People have been complimenting my manners. I'm surprised... Kiyosumi-san must have taught me well.
How have you been holding up, Tsuzuki-san?
It's fascinating... I feel as if I'm part of the tea ceremony myself.
... Part of the tea ceremony?
Yes. As I drink tea and savor the moment here, I feel as if I'm playing an instrument in the grand, magnificent concerto of the tea ceremony.
Of course you'd say that... Oh, look, people from the news. You'd like to interview us?
A question for me, hm?
That's right. I haven't done a lot of composition lately. No, I don't particularly have plans for anything new, at least not in the foreseeable future.
Things are different now. My priority is devoting myself to Altessimo with Rei-san.
Tsuzuki-san. Do you mind if I ask you a question about earlier?
You said you haven't written any music recently, but you wrote a song for me to play not too long ago. Why not mention that?
If I even said so much as a word about a new song, they would have expected me to make a formal announcement about it.
I don't think that song is ready to be shown to the world like that. It was incomplete and it lacked soul.
... Soul, huh? That must have been my fault. I'm sorry.
No, no. It's not just your playing that I refer to. The song itself just needs some work, that's all. We can work on that together, poco a poco. But until that's done, we can just keep it between us, alright?
Yes! Certainly! I'm sorry I got distracted. Let's keep enjoying the tea!
By the by, Kuro-chan, I saw you talking to your grandfather the other day. Perhaps my concern is misplaced here, but is everything alright?
I appreciate the concern. I am fine. As usual, he knit his brow in disapproval at my actions, but he could not deny that everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. Still... I hope to one day earn his endorsement.
For that reason, I hope to participate in more similar endeavors.
Fufu, what a nice face you have on. I'm glad you were able to talk.
We're always happy to lend you a paw, Kuro-kun!
Y-yes...! Both of you... Please continue watching over me.