Earh 157 2

Chapter 157 Fourth Event – Paintball, Part One

Edited by: Kanaa-senpai

 Immediately, he activates multiple thoughts with Chisato

 He forces himself to move his body, which is about to go rigid with surprise, and at the same time, the sound of gunfire echoes twice in succession

 The enemy’s attack misses by a hair’s breadth and passes by his side again

 ――Keep moving!

 He ordered himself, moving at a trot to follow the line of fire

 The attack came from the direction where Shibatsuru Academy and Shibaryuu Academy are located. However, there is no one in that direction

 Are they already hidden?

 No, Maria would have warned him if the enemy had come nearby. So, the one who fired the shots was an enemy whom Maria did not see


 ”Correct. Well, I missed. This gun is hard to shoot continuously unless I get used to it”

 Chihiro didn’t expect it, but Saki answered easily

 She seems to think she can afford to miss

 Anyway, without a moment’s hesitation, Chihiro fired in the direction of the voice


 A paint shot was fired with the same air noise he had just heard

 ”Too bad”

 The bullet failed to hit the target and fell to the ground

 Chihiro tried to move his fingers to fire repeatedly, but as Saki said, it takes some getting used to. He tried to shoot quickly, but his finger got caught and he could not get it right

 In frustration, he ran to the nearby wall, where several bullets landed

 ”Tsk,” Saki said, her tongue clicking out of her mouth

 ”Is it no good? Whatever, I won’t go too deep…”

 With that voice, the footsteps move away from him

 He thought it was a fake, but no follow-up attack came even after waiting for a few seconds

 [Shirahama-san attacked me. But both of us are fine. I think she went straight to Kamishiro-kun]

 [She’s faster than me. I’ll make her regret wasting her time]

 Hana declares encouragingly

 Chihiro takes a deep breath to compose himself

 The crisis is over. But he has a countermeasure against Saki at the camp. It is better to leave it to Kamishiro than to chase after Saki. If Hana takes the flag of Shibatsuru Academy, Saki’s attack will not occur in the first place

 Now, let’s move to the planned point

 As Chihiro makes this decision, Maria’s voice echoes in his head

 [Izumi-kun. Be careful, Minamoto-kun is approaching]

 This was unexpected

* * *

 Kamishiro Yuuki was standing alone near the flag of his team

 There were only twenty students in the large field. With obstacles blocking the sound, the only thing Kamishiro could hear was the wind

 In the silence, he stares at the front, in the direction of Shibatsuru Academy’s campsite

 He then takes a deep breath

 Chihiro has just warned him that Saki is approaching

 Chihiro also said that Minamoto is approaching himself

 ――It would have been bad if both of them had come here

 Frankly speaking, Kamishiro not confident that he can take on those two together

 In a fight, he might have a chance, but in a gunfight, the disadvantage in numbers would be fatal

 He feels sorry for Chihiro, but he hope that he can at least keep Minamoto with him until he can deal with Saki

 In the first place, he does not even know if he can defeat Saki for sure

 First of all, he must be able to sense her approach

 There are two major possibilities. One is that his opponent makes a good footstep. And the other is…


 The sound of a shoes sinking into the muddy ground is heard

 Kamishiro hears a faint sound coming from behind him and immediately turns himself around

 Pss, pss, pss!

 The paint bullets fired in rapid succession neither hit the flag’s core nor Kamishiro’s body. To begin with, it is impossible to beat the flag with bullets unless someone have a very good aim

 But due to this, Kamishiro could intercept the flag before it is taken

 He immediately turns to counterattack, bending down and moving swiftly

 He then pulls the trigger of his marker in rapid succession

 The sounds of gunfire echo half-overlapping, and several rounds are fired. Although none of the bullets hit the invisible Saki, the sound and the footprints on the slushy ground increase

 Perhaps Saki decided that it was impossible continue so she moves forward

 However, this would only give Kamishiro more information to identify

 He followed Saki’s footsteps and pulled the trigger ahead of Saki, while he himself made evasive maneuvers

 ――The ground was muddy, even though it had not rained the day before

 This, of course, was not a spontaneous act, as it was a way of telling Kamishiro of Saki’s approach. It was created by Chihiro and his team during the preparation time

 They borrowed a bucket from a nearby cleaning toolbox, filled it with water, and sprinkled it on the ground around them

 Several times they went back and forth between the water near the ground and their own camp, and managed to create a muddy area where the shoes could delicately sink into

 Well, the men who worked especially – or rather, mainly Kamishiro – were extra fatigued

 The fact that he waited quietly in his own camp was also a way of preserving his energy



 There was an air noise, followed by the sound of someone falling down with a thud

 Was the scream accompanying the sound caused by the paint shot, or by the fall?

 Before Kamishiro could draw a conclusion, he moved his marker and pulled the trigger

 But at the same time, a loud voice is heard


 Not a paint shot…but “the marker” itself flew out

 Kamishiro stiffens for a moment at the unexpected attack, which makes it impossible for him to avoid the marker. The hard gun hit his left leg, causing a pain

 Alternatively, Saki, who had thrown a projectile, seemed to have been unable to avoid the paint shot. She emerges and stands up, rubbing the back of her camouflage uniform, which is stained orange

 She raises her hands in a deliberate gesture and smiles mischievously

 ”I give up. I give up. I mean, I’m disqualified”

 ”…No, I got hit too. Because of that last blow, I won’t be able to run as fast as I can during the competition”

 ”That’s good to hear. They told me to disable Kamishiro-kun if I couldn’t get the flag”

 It seems that the other side is also planning various strategies

 Saki’s transparency will be used to control Shibahou. But if it’s failed, Kamishiro will be seized and the members who have conquered Shibatsuru Academy will go to Shibahou

 [Shibatsuru Academy, Shirahama Saki, down!]

 ”Well, I’m going. I hope you’ll do your best not to win”

 ”Yeah. I’ll do my best to win”

 After exchanging a strange conversation, Saki leaves. Saki seems to leave the venue after going around the perimeter of the field

 Now, Kamishiro have to report the situation here

 [Hana? What happened to you?]

 [I’m sorry. I failed to surprise them. I’m engaged with Arima Shizuru right now!]

 Kamishiro tried to speak his mind, but Lucille and Hana’s communication made him feel threatened

 …It is a relief that they succeeded in intercepting Saki, but it seems that Shibatsuru Academy is not so easy to deal with


 [Shibahou Academy, Hazuki Marika, down!]

 Then, an announcement came in, foreboding further chaos

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