~~1/24/2014: I will be on a hiatus until June; or May is the fastest. Until that time, unfortunately, there will be no updates. Sorry for that! I have to study for my future, you know.

A month, more less. Haha, sorry about that; school breaks also mean a break on writing. Not really. And so, I took an art course and I realized that human are such beautiful creatures. That was completely random, so right to the story!

Oh, and I need your help. You may read the bottom note if you're interested...

"EV System's collaboration with Kagami Sound—a million hits already in less than a month?! Their collaboration sure has a power to top the rankings!"

That's what I wake up to in one certain morning in early January. And because of that, I thought it was a dream, and I'm just going to sleep again when my phone gives a notification for the second time.

There's a message from EV System. "Kagami-san, did you see the latest ranking? The song we made has made it to the top!" it says. EV System is a morning person, it appears. Or maybe he hasn't gone to sleep, I have no idea. And of course I'd feel bad if I don't reply him so—wait, so that wasn't a dream.

I jump to a sitting position, and type in a reply. "I read it somewhere too, it's surprising!" I say. Really, surprising? EV System's song topping the ranking isn't surprising at all, but this time, it involves me as well. Perhaps surprising isn't the right word. What is it, then?

"Yeah, people seem to like it, honestly I'm just as surprised as you," EV System says a moment after that. "Ah, Kagami-san is not sleeping?"

"I have woken up," I answer. Yeah, I've woken up, all fresh and fine, I even have this (stupid) smile on my face already. I mean, waking up to a message from EV System—who won't be happy about that?! Until now, he's still being mysterious; next to nothing was known about him, and the only possible way to talk to him is just through the web, but still, he's so adorableee!

"Glad hearing that! I thought somehow my message woke you up wwwwww" Aww, what a caring person… Well, actually that's the case, but I have no problem with that—it's the EV System, come on! This is the best way to spend your morning!

"How about EV-san himself?" I ask.

"Me? My work time starts early," he replies. "But well, don't you think working in the morning is fresher?"

"I don't know, I usually wake up and get ready for school in the morning," I reply. "I think I have a normal school life after all w"

"Normal school life, isn't it? Isn't there anything out of ordinary?" he asks again. "But then, just ignore that question. You know, don't trust the stranger on the internet."

"You are the stranger, EV-san! www"

"I know! Hahaha!" he says. "Well, you should close this chat because this old man is getting suspicious enough w"

"What is that? w" Hahahaha, what's with 'the old man'? It reminds me of what Miku often says about him—that man in his 30s. Maybe that is true…

He… said that he hasn't gotten married, didn't he? He can't be that old, could he?! (Yeah, this is a denial.)

"EV System is an old man so Kagami-san should avoid him," he says. Another message popped out shortly, "Just kidding, of course."

"That was…" I reply with a weird smile plastered on my face. At the same time, I rummage my head to find a topic to talk about; this old man talk is getting odd… "Ah, how is Mirai-san?" I randomly ask.

"Mirai is fine, I suppose. Why asking?"

'Why asking' is a nice question, hahaha… Why, then? "Nothing, you're his work partner so maybe you should know about her… But I never talk to her in the net, actually."

"Well, yeah. Oh, but I think she's currently busy with… She's going to have her real debut!"

Well, that's new. "Real debut? You mean, in the real life too?"

"That's why I said her 'real' debut," he replies.

That's nice, actually, for Mirai to have a debut. She's a great singer; and I mean, great, so why just now? But it's a matter, really, that debut alone is nice. "It's nice for her!"

"You should say it to her, you know w" he says. "Don't worry about the fact that you've never talked to her before; she won't bite. She can't bite you…"

"Haha, I know that ww I should say congratulations for her," I reply.

Yeah, I should say it, despite the fact that I don't know her that much (irony?). What should I say? "Congratulations! I heard you're going to have your debut shortly from EV System!" like that? I guess that will work. Hmm, real debut, isn't it… Wait, does that mean she will reveal herself in RL, something like that?

I guess I can only wait to find out.

Why do I want to find out?

Chapter Thirty-Three

A Drama and a Singer

"Everybody, please settle down!" a loud yell from the front of the classroom catches my attention; coincidentally that also makes the whole class goes silent. There I see the class representative, Hiyama, standing in front of the class. He has his dark brown hair cut short and neat, and his dark-colored eyes were framed by a pair of glasses. He has a good look, to be honest, and charming. But still, no one beats the ikemen-ness of my dear Len, especially with the glasses, of course. Ohohoho—

… Okay, what Rin, what.

After everyone is looking at his way, he continues on, "Now, we're going to use this homeroom time to discuss the annual school event. Nakajima-kun will explain the details."

Gumiya steps to the front then stands beside Hiyama. "Okay then. As you can see, we're nearing the end of our school year as a first grader. So we're going to give our best for this end; a show, a performance, an art."

"And the exact art we will perform is a drama."

The class then goes silent, really silent that it's strange that it's silent. After a moment, a girl raises her hand up and speaks, "A drama? Seriously? We are high school students, you know."

"Yeah, isn't drama a bit… childish? If we're looking back, it's the elementary school students who perform something like that," another girl speaks up.

"Don't think I didn't think that way," Gumiya hisses, loud enough to be heard from my spot at the back of the class. Then she clears up her throat and speaks, "But it's the school's annual event, so like it or not we have to do it."

"Besides, it's for the first grader only; you don't have to have it again next year," Hiyama adds. "So everyone, I hope for the cooperation."

A drama… Seems like it won't have anything to do with me. I have no acting skill or anything, so backstage jobs, that's it. I think. Well, whatever backstage, I think it's not going to be hard.

"For the starter, then," Gumiya says while looking down her phone, "Should we choose the people in charge together or just let us decide it?"

"Just choose it. It will become a riot if we choose it together, maybe some will fight over one part or something," Yuzuki speaks with her hand raised. "But you should let us swap parts with the other if it's possible."

"Opinion taken. Any objections?" Hiyama asks. He's greeted by the silence.

"I think no," Gumiya says. "Then, I've prepared the names along with the parts. This was decided by doing some observations; looking at your personalities and… possible abilities." Okay, that sounds dead serious, as if we're going to decide parts for doing a… secret mission instead of a drama. Well, she did that method for my birthday surprise too, but that was only four people. This time is for the whole thirty students of the class. "Wait for a moment for me to write it on the board."

While she;s writing, the class breaks into a buzz. Nekomura turns back and faces me. "Are you excited for this?"

"Eh, I'm rather okay with everything. I don't think I'll get any important part," I laugh.

"Huh, the same goes to me, I guess," she says, "What role I will get, I wonder. The tree?"

"I don't think the cast for tree is available," I comment while giggling a bit at her question. She smiles in return.

"Okay! Now turn your heads back to the board and read whatever I have written!" Gumiya announces loudly. Nekomura turns back to her previous position and I glance at the board. "As what I have said before, all of this is based from an observation—therefore 95% the chance is that you have gotten the most right part for you; swapping is highly not recommended. However, if you're being persistent and want to swap part, you may do it."

That's one serious warning. Then let's see what we've got here… Len gets the part as the protagonist. Whoa, whoa! That's nice! A drama with Len as the main protagonist is sure, something I would watch! And what else? Miku becomes supporting character, Yuzuki gets the job for the costumes, Sakamoto gets to take care of the play props, and me… Oh God, this is bad—

It says Rin as the music director.

Damn it Gumiya… She does it on purpose, doesn't she?! Of course; she knows that I am Kagami Sound, and from that she chose me to be the music director! I shouldn't have any problem if it's just about making or directing music, but it's about my precious identity! Well, in case anybody noticed… or maybe I'm just being too paranoid—it's director, not composer; I don't actually have to make music. Shush, let's just calm down and—

"Ah, Kagamine-chan is in charge of the music?" I find Nekomura has looked back at me with that question. Nooo, why does she have to say that?!

I have no choice but doing the usual thing, then, hiding up the truth or something… "Well, I don't know how the 'observation' worked but because I listen to music often, they thought I have a good sense… maybe?" Not a lie, right? Music director and not a composer! Still, I'm trying to dodge the possible incoming questions. "What about you?"

"The scriptwriter, along with Gumiya-kun," she replies. "I didn't actually expect them to know that I like to write, either. But I think that way makes things easier, right?"

"You're actually right about that. It would be troublesome if we have to do something we can't do," I say while thinking, come on, why don't you change the topic already, Nekomura?

As if it's on cue, suddenly Gumiya announces loudly, "Alright, enough with the discussion!" And we go silence in response. It gives me the idea that we are the good guys here, but never mind. "I guess it was enough for you guys to make your mind. So anybody swapping parts?"

I look around the class to find nobody is raising their hand. I guess everybody is okay with it. Well, me too. It's something I can do—and probably the only thing I'm good at, after all. Actually I guess I will enjoy this~

Gumiya taps the board with the eraser after that and speaks, "Then it's settled. This is the roles for everyone in the class, no swapping roles anymore." While she's saying that, the loud sound of the eraser she's tapping sends my gaze to the board once again, and I skim down through the list for one more time.

Why is Len assigned to the main character?

Each of us is in tight schedules after the drama project thing started. The performance will be in mid-February, and it's only 30 days left until that time. Buy anybody should worry not, everything is in the hands of the people who are good in their own respective roles—you can totally feel the professionalism here—and I'm involved in too, of course. What a great feeling, haha! Massive high school level production!

… That reminds me. They said it was decided from an observation, and I hold this suspicion that Miku is also behind that 'observation' by stalking us. Of course! How would they know if they didn't spy or stalk on us? Sure it has nothing to do with me, but it makes me feel uneasy.

Thinking about it again, why the hell do I care about that? Have I been with Miku too much that it makes me care about what she did? Perhaps becoming something like, "Of course, I care about you, my lovely Miku-chan~!"


"The next part, then." And at the same time, somebody throws a bundled paper—which is thick, anyway—to the table, making me jump from my weird thought rather literally as I hear the loud thud. I look up and see Hiyama standing near my table. He's not really looking at me, but then he asks, "Did I startle you?"

"Honestly, yeah, but don't be sorry. I wasn't paying attention." I grab the paper stack he has just thrown and began flipping through it.

"Okay then, if you said so." He pulls up a chair and seats himself on the same table as me. "Just take your time to read the script."

I nod in response. It's still because of the play, Hiyama is assigned to be a music director as well so we're usually working on this together. Actually I didn't expect him, from all the people, to be assigned to such thing. The class representative—who has glasses and tidy hair, not that tidy like nerdy tidy but still tidy nonetheless—and music director don't sound like a match. But he told me that he plays in a rock band; and sings too. That surprised me for sure.

What about Len, then? He's the protagonist, so he's supposed to be good in acting. It surprised me too, actually. But thinking back to my birthday surprise where he was chasing me down with cutters with killing intention… This time his role wasn't a psycho killer, though. Somehow I'm glad of this.

Now, what we have to do here as music directors is finding the right song for particular scenes and we will play them as the BGM. There's absolutely no need to make one; the internet has become a great source already, but finding them in the infinite cyber world is a challenge itself.

"Eh, this is nearing the climax already?" I ask after skimming the script.

"Right, and this part is rather complex because the actual nature of the characters is being revealed; but questioned. The usual heroic song with trumpets and such isn't going to work," Hiyama replies.

"Something more dramatic, then," I say as I scribble down what he has just said on the paper. "Perhaps something that built up suspense?"

"Ah, that, you're right," he nods in approval. "The strings, then. And drum."

"Strings and drums," I repeat after him, scribbling down his sayings again.

"Fast tempo?"

"How about it being slow at the beginning and becomes fast at one point?" I suggest.

"That's nice too."

Pretty much our conversation goes like that, and I don't think you want to hear all of it, so that. The main point is I'm being busy with that job of deciding the music.

Usually we work on it in our performing art hour; the teacher purposely lets us to use the time to continue the drama preparation. And everybody goes their separate ways—the actors practice their acting in the indoor hall, the scriptwriter and director is there too, keeping an eye on the play act. Some are staying in the class—like the one who takes care about the stage, the lighting, the costumes, the props—meanwhile Hiyama and I use the music room. Actually it doesn't really matter; all we need is a computer with an audio editor and DAW, in case we still have to add things to the music we get from the internet, but that computer is only available in the music room. If the time isn't enough, all of us usually use the time after school to stay a bit longer and work on the play.

That makes me rarely speak to anyone in my break time since everyone is pretty much busy. The good thing is of course, no Miku who would confess her love to me and declaring that she had been stalking me or something along that. But that makes me rarely saw Len as well—you don't know how busy the actors are, it's seriously serious—and let's say that I'm a bit disappointed of that. No, perhaps not a 'bit'. A lot. Like, a lot. Now, I think we should have spent more time together during the year-end break! But yeah, it's like I actually have anything I can do about it.

Some weeks has passed, and Hiyama and I have finished about three of four of it. But because there's still a quarter of it, we're still working on it when possible; staying longer at the school in the music room. Just the two of us, with nobody else around. Whether it's a good working environment or not, I don't know.

… So, it continues until one afternoon, when somebody slams the door open while we are in. It startles me so much that I jump from my seat about 10 centimeters. "I am here to deliver yet another script of one part you need to work on!" Shining with the sunray blaring from behind, Gumiya stands right in front of the now-opened door with a script in her right hand. Then she closes the door behind, and walks nearing us. "What brings me here is the fact that this scene is rather special, so special explanation is needed as well."

"What would it be?" Hiyama asks, taking the script from her hand.

"Like what we have known, we're doing this all out. And so Hatsune will sing," she says while glancing at the computer screen.

"Ah," I exclaim in a small voice. Now she mentiones it, I remember what Mom had told me about Miku and her singing debut. I have never heard her singing before, but judging from Gumiya's decision, she must be good, like, good.

"Oh, Hatsune-chan. Nice idea," Hiyama comments. "So what do we have to do with it?"

A smile curls up on her lips. "Make a song for her to sing."

I widen my eyes in shock. Making a song? Making? I thought this isn't even the job of music director! And just then Gumiya speaks, "What's with your bewildered expression, Kagamine? No need to be that surprised—heck, I ask you two to make one is because I know you can make one. All out," she puts emphasis on the last two words and that's it, I'm left speechless.

I utter the word of defeat, "Fine…"

"So my business here is done, now it's time to keep an eye to the actors again. Bye." And she walks out from the room in a fast pace. Just like that, she came and gone in less than three minutes.

"I thought with the number of scripts left we would have this finished by next week, but apparently it's not the time yet," Hiyama speaks, gaining my attention. "Then… Have you ever tried to make a song before, Kagamine-chan?"

"Eh," I yelp in surprise. "If it's just the melody and composition, I guess I can handle it." Actually I can sing too, and even do the arrangement as well, but I'm not going that far. Not in this place, ever. It's for the sake of my identity!

"Oh, what a coincidence. I can make the lyrics and arrangement just fine," he replies. "But then I have to shift from rock, don't I? I can't guarantee it."

"It should be fine," I speak without thinking, but after realizing myself, I correct it. "I mean… I don't know. I have never heard Miku-chan sing before so I don't know if her voice suits for rock or not."

"Hm, this is a bit troublesome," he mutters while rubbing his chin. "But Kagamine-chan, you're pretty close to her, don't you?"

"Yeah, you think I should ask her directly?"

"Of course."

I don't know why, but there's this a little hesitation inside of me.

And of course, because it's Miku—the Hatsune Miku, there'll always be a feeling of hesitation every time I have to begin the conversation. Though I shouldn't be, because it has become a habit already.

"Aw, what is this? Rin-chan inviting me to the music room after school? How sweet of her! When I thought that my feelings won't be returned—oh, oooh! Is this even real? It's just the two of us in this room, Rin-chan! We can do things together! And of course you know what those 'things' are."

"I'm not asking you to come here for that!" I yell in response. Seriously, this girl…

"For what, then? This is something you had set up, isn't it? Two people in a dimly lit room and the atmosphere just feels 'right'."

"I, no, Hiyama-kun has something to do with the student council so he asked me to ask you here—not to do anything," I pause not at the right place. But who cares? I'm getting tired of this person; yelling won't give any effects anymore. "But to sing," I finish with a huge sigh.

"Well, sorry about that. I guess I was just… got carried away," she admits, and then she takes a seat on the piano seat. "So it's about the drama and the fact that I have to perform a song, eh."

"Yeah, but none of us knows how your singing voice sounds, and it's the most basic thing, so…"

"Oh, I understand." She opens the piano cover and begins pressing random keys. I don't really pay attention to that, though, as I'm thinking about the fact that she sings.

"Anyway, Miku-chan," I calls out to her. She turns her head in response and I continue, "I never knew you sing, but my mom told me that you're gonna have a debut. She works on the record label which is gonna make your debut album, it seems. And, well, yeah." Why do I feel awkward now? "She told me after she went back from America for the meeting. That meeting about your debut… You went there to attend it as well, right? And you never told me anything."

"I think I have never," she smiles as she says that. "Now where to start… Ah. At that time I told you that my parents forced me to take over their business, and I had to attend their meeting there. That was what you know, but behind that is… You know that I don't really want to take over, don't you? But I am the only child so I have to, no matter what—that's what they think. So I came up with a clever solution; that I will agree in one condition. Let me catch my dream first."

"Your dream?"

She nods. "My dream, to be a singer. I want to be a singer before I take over my parents' company because if I do the latter first, I probably won't have the chance to, well, sing," she says. "There is no way I would actually run away from the responsibility I have—they are my parents, after all. I suppose that's the only way to save myself for now." She giggles after that.

"Oh, wow, that's great." I somehow become fascinated with her. Like, there's this spark of admiration inside of me. "So if at the end you can have your debut, then your parents agreed… just like that?"

"Ah, ah, don't you underestimate the great Hatsune Miku," she says to me with a smirk. "Not to brag, but I have a pretty good track record of my singing ability. And by that, they are convinced enough to let me try to assign to one certain record label, and I got it!" she says excitedly.

"Oh! I'm happy for you too!" I feel a smile forming on my lips. But this is… déjà vu much? "Honestly I'm still surprised, I mean, you never say anything about this! And I never hear you sing as well before, so, surprise."

Curiosity begins to build up in me, and what I wanna know now is her voice. I don't know the reason, but I'm just… curious. First was Mom who told me about her, and then she's asked to sing in the class drama—which's decided by serious observations, anyway. And if Gumiya has asked her to, then she must be really good in singing; I can't doubt Gumiya, somehow. And she's pretty confident about her skill too. I's still thinking about 'how'; how isn't such thing noticed by me before?

"Surprise, hm. Well, I don't sing in public, actually, so the surprise isn't so surprising."

"Why not?" subconsciously I ask.

"What about you—why not as well?" she asks back. At first I have to think what she means by that, but then I realize that I don't sing in public either. Well, it's because I'm a net singer; my listener is the internet inhabitants. But her? "You are an internet singer—of course you don't need to perform in real public, is what you think?" Oh great, she has just read my mind.

"But what if I'm just like you?" she asks again. Before I can answer—I haven't even gotten the chance to think about her question—she has twirled around to face the piano and begins pressing its button in a determined manner, playing a song. I listen to her play as I watch her finger move around the keys. It's EV System's song.

As I recognized the song, I feel myself freezing on my spot. I don't know why, either, although it's not a bad thing. The actual surprise comes when she starts to sing along the music—I swear my heartbeat stops for a moment. That voice is familiar, terribly familiar. I've heard that voice for hundreds of times—maybe a thousand already, so I think I won't be mistaken that it's… Mirai's voice. But, no. It's not that uncommon to have similar voice, so perhaps they only 'sound alike'. Yeah, Miku's voice sounds similar to Mirai's voice.

But if it's about singing… Everyone has their own singing style, and people can tell singers apart by that. Maybe people with similar voice will sound different when they sing. But that's not the case. Miku's singing voice just sounds like hers—just like Mirai's, that I make myself put my full attention to her voice. Somehow denying the fact that she actually could be Mirai, I keep looking for a difference. But as the song goes on, I found nothing; everything is exactly the same. And this leads to one conclusion.

Oh my God. Oh my God, I can't… I don't know how to express my feeling. She's her; she's Mirai. Miku is Mirai. That famous net singer is my own friend—best friend, technically speaking. But, how… Oh God. Oh God. Seriously, oh my God.

While I'm standing here, both speechless and breathless, she finishes off her singing and pulls her hands away from the piano. Then she casually looks at me ask asks with a smile, "How was it?"

I can't find the strength to answer for an unknown reason. I just keep on standing here with my heart nearly leaping out from its place, looking at her with wide eyes, and breathing unevenly. I mean, she's… Is she really…

"… M-Mirai-san? Are you really… Mirai-sa—"

I don't even know how she got this close to me, but suddenly her face is just some inches away from my face. With a sharp voice, she proceeds to say, "Do you think I am?"

And at the same time, she holds something thin and metallic near my neck. I look down to the object and let out a questioning noise from my mouth which immediately becomes drowned by my heavy breathing. "A… Ah?"

She holds a knife close to my neck. A little more until it touches my neck and slice my skin, then I'll surely be…

Suddenly I become dizzy. And before I can react and do something to that, I feel myself falling down as my sight blackened.

When I open my eyes I find myself lying on the bed, probably in the infirmary. It's rather hazy, but I can recognize it anyway. I feel lightheaded, weak, and… not good. Just not good.

"You're okay?" asked a familiar, floaty-sounding voice. I turn my head to the source of the voice, and I see Miku standing next to me. I try to answer, but I can't find the strength to do it properly. What I can let out is just an incoherent moan.

"Give her some moment, Hatsune-chan," says another voice, who turns out to be a pink-haired teacher in white coat.

I can fall asleep anytime I want—I'm lying on the bed already, anyway. But I don't feel like sleeping, I just stare at the ceiling while waiting myself to feel better although the room still feels like it was spinning. After a while, I feel my strength to speak is coming back. "What is it?" I ask in a small voice. Actually what I'm even asking, I don't know.

"You fainted; in case you aren't aware of that yet," the teacher says. "And I suppose you're feeling better already?"

"Yeah… somehow."

The way she ask me is like, there's an implication behind; something like, "Oh, if so, get your butt out of this room right now." But I don't wanna, I'm still feeling pretty weak, weaker than usual. Ugh, why did I faint, anyway? This is rather troublesome.

"It's fine, no need to hurry. I will stay until you feel good enough to walk around." She gives me a warm smile, which erased my previous thought about her. Perhaps I shouldn't judge around that easily… "Do you think I should check your blood pressure? Maybe you fainted because it's low."

I reply, "But I felt just fine for the rest of the day."

"It might have unknowingly dropped down, you know."

"Eh? Are you sure?" I ask back in doubt while thinking about what had happened before I fainted. First was… I asked Miku to come to the music room, and she came. After that we talked about her upcoming singing career—and her debut, too—and then she sang. I remember it vaguely that it reminded me of Mirai, or perhaps she was really Mirai. But somehow I doubt myself, since… Well, it might have been just a dream—I did end up fainting at the end, okay?

"It might have been my fault, then. I'm so sorry Rin-chan," Miku then joins in the conversation. Strangely she doesn't sugar-coat her voice and it sounded purely concerned. That's unusual. "Did you recall it? What I had done…"

… What had she done? I guess she did do something, but my mind is hazy, so it's hard to remember. But then, Miku leaves her words hanging just like that, like she has no intention on continuing it. Before I know it, we are engulfed in this awkward silence already.

"O… kay then," the pink-haired teacher says after being silent for a moment—not to mention she sounds awkward, too. "I guess I have to take the sphygmomanometer now. Hatsune-chan, keep your eyes on Kagamine-chan, okay?"

Miku nods. "Okay, Megurine-sensei."

"So then, see you soon." Still smiling, she waves her hand before fading from my sight. That's it? She decided to run away at the worst timing!

After that, we are in silence for a moment, before Miku speaks, "Really, Rin-chan. I'm really sorry—I didn't mean to, I lost control of myself. I wouldn't do that if knowing that you will faint!" she apologizes again.

"What did you do wrong—or rather, what had actually happened?" I ask her.

She immediately freezes after that. I can see her gulping before answering. "The… knife? Eh, you don't remember?"

"Hmm…" The knife, huh? I think I know something about the knife. Just before I fainted, yeah, she put a knife near my neck in an 'I will kill you' fashion while saying something like, "Do you think I am Mirai?" if I'm not mistaken. But it would mean that it wasn't a dream…

"Aaah, you!" Springing up from the bed, I accuse a finger to her. "Y-you, you are really her, right?!"

I can feel my heartbeat quickening. I mean, if that Mirai is really her; even though I'm not that close to her… Oh my God, this is seriously too unexpected!

A flash of negative emotion showed up on her face for a moment, before she answers me. "The fact is that… yeah, I am Mirai," she says quietly. "If you do notice, my name is written as Mirai* too. It's not that obvious enough, isn't it…" She ends up with a sheepish laugh.

She's actually looking nervous for real. Does the Mirai problem matter that lot to her?

"Actually I'm really not used with people knowing this; so sorry if I did an unexpected thing to you. Really, I didn't mean it!" She holds her hands up in an apologizing manner. Makes sense; I don't think she would hold up her knife just like that. Why knife, though?

"If that's the case, eh, it's not a problem. Don't worry, Miku-chan. I guess I'm just not expecting that," I say in return.

"Haha, is that so?" she says.

"I guess so." I smile at her.

Now, after knowing that Mirai is actually Miku, I have to calm myself down. I mean, so what if she's Mirai? Aside from the 'that famous net singer is actually my friend', there's no matter… besides that she's the net singer who is usually working with EV System, and supposedly she's the only one who knows EV System's real identity, as what she had stated. But well, it's more than that, isn't it? They were even dating before…

Dating? Wait. It can't be true that…

"What is it, Rin-chan?" Miku asks me after probably noticing my surprised face or hearing my heartbeat—I don't know, it sounds so loud for me!

I take a deep breath before continuing. Okay, here it go, Rin. Ask it to her.

"Then, EV System is… Len?"

*Miku's name is written as 未来, which also can be read as 'mirai'

~~Disclaimer: Hiyama Kiyoteru belongs to AH Software and Megurine Luka belongs to Crypton Future Media. Wait, I didn't plan on making her appearance in this story...

A lot of people had guessed that Mirai is Miku, and it's true. Your guess is right. ("Ha, I knew that!") And what's left is EV System's identity. Yep, it's me being a jerk for leaving a cliffhanger just before I go on a hiatus. Now you know the question; it's not 'guess his identity' anymore, I've reduced it to "EV System is Len, or not?" because 'EV System is Len' is something people had guessed even from the first chapter.

As for the help I need... You can see I'm trying to mention the drama as vague as possible because I don't know what they will perform. Ideas, everyone! Help me with this! Don't worry, there are still 5 months before I update this story. It has to feature Len as the main character and Miku sings. Maybe you can alter story song series or something... *is desperate*

Review replies as usual.

Letter Of Regret: No, I should be the one who thank you for the idea! And as fluffy as it would be, Rin was 'emotionally drained' (actually both of them were) so there, skipped. Don't worry, fluffy things are awaiting!

B.L: Updated!

Dummy Perception: Yeah, the Evillious Chronicles is one big series and I just lost track because of its complexity haha! The only one I can understand (and bother to read) is just the Daughter of Evil... Perhaps you were doing a lot of works; I was doing a lot of works too. And yep, she did. It's because she was emotionally tired from the circus (or the author is just lazy).

Pandagger: Not stopping; I hope you're okay with 'pausing', though~

Wonders of Chocolates: Whoa, long review! I actually supported LenxLen too, I made a fic based on that Bringing the Rain song years ago (I bet it's bad), the module pairings are what I wasn't aware of. Don't worry about the confession, believe me, it's not that embarrassing. And about the revelation of EV System, not yet. Now to answer your question about making stories; of course it's not 'writing whatever I have in my head', but I plan about how it starts (prologue), what is the climax, and how it ends (epilogue). Basically just that, and what goes between those parts is something that comes up in my mind. This story attached you? I'm happy hearing that! Thank you so much! And thank you again! *doesn't know what else to say*

kimikokatsumi: I'm happy hearing that you like my stories, thank you! Yeah, Mirai is Miku but EV System... you'll need to wait. Don't worry, I would never forget about you and the other readers (and because of that somehow I hate it when people discontinue their story). Thank you for the support!

w: No worries! And thank you!

Potatoes And Len Otaku: ... And guess who's planning on going to a hiatus. Hoo, dA is something I use often, but you forgot about this? It's okay, you came back anyway! Your reactions are amusing, by the way~

Special thanks for the reviews, reviewers! And thank you so much for everyone who reads this. See you later, and wish me luck!