4. A battle between loners
The next day after the event at the old school building.
“Seriously, why it’s raining now…”
As promised yesterday, Atsushi decided to have lunch on the bench near the old school building, but as soon as he went outside, he couldn’t help but clicked his tongue as he felt raindrops were falling from the sky.
Well, if you try to eat outside, you should also consider the possibility of this. It’s my mistake that I didn’t expect it.
But, now that it happens, where should I eat…
『”Ooo-ii. The strong-looking person who’s troubled there.”』
Suddenly, Atsushi heard a voice in his head like the day before.
『”It’s above, above”』
Atsushi suddenly looked up.
There was a figure of Yuri looking down at him from the window on the second floor.
With her upper body out, she continued her words while beckoning.
『”Please go inside. Towel, I’ll lend you one.”』
Following Yuri’s suggestion, Atsushi went to the room where she was.
Then Atsushi looked outside, he saw the momentum of the rain was getting stronger than before, and he started to hear a strong rain noise. If he had been there as it was, he would have been soaked.
Therefore, Atsushi was grateful to Yuri.
“… Is it okay? For me to be here…”
『”It doesn’t matter. Well, there’s also the fact that you’re a psychic like me.”』
Yuri replied with simple words to Atsushi who was wiping his wet hair with a towel.
Immediately afterward, however, she sent more words into his head with a fearless smile.
『”Be-side-ee. I’m not letting you take shelter from the rain for free.”』
“… I see. You want something in return huh? So? What should I do? Should I buy you a yakisoba bread?” [TN: Hot dog buns, but the filling is yakisoba (fried noodles)]
『”No, I won’t ask for that, and what? Do you think I’ll ask you to go buy it while it’s raining? Am I a demon?”』
Although she put in a little joke, as usual, she remained silent.
Her facial expression changed a little, but her mouth didn’t move at all. But, the tone of the words that flow into Atsushi’s head was telling him that she was actually talkative.
Her outside and inside were completely different, which was why Atsushi felt a tremendous sense of discomfort talking with her.
『”This, is what I want you to do.”』
In response to Atsushi who was leaning his head, Yuri took out 2 game consoles from her bag.
And she also took out something else, that was,
“Is this … a game of that “Evil-Masked Blade” which always airs on Sunday morning?”
『”That’s right! You see, it was a dream to play this with my friend.”』
“I see, but in the first place, fighting games are played by two people, right? Why did you buy it even though you didn’t have friends? Why do you even have two game consoles?”
『”… Please guess”』
“… Maybe you bought two game consoles so that you can play against anyone at any time?”
『”As I said, I told you, to guess, right?!!”』
Even though she remained expressionless, the pressure of words that flew into Atsushi’s head and the pressure that comes from her body, were not a joke.
It seemed Atsushi hit the nail.
I need to change the topic now.
“Anyway, you know ‘that’ right? It’s a violation of school rules for bringing game consoles to school.”
『”Well. Nowadays, anyone is violating the rules if it’s just this much. There are many students who downloaded game apps to their smartphones, you know?”』
“That’s why. Don’t take more risk of bringing in something like a game console.”
Different from the old days, it had become natural to bring a smartphone to school nowadays. And if you could install a game in it, it should be common sense to play there.
To take the risk of being found by a teacher for bringing in a game console, you could say, she might be crazy…
“Well, I don’t mind. I don’t particularly hate this game.”
『”Oh? That reaction, perhaps, Yamagami-san also has this game?”』
“Only the old one. I don’t have the latest one, but I was a fan when I was little. I haven’t tried the new one, but if I can use old characters, I’d like to try it.”
『”Huhumm. All right. But I don’t care whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced player. I’ll be serious. So, don’t cry because you lost, okay?”』
Atsushi gave an appropriate reply to Yuri’s words.
He thought that it wasn’t really a good idea to play games at school, but he decided to not care about it for the time being. Besides, he had no right to refuse because it was a condition that allowed him to take shelter from the rain.
Therefore, he decided to enjoy it.
『”H-hoo～! N-not bad. But I won’t lose next time. Please be prepared.”』
『”T-this time too. I haven’t used my favorite character YET!!! Next time I’ll be serious, really!!!”』
『”Daaaammn!!! Why can’t I win!!! Why does my ‘Blade’ lose!!!”』
Game Fight (translated by me)
『“………………. Uhuhu” 』
Yuri who had been losing so many times in a row, was finally in tears.
Perhaps, she was really confident in her skill. But it was too bad… Since she had only been fighting CPU, she wasn’t used to fighting against another player, so her attacks were kind of easy to read.
And because Atsushi felt guilty for winning against her in a row.
“Ah, that, err… sorry.”
For the time being, Atsushi decided to apologize.
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