102. Sometimes, you can’t keep up with others
“―――Well, it’s time for the final match of the beach volleyball tournament!! Surprisingly, the remaining teams are acquaintances!! It’s a showdown between acquaintances!! Anyway, let’s goooo!!”
The venue was filled with excitement at the voice of the host.
And then, in the midst of all this, the four participants, including Atsushi, appeared.
“I’ve never thought, we both really make it to this far, Yamagami.”
“Right. But well, for me, it’s not too surprising that you’re here.”
That was Atsushi’s honest opinion.
After all, it was that Hiiragi. Even though his partner, Kirishima, was an amateur, Atsushi didn’t even think that it was strange for them to make it to the finals. Instead, it would be strange that someone who could be regarded as a human beyond the realm of human beings didn’t make it to the finals.
“However, since this is a competition, I’ll do my best.”
“Yeah. Let’s do our best, fair and square.”
Atsushi and Hiiragi were exchanging greetings over the net. That figure was what a sportsman should be.
…Well, the opposite was happening next to the two of them.
“Ara? Can’t believe that you’re still here. You’re quite enthusiastic, aren’t you? Do you really want that game machine so bad? How should I put it, as a girl, I want to question if that’s something you should prioritize, but well everyone has their own priority. Nothing much I can do if you can’t get it.”
“Well, I don’t want to be told that, especially by you who are completely only has eyes for money… Look, if you take that kind of attitude. After losing, I don’t care if you cry, you know?”
“Don’t worry. You see, sure my Chairman is annoying about various things, but for some reason, he always knows where I am, do you know from where did he get that information? Well, he’s excellent, you know? to the point where I hate it.”
“Speaking of which, even my Atsushi-san can’t turn down a request for whatever reason, despite his scary appearance. Well, he’s strong, you know? To the point where I’m shouting “Oi, oi, are you serious?” inside my mind.”
While saying things like that, Yuri and Kirishima exchanged glances as usual.
While looking at the two of them, the men said,
“…Well, anyway, let’s do our best together. In many ways.”
“…Yeah. Right. Let’s do our best. In many ways.”
Somehow, they sound so tired.
And the match started with Hiiragi’s serve.
Hiiragi took a deep breath.
Closed his eyes, controlled his breathing, and…
The ball that was released with such a shout fell into the corner of Atsushi’s court, barely inside the court.
…No, to be more precise, it would be more correct to say that Hiiragi threw the ball there.
“…Ummー, Atsushi-san. In my eyes, it looked something like a serve was fired just now…”
“Yeah. That’s right.”
“I see, so I’m right. No, that’s not it!! What’s with that murderous serve!! Is he the champion of some volleyball manga!? If I get hit by it, for sure I’ll die!!”
“Well, you’re lucky, Shirasawa. This is the game world. All is good.”
“No, it’s not good at all!! Even if it’s a game, I don’t want to get hurt, so can I just focus on defense from now on!?”
“What are you talking about, Shirasawa… do you think that Chairman’s serve won’t feel hurt just by maxing out your defensive power?”
“What are you talking about, Atsushi-san!? Could it be that the heat of the summer sun is killing you!? But, it can’t be, this is a game world!!”
Yuri freaked out. She couldn’t help it. Hiiragi’s serve was so dangerous. Even if they were inside a game, if the ball accidentally hit her face, perhaps she would get forcefully logged out.
“Don’t worry, Shirasawa――― I get it now, I’ll receive the next one.”
Atsushi asserted so.
And it seemed that it was heard on the other side.
“Hooo, really? Then, try to take this next one!!”
While saying that, another murderous serve was released.
This time it didn’t touch the ground.
Atsushi’s solid reception killed the ball’s momentum and now the ball soared high into the sky.
“Wow, you really received it… no, that’s not it, Atsushi-san!!”
A toss from Yuri. It was slightly above Atsushi’s head.
The ball that was supposedly in a hard-to-hit position, was hit.
Atsushi fired the ball into the opponent’s court without trouble.
Looking at the scene, Kirishima involuntarily leaked words.
“…Chairman, it was a spike just now, right? I couldn’t see it at all…”
“Yeah. Really, he’s quite good.”
“It’s not just “quite”. No, that’s not the problem. I mean, I could only hear a terrible sound from behind, and in my mind, I was like, “what’s going on?”. I think I’ll be out if I get hit by it, don’t you think so?”
“Well, you’re lucky, Kirishima. This is the game world. All is good.”
“No, it’s not good at all. Not good. Impossible, you think I can receive that? You think I can block that? No way! Impossible.”
“You see, it’s common for the ball to go to someone who says something like that, so be careful.”
“Eh, what’s with that? Don’t start raising a flag, and don’t say scary things, can’t you!? I mean, if it’s your words, it may become true!!”
Kirishima shouted so.
However, her voice didn’t reach Hiiragi anymore.
“Well, anyway, you know what it means?”
While looking at each other’s faces across the net,
” “It means that the real thing starts from here!” “
Atsushi and Hiiragi smiled like characters in a hot-blooded sports manga.
In the meantime,
No more. I want to go home…
No more. I want to go home…
Unexpectedly, the disappointing beautiful girls thought the same thing.
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