[x] Still, you want her to be a part of this.
Still, you want her to be a part of this. Reaching down, you find her hand and take hold.
Looking at her face, you can't help but smile. She's embarrassed.
“You're coming, right?” You whisper to her.
It takes a few moments, but she finally gives you a sheepish nod. “Ok.”
Then, the two of you stand up, hand in hand, and begin your walk towards the front. It's a short hop to get up on the raised platform. Although there seems to be a bit of confusion as to the number of chairs, it's all resolved before you reach the stage.
You two take a seat on one of the ends of the row. There's the three old men on the far side, and then the two kappa, you, and then Nitori.
“Let me introduce the project leaders.” The elder kappa continues, after everyone is seated. “We have Tsuda Tonora, who will be responsible for power distribution on the surface. Jumi Shizetsu, who will be responsible for transporting the power up from it's location far underground to the surface. And William Nye, who will be responsible for harnessing the power.”
Your mind is already buzzing with the prospect of harnessing the power of a small sun, as that seems to be what the old man is implying. How such a thing could even exist is somewhat beyond you at the moment, but you have the feeling that it'll make sense later.
“Oh,” The man continues, as if remembering something, “Pardon me. William Nye and Nitori Kawashiro will be responsible for harnessing the power.” He laughs. “It seems I'm forgetting things in my old age.”
There's a slight bit of laughter from the rest of the people seated in the hall. Heh. Well, that was less difficult than you thought it might be. It's official, then.
“Now that the introductions are complete, are there any objections?”
“Good, good!” The old kappa laughs. “Then it's official. Today, the turbo fusion energy project begins.”
A loud bang echoes throughout the hall, startling a good number of people. Looking up, you see... confetti? Not a whole lot, but enough to cover the people up on the stage.
There's a rise of laughter from the spectators as they notice, too. And from the stage as it slowly covers everyone there. It even seems to lighten Nitori's otherwise tense mood. Looking up, you don't see anything other than the raining confetti, but... well you wonder if this wasn't what Takiko was up to.
After a bit of laughter, the hall suddenly comes alive with music. Very loud, noisy music, coming from behind you. There's a trio of performers there, making their way out from behind some pillar, instruments... well, not in hand, as they seem to be floating. But near them.
“Music, too?” You ask Nitori, a bit offhandedly.
It's a catchy tune, in either case. You notice that the other kappa up on the stage are standing up, so you do the same. Time to head back to your seats, you guess.
As you do, the music seems to get more voluminous, filling the hall. The acoustics here really are wonderful.
“See?” You say to Nitori, “That wasn't terrible, was it?”
“There's a lot of people here,” She says, giving an ambiguous answer, “I think there's even more than last time.”
“There are a lot, aren't there? I didn't know that there were this many kappa, to be honest.”
She gives you a grin. “I know, right?”
Returning to your seat next to Lumiere, you notice that Takiko has returned. She seems happy about something. That thing, you find out with a quick question.
“So, it's just music from now on?” You ask, as the band up front changes to a new song. Or gets into the second part of the first one, you're not exactly sure.
“That's all the official stuff,” Nitori says, nodding. “So it's probably going to be music for a while. Then a lot of us hang around for a while and just visit.”
You suppose that makes sense.
“They aren't bad, are they?” Tarin asks, “The music that is.”
You shake your head. “Not at all.”
Finishing up the example you had started before the hall went silent, you decide to...
[ ] … sit back, and just enjoy the music.
[ ] … find that old kappa. You still need a bunch of information.
[ ] … continue with your lesson. No use leaving it half finished.