are so good to me. You take care of me like you would take care of yourselves.
Umi: Everyone's so dedicated to their dream of being the best school idol they can be. I felt awful about taking you away from that for my own selfish reasons.
Umi: But, now I've changed my mind.
Umi: I was delighted to see you all today. I guess I really wanted everyone to be here after all!
Eli: Hehe, I'm glad to hear you say that. There was never any need for you to feel like you were holding us back.
Honoka: That's right! Besides, I hold everyone back enough as it is!
Umi: Hehe... Oh, Honoka...
Umi: That spirit of yours is exactly what pulls is all along no matter what happens.
Umi: Dear me... I'm no match for you, Honoka. You're a force of nature.
Honoka: Huh? I'm... I'm sorry, Umi.
Umi: *Giggle* I'm not mad! Just the opposite. I'm overjoyed!
Kotori: Umi, Honoka...
Hanayo: I'm glad we came to cheer for you today.
Maki: I guess we'll call practice off then, huh? I'm sure we're all worn out after today. Especially Umi.
Umi: No, I'd really like to continue if we could.
Kotori: But aren't you exhausted from the tournament?
Umi: I am tired, but I'm also in the mood to dance!
Eli: Hehe... I guess that settles that.
Umi: Oblivious and ignorant as I am, I'm in your care, everyone!
Maki: That was a weird thing to say. It sounded like a wedding vow. Than again, who really cares?
Honoka: Okay, let's hurry back and start practice!
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