Chapter 20:

EXTRA CHAPTER 2: CAPTURING BASES, PART 1

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 5


In the end, I didn’t expect that the game that I introduced from my old world would become a hit.Bookmark here

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As the days of the season of ‘White Rain’ continued, a lot of Cherseans were forced to stay indoors. Bored from their routines, soon they were engrossed in playing ‘Uno’—known to them as the ‘Card Game’—that local indoor competitions became a thing. From the Holy Palatial Gardens’ maid, paladins, and nuns, to the common folk and nobles of the surrounding towns and villages, ‘Uno’ contests were held throughout the cold season.Bookmark here

And in most of those games, one winner emerged. Though she may be young, Eris soon found fame as the ‘formidable Card Game champion’ (even if it was not official). She kept on winning tournaments that the contest hosts realized that it’s better to have her coach fellow players instead of playing herself.Bookmark here

Of course, Eris gladly accepted the offers, as long as my academy was still unopened. Over time, a small, unofficial ‘school’ flourished inside the Holy Palatial Gardens dedicated to studying tactics and strategies in playing the game, and my young servant was the center of it all…Bookmark here

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I’d say Cherseans are really weird. For them to become so fixated in such a game that they’d literally took the time to train for it…that’s just freaky.Bookmark here

In any case, that’s that. I wish I could say that everyone played forever and had a happy ever after…but it didn’t work that way, actually. Contrary to Eris, Maddie and Lily found themselves at the bottom rung of the Holy Palatial Gardens’ ‘Uno’ rankings. Well, for someone as spontaneous as Maddie, it’s not a big deal. Once she realized she had no talent in the game, she simply threw her hand into the air and called it quits. With a few moments’ worths of sulking, of course.Bookmark here

However, for the reliable and steady Lily, she’s incredibly indignant that she’s in the lowest ranks. No matter how hard she tried, she kept on losing, even to the most ‘beginner-level’ player trained by Eris herself.Bookmark here

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Because of that, she asked me to introduce another game.Bookmark here

“It’s not fair that Eris is the only one who wins!” Lily would often reason out.Bookmark here

Haha! Why are you so adamant about winning against her in that game?” I’d counter her, “It’s not like you’ll die if you lose!”Bookmark here

“I’m not going die, at least literally!”Bookmark here

“Well, you have many skills that, compared to Eris, would make you outshine her!”Bookmark here

“You wouldn’t understand!” Lily then would become annoyed and will stick a tongue at me, “Your game sucks anyway!”Bookmark here

Then why would you get so worked up about it?Bookmark here

But yes, I know Lily was getting jealous of Eris for having all the spotlight. Though it may be childish, it’s perfectly understandable. I mean, it may be in some other forms, but adults were also capable of such childish actions if they get insecure…especially at work.Bookmark here

I already got something in my mind to appease Lily. In fact, I’m only pissing her off because she’s cute when she pouts.Bookmark here

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Anyway, for my plan to work, I just need favorable weather.Bookmark here

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Eventually, in the fourth month since the season of ‘White Rain’ began, the snow finally stopped falling. Snow layers were reasonably thick, but most Cherseans could now come out of their homes and resume in their daily outdoor businesses. The groups in-charge of clearing the snow could now take their well-deserved rests.Bookmark here

At the Holy Palatial Gardens, my sleep was rudely interrupted when…Bookmark here

“Kuuuurrrrrrrooooooo!!!”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I almost fell from my bed when my door suddenly burst open. Apparently, an excited Lily rushed to my room and kicked it down. She was all smiles as she shook me wide awake.Bookmark here

“The snow has finally stopped!” she told me.Bookmark here

“Eh, uh?” were my first words. The shock that she caused by barging into my room unannounced and shaking me awake annoyed me a little. But hey, seeing Lily that happy (her sparkling eyes and childish smile are so cute), I guess that’s enough to blow my irritation away.Bookmark here

“Big sis!” it was Eris, along with some other maids running after Lily, “Master Kuro is still sleeping!”Bookmark here

“It’s alright!” Lily quipped, “This is good weather to waste in just sleeping!”Bookmark here

Of course, it is a good day to waste in just sleeping…if not for me binge-reading that book I’m interested in before catching the snooze yesterday. Ah…in any case, I guess this wouldn’t end the longer I keep Lily hanging.Bookmark here

“Come on, Kuro!” Lily began pulling at my hand, “You said that you’ll introduce a new game once the snow stops falling!”Bookmark here

“I did?” I asked in a half-asleep manner. Honestly, I remember nothing I said about a new game once the snow stops. I was keeping it a secret from her.Bookmark here

“Maddie said you did!”Bookmark here

“Oh?!” Well, that answers my question. I guess Maddie read my mind and told Lily. Anyway, I got up and fixed myself…starting in combing my goatee.Bookmark here

Uh…Big sis, I think we should let Master Kuro sleep a bit more…” Eris quietly told Lily as they watch me, “He looks out of himself.”Bookmark here

Hmm…on a second thought, I think you’re right, Lady Braunhauer.” Lily helped me arrange my hair and wipe my disheveled face. Once she realized that I’m still in a daze, she switched back to her prim and proper ‘head maid’ self, “My apologies Kuro, I let myself get ahead of me. Please get back to sleep.”Bookmark here

“Ah…thanks.” I answered as I wormed my way under my blankets, “But please wake me up after an hour. Until then, could you guys prepare a wide area cleared of snow?”Bookmark here

“Yes! Don’t you worry about it!” Lily said as she tucked me back to bed, “I’ll also have your breakfast served there, too.”Bookmark here

“Mhmm…” too sleepy to say anything else, I just muttered my agreement to her.Bookmark here

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Well, I know I told Lily to prepare a wide area without snow, but still…Bookmark here

“Lily! Kuro thinks that the area is way too wide already!” Maddie called out to her friend, who was single-handedly shoveling the snow.Bookmark here

“Did I made a mistake?” came back the question.Bookmark here

“This is wide enough! Please stop already!” I shouted my reply, “Don’t tire yourself, or you won’t be able to play the game!”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry!” Lily waved her shovel at us; I also noticed that her eyes had that familiar red glow on them.Bookmark here

“Err…” I turned to Maddie, “She’s using Bloodbath?”Bookmark here

Maddie, with an amused look on her face, nodded, “Well, it’s one way of letting out her steam.” she said.Bookmark here

“A-Alright…” though Lily could control it nowadays, it’s still unnerving to see her use that skill that murdered many people so candidly. I don’t think Cassandra David had it in her mind for Bloodbath to be used in such a way, but…ah, whatever!Bookmark here

“Hey Kuro!” it was Maddie.Bookmark here

“Yep?”Bookmark here

“Just want to say thanks!”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“Well, you know, for keeping up with our selfish requests.”Bookmark here

“Oh, that? I’m used to it.” I laughed, “My students do it all the time, see? At first, I’m annoyed by it. But then, when I realized that I’m the only one they trust enough to be that open, I told myself, why not? It’s not like I’ll die because of some concessions. My students’ respect for me even went higher than ever.”Bookmark here

“Ugh…” Maddie commented, a bit irritated, “You really look at us like we’re your students. But don’t worry, I don’t mean it’s bad. I guess we’re just pretty childish ourselves, getting overly hyped over some games.”Bookmark here

Nah, it’s normal. Anyone can be passionate about things they love.”Bookmark here

Haha! You could say that again!” Maddie had a nostalgic look on her face as she watched Lily wrap up her snow-clearing operation, “Well, I’m afraid you’ll have to give way a bit more for us then.”Bookmark here

Heh. Bring it on!”Bookmark here

“That’s why I love you, you know?” Maddie reached for, and gently squeezed my hand, “You choose to understand us, even if you have your own needs too. You’ve seen our world before, and every Chersean alive rarely experienced the happy childhood the people in your world enjoy.”Bookmark here

Honestly, I have nothing else to say about that. Considering what Maddie just told me, I could now understand why Lily and the others take these games seriously. Cherseans of this generation only knew conflict and responsibilities like marriages and filial duties.Bookmark here

Ahh…Maddie’s pursuit of peace is really beneficial for the well-being of the people of this land.Bookmark here

“And not only that…” I heard her add, “A maiden’s heart is quite difficult to understand, you know?”Bookmark here

“You mean when Lily gets insecure about Eris?”Bookmark here

“That, and also, let’s just say that she’s trying to catch your attention by showing you what she’s capable of doing.”Bookmark here

“Oh…” Well, it’s a given that Lily’s competitive for the people she loves. That, and she’s jealous of Eris because the young maid dominated the game I introduced to them before.Bookmark here

After all, no one wants to appear weak before the person they love…Bookmark here

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For starters, we’ll divide your group into two.” I began explaining before the crowd of paladins and maids that Lily has gathered in the field she cleared of snow, just right outside the walls of the palatial gardens, “How many people have you got there, Lily?”Bookmark here

“Twenty people…is that enough?”Bookmark here

Hm…it’s okay for now since this is just a trial run.” I told her, “But the more people we have, the merrier this game gets.”Bookmark here

“I see…” Lily nodded, “Should I fetch more of the girls?”Bookmark here

“Nah.” I took two medium-sized stones and put them in front of them, “So, what we’re about to do is a game called ‘Capture Base’. Basically, that’ll be a running game, so if you got some health conditions, you better—”Bookmark here

Ahem. If there’s anyone who has that, I would’ve dealt with it already.” Maddie suddenly interrupted.Bookmark here

Right…I forgot that she’s the Saint of Healing. Sorry, just my teacher-self kicking in.Bookmark here

“In any case, since you already grouped yourselves into two, these rocks here will be each group’s ‘base’. Both of you will take one, and every member of the team should protect it from being captured by the opposing side.”Bookmark here

“Easy peasy!” the new captain of the Paladin Corps, the Duchess of Henristone, whistled. (It’s the first time I noticed her presence in the crowd, really.)Bookmark here

“Well, what I mean by ‘capture’ is that you would just ‘touch’ or ‘kick’ the base. If you’re thinking that you’d yank it away from the hands of the other team, then it’s illegal, and you’ll be disqualified.”Bookmark here

“What?!”Bookmark here

Err…this game is all about running and skills, Your Excellency, not of strength.”Bookmark here

“Sheesh!” the duchess was quick to back down from her question.Bookmark here

“Anyway, to ‘capture’ a base, your team has to touch or kick the enemy base. To do that, you have several options.” I taught them using Lily as my partner, “One is, you may run around together and confuse your enemy. Or, you may capture an opposing team member and dwindle their numbers. To do that, you just have to ‘touch’ the one you are pursuing and she’s captured, like this.”Bookmark here

The paladins and maids watched closely as I showed the rules of the game.Bookmark here

“To capture your enemy, you just have to be the last one who ‘touched’ your own base than her. Otherwise, if you try to capture her with her being the last one to touch their own base, you’ll be the one that’s going to be a prisoner.”Bookmark here

“A prisoner?!” the Duchess of Henristone exclaimed, “Oooh…I think I’m liking this game already.”Bookmark here

“Ah yeah…haha.Bookmark here

“So Kuro…” Lily was trying to confirm my rules, “If, for example, I was running around, and you come after me and ‘touched’ me, then I’ll become your team’s prisoner?”Bookmark here

“As long as I’m the last who touched my team’s base than you, then it’s a yes. If you’re the one who last ‘touched’ your own base, then if I touch you, whether on purpose or by accident, then I would be the prisoner.”Bookmark here

“Oh…so we need to watch who last touched their own team’s base and avoid them as we run, is that it?” a paladin asked.Bookmark here

“Yep. Avoid them until you touch your own base again. Then you can turn the tables on your pursuers as long as they don’t do what you just did.”Bookmark here

The paladins had weird smirks written across their faces. I could smell that something was afoot, and the maids might’ve detected it as well; they huddled together as if they planned on their course of action.Bookmark here

Hmm…the groupings will be the maids versus the paladins, huh? This will be an interesting match.Bookmark here

Ah, to wrap up, it is possible to rescue your ‘captured’ teammates by simply running towards the enemy base and trying to touch them. Once it is done, your captured teammates can play again. Likewise, if you ‘captured’ your enemy’s base, then all the prisoners would return to their respective teams, and the round begins anew.”Bookmark here

“Yep.” Everyone chorused in their answer.Bookmark here

“Don’t forget, your goal is to capture the enemy ‘base’, not only the enemy players. Am I clear on this one?”Bookmark here

The players nodded in agreement. And with that, the first ‘Capture Base’ game in Chersea was set in motion.Bookmark here

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