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After finishing my conversation with Tsubaki and Utomiya, I ran into an exhausted Chabashira-sensei on her way back to class.

“Thanks for your hard work today. You were very active.”

“What’s with the compliment?”

Chabashira-sensei was clearly angry as she turned her childlike glare on me without hiding it.

“Did you really hate it so much that we made you wear a maid's uniform?”

I asked knowingly, and she shook her head and looked down. 

“When I went back to the staff room, my pictures were on the desks of teachers everywhere. That's not all. I wonder how many teachers I've been accosted by in the short time I've been there, how many stories about my maid's uniform, how many embarrassments I've suffered. For the time being, I sincerely wish to be a shellfish.”

It must have been a really hard time for her, because she felt the pressure so intensely.

“That's not for me to know. It must be symbolic of the teacher's popularity.”

“I am definitely not popular. You've gone the extra mile.”

If you really believe there is such a thing as no popularity, you are going to have a hard time in the future. There must’ve been many adults who appreciated Chabashira-sensei as a member of the opposite sex, even if they hadn’t surfaced until now.

“That's it. The class won first place, so that's good.”

“Not good at all. If anything, the top sales amount was a sure thing even if I didn't do anything.”

“I see. Well, first place looks better than second and third place, doesn't it?

“That's not like you to say.”

She swallowed hard and held back, as if she thought there was no point in blaming me any more.

“Even so, I didn't think you were cooperating with Ryūen’s class under the guise of being hostile to them.”

“If one class fights alone, the maximum strength is about 40 people. But if two classes join hands, nearly twice that number of people will join hands though, not foolproof.”

Propaganda doesn't necessarily have to go hand in hand on the surface. If you get a lot of people together, albeit in different forms, you can make a big show without spending a lot of money.

“Even the staff room was surprised. Everyone thought it was a real showdown.”

Chabashira-sensei only mentioned the festival's success, but not Yagami's withdrawal.

Even first-year students who were not directly involved in the event should know about it as well as teachers, but none have spoken about it with me, who they think was uninvolved. As a teacher at this school, she was making the right decision.

“By the way, aren't you going home?”

“I have Horikita waiting in the classroom. Are you still working overtime?”

“I'm making the rounds of the school. There have been several reports of forgotten items filed by guests.”

So even when the festival was over, the teachers were still busy cleaning up afterwards.


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