스콜피온 - 붉은 은하수

...At the T-Doll dormitory.

Skorpion Aha, the anniversary banquet is finally here once again! What should I wear for my battle robe...? Let's go with this! I'm sure to become the center of attention this time! Hehe...

...In the command room on a certain day before the banquet.

Skorpion Com~ man~ der!

Commander What is it, Skorpion? You seem happy today.

Skorpion Commander, where's mine? Where's mine?

Commander Your what? Meat for your lunch? Did the machine gun T-Dolls take all the meat again?

Skorpion ?...No, even though that's another problem, it's not the time to talk about that...
Commander! Is there something wrong with our base's mail service?

Commander No, everything's working properly. Is there a problem?

Skorpion It's the invitations for the anniversary banquet!
I just saw Mosin-Nagant with one, so how come I haven't received mine yet?

Commander Ah, about that...
Since we're inviting so many people from outside of the company, the official banquet isn't open to everyone.
(I check the list, but unsurprisingly, Skorpion's name isn't on it.)

Skorpion lowers her head with an expression even sadder than the one she usually wears when she isn't able to snatch any meat.

Skorpion (Silent)......

Commander ...Skorpion?

Skorpion (Silent)......

Commander Ah, right, I'm supposed to contact the engineering department if a T-Doll crashes. What was the phone number again...?

Skorpion Uwaaaaaaaaaaah!!

Skorpion bursts out crying, scaring me.

Commander W-What is it, Skorpion?
Why are you crying all of a sudden?

Skorpion (Sobbing)...Why did this happen...?
I put so much effort into preparing my dress...

Commander Hold on, Skorpion, actually...

Skorpion (Sobbing)...
...I looked over so many dress illustrations...

Commander That...

Skorpion (Sobbing)...
...I went to consult with the clothing department so many times...

Commander That's why I'm trying to say...

Skorpion (Sobbing)...
Even though I worked so hard...

I quickly grab hold of Skorpion's shoulders and shake her with all my might.
She turns and looks at me, wide-eyed, as if she had just woken up from a nightmare.

Commander Have you calmed down?
I'll send you to the café if you're not okay, alright?

She nods quickly, before vigorously shaking her head and composing herself.
I smile helplessly and let go of her.

Commander For this anniversary, we're organizing not only a banquet.
On the same night, there will be a party on base, held specifically for the T-Dolls who weren't invited to the official banquet.
That's why you don't have to be so depressed.

Skorpion (Abruptly raising her head) R-really?! That means...

Commander Yes, exactly.

Skorpion Commander, I might arrive later than the others, but!
You have to wait for the moment I arrive in my magnificent dress, you absolutely have to!

Commander Looks like it's going to be a surprise, huh? I'm looking forward to it.

Skorpion Of course! It's a promise!

Skorpion happily skips out of the command room, forgetting to close the door as usual.

Commander Phew. Just as what you would expect from Skorpion, being able to cheer up so quickly.
It's a good thing she didn't ask why she wasn't invited to the official banquet... Yep, that's just like her.

...At the Griffin anniversary party.

Griffin T-Doll Is that Skorpion? She looks so pretty. Just like a queen.

Griffin T-Doll That dress looks amazing!
It's completely different from the boyish clothing she usually wears.

Griffin T-Doll Umu, I want to take a selfie with Skorpion later...

Skorpion Awesome! Choosing this dress was the right choice after all, everyone's praising me~
Being the center of attention is such an amazing feeling!

With a proud smile on her face, Skorpion walks gracefully past the group of T-Dolls and approached the Commander.
She tiptoes and spins in a circle, before leaning in slightly as she stared and blinked at the Commander.

Commander What a pleasant surprise. Looks like it was worth the wait after all.

Skorpion That's because it was a prom~ise~, hehe~
Commander, Commander, who's the prettiest person at the party tonight?

Commander Ahem. Of course that would be you, Skorpion.

Skorpion happily spins in a circle, but this time almost hitting a head full of golden hair.

Skorpion Ah, sorry, sorry...

Skorpion Haa? It's you.

SR-3MP Hmph. Your evasion is not bad.
You're actually a handgun T-Doll, aren't you?

Skorpion Hey! What're you talking about, you lewd bunny! It's obvious I'm the star of tonight's banquet!
Want me to burn your hair off?

SR-3MP Ha! You'd go as far as fighting another T-Doll for the title of [Tonight's Star]? Maybe you should burn yourself!

Skorpion Youyouyouyouyou!
Hmph! You're just trying to show off your messy, revealing dress. Dream on!

SR-3MP Tch. I'll give you three seconds to apologize.
Otherwise, I'll dismantle you and turn you into some fireworks to liven things up!

Skorpion Don't even think about it, You lewd bunny!

SR-3MP You smelly scorpion!

(Both of them turning to face the Commander at the same time) You decide! Com! Man! Der!

As I opened my mouth to say something, a chill ran up my spine.
Suddenly, a T-Doll clapped her hands and leisurely strolled over.

M1918 Okay, okay... Both of you are being really noisy...
Are you two competing to be the noisiest T-Doll here tonight?

M1918 winks at me with a relaxed expression on her face.

Commander (Sighing in relief) Looks like everything will be fine...
Ah, there's Mosin-Nagant and 416 having a drinking competition...
(Rubs forehead) Looks like things will not be ending quietly tonight...

Commander Though, seeing everyone enjoying themselves so much isn't such a bad thing.
This is their party, after all.