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Iroha Tamaki's Story: Episode 1

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Part 1

Hello, Mitama!
Well, if it isn't Iroha! Welcome.
Here, some Grief Seeds... This is all I have, so...
Could I ask you to Enhance me however much these are worth?
I'd be delighted to.
Shall we go to the coordination room?
Yes.
Now please take off your clothes...
N-no way, I'm not falling for that joke a second time...!
Oh, my! Well, it was worth a try.
Ugh...
*Giggle* Sorry, sorry. All right, back to the issue at hand...
Shall I begin?
Yes...!
(I don't think I'll ever get used to this feeling...)
(Like an ache deep inside me...)
(And all these glimpses of memories inside my head...)
N...nghah...!
Hamburg steak with a demi-glace sauce.
Huh?
With melted cheese on top?
Err...
A hamburg steak with rice gratin... Served piping hot♪
Hamb—
Um... Wait a second...!

My, my.
Did you see something unusual?

I mean...not exactly unusual...it's just...
Food like... hamburg steak... Gratin...
Oh!
Huh?
Well, well.
Iroha. So you're here!
Momoko!
Ahhhh, oh dear... You shouldn't just come into the coordination room like that.
You're always havin' me stand guard for this place...
I'm pretty much an employee, no?
Well, if you're so eager to be an employee, maybe I should be giving you more work.
In your dreams.
So? How'd it go? You feeling stronger?
Umm... I'm not sure...
We aren't quite finished here yet. There was an issue with the coordination.
Issue...?
Oh, I gotcha. So... No lunch yet, huh?
Correct!
Wh...? Huh? Sorry, come again...?!
Ha ha, calm down! It's not like it's a disaster or anythin'!
She just loses her focus when her stomach starts growlin'.
So... That's why there was that hamburg steak with rice gratin...?
*Giggle* Precisely.
Today is a fine day to eat a nice big Hamburg steak with some gratin.
Sheesh... Well, there's no sales to be made on an empty stomach, that's for sure.
Your timin' is great, though. I haven't had lunch yet, either.
Why don't we take a lunch break now?
*Giggle* Sounds good. Have you eaten yet, Iroha?
Huh? Oh, umm... No...!
Would you like to?
Huh? Uh... Um...?

Part 2

Come in, come in!
Now, what should we make today...
...?! Wha...?!
There's...a kitchen in here?
*Giggle* It's surprisingly spacious here. We've got everything we need.
Even Momoko's cosplay outfits are tucked away here somewhere...
Cos— Whaaaaaat?!
No such thing.
Honestly! And you, Iroha... Don't go believin' her!
Mngh...! S-sorry...!
Anyway, as usual nothin' in this refrigerator looks appetizin' at all...
Ah, more insults.
Whatever! I'm just tellin' the truth! So what should I cook up?
A steaming, piping hot hamburg steak with rice gratin.
*Giggle* You did say you wanted to eat that.
Yes, I did.♪
Hamburg steak with rice gratin? That's kinda complex...
You're askin' me to make somethin' you definitely can't cook.
Well, well. So you think I can't cook?
Mi-Mitama!!!
Please stop!! Please put the knife down!!
Oooh, Iroha! I think this is the first time I've seen you get so serious!
Yeah, and it's because of you...
...*Wheeze*...*Wheeze*...
Do you see what I mean now?
She is... Literally the worst cook in the universe.
Hmph...
I...I honestly did...feel like I lost a few years of my life...
*Laugh*
But you're used to cooking, aren't you Momoko?
Ah... Sure, a bit. I mean I'm the chef at my house, so.
You're amazing! I'm really impressed.
How 'bout you, Iroha? Do you cook a lot?
Yes.
I started practicing... So I could cook for my little sister...
Ui?
Yes.
She was so frail... There weren't a lot of things she could eat.
So I always wanted to feed her food that she really liked...
I'd figure out what seasonings taste best and prepare lots of different dishes.
You're such a good sister...
I agree.
All this talk about hamburg steak brings me back...
So, do you have some fond memories about hamburg steak, then?
Oh yes, I have lots of memories about it. Even the slightly bitter ones are good...

Part 3

And with that, we have just one more test to carry out.

That's great, Ui...!
Yeah!
Excuse me...!
Hm?
Um... I was wondering...
Can Ui eat other things besides hospital food while she's here?
Do you want to bring her something to eat?
Uh, I mean... Y-yes...
Like... Could I cook something at home for her?
That's perfectly fine.
Just make sure it's not too salty or oily.
...! Thank you...!
Sis, are you gonna make something for me to eat?
Yes...!
Next time I come to the hospital, I'll bring some of my cooking with me!
You mean it?! Yaaaaaay!
In that case...! Hmm...
I want hamburg steak!
Well then... How about tofu hamburg steak?
I'd love that!
Okay...! Now I just have to grill it...
...Careful... Did I rush it...?
There's still a long time until we have to leave...
And I have all these eggs left over.
Wait, I know! I can bake her a cake, too!
Hmm... It's not rising properly...
Did I use the right amount of baking powder?
Iroha?
Yeees? Mom...
...! Oh, no...! How did this happen...?!
Iroha? Are you all right?
...Mom...
I was so focused on baking the cake... The hamburg steak—
...It burned, didn't it?
...Yes...

Part 4

Hi, Sis!
Ui... Sorry to make you wait...
How are you feeling?
I'm great! Super good!
Iroha said she'd make a hamburg steak and bring it over, so...!
My tummy just can't wait!
Ah... Er...
A-actually...! Today... We canceled the hamburg steak!
Huh?
I brought something else instead! A cake! Look, I baked you a cake!
No...hamburg steak...?
Er...
Don't worry. There's hamburg steak as well.
Wha...?!
There is?! Yaaaaaay!
Look!
Mom! Why did you bring it...?!
I said it wasn't worth taking with us...!
Well, it seemed silly not to after you worked so hard on it.
It's only a little burnt. I think it's fine.
It's not fine...!
Why are you so upset?
Because...!
Yum yum!
...! No! Ui! Wait!!
Homf...!
Ui...!
*Giggle* It's yummy!
What...?
It's just the top. The top of it is a teeny tiny bit burnt, that's all!
It's really, really good! Thanks for making it for me, Sis!
Ui...
See, what did I tell you? Cheer up already.
Yeah...
...She sounds like such a sweet kid.
She really, really is... Ui had...this special power.
She could just turn our whole family's frowns into smiles, in the blink of an eye.
Ui...
Ui is such an important part of my family…
Yeah... She is…
*Sob* *Sniff*...! What a touching story...!
M-Mitama! It's all right...!
Don't worry about her. She's only cryin' fake tears.
Y-you shouldn't say that...!
My! Looks like our lunch is done, guys!
Huh?! E-egh...?!
See!
H-hey...!
*Giggle* What's wrong?
Ugh... It's nothing...!
Welp! It's done, so, go on? Gratin and hamburg steak.
Replenish yourself with this dish full of all those memories...
Then do your best to keep searchin' for Ui, okay?
...! I will!
I have to. Ui was always the one who would make everyone smile, after all.

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