We stopped controlling the defenders and stood by to monitor the bout. Seeing this, the members of team two seemed to think that we had given up and rushed ahead triumphantly. Then they came to an abrupt halt and looked around, bewildered.
“What’s going on? There’s no goal,” Manabu shouted at us.
“There is,” Shun replied.
“We don’t have to tell you guys anything,” Satoru said smugly.
“Hey, stop the time! Something’s wrong,” Manabu complained.
“Don’t you dare,” Maria warned the timekeeper, a student from team four. “Don’t stop the time until one side has won.
“I’m serious! How can we continue the match if there’s no goal?”
“Like I said, there is one,” Shun said calmly to the angry Manabu.
“Look for it. Though it’ll cost you time,” Satoru taunted.
Even as his teammate, I thought Satoru was being annoying. To the enemy, he must be absolutely infuriating.
“We’re just wasting our time if there’s no goal.”
“There is a goal. If there isn’t, then we’d be in violation of the rules, and lose the match,” Shun said quietly.
Manabu looked around suspiciously. If we could keep this up for a little longer, they will have wasted almost two whole minutes.
“…it’s hidden, isn’t it,” one of the members suddenly realized.
Although they scanned the field desperately, the goal was nowhere to be seen.
“This is cheating!” Manabu growled through gritted teeth.
“There’s no rule that says you can’t hide the goal.”
“Yes there is! Altering the field is a huge violation.”