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Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00
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Akari's waiting at the Aria offices for Alicia, but she hasn't appeared when she was meant to - and hasn't contacted Akari to say where she is, either. There's a simple reason for this: it's because Akari is a Prima, and there's no need for Alicia to be there any longer. It's all a dream, of course - she wakes up and Alicia is there, as usual - but it leaves Akari in a thoughtful mood, wondering why Alicia chose her to be her understudy and whether she'll live up to expectations. Turns out that she's not the only one...

Feeling inadequateEnjoying the company

1 - That Imminent Spring Breeze...
The annual Carnevale has just ended - one of the busiest times of year for the gondola companies, and a great chance for the apprentices to get some hands-on experience - but now life is beginning to quieten down again and return to normal. Left with some free time, Akari, Alice and Aika are out relaxing around the canals again when they spot Al and Akatsuki at a canalside cafe - Akatsuki's got an promotion exam coming up, but his studying of it isn't going as well as he'd like. Later, the impending arrival of spring calls for a little celebration...

Study sessionJust qualified

2 - That Smiling Customer...
Akari's just taken a booking - and for the first time, the customer has specifically requested her to be the guide. Thrilled at this, she stays up late that night, planning the route she's going to take her passenger and the sights she's going to sho her along the way. Which of course means that, come the next day, she's wrecked. Aika and Alice have their own ideas of who the mysterious customer could be - a criminal hoping to kidnap Akari, or the legendary mystery examiner come to test her skills, but in reality she's a charming elderly woman by the name of Aramantha. Which doesn't stop Alica and Aika from trying to tail their friend to see what's going on...

AramanthaPursuers

3 - Those Feelings Within...
It won't be long to summer - it's the time of year that should cheer the heart of anyone, and also the time when restoration work in the city kicks into high gear. With many of Neo Venezia's buildings having been transported from the real Venice, there's lots of work to be done - and so the girls decide to go have a look around the changing city. On their way to Cafe Florian, though, they encounter a young patisierre, who in the following days seems to be in Akari's vicinity rather a lot...

Telling offPatisierre

4 - Those Who Aim For Tomorrow...
Akari's been busy looking at the Aria Company work schedule, and can't help but notice that Alicia does far more work than she does - she gets at best one or two days off each week, while Akari spends quite a bit of her time goofing off with her friends. The realisation gets her to wondering just how useful she's being to Alicia, and if there's anything else she can do. Alicia has an idea that might help improve her mood: to put her to work on the Traghetto for a while, the small gondolas that are used to ferry people across the canals. They're one of the few places where Singles are permitted to work without supervision and so, teamed up with three girls from other companies to deal with a particular crossing, she gets to work. But sculling a traghetto is a little different from working her usual gondola, while talking to the other girls about the Prima Promotion Exam only helps increase Akari's doubts...

Feeling uselessFace of determination

5 - That Keepsake Clover...
You know summer is coming when the winter uniforms are finally retired, and it's that time of year again in Neo Venezia. With the changing seasons can come changing moods, too - and not necessarily to more cheerful ones. After seeing Alicia and Athena in action, Aika suddenly realises just how talented the really are - it's a sobering realisation for her, and gets her to wondering just how Akira - who she doesn't see in quite the same light at the other two water fairies - felt being around them. A little overshadowed, perhaps? Just like she's beginning to feel around Alica and Akari...

Same thoughtsEven Akira feels helpless#

5.5 - That Little Secret Place...
With Alicia away on other business for the day, Aria Company is closed - but with Alica and Aika both tied up doing other things, Akari's been left to find her own ways to pass the time. She heads out for one of Neo-Venezia's purely residential areas, somewhere the gondola tours would usually never go, to take a look at the other side of the city - the side away from the tourist trade. Between laundry-filled alleyways and delightful backstreet restaurants, it's a day well spent - and when Akatsuki sees her and tries to catch up, he finds that Akari's faster than he'd though...

Day offIntruder

6 - That Wonderful Extracurricular Lesson...
It's no fun being scolded, even when you know you've done something to deserve it, and while Alicia has never scolded Akari ("Ara ara!!" ::giggle:: hardly counts), she's been on the receiving end of Aika's scolding enough to know that she doesn't like it. Learning that Alicia never scolds Akari does get Alice to wondering, though, just what it would take to push Alicia over the edge - or is she just too perfect? And so she decides to find out, by way of a little spying on the Aria Company offices...

ShockUnderstanding