Hatoful Boyfriend, Holiday Star – THE CHRISTMAS THIEVES ATTACK! Chapter 4



 

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Sakuya’s Christmas Tree will open for display in just a few minutes.
Staffbirds walk busily about the mansion.

In the center of the grand salon…

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That must be the tree. Such a vast presence, even in a room this large!
It certainly would be difficult to carry it away by hand.

There appears to be quite the crowd gathered outside already.
Apparently there are plainclothes security officers scattered throughout the line.

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sakuya4

There are of course a great number of security personnel within the mansion, as well.

gull3

Have no worry, have no fear! The classy, reliable Gull Guard is here!

Ah, the Gull Guard! Stern when necessary, an iron hand masked in a velvet glove!
I feel safer already!

ryouta7

Your house is really huge, Sakuya.
Isn’t it tough to clean?

sakuya4

I cannot comprehend your question. Why should I worry over such things when I have servants?

hiyoko

You didn’t even know how to use a mop until just recently, after all!

sakuya4

Th-that sort of foolery is commoners!
It has nothing to do with a noble such as myself!

hiyoko

Aww, what a waste!
You have the makings of a domestic genius, Sakuya.

ryouta7

Yeah!
You were way more help at the end of the year cleanup than any of us expected!

Domestic Goddess Sakuya. I guess he makes a decent house husband in his date ending.

sakuya4

Agh…

Sakuya appears troubled, no doubt unsure if he should take that as praise or an insult.

sakuya4

In any case!
I have deigned to reveal my magnificent Christmas tree before the eyes of beggars and plebs.
Are you sure the thieves will come?

HAhahahaha plebs. I’d fix it if I were certain it were a typo.

hiyoko

I think that depends on them!

ryouta7

Yuuya did a good job getting the word out… I think we can safely say they know about it.

sakuya4

I have deployed elite bodyguards in the employ of the Le Bel family throughout the entire area. The thieves will be captured within two seconds of arrival.

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alain1

Master Sakuya.

sakuya4

What is it, Albert?

alain1

A letter has arrived, sir.
Here it is, sir.

sakuya4

Hm.

Hah hah hah!

hiyoko

What does it say, Sakuya?

sakuya4

They’ve got guts.
It is a letter announcing their nefarious intent!

ryouta7

It says they’re coming?
May I see?

Sakuya hands the letter to Ryouta.

It says…

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hiyoko

“We want the big tree.
Merry Christmas.”

This… I guess it’s a letter of intent?

ryouta7

An awfully cute one.
It might almost be a Christmas card, or a letter to Santa.

sakuya4

They want the tree?
And expect us to hand it over?
If they want it, they can come and claim it!

???

Merry Christmas…
(They say they won’t give it to us…)

Merry Christmas…
(They say if we want it, we should come and take it…)

hiyoko

…?

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!

hiyoko

S-Sakuya! Behind you!

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sakuya4

?!

ryouta7

?!

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I’M USING THE MALL GIF FILE BECAUSE I DON’T WANNA MAKE ANOTHER ONE. If you have a transparent gif of these two please send it to me!

mirukaku

Merry Christmas!!!
(It’s time for plan B)

hiyoko

There!
It’s them, Sakuya! The Christmas thieves!

sakuya4

Wh… what…?!
After them! Seize them!

Have you knotholes for eyes, you confounded gull?!
How did they get in this far?!

ryouta7

Were they hoping to get the tree just by asking nicely…?

The screen fades to black, along with the music.

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hiyoko

It’s no good, Sakuya… I tried my best to catch them, too, but they got away…

sakuya5

I’ve recieved no word from the security teams, either.
It would appear they have escaped… what a dreadful waste of an opportunity!

ryouta8

They said something about a plan B before they left, right?
I don’t think they’ve given up yet. We’d better stay on guard.

sakuya5

I am well aware.
Let us return to the mansion.

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Aaah, it’s cold!
And the thieves haven’t shown up yet, either.

It’s almost midnight already.
Maybe they’ve gone home for the day and are all snug and cozy under a kotatsu.
Waaah! I want to be under a kotatsu!

A kotatsu, in case you don’t know, is a table with a heater underneath all lined in blankets. Spectacular, right? It just comes at the price of indoor heating systems.

albert2

 

I have prepared some ginger tea for you, Miss.
Please.

hiyoko

Oh, the butler!
Thank you so much!
I always thought black butlers know just what you need!

albert2

Indeed, miss.

sakuya6

What word from outside?
Nothing to report?

albert2

Scheduled check-ins from all teams are on time, master.
Nothing to report.

sakuya6

Hmph! Have those cowards given up already?!

ryouta9

It’s way too late for us to be up and about… I wish they’d just tell us if they’re not coming.

Ryouta is up past his bedtime.

There’s an annoying beeping sound.

sakuya6

What was that noise?!

gull4

Enemy armor in the northwest sector!
We’re under attack!

hiyoko

Sakuya, Ryouta! Let’s go!

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The nighttime streets are filled with sudden activity.

hiyoko

That guard mentioned armor, right?
Which means…

ryouta9

They’ve brought some sort of vehicle, like a truck or something.

sakuya6

It matters not.
My elite Le Bel security will will have them neutralized in a matter of seconds.

albert2

A report, master Sakuya.
The Le Bel security forces were neutralized in seconds.

sakuya6

You see? This is what happens to those who stand against the Le Bel family. Hah hah hah!

hiyoko

Sakuya, wait! That’s not what he said!

ryouta9

He said “were”, not “have”!

sakuya6

Wh… what…?!

albert2

Indeed, sir.

The screen shakes, and the music stops, replaced by a rumbling sound.

ryouta9

This noise… something’s coming!

hiyoko

L-look at that!

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ryouta9

It’s the Christmas Thieves!

sakuya6

In a… tank…?!

hiyoko

WOW!
They weren’t bringing just a truck!

ryouta9

This is… way more than I expected!

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mirukaku3

Merry Christmas!
(We’re stealing the tree! We’re stealing the tree!)

sakuya6

Gah… what do we do?
It’s headed right tow–

The screen flashes, shakes, and booms.

hiyoko

They brought live ammunition?!

sakuya6

Stop! Stop!
What sort of demons would damage my beautiful mansion?!

ryouta9

There are still birds inside!
I’ll go get them out of there!

hiyoko

They blew up the council room without a second thought…
At this rate, your house is going to end up looking like mine!

Hiyoko always says just the right thing.

sakuya6

I… cannot have that!!!

hiyoko

We need to stop them!
What can I do…?

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This is gonna be good…. first ones first?

I clench my fists, and assume the stance!
The enemy is straight ahead! They cannot dodge!

hiyoko

I can feel… the strength of Gaea beneath me!

My love… my life, I place in this hand!
I make my declaration here!
The empress arrives!

Take this!
Immobile Fist of the Irrational Teenage Girl!

And now let’s try the mailbox attack. Also, please leave a comment letting me know what the above reference went to, if you know!

I need… some sort of weapon…

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That! That will work!

hiyoko

Forgive me, Japanese Post Holdings Company Ltd.!
I will apologize properly later!

I uproot a nearby postbox and take aim at the advancing tank.

hiyoko

Take this!
Unusually Heavy Postbox Stuffed with the Burgeoning Vastnesses of New Years’ and Christmas Greeting Cards!

The screen flashes, there’s a mighty metallic TONG, and the music stops.

The rumble of the tank starts again.

Nothing… it did… nothing at all…

hiyoko

I’m sorry, Sakuya… I’ve never tried to hunt an animal made of metal before, so I don’t know where its weak points are…

sakuya6

Even my elite guards were no match for it… there is nothing a bird or human can do to that thing…

There’s a flash, and…

A sharp crack echoes through the night.

And the tank… stops…?

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YES!!! Make sure to check out this great track.

yuuya3

Non, non, non! A gentleman dove must never give up so easily, Sakuya!

sakuya6

Wha…

hiyoko

Yuuya!

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yuuya3

And you’ve kept a lady up this late?
Never mind the thieves, you’re the real villain here.
Please, forgive him mon amie.

hiyoko

Oh, no, it’s fine!
I wasn’t able to do anything, anyway…

sakuya6

You… you rascal! What is that thing?
What kind of high school student has one of those?!

yuuya3

This? It’s an anti-material rifle.
A must-have item for young men in Japan these days.

sakuya6

Do not mock me with jests!

hiyoko

But Sakuya, even I have a broad-axe! Of course a fashionable young man like Yuuya is going to have an assault rifle or two…

yuuya3

Precisely.
I hope you’ve learned something about Japanese culture today, Sakuya.

sakuya6

Japan… truly is a complicated and confounding place…

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hiyoko

Yuuya, look out! It’s still moving!

yuuya3

It would seem so.
Alas, I was hoping to have things cleared up and be walking the sweet lady home by now.

sakuya6

Don’t lay a finger on Tosaka, lecherous cur!
She is my underling!

Since when?!

yuuya3

A lady never likes a man who tries to monopolize her, Sakuya.

sakuya6

Don’t bend my words!
I had no such thing in mind!

yuuya3

Hahaha, are you sure?
Anyway, it’s time to end this.
Adieu, my mysterious thieving duo!

An alternate timeline where Yuuya would never dare touch or romance Tosaka in a million years, we’ve found it.
There’s a flash, a shot, and silence as the tank goes still.

mirukaku3

sakuya6

It’s stopped…!

hiyoko

Nice job, Yuuya! You’re acting straight up cool for once!

yuuya3

Why thank you, mon amie. I am honored by your words.

mirukaku3

Merry… Christmas…
(Connect this with this…)

Merry Christmas…
(Stick that there…)

The tank turns back to rumbling life.

mirukaku3

Merry Christmas!
(We fixed it! We fixed it! Yaaay!)

hiyoko

?!

sakuya6

I-it’s not dead yet!

yuuya3

Oh… oh, dear.
I had thought I immobilized it.

sakuya6

Have you no other plan, cur?!

yuuya3

I have not prepared any more ordnance, no.
It seems I have met my match.

hiyoko

Forget preparations!
Would a super student like you really give up this easily?!

yuuya3

I’m not done yet, mon amie.
That said, those two possess an unusual degree of– Hiyoko, look out!

There’s a flash.

hiyoko

Eeeeek!

yuuya3

Hiyoko! Are you hurt?

hiyoko

I-I’m fine… Yuuya, wait! Your tail! Your tail is burnt!
It smells delicious!

yuuya3

All that matters is that you’re safe. A little burn like this is just another medal of bravery.

sakuya6

Sakazaki, you fool!
Don’t go raising flags here!

Come on, we’ll withdraw–

shuu3

You seem to be having difficulties.

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!

hiyoko

Who’d have expected him to show up here?!

sakuya6

Doctor Iwamine?!

yuuya3

Why are you here…?!

shuu3

I took the liberty of examining the council room this morning.
I find this case… rather interesting.

…I could help you out, if you like.
Of course, if you don’t need my assistance, I will leave.
I do have other things to be doing, after all.

I can’t really see his face in the darkness, but he sounds even more uninterested than usual.
Maybe he’s in a bad mood again.

hiyoko

But, not even the doctor would bluff about something like this… right?

shuu3

I think you will find me more reliable than the singed and self-confident dove at your side.

yuuya3

What a sharp tongue you have, Doctor!

sakuya6

Please, Doctor Iwamine!
If… if you have some way of stopping those thieves, please help us!

I had hoped to take them alive, but at this point I won’t object if you obliterate them entirely!

hiyoko

Sakuya, no!
They’re doing bad things, but I could never live with myself if I let you kill something that adorable!

shuu3

…I have no intention of killing them.

Miss Tosaka.

hiyoko

Y-yes!

The doctor tosses a ball… or rather, a sort of oblong metallic lump to me.

shuu3

Throw it at the tank.
You should be able to lend it enough force to rupture the casing.

Ah…!
It’s a grenade!

hiyoko

Leave it to me, sir!

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hiyoko

Hiyaaaaa!

There’s an ugly TONG sound and the tank disappears.

hiyoko

Look! Look! I did it!
Hole in one!

shuu3

Well done.
You have a good throwing arm.

sakuya6

But, what did that do?
There was no great explosion…

yuuya3

…a teargas bomb, right?

hiyoko

Huh?

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The tank is… swathed in some sort of gas?!

sakuya6

Wha… doctor, we must withdraw! We’ll be affected too, and won’t be able to secure the thieves!

hiyoko

Can you stand, Yuuya? We need to get-

The gas is spreading throughout the entire area.

We need to get back to the mansion and send out guards with gas masks!

shuu3

The gas has no effect… on us, anyway.

hiyoko

Huh…?

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mirukaku4

Uu… -sniff-… achoo!

-sniff-… -sniff-…

The tank hatch opens and the two white creatures stagger out.

Aww, they look terrible…

shuu3

Finding an allergen specific to them was quite simple.
I found plenty of samples to work with in the council room, after all.

They are currently experiencing symptoms similar to those exhibited by people suffering from pollen allergies.
The allergen, in this case, is soybean flour.

Mister Sakazaki had already created a number of holes in the body of the tank, so it diffused in quite beautifully.
I am pleased to see it worked.

yuuya3

How kind of you to give me some credit, despite my miserable failure. I hadn’t expected that from you.
You’re an exemplary teacher.

shuu3

Thank you, Mister Sakazaki.
You flatter me.

hiyoko

Sir, how did you know so much about these previously unidentified creatures?

shuu3

Looks like he’s still in a bad mood.
He’s staring into space.

Were the tests he was doing this afternoon for this?
If so, it was an undeniable success. Shouldn’t he be happy?

sakuya6

Anyway, they’re ours now!
Tie them up!

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