The Monday morning after my off-collab with Hana-san ended, I received a phone call.
“Hello, this is Himemura.”
“Hello, this is Hashimoto from GloryCute. I’m speaking with Yuki-chan, right?”
When I answered the phone, I heard a familiar voice. But, not recognizing the name, I inadvertently asked again.
“Oh dear, I guess I never told you my name. I’m the person you’ve been calling ‘Manager.’”
“Ah! The Manager!”
I then remembered that I had never actually learned the manager’s name.
“We’re planning to do the IV shoot this week. Are you available?”
“This week is…”
I check my calendar for this week to see if I have any plans.
“No problem at all!”
“Oh, that’s great to hear. Would you be available for a maximum of three days, Wednesday through Friday?”
“Yes, that’s fine!”
“Then we’ll go with that. Thank you.”
“If it’s a hassle for you to come to Nagoya Station, we could pick you up from your place. How does that sound?”
“I’m fine with either option.”
“In that case, could you tell me the place? It can be quite tricky to pick someone up at the station.”
“Understood, my address is…”
I give the manager my address.
Since Haruka-senpai had given her address, too, it should be fine.
“Thank you. The place seems accessible by car. We’ll have someone pick you up from your home around nine in the morning on Wednesday.”
After hanging up the phone, I thought to myself that the time had finally come.
Then, just to be sure, I checked my homework and confirmed that I had finished them all. I double-checked to make sure there wouldn’t be any problems, even if the shoot takes longer than expected.
Since school starts again at the beginning of the week, it’s important to make sure everything’s in order.
Finally, Wednesday arrived. I was all set a bit early for the staff who’s supposed to pick me up, so I waited outside.
Stepping out, I felt the August heat, still intense in the late summer.
I waited in the shade until I saw a sleek, black car pull up in front of my house.
The driver’s door opened and out stepped the makeup artist who had worked with me before.
Huh? The makeup artist is picking me up?
“Ah, Yuki-kun, right? Long time no see.”
“Ah! Yes, it’s been a while!”
“I bet you’re surprised to see me, huh?”
“Honestly, I am quite surprised…”
“The manager thought you’d feel more comfortable with someone you’ve already met, so I was asked to come get you.”
“I see! That’s really considerate, thank you!”
“We’re heading to the studio for the shoot now. I’ll be doing your makeup there, too.”
“Yes! I’m looking forward to working with you!”
“All right, let’s get going. Hop in the car!”
With that, the staff member started the car, and we began our drive.
I thought I’d ask about today’s plan.
“Um, oh. I just realized I don’t know your name…”
“Ah! I forgot to introduce myself! I’m Ito, Ayaka Ito. Nice to meet you.”
“Let me reintroduce myself, too. I’m Yuki Himemura. Please take care of me!”
“Ufufu, thank you. So, was there something you wanted to ask me?” asks Ito-san while driving.
“Yes! I heard we’re shooting an IV today, but is there anything particular I should be aware of?”
“Hmm, I think today’s shoot will focus more on movements to capture the video’s essence rather than specific poses, so it might be quite tiring?”
“Yes, so make sure you stay hydrated, okay?”
“Got it, don’t want to get heatstroke…”
“The studio will be air-conditioned, but the lights we use for shooting can get quite hot, so it might not feel as cool as the indoor temperature setting.”
“Is that an issue with the equipment?”
“Yeah, that’s why I’m reminding you to stay hydrated. Also, your makeup might need frequent touch-ups due to the lighting and the need to match the shoot’s mood, so that might be tough in a different way.”
“I wonder if I was too casual in accepting this job…”
Hearing all this, I began to feel anxious about being the main subject of such an elaborate shoot.
“It’s just a shoot at the end of the day, so I think you’ll be fine. But today’s outfit is for autumn, so if you feel too hot, please let us know.”
“Isn’t it a bit early for autumn wear?”
“People start wearing autumn clothes in September.”
“Well, in colder areas, yes. Late September, but mostly people start wearing them in October.”
“So, does that mean releasing them in September gives time for selection and such?”
“Oh, you might not know this, but the sales actually start in August.”
I had no idea they started selling that early…
“But, you know, sales aren’t that great at first, so we start pushing our products around mid-September when they begin to sell better.”
“So, that’s where magazines and IVs like this come in?”
“Exactly. That’s how it works.”
“I’ll support you as much as possible, so do your best.”
“Yes! Thank you so much!”
After about thirty minutes of driving, we arrived at the studio.
“All right, let’s go then!”
And so, I entered the studio, ready for my first-ever IV shoot.