Breakfast had been quite a slightly awkward affair, mainly between him and Tsubasa. Eiichiro was as loud and boisterous as ever while Matsuo himself was offering Kiyotaka some advice before he leaves for school later on, but the young man wasn't listening at all.
It wasn't Kiyotaka's fault that he couldn't concentrate on what was happening. It's because of the 'screen' that appeared over Tsubasa's head that he couldn't ignore no matter how much he tried to think about something else.
[Nanase Tsubasa: 'Friendly Kouhai']
[Relationship Status: Loyal Follower]
[Affection Points: 0/100]
[Heroine Summary: Tsubasa is a dear friend of Eiichiro who met you a month ago when his father brought you here. During all the times she has visited, she always looks forward to being around you because of how much of a mystery you are. She constantly wonders why you never show any kind of emotion, but chooses not to ask anything because she thinks it is something you don't want to share. She looks up to you as her 'senpai' and highly values your opinion. She aims to go to Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School like you in a year's time]
Kiyotaka was trying hard not to stare at the screen that showed Tsubasa's information, but all it did was confirm to him that this was something he'd have to get used to. On the bright side, it did give him more insight on what the girl thought about him and he was slightly surprised at what he just found out.
More importantly, he was curious on how exactly this 'power' worked. Was it just about raising flags with 'heroines' and making a harem of his own? He remembered those as the exact words that were shown at the screen that he saw when he woke up.
ραпdα n?νa| сom Was that it then? Was he simply supposed to gain the affection of the girls he comes across with? Tsubasa was already one of them and from the looks of it, she wasn't going to be the only one.
To what end, though? How many girls would it take before this dating simulator becomes satisfied? Based on what he knew about games like this, the normal number of girls that a player can choose from would be five, but there's no telling if the same applies to this 'power' he now possessed.
Of course, like every other person out there, Kiyotaka desired to experience what was it like to love a person and if he was capable of doing so. Because of that, he wasn't going to be pissed at this turn of events and if anything, this might help him.
But can he really live with this predicament? He also wanted to enjoy the other aspects of his freedom like choosing where to go, what to do, and what to eat. With his life being akin to a protagonist of a dating simulator, he didn't feel as free anymore.
When you're just trying to make great content at 𝚋𝚎𝚍ｎ𝚘ｖ𝚎𝚕.𝚗𝚎𝚝.
It's like someone from above was telling him to use this to his advantage and do with it as he wished, but could he really do this? He knew nothing about falling in love and relationships and he was completely sure that video games aren't the same as real life.
"Senpai, give me your plate and utensils, I'll wash them for you. You need to prepare to go to school, remember?" spoke Tsubasa with a calm voice, bringing Kiyotaka out of his musings and making him realize that she had finally put the awkwardness from his earlier teasing/joke behind her.
"Sorry, what were you saying?"
Tsubasa simply smiled. "Your plate, Senpai. I'm going to wash the dishes."
Kiyotaka noticed that she was holding 3 sets of plates and utensils in her arms, which meant that Eiichiro and Matsuo were already done. Has he been deep in his thoughts for that long?
Before he could say anything however, the world around him screeched to a halt as three separate screens appeared before him.
A. [Sure. Here you go. You should head home soon too. Your parents might be getting worried.]
B. [I'll handle it. Think of it as an apology for... the joke I said earlier....]
C. [No, let your senpai take care of this. Anything for my cute and adorable kouhai!]
Kiyotaka rolled his eyes as everything around him lost color, before doing a quick scan of the three new options provided for him. It didn't even take him a few seconds to choose the third option, barely thinking about what the other two could do.
Even though he was ready this time, the feeling of some higher power taking over his mind and actions still felt weird and disturbing.
As the world returned to normal, Kiyotaka felt himself standing up while grabbing his own plate before taking the rest from Tsubasa in one smooth move.
"No thank you, Tsubasa. Let your senpai take care of this," the 'overridden' young man declared with the same smile he used earlier, making the girl flinch in surprise. "Anything for my cute and adorable kouhai!"
The effect was instantaneous, and Kiyotaka found himself regaining control over his body in time to see Tsubasa's face turning red from the atomic blush that appeared on her cheeks.
"I-I think you're being very weird today, Senpai.....!" Tsubasa shook her head in an effort to rid herself of the embarrassment she was feeling, before running away from the scene to save herself.
[Your sudden change in personality overwhelmed a Heroine! You gained +2 in Charm!] 𝒷ℯ𝒹𝓃𝓸𝓿ℯ𝓁.𝒸ℴ𝓶
[You gained 15 Affection Points with Nanase Tsubasa!]
"That went just about as I expected," Kiyotaka sighed while dismissing the new notifications that appeared.
It's going to take him some time to get used to this....