First chapter for the day.
When I Returned From Another World I Was A Silver Haired Shrine Maiden: Chapter 49
Cultural Festival – First Day (Tournament Part 1)
『Please hurry over as soon as possible.』
It was after I finished my work at our classes maid cafe that I noticed that message from Souta on my smartphone.
Yuna and I changed into our normal uniforms, then made our way towards the old school building that is scheduled as the venue for the Wiso tournament. The classroom being used is the room that is normally used by the handicraft club, it’s because a large space was necessary when holding a tournament like this.
Thankfully, our Wiso club has good relations with the other cultural clubs in the old school building, so we were able to borrow the room without any problems.
It seems that everyone was grateful for Ryouka, the granddaughter of the school chairman, negotiating with the school to have air conditioning installed in the old school building.
The school festival allows people from outside the school to enter. Because of that, many non-students can be seen around the school, even so, the scene at the old school building was clearly abnormal.
「… What is this.」
The corridor was packed with Wiso players hanging around, the density only increased as we approached the classroom.
Incidentally, almost all of them were men.
Walking down the hall, it feels like I’ve become the focus of people’s attention.
… Does everyone know that going on a date with me is one of the prizes?
What came to mind was the question asked by the man in the maid cafe.
I’ll have to ask Souta about it.
Eventually, we arrive at the classroom where the tournament is going to be held.
The somewhat larger than usual classroom was overflowing with people, the air inside was full of a terrible heat.
Although the air conditioner is on, it is clearly insufficient in this situation. I enter the room while suppressing the urge to just leave.
Behind a table that had been made into a reception desk, there was a work space where Souta and Ryouka, along with a person I don’t know, were standing.
「… Souta, what on earth is this…?」
I talk to Souta as we pass the reception and enter the work space.
「You’re finally here… As you can see, it’s a disaster. I’m begging you, can you take over for a bit?」
「That’s fine, but please explain the situation later.」
「I will. I’m going to go and ask if there is another classroom we can use as an additional venue. Please ask Ando-san about what needs to be done when accepting contestants.」
I tilt my head as I hear the name of a person I don’t know, a person wearing butler clothes emerged from behind Souta and bowed gracefully to me.
「Nice to meet you, Kisaragi-sama, I am the butler of the Hashimoto family, Ando Suzune. I serve Ryouka ojou-sama, please continue looking after her in the future.」
「Ye, yes. I am Kisaragi Alice. Nice to meet you.」
The butler who introduced herself as Ando-san is a young woman, even though she was dressed in a man’s outfit, she is still very beautiful.
I think it’s incredible that she can remain professional while dressed like that in this sweltering heat.
「Because we are not collecting a registration fee, all you have to do is fill in the names of the contestants in this roster. As such, the primary role at the reception is to mainly answer inquiries from the players.」
「I see… By the way, how many people have we accepted to participate?」
「So far there are 94 players registered.」
「Ni, ninety four…? Why are there so many…」
There are more people here than there was at the beginners regional tournament. More than that, looking at the roster, there are names of hall of fame professionals that are only ever seen during the pro tour mixed in, this is scary.
「Although Kamishiro-sama used SNS to recruit participants, with the rarity of a high school cultural festival along with the dating rights and other prepared prizes I prepared, it seems like the reaction was more than we expected.」
I certainly saw the post that Souta sent out. I also saw that the post was quoted quite a few times, but for it to become a situation like this…
The prizes prepared by Ando-san must have been amazing to have convinced this many people to show up.
「But, why did the fact that I was the one who would go on the date spread? The announcement only said that it was a club member…」
「Though it is deleted now, in the past posts on SNS by Kamishiro-sama, there were some photos of club activities attached, those photos were were re-posted on a bulletin board, it seems they used that to identify Kisaragi-sama as the partner for the date.」
Uhe… Souta, you bastard, don’t think you can just gloss over this. I’m absolutely going to make you compensate me later.
「Excuse me, can I register here?」
A man who came to the reception called out.
「Yes, you just need to fill in your name here –」
「You’re the person who the winner gets to go on a date with, right? What exactly does that date include?」
「For around 2 hours tomorrow we will go around the school festival together. … It’s not as good as the other prizes, so don’t expect too much.」
「You’re very cute! Can we also choose what you wear? Like that maid outfit from earlier…」
「I’m sorry, I’ll just be wearing my uniform.」
「Will we get your contact information?」
「That isn’t part of the prize. Although we may need to exchange information when setting up the date.」
「Are there any other benefits! Like a congratulatory kiss! Please!」
… Yeah. A kiss.
I feel like I’ve seen a certain famous idol kiss the cheek of a person who won a cooking competition, I wonder if he means something like that…
I kept thinking about this while I was answering the questions, but even now I don’t understand why this prize is good.
I feel like the other prizes are so luxurious that a date pales in comparison. Like that, it’ll be rather disappointing if it’s the last prize chosen.
Thinking about this calmly, I have no obligation to answer their expectations. However, in this event known as the cultural festival, I think I’m getting caught up in the enthusiasm of the people in this dizzyingly hot room.
「… Well, it should be fine if it’s just the cheek.」
As I responded, the crowded becomes silent for a second, then explodes into cheers.
「Wait, are you serious!?」
Like that, it immediately spread over the entire classroom, I’m puzzled over why the reaction is so big.
「You, you shouldn’t promise such a thing… Mou, I don’t understand.」
… Recently it feels like Yuna has been sighing a lot, I wonder if it’s just my imagination?