When I saw So for the first time in the entrance of middle school, I who’s being neglience fell into an illusion as if I’m being isolated in a space, also isolated from the sound of the surrounding. Right after that, I forcibly removed my line of sight which filled with despair from the difference in what So have and what I have. AAh, why I’m with such guy. My heart just didn’t want to calm down despite I know the reason, I can’t help but think about it. Especially when I saw the surrounding girls who was looking at his face with engrossed expression, I’m really irritated by it.
That’s why when all kind of scary rumors were spreading around about his family and people started to avoiding him, I felt like a weight had been lifted from my chest *. Though I somehow get this feeling that rumor seems wrong, the me of that time couldn’t face this feeling yet. [TL* : Courtesy to novalance and kazeyuki from NUF]
The turning point of that kind of me is arrived before the excursion trip when we’re a sophomore of middle school.
I was in celebration mood due to my first time abroad. The other member of the group also think the same way in the current situation. Escaping from the teacher who’s patrolling in the middle of the night, me and three other students of the same group is heading toward the city of the night without even sleeping. Despite we can’t speak very well.
We think that we were slightly bigger at that time. When we were noticed, we’re already in one corner of the city which we told to not goes to by sensei, we was being surrounded by men who’s grinning widely on our surrounding. It’s the very picture of we being surrounded by the delinquent of the city, and being stripped off our posession by them. Some even brought gun or knife amongst them, no matter how you look at it, this won’t end nicely.
At this rate, we’ll be one the worst possible news tomorrow morning. The title is 【The Mystery of the Dissapearance of 4 Middle School Student in the Night Before Excursion Trip】. SHIIT, I PISSEED IN MY PANTS. my knees is also trembling non-stop.
I’m prepared myself for the worst case, I feel like to beat our stupid self from sometimes ago and my head turning into jumbled mess of wishing for someone to come to save us when no one even come to save us.
At that time, So just suddenly appeared. So’s dispatching those delinquent which number I don’t know how many dozen of them in an instant, he came to safe us. But, his movement which is out of common sense was filling me with mroe dread rather than relief. I definitely is relieved for being saved by him. But more than that, So who was trampling the men before us is frightening. At that time, I’s convinced that few dark rumor about So is actually true.
After that we were expressing our gratitude to So with prejudice in our heart without even talking to him honestly. Our true feeling is to not involved with him no matter what.
When we held such complicated feeling, So told us. 「It seems no one injured. Thanks goodness, well see ya」.
I definitely felt at that time. The feeling of relieved along with the lost of my fear. And then, the anger for my tiny self.
――What are you doing. It shouldn’t be like this right. I shouldn’t do this after saved by him right.
When I noticed, I already chasing after So. Why I did that, even I don’t know myself what was the deciding factors for it. Even so, I thought that I have to do it. Otherwise, I won’t be able to erasing this lingering discomfort in my whole life. Was what I thought.
In the end I can’t find So for the rest of the night of that day, so I reluctantly returned to the hotel. Early morning next day, I saw the figure of So who sitting alone on the sofa at the lobby so if possible, I want to talk to him as fast as possible even if he’s not a good natured person. My body’s moving ahead of my brain and I already sat right in front of him. After that, I can’t remember the full details of the words that I said to So. I just frantically saying my gratitude for yesterday matter, and then I remember that I’m apologizing to him for avoiding him up till now.
But, there’s one thing which I remember so clearly. Only that words said by So is clearly remaining in my memories.
「No, that’s just normal to avoiding someone like me right. That’s why I won’t angry even if Takahashi-kun is avoiding me. Rather, I’m glad that there’s someone who want to talk to me. Thank you very much」
――What the hell is that.
I’m raising a laugh to his words, I desperately holding back the tears of my heart. Though an incomprehensible feeling which I don’t know whether it’s happy or sorrowful feeling is jumbled together in my heart, I can say clearly my feeling at that time.
The me of that time want to become the friend of So.
Though except for me, the three who was saved by So along with me didn’t get themself involved with him more than that, I was completely attracted by So after that incident. Let me tell you first, I like girls. And then, by no means I’m attracted to him like in homosexual sense. I’m attracted to So purely as a human.
Nevertheless, I think that it can’t be helped. So was completely a figure of hero to me. The yearning of a man for a hero is as clear as the answer of 1+1.
After that, I’m getting along with So. While doing so, I knew that So family is a little special and So himself is doing a slightly abnormal training. Though everyone who knew about that is leaving so in fear, I have to say that all of them are fool. And the past me is an extreme fool.
I know very well that kind of situation is just one part of this guy while I’m associating with So. He’s a kind person. Sometimes an airhead, sometime a pervert but, he definitely is a nice guy. Though everyone is scared of strange So, that’s nothing more than one part of So personality. It’s truly is an idiotic things to do something like avoiding this kind of gentle guy――I really was an idiot.
I’m glad from the bottom of my heart in the fact that I became So friend.
――That’s why I’m always happy to be able to help So. No, I absolutely must help him.
I receiving a consultation from Sou in the day before his birthday. And that was「I wonder what should I do to be able to experiencing a normal high-school student live」 Though I’m holding back so many time times from saying “That’s already impossible”, I couldn’t say anything but “Leave it to me” when he come for a consultation with that kind of moist eyes.
After thinking for a while, I say to So to try my previous suggestion.
「ISn’t it okay if you just asking for the game which you say that you want before as your birthday present？」
So who heard about that proposal is jumping in delight and saying his gratitude which never happens so far to my good idea.
That time―― I was a bit glad.
I was even more happier the next day when I know that So will get the game that he want. I’m really glad when I’m looking at So happy face.
That’s why when So disappear from the game since he’s extremely anxious for his friendly fire, it feel like my body is torn apart.
I didn’t want to looking to So who’s apologizing to me with sorrowful face and then leaving the game which he wanted to play so much. That’s why, I braced myself. I say to myself that I definitely will help So to settle his trouble by all means. I definitely will returning my debt of that time to him even if it’s just a little bit.
The 37 battle already ended after my declaration to train Sou with PvP. Yup, he’s dyed of the color of noobs to the core. This is truly a major trouble. But I definitely will save So now. As if I’m going to let you from leaving the game.
「ONCE AGAIN, SO！ I’ve noticed it…………. You’re more skilled in using arts than the last time. Let’s do it again！ 」
But in the 38 battle too, So’s completely surpressed by my movement and completely pressured without being able to fight back. No, he’s following my movement but the switching of his arts is too irregular which left him unable to move*. Though I’m pointing about that, I know that it can’t help him in settling his own problem just by pointing that. Since that point isn’t the root of problem for So. [TL* : Courtesy to yukkuri oniisan and ptbptb]
「――No matter how hard I try, my body just couldn’t move the way of the programmed movement」
Yup, that’s the number one problem of So. So living body have superior specs than the game specs. Seriously, what a real cheat.
「Rather, if possible I’m can do it better without using ar~………….. N？」
Sou casual words also led me to my own casual words.
「That’s true, rather if you’re not using ar~…….N？」
It seems So also noticed by himself. We spoke at the same timing about the basically the same things.
「「ISN’T IT FINE IF YOU/I’M NOT USING ARTS！？ 」」
That’s right, why I failed to notice such simple things. If the support of the game can’t catching up with So movement, he didn’t need to deliberately using those shackles. I’m such a fool for failing to notice such simple things. So is a fool too. Both of us are a fool huh.
「Tell me, can I fight without using arts？」
「It should be possible. It should be possible but, I never heard of someone who fought without using arts. I heard that a story that the people who fight that way using creation occupation is quite rare」
But he can do it if that person is So. Somehow I’m filled with such baseless self-confidence.
Maybe thanks to that so also found a glimpse of hope, he’s showing his best expression of today. Yup, that’s expression match you very well. I definitely will fall for him if I was a girl.
「Yosh, let’s do continue this, Hive. My gauge is still red, the battle isn’t decided yet！ 」
「OKE, then let’s start again after taking some distance. But it’ll end right away in one hit with the amount of your HP. You must be careful you know？ 」
I’m fixed my sword and shield again and then taking some distance from So.
「Though I’ve saying this so many times before, knight which is my occupation have high defense power and, the trait is that it can wear thick defensive gears. Your gun which is the initial equipment done almost no damage even if attacking from the top of armor. So you have no choice but to attacking my arms or legs which is not being protected by armor or the gap between my armor to delivering some damage」
「ROGER. In addition your shield can move according to the trajectory of the attack of your opponent and even deflecting bullet if you’re using your defense arts right？ 」
「Well I can’t say anything if you already understand that much. Try to hit my armor as much as possible」
I, who never saw So firing a gun in real life――Which is natural―― Nevertheless, he might be able to hit my armor right.
I, who fought against So experiencing a hallucination as if I’m standing in the middle of battlefield of somewhere with tension filling the atmosphere.
So is holding his dual gun in his hand. Moreover, it’s initial equipment. His garment is also initial equipment. Facing against him, I’m wearing iron helmet and full plate armor which hiding almost all of my vital spot, moreover I’m also equipped with sword and shield which have vast range of defense. The difference of our equipment is as plain as day.
Though I say that the purpose of this PvP is for So to hit me, since I’m learning the skill to the extent that there won’t be any accidental shooting, it’s nothing significant, no problem. If those guys who know nothing is looking at me in this situation might see this as me bullying a beginner.
I’m paying full attention at So movement while thinking so―― The world is suddenly enveloped in darkness.
I fell into a panic for moment. Nevertheless that’s only natural right, my field of vision is enveloped in total darkness. I which somehow escaped from panic attack was at first suspecting that there’s a failure in my VR machine, 【REVE】. But there wasn’t any abnormality sign anywhere on the configuration of image, sound or battery which shown at the end of my field of vision. Then I finally noticed it. Both my eyes was shoot. But…….
「S-SERIOUSLY. I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHEN I WAS SHOOT BY YOU……… OR RATHER, HOW CAN YOU SHOOTING BOTH OF MY EYES WHICH SHOWN DUE TO THE GAP OF THE HELMET……. ISN’T THAT REALLY A FEAT? 」
Is that kind of feat even possible? No, it could be done after actually witnessing it but. This coming…….. Is waay beyond my imagination.
「Yup, my shooting skill is almost the same with my real self[i]. I can attack without feeling any kind of discomfort」
This guy can do this so calmly in real world……… That’s too amazing. As expected, So really was a hero. And then my bosom friend.
As soon as my vision recovered, my happiness which I can’t block is exploded.
「AREN’T YOU TOTALLY DONE IT NOW, SO！ YOU ALREADY COMPLETELY ALRIGHT IF YOUR ACCURACY AND HIT RATE IS THIS HIGH！ OR RATHER, NOT ANYONE CAN DO THIS EVEN IF THEY’RE USING ARTS YOU KNOW！ 」
Crap, i can’t hold back my happiness. Though I’m naturally happy that So can keep playing game, I just can’t holding back the happiness of being able to help So.
「In spite of me saying that it’s difficult for even only accidental head shot and yet……… To both eyes. As expected of real cheat. Moreover, doing something like shooting 2 bullets in that short amount of time」
This guy is just too amazing. So is throwing another bomb who’s thinking that way.
「I shot 4 bullets. I shot both of your eyes and then both of the gap of your armor」
Both my thought and body is freeze for a moment, and then I’m taking of my armor in hurry to quickly confirming that. In my armor is――
「It’s true………. There’s damage judgement in both side………. B-But, I heard nothing but the sound of 2 gun shoot！？ 」
「Naturally, it’s because I shot it simultanously. There’s no reason to do such inefficient action like shooting simultanously despite having 2 gun right？ 」
……. It seems that somehow I accidentally let a monster born into this world. This guy could a last boss right.
After that I’m repeating PvP so many times with So―― And completely beaten by him.
The most unbelieveable things is the fact that So is slipping through my defense art, 【Defense Shield】, without showing any sign of stopping, and then accurately landing a blow to the vital points. There might be no one even in the guys amongst the top guild of capture group can do that sort of feat.
And not just that. I couldn’t even graze him even when using offense arts with sword, 【Blade Attack】, even my offense arts with shield, 【Blade Attack】experiencing the same failure. So is completely evading all of my attack only with his living flesh without even using any kind of evasion arts.
I lend my spare sword to So for a PvP with fellow swordman. And then, So was unleashing powerful attack which far more faster and varied than me who using arts all while wearing nonchalant face. I’m also slightly depressed due to this. NOT, well, though half of it is my responsibilities for releasing this monster in this world……… Nevertheless I want to say it. Who can predict such outcome.
Soon after that, Sou was fallen from gratitude for my insistance*. Though I was almost fallen into dark side, somehow I managed to avoid it.
I’m feeling slightly tired after being “Gittagita[ii]“-ed by So and then while feeeling full since I could be a help to So, I’m tapping the entry inside the request of chat which shined since a while ago.
【Ah, it’s finally connected huh. Wait, Hive？ Why I can’t contact you all this while】
【Ah, my bad. There was extremely important matter which I can’t left alone no matter what. But that was ended already】
【Business？ Ah, Todo-kun right. In that case it can’t be helped then. Well then since I want to have a briefing for tomorrow, come here in a while】
【Good child, then see you later】
…… Fuu, it seems tomorrow will be hectic.