157-a scene at a kabuki theater

 After promising to go to the training grounds in the near future, I parted ways with Kuroyo and headed for Yabusame, looking up at the darkening sky.
 The reason was to get the reward for the perfect score of 1000 that I had given two days ago.
 It was not yet past seven o'clock in the evening, but I had a little extra time, so I decided to spend the rest of my time at Yabusame.

'It's pretty crowded even though it's dark.

'It's lit up.
Maybe it's because tomorrow is the weekend?
I'm not sure.

 Because the time of the real world and the time of this world are usually linked, it is often dark when working people log in after returning home from work.
 That's why the players themselves are able to see at least at night, and the big cities are well lit.
 However, from the listener's point of view, there is basically no night vision, so you have to use the pay-as-you-go option.

 The only lights in Onin no Sato are lanterns scattered around the village, so it's quite dark at night in the village.
 At the Yabusame archery range, the screen itself was mysteriously glowing, the area around the archery target was well lit, and the rail hoses were always on the same route regardless of the brightness, so it seemed to be possible to operate in a certain level of darkness.
 Also, if you look closely, the view through the screen seems to have the same night vision effect as the charged option, so people playing Yabusame can see clearly even in the dark.

 I took a quick look at the crowd at the yabusame field, and I'd say about 70% of the 22 people there were players.
 There's an hour or so until 7:00, so they're probably waiting for the yabusame and placing bets.

 You have to guess the exact score of the game, but if you hit the right prize, you will be paid 10 times your bet.
 You can only bet up to 3000 iris, so the bettor won't go bankrupt and the promoter won't lose a lot of money.
 It seems to be just an extra element of watching yabusame.
 The day before yesterday, Himiko put 2,000 iris on me, declared a perfect score, and told me she got 20,000 iris.

'Isn't that you, Sukuna? It's been a while since I've seen you, though not ...... since the day before yesterday.'

'Ah, Meguru-san. Good evening.'

 As I was quietly following the tail end of the crowd, I was suddenly approached by a familiar face.
 It was Meme-Meme-Memeru, a "child" player like me. Also known as Meguru. We had defeated the hidden boss of the "Ancient Ruins of Flame" together the day before yesterday, and he was the one who guided me to the demon village.
 Incidentally, he told me the day before yesterday that he is a nekama player, and his avatar is a beautiful female demon, but his voice is a stern male voice.
 If you're going to use it, you might as well use a cute avatar," he says. Everyone has their own style of play, right?

'I heard that you got a perfect score the day before yesterday.

'Haha, rumors spread fast. I wonder how many times I've heard that in one day. ......'

'You can't put your foot in your mouth, you know. However, it's one of the few pastimes in this village, so I think it's only natural that it's a hot topic.




 As I was chatting with Meguru-san, I grabbed the arm of a player who jumped at me from behind and gently redirected his trajectory so that he would fall face-first to the ground.
 The player slid down to the ground with an amazing crunch.

'Himiko-san ......, what are you doing?

'Meg, I don't want you to look at me like I'm looking at garbage. I was just trying to hug you when I saw you.'

'Oh dear, you can't complain about being reported for harassment.

 The player who slid off the ground was Himiko. Well, even if I hadn't seen her, I would have known by the sound of her voice and footsteps.
 Perhaps because they had been in the demon village for a long time, they didn't seem to have any unnecessary reservations in their conversation.

'It's been two days since yesterday, Himiko-san. How's the leveling going?

'Thanks to the change of weapon with the betting money, I felt pretty good today! Well, I'm in desperation right now.

'When you're in the village, you're basically in desperation, aren't you?

'It can't be helped! It's just that you can't win with half the stats when you're so far from optimal!

 When Himiko said that, she started crying.
 I don't know how or why, but Himiko-san is a person who was carried to this village by a friend at a low level, and has been stuck there because she was left there.
 It seems that she is slowly raising her level and will be able to escape from the demon village in the near future. However, it seems that his current level is still below the appropriate level.
 If you're good at controlling your avatar and you're used to fighting, you can override the level difference to a certain extent, but Himiko doesn't seem to be very good at that either.

 But because she's aware that she can't fight well, she avoids head-on combat and fights with a rare skill called "Trapper".
 This skill was taught to Himiko by an NPC who saw that she was getting beaten up by monsters too much, and according to Himiko, 'setting traps is troublesome, but I can't fight without it.
 It may sound rude, but for better or worse, it's a rare skill that Himiko was able to acquire because of her weakness.

'Speaking of which, what are you doing here, Sukuna-san?

'I'm here to get the reward for the horseback archery. I didn't get my perfect score reward the day before yesterday.'

'I see. So you didn't come here to do yabusame.

 Meguru-san looked a little disappointed when he said that.
 When Himiko saw this, she smiled, and with a very annoying movement, she started to urge Meguru on.

'You didn't see Meg-chan, did you? Hehehe, I saw it with my own eyes.

'Well, I'll buy your fight.

'I don't think it's a good idea to immediately turn to violence.

"Two panels of grass with instant fallout.
"I honestly love this little shit Himiko.
"I understand.

I don't know. I still have some free time, so why don't I go do something?

'Are you sure?

'Thanks for the help ......'.

 When I offered a helping hand to Himiko, who deserved it so much, Meguru's expression brightened as well.

 Well, we won't get the reward until Yabusame is over anyway.

I'm going to go sign up.

Oh, you're doing it again?
"It's the first time I've seen it.
"The difficulty may have increased.
'It's nice to see, so do it every second.

'I can't do it every second, period.

 However, as a distributor, you should enjoy showing off your specialty.

'Uncle, let me do it too!

'Oh, ...... is a girl, isn't it? I was secretly expecting you to come yesterday, did something happen?

'I went to visit a grave...'

'Oh, well, that's important. You'll come back for it later, right?'

'Yeah. And I thought I'd do it to pass the time.'

'Okay. There's a waiting list of three right now, so you'll have to wait.

 I told the Onijin man at the Yabusame reception that I wanted to participate and that I would pick it up later, and returned to them.

'There's a waiting list of three.

'I'm sorry, it seems like I'm forcing you to do this.

'That's okay, I owe Meguru-san a lot, and more importantly, horseback archery is fun.

'Actually, last time it was still a bit light, wasn't it? Do you think you can hit it even in this dark?

'Well, to begin with, I don't see any differently whether it's day or night. Maybe it's easier to see in the dark because there's no backlight.


 I've already said that the player has a minimum level of night vision, but regardless of that, I myself am not affected by darkness.

 It's a little late to say this, but strangely enough, the five senses of the player are reflected in the VR space quite accurately.
 This seems to be the result of some kind of perception caused by virtualization, but unfortunately I couldn't understand the logic behind it.
 Lin-chan, who explained it to me, doesn't seem to understand it well either, so I know it's a very difficult theory.
 Well, what's important now is that I'm also night-visioned in this world, though not as much as in the real one.

'Just watch me. I'll guess everything.'

 When I smiled, Meguru and Himiko both put their hands over their eyes and looked up at the sky.
 What kind of reaction is that?
 They gave me a reaction that I had never had before in my life, and I couldn't help but be surprised.