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The hero of this story. An second year student on the school-ship H.B. Polestar. Her cheefully innocent demeanor has made her a lot of friends, and just as many enemies.
A lesbian who prefers younger pretty girls, she has many lovers all over the school, calling each one 'My darling little kitten.'
She thinks of herself as a 'lesbian prince.'
You're being expelled.
Is that right?
Literally steering the entire school on her own, the President made this announcement in a conversational tone, her hands firmly placed on the wheel.
Umm…. May I ask why?
The girl called Anri asked with a hint of resignation in her voice.
It was widely known that any notice of this sort that came from the Principal herself always seemed like a joke.
Like the time she said she would drive right into the heart of a storm, or the time she broadcast to the entire school that they were about to ram into an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Seemingly completely serious each time.
Compared to that, expulsion is way below her joke material.
So if she's serious, what possible reason could she have?
Although, the reason would probably be related to those two well-known incidents.
It's because of the serial rape incidents. I'm sure you know all about them?
That is, well…. It is pretty much the only thing anyone's talking about these days.
The rumor is all over the place. In fact, ever since the gag order was imposed, it seems to have spread even more.
Three people have already been attacked, right? What in the world is PS (Polarstar Security) doing? Why aren't they doing their jobs?
PS is working tirelessly on this case. And, I regret to say, apparently there was a fourth victim last night.
As you might expect, we are rapidly approaching our limits here.
Wait just a second. Is there some connection between these attacks and why I'm being expelled?
You can't think that I…!
Yes, it's exactly that.
At the staff meeting held early this morning, the conclusion was reached that you are, in fact, the perpatrator of these crimes, and were thus sentenced to expulsion as punishment.
It seems that PS has considered you their prime suspect for some time now.
I have had the feeling that someone was watching me lately.
Nevertheless, I swear to you that I did not commit these crimes.
Since your normal behavior is just so perfect, right?
In my opinion, the circumstantial evidence alone is enough to prove that you're our criminal.
This, coming from an educator!?
Before I am Principal, I am the captain of this ship, dammit!
I leave education to the other teachers.
She is so unreasonable….
Well, since the victims aren't likely to press any charges, we won't turn you over to the police.
You will be put off the ship at our next port of call…. After that, you are free to do as you please.
So you're not going to give me a chance to prove I'm innocent?
Well, as I mentioned before, you have a certain unsavory reputation around this school.
And if, while PS has you detained, the incidents cease, then that's all the proof we really need, yes?
This is beyond 'not doing their jobs.' Drubbing up false charges like this is illegal, you know.
What are you talking about? This decision was made by a two-thirds majority vote, as is required by school regulations.
If you have any complaints, please file them with the Department of Foreign Affairs, once you return home.
…She just won't shut up…
You know, I came to this school because I thought it was the one that best suited me.
I'm feeling a little like I've been betrayed right now.
Is that so….
We have about three weeks until we reach our next port of call.
Yeah, that's when the graduating Visitor Class goes ashore, right?
There will be a big farewell party the day before.
So if you were to clear your name, it would likely have to be by then, don't you think?
I mean, since you will be put ashore the next day, there won't really be enough time to hold a meeting to have your punishment reversed.
And if there is definite proof that you are not the criminal, then maybe certain people will refrain from saying such harsh things about you in the future.
So you're saying I have to go out and find the real criminal?
I said nothing of the sort. Until you leave this ship, you will be confined to your quarters.
Of course, I suppose it would be rather difficult to truly confine someone with as many friends as you have.
For some reason, I get the feeling I'm getting screwed over here.
What else can I do, when it's settled that you are the criminal.
For the time being, please return to your quarters. You will, of course, not be required to attend classes.
There should be a staff member waiting outside in the corridor. Please allow her to escort you.
From this point forward, leaving your rooms without prior approval is prohibited. Now get out!