At Makina-sans suggestion, it was decided that the three of us would play together, and Alice and I followed the excited Makina-san to a bazaar stall.
Even so, bazaars like this sure feel nostalgic.
Ive participated in various festivals in Trinia, and there indeed were stalls with a bazaar-like atmosphere.
However, they are still slightly different and the unique atmosphere lit by lanterns and the stalls around here is very different from that.
[However, stalls like these often have regional variations…… For example, “shark fishing”.]
[Oya Kaito-san doesnt know about it]
[I dont think there were such stalls in the bazaars I used to go to…… There may have been some, but I may have just missed them.
So, what is this shark fishing Theres no way that its a stall where you would actually catch a real one, right]
Bazaar stalls certainly vary from region to region and festival to festival.
I think the one I went to in the past had eel fishing in it.
It was expensive, so I didnt actually try it, but I remembered it as it was an unusual stall.
However, I had never heard of shark fishing.
Theres no way anyone could just casually catch a shark and keep it home, so Im sure it wouldnt be the real one……
[Shark fishing is some kind of lottery.
You would try fishing up toy sharks that would either be a win or a fail, and if you fished out a winning shark, you receive a prize.]
[Heehhh~~ Theyre fishing for shark toys, so its shark fishing huh……]
I nodded my head in understanding upon Makina-sans explanation, but I also wondered “why sharks”, but there really isnt any point in throwing a tsukkomi at that, so Ill stop.
I guess it would either be that they could acquire shark toys cheaply or that they had a lot of them leftover unsold.
[Theres no shark fishing nearby, but I see a die-cutting stall over there.]
[Die-cutting huh…… I knew about such stalls from books, but Ive never tried it out myself.]
[Ohh~~ Since theres an opportunity, lets give it a try!]
Ive heard that die-cutting isnt so common these days, but there is a different variation of that named “candy cutting”…… You have to prick the patterned thin candy with a pin or something to pull out the pattern, and if it comes out beautifully, you get some money or other prize.
Ive heard that its quite easy to break and difficult though.
I guess you would need to have dexterous hands to play it huh
At that moment, looking like she thought of something, Alice spoke.
[Then, since were at it, why dont the three of us play a game to see who can cut it most beautifully]
[……No matter how you think about it, I dont think I can beat you in a dexterity contest…… Well, since were at it, I guess lets go try it out]
[Its decided then.
Well then, the three of us will do die-cutting…… Ill have the storekeeper Paradise grade it, and whoever scores the highest wins!]
[ ! ! ! ]
……I was briefly briefed on the situation, but the gray-eyed Eden-san that isnt operated by Makina-san…… Hmmm, always calling them that is rather wordy, so lets just call them “Paradise-san” to distinguish them from the usual Eden-san.
Anyhow, I think that Paradise-san had a “despair-filled expression” on her face for a moment there…… She doesnt have any expression now though, so I suppose it was just my imagination
I was a little concerned about that, but for the time being, I decided to focus on the die-cutting game.
In order to make it a fair game, it seemed like all three of us received the same patterned die, and we started die-cutting.
……However, this die…… its smaller than I expected.
The pattern is shaped like a tree but…… is it really possible to beautifully cut it out with a needle I have a feeling it might break immediately……
This is the first time Ive ever tried to do this, so I was a bit nervous, but I started at the edge and started cutting little by little…… If I get a little negligent, I might break more than I thought, so this is quite difficult…… Ahh, I just broke one of the branches.
Ive already failed in one area, you know Isnt this difficult Errr, what about Alice and Makina-san…… Theyve already finished theirs!
Moreover, both of them were almost perfect in shape.
Nope, this is hopeless.
Theres just too much difference in our specs for me to compete with them……
They both seemed to be waiting for me to finish, so I proceeded with the die-cutting even though Im sure I would be in last place.
In the end, well, I think I did pretty well for my first time…… but it was broken in two pieces and some parts were cracked.
I dont think I could avail any prize from this.
[……Thank you for your patience.]
[My child, I think you did pretty well for your first time.]
[Ahaha, thank you.
Its not as good as the two of you but……]
[Well then, lets get to the grading…… Well start with my childs work!]
Makina-san kindly supported me with a smile…… As long as she isnt going out of control, she is a kind person.
Thats right, isnt it As long as shes not going out of control, shes a kind and nice person…… Seriously, if she just werent going out of control……
While I had such a thought in mind, I looked at the grader Paradise-san.
Looking at my work, Paradise-san declared.
[Huh No, ummm…… It had some missing parts though]
[……It was even pretty cra——— [ 100 POINTS!!! ] ———Ah, yes.]
……She declared 100 points in a tone so strong that she wont let me say anything! No, no, as expected, this is just too strange, but Paradise-sans expression as she said that looked pretty serious.
Errr, I guess 100 wouldnt be the perfect score and there would be scores higher than that, right…… The atmosphere around her doesnt feel like that though.
What the heck is going on
[……Kaito-san, please dont tease her so much.]
[Listen here, okay…… For her, Kaito-san is “the being doted upon by her absolute superior”.
Do you think she can afford to be stingy with the points shed give you]
[……A- Ahhh…… I see, I understand.]
In other words, its like Im being accompanied by Shiro-san and shes asking the Gods to grade me…… I see, thats why she had such a despair-filled expression on her face earlier……
For Paradise-san…… The role of having to choose whos better between her absolute superior, her absolute superiors best friend, and me, who her absolute superior really dotes upon…… Thats obviously impossible.
There is no other way for her but to give us all full marks.
Serious-senpai : [I never thought Id see the day when Id see Eden look like she has a stomachache.]
: [No, well, its not like she really is Eden-san…… It was also Makina who pushed such an unreasonable role to her.]
Serious-senpai : [Speaking of which, while were on the subject of festival bazaars, didnt Alice tilt her head when Kaito mentioned yoyo fishing and such things during the Six Kings Festival]
: [Her mind was more poisoned by Trinias stall culture than Kaito-sans, so she wasnt able to think of that on the spur of the moment.
Also, its been hundreds of millions of years since she went to a bazaar with Makina……]