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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19. Episode 17

"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." - Charlie Chaplin

Masaru picked Utaha up from her house with his car.

"You seem...relatively quiet today, Masaru-san." Utaha started talking on their way to work.

"Me? Quiet?" Masaru laughed softly, "It's because I'm quite tired today. I had nightmares yesterday."

"What kind of nightmare, Masaru-san?"

"I had dreamt of a very bad thing."

Masaru stopped for a while, then continued, "I dreamt that Uncle Yang is killed by my the person I hate the most."

"You mean Kane Harune?" She asked.

"Nah, not him. He's in jail. Why would I be scared of that little punk? I'm talking about someone else."

He muttered to himself, "This guy gives me problems every time. Now he's making me do things I'm against."

"Huh? What did you say?" Utaha asked curiously.

"Oh, nothing." Masaru replied, "We're reaching work soon. Let's discuss the storyline for our new game, shall we?"

The Dream Designers

Episode 17

In Eriri's office room, Megumi is discussing with Eriri about the character design.

"Since this character is designed based on your looks, I believe it should exactly like you." Megumi told Eriri, "So there should be long twin-tails like you."

"I thought you want it to be a bit different from me." Eriri said, flipping her hair proudly, "Now I shall make it the same, as pretty as me."

"But the personality of the character is also going to be the same as yours." Megumi teased, "Super emotional, ferocious, tsundere personality..."

"Hey! Why are you criticizing me?" Eriri whined. Just then, Utaha and Masaru stepped into Eriri's office room.

"Kasumigaoka-senpai; have you confirmed the story plot?" Megumi asked.

"I'm about to be done." Utaha said, "So maybe by the end of the day, you can come and look for me about it."

"Sure." Megumi replied.

Masaru went to Charmaine's office room and saw her sorting out files.

"Charmaine-san." Masaru knocked on her door. She turned around and saw him.

"Come in." She said. He sat down on a chair in the room.

"Masaru-san, may I ask why are you looking for me ?" She asked.

"Oh, it's because I want to ask a favor of you." He replied, "But first, how's the profit of the game? And the accounts?"

"They're all going quite smoothly." She said, "The game is bought by millions every day. I'm managing the company's accounts, and it's not that hard."

"Glad to hear that."

"So, what's the favor you're asking from me?"

"Right. Can I take a picture of you?"

"Why though?"

Masaru tried to think of a reason frantically. Finally, he thought of one.

"I want to put a portrait of you on the website." He said, "You do know our website has our members' photos, and yours is not there?"

"Oh, really?" Charmaine went to check her website and realized that there is no picture of her in it.

"Okay. Do it quick, please." She said, "I'm kind of shy."

Masaru took out his phone and took a picture of her face.

"Okay, and I'm done." He said, "Thanks for cooperating."

"No problem."

In Masaru's house, Uncle Yang is still in his room. He is staring at the sky when George came into his room.

"Uncle Yang." George greeted. He then took out a syringe and a few other stuff. He placed them on the table.

"Come on, Uncle Yang. Let's wash your hands." George pulled him to the toilet and washed his hands before pulling him back to the room.

"Okay, I'm going to do something to you, but it's fast. I promise you that. You'll be fine, so sit on the chair, okay?"

Uncle Yang walked to his cabinet and took his teddy bear. As he was taking it, he saw a small toy camera beside his bear.

He took the camera and looked at it. He then threw it outside of the window.

"Uncle Yang, you cannot litter or throw things out of the window!" George said.

"I...I'm sorry." Uncle Yang replied, "I...I hate the t...toy and just wanted t...to throw it away."

"There's a dustbin for you, isn't there?"

"O...oh right." Uncle Yang said.

"Sit on the chair." George uttered. Uncle Yang moved to the chair and sat on it, hugging his teddy bear.

"I'm going to wash your hands again, but no worries, I have a water bottle." George stated, "I'm just going to pour water out from it."

He took the bottle out and poured a small amount of water on Uncle Yang's hands.

"Uncle Yang, clench your right fists." He told Uncle Yang. The old man nodded and clenched his fist. George took an alcohol wipe and wiped a spot of the vein spotted on Uncle Yang's hand.

After 30 seconds, George inserted a needle into a small holder and placed the blood collection tube in too. He then aimed the needle at Uncle Yang's arm vein and poked the needle in.

When the blood collection tube is a quarter filled, George removed the needle and taped the place where he injected the needle.

"That's all I need." George said, "I'll see you soon, Uncle Yang."

George got out of Masaru's house and into his car. He picked his bag up from the passenger seat and took out the paper document his mother had thrown in the dustbin.

A few minutes ago, before he went to work, he needed to attend to the toilet urgently. As he was running, he hit the dustbin and the trash fell out.

"I'll do that later."

After he was done in the toilet, he wore gloves and pinched his nose with one hand as he picked the trash up with his other hand. He then came across a document.

He picked it up and read it. His eyes widened in shock.

"No, this isn't true." George shook his head. He was about to throw the document when he stopped himself.

"If I can prove to myself it isn't the case, then this certificate is useless. But then, why is it here even?"

Back to the present, George safely kept the blood collection tube in his shirt pocket and drove off.

In the evening, after work, Masaru drove to Leo's office and passed him the photo of Charmaine.

"So, you decided to use her as your 'victim', right?" Leo asked.

"Right."

"So, I'll make the mask now. Come back tomorrow at this timing. My mask would be ready by then, and you can carry on with my plan."

"Yes." Masaru sighed.

In the hospital, George asked the doctors for the blood of his father, Matt Fuistuer. He then went on his office and injected the needle into his veins too. He collected his own blood and placed it in a collection tube.

As he is taping his hand, he got a call from Masaru.

"Kobayashi, what's up?" George asked.

"Could you help me out?" Masaru asked, "My colleague Eriri is sick, from what I heard from my girlfriend."

"Tell her to go to a clinic then."

"She can't move. High fever and someone has to take care of her. Come on, please, Fuistuer, help me. Don't make my girlfriend worried about Eriri."

"Tell me three reasons why I should help. I got important things to do, you know."

"Number one, you're my best friend, man. Number two, you're a doctor. You're supposed to help sick people in need. Number three, she's a member in the company I work for. If she's sick, we can't finish our game. I need my salary, mind you. I'm not rich like you. Plus, she's my ex, and I still care for her as a friend. I do not want her to get sick."

"Fine." George said, "I'm only helping you because you're my friend."

When Eriri woke up from her sleep, she realized a cold cloth was placed on her forehead. She then saw medication beside her bed.

"Who placed them here?" Eriri asked herself.

"I did." George came into her room.

"It's you, George-san. I'm sorry if my friend had asked you over. You had to save me twice. Once from Kane, and now from my fever."

"You should really thank Masaru." George said, "He begged me to help you recover your sickness."

Eriri kept quiet.

"Remember to take your medication and get well." George spoke, "The tablet is thrice per day. One time in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the night. The syrup is twice per day. One in the morning, and one in the night."

"Thank you, George-san." Eriri replied, "After I recover, c...can I treat you to a meal?"

"A meal?"

"You helped me twice. I must repay back that kindness."

"If you say so."

The next morning, as George entered his office, a nurse entered and gave him a file.

"Inside the file is the paternity test papers." She told him.

"Thanks." He opened the file and read the papers. He got a big shock from it.

Masaru messaged Utaha, saying he would not be able to bring her to work this morning. He then reported at Leo's house. Leo passed him a bag.

"Your mask, some weapons and a pepper spray." Leo said, "Remember to not get caught. This identity is just for your shield."

"Understood." Masaru replied.

During lunch break, Masaru and Utaha ate their lunch together.

"Why are you unable to bring me to work this morning?" Utaha asked.

"I had something important to attend to." Masaru replied.

"I see."

"By the way, Utaha. Mind if I ask you a question?"

"Nope."

"Good. Utaha, if you're forced to do a thing you hate to do, but a gun is pointed at your head, would you still do the job you're supposed to do?"

Utaha thought for a while before replying, "Yes. I can't sacrifice my life by not doing what this guy wants."

"What happens if the guy that forces you to do stuff uses your loved one as a threat? Will you do it?"

"If it's you, my parents or my close friends like Tomoya, Megumi, and Eriri, I will do it." Utaha replied, "I want you to survive. The same thing for my parents. If anyone else, no."

"Okay, thanks for the opinion." Masaru said.

"Are you threatened? Are you supposed to do something you hate?" She asked worriedly.

"Don't be silly. I'm just asking." He answered.

"Really? Nothing wrong going on? I'm just worried about my boyfriend."

"Nothing, Utaha." He kissed her cheeks, "This shall give you reassurance."

"I do feel reassured now." Utaha smiled at him.

At nine in the night, Masaru went to the office. Before he stepped into the lift, he went to the toilet to change. He came out wearing a floral dress and yellow heels.

"Oh my." He thought, "Heels are sure hard to walk in." He then took out the mask that Leo gave him. It exactly looked like Charmaine's face.

He wore it and entered the lift. He then entered the office by tapping on a scanner with the company card.

He walked to Charmaine's office and tried to find the safe. He searched the room.

In Tomoya's house, he, Utaha, Megumi, and Eriri were celebrating his birthday.

"Happy birthday, Tomoya!" The three girls screamed happily. They each blew one party horn. Utaha brought out the birthday cake and placed candles on it before lighting them up.

"I appreciate you girls going through all this effort to celebrate my birthday." Tomoya said.

"Don't mention it." Eriri said, "It's the least we could do as friends and colleagues, even as a girlfriend and a potential wife."

"No plans on marrying this thick-headed protagonist yet." Megumi chuckled.

"Hey! How can my pretty girlfriend insult me on my birthday? I feel sad." Tomoya sighed.

"Let's sing the birthday song, shall we?" Utaha asked. Eriri and Megumi nodded in agreement. The girls then started singing.

"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, Tomoya, happy birthday to you!"

"Make a wish, Tomoya." Eriri said.

"I wish that our company successfully sells as many games as possible." Tomoya then looked at Megumi, "And I hope that my pretty girlfriend can be happy all the time."

"You're so mushy, Tomoya-kun." Megumi kissed his cheeks. He then blew the candles off and everyone clapped except Eriri.

"Wait." She checked her phone, "Someone entered our office at this timing."

"This timing?" Tomoya was surprised, "Check the cameras in the office."

Back in Charmaine's office room, Masaru finally found the safe. It was hidden behind a bookshelf.

He opened it and saw a lot of cash.

"Looks like there's real cash." He muttered, "Not all are in accounts."

He took 28 million yen out and stuffed it in the bag. He quietly pushed the bookshelf back and ran out of the office. As he reached into the lift, he fell down and one of his heels broke.

"Ouch." He groaned in pain. When the lift reached the basement floor, Masaru removed his heels and walked into the toilet. He changed back into his normal outfit and sneakers.

"Hope I didn't get noticed." Masaru got into his car and drove off.

In George's house, Madeline is resting in her room when George entered her room.

"Hey, son. Manners." Madeline said, "Knock the damn door before coming in."

"Do you think I have time to care about that?" George threw a file on her bed, "Explain this, then."

"Jeez, chill." Madeline took the file, "You got to relax."

She opened the file and received a shock.

George went to her and took out a paper from the file.

"This is the paternity test." George growled, "According to it, Matt Fuistuer is excluded as the biological father of George Fuistuer, and the probability of paternity is zero percent. However, Jack Yang is not excluded as the biological father of George Fuistuer, and the probability of paternity is 99.9 percent."

"Son, this is obviously fake. The doctors have a grudge against me..."

"Fake?" George shouted, "FAKE? I TOOK THE BLOOD FROM THE TWO OF THEM AND MYSELF! IF IT'S FAKE, WOULDN'T IT MEAN MATT FUISTUER IS FAKE TOO?"

"He's not fake..." Madeline shook his head, "The result is fake..."

"Stop denying, Mum!" George shook her body, "Tell me the truth. I want the truth and only the truth."

Madeline looked at a furious George.

"Tell me!" He yelled at her.

To be continued in Episode 18

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