NaNoRenO Game Show: And the Grand Winner of the Love Challenge Is…?!

Header for the conclusion to the Love Challenge of Dreamgazer's 2016 NaNoRenO Game Show.
PREVIOUSLY:
You voted for the winner of the Love Challenge!  Now, here comes the exciting moment where we find out who that is.


Onyx of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and VN game.
Onyx:
The votes have been tallied.

Night of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), OELVN and free English otome game.
Night:
Yes, but don’t just tell them who it is, Onyx.  We have to build up the suspense.

Wind of the Imugi from free English otome and visual novel game, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Dark Link.
Wind:
No, we don’t.

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and VN.
Wildfire:
Sure we do.  And I bet you’re the most excited of us all.  So, in last place we have…nah, this can’t be right.  You must have counted it wrong, Onyx.

Smiling Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and visual novel game.
Arsenik:
I was there when he was gathering the votes, so unfortunately for you, he didn’t.

Ambrosia from free English visual novel, War (X Playing Pieces), in Queen Elsa cosplay.
Ambrosia:
In 5th place, we have Sir Banality Man, giving him 6 stars for a total of 23.

Night of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), OELVN and free English otome game.
Night:
And in 4th place,we have the hockey players. 7 stars for a grand total of 28.

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from free English visual novel game and otome, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Elsa from Frozen.
Wildfire:
Tch. If you ask me, that should’ve won first place.

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English VN and otome game.
Arsenik:
I wonder why.  3rd place is Ettore’s date with Miss Ambrosia.  8 stars for 30 and a 1/2.

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Chase:
My date with Princess Yanyu is 2nd place.  So, 9 stars for 32 stars.  Whoo!

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from War (X Playing Pieces), free English visual novel and otome game.
Wildfire:
Don’t get so excited.  If it isn’t 1st place, it ain’t worth it.

Ambrosia from free English visual novel, War (X Playing Pieces), in Queen Elsa cosplay.
Ambrosia:
Ah, well…if you ask me, everyone’s a winner!

Night of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), OELVN and free English otome game.
Night:
And now, in first place…Onyx?  Do you want to to do the honors?

Onyx of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and VN game.
Onyx:
It doesn’t matter to me.

Ambrosia of free English otome, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Elsa from Frozen.
Ambrosia:
Please do, Sir Onyx.  It’s been a while since I last heard your voice.

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from free English visual novel game and otome, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Elsa from Frozen.
Wildfire:
He spoke just before you did.

Ambrosia from free English visual novel, War (X Playing Pieces), in Queen Elsa cosplay.
Ambrosia:
It was hardly anything!  Let him speak a little more.

Onyx of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and VN game.
Onyx:
1st place is Princess Charming’s team.  They will receive 10 stars, which brings their score to 32.

Ambrosia from free English visual novel, War (X Playing Pieces), in Queen Elsa cosplay.
Ambrosia:
Excellent!  Here are the new rankings.

1st Place: Reflections on the River – 32 stars
1st Place: Lads in Distress – 32 stars
2nd Place: Between the Lines – 30 1/2 stars
3rd Place: 2 Minutes for Roughing – 28 stars
4th Place: Banality Man – 23 stars

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and VN.
Wildfire:
Ohh, we have a tie, boys and girls.

Night of the Vi from War (X Playing Pieces), OELVN and free English otome game.
Night:
Things are heating up.  Let’s see what the next challenge will bring.

Ambrosia from free English visual novel, War (X Playing Pieces), in Queen Elsa cosplay.
Ambrosia:
Congratulations on receiving first place, Your Highnesses.  The rest of you did wonderfully as well!

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Chase:
But first, a lunch break.  I’m starving.

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and VN.
Wildfire:
You ate a whole bunch in the Cooking Challenge, you little piggy.

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Chase:
You know there’s always room for dessert.

Wildfire of the Valkyrie from free English visual novel game and otome, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Elsa from Frozen.
Wildfire:
Fine.  Whatever.

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome game filled with bishies.
Arsenik:
Now that we have a break, Miss Ambrosia, I was hoping to hear about how your date went.

Ambrosia of free English otome, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Elsa from Frozen.
Ambrosia:
Oh, I was just about to ask how things fared between you and Lady Paige!  Judging by the bounce of your voice, I would say it went quite well?

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English VN and otome game.
Arsenik:
I suppose so, but I honestly wouldn’t suggest using my tone as your basis for judging.  When I’m with you, I’m sure my voice can’t help but shake.

Ambrosia of free English otome, War (X Playing Pieces), cosplaying as Elsa from Frozen.
Ambrosia:
Can’t help but shake?  Sir Arsenik, when I said that your voice bounces, I meant that it has the smooth, clear rhythm of a song.  And your melody is telling me that you’re rather pleased.

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome game filled with bishies.
Arsenik: 
Can you blame me for feeling pleased to see you?

Ambrosia from free English visual novel, War (X Playing Pieces), in Queen Elsa cosplay.
Ambrosia:
All jesting aside, please tell me that all is well with Lady Paige and her friends.

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English VN and otome game.
Arsenik: 
Hmm…well, whatever rough patch they’re struggling through, it’s nothing that can’t be solved with time and true companionship.


[When Arsenik had gone into the room that he had last seen Paige enter, he came with a glass of water in his gloved hand.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome game filled with bishies.
Arsenik: Miss Paige?  I was wondering whether you might like some refreshments.

[Paige is startled out of her thoughts, but thankful it’s not any of her own teammates that followed her.]

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshibb.
­Paige: Oh, thanks.

[She accepts the glass of water but then turns apologetic.]

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshibb.
Paige: Sorry, you probably don’t like me wandering around without permission. I just needed a minute to cool off before I did anything really stupid.

Smiling Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and visual novel game.
Arsenik:
You’re welcome to stay here for as long as you like until the next challenge begins.  The prince may not care much for you to set out in exploration, but I don’t see him anywhere here, do you?  I can keep a secret if you can.

[He briefly raises a finger to his lips, one eye fluttering shut in a wink.  There’s a gently teasing smile on his face before it gives way to a slightly more serious expression.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome game filled with bishies.
Arsenik: I know this isn’t any of my business, but I don’t suppose you would care to talk about what’s troubling you?  I’ve been told I’m a good listener.

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshibb.
Paige: Is that so?

[Paige lets out a long sigh as she leans back against a nearby wall.]

Annoyed Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing, free English otome for NaNoRenO 2016.
Paige:  Well, I wish I could tell you that I’m annoyed because Blake is a –

[She coughs, reconsidering her next words when she remembers whose presence she’s in.]

Sad Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshebb for NaNo 2016.
Paige: He can be obnoxious at times, but I don’t think he’s what’s bothering me.  You see…

[She mulls over how to explain her problem to someone who has no clue what hockey even entails.]

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshibb.
Paige: You have something you think you’re an expert at, right? Like sword-fighting or… I don’t know, hair care?

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), Dreamgazer's free English otome game.

Arsenik: Hair care?  You really think so?

Shocked Paige of 2 Minutes for Roughing, NaNo 2016 VN.
Paige: Seriously? You put Colt to shame, and I didn’t think that was possible.

[His shoulders shake with the beginnings of a chuckle.]

Smiling Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and visual novel game.
Arsenik:
I’m flattered you think so highly of my style, but it isn’t anywhere near my realm of expertise.  But you’re close.

[He taps a finger against his right temple once.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English VN and otome game.
Arsenik:
As of yet, my skill in chess is second to none.

Annoyed Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing, free English otome for NaNoRenO 2016.
Paige: Ok, so, imagine that you meet someone who is ten times the chess player you are. And no matter how hard you try and how much you practice, you can never seem to get this other person’s level.

[She starts remembering how many times Colt would make a fool out of her with a few moves ,and her head lowers.]

Sad Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshebb for NaNo 2016.
Paige: And you think maybe you’re overreacting, maybe it’s not so mismatched, but then your friend

[She chews on her lip at the label.]

Sad Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshebb for NaNo 2016.
Paige: Your friend says that you were never that great of a chess player anyway, and there are a lot of players who could run circles around you… or however that analogy would work in chess.

[She sighs again, harder this time.]

Sad Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshebb for NaNo 2016.
Paige: It just sucks when you put your time, effort, and passion into something, you have so much pride in it, and someone comes along that makes you feel like it’s all been a complete waste.

[He gives a nod, thinking over her words.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), Dreamgazer's free English otome game.
Arsenik: Allow me to ask you a question.  You said this person made you feel like it’s been a complete waste, but do you really believe that?  That it’s truly been for nothing.

Sad Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshebb for NaNo 2016.
Paige: I want to say no, but there’s always that tiny voice that agrees with him. I don’t plan on giving up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t question myself.

[She swirls the water around in the glass of water she’s holding.  He watches her, filing away every small gesture and adding it to his storehouse of knowledge on her.]

Sad Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshebb for NaNo 2016.
Paige: I just don’t want to be a bother or a hindrance to my teammates. I already feel like my anger problem causes them to walk on eggshells around me, like they don’t want to do anything to set me off.

[She finally looks up again and gives her best smile.]

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshibb.
Paige: I finally feel like I belong somewhere. I don’t want to ruin that.

[She straightens up again and shakes her head.]

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing by Yoshibb.
Paige: Speaking of bothering people, I think I’ve ranted enough. But thanks for listening. I’ll head back to rejoin my team now.

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), Dreamgazer's free English otome game.
Arsenik: Yes.  Ah…Miss Paige?

[Paige stops in her tracks and turns back in confusion.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome game filled with bishies.
Arsenik: Before you leave, I have a request.  I may not be familiar with your companions, but if anyone professes to be your friend, then no matter how hastily words are spoken, it should never come from a place of malice.  All the same…

[He leans down towards her from his great height, meeting her gaze.]

Smiling Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and visual novel game.
Arsenik:
Prove him wrong.

[His smile is as cool as water, but there’s an unmistakable sense of fire in his words. Paige is startled by the force behind his words.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English VN and otome game.
Arsenik:
If I were to meet such an extraordinary player, someone ten times my equal, I would never accept it.  Chess is not only about strategy but mind games.  If the front door doesn’t work, I will try the back or let him think that is where I intend to strike.  There is always an alternative method.  It just hasn’t occurred to you yet.

[His gaze upon her softens.]

Smiling Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), free English otome and visual novel game.
Arsenik:
Never question yourself, Miss Paige.  As long as you don’t give up, I believe a woman with passion like yours can become the best hockey player in all of history – notwithstanding overpowered warrioresses.

[She chuckles lightly at the absurdity, but at the same time, the conviction with which he speaks resonates with her.]

Annoyed Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing, free English otome for NaNoRenO 2016.
Paige: You’re right. I kind’ve forgot where my true strength lies. Thank you.

[She smiles again, more genuine this time.]

Paige from 2 Minutes for Roughing, English visual novel game for NaNoRenO 2016.
Paige: By the way, good luck with the princess. She’d be lucky to have a sensitive guy like you.

[She jogs back to her friends to prepare for the next challenge.]

Arsenik of the Hulder from War (X Playing Pieces), Dreamgazer's free English otome game.
Arsenik: Hm?  Princess?

[Did she, by chance, assume Ambrosia was one?  He could certainly understand the mistake.  However, that last remark she had made was the greater one.  He could only wish that Ambrosia would be lucky to have him.  Instead, he felt that it was her great misfortune to have met him.]


That’s it for the Love Challenge!  If you still haven’t gotten your fill of romance, you can try dating some of your hosts here.  If you’re having a bad day, it should pick you up ASAP. (Caution: It was made in a month for Valentine’s Day, so expect craziness and a barrel of laughs.  It also features CGs by the awesome oktolio and Katta!)

Find out what the third and last challenge is next week on my tumblr or twitter.  See you then!

NEXT: It’s the Third and FINAL Challenge…Here and Now!

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