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"Erm.  Y-yes, Michiru?"

"I'm not happy."

"...oh.  You're not?"

"No.  No, I'm not."


"You know I don't disapprove of gambling, Haruka."

"Yeah, I know."

"I don't disapprove of it considerably less when you win."

"I have noticed that."

"But you know when I do disapprove of it?"


"I disapprove of it when you cheat and beat our daughter and make her cry."

"I did not cheat!"

"Don't compound things by lying, Haruka."

"Okay, fine.  I cheated.  But you know what?  I don't regret it."


"Hotaru always wins!"

"So your competitive nature caused you to break a seven-year-old's heart.  How lovely."

"You are blowing this completely out of proportion.  Hotaru did not cry.  She sniffled.  Twice.  And besides, I didn't do it because I'm competitive.  She needs to learn how to lose gracefully."

"How exactly is she going to do that when she catches you cheating at poker?"

"Well, she wasn't supposed to catch me!"

"Ah.  I see.  Everything is clear now."

"I was going to give her the Pocky back.  Or... well, I was going to buy her new Pocky."


"...yes, Michiru?"

"I'm not happy."

"I'll take the couch."