We flew to Swilvane and went to a weapon shop.
Elimi: “You sure can fly fast, even though we are the fastest race.”
Yuji: “I didn’t spend my time in SAO for nothing.”
Elimi: “Same here, but took me like a month or so to fly without a controller…”
Yuji: “Depend on who is playing it I guess.”
I then bought a couple of katanas.
Elimi: “I suppose these weapons are similar to the one that you used in SAO?”
Yuji: “Yeah, I prefer dark coloured katanas. How did you know that?”
Elimi: “Because I bought mine with that same mindset too.”
We then toured around the city for a little bit.
Elimi: “What are we going to do now?”
Yuji: “I don’t know… Quests?”
Elimi: “Sure. After that we go to Gadan, you need to know how your city is.”
Yuji: “Okay then.”
We flew into a dungeon and start to fight monsters.
Elimi: “You need to use your magic spells more, that’s how this game is different from SAO.”
Yuji: “Eh? How do I do that?”
Elimi: “Look at your spell list and use them!”
And I did, my left hand became a literal flamethrower.
Yuji: “What are your spells?”
Elimi: “Wind magic, healing…”
Yuji: “Oh, I see.”
Elimi: “But I don’t have enough mana all the time, so don’t rely on me to heal you all the time.”
Yuji: “Got it.”
Eventually, we walked to the desert.
Elimi: “This is your side of the continent.”
Yuji: “Finally… Where is the city?”
Elimi: “Still need to fly there… Walking will take about a day.”
Elimi: “Logging out here will also make you vulnerable. When you log out, your body will still be here, so you need someone to protect you.”
Yuji: “I see…”
Elimi: “So you want to hunt more monsters or…”
Yuji: “Fly is probably the better option… and why do I feel hungry…”
Elimi: “You do feel hunger and thirst in-game, but you just cannot feel pain here.”
Yuji: “I see…”
Elimi: “Oh yeah, you feel fatigue too.”
Yuji: “No wonder I feel… exhausted.”
Elimi: “Let’s just fly there and find an inn to stay in and log out.”
Yuji: “Okay then.”
We then flew to Gadan.
Yuji: “I think I want to look around a little.”
Elimi: “Okay then, I don’t really know this place well myself, so let’s hope we don’t get lost.”
And we got lost.
Elimi: “Where are we? Why is this alley dark…”
Yuji: “It is night time after all.”
Elimi: “It is getting late… I want to log out somewhere safer…”
Then a player appears.
Yuji: “Erm… excuse me… do you know where the inn is?”
Player: “You guys new around here?”
Yuji: “Yeah… This is my first day…”
Elimi: “I never came here before…”
Player: “Just keep going straight, you will reach the main street, from there you probably can find the inn, the signage is pretty huge.”
Yuji: “Thank you!” I then pulled Elimi and walked away.
Eventually we ran to the main street.
Yuji: “There you go, the inn is over there.”
Elimi: “Ah finally… Did your stats increased after grinding so many monsters?”
Yuji: “Probably, I don’t know. What time is it…”
Elimi: “It’s going to be 1am…”
Yuji: “Okay… let’s just go in and log out already…”
Elimi: “We play more tomorrow?”
Yuji: “Yeah sure… Just text me whenever you want to go online…”
We then entered the inn and logged out.
I took out my Amusphere and Takeya is beside me.
Yuji: “Woah, what are you doing here? Are you a creeper?”
Takeya: “No, just wanted to see if you are asleep, but since you are still awake…”
Takeya: “I have questions to ask…”
Yuji: “Let me guess, about Usagi?”
Takeya: “Yeah… Since you had experience… But I don’t want to make you remember the tragedy…”
Yuji: “Just ask, I’m fine.”
Takeya: “How is… or should I say was, like to fall in love?”
Yuji: “For me… it’s sweet all the time.”
Takeya: “How did you two met?”
Yuji: “When VR isn’t about FullDive, online. I was like you, hesistant about having a relationship, due to another relationship prior, but she eventually managed to find her way to reason with me, and made me fall in love with her.”
Yuji: “I would say, just give it a try, no one ever knows what happens next. It might work out, it might derail, who knows? It’s worth giving it a try.”
Takeya: “I don’t know…”
Yuji: “Usagi is a nice girl, and I can tell see wants someone who can bring her out of the darkness. She’s still being haunted by the past.”
Takeya: “But I… never had someone liking me before…”
Yuji: “I was like you back in the day, but I took the risk, twice, and I’m still here.”
Takeya: “I will think about it.”
Yuji: “You probably can’t sleep tonight.”
Takeya: “Maybe.” and he left the room.
I went to sleep straight after.
The next morning…
Yuji: “Good morning…”
Takeya: “Good… morning…” and his eyes looked like a panda.
Yuji: “Looks like I was right…”
Yuji: “You want me to arrange a date with you and Usagi?”
Takeya: “Ah… no!”
Takeya: “I’m not ready…”
Yuji: “You will never be ready at this point. Just go out with her, if you like her, then move on from there.”
Takeya: “What if I don’t?”
Yuji: “You can reject her. She won’t hold a grudge on you or anything.”
Takeya: “Ahhh…” and started scratching his head.
Yuji: “Whatever, I’m arranging a date for you.”
And I texted Asami.
Yuji: “And we are doing it today. During lunchtime.”
Takeya: “That’s too quick!”
Yuji: “If you keep delaying, you will never be ready. Let’s get this over quick.”
Asami replied back.
Yuji: “Looks like it’s set.”
Yuji: “Me and Asami will not interfere, it’s just the two of you.”
Takeya: “No… way…”