At that moment, Takinoue was in front of the Karasuno Integrated Athletic Park waiting for Shimada, who had gone off somewhere――
Yuusuke Takinoue: He’s late. How long is he going to make me wait?
Makoto Shimada: My bad, sorry to make you wait.
Right as Takinoue had started to complain, Shimada returned.
It was about the business he had mentioned yesterday.
Yuusuke Takinoue: So, what was it, how did it go?
Makoto Shimada: Yeah, it worked out. Take a look at this.
Shimada held out an application form to rent the facility.
Somehow, it appeared that Shimada had rented the gym.
Yuusuke Takinoue: Why would you rent the gym? Isn’t that expensive?
Makoto Shimada: We’re going to hold the match here! The mixed team tournament!
Yuusuke Takinoue: Huh!? What? The tournament, here?
Makoto Shimada Here, we can have a match with a large audience, right?
Yuusuke Takinoue: That’s true, but…… Man…… You’re seriously going to have a match for a training camp here?
Takinoue looked up at the athletic park’s facilities, dumbfounded.
The students participating in the training camp had most certainly never thought they’d be able to have their final match in a place as nice as this.
Yuusuke Takinoue: …… Hm? But under “intended use,” you wrote festival?
Takinoue was looking at the application form’s “intended use” section. There, he saw the word “festival.”
Makoto Shimada: That’s where we come in.
Shimada grinned broadly. It was clearly the face of someone scheming something.
Yuusuke Takinoue: Huh? Seriously, what have you been talking about this whole time?
Makoto Shimada: Listen, what I mean is……
The two of them put their heads together and started talking sneakily. If anyone were to see them, it would have been a really suspicious sight.
Makoto Shimada: …… And that’s the story.
Yuusuke Takinoue: I see, so that’s it.
A sly smile had also floated onto Takinoue’s face. His appearance was almost like Echigoya.
The Echigoya was a major Nihonbashi retail store, focusing chiefly on the sale of kimono. In the Meiji period, the company changed its name to Mitsukoshi, and remains one of the most prominent Japanese department stores today. So I believe it’s a reference to some kind of merchant.
Yuusuke Takinoue: Naturallly, I deserve a part too, right?
Makoto Shimada: Of course. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Yuusuke Takinoue: Yeah. It really makes me feel like I have some good friends. Huehuehuehue……
Makoto Shimada: Huehuehuehue……
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