The conference in Florida was of course the epitome of hard-working productiveness. Riveting lectures, coffee breaks taken pouring over research posters, intellectual debates .... canoe trips, shuttle launches and the TeniPuri PS2 dating game. As described in this post
, "Gakuensai no Oujisama" allows you the opportunity to try your hand at seducing your favourite Prince of Tennis character. Serious role-playing hours had passed since I last attempted this game with ad_exia
and from that emerged a new goal: Yukimura totally needed to go down. The fact I considered "going down" to be synonymous with "going on a date" says much for my past relationships.
Google research informed me that you couldn't just join Rikkai and go chasing their captain. He was a character who only became available once you'd been successful with every other member of that team. In short, Yukimura wanted nothing to do with you unless you could prove you were the primary object of desire for all his friends. Then, he'd show some interest. There have been less promising starts to a relationship, although currently they escape me.
Like with tennis, the real trouble with reaching Yukimura is getting past Sanada. We tried. Hell, we tried. We went for every topic of conversation, we woke Kirihara up from his napping, we even helped Niou in the storeroom again, causing us to collapse with exhaustion and be carted off to the infirmary .... when Niou finally remembered us. Yet, despite our interest and dilligent help of his team members (which google claimed was what did it for Sanada) the only response we EVER got to our conversation was:
It was disappointing. Maybe he knew I should have been at the conference poster session at that time. We did however get walked home by Niou. Indeed it was looking quite promising until we made the mistake of letting Kirihara walk us home one day later. Evidently, they were both impressed for our protection against Sanada's wrath. They were sadly less impressed by each other and we ended up, once again, home alone.
Still, between the trickster, the devil, the emperor and the demi-god who only wants you if it means depriving his team mates of their dream, single-dom doesn't look so bad. Next time, I vote we join Yamabuki.