Yuji: “Eh? But… who holds the rank of leader now?”
Asura: “Me, but I name myself as a Vice Leader.”
Asura: “No one can replace our one-and-only leader…”
Asura: “We used to be part of the frontline guilds… He sacrificed himself for me. After I assumed the leader role, we withdrew from the frontlines, we lost more than half of our members. We used to be one of the large guilds…”
Yuji: “Oh… okay…”
Asura: “I will never forget that day, we lost so many players… His last words…”
Yuji: “Didn’t know you guys went through so much…”
Asura: “We were too weak…”
Kotomi: “Don’t say that. This is why me and Yumiji is here, to pull you guys back up.”
Asura: “Thank you…”
Yuji: “Sorry for asking, didn’t know you guys went through so much.”
Asura: “It’s okay, you guys should know anyways.”
Yuji: “Okay, go rest up for the night.”
Asura: “Are we doing the same thing again tomorrow?”
Yuji: “We can rest tomorrow, you guys looked extremely exhausted.”
Asura: “No, we can still do it.”
Kotomi: “No rush… Since we are not doing frontline rushing anymore…”
Yuji: “Rest up. You guys will go nowhere if you have inadequate rest.”
Asura: “Okay then…”
Yuji: “Both of us will leave for the day too, we need to do something.”
Asura: “Oh okay. A date?”
Kotomi: “N… No!” and blushes.
Asura: “Okay then…” and she smirks.
Me and Kotomi then entered our room.
Kotomi: “Where are we going tomorrow?”
Yuji: “A date.”
Kotomi covers her mouth.
Yuji: “It’s been awhile since we had a proper date ever since this death game kicked off. Might as well we live the most out of the game.”
Kotomi: “Okay then… I assume you had it all planned out for tomorrow.”
Yuji: “Of course. Who do you think I am?”
Kotomi: “Someone I know?”
Kotomi winked: “Kidding.” and kisses Yuji in the cheek.
Yuji: “Okay, go to sleep, I will join you later.”
Kotomi: “Don’t stay up too late.” and I left our room.
I went to grab a cup of tea.
Katsu: “Eh? Still up?”
Yuji: “Yeah… I always need to grab a drink before I sleep. I drink quite a bit of alcohol in real life. Ever since I got stuck in this world, I drink tea as a replacement.”
Katsu: “Do you think your tea drinking habits will help you kick your alcohol habits in real life?”
Yuji: “Don’t think so, they taste so bland.”
Katsu: “It is a game…”
Yuji: “Yeah, can’t wait to go back to the real world to drink alcohol…”
Katsu: “That’s not healthy.”
Yuji: “But that’s how I escape from my problems…”
Katsu: “Does your wife know about this?”
Yuji: “No. We are dating long distance in real life.”
Katsu: “Eh? How long have the both of you dated?”
Yuji: “2 years.”
Katsu: “Ever met?”
Yuji: “Never, until this game started.”
Katsu: “You trust her so much?”
Yuji: “She’s the reason why I decide to fall in love again.”
Katsu: “Eh? Something happened in the past?”
Yuji: “Yeah, a lot of shit.”
Katsu: “Okay I see, not going to question it.”
Yuji: “Thanks… Now go rest, it’s getting late.”
Katsu: “Okay, good night.” and he walks up to the rooms. I finished my tea and went to bed.
I woke up the next morning and Kotomi isn’t next to me in bed. I exited the room and went downstairs.
Kotomi: “Good morning!”
Yuji: “Ah, good morning…”
Katsu: “Heard news that the frontlines just cleared the 40th floor.”
Yuji: “Already? They sure are fast…”
Katsu: “This guild… Knights of The Blood…”
Katsu: “They are now the largest frontline guild. They control all the other frontline guilds too.”
Yuji: “That’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
Katsu: “But I think they will grow to a stage where 80% of the players are in the guild.”
Yuji: “Why are you worried?”
Katsu: “If they turn corrupt, it will have irreversible consequences.”
Yuji: “We’ll see what happens by then.”
Kotomi: “Ready to go?”
Yuji: “Yeah, let’s go.”
We left the guild building.
Kotomi: “Where are we going?”
Yuji: “Monument of Life. I want to see if anyone I know is in the game.”
Kotomi: “What if they are alive?”
Yuji: “Find them, have them to join the guild.”
Kotomi: “Then what if they are dead?”
Yuji: “Just going to say my prayers… Don’t worry, our date doesn’t just end there…”
Yuji: “Let’s go.”
We then entered the Monument. I started searching for names.
Kotomi: “Found anyone?”
Yuji: “Found like…. 15names… and all of them are dead…”
Kotomi: “I’m sorry…”
Yuji: “What about you? Did you look for your friends?”
Kotomi: “I didn’t search.”
Yuji: “Go find their names.”
Kotomi: “I’m… scared.”
Yuji: “Don’t worry… I’m here.”
Kotomi: “Okay…” and she started searching. At the end of it, she found 5 friends and all of them are dead too. She broke down in front of the names. And both of us did our prayers.
Yuji: “Sorry for ruining the day for coming here. I was being very optimistic…”
Kotomi: “It’s okay, at least we know that they did play the game and did their part… Okay, change of topic! Where are we going next?”
Yuji: “Wanna do some quests? After that we end it with a dinner date.”
Kotomi: “Let’s not do quests for now. Let’s just relax at the 24th floor.”
Yuji: “Panareze? Why?”
Kotomi: “I like the scenery there, I just want to relax… Things have always been tense since we started playing this game.”
Yuji: “I think I have turned into a workaholic. I can’t sit still anymore…”
Kotomi: “Maybe a heart-to-heart talk too. I still have questions even though we date for 2 years.”
Yuji: “Okay then… Let’s go.”
We teleported to the 24th floor. We walked towards the lake.
Yuji: “This scenery…”
Kotomi: “I can never get over this place… It just feels… soothing.”
Yuji: “Yeah it does, I think all of the tension has got me working like crazy.”
Kotomi: “So the heart-to-heart talk… Why do you always like to drink tea at night? It’s a habit you picked up in real life and I am sure you definitely don’t drink tea at night in real life.”
Yuji: “I… I’m an alcoholic…”
Yuji: “Life is a wreck for me… You don’t want to know…”
Kotomi: “Tell me… Tell me now!”