"Oh no~ Summer vacation starting tomorrow has been on my mind so much that I completely forgot to wear panties today... Ah, excuse me Souji-sama but I seem to have accidentally dropped my eraser under the table!"
"Knock it off you peeerrveeeeeeeeeeeeeeert!"
Aika's howl roared through the twintail clubroom one last time for the term. If it weren't for the room's soundproofing I'm sure it could serve in place of the last chime of the school day given that this usually happens everyday at about this time.
Aika's heel drop bursts into the long table and splits it in two.
Jumping back by a hair's breadth, Twoearle gives Aika some words of reproach.
"What an indecent person you are Aika-san! You may just be imitating me but I bet you were scheming on using your heel drops to mask away you flashing off your panties! You were a step too slow though! Today I'm dead set on showing off the Miracle Twoearle-san beyond the panties!!"
Putting that aside for now, why do the fixtures in this room have such a short replacement cycle?
Pressing down on her skirt with one hand, Aika shoots her rebuttal back at Twoearle.
"I'm not showing off my panties! You were just looking at them on your own!!"
Twoearle grins knowingly at the words of the rapidly agitated figure and skillfully weaves Aika in.
"I have no stake in seeing panties belonging to any woman who has grown out their secondary sexual characteristics! They simply cannot please me! The part of you that's developed those characteristics is that you down there!"
"Don't talk about do-down there!"
I get embarrassed just watching this so I face away from them. Since they're both girls, these two really don't seem to hold back on anything when they talk to each other...
Without sparing a look their way, the talk comes to halting stop as the usual development unfolds.
"I'll just have make it so that it's fine even if you do forget your panties! I'm gonna cover every last part of you up!!"
Not letting the broken V-shaped long desk go to waste, Twoearle becomes a hamburger pressed in between the wooden buns. She unreservedly lets out a pitiful cry of sorrow that only ingredients sandwiched between a pair of buns are capable of.
I was out of it during the closing ceremony reminiscing over this past term, but when I think about what happens in this twintail club clubroom, I'd say 12 minutes is about enough time to relive all those sounds of property damage. An audio drama of Aika's roars and Twoearle's screams.
"Oh, so you're going at it again then?"
Showing up like how a regular would walk through the entrance of their bar, Sakuragawa-sensei shows herself in.
Yeah. Just the same old roughhousing as usual.
"Wait a moment, please!"
She must be tired from all her student council work but Erina follows in right after, not showing even a single trace of fatigue on her. She doesn't bat an eye at the smashed up desk either. Such sights seem to have become completely part of our twintail club activities to her.
We all reposition our chairs over at the remaining desk and take our seats. Like a closing ceremony rite in itself, Erina promptly asks me about our plan for the summer.
"I have an engagement with the student council arranged during the summer break but does the Twintail Club have anything planned?"
"Plans huh? Our main activities basically depend on what Ultimaguil get up to... Okay then, how about we come up with that stuff while we're here?"
As the club president on paper, deciding club activities for long school breaks would be an important duty of mine.
"Please take this more seriously! This is an important matter!"
Erina's drive overtakes me. She's really pumped up about this.
And just like that, the twintail club's going to be having meetups on Saturday afternoons even during the break. That said, those meetups still depend on what we've got planned on our own individual agendas. Alright then, what else should we get done?
"Those Ultimaguil bastards haven't been showing their faces lately. You guys think we finally got them all?"
Aika who aims to massacre every last elemarian asks ever so casually.
"I don't think so. We do have a feel for their patterns now. Whenever those guys get quiet it's usually because they're taking a short break till the next batch of reinforcements arrive."
After all, I'm still seeing the seemingly innocent Iisuna Anko continuing on with her idol activities so them giving up and calling a retreat is off the table.
...but now that I think about it though, I haven't seen her on any live broadcasts these past two days.
"Regardless of whether they're awaiting reinforcements or not, it is rather odd how quiet they're being. I believe that Arachne Guildy we defeated last mentioned that he was an adjutant. Therefore..."
Aika nods in agreement at Twoearle's misgivings.
"At the very least, we still got their commander to deal with. The one in charge of that bug army."
Erina chimes in agreement with them.
"The adjutant was already so formidable... Their general will likely make for a grand battle."
I really don't want to think about there being an even stronger opponent than him... If we keep talking about stuff like this we're just going to lose our spirits. It might seem a bit forced but I decide we could use a change of subjects.
"Well I say the less they show up, the better it is for us. How about we come up with a whole bunch of battle strategies over the summer? What do you say to gathering here every few days?"
"I would not mind at all if we were to gather together every day!"
Erina spiritedly raises her hand up in the air in approval and adds on to the suggestion.
"If it's possible... we could arrange for events like training camps for special training as well. Will that be alright?"
While I'm letting myself get taken by surprise, Sakuragawa-sensei pushes along a whiteboard within easy viewing distance of everyone here. And like the way one would for a cultural festival, she begins noting that suggestion down on it.
"But the thing is that we're technically a cultural club aren't we? Since we're not an athletics club I don't think we'll even be allowed to have training camps..."
Aika doesn't seem to care for the idea so Twoearle puts forth an odd argument for it.
"Just listen to yourself Aika-san. Training camps are events that that just don't come by to cultural clubs even if they want it. The lonely bodyguard isn't going to keep a sharp watch even if it's a school hosted event. It really wouldn't be that hard to go out to a hotel and bring along company there, right?"
Aika reintroduces Twoearle to the table we had been using just earlier with some hands-on assistance.
"I would like to have special training with Mitsuka-kun again!!"
"Err, sure. We can do that."
Without thinking it through, I falter at Erina's pressing on. I wonder if this is going to end up with her stripping down and making craters out of her surroundings again.
"A training camp to get stronger... We really do might need one of those."
"Why is that?"
Finishing up with making Twoearle like the Gnu getting swallowed up whole in the jaws of the raging alligator that was the table, Aika questions my suggestion.
"I just figured that we could use some training, physically and mentally. I'm sure there are plenty of areas that come to mind for you all, right? I mean just recently..."
I lost sight of everything around me in a twintail induced trance, Aika and Twoearle are demonstrating theirs as we speak and Erina's been giving me dangerous looks when we come across dog owners walking their pets on our way to school plus a whole bunch of other stuff like that.
"Hmmm, quite right. The young mistress is a sweet thing but her symptoms do get worse around you three. How do you all feel about taking a trip to a shrine or a temple?"
Sakuragawa-sensei carries on smiling as if she were an outsider to all this. I vehemently protested the stance she takes.
"Hold it a second, Sakuragawa-sensei! Just today you were passing out marriage forms instead of our report cards! You even gave them to the girls!!"
And just like before, our homeroom teacher Tarui-sensei didn't bother to get himself involved in the least. I can't say I've seen that man do anything befitting his post this entire term.
"Wait, don't get me wrong! The forms weren't for the girls themselves. I wanted them to pass the papers to their older and younger brothers and the like in their families."
If they handed them those forms with our deputy homeroom teacher's name on them, they'd be telling their brothers to commit themselves to a lover's suicide.
Twoearle poses with her hands in the air to gesture her disbelief.
"So you aren't targeting their fathers? You're taking things far too easy then. It's no wonder why Mikoto-san's still single even now."
"Hmph... You might be right about that. Even so, I simply cannot drag a happy family down just to pursue my own bliss."
That does sound like a proper principle to be upholding Sakuragawa-sensei but if you've got your sights on our classmates' even younger brothers then it really doesn't...
I feel a sudden sharp rush reverberating through me. My twintail senses are tingling!
"! Somebody's.... A twintail is coming this way! Everybody!"
"Alright everyone! Perimeter check!"
On Aika's command, everyone makes certain of what's around them. It's important we take care not to let any mysterious devices out in the open when we receive guests. It may be strictly limited to twintails but I can boast that it has a 100% guaranteed sucess rate so everyone knows that they can trust it.
Knocking comes at the door and it opens to reveal...
Yougetsu Academy's chairwoman, Shindou Emu-san. Erina's mother.
And as always, she carries herself magnificently. Just no other way to describe it. Normally when one with twintails enters a room, it's a given that they have to be careful not to let their twintails get caught when the door closes and press down on them with their hands.
The chairwoman's twintails however, swayed forwards with her keeping their center of gravity in check as she stepped onwards securing them well within her elegance, all without needing any conscious effort on her part. One would normally have to keep one foot planted firmly on the ground to achieve that and that is a feat far more difficult than it looks. With her long twintails, it was truly a technique that allowed her to literally "walk" together with them.
"Mother!? Why have you come here!?"
It may have been because she was surprised at this inconceivable visitor but Erina who sat next to me rested her hand atop my my shoulder. Seeing that, the chairwoman presses her over her mouth in a seemingly pleased manner.
"Ufufu, I do apologize. I simply had to see Erina and my dear son-in-law get along carrying out their club activities together at least once."
Twoearle stands up looks and waves out her hand to make her declaration.
"Then that is a pity! As you can see before you, this is a space where the boy-girl ratio is one to four!!"
"Then my coming here makes that one to five, does it not?"
The chairwoman catches her intent with those words but something in them seems to have shaken Twoearle.
She moves the chair that Sakuragawa-sensei prepared for her all to right beside mine and seats herself next to me. I feel a tinge of guilt for making a traditionally dressed beauty like her sit on a pipe chair.
She then directs her gaze towards me and starts looking over me as if to study what she sees.
I wonder if I really should be responding to her calling me that but at this point in time it doesn't seem to be something I get to have a say in.
"It seems that you have shed away your old skin. Your countenance looks much manlier now."
Having the chairwoman praise me gives my confidence a boost. However, she managed to perceive just that much. It makes me worry about how much she bought of the excuse Erina gave her for "my" time off during the Solar incident.
"And it appears that you were even able to detect my coming approach to this room as well."
Sure enough, our unhurried preparation for her didn't go unnoticed either.
"If that is the case then... You are capable of sensing twintails aren't you, Son-in-law? You are showing yourself to be quite the promising young man to achieve such a feat at your age."
"I don't think age has anything to do with it in my case though... Still, hearing you say that makes me happy."
"In the pursuit of true twintail love, making use of the five senses to sense them is but the base of the mountain you must climb. As you are now Son-in-law, you appear to be halfway to the peak. I do hope you will continue to strive to reach it."
I engrave the words of this great pioneer into my heart. Halfway up mount twintail huh... I still have a long climb ahead of me.
"There's going to be a whole of problems if that doesn't pass for the top...!!"
Even Aika wouldn't be able to carelessly run her mouth in front of the chairwoman so she she just mumbled her hushed retort.
The chairwoman now has her eyes on the whiteboard with all our ideas on it.
"Oh? The twintail club will be having a summer training camp then?"
Like a ferry making its way, Erina comes up to the one of the gateways and seeks out permission to cross it.
"That is correct mother. And thus, I would like to ask for your permission to... spend some nights away from home so..."
Without an immediate answer, she redirects her gaze. Aika, Twoearle, Erina and even Sakuragawa-sensei - she passes a sharp and probing look over each and every one of them.
"Mikoto, Son-in-law's ears if you would."
"Huh? ...very well, mistress."
Considering what action she was being asked of from that code-like omission, Sakuragawa gets up and goes to stand behind me.
Going from head to toe, I feel a strong but soft ticklish sensation run through me like the blood coursing through my vein.
Sakuragawa-sensei had plugged up my ears with her fingers.
"Y-you're tickling me sensei!"
"Hold still you!"
She then restrains me by clamping down her body on mine. I stiffen up at this. She's using her whole body to restrain a man's arm strength and I feel a soft sensation lock themselves onto my back. Not leaving the slightest gap open Sakuragawa-sensei uses her fingers to plug up my earholes, her short kept nails probably in keeping with the fashion of her occupation. I can keenly feel the silence slowly seep through my entire body.
"If we keep staying quiet these two hags are going to keep having their way with Souji-sama! Don't you think this is all completely unbefitting of your bodies and ages!?"
Twoearle says something in resistance against the chairwoman but I can't hear a single word of it.
"Ohohoho, I'm pleased to see such vigor! Erina will not be able to make strides without an excellent rival to push her along. I welcome your attempts wholeheartedly!"
The chairwoman gives an elegant smile to Twoearle's resentful teeth gnashing.
"Erina, these nights away from home... are you asking for permission to spend them together with Son-in-law?"
"That is not what I meant at all!"
"Inadequate! If that is not what you meant then make it mean that!"
Erina and the chairwoman seem to be exchanging words now. It seems completely sudden from here but Erina's face goes completely red at something. I guess she must be fighting for permission to stay over outside home...
Twoearle cuts in between Erina and the chairwoman.
"I am in total agreement with her! When you talk about spending nights away from home it's obviously going to be about that sort of thing! While you're wasting time twiddling around and sucking your thumbs I'll do my sucking on another appendage..."
I can't hear what they're saying but Aika's restraining Twoearle now. In my present state it looks like a silent comedy is unfolding before me.
"Erina. During this sleepover make certain that you do make headway on your relationship with Son-in-law. So long as you do so, I will allow you any number of days away from home."
Everyone's making a big deal over something that was just said. I can't help but be curious at what is was.
"Mo-mother! Why would you say that in front of everyone!?"
"I believe I told you the same for that previous trip to the sea didn't I? I said so because it appears that you didn't live up to my expectations then so I thought that declaring it in front of everyone would light the fire under your bottom. This too is a form of a mother's love."
At the chairwoman's signal of assent, the plugged up sensation disappears from my ears and Sakuragawa-sensei separates from me.
"I do apologize for that Son-in-law. We needed to have a short talk about womanly matters that would be unbecoming of a gentleman to listen in on."
"I see. So it was about that kind of stuff. Please don't worry about it."
I'd have trouble reacting to it like earlier with the girls' talk they were having with absolutely no consideration for the boy in the room with them hearing it. I'm actually grateful for it. I could have just left the room for a while if she had just told me so from the start though.
Erina puts on a stiff smile as she avoids looking me in the eye.
"I have been given per-permission Mitsuka-kun... We can have the training camp."
"I see. Alrighty then, now we just have to decide when and where to hold it."
I look to Sakuragawa-sensei as well for confirmation. She was speaking with the chairwoman whose cheeks and ears had gone red for some reason.
"Will this be really alright Mistress? The Master's reaction to this would be..."
"It will be fine Mikoto. I shall simply have to punis... persuade him."
I think I heard a mention of what might have been an inappropriate word but I really shouldn't be prying into the affairs of another household.
Aika isn't able to take her assaulting attitude here with the chairwoman even in front of just the usual members. She's just sitting there sulking begrudgingly with her arms crossed. The chairwoman leaves that same Aika some kind words as she departs.
"Tsube Aika-san. I think it would be good for you to follow Twoearle-san's example and not be so reserved around me, don't you agree? You have such beautiful twintails after all. By all means, please do polish yourself further together with Erina."
As soon as she's made sure the chairwoman had already done, Aika takes in a deep breath as if she had just reached the surface from a deep dive and plops herself onto the table.
"She really knows how to keep things tense that one..."
"I am so sorry about that. I was under the impression that she rarely goes out to visit the clubrooms so I..."
Embarrassed at her slip-up, Aika vehemently denies the need for an apology from the guilt stricken Erina.
I watch Aika's twintails swing in tandem with her motions and I myself unconsciously mutter out a slip as well.
"...she's right. Aika's twintails really are beautiful."
It's only natural for the chairwoman to give her approval. I don't just admire them either, they're also a goal for me.
Something sets off a panic in Aika and she and the pipe chair she sat on take a tumble backwards.
"Wh-wha-what do you think you're saying!? You're embarrassing me!!"
"Sorry... It's just that I was thinking that the chairwoman was exactly right about them..."
Sure, it may be somewhat conceited of me to say so but I could only come out and say such things because of how much I learned about twintails through a girl's perspective from my time as Solar. I feel like I can appreciate the wonders of other peoples' twintails more than ever before now. Pulling myself together, I make an attempt to steer us back to what we were talking about before the chairwoman came by. However...
"Okay, back to the suggestions for the training camp..."
"Excuse me but I will be taking my leave for today... We will continue tomorrow."
Her seemingly brooding shoulders drooping down, Erina walks out of the room with Sakuragawa-sensei in tow.
Aika was being strangely fidgety too and Twoearle was muttering something under her breath with hollow eyes as she typed furiously away at her computer.
It was the last day of school but the atmosphere doesn't feel the least bit club-like at all...
Erina and Sakuragawa-sensei, carrying a large trunk in hand, arrive at my house for our meet-up.
Looking at Twoearle and Aika, the both of them have bags of moderate size. Upon further observing Twoearle cheking off the luggage inside though it seems that the same strange phenomenon found in her labcoat pockets applies to the bag as well as she is clearly packing far more than the bag's apparent capacity.
"Battle underwear one check! Battle underwear two... Ace in the hole battle underwear nine along with, it goes without saying, the ultimate battle total naked wear! I am of course speaking about me, myself and I!!"
"Stop showing off your sleepwear out in the opeeeeeeeen!!"
Aika sends Twoearle up to the ceiling with a kick. She comes back down and lands right on top of Sakuragawa-sensei's trunk on her side. Following up that energy, she rides along on top of it and wheels it across the path. Aika chases after as if it were instinctual.
It's just amazing really. They've gotten so used to these comedic routines of theirs that they even manage to fit these little skits in between.
"Tsube-san, since you can perform such incredible kicks I think that we should work out a finishing kick move for you!!"
Erina proposes thus, her eyes filled with sparkles from watching Aika's kick. Even though Erina finally asks something of her, a disinterested Aika gently lets her down and refuses.
"Sorry but my kicks are reserved exclusively for Twoearle."
"But I'm not super pleased at all to have a monopoly on them though!?"
The five of us enter the underground base's console room and find mom sitting on the throne styled chair at its center.
"Yahho~ You all sure took your time."
"Huh!? Why are you here mom!?"
"You're going to another world aren't you? I'll be tagging along with you."
We only just started talking about it a few hours ago after getting that new information but she's grasped hold of it like it's business as usual for her... I told her we'd be going off for our training camp earlier but I'm sure I never mentioned where we'd be going!
"Give me a break and spare me the fate of having my mother accompany us along our club's training camp! I'm begging you here!!"
Furthermore, she's not wearing her usual villainess outfit but proper and fitting suit like that a battleship admiral's. She can't have made it in so little time so that must mean she's been waiting for a chance like this for a while now.
Mom and Twoearle are close enough to have their two way comms so it's only a given that she'd get a hold of information quickly.
"Now now, I think it's fine Souji-sama if she comes. Don't you think so too? One more person onboard isn't going to cause any problems whatsoever."
"Loading capacity isn't the issue I'm having with this you know!?"
"Now now, it's okay Sou-chan. I do want to try going to another world but once we get there I won't be disembarking. I'll just become one with the background. After all, I'm not going to make myself out to be a bother while you youngsters are take a co-ed trip together."
Just leave it to me, so Twoearle says as she puffs out her chest. It's not a trip though, it's a training camp."
"But mom, what about the store? Did you put out a notice saying that the place will be on break for a while?"
The house might be locked but the cafe door might just be waiting for anyone to come right in.
"I'm telling you it's fine. I said to them "If I'm ever away from the store for more than twenty four hours then it means I've thrown myself into a "vortex" so I'm counting on you all to hold down the fort for me". And by them, I mean our regulars."
"So we're not just self-service but we're halfway to being a co-op now!?"
Just a while ago, even Renka-san was at a loss at the nature of our customers.
"At this point our shop's way past being just an exclusive spot that turns away new faces ..."
"But the customers that our regulars "invite" over do like the place enough to keep on coming too you know."
Mom says so as if it had nothing to do with her. It worries me that our very unique clientele aren't just hanging out and chatting away in the store but are also drenching perfectly ordinary people in their miasma and dragging them into their little club...
We continue following Twoearle from behind out the console room as she guides us to a block in the middle of the base that we've never ever been inside of.
"Beginning from here, this is all factory space."
This goes for the base as well, but just why did you build a factory deep underground beneath a run of the mill house...
The interior is dark so we can't see anything of it. Looking at the areas with no electricity running through them I can't help but wonder if they're that way for a surprise showing.
As we come upon the entrance, we find an operations terminal lit up by a single lightbulb in one corner of the wall.
"Let us begin with showing you all what it is that is being built in this place."
Twoearle does something with a remote control and the wall opens up to reveal a monitor about half the size of the one back in the console room.
"Just a little while after I had completed Tail Yellow's brace, I began working on making it bit by bit in my spare time. I do not think it to be very likely but just in case I am preparing a countermeasure against a colossal-sized elemarian should one ever appear."
The left half of the monitor is split further into three parts where three vehicles, one in each part, were up on display. The first was a jumbo jet... No, it had two large main wings with a nother pair of wings perpendicular to them extending out from the base. Is it a combat jet? It had a vivid red coloring scheme to it going from to the body all the way to the canopy.
The next one looks like a tank with a full on yellow body colour that was clearly too yellow for desert camo. It hosted a pair of large shining siller drills in front and was clad in guns and cannos of various sizes.
The last one is... just what is it? It's form reminded me of two refrigerators standing side by side. Is it a bus? A train? It was coated in deep blue colours though...
"These are the Twintails' support mecha. SkyTwoearle, LandTwoearle and AquaTwoearle. They can be operated by supplying themm with elemera through the Tail Brace."
"Oh my! Ohmyohmyohmyoh! It's a robo isn't it!? Do they combine!? They combine don't they!?"
"Of course they combine~"
Erina just eats up what's on the monitor like a kid would with sparkles in her eyes. Seeing Erina like this makes me happy too.
"You really do like it when they come together don't you, Erina?"
"Yes! Coming together is just the best!!"
Looking at Erina's high spirits, Mom and Twoearle trade winks and wordless nod to each other.
...they must have got something on their recorder again. Just what do they use every time they do?
Aika jabs a finger at the monitor completely disatisfied with what she sees.
"Hang on a sec Twoearle! This Aquatwoearle... the colour means that it's Tail Blue's machine isn't it? What the heck is up with this design!? It looks like a youkan jelly cake! Why is this the only one that looks so half-assed!?"
"It's a submarine. A submarine. We needed an aquatic based countermeasure as well so it taking this shape was simply unavoidable."
Twoearle dodges her inquiry and answers her so halfheartedly that you would think she'd follow it up with some nose picking.
As far as this world's common sense goes, submarines and deep sea vessels are mostly made streamlined and rounded out to withstand high water pressure... Maybe things work differenly in other worlds?
"And the real reason would be?"
"It's just there to form the legs. That's all it's good for since it's the aquatic machine. It'll see the fewest opporunities where it can be used so it's only real purpose is to combine with the others. Furthermore, since Aika-san would be the one piloting it and it would only come out when needed it just made it feel like a complete chore to work on."
Knowing fully well how Twoearle can be, Aika drags out Twoearle's true motive.
"How about I shape those legs of yours into that same pretty shape they're in for you?"
"My thighs that I planned on locking and rubbing things in between with are beeiiiiinnnnggg!!"
Me, Mom and Erina keep looking at the monitor while we wait for Aika and Twoearle to finish playing around. Sakuragawa is the only one who shows no outward intrest in them. Well, I suppose that's the normal reaction to them.
"Now then, it's time for me to show you all that."
Harassing and being harassed, Twoearle turns on all the lights in the workshop.
Since our eyes were used to what little light the monitor was giving off in this dimly lit room, having it suddenly become bright blinds us for an instant. But once the awfully blinding light fades away we come to understand what she meant as we look on the thing reflecting back all the lights focused on it back at us.
What was before us was a giant version of Twoearle's face.
"It's a giant robooooooooo!!"
Erina breaks into a run and clings onto the the safety rails surrouding the robo. It seems that we've been standing in the topmost section of the factory all this time. The giant robot stood there right in the middle of the cavity running through several floors of this tower factory.
I'm a guy so I should probably be just as excited as Erina is at seeing a giant robot in front of me stored in the base.
However, the reason everyone standing on Aika's side happens to be "speechless" is because of what that giant robot's head looks like.
It had perfectly plain and simple circles for eyes that resembled the ones you'd see in an ascii art mascot character. And if you focused in on the eyes you even see a cockpit on the inside of those circles.
I too approach the safety rails like Erina did. I can't see the feet since it's so far down but every thing from the neck down seems to be what you'd expect to be your average robot. I really can't picture just how the combination sequence for those machines earlier would go to form this but seeing this for a head spoils things for my inner child and pulls me back to reality. It's even all white and silver now. Where did the pre-combination colours go exactly?
"This is the robot that the three Tail Machines form together, Dual Tail Combiner Twoearle-Oh!!"
Showing the exact same triangle shaped smile on her own face as the one on the robot, Twoearle introduces it completely beside herself with confidence.
Erina voices enough approval for all four of us here.
It might be because this is just right up her beloved genre, and ever the lover of acting nihilistic, mom's reaction reflects that love.
"Let us hurry on board and fight off the elemarians!!"
Erina's pumped as can be about riding it but Twoearle sheepishly stops her.
"I'm afraid to say that this is still completely a work in progress."
"Is it!? It looks complete to me however."
I feel bad for the disappointed Erina but that really saved me. IF things go wrong and we do get these things operational, I'm afraid that she'll ask to sortie out in these even for the life-sized enemies.
"I did want to want to make a twintailed robot but as I am now it seems that I am unable to make twintails whether it be on myself or anything else. We can't have it go out without its finishing touches after all."
Erina comes to terms with it after hearing that reason. After having lost her twintail affinity, it's become impossible for Twoearle to make twintails for herself. It seems the same goes for anyone or anything else whether it's using a mannequin's wig or the steel of a robot.
"Two-Twoearle! If there's anything I can do just tell me and I'll give you a hand with it!"
Aika didn't seem to be taking any interest in all this up till now but was now shakily offering her assistance after something got her attention.
"Fufu. In that case, if I ever complete it, I'd like to have you fight it in battle as its opponent during the test drive~"
"Wh-what!? You mean be its pilot don't you!?"
I can feel my mouth smile broadly on its own watching this charming friendship of theirs.
"Now then, let's move on to the next item!"
Twoearle works her remote control the system on the monitor begins shutting down.
I just happened have my eye on the monitor till the very end of it and caught some english letters appear right before the screen went dark.
Just before the usual phrases along the lines of "GOOD BYE", the letters "AASF" preceded it.
"AASF...? I know I saw AAS before in Twoearle's lab. It meant..."
...Anti Aika System.
The series of inventions that Twoearle cooked up to fight off Aika.
Anti Aika System Final.
Something cold runs down my spine.
No way. Could it be that the giant robot Twoearle-Oh wasn't made to fight off giant elemarians in case they ever appeared but actually...
Walking away with the truth all by my lonesome, I leave it with heavy steps and make my way around behind it past the railing.
"And so the Twoearle-Oh's support mecha... What would have been the so-called no.2 robo would be this."
It was yet another very large vehicle. It was big enough to barely fit inside Yougetsu Academy's gymnasium. The front was an angular trapezoidal shape... The whole thing looked a bit like a light van with huge main wings folded upwards.
"This is the miniature battleship that I used to travel worlds with. I call it the Startwoearle."
"Just why does every single one of these things have your name attached to it at the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddssssssss!!"
Aika must have been holding back on the retorts up till now because that shout was about 1.5 times longer than the ones she usually does.
We made quite a few stops on the way here but it seems like this battleship is what she wanted to introduce to us the most.
"I was intending on modifying this into the fourth support mecha. Unlike the others with their complex combining sequence, this one would have transformed into a giant robo all by itself and eventually combine with the Twoearle-Oh to form the Great Twoearle-Oh."
"That would be just so incredbily amaziiiiiiiinggg!!"
Erina hugs Twoearle tight at this. It's still just in the idea stage though...
"I-inconceivable! If I had known it was this easy to get my hands on Erina-san I would have told you all about this sooner...!"
A wickedness had started to take shape in Twoearle's eyes as she looked down on Erina but the peerless tag team between Aika and Sakuragawa-sensei saw to her ruthlessly executed removal.
It seems that the StarTwoearle also operated with the Tail Brace as a power source. The cockpit block and residential block being split must mean that Twoearle spent a long time travelling with it.
We carry our luggages and board the ship. Twoearle sat in the control seat with Mom standing right behind her. She thrust her arm into the air and shouts.
"Prepare for launch Twoearle-chan!"
"Roger that captain Miharu!!"
They're really getting into it... I'd be amazed by this if there weren't someone even more into it than them.
"Kyaaah! Kyaaaaaah!! There's huge bolts on the walls! There's a gangway as well! The view from the window makes it feel completely like we're about to launch!!"
Since Erina's as excited as a kid would be on their very first ride aboard a Shinkansen bullet train, I can't help but get excited from her excitement too.
The lift takes us down and the turn table makes a single rotation. The gate ahead of us recede back above and below while the sides expand and draws in towards the middle forming our catapult.
...this place is still underground isn't it?
"StarTwoearle, lift off!!"
Totally taking over the role of ship captain, the StarTwoearle begins its journey to another world at her command.
Name: Tsube Renka
Birthday: April 1st
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Aika's older sister, a university student. With her gentle familial demeanor and prominent figure, she can be considered the top existence that sweeps away all of Aika's defects and still gets along with her. She's been cheering Aika and Souji's relationship on since she was young. So as to not get in the way of that she takes considerations like not to meeting with Souji unless necessary even though they are next door neighbours. Aika tries her best to repay her admired sister's support but in truth she is actually...? She doesn't put her hair up in twintails but does seem to have some interest in doing so.