The Dream Designers

10 years after the events of Saekano (light novel), Tomoya Aki , Megumi Kato and Michiru Hyodo are reunited with Utaha Kasumigaoka and Eriri Spencer Sawamura, the two which have quit the team Blessing Software 10 years ago.

Not just that, even a coder is added to the team.

Follow the adventures of the six teammates as they work together to create games, as well as facing the emotional problems among the team and in their lives.

WARNING: RATED NC-17 FOR EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND SCENES. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I DO NOT OWN THE SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND CHARACTERS. I ONLY OWN THIS BOOK'S STORYLINE.

Starting 4 July 2018, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 0600 (PST)/ 2100 (SGT)/ 2200 (Japan)

Series Start: 4 July 2018
Series End: 17 August 2018

THIS BOOK IS COMPLETED.

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8. Episode 6

"Opportunities don't happen. You create them." - Chris Grosser

A car pulled up outside Utaha's house.

"Wait for me here." Utaha told the driver as she got her bag and went into the house. She changed into the grey dress she wore the previous day.

She then got back into the car.

"I'm sorry, Masaru-san." She grinned at the driver. "I feel like I should wear something more appropriate."

"Your casual outfit was fine." Masaru said, "Why go to such an extent and dress up?"

"Because I feel like it." She replied.

"Do you always wear white heels, or is it just because of today?"

"Always."

"You know heels are bad for your feet?"

"I'm used to it. The heels are also not that high."

Masaru looked at his watch, "Shit. My bad that I asked you so much. It's almost the peak hour. I'd better bring you to the restaurant first."

Masaru drove Utaha to the restaurant and they quickly took the last free table.

"You're lucky I saw my watch." Masaru said.

"Yeah, yeah." Utaha looked at the menu, "You're treating?"

Masaru nodded, "Pick anything."

She ordered ramen and a strawberry juice. He ordered a curry cutlet rice and mango juice. While waiting for their food and beverages, the both of them talked to each other.

"I heard you wanted to assist me in the plotting of the story." Utaha said, "Are you sure you want to do so? I'm going to let you have a hard time."

"I don't think so." Masaru responded, "I think I have what it takes to help you. I've played a few games, and maybe I think I could help you with some plot. Besides, I'm sure even a professional writer like you have writer's block sometimes."

Utaha leaned back on her chair, "That's true."

"So with me around, I'm sure the story won't stop. And the story would be done in a shorter time. When you go back to Akane's company, I would be the one taking charge, so learning the ropes from you would be great."

Utaha was about to reject that idea when she thought of a quote by Chris Grosser.

"Opportunities don't happen. You create them."

She looked at Masaru, "Fine. On one condition. You must not slack."

"Rest assured I won't."

The Dream Designers

Episode 6

After they have taken their dinner, Masaru and Utaha walked out of the restaurant, ready to go home.

"Thanks for the dinner." Utaha said.

"You're welcome." Masaru replied, "Need me to send you back?"

"Nah, it's okay. The train station's just a few meters away."

"It's at night. You're not scared of any perverts or something?"

"Hardly happened."

"So there is actually a pervert that touched you before?"

"A little bit on the ass. Nothing more. People saw it and reported him."

"Promise me you'll be safe." Masaru held her shoulders, which made her cheeks blush, "Message me when you reach home."

"Is it really necessary?" Utaha asked.

"Yes, it is."

"Okay then. Wait for my message then." Utaha waved goodbye to Masaru. He waved back before she walked off.

He walked to his car in the carpark and saw Cherry Sarikumi lying against his car.

He ran to her and shook her.

"Oh gosh, you reek of alcohol. You must be drunk." He covered his nose as he carried her into his car while she murmured some weird noises.

"I'll send you to your home." Masaru started up his car, "Is your home the same as before?"

"I don't know." Cherry laughed drunkenly.

Masaru then drove off. Utaha was watching the whole thing.

"I shouldn't get jealous." She thought, "I like him, but he's not mine. He belongs to anyone." She then clenched her fists.

"No, I can't let that woman take him away from me. I wanted to work with him to get close to him. You're not going to ruin it."

Masaru drove Cherry to her home and carried her to her room. He placed her on the bed and took in iced water and a cloth.

He covered her body with a blanket. He dipped the cloth in the water and was about to wipe her forehead when she suddenly got sober and hugged him.

"What the..." Masaru dropped the cloth.

"Masaru-san!" Cherry smiled, "I'm glad you still care about me! Do you know how much I still care for you?"

"I thought you were drunk?" Masaru asked.

"I had to fake it, and now, seeing how much you love me..."

He took up the cloth and dipped it in water before slapping her face with it.

"Don't you dare play a trick on me again." He threw the cloth on the floor, "Fancy making me worried for you again."

"Wait, Masaru-san." She held his hand, "I know you still love me, don't you? Otherwise, you wouldn't bring me back home and tried to cool me down with the cloth. We can be together again."

"Get this straight, Sarikumi." Masaru shook her hand off, "Firstly, I care for you as a friend. Secondly, I don't love you."

"What about that black long-haired girl?" Cherry asked, "That motherfucking bitch."

"Don't call her that, please. She's a better woman than you. Besides, I love her as a friend. Nothing more, nothing less."

"Lies!" Cherry screamed, "You definitely like her!"

"Don't sprout nonsense so much and get a fucking life." Masaru sighed, "Stop clinging onto me and find someone else to love, and dump later."

He then walked out of the house and drove off. Cherry growled in anger, "How dare this bitch steal my man. I'll show her my power tomorrow."

The next day, Utaha got ready to go to work. She wore her black stockings and straightened her blue dress before walking out of the house.

A Maserati then stopped outside of her house. Cherry got out of the car from the passenger seat.

"Ms Utaha Kasumigaoka?" She asked. Utaha looked at her.

"Who are you? And why are you here?" Utaha pretended not to know her.

"We'll talk in the car. I want to treat you to something."

At the log house style cafe, Cherry treated Utaha to a latte.

"I wonder why are you treating me this, Sarikumi-san." Utaha said.

"It's just a treat." Cherry said, "Besides, you came here with a few friends of yours every time, don't you?"

"So?"

"So, what I want to say is," Cherry replied, "I love your book, Metronome In Love. It's a tearjerker. Very nice."

"You knew my pen name?"

"It's Utako Kasumi, isn't it?" Cherry asked.

"How do you know?"

"You don't need to know how I knew it." Cherry held her cup of latte, "Right now, we just drink and enjoy ourselves with this cup in the morning."

"If you say so." Utaha said.

"Cheers."

"Cheers." The two of them clinked their glasses together and drank their latte. After finishing it, Utaha stood up.

"I think I need to attend to my work." She told Cherry.

"Go ahead." Cherry replied, "Enjoy your day." Utaha walked out of the cafe as her driver stood beside her. Cherry stood up and signaled for her driver to follow her.

As Utaha was walking to the subway, she suddenly felt the urge to vomit. She went to the drain and started vomiting.

"Why am I vomiting?" She thought as she stood up again. Just as she was about to walk, she squatted down again to vomit once again.

"I think I'd better head home first."

Work started and everyone in Blessing Software except Utaha was doing what they need to do. Eriri does her art for the background, Megumi and Tomoya discuss about the direction and the production of the game, Michiru plays her music and Masaru helps to improvise the storyline that Utaha created.

"Not bad though." He read through the script, "It doesn't look like it needs editing or some improvements."

Megumi knocked on his office door, "Someone's looking for you outside the office."

"Oh, really?" Masaru stood up from his chair, "Anyway, Megumi, have you heard from Utaha-san if she's coming to work today? I don't see her around."

"I couldn't call her too." Megumi replied, "You should try to visit her during your lunch break."

"She isn't out of country or some shit?"

"No. She always comes to work. Today's the exception."

"Maybe she had something on."

"I don't think so. From what I understand, she'll call or text Tomoya if she's not coming for the day. The latest delay is until around 10 in the morning. She didn't do so today."

"Alright, I'll check her out later."

She brought Masaru to Cherry, who was waiting in the living room.

"You fuckin' kidding me." Masaru sighed, "What's your problem, Sarikumi?"

"Is that how you treat a guest, Masaru-san?" Cherry asked.

"That's right, Masaru. Treat her nicely." Megumi said.

"Why are you here?" Masaru asked, "After scamming as recent as yesterday and trying to seduce me? What's next?"

"C'mon, this time for real." Cherry walked to him, "I really want to date you and spend time with you, Masaru-san."

"Never." Masaru said, "Not after what you did to me."

"Listen, I'm sorry..."

"Too late for apologies. Please make your way out. I've no time to entertain your shit."

He took the script with him and walked out of the main office. Cherry followed him.

"Masaru-san, I can explain about..."

"Save it." Masaru got into his car, "Tell it to yourself. I don't need fake love." He then drove off.

"Why won't this woman shake me off?" He thought as he drove to Utaha's house, "What's her motive for coming close to me? Is it really to love me again?"

When he reached Utaha's house, he knocked on her door.

"Utaha-san?" Masaru called out, "You home?"

He wanted to barge into the house, but realized the door was open. He then smelt something smelly, but it was quite faint.

"Damn, that smell." Masaru pinched his nose, "It fucking stinks to the core."

He walked up the stairs and tried to find her room when he saw disgusting green matter flowing out from a room that is slightly open.

He opened the door and saw Utaha lying on the floor, vomit all around her as she continued to vomit.

"Utaha-san!" He ran to her, jumping across the vomit and held her up, "What happened?"

"It's...just...vomi...ughh!" She vomited on his shirt.

"Let's get you to the hospital quick."

In the hospital, the doctors admitted Utaha into a ward to rest. It was reported that she had an extreme stomach upset.

"Are you okay, Utaha-san?" Masaru asked her in her ward.

"Much better, but still not that good." Utaha replied weakly, "Anyway, thanks for bringing me here. I don't know what would happen if you didn't find me."

"You're lucky Megumi realized you're not around and knew that something was suspicious." 

"I forgot." Utaha said, "I vomited at your shirt earlier. I'm sorry."

"It's okay. You can't control it. Anyway, the doctor says you're resting here for 3 days."

"3 days?" Utaha asked, "Then how the hell am I supposed to rework on the script with you?"

"I'll find a way to do it." Masaru uttered, "How did you get a stomach upset?"

"I don't know..." Utaha stopped for a while before she spurted out, "I know! The latte!"

"Latte? You drank latte and you vomited after that? Is your body weak or something?"

"No, no. Sarikumi-san. She invited me out to drink latte. I guess the latte she gave me is drugged."

"I don't believe Cherry would so something like that." Masaru walked around the ward, "She may be a clinging and annoying bitch, but she wouldn't hurt anyone."

"I've never been this sick before. I didn't take anything bad or poisonous this week. I've always been watching on what I've been eating."

"Maybe you didn't look at one food carefully and got sick?"

"Are you saying I'm not healthy?"

"Oh, that's not what I meant. Have you not ever gotten sick at all?"

"Not that often." Utaha uttered, "Besides, I have never vomited this badly in my life. I hadn't until I drank the latte Sarikumi-san gave me this morning."

"So you're meaning that you hadn't got this sick before until you drank the drink that Cherry gave you?"

Utaha nodded. Just at that moment, Masaru's phone rang. He answered the call.

"Masaru." Cherry was on the line, "Can we meet up for lunch? I want to...discuss some things with you."

To be continued in Episode 7

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