'It all started at the beginning of the year…I thought that my life wouldn't change anymore other than summoning personas…but I was wrong…'
~Beginning of the year~
"Hey, Minako! Let's go to Tartarus tonight!" Junpei yelled at the top of his lungs. "Come on, I want to fight!"
"Alright, alright. Fuuka, can you inform everyone?" Minako asked.
"Sure thing. Just one moment…" Fuuka ran upstairs to tell Yukari, Akihiko, and Mitsuru. Since it wasn't the Dark Hour yet, she couldn't summon Lucia to tell everyone.
Meanwhile, while Junpei was as excited as can be, Minako was acting less confident than usual. 'Do I really have what it takes to fight?' This wasn't like Minako. Usually she was always positive and strong, but ever since she told Pharos that 'something is missing,' she lost her confidence. Suddenly, not watching where she was going, she ran into someone. When she looked up, she saw a tall young man wearing a burgundy pea coat: Shinjiro Aragaki.
"Tch. You should watch where you're going, idiot…" Shinjiro said.
"Oh, s-sorry, Aragaki-senpai…" Minako then went into the kitchen. Shinjiro followed her.
"Why are you following me?" Minako questioned.
"You don't seem like your normal self…is everything alright?"
"That's so unlike you, Aragaki-senpai" Minako couldn't help but giggle.
"Hmph. You don't know anything about me. And cut the formality shit. Call me Shinjiro."
"Huh? B-but I can't!" Minako realized that as she said that, Shinjiro was staring at her rather intently. "Umm, how 'bout I just call you Shinjiro when it's only you and me?"
"I can live with that. Now…have you eaten anything?" Shinjiro asked.
"Not yet, I was just going to eat a cup of ramen"
"…That's not a sufficient meal…" Shinjiro's face turned from a serious look to an almost sad look. Minako couldn't help but notice his face. 'Is he worried about me?'
"Excuse me, but it's almost midnight. We'll be departing for Tartarus soon. Ken-kun said he's staying here because he had homework, so Koro-chan's staying here as well." Fuuka told everyone.
"Ok! Shall we go then, Sh-Shinjiro?" Minako asked him.
"Why're you asking me? You're the leader…" Shinjiro smirked, a faint smile appearing on his face.
"Ha, then get ready, cause I'm choosing you for one of my team members this time, okay?" Minako giggled, and then walked to where everyone else was. Shinjiro remained in the kitchen.
"Hmph…that idiot." And even though Shinjiro said those words, his face showed otherwise, for he was still smiling while looking in Minako's direction. Shinjiro then followed the others to Tartarus.