"Talk to Miki"
"Give Miki more time"
#if you choose 'Give Miki more time', the scene continues at label en_M32b here: http://pastebin.com/iGqVjHZK
hi "I guess I'll try talking to her, but I just don't really think it's going to work."
su "What are you talking about? I'm sure it will. You're her friend, aren't you?"
hi "Yes, but-"
su "That's all that matters. You owe it to her to try."
hi "Yes, but last time I did she yelled at me for it and before that she yelled at you for worrying over her training and the track meet."
su "That's all?"
su "Miki's impulsive, stubborn and quick to fly off the handle. That doesn't mean she won't listen to reason."
hi "She didn't-"
su "Oh act your age, will you? Yes, she yelled at me before the track meet, but we both know how stressed she was. As much as Miki likes running, she didn't go out three times a day just for the fun of it."
su "And she yelled at you moments after losing, of course she'd be upset. But the fact she decided to leave –rather than take it out on you- tells me she cared enough to keep from doing something she'd regret."
su "And that tells me there's a good chance you and I can get through to her together. Do you understand?"
"I try to get a word in, but I realize I'm making excuses again. Suzu is right. I need to do something. Waiting around for Miki to get over this on her own is going to take too long and after all she's done for me, the least I can do is try to talk to her."
hi "You're right, but it's still a little hard to believe I'll make all that much difference. I promise I'll do what I can, though."
su "I'm glad you came around. We'll go see her after class."
"It feels a bit sudden, but I can't back out of this. If there's any chance of being able to help even if it's just by talking to her through a closed door, I owe it to her to try."
hi "Alright. I hope this is going to work."
su "Miki can be stubborn, but she's not unreasonable. I think she will at least hear us out."
su "…At least I hope she will…"
"Suzu packs her lunch away quickly, pretending not to hear me."
su "Come on, lunch is almost over and I'd like to make it to our next class without getting trampled. You can ruminate in there. If you ask nicely I'll even draw you some flowers to gawk at."
"I try to think of something clever to throw back at her, but nothing comes to mind. Suzu seems to notice and smirks victoriously, nodding her head at me to get up."
"Since she shows no intention of staying, I pack up my half eaten lunch and obediently walk her to class, ruminating."
#Girl's dorm, hallway
"The afternoon's classes passed in a blur, I'm not even sure I wrote all the homework assignments down. All I could think of was what I'm about to do."
hi "I'm not sure what I should say to her. I mean, I don't want to end up only making things worse."
"Suzu offers a reassuring smile as she leads me through the girls' dorm. It's funny, it seems much more crowded here than back with the boys."
su "It's enough that you think before you talk. When you put your mind to it even you manage to say the right thing every once in a while."
hi "I appreciate the vote of confidence, but what you're really saying is you have no clue either, right?"
"She narrows her eyes and sighs, defeated."
su "If you can hang on to that perceptiveness of yours, you'll do fine."
"I think I just won an exchange with her. Maybe that'll make for a good story to tell Miki."
"As we walk past the common room the din of friends and classmates chattering feels oddly nostalgic. It's like I'm walking the halls of my old school again. The boys' dorm just seems so much quieter, more like a long-term care wing than a place for teenage boys to stay."
"From the corner of my eye I notice a blonde girl showing off her dress to her friends with such flair it takes a double take for me to notice the cane she's leaning on."
"She notices my stare and jokingly curtsies. I open my mouth to greet her, but Suzu disrupts the reverie with a tug at my sleeve. I settle for a wave before continuing down the hall, inciting a cascade of giggles."
"Suzu grumbles at the din and I am acutely aware of what this must look like. I am tempted to go back and explain why I'm here, but Suzu's pace doesn't give me any opportunity, nor do I feel like I would improve matters any."
su "If you keep stopping to ogle every pretty face in this place we'll never make it to Miki's room. Focus, will you?"
hi "You're right, sorry."
su "It's fine. We're almost there."
#Hallway first floor
"We climb a flight of stairs and turn into a new hallway. Suzu slows down as we get closer to her and Miki's rooms."
"Suzu produces a key and opens the door to her own room, casually tossing her bookbag inside before turning around to face me."
su "It's your turn now. Give it your best shot, alright?"
hi "You're not coming in with me?"
"She glances at Miki's door."
su "I'm not sure it's me she needs right now. In any case, I'll be right here, but I'll probably be asleep before long."
"There's an edge of frustration to her tone. I'm not sure what exactly is causing it, but I have a pretty good idea."
hi "You're a good friend, you know. I don't think Miki could wish for someone better."
"Surprised, Suzu quickly looks away and steps inside her room. For someone as serious as she, it's kind of cute to see her get embarrassed so easily."
su "Just… Just let me know how it went, alright?"
"She doesn't wait for a reply, closing her door instead and leaving me alone in the hallway."
"I look at the next door. Aside from the room number it's identical to Suzu's, but it still feels as if it's shut more tightly than ordinary locks could manage."
"Relax, take a deep breath."
"I exhale and to keep myself from overthinking what I'm about to do, I bring my hand to the door and knock."
"I can hear shuffling inside, so I rap on the door again."
"Footsteps approach the door and with a turn of the key it's unlocked. Miki opens the door."
mk "Hey. How've ya been?"
"She speaks in a slow and monotonous tone that matches her blank expression. When I don't answer right away, she steps back and retreats further into her room."
mk "Close the door behind ya."
"I'm surprised. Considering the effort Suzu put into trying to talk to her, this seems remarkably easy. Still, I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I follow her inside, making sure to close the door."