Vil Schoenheit/Personal Story/SR Labwear
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|How unusually kind of the science club advisor to let us borrow the lab and some chemical ingredients.
Have you been keeping out of trouble during your club activities for once, Rook?
|When I told him I wanted to help you make a special effects formula for your movie appreciation club shoot he agreed to it right away.
He did, however, ask me to submit a few things like a complete list of all the ingredients we’d be using, what methods, how long we intend to use the lab, and a safety measure plan in case of disaster.
|Sounds like he wasn’t very trusting after all! It must be because you’re always doing whatever you please, even during club time.
Well, seeing as you went through all that trouble for him to allow us some time here, let’s not waste any of it and get right to work.
Let’s see, the ingredient I want is... ah, this one right here.
If I mix one tablespoon with colored water...
|Oh! There’s the black smoke. Have you already got it, then?|
|It’s a little different from what I’d had in mind. Something darker... like a black that fades into the darkness of night.
Let’s try adjusting the amount a little. Maybe if I add one extra tablespoon...
|Fumu. It’s slightly darker than before, but what do you think?|
|Still not right. This time the color has too much of a bluish hue to it. Maybe it’s the amount of colored water...|
|I doubt the camera will pick up the difference, though?|
|Don’t suggest that I compromise on something I’m going to be showing in front of an audience. The smoke will take up a good portion of the screen.
If the color doesn’t bring out the costumes, actors’ faces, their hair, eyes, and everything else then it will have all been for nothing.
These kind of slight adjustments help ensure that doesn’t happen. ...How about this time.
Yes, this black will do.
Now that we’ve got the right smoke, our next shoot will be perfect.
|Oya, even though you’re not ready yourself?|
|When were you planning on starting your diet?
You’ve gained a little bit of weight over the past three days, Vil. Your jawline is slightly off.
|Wh- That can’t be right.
I’ve been taking complete care of myself and none of my 5 million followers on Magicame have commented about it.
Besides, I haven’t noticed anything off when I look at my own reflection in the mirror.
|Ah, but Roi du Poison, who do you trust more? Me or everyone else?
It’s just like I always tell you, I spend more time looking at you than you spend looking in the mirror at yourself.
No matter what, this I can guarantee.
|...Fine. I’ll keep what you’ve said in mind.|
|Oh my, I’m afraid this is where I must take my leave. It’s time for my important fieldwork.|
|Hey, wait a second! ...He really said his piece and then up and left, didn’t he.
At least I’ve got the smoke figured out, so for now I’ll just clean up here and then head back.
|As soon as I get back to the dorm I’ll have to weigh myself.|
|Oh? It’s rare seeing you around here, Vil. Did you need the lab for something?
I’ve heard Pomefiore’s basement has its own private one but...
|Oh, it’s you, Trey. Today was a special exception. What I needed was here in the school’s lab.
I didn’t have enough ingredient necessary to make some smoke, but Rook said he was sure the lab here had a bottle of it.
Does everyone in the science club keep a running tab on what ingredients it has?
|No, only Rook is that knowledgeable. I only keep track of the ones we use in our own experiments.
You know how he’s got a real knack for remembering strange stuff.
|He sure does... Especially when it comes to other people’s jawlines.|
|It’s nothing, just talking to myself.|
|Oh, that reminds me. You both like sweets, don’t you?
I’ve got some leftover cake here. Made a whole 18cm one but it was too much for Riddle’s afternoon tea so.
I’ve been trying to give the rest of it away.
|I was wondering why you were hanging around here lugging that thing around... Is the cake in that box, then?|
|Yeah. One of my finest ones yet. See how fresh the strawberries are? Looks great, doesn’t it?|
|It really does. I’m fine, though. Starting from right this very second I’m on a diet.
So if you see Rook you make sure he eats both of ours!
|It looks like something happened between you two... Or at least that’s the impression I’m getting here.
Hey, if you’ve got a moment, how about joining me over at Heartslabyul?
I’ve got some new herbal tea... I’ll treat you to some.
|Herbal tea, you say... Does it by chance have any lemongrass in it?|
|Yeah, come to think of it.|
|In that case I’d be delighted to take you up on the offer. Lemongrass is great for detoxing, which is just what I need right now...|
Translator’s note: Regarding Rook’s words, I would urge readers to keep in mind that here in Japan it’s not uncommon for close friends, acquaintances, or family to directly comment on someone’s weight, as off putting as that situation might come off in cultures where this doesn’t usually happen. Although Rook could have chosen a softer way to broach the topic, the wording he chose wasn’t malicious or mean-spirited, especially when you consider how Vil himself is pretty blunt when it comes to commenting on others’ appearances.
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