Reminder: Don’t read the Notes before reading the actual fic chapter.
*Please comment only on this and previous chapters to avoid spoiling.
Note to self: It’s a bad habit to continually edit old chapters. With that said, I’ve actually gone through all seven previous chapters and edited some things, so… if you’re slightly inclined and have nothing important to do… feel free… to drop by those again… ^_^; (Boy, no one caught at least one glaring contradiction between 1.7 and 1.1? I’m ashamed of you! And mostly myself! [hangs head sadly] But at least the Mai/Nao conversation in 1.7 should be better if you read it a while back.)
Note to Muse-chan: Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!
Honestly, I don’t know how people would identify themselves over the phone to others.
Nari, you’re risky. I don’t know about you. :| But I have my handy-dandy Newbie Get Out of Jail Free™ card somewhere on my desk… ^_^; Please don’t hate me. Anyway, this is another split chapter; Nari’s chunk was supposed to be the end of 1.7, but then it would feel too long. Besides, I think it works better to begin a chapter about a new character rather than end a chapter like so. But now Reito’s conversation has been pushed into the next chapter. Durr.
Class representative to student body president: From information provided by apollyon-0 and haruka108 (the “Natsuki’s Prelude” from the art books), Shizuru started out as a class rep* and ran for student council president primarily to help Natsuki gain access to the school intranet. It’s implied that Shizuru has been president mainly for her last year in high school, but we’re not sure if she started her term late in her second year.
“-sama” to “-san”: I might be misinterpreting this, but this is how I understand the implied cultural use. When changing someone’s honorific address from something formal to something less formal, it can mean either the addressee wishes to “lower” his/her own perceived status to that near the addresser (more casual, easygoing relationship), or the addressee wishes to have a more personal relationship with the addresser (get to know better). Now, I think this is true more for the use of first/last names, but I think the concept also applies to honorific use…
Sorry; despite how “late” this chapter is (in quotes to stress the idea that subsequent chapters will be on a similar timetable because it’s getting more difficult to write–so don’t be surprised if it takes a month per chapter), it’s not double-length or anything. :P I’m trying to develop things with a light touch, but it’s hard to be subtle for some things with that timeline. (This is definitely one of the weakest chapters, I think, even if I edit.)