The Princess Sleeping in The Forest
Iori Minase's circumstances
Source: The Idolm@ster Character Master
The little birds are twittering and chirping to each other. With the clear morning air wrapping around me, I gaze out at the beautiful garden in front of me as I sit in the patio, gracefully sipping my orange juice. This is the start of the day for me, Iori Minase, the promising idol trainee at 765 Productions....ni hi hi♪
「You talking to yourself, Iori?」
「Brother! Grrr! I was just getting into the mood, and now you've ruined it!」
「Ha ha, sorry about that. My bad.」
This refreshing-looking young man is my eldest brother, Kaoru Minase. He's young, but he's the CEO of a corporate firm. I have another elder brother who is studying overseas, and he's intelligent too. To be honest, I have a slight complex about this....but I win when it comes to being cute!
「Hey, Iori. When exactly are you going to become an idol?」
「Why you-! I've already become one!」
「Well, excuse me then. But you seem to have a lot of free time as an idol.」
Kgh...as usual, he knows exactly where to rub it into me. I hate sarcastic people!
「Since you got into the company through father's connections with President Takagi, maybe even Jan could do it. How about it?」
Jan, our family dog, barks in reply from the garden where he's walking around. Take my brother's side, will you? I'll remember this, Jan!
「My producer hasn't been chosen yet, but my debut will take place any day now!」
「Hmm.....well, do your best. I'll be looking forward to it.」
With a laugh, my brother walks out of the room. Kgh...I was completely defeated. And now I have a migraine. My beautiful morning is gone now~.
「Shindou, I'm going back to bed. I have a headache.」
Shindou, the family butler, comes up to me with a flustered expression on his face.
「Eh? But Iori-sama, what about school?」
「I'm not going. Send them a message for me, will you?」
Heading back upstairs to my room, I dive back into my bed. This headache...it's all my brother's fault!
A short while later, there's knocking at my door. It's Shindou, who has brought some ointment for my migraine.
「I've contacted the school....would you like to go to the hospital? Your parents aren't here right now, so....」
「Isn't that always the case? There's no need to go to the hospital. I'll be fine if I just take a rest.」
Yes. The members of the Minase household are always very busy. My papa and mama are rarely in the house, but I don't feel particularly lonely. Their daughter is sick, but it's probably impossible to ask them to come back from the opposite side of the world, since they're out of the country on a business trip....I've been having that train of thought a lot nowadays.
「Speaking of which, when you were little, Iori-sama, you always went to sleep whenever you had a headache. You haven't been doing that much since you joined 765 Productions.」
「It wasn't because my body was weak. Now that I think about it...I guess it was because my mind wasn't strong enough.」
Uuu. The atmosphere is starting to become depressing, something which I don't like. My parents could give me a little more attention, but I'm not that pitiful. I get angry when people look at me as if they feel sorry for me!
「I'm going to rest now, so get out!」
I chase Shindou out of my room, before throwing my favorite quilt over my head. This scene used to occur a lot when I was younger, and it's been a long time since it happened...
When I open my eyes....I find myself in the middle of a party being held in the Minase mansion. Hmm, I remember that this was when we held a party to celebrate my brother being promoted to CEO in his company several years ago. Hey, doesn't that mean this is a dream? I'm in a dream and yet I know that it's a dream...
「Mumbling to yourself, Iori-san?」
「Grrr-! I'm busy concentrating, so don't say that I'm mumbling to myself...ah! Madam Yoshiatsu and Madam Marichiro...」
I've been seeing these two elegant ladies at a lot of parties recently. They always put on a large amount of make-up on their faces. They're here at the party in my house, so I'd better remember their names for now. But it's probably not worth remembering their names after this, because they're just small fry who are trying to get into my papa's good books by currying favor with him.
But since they're invited guests, I have a moral obligation to be nice to them, acting like a proper lady.
「I'm very happy to be able to meet the both of you~♪」
「Thank you. You are always so cute to look at, Iori-san. Do you not agree, Madam Marichiro?
「Indeed, you resemble a princess. I am certain you will have a bright future ahead of you. Do you not agree, Madam Yoshiatsu?」
Each time the ladies moved their bodies, the smell from their plant-based make-up enter my nostrils. Ugh, it smells terrible.
「That's obvious.....no, I mean, thank you very much♪ Well, please excuse me~♪」
I turn my back to them and walk away. Ah, I'm exhausted. I'd better drink some juice. I move through the crowd and make my way towards the bar counter. When I come back, I hear the two ladies talking to themselves.
「That child Iori, she is just as conceited as before. It must be because her parents are so rich. But compared to her two brothers, that child has no talents at all. Isn't that right, Madam Marichiro?」
「She really does seem like a princess. It's true that she's cute, but her face also says that she doesn't know the meaning of hard work. Isn't that right, Lady Yoshiatsu?」
...Before I could think about how Papa would look at me, or whether they're invited guests or not, my body moved by itself. I throw my glass of juice onto the floor in front of them.
「Well, I'm sorry for being a princess who's wallowing in her parents' money! I don't know how to work hard? If that's the case, how about you? Besides putting on ridiculous make-up, what can the two of you do?」
「O, oh, Iori-san...」
「I may be conceited, but at least I don't talk behind people's backs like you two! If you have something to say, you say it to my face, you...make-up sisters! Your make-up is a waste of resources anyway!」
「My, my word! To say such a thing....」
The people around us began to notice the commotion, and were whispering amongst themselves when a smiling gentleman came up to me.
「Well, well. You must have had too many chocolate bonbons, didn't you? Ha ha ha. I guess it can't be helped. Ah, please excuse me, ladies. I have been searching for my friend here a few minutes ago.」
It's my papa's good friend, Takagi. He's the president of the public entertainment company, 765 Productions. The two ladies disappear back into the crowd with embarrassed looks on their faces, while the crowd resumed their partying as if nothing had happened.
「....I'm not drunk from eating chocolate bonbons.」
The gentleman next to me burst out laughing.
「Ha ha, is that so? I must have had the wrong impression.」
「Sir, I'm....really sorry. I want to become a real princess, and to show those people that I can do it. That I can be just as good as my brothers.」
I'm always being compared to my brothers in everything. But I refuse to be seen as having no talent at all, especially by people I don't know.
「To become a real princess.....that's a rather difficult goal.」
「Difficult? I'll work hard!.....can't I do it?」
The gentleman then held out a ticket towards me with a smile.
「I know of someone who became a princess by working hard. A singing princess. If it's alright with you, you can go and see her. I'm sorry to say, though, that 765 Productions has no idols of its own yet.」
Just like that, I went to the place on the ticket where the singing princess would be performing. The venue....is a dome. But this is indeed where she is at.
Hoping to catch a glimpse of her on stage with their eyes were people, people, and more people! I couldn't count them all! When she entered from the side of the stage wearing a gorgeous outfit, everybody stood up and cheered for her loudly in a resounding roar that shook the entire dome. And when she was singing, it was as if she was casting a magic spell; everyone who was listening to her were moved to tears.
This...is fantastic! Is this what it means to be a singing princess? Is this what an idol can do? All these people here, they're all her fans? To be an idol means to be accepted and recognized by so many people!
「This is great! Being an idol is amazing! I...I'm going to be one too! No, I must become one! I've decided what I want to do with my life!」
「Iori-sama? Iori-sama? Are you alright?」
I hear Shindou's voice when I open my eyes. I'm back in my room.
「I'm fine. I just had...a dream of the past.」
「I thought you were having a nightmare. Please forgive me. Oh, and your father is here. Would you like to meet him?」
I nod at him, and he walks out of the room. A few seconds later, my papa is standing there at the door with a worried face.
「Iori, are you alright? I was told that you were absent from school. If your idol activities are too stressful for you, maybe it would be better if you stopped.」
「I haven't even started on my activities yet, so it's not a burden! And my headache's gone, so I'm fine!」
My papa, the one who arranged for me to join up with President Takagi, has a slight look of regret on his face.
「If you say so...don't make too much trouble for the President. If you're not up for it, it's better to resign.」
「I got it already! I'll be going to the office tomorrow, and I'm going to be serious about it, so the results will come soon....I hope.」
The following morning, I went to the office rather reluctantly, since I already said in front of my papa that I would do so. I can't think of any special reason to come here though, other than the fact that I have a lot of free time.
「Haaaa....When will I have my debut? This is really getting me down.」
I think out loud to myself. Once my producer has been decided, I'll head for the top immediately. Hurry up and appear, already! My very first fan!
「H, hello there. Good afternoon.」