'For the final competition, the winner will receive one million points!
'Are you stupid, are you?'
Estella gives me a cold look.
What? Isn't that what this kind of competition is all about?You'd better get on board, you know.
After all the twists and turns, the chaos, and all the other stuff, there's only one competition left.
Now that all the teams are tied with each other in the final competition, each team feels differently.
'We worked so hard in the pole vault.
'The lead in the first half is now empty.
'Then it would have been better if we had only competed in the last event ......, you know...'
Paula and Norma slumped their shoulders and Neffery let out a chuckle.
But that's not true, Nepheli.
There is a huge difference in the meaning of a tie between a tie due to various reasons and a tie without any action.
As proof of that.
'Alright!I don't know what it is, but we're on the top of the list too!
'Hmm. It's not an exaggeration to say that everything up to this point has been calculated.
'I think it's an exaggeration, what Lucia just said is indeed an exaggeration.
The red team is 'caught up! The tension in the red team is soaring with excitement.
The blue group, on the other hand, might be a little nervous.
'Oh, ......, I'm not good enough and the other three teams have caught up with me. I was going to save Estella, but we all ended up in a predicament. ...... But after overcoming this predicament, a true bond was formed and Estella and I ......... ......
...... Yeah. It may not seem so serious.
There's only one other lord who seems very happy.
'Estella. A true bond--'
'Please don't say it. I'm trying to pretend I didn't hear you.'
Estella went into a state of selflessness ...... No, it's an escape from reality, that's what it is.
'Oh no, not at all.
Estella sighs loudly as she comes back to reality from her escape.
She looks like she wants to tell me something.
'So, in the end, everything went as you wanted.
She makes a difficult face and puffs out her cheeks a little.
He pouts his lips and pouts.
What's with that face? I'll post it on social media as a picture of a failed kiss. I'm sure you'd get a lot of 'likes' from enthusiasts.
'What do you mean, just like you wanted?
'In hindsight, it seems strange that you'd back down after one mistake. It's always a strange strategy, but if it was the usual Yashiro--yes, the fact that Yashiro made such a plan full of holes is in itself a bundle of discomfort. I don't know why I didn't notice that. ......'
In the middle of the conversation, your thoughts change, and you break off your words without any coherency and groan 'muaa' with your head.
You're an interesting creature, aren't you?
Anyway, the white team was getting excited in the afternoon, and they were about to make a comeback when they made a huge blunder, so I thought to myself, 'Oh, even Yashiro would be embarrassed if he failed. ...... ...... Ah, I failed. ......'
You're the one who's depressed because you failed.
I mean, you don't have to be so depressed. ......
That's why I believed it. I'm sure you've seen the internal collapse of the White Team,......, but I didn't think it was a part of the plan until then.
I'm feeling strangely goofy.
I can't say what I want to say. But I can't help but say it. But it's hard to say.
You can see that kind of vague conflict.
'After all, we're about to play stickball, and the enemy is so powerful that we're in trouble.How can you plan a strategy that includes the next competition?You're too cynical, you know that? You're too cynical. You're not willing to put your all into what's in front of you. That's why you're misunderstood in so many ways. You need to rethink that, you know!
I was being completely petulant.
However, I didn't feel any anger in his tone, and his frustration was almost gone, all I could feel was impatience.
What I wanted to say was nothing like that, but the more I said, the more impatient I was that the conversation was going in a different direction from my intention.
I know what you're trying to say.
d*mn. We're both twisted, aren't we?
He's a worrier after all.
No matter how much you nail him at the opening ceremony, no matter how much you deny it with words, it's very difficult to calm down people's hearts once they're excited.
So to speak, Estella is in that state now. If you think about it calmly, you can understand that it's the best thing to do, but the feelings that come up don't go away. The feelings that have risen will not subside.
If you don't let them out in words, they'll stay stuck in your chest, suffocating you.
"I was so worried about you, but it was all for nothing, wasn't it? There's no benefit in saying that. Not for me, not for Estella.
Estella doesn't want to blame me. Not out of desperation. She doesn't want me to feel sorry for myself.
But once it's up there, it'll keep smoldering if you don't do something about it.
Letting it out is easy.
Swallowing it is extremely difficult.
That's why we tend to spit it out.
Even when we know we're being presumptuous.
Even if you hate yourself for being presumptuous.
Even though we understand that doing so will not make the situation better.
You can't help but let out the feelings that come up.
Unless there's something that calms those feelings down.
So, I don't want to say anything special because it's nothing to thank or apologize for, but at least a word would be nice.
I look Estella in the face and tell her in words.
'I know exactly what you mean.
She turns away, looks down, kicks the dirt, and looks up.
Estella's face, as she looked at me, was smiling serenely.
After all, Estella was worried about my safety.
In the event that you've got a lot of money, you'll be able to use it to buy a new car or truck. The white team could not afford to lose if such people were quietly aiming for the victory.
Even though Estella understood this, she could not cooperate with me as the tournament chairperson or the blue team leader. That would be an act that could be considered as a kind of "hundred-fold cheating," and that act would be a severe affront to sportsmanship.
If we do that, this ward sports festival will lose its meaning. It will lose its meaning.
It would be a betrayal of all those who participated. 'Why are you trying so hard when the winner has been decided from the start, you idiot?' That's what it would look like even if you didn't mean it.
That's why Estella fired me up.
You can't win if you keep dragging others down. You have to think more seriously about how to win fair and square.
Well, that's just Estella's opinion, and whether you can win if you fight fair and don't pull others' legs is another story, but anyway, Estella wanted to tell me to 'do my best' in her own way.
It's a fine line whether it's a pep talk or a pep talk, and I guess she decided that it was better to do it that way this time.
He aimed to inspire me by confronting me with the harsh reality... Well, that 'harsh reality' was a fiction that I created on purpose in the first place, which is why Estella is pouting and complaining here.
Anyway, 'Pull yourself together! I guess she wanted to slap me on the ass.
He would have gently leaned on me when I was depressed and offered words of comfort.
He could have chosen to do that, but he couldn't because of his position or the eyes of the world.
Oh, no, not at all.
'Estella is a real tsundere, isn't she?
'Who?...... is not a dere.
It's really frightening that 'forced translation magic' ...... can be understood as normal.
Estella is putting all her energy into the field day.
She's not going to cut me any slack.
But secretly, she's rooting for me.
I hope you win.
At ......, well. The result of these mixed emotions is that this clumsy guy is much harder on me than he should be.
I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.I have to be normal. ...... What is normal? You'll be able to find a lot of people who will be able to help you. ...... You're so clumsy.
I'm not sure what to say.
Estella thrusts her finger at me, as if to clear the smoldering vexation in her stomach.
In fact, I was a little bit reserved, but if I hadn't been, I would have been even more dominant, and whether consciously or unconsciously, I probably cut corners--'
I think I've been cutting corners, consciously or unconsciously.
'Now I can beat you without a care in the world!
I don't know how to react to that.
I'm embarrassed when you hide your embarrassment like that, so can you please stop?
No, well, it's fine if you try to beat me, isn't it?
If you still think you can beat me at this point in time, you'll never be able to win.
Hey, Estella. Haven't you noticed?
You've already been poisoned by me.
'Estella. It's late. Even though it's the last competition, there's still the closing ceremony. Let's just get it over with.'
'Yeah. Yes, we should. Besides, I can't wait for Ginette's dinner.
Estella's stomach rumbled and she ran to her army.
You look so refreshed. I'm not that much of a character to be worried about. I wonder if Jeannette's worrying nature is contagious, that guy.
'I hope I have met your expectations as much as possible, what do you think?
'Oh, Inez, Deborah. Don't worry, it's fine.
'That's good to hear.
'So you've done the minimum amount of preparation, is that correct?'
'No, that's not it, Deborah.
There is no minimum.
'It's great. I'm so glad you're on my side. I can't complain.'
With Inez and Deborah at the helm and Mokoka and Nikka running around, we're right on time.
The duo of Magda and Loretta are also good at this kind of trick, but it is difficult for them to be so ideal.
'I didn't think you'd get such a great response from .......'
'I'm a little surprised ......'.
'No, seriously, it's great this time.
These guys casually moved the other white players to adjust the scores in the pole vault and cavalry.
If the number of pole vaulting had been different, or if the ranking of the cavalry had been different, we would not have been able to reach this result.
'You guys are the best.'
''I'm going to be a child here!
''No, go back to your wards.''
I can't afford to hire two head waiters.
I can't take it anymore.
This smart head waiter not only kept score but also adjusted the time perfectly.
The length of the play "Operation Obayashi Exclusion" after the stick-pulling, and the cavalry battle that seemed to be sluggishly running around, were all within the controlled time.
However, I was expecting a margin of about 20 to 30 minutes because there would be many uncertainties, but the current error is only five minutes.
It's really exquisite.
Not too early, not too late.
I don't think the special information that Loretta brought is wrong.
I checked Loretta's face to make sure, and she nodded her head with great confidence.
There was no mistake.
'All the selected players, please gather at the entrance gate.
The last call of the day was made.
The last event of the day was the highlight of the field day, the 'Athlete Selection Relay'.
Ten athletes from each team will be selected and the representatives will run down the track to win the championship.
The selected athletes will run as fast as they can, while the rest of us will cheer them on with all our remaining strength.
This is the reason why the team works as one to give it their all, give it their all, and give it their all.
There is a drama in the relay for the selection of athletes.
I am sure that the 42nd district, where the relay will be held for the first time, will be no exception.
Today. There will be drama later.
It will happen.
'Everyone!Please do your best!
Ginette was waving loudly at the white team.
It seemed that the cooking was temporarily suspended. Or rather, it seemed that the preparation had been almost finished during the stick-pulling, and now the church matron and waiters were checking the heat and other things.
How skillful. So efficient.
I wonder why his basic attribute is "dull", Ginette.
The white team's selections were Magda, Loretta, Inez, Deborah, Barbara, Mokoka, Nikka, Rebecca, Sophie, and for some reason, me.
'I didn't expect to see Yashiro.
'Wouldn't it have been better to show Loretta's sisters?
At the entrance gate, Norma and Paula call out to me.
Again, to ensure fairness, each team was limited to three Hewitt siblings.
All three teams except the white team have exactly three hamsters in their team.
We, on the other hand, are...
'......' is the strongest member of the white team. Unfortunately, there was no room for the hamsters.
Magda was right, there were no Ham kids.
'Besides, Loretta said, "If you have an eldest daughter, you can more than make up for the three younger siblings.
'You're right, big brother!If you have me, you'll have enough for three younger siblings. ...... I didn't say 'poyo~n'!I'm going to have to stop making things up!
'...... Stop it, Poyo~n.'
It's a bit of a fad in our house, you know, the game between big brother and Magda-chan!
The Hewitt family's eldest daughter, Loretta, is here, so the white team doesn't need ham siblings--they'll get upset if you tell them that. ...... Well, ......, Loretta alone is enough. Yeah. Yes, yes. Enough is enough.
'I'm full of myself with Loretta.
'Did he say something bad about me?You're probably just going in the right direction, but everything else is wrong, you know!
That's probably about it. Very perceptive, Loretta.
'Mr. Kometsky, ...... it's about time.
'Oh, yes. All right!Let's not waste time talking, let's start the competition!
'It's you guys, you've been playing ...... a lot. Let's go!
With Estella's words, all the athletes move into the track.
In this relay, age, gender, and race are all lumped together, so the length of the run cannot be adjusted by them.
The conditions are the same for everyone. It is up to each team to decide how many runners to place.
To avoid the monotony of the race, the distances are slightly different.
The first runner runs one lap around the track, the second runner runs half a lap, the third runner runs the remaining half lap, and the fourth runner runs another lap.
In this way, the first, fourth, seventh and anchor run a lap, while the second, third, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth runners run half a lap each.
Naturally, we want the fastest runners to run longer distances, but we also have to consider stamina.
Moreover, in a relay race, troubles in the passing of the baton can cause a large drop in the ranking. It is also important to take into account the compatibility of the runners in front and behind.
--In this way, there is a lot of room for maneuvering.
Well, it seems that all three teams except the white team have placed their hamsters in the fourth, seventh and tenth week, which are the longest distances.
So, why didn't all three teams place Hamucko as the first runner? ......
'Hmmm ...... I'll bury you in person, anchovy'.
'It seems that you are destined to be defeated by me.
Because I announced in advance that I would be the first to run.
I thought I'd catch Estella, but I didn't expect to catch Lucia too.
'Lucia, and Estella. ...... Good!You can concentrate on the milk without distractions!
What do you mean by that?
That's what I meant.
If it was the same race as Delia and Norma again, I would have burst into tears.
''Well, that's too bad, darling.
A small hill appeared through the shaking lords. No, not a hill, a medora.
'Oh, my, my, my, my, it shakes!
'Wow, what's that, my eyes are watering ......, Medora's tsundere is hitting my eyes.
I'd like to claim compensation if I lose my eyesight. At least for the cost of the glasses.
I'm not sure what you mean by that. What were you thinking when you made Medora-sized bloomers?Who are you expecting to wear them?
I'll explain to you next time that you don't have to make them for all people.
There were a few people on each team who wanted to compete with me in every way, so I figured that if I said I'd be in the first race, they'd put the hamsters in the fourth and later races.
Otherwise, who would participate in such a relay full of beastmen?
Even if they weren't beastmen, there are many superhumans like Estella and Natalia.
But if I can bring victory to the white team by participating, I'll be happy to do so.
It's getting dark, so it might be hard to see the shaking from the battlefield seats.
...... While I'm thinking about it, the two lords and the head of the hunting guild keep coming at me and putting pressure on me.
'I mean, all of you, don't stand near me. It makes me look like I have short legs.'
Estella and Lucia, why do they have such long legs?
Medora's not long, she's huge.
'It's not like, is it, hmm?The anchovy?Here, here.'
'Don't you dare show your thighs to the ladies, I'll stroke them.
You're a pervert!Are you a pervert?
'I didn't say that!I said I'll stroke them.
'Yashiro. But that doesn't change the fact that you're a pervert. You should be aware of that.
'Darling, hooray, hooray~'
'What is it, my eyes are watering~'
Maybe it's the smoke from the bonfire.
I'm gonna charge you for LASIK. If you lose your eyesight.
'So, first runner, please take your positions.
We stand at the starting line, grasping our wooden batons made by Torbeck Engineering, handpicked by the Lumberjack Guild.
--Time is just right.
He licks his lips.
I lick my lips like a viper confidently watching its prey's fate.
I told you, didn't I?
I told you my venom was 'slow-acting.
'Get in position, yeah!
The race is on.
There's no turning back now.
I can't help but feel my cheeks relax.
We're ...... going to win!
'What's the matter, Yashiro?Is that the best you can do?
'Hmm!If you can keep up with my speed, you can keep up with me, anchovy!
'Darling!Come at me with all your might!
The rivals are moving ahead.
Aside from Lucia, Estella and Medora are seriously fast.
It can't be helped. ......
'All right, I'll get you!
I smiled like a couple who went to the beach to celebrate their three month anniversary and ran like a skip.
'Wait, wait, wait~!My little kitten~!
As he was running with a happy laugh, Medora slowed down. I could see it in his eyes.
'Ts, catch me, darling!
'Alright!Wait, wait, wait!Ha-ha-ha.
'Come on, this way!Mmm-hmm.
The slow-motion calm of the air slowed down Medora's speed. Until it's exactly the same as my speed as I'm jokingly running.
'What ...... is that?
'Why don't you take this seriously, anchovy!
'What the~, Lucia~!I'm mad at you! I'll get you!
'Hmph!Who are you to catch me?If I can catch you... I'll catch you!
You don't understand, Estella.
Lucia, in spite of her appearance, loves the sticky stuff.
If there's a chance, and if she sees someone else doing it before her, of course she'll want to try it!
'Wait, wait, wait!', 'I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it!
And when everyone else is doing the same thing and looking happy, it makes you feel lonely and alienated. ...... Estella.
'I'm also ...... trying to catch you...'
So, as the three people ahead of me changed to a light skipping style of running, saying 'hahaha, ugh' - I just started running as fast as I could.
'Well, after you!
'Darling!Wait for me!
That's too bad!Today's lie is not subject to the 'Judgment of the Spirits'!
'I'll catch you~' even if you don't catch me, I won't be turned into a frog!
'You guys are too used to the "Judgment of the Spirits"!Liars get more than the good guys!You'd do well to remember that!
'I'm not going to let that happen!
'Estella is right!If the world is filled with liars, this city is doomed!
'Darling, if you're too naughty, I'll punish you!
I don't care what the three fools who got suckered in are screaming about.
I'll keep my lead and pass the baton to the second runner: ......
''Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait!'''Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
''Scary, scary, scary!I'm so scared that I can't even jokingly say, ''Please catch me!
If you catch me, I'll die!
I felt my life was in danger and kicked the ground as hard as I could.
But I came in fourth.
'd*mn it!They're too fast!
I handed the baton to Nikka and breathed over my shoulder.
'You're ...... acting unsportsmanlike until the very end.
'Now you're going to tell me the meaning of the word fair and square, anchovy.
'Oh, I don't mind if you stay over.
'If you stay over and listen to me talk like that, you'll be cleansed by the morning sun the next day.
'Is your body a mass of evil thoughts or something?
You guys are always complaining about me, but you were in the car too, weren't you?
'Catch me if you can'. You were having fun, right?Confess!
'If you look closely, there's a bunch of guys who've never had a boyfriend before.
'Shut up!Lords are supposed to be discreet about such things.'
'That's right. There's no way you can have such a relationship with someone other than the one you've decided on.
'I'm saving it for you, darling.
The field day magic doesn't seem to have any effect on me.
I wonder where the line is drawn between those who can easily get a girlfriend and those who can't.
'Well, let's go back to the cheering section.
The cheering section is the waiting line for the players inside the track.
After finishing the race, the runners go to the back of the queue.
Lucia called out from next to me as I sat down behind the anchor.
'There's a port in District Thirty-Five.
'I know it.'
'There's also a white sandy beach a little further down the road.'
'Really? That's new.'
'There's a sandy beach at .......'
'No, I've just heard that.
'............ has waves crashing on it.'
'That's because it's a beach.
'What the hell?
Lucia is crazy.
No, she's crazy from the start, but...
What the hell are you trying to say?When I was thinking about ......, I got slapped on the shoulder.
What is it?And when I looked at him, he turned away.
What's the matter with you?
While I was puzzled by Lucia's mysterious behavior, the fourth runner of the red team started to stand by.
'This is the last and greatest show of the day!
Hammaro barked, raising his arms high in the air.
Yes, yes. I wonder if the perverted lord next door is going to make a fuss about 'Muhaha, Hammaro is cute! I'm sure the next perverted lord will make a fuss about it,......, and when I looked into Lucia's face,......, she was staring at me like crazy. What is it?What did I do?
'It's Hammaro's turn.
I'm not sure what you're talking about.You'll lose!
Finally, the usual Lucia returned.
...... I can't help but be concerned that this is the 'usual' state of affairs, though.
And so, one by one, the hamsters - the fourth runner - stand by.
The baton has been passed to the third runner, who will soon be back in front of us.
'Now, I'll show you why I'm the eldest daughter of the eldest daughter!
Clenching her fists, Loretta stands at the starting position with a confident look on her face.
The four Hewitt siblings. Except for Loretta, they're all puny, seven- to nine-year-old hamsters.
As evidenced by the "Let's get some ham! As proved in "Let's get a Ham!", Loretta is no match for Ham kids of that age in a head-to-head competition.
But here and now, the poison that I--we--have planted will come into play.
I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will help you. I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll do fine.
I'll take care of it.
Millie was the first to pass the baton to the fourth runner.
Then, the yellow and blue groups pass the baton to the hamsters without pause.
And then, all the Ham kids ran at once.
After receiving the baton, the hamsters' movements became sluggish at once.
Their bodies start to sway a little.
''Oh, dear!I'm a little behind!We'll make up for it!
Finally, after a delay of about two seconds, the baton is passed from Rebecca to Loretta.
And then, with a crisp expression on her face, Loretta told her the true nature of this phenomenon - the poison we had planted in her body - and started running.
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As if to prove his words, Hammaro and the other two hamsters simultaneously fell to the ground and began to breathe in their sleep.
'The supreme, slumbering, ...... mnya-mnya'
'Oooohhh!I want to hug you because you're so cute, but you have to stand up and run, Hammarotan!I'm not sure what to do.
The perverted lord next to me is shouting something selfish, but I'll just ignore him.
'Hahahaha!As the eldest daughter, I can still be active at this hour!I'm not like my children!I can distribute my physical strength!I'm a grown woman!Because I'm the eldest, Bicoz!
Despite falling behind Hammaro, the Hewitt bloodline was not to be denied, and Loretta quickly rounded the track and passed the baton to Sophie, the fifth runner.
'Wake up!Everyone!We're still in the race!
'I'll wake up!You'll catch a cold if you sleep here!
'Hey, guys!You haven't even eaten yet!Just try a little harder today!
Estella, Norma, Delia.
I'm usually the big sister who takes care of the kids, but my voice doesn't reach the children who have fallen asleep.
Children who fall asleep never wake up. No matter if it's a toy, candy, or a fun event they've been looking forward to!
'Hey ......, what should I do about this?'
'Hmm~...... abstain, maybe?'
'That's not possible, is it?
'But, you see, the other hamsters are asleep too.
Paula and Nepheli looked at the seventh runner and anchor and let out a chuckle.
'Well, why don't we hurry up and get a replacement runner now?
'Yashiro ......, you can only do that when the white team is sure to win .......'
'Eh, what?So you want to start over?
'You know you don't have time for that,............ Paula, Delia.'
'I'm fine with substitute running!
'I'm fine with that too, let's get this competition over with!I'm so hungry, I can't take it anymore!I want to eat something sweet.
'...... Magda has no objection.'
'Well, I'm sure Magda has no objection. ...... At all!Then the team leader should immediately select a substitute runner and resume the race!
Estella, Paula, and Delia ran to the cheering section and pulled the three runners to replace Hammy.
And while they were doing that, the white team passed the baton to Magda, who was the anchor, and won the race by a landslide.
It seemed as if they were going to be criticized, but
'Ha-ha-ha!I can't help it, the Ham kids.
'They're just kids, they can't help it.
'But their sleeping faces are so cute!
'You knew about Yashiro, didn't you?
'He's a hell of a guy.
'But he's Yashiro...'
'Ah, it's my loss that I couldn't see through him.
'That's not important, I'm hungry!
'Something smells really good!
'I know!Isn't that the curry from the Sunlit Pavilion?
'Can we eat it?
'I'm looking forward to it!
'I don't care who wins, just hurry up and get it over with!
--and, something like that, I was able to accept it rather easily.
After all, the forty-two wards are just like that.
I guess it's just a matter of having fun.
--I guess that's the idea. Basically.
The ward's field day, which took until nightfall, was really lively and really ridiculous, and all the competitions were finally over.
Ah, I'm tired.