Hatoful Boyfriend, Holiday Star: THE CHRISTMAS THIEVES ATTACK! Chapter 2

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Hmm… department stores all feel a little unrealistic — a little decadent, maybe.
It makes it so hard to go in.

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ryouta4

They’re okay, really! Just don’t think about that and we’ll be fine.

He… read my mind…?!

ryouta4

More importantly, we need to ask a clerk about the thefts.

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hiyoko

Right, right.
Umm, excuse me!

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gull1

Yes? May I help you?

Do you know where you are, young lady?

hiyoko

Umm… This is the High Society Seagull Department Store, right?

gull1

That is correct.
The High Society Seagull Department Store!
Say it once more!

hiyoko

The High Society Seagull Department Store!

gull1

Good. This store is of High Society, by High Society, and for High Society.

It is no place for obviously low society humans. Please leave!

It seems that even with the fall of mankind, the class system is still firmly in place.

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hiyoko

This is blatant speciesism!
I hope you’re ready to swallow your words or defend them with steel, cretin! Draw, man, draw, before I stick you like a rotisserie chicken!

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ryouta4

Calm down, Hiyoko!
Getting into a fight here won’t do us any good! Please, don’t act like San!

And just what does Okosan have that makes him so much more High Society than me?!

ryouta4

Please, we just want to ask you a question.
We’ll leave right away!

Did the Christmas Thieves really break into this store?

gull1

They… did not break into the store, no.
They were not allowed in.

However, as you know, the store faces onto the street.
The three Christmas trees we had arranged outside were stolen.

Trees placed outside… just like at Torimi Cafe!

ryouta4

Yeah. Looks like they are aiming for easy targets first.

hiyoko

They seem to be quite crafty.
I think this might get difficult, Ryouta.

Aah, I can feel the thrill of the chase!
My hunter-gatherer blood boils!

ryouta4

Right on time.
I knew it was a good idea to ask you along.

gull1

The stolen trees were of little value. We have already sent away for new ones.

ryouta4

Do you think you could wait a little before setting them up?
The thieves might come back…

gull1

True, but Christmas is almost here.
If not now, when would we put them out?

hiyoko

Christmas trees are just so much rubbish once it’s the 26th…

ryouta4

They’re not rubbish!
You can use them every year!

Umm, were there any witnesses?

gull1

The trees were in a blind spot between security cameras, so alas, we have nothing.

How do you know they weren’t allowed inside if you didn’t see them or know who they were?

hiyoko

Too busy staring down your own noses to look out the window, were you?

gull1

I hope I never see you here again, young lady.

story23

Well, that was a disappointment.

About all we’ve found out is that the thieves aim for trees placed in vulnerable spots outside.

Maybe we should leave?

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Let’s go to the furniture section where maybe people would be selling Christmas Trees?

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Wow, what a bed!
I’m not even sure this would fit inside my house!
Just what kind of mansions do the high society live in?

There are humidifiers, hot water bottles, and other thermal frivolities lined up nearby.

Winter goods are awfully fancy…
Maybe I should indulge in something? A bonfire alone just doesn’t say “decadent”…

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ryouta4

Hey, Hiyoko… look over there.

!

A disturbingly familiar quail is fast asleep on a display bed.

hiyoko

Sir, you can’t just crash in a department store!
You’re a grown-up now! You need to take care of yourself!

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nanaki1

…..ah!

Oh, if it isn’t Tosaka… and Kawara.
What is it? Do you want to talk about career plans?

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ryouta4

Are you fully awake, sir?
We’re not at school!

nanaki1

Oh…?
Good heavens, so we aren’t.

hiyoko

You might’ve been here until closing time, if we hadn’t happened by…

nanaki1

Oh, yes… It’s been so cold recently, I was thinking maybe I should buy a new bed.

It does get very chilly after dark. Make sure not to catch cold, you two.

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Mister Nanaki crawls out of the bed and wobbles off towards a table covered in wool blankets of various dimensions.

ryouta4

Blankets…

hiyoko

I bet my Casio Mini he’ll fall asleep on that too!

A Casio Mini appears to be a… vintage calculator? Why do you have something like this, Hiyoko?


 

Before we continue on with the story let’s go back and check the clothing section. Maybe someone else will have a cameo there too.

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GALAXY ANGLE

All these pretty clothes make me feel out of face!

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ryouta4

It’s out of ‘place’, not ‘face’!

H-he did it again!

Can birds even wear clothes like these? Are they just for decoration?
???

hiyoko

Shops are always so pretty this time of year! I feel like I’m looking into a different world…

ryouta4

They do look a little unreal.
Do you like Christmas, Hiyoko?

hiyoko

My family’s Shin Buddhist, so I’ve never really celebrated it, but…
I do like it when everybirdie’s all festive!

ryouta4

I’m not exactly Christian, but I like the atmosphere, too.
…actually, I don’t think that many people celebrate it for religious reasons anymore.

A japanese pigeon’s honed insight on the troubles of a capitalized western holiday.

And there’s all kinds of work this time of year, too!
I always end up really busy.

hiyoko

You dress up as Santa, right?

ryouta4

Yup!

hiyoko

With a miniskirt?

ryouta4

Yup!

Why does Ryouta get all the female main character jobs?

hiyoko

That must be fun… I’d like to try doing something cute and high school girl-ish like that sometime, too.

ryouta4

I’m not sure how costumes are high school girl-ish, but I could refer you!
We could go together next year!

Cosplaying as Santa right before junior year exams… just thinking about it makes my heart flutter!


 

story23

There’s nothing more to find here. Let’s look somewhere else.

hiyoko

All right, where to next?

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ryouta4

The thefts have gotten onto the news — if we ask around, we should find some eyewitnesses.

hiyoko

Sounds good!

We hear the sound of breaking glass.

hiyoko

What?! Huh?!

Some glass object splinters with a monumental crash behind us as we make for the exit.

I turn around, and–

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mirukaku

Merry Christmas!! Merry Christmas!!!

Okay this bit is cracking me the fuck up for all the wrong reasons. I knew this was coming, this gif. I knew I would have to make it. But it’s actually a really piss poor example of how they move because halfway through I saved my game and loaded and now they won’t jump so I can’t get screenshots to fix it. Please forgive me, gods of LP.

What are those? They look… a little like doves, but not really… are they… maybe they are doves??

In any case, a pair of bizarre white creatures are bludgeoning themselves against a number of glass Christmas trees and reindeer.

hiyoko

What are those?
Are they doves?

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ryouta4

Umm… I’m not sure.
I’ve never seen anything like them.

mirukaku

Merry Christmas!! Merry Christmas!!!

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The creatures frolic through the Christmas display like fuzzy wrecking balls, leaving behind nothing but broken glass and lost profits.

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gull1

There! The white children!

gull2

Oh, dear… that’s no good.

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gull2

You two… where are your parents?

mirukaku1

Merry! Christmas!

gull2

In any case, I’ll have to take you to the employees’ lounge.
High Society does have rules.

mirukaku1

Merry…? Christmas…

The creatures trail dejectedly after the security guard.

hiyoko

What were those?

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ryouta4

I can’t believe people let their kids run loose like that!
I’d love to see the parents’ faces when they get billed.

I guess Christmas gets everyone pretty excited.
Sort of like demons which rampage during a full moon!


 

Ryouta and I spent some time asking around town, but… no one had ever caught sight of the thieves.

Apparently trees aren’t just being stolen from outside, but from inside houses as well.

If only we knew what the culprits looked like…

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