Yay, back from a month-ish hiatus! I'm probably a bit rusty (As my previous attempt at a KS crossover shows), so yeah. This chapter and maybe about half of the next chapter will all be Boku wa Tomadachi. I initially planned on trying to limit that to one chapter, but then I forgot how I was going to do that, so this is the best I can do. Rest of the note is on the bottom as always.
Rika places out a box with four large headsets connected to it.
“So what’re we doing? Playing a game?” I ask, picking up one of the headsets and examining it. Looks like the headphones are integrated into the headset.
“Yeah! RIka brought Left 4 Dead 2, as per Yozora-senpai’s request.” Rika replies, pulling a small boxlet with the L4D2 box cover on it. I can see why she mentioned Valve now, since Left 4 Dead is one of their franchises.
“What’s up with the headsets though? I’m guessing it’s some type of prototype?”
“Rika developed this all by herself! It’s way ahead of current gaming technology, but making this console alone cost me half my R&D budget. Rika upgraded it from the last time the Neighbor’s Club played it, so now you can control everything with your mind.”
“Wow, that’s pretty impressive.” I say, turning the headset around in my hands. Mutou would love to try out this experimental console. I have a feeling that he and Rika would get along very well.
Rika presses a button on the box the headsets are attached to. A CD drive emerges and Rika places the disc into it.
“OK guys, it’s ready. Put on the headsets and I’ll explain everything from there.” Rika announces.
Yozora, Sena and I take one of the chairs in the table and each put on a headset. Right now, all I see is blackness.
“I’m activating the headsets now.” Rika says.
I await something epic to happen, but all I notice is that the blackness got...less black. Then the image of a guy’s head with a valve sticking out of it appears. Ah, must be Valve’s intro. The same thing played back when I watched Left 4 the Half-Fortress. After that finishes, I suddenly find myself standing on what looks to be an entrance to an amusement park. But...there are zombies on the other side of the gates. I reflexively stumble backwards until i hit someone.
“Ow! Hisao, watch it!” Yozora says, pushing me away from her.
After righting myself, I turn to face her.
“Wow, it feels like i’m actually here.” I think out loud, moving my limbs around and poking myself in the face.
“I know right, this feels incredibly realistic. I wonder if we’ll feel the pain too.” Yozora adds, bending down to feel the ground.
“Well of course it feels real, I designed it!” Rika brags, both her and Sena spawning out of nowhere.
“So where are we anyways?” I ask, looking over at where the zombies are wailing.
“Ah, we’re at the menu area. Here, you can select what you want to play. Rika will handle that, so don’t worry about it.”
Rika conjures a floating menu out of nowhere, going through it with her hands. Naturally, the three of us huddle behind her shoulders so we can see what she’s doing. Rika scrolls through the menu until she finds the option ‘Campaign’. Poking it with her finger, the list expands to show more options like the list of actual missions and difficulty.
“What difficulty do you want to play on? Easy, Normal, Hard, or Expert?” Rika asks.
“Normal.” I answer.
“Expert.” Sena and Yozora say at the same time.
“Expert? Yozora, this is the first time I’m playing this game, why would you want to play at the hardest difficulty?” I ask exasperatedly.
“Because if we can’t survive zombies in a game, what’s the point of playing then? We get no training if we play with all these silly boosts like less damage and no friendly fire.”
“Mmhmm, for once I agree with you.” Sena adds, nodding her head.
The two girls look at each other, and in that moment I swear I could’ve see the enmity of both girls being directed at each other.
“Well we can’t have the difficulty too high,” Rika steps in. “So Rika will set it to normal.”
Phew! At least someone’s being considerate. If we did play Expert, I can already foresee all the friendly fire between Yozora and Sena. Rika drags down the difficulty menu and pokes the normal setting. Satisfied with the settings, she then presses the large PLAY button on the bottom of of the hovering menu.
As soon as she presses the button, the scenery immediately changes around us. In a sweeping wave of light, the carnival gate in front of us disappears, only to be replaced with apartment and business buildings. The immediate area around us changes into the roof of one of these buildings.
The other thing I notice after the wave of light is the HUD screen that somehow embedded itself into my eyeballs. I start to panic for a moment before remembering that I’m inside a video game. The new HUD that’s now inside my eyes has the status of the other 3 members of our party, as well as an ammo/inventory indicator on the right side of my vision. Hmm, it says I have a pistol on me, but how do I get it out? I decide to check my pockets, and conveniently enough, a pistol somehow made its way into my right pocket. I pull it out and aim out at the building across the street. A crosshair suddenly appears in my sight, moving around as I aim the pistol. Damn, I’m even more impressed now. At least I know where I’ll be aiming now. There’s just one issue.
“How do we reload?” I ask.
“Empty your clip or just think reload. Your hands will automatically do it for you, and your ammo counter will update as well.” Rika replies, walking over to the table full of guns and ammo.
Huh.....I spray a few bullets at the building across us, noticing how the ammo indicator decreased with each shot. Following Rika’s instructions, I think ‘RELOADING’, and my hands magically move on their own, producing a new clip out of nowhere and shoving it into the pistol. It’s a bit odd, having your hands move without your consent, but I think I can get used to it.
“Oyy, Hisao you ready?” Yozora asks from next to a door presumably leading down to the building itself. She’s wielding a pump-action shotgun, and she looks ready for action.
“Yeah, we already got our weapons and medkits, hurry up already!” Sena adds, waving at me with her SMG. Rika’s standing there as well, holding an SMG as well. Since I doubt we don’t need two people up front, I grab an SMG from the table and a red medkit, presumably for healing when we’re injured.
“OK, let’s get this show on the road!” Yozora kicks the door open, taking point as we follow her down the stairs.
At the bottom of the stairs, we encounter a few zombies stumbling around the narrow hallway. Yozora promptly shoots and kills them.
“Huh, this is easier than I thought. And there’s no recoil, just spread.” Yozora noted as she reloaded her gun. Should keep that in mind.
The four of us proceed through the disheveled building, meeting only scant resistance that Yozora took care of before the rest of us could get a shot in. Reaching the bottom floor, Rika directs the group through the back door, leading into a side alley. But as we exit the building, I heard sounds of gurgling emanating from further down the alley. The dim light from a lamp on the side of the wall could only tell me that this was one morbidly obese zombie. Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, I aimed my gun at it, letting the crosshairs fall on its center of mass before letting loose a spray of bullets.
The thing immediately exploded, the top half completely blown apart, leaving only its stump of its legs behind.
“Good job, Hisao.” Rika compliments. “That was a Boomer.”
“A...Boomer?” I ask.
“Yep. There’s special types of zombies besides the normal ones out there. But I’ll let you three encounter them without prior knowledge.” Rika gives off an evil glint as she declares this. Ugh, I have a bad feeling about this. But since we have no choice but to plow on, we go down the alley and round a corner, emerging onto a street of what looks to be downtown. But oddly enough, instead of the crowds of zombies blocking our path, it appears that the occasional abandoned car is our only obstacle.
“That’s weird, Rika almost always encounters zombies at this part of the stage.” Rika scratches her head.
“Yeah, I figured we’d have to blast our way through here. I was wondering why there wasn’t any moaning when we arrived here.” Sena adds in.
“Well, let’s keep going then. At least we won’t have to worry about dying.”
We walk down the deserted street, constantly swiveling around in case we get ambushed. In one of my 180s, I notice a pistol lying on a nearby bench. Intrigued, I pick it up, but my hands switch from the SMG to the pistol I started with. Now I’m dual wielding pistols, which feels just as badass as it is in the movie theaters. Even the ammo display updates to show that I now have 30 bullets, 15 in each pistol, which means less time reloading (hopefully) and more time blasting away at zombies. Elated at this new feeling of badassery, I spray a couple of bullets into a car with a blinking light on it. Suddenly, the car alarm goes off.
“Why would you do that?! Shooting those kind of cars triggers the horde!” Rika explains frantically, starting to sprint down the street.
“”Hisao you idiot!”” The voices of both Sena and Yozora can be heard as they sprint after Rika as well, shooting into the waves of zombies appearing from the sides.
“Wait up!” I yell, switching back to the SMG and spraying its contents into the zombies. Even though this isn’t real, I can’t help but feel terrified as I try to keep up with the three girls. As I run, I unconsciously place my left hand over my heart to feel for any signs of danger, but I don’t feel a heartbeat. Since I’m under duress from zombies, I’ll just assume that my handicap doesn’t follow me into this world and continue running.
“The safe house is down in the subway station! Follow Rika!”
We clamber down the stairs indicated by Rika, Yozora and I walking backwards to keep the horde of zombies at bay. Down at the stairs’ landing, I turn around to see a red metal door that’s ajar. I assume that’s the safe house, but Rika isn’t rushing inside it.
“Get back! There’s something inside!” She warns us.
“Hah, what’re you talking about? I’ve got a gun!” Sena pushes past Rika and moves to enter the room.
“Sena-senpai, no!” Rika rushes to Sena and tries to hold her back, but in that instant, a loud roar emanates from the room, and something pounces on Sena.
“Ahhh! Get it off me!!!” Sena yells. A zombie wearing a dark blue hoodie is...dry humping Sena?! If I recall correctly, this zombie is a Hunter, but last time I checked, it dismembered its victims, not raped them...?
“Haha, that’s a funny sight!” Yozora, who looks like she just finished up what’s left of the wave, walks up towards Sena and examines the animation. “Huh, you did a decent job there, Rika.”
“Yep, didn’t take me that long to add the new animation when a Hunter’s attacking Sena.” Rika replies. Since there’s no urgency now that we cleared the zombie wave, she joins Yozora in examining Sena and the Hunter.
“JUST HELP ME DAMMIT! MY HEALTH’S DROPPING AND THIS IS DEGRADING!” Sena roars.
The HP indicator on my HUD shows that Sena’s health is about 40, and it’s still dropping. Pulling my eyes away from the spectacle, I shoot the Hunter until it dies, the bullets pushing it away from Sena.
“WHY THE FUCK DID THAT THING TRY TO RAPE ME?!” A furious Sena inquires to Rika.
“Yozora-senpai asked if Rika could change the Hunter’s animation when he pounced on Sena-senpai from dismemberment to humping. Rika saw it as a challenge of my coding abilities since I had to make the animations and make it so they trigger when they attack you, so Rika did it. ” Rika explains.
“YOZORA YOU BITCH! GO DIE!” Sena yells before suddenly disappearing. I guess she pulled out her headset and left.
“Awh, and I was having fun too.” Yozora complains.
“Was that really necessary? Now we’re short one person.” I say. It’s a pity, really. I was looking forward to clearing the rest of this level.
“Ehh, yeah I guess it was worth it actually. Not every day I can see Sena bent over and humped by a zombie. Too bad you killed it before I could do anything.”
“Of course I killed it! It was hurting Sena! As in, you know, her HP was dropping.” I retort.
“Yeah well, I wanted to get in a jab about how she used to step on so many guys, and now she’s being stepped on, or something like that. Now I’m bored. Rika, turn this thing off.” Yozora orders.
Since this game ended prematurely, we pulled off our headsets. I blink my eyes to get used to the lack of HUD now that I’m back in reality. Even though it was just for a moment, having a HUD was extremely handy. If Yozora has access to cool gadgets like this on a daily basis, I should try to come here more often, if Yozora would let me anyways. Looking around, it looks like Sena ran away after her ragequit.
“That was fun. It’s the first time Rika played Left 4 Dead with people.” Rika says happily as we help her pack the equipment back into the box.
“Really? I always thought that kind of game was something you played with friends.” I reply.
“But I have no friends, I’m a hikikomori. But when I saw The Neighbor’s Club’s poster, I immediately saw the hidden message, so I decided to join.”
“Wait what? Hidden message?” I ask in a confused voice.
“Ah ah ah, I’ll explain that later.” Yozora suddenly joins in our conversation. Well, since she is the founder of this club, she probably does have an explanation for this poster Rika mentioned.
As we pack the rest of the things away, a glance at the wall-mounted clock informs me that it’s about 3:20. Damn, didn’t realize I spent nearly two hours here. I mean, all the events before Rika showed up felt like they happened within ten minutes. Huh, I did want to get to know Sena a bit more. Oh well.
After Rika puts the now packed box next to the door, the three of us file away to take a seat. I sit on the couch facing the table, while Yozora takes one of the chairs in the table, facing me. Oddly enough, Rika promptly takes a seat next to me, a bit closer than I’d like. I get the feeling I’m being examined by her.
“Umm, not to be rude, but can you give me a bit more space?” I ask Rika.
“Oh, sorry, but it’s just that you’re the first guy who partook in club activities. It’s not often Rika gets to see males up close!” She replies, her stare looking down at my...crotch? I try to ignore her stare, inching away from her and plowing on with our conversation.
“What about that missing club member...Yukimara?”
“He’s so androgynous, if you looked at him, you’d think he’s a girl. You’re actually a guy guy. If you’re only friends with Yozora-senpai, do you want to do erotic things with me?” Rika says this shocking statement with a casual tone.
Rika takes me by surprise so much, I’m at a loss for words. I mean, if she wasn’t a pervert, I definitely would consider doing such things to her. After all, she’s pretty good looking while still maintaining the aura of ‘approachable’. Yozora’s definitely attractive, but if I was a random guy I would definitely feel intimidated trying to talk to her.
Yozora takes swift action. In an instant, she gets up and whacks Rika in the head with her flyswatter.
“Shut up, you goddamn pervert! Hisao is mine!” She yells.
Even up against the tremendous killing intent emanating from Yozora, Rika isn’t fazed one bit. I have to admit, she’s got guts.
“It seems Rika has stepped on another landmine. But Rika was under the assumption that you two were just friends without benefits.”
On hearing Rika comment about the ‘benefits’ (or lack thereof), both Yozora and I blush (I can definitely feel myself heating up at least) and turn away...wait a minute, why did we both do that at the same time?! Of course, this reaction doesn’t go amiss by the pervert genius.
“Oh? Judging from your reactions, maybe Rika’s initial conclusion about you two was right?” Rika says teasingly.
“I-it’s none of your business, Rika!” Yozora stammers. “What Hisao and I do outside of the club isn’t your business.”
I nod, agreeing with Yozora on this one. I’d rather not let the events in my relationship...? No, friendship? Ah, I dunno, just whatever it is we have between the two of us right now be known to Rika. God only knows what she’d say if she knew Yozora kissed me, let alone what’d happen if she found out we...y’know, did the deed. Not that we did, of course.
“OK OK, Rika will drop this for now. The console needs to be returned back to my room anyways.” Rika relents. Thank God. Picking up the box, she strolls out into the hallway, leaving Yozora and I alone. But as I’m about to strike up another conversation with Yozora, the door opens yet again, revealing Sena.
“Sena? I thought you left.” I ask.
“I-I didn’t! I just had to go to the bathroom, that’s a-all.” Sena stammers, clearly trying to act as if her blowup didn’t happen.
“You’re full of shit, Meat. Now that I think about it though, this is the first time you came back after you curse at me and leave.” Yozora says in a scathing tone...a lot closer than I expected. In the few seconds I got distracted by Sena, Yozora managed to teleport to the seat next to me on the couch. Wow, I must’ve been really out of it if I didn’t notice that.
“Well...I didn’t want to leave when we have a guest here...” Sena mutters.
“Hmph, do what you want, Meat.” Yozora says lazily, sprawling herself out on her half of the couch.
“I don’t need your permission for anything, idiot Yozora.” Sena snarls back, before going back to the chair near the TV and turning on the BS3. I presume she’s going to play more eroge or galge. Although now that I think about it, I’ve heard a LOT about visual novels, but I’ve never tried one. Hmmm....Yozora will probably berate me for this, but oh well.
“Hey Sena, do you have any recommendations for a decent galge? I’ve heard a LOT about the genre, especially with the surge of bishoujo games out there, so I wanna see what’s the big deal about it.” I say.
Pushing aside Yozora’s shocked expression, I swear Sena’s eyes just lit up, literally.
“Haah, a newcomer to the genre, eh? W-well, lemme dig up something that should be good for a newcomer.” Sena says at the speed of light before diving towards the pile of games stacked next to the BS3.
I get up and move a chair next to Sena’s chair facing the TV, all while ignoring Yozora’s hostile stare.
“Hisao...I swear if you become another Meat...”
“Jeez, what’re you so worried about, I’m just checking it out.” I respond sheepishly. Turning around, Sena’s still digging through the pile of games, but I lower my voice into a conspiratorial whisper anyways. “If I really do become like Sena though, you have my permission to knock me out of it.”
“Hehe, I look forward to it.” Yozora smirks, raising her flyswatter threateningly.
“Ah, found it!” Sena declares. She puts a disc into the BS3 before tossing me the disc case.
“Kirameki...School Life 7...” I read out loud. Ah, this was one of the more acclaimed titles that I’ve heard about.
“Yep! This is the first one I’ve played! I think it’s pretty good for someone like you. Hell, at least you’re a guy.” Sena says.
“And what do you mean by that?” I ask, raising my eyebrow.
“Eh, well the protagonist is a guy, like most galge are, so y’know....you could relate to his problems more and stuff.” Sena replies.
For some reason, I’m a bit disappointed by this normal reply from Sena. Checking on Yozora, she took over my now vacant seat and is spread out on the couch, eyes closed. Probably taking a nap.
The TV starts to display the start screen for Kirameki School LIfe 7. Sena passes me one of the controllers. With slightly fumbling hands, I press the start button. And thus, my journey into the realm of galge began.
If the L4D scenario seemed too outlandish, Watch this scene from the anime. Rika is a mo'fucking genius, what can ya say? Anyways, now that I got this update out of the way, I'll be off to work on my other main Fanfic, so expect a fairly long period of time between now and the next update. Deuces! Oh, and I actually read through the draft and changed some stuff around before I posted this for once. Haha.