43581 cr points
24 / M / Adelaide, Australia
The air was growing colder by the minute, and although the landscape around him looked like a barren desert, Vyse almost expected snow. It was december, and almost christmas. Has it really been that long already? he thought to himself as he quietly walked along the dusty path through the ruins of the city. Quietly contemplating how long it had actually been, he hardly noticed when he came to the end of his path. Before him stretched a vast field of what looked like tall stalks of wheat, gently swaying in the cold breeze. For a moment, Vyse forgot what it was he was thinking about and just stared out over the landscape before him. The breeze picked up and the icy wind sent a chill through him. With a tug on his cloak, he wrapped himself up for warmth and pulled up his hood. Deciding against staying out any longer, Vyse headed back to his room for the night.
The sound of footsteps pounding down the hallway woke Vyse with a start. He heard them pass and relaxed slightly, although not completely. To be sure that no one was there, he sat silently, unmoving, waiting for any other sound to indicate a presence. When none came, he climbed out of bed and began to equip his regular outfit. Still perplexed by the rushed footsteps he heard earlier, Vyse poked his head out into the hall to see if anyone was there. Seeing that the hallway was in fact empty, he made his way downstairs. When he reached the lobby, he passed the small restaurant he had occupied last night and caught a glimpse of Amon and Noiki, both sipping tea or coffee. He gave them a wave before heading out the door.
As he walked through the crumbling remains of «Luste», he thought back to the most recent boss battle. Replaying the fight in his head, he came to the conclusion that everyone, including himself, could benefit from some training. If it weren't for their numbers, luck, and Wolfs bravery, they would have all died there and then. He didn't want to lose any of his friends, and so he set out in the direction of the combat zone in search of some enemies.
|We are soldiers, stand or die.|
Asuna had accepted Galen's offer to walk together to the inn in the center of town. Galen was nervous at first about walking and talking with such a cute girl, but...surprisingly the conversation went well. Asuna was thanking him again about risking his life for her, and Galen was just grateful that she was still alive. The walk wasnt really that far, but for Galen, it felt like hours. In such a short amount of time, he and the young woman had talked about battle strategies, the art of "switching", their techniques, etc. It was great to find someone as interested in martial arts. Galen wasnt sure this was because she was actually interested in the subject, or if she just had to be to survive in this world of constant conflict. But he didnt care. It was just good to relax for a moment. Galen and the others had spend so much time fighting in the front lines and clearing the way for the other players, that they hadnt really stopped to take some time for themselves.
After a short walk, but a long conversation, the two arrived at the inn. <<Three Arrow Inn>> was the name, and despite the fancy sign, from the outside, the place looked like the rest of the town:decrepid and fading. But as Galen opened the door for Asuna, and followed her inside, the inn seemed to transform. This place is posh! thought Galen. The inn was more like a hotel. It had red velvet furniture, hard wood flooring, a restaurant(that was closed at the moment) on the left, bar to the right, and a check in desk straight ahead.
"Not what I expected" said Galen still looking around.
"Me either" said Asuna with the same look of awe on her face.
"Lets get a seat at the bar. I dont know about you, but Im starving!" said Galen as his stomach rumbled. Or at least thats what the game wanted him to believe.
"Ok, me too!" smiled Asuna.
Both of the players sat down next to each other at one of the wooden bar stools. The bar tender spun around at the sight of the new customers. He was kind of a skinny old man, long grey ponytail, with glasses. The glasses wouldnt have even crossed Galen's mind, except the NPC also had an eye patch over his left eye underneath the lenses. Who was the architect for this floor? pondered Galen. He had quite the immagination.
"What can I get you fine youngsters?" said the bartender with a grin.
"Two honeymeads please! And a couple of lapin burgers." said Galen with confidence. He pulled out some coll from his inventory and paid the bartender the tab. Kinda pricey, he thought. Well, at least Ive managed to save up some coin since Ive made most of my armor and weapons. Galen had risen his blacksmithing skill rather high for only being level 10. He then noticed that Asuna was looking at him, with a puzzled look on her face. It was almost like she was trying to figure out how someone who hadnt been with the RP for long, had so much coll. Galen was about to explain, but was interrupted by the bartender.
"Here you go you two. Two honeymeads and lapin burgers up." smiled the NPC. "Oh" he added, "By the way, are you two looking for a room? We have a discounted rate on double occupancy rooms"
At that moment, Galen spit out some of his mead. He had been caught off guard by the wit of this A.I. program. I swear when I find the guy that made this floor, I... Galen then looked over to see that Asuna was beet-red. Her face and hair were almost the same color.
"No, no, no. Nothing like that! We are just here for the food and drink right now, thanks." said Galen with a nervous laugh to the bartender.
Galen then began to cough as he cleared his throat of the mead before looking back at Asuna.
"Hey Asuna, I know we often dont talk about our real lives in this game...but I was just wondering. What was your life like before this game? Like, what did you like to do for fun? Did you go to school? What were your parents like?"
Galen hoped he wasnt being too personal, but he felt like he wanted to get to know Asuna as a person, not just a player. She seemed to him to be a nice girl, someone that he could talk to in the real world if they ever got the chance to meet.
|Galen Rigatos, riding out!|
While Asuna and Galen were headed to the inn they decided to engage in some interesting conversation. At first she thanked him for coming into the boss battle when things were looking tough. She told him that if it wasn't for his help, the situation might have ended up grimmer. She told him about her skills with the rapier and the types of tactics she used when she was soloing the previous combat zones. It had been a while since she had a conversation with somebody so it was a refreshing experience.
Asuna did not have high expectations when she walked into the inn because of how archaic the floor looked. However once she stepped inside the inn, she was surprised at how nice it looked. When Galen suggested for the two of them to grab a bite right now, Asuna accepted without hesitation. The moments before any boss raid were the most stressful, which made her body dismiss any sensation of tiredness. After every boss fight was when she felt the most fatigue. She was a bit surprised at how he was willing to spend so much Col for their food. Asuna was about to offer to pay for her part of the bill but it seemed like Galen wanted to act like a gentleman.
When the bartender NPC said that the 2 bed rooms were at a discounted price, she immediately understood what he was implying. Asuna's face turned a red color out of embarrassment. She calmed down when Galen was able to change the topic and asked her about her personal life back in the real world. Never before did anybody in SAO ask her about that particular topic. Usually most players avoided that topic since it was too painful to talk about. However Asuna did not mind regaling some of her life story to Galen.
"Believe it or not, this is the first MMO game i played. The Nerve Gear and game were actually my brother's but I really wanted to try it on when the game first came out. Before I came into this game I was a very normal person. I went to school, did my best to make my parents proud by getting good grades. I really did not talk to my parents much because they were always busy with work. My dad owns a company and my mom is really strict with me. I honestly don't know what I did for fun because I was always studying."
Back in the real world, Asuna did not have too much of an enjoyable time growing up. She did not make too many friends and found herself trying to do everything possible to please her parents. Asuna's eyes looked sad for a brief second but she hoped Galen did not catch that.
"So what about you?" She asks him, keeping up her usual tone and complexion.
41929 cr points
23 / M / Norway
The first thing Zwei did when he came through the portal was to find an inn. The choices weren't that many in this desolate town, but he didn't even note himself the name of the inn. He just rented a room, went up to it and literally passed out. That night he dreamed, and it was horrifying dreams. He just dreamed that everybody died, in so many ways, and it paralyzed him.
He woke up all drenched in sweat, or it felt like it anyways. He was hot and the sun was shining through the window. He got up and washed his face in the sink. It wasn't really necessary, but it was a natural thing for him to do in the morning.
He looked around, and was that it was a really nice room. Much nicer than he had expected.
His thoughts raced. He had shut them out when he fought the boss, and now he paid the price. The nightmare and his migraine was all a result of pent up feelings and thoughts. He had spent a long time training to distance himself, but it always came back like a bad hangover.
He needed food. He went downstairs and ordered everything on the menu, and sat down to eat. Completely in his own world, he didn't even notice the other players passing by.
He needed to by some new gear, and he was going to do that later. But first he needed to devour all the food that was in front of him.
24903 cr points
25 / M / Canada
Black walked through the streets. He had heard that the front liners, his friends, had beaten the boss battle. He hadn't been there, he had been curled up in his room wallowing in self pity and fear so he hadn't gone to the boss battle. He couldn't, it would have been just too confusing so he walked through the streets. The floor had opened yesterday but most of the gawkers had come and gone. Most had said that this floor looked barren and depressing but Black liked it. It had a sense of history, a sense of a past which in this game there was a lack of. Everything looked new and shiny in other levels but here there was the aspect of time. It remindded him of the time that his real body was spending lying in some bed somewhere some how still grasping at life.
Walking through the streets he assumed the group were out fighting monsters somewhere and would not be in the town. Walking thorugh he wondered if they would welcome him back or just let him drift apart. Just becuase he couldn't help with the boss battles didn't mean he was completely helpless the rest of the time. Feeling hungry he choose the dingiest and most run down place he could and walked towards it. Somewhat missing Yuuki's insanity, Wolf's bossyness, Asuna's quiet strength, the friendship of the group. Walking through he knew that he wasn't all there, and that his reactions were still a little slow but he still wanted to be a part of the team. The door feeling rusted and dusty he opened it up and looked inside.
|One must never forget ones past.|
Galen was glad that Asuna was willing to share some of her personal life with him. He felt like he should return her trust by telling her a little about himself.
"This isnt my first MMO." laughed Galen. "I've loved to play games to pass the time. I recently graduated high school, top of my class. My parents always felt that my education was very important. However, what I really love is martial arts. My grandfather trained me since I was little in the ways of the spear. I was one of the best. Thats why I joined this game in the first place. I was hoping to increase my reaction time. Well, I was hoping to have fun too." Galen smiled.
Asuna smiled in return. They both began talking about all kinds of things again, small talk, but still good conversation. They talked and ate and drank until their stomachs were full. Galen then noticed that it was getting late, and that most of the other players had gone to bed.
"Well, its getting late." said Galen.
"Yeah" said Asuna with a smile.
"I guess I will catch you in the morning" said Galen scratching his head. "We can shop and prepare for the monster hunting then. I guess I'll go get myself a room."
"Okay, thanks for the food and company!" smiled Asuna. "Goodnight."
"Goodnight Asuna", smiled Galen as he ran up to the front desk and picked up a room for the night.
He took the stairs(never did like elevators) up to his room on the 3rd floor. As he opened the wooden door to his hall, he saw it was pretty long, with a red velvet rug running the length of it. He followed the numbers...303..304..305...there! Room 306! he thought. He used the key to unlock the door, and stepped inside. Pretty nice, he thought. But did I expect anything else after seeing the rest of this place? There room was made of stone, with a fireplace in the middle. Over the fireplace was a large picture of what looked like the town, before it became decayed. It was a gorgeous white, not dull like it was now. There were many hanging potted plants and vines growing around the buildings. The roads were a deep azure blue, and also made of stone. Now there were no stones to be found, just dirt paths for streets. It was beautiful, he thought. Maybe this was what the architect wanted the floor to look like. But if so....why did they change it?
Questions began to make Galen's head hurt, and he finally realized how tired he really was. His trek through the last floor had been exhausting. He had hunted the dragons needed to make his armor for a couple of days now...and then their was the boss fight. Galen's potions and food kept him going for quite awhile, but...now he was hitting rock bottom. His vision was blurring, and so he pulled up the menu, and put away his armor and spear. He pulled out of his inventory, a cloth shirt and some shorts. Galen then plopped onto the bed, which wasnt actually the brightest idea. Despite all of its poshness, the bed was hard like a rock. Ow. he cringed. Next time Im laying down the right way. Galen then began thinking about his new adventures with Asuna. He enjoyed spending time with her, and was looking forward to their monster hunt tomorrow. As Galen began to drift off into the darkness, his last thoughts rang through his mind....Asuna...will I be able to protect you?
|Galen Rigatos, riding out!|
"Top of your class huh, that must have made your parents very proud of you. Now i can see why you chose the spear as your main weapon, since you already know how to use it in real life."
Their conversation continued on until it was gradually becoming later. By the time night fell, Asuna was feeling weary from having a very busy and action packed day. She saw the key to her room was on the third stairs and went there. When she arrived to the third floor, she began looking for her room number: 310. Back in the real world, she didn't stay in hotels or inns often, so she was impressed at how nice this inn was. It was definitely a contrast to the rest of this floor's lay out.
As soon as she reaches the door with the number 310 outside, she opens it and goes inside. The fire place in the room was on, which gave a comfortable home feeling. Home, she missed some aspects of her life back in reality. She missed her brother very much. He was probably kicking himself in the head for letting Asuna borrow his nerve gear and SAO. Asuna wanted to come back to the real world and tell her brother that it was not his fault, how he should not be feeling guilty. Out of all her family members, he was the only one that understood her the most.
Before she went to sleep, she opens up her window and changes into casual sleep clothing. She put her golden rapier on the ground near the bed. Even though town areas were safe, she still wanted to have an extra sense of security. When she lays down on the bed, she realizes that it was not the best of beds nor the worst. At least she did not have to worry about back pains tomorrow morning because pain did not exist in SAO. Soon she closes her eyes and drifts off to sleep. Her last thought was will we ever make it out of here?
44302 cr points
24 / M / AZ
Wolf sent everybody on his friends list the coordinates of the shop and made his way in. "What the?" Wolf said aloud as he entered the store. It looked nothing like the outside, in fact, it was practically the complete opposite. Wolf turned around and peeked his head out once more. The inside was so luxurious that Wolf felt like he had entered into a different floor. But <<The Last Stop>> was nothing close to relaxing. The menu made Wolf shake inside. Even with Wolf's monstrous appetite, he didn't know if he wanted to eat anymore but this was the only food shop Wolf could find in this ghost town.
Wolf scanned the menu as he sat down. With names like Death's Door Daer and Save Me Scorpion, he went with, surprisingly the best sounding item, Weekend Warrior Worms. Soon enough the store began to pile with people he knew and Wolf almost regretted not eating at the hotel's restaurant. He was ready to talk about the plan with everyone, he was just hoping that no one will die under these conditions.
|With my blade by my side, I'm never alone.|
43581 cr points
24 / M / Adelaide, Australia
Over the tall stalks of desert grass, Vyse could see the herd of Wild Daer he had been stalking for the better part of an hour. The creatures resembled deer from the real world, only with larger horns and a fiery temper. Crouched low enough to conceal his figure from his prey, Vyse started to advance and being very careful not to give away his position, he picked his way through the tall grass. As he was beginning to close in on the creatures, a message appeared in front of him. The unexpected event made Vyse jump slightly, as he was so focused on the Daer that the interruption had startled him, and as a result he had stepped on a piece of dried wood. He saw a few of the Daer swivel their head in his direction and immediately noticed him lurking in the grass. The beasts gave a strange call as if to alert their fellow grazers before the entire herd took off in the opposite direction. Vyse swore under his breath at his bad luck, unbeknownst to him it was about to get worse.
He stood up properly, rising well above the blades of tall grass to see the Wild Daer running in the distance. He found it odd that such a large herd had run at the sight of a single player. With a sigh, he turned his attention to the message alert that had been the cause of his most recent failure. It was from Wolf, and as promised, there were coordinates to a restaurant where they were to meet and discuss their plans for this floor. Vyse's vision slipped past the floating message to the ground at his feet. Some of the particles of sand and dirt were moving around in odd ways. Perplexed by the strange soil, he leant in closer to inspect it. As he bent down, the earth beneath his boots gave a violent tremor and a horrible, wet screech erupted from behind him. One hand covering his ear in an attempt to block out the awful shriek and the other on his sword, Vyse spun around to see what exactly had made such a commotion. His searching gaze was met with the eyeless, toothy head of a Sand Worm.
The first few feet of its body stuck out of the soil, exposing pale, white bands of flesh, and as the last of its slimy body wriggled free of the earth, it screeched again. Vyse winced at the sheer volume of the cry and backed away from the worm, inadvertently back-peddling into a clump of dry grass which rustled underfoot. As if in response to the sound, the worm lurched forwards. Narrowly avoiding the rows of razor-sharp teeth, Vyse managed to dive to his left before rolling over his shoulder and ending up back on his feet. He was rather pleased with his show of agility, but the pride was short lived. The tail of the worm swung around in a low circle and collided with Vyse, immediately knocking the wind out of his lungs. He landed several feet away in a heap, dirt and sand covering his face as he fell. Stunned and winded, he lay in the grass, trying to reclaim the breath that had been taken from him. The worm however, was shifting its head around from side to side, as if looking for its target. Can it not see me? Finally, his lungs began to function and he drew in a huge gulp of air. Although it was his bodies natural reaction, Vyse immediately regretted it. The worm again zeroed in on his location and immediately went on the offensive. Tucking his arms to his sides, Vyse rolled out the way of the many, many rows of teeth that came careening towards him. With a muffled Thump the worms greedy mouth hit the bare dirt where Vyse had been laying moments ago, sending a shower of dust and sand up around it. Unsure of what to do, he lay still for a moment.
When the debris settled, Vyse could see the Sand Worm again moving its eyeless head around as if it were looking for him. Finally, Vyse realised what it was doing. It can't see, so it hunts by sound! As the thought crossed his mind, he cursed himself for not noticing sooner. The beast had no eyes, and therefore had to rely on its hearing to locate its prey. Immediately, Vyse set about feeling around for something, anything he could use as a decoy. He thanked his lucky stars as his hand happened upon a clump of hardened dirt that the worms most recent attack had unearthed. As quietly as he could, he gripped the clump of dirt and hoisted it into the air. It landed off to his right, and the worm immediately turned to face the direction in which it had landed. This was all the time Vyse needed to make a move. As quickly as he could, he got to his feet and drew his sword, the midnight blue blade gleaming in the desert sun. The worm, as if sensing the deception, rounded on Vyse and lunged forward. The worms huge weight made for a heavy hit, but since Vyse was smaller and more nimble, he managed to evade the attack and launch a counter attack. The pallid bands of flesh that streaked past his face turned to red as his sword traced a deep wound through the side of the worm, and inside the newly formed hole, Vyse could see the inner lattice of its being.
The monster pitched to the side, reeling away from he source of its pain. Vyse's little triumph was trampled when the beasts tail once again swung around in an attempt to swat him. His body responded on reflex and he raised his buckler. The small shield managed to absorb most of the damage, but the massive bulk of the worms tail hit him with tremendous force, sending him sprawling backwards in the tall grass. From his new perspective, Vyse could see the cloudless sky, framed by long blades of orange grass and thought It really is a nice day today
|We are soldiers, stand or die.|
36599 cr points
26 / M / belgium
nick's eyes opened up it felt like he had been sleeping for days.
he noticed a message had come for him and opened it.
Wolf had send the front liners the place to relax and have some breakfast.
Good, i was starving. Nick thought, he wanted to get up but because he was still exhausted fell out of the bed.
That was stupid. He thought while crawling up.
Even tough it felt like days, he only slept for two hours and the only thing he saw was the first day all over again.
His friends the one's he already lost. Something was haunting him from that day, he wasn't ready to face his demons. Not yet.
He got dressed in his armour that survived the boss encounter somehow.
The only thing he needed to get was a new sword and that would be after he'd eaten.
He exited the room and went outside.
It felt like an other world outside. The weather looked hot but the temperature was surprisingly cold.
Never mind the cold, the other side was worse when it came to winter...
Winter, that word hit the mark. Already that time of year huh? I wonder what state i'm in, how they are keeping us alive for this long.
He remembered the warning flash on his nerve gear, the disconnection warning.
It took almost two hours for his to reconnect to this world and get back in the fight.
He wandered around town, taking the long way as he entered the building, it looked as run down as the rest but appearances can be deceiving.
The inside was like the hotel, modern and clean.
Nick took a seat in front of wolf and greeted him.
Had a good sleep? Nick asked.
While skimming the menu.
W-What the. His face must have been showing his confusion on the menu.
Death's Door Daer was nick's order and he hoped it wouldn't kill him...
AS he waited for the plate to arive he saw more and more players enter and hoped this would be a quite mean for once.
|from the dark we can always see the light|
Noiki's eyes were surprised at first, and them she looked down at the table. What the hell was she thinking when she thought a rapist had kidnapped her?! It was just Amon being nice. She must've fallen asleep after they won the battle. Amon must've had to carry her all the way there. Her head hurt. She really owed him a lot now.
"Listen, I'm paying for my own room. I already owe you enough," she said with a smile, putting the key in her inventory. "Thanks for bringing it down. I didn't even notice it was there... Actually, thank you for everything. I'm guessing you had to carry me all the way here," she added quietly, looking down at the table in embarrassment.
Suddenly, Noiki saw a message for her. It was from Wolf, telling them that he'd found a place for them all to meet and eat breakfast. Amon had the same one.
Looking at her coffee, Noiki sighed. They just had gotten here, and now they had to move again. It was sort of required, because Wolf was the team leader. But she was also pretty relieved... Amon was there, and Wolf was there, and everyone else was probably there. At least she knew that her teammates were here on the sixth floor. And she sort of wanted to talk to them, anyway.. She wanted to get to know them better. Especially the mentally insane girl... Noiki thought that she'd be interesting as a friend. Maybe she could even help her out. Noiki had been working on becoming a psychologist back in the real world. She just wanted to make people feel safe, something she rarely even felt herself.
Noiki looked up at Amon again. "Should we go?" she asked. "I've already paid for my coffee."
|Hallo. I'm coming out of my dark cave to be here. :) <3|
Galen's eyes opened to the sound of the fireplace still roaring. He wiped his eyes, then pulled up the in-game clock. He couldnt believe that it was already December. Haha. Hard to believe Im going to have to spend Christmas in this game, strapped to some hospital bed somewhere. Well, if I have to spend Christmas somewhere in SAO, it sure as hell isnt going to be in this desert. Galen then pulled up his inventory and changed into his dragon armor. He also pulled out his spear and slung it over his back. He yawned as he thought about taking a shower. Its kinda wierd now, not having to take a shower anymore. I almost wish they had one, just for the hell of it.
Galen then began to think about training and shopping today with Asuna. Wait, what time was I supposed to meet her again? He had pulled up the in-game clock earlier but actually forgot to look at the time. 11:10!!!!! I was supposed to meet Asuna at 10:00! "Crap, crap, crap." he said to himself as he gathered his belongings and booked it out of his room.
Galen took the stairs and avoided the elevator(again), rushing down the stairs and past some new players he hadn't met before. Huh? Oh, the other players must have started arriving now. As he reached the main lobby, he looked around for Asuna. He finally found her sitting at a table drinking a cup of coffee at the restaurant that was closed the previous night. Galen gathered his nerves and approached his new party member. Asuna looked up and smiled as he arrived.
"Sorry about that" said Galen as he smiled nervously. "I kinda overslept. Guess yesterday took more out of me than I thought. I didnt mean to keep you waiting so long." At that moment, his stomach began to growl, since he missed breakfast. Hopefully she didnt notice, he thought.
|Galen Rigatos, riding out!|
44302 cr points
24 / M / AZ
"Man, everyone is sure taking their time getting here," Wolf said to Nick, the only one there, as he ordered his second heaping of food. Wolf looked up at the bottom of his triangular hat. It was dark brown on the top but a velvet red at the bottom. His vest, along with the under side of his dark brown leather jacket, was the same red which made him look like a card dealer. "Some Twisted Fate this turned out to be," Wolf thought as he scanned his new look again while waiting for his Save Me Scorpion.
Wolf sent the group another message asking where they were. The upcoming events were something Wolf couldn't do alone, but if they were accomplished, it would benefit the party greatly. The risk was high so he had to talk it over with everyone else. Death is around the corner, and apparently in the food too. As Wolf's food arrived, his mouth watered like no other. At least, he felt like it did. And before the waitress could leave, he ordered another one and began to devour the plate before him.
"So glad I didn't die. I still have 94 floors of restaurants to eat at."
|With my blade by my side, I'm never alone.|
Asuna wakes up at 8 am, a later time than she usually got up. During the first few floors, she would only sleep for 2-3 hours because she spent the night time practicing her sword skills and day time clearing the floor. Now that she has vastly improved since her days as a beginner, she usually gave herself a few hours of extra sleep. When she gets up from her bed, she equips on her light armor and puts her golden rapier at the side of her waist. She leaves the inn and walks around the town area. It was definitely an area with no inspiration to it, as if she was suddenly dropped off on one of the different planets of the solar system. Then again it did make sense why this floor was called Mercury.
She hikes up a trail that had ancient ruins and statues, believing this to be an area where she would not be disturbed. She finds herself at an open space filled with just dirt, dead grass and a few statues around. The rapier user takes out her weapon, closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. As soon as she opens her eyes, she unsheathes her rapier and begins executing out various rapier and sword skills. Even though the speed in her attacks were already good, she wanted to become better.
Eventually it was 9:45 am and Asuna realizes that she promised to meet up with Galen at 10 am. She puts away her rapier and goes down the trail to get back to their inn. It wasn't until 10:05 when she arrives back. Asuna immediately heads for the restaurant that was now open. However, there was one thing she did not see, it was Galen. She was about to send him a message asking where he was but then she stopped herself. Maybe he decided to sleep in because he was so exhausted from yesterday's boss fight. Asuna decides to let him sleep in so she takes a seat and orders a coffee. Usually she did not drink coffee back in the real world, but in this world she decided to try different things.
While waiting, she notices that she has a new message from another front liner player, the one named Wolf. He sent out a message with coordinates to this restaurant called The Last Stop. Most likely he intended to have everybody meet up to come up with strategics and become a stronger team. Asuna was definitely willing to participate in the team effort, but she had to wait for Galen first before she could go out.
An hour later Galen had still not arrived. Asuna was still patient enough to wait for him. Past 11:00 she sees him running through the lobby and going towards her.
"Looks like you slept well." She smiles. When he apologizes to her, she hears his stomach growling. Asuna already ate while waiting but she did not mind having to prolong the trip to the combat zone.
"One of the other front liners sent me a message earlier. He wants everybody to meet up at this restaurant to discuss plans and work together."
36599 cr points
26 / M / belgium
"Man, everyone is sure taking their time getting here," Wolf said after his second helping arived and he ordered his third.
Nick could not stop being amazed at this man at how much he could eat.
But nick's plate was empty too so he ordered his second and third plate at the same time,
this might turn into an eating contest if this would keep up. He thought smiling.
"Let them sleep in a bit, the boss battle was the toughest we've fought so far, they'll be tired." Nick said. He never needed much sleep not in the real world and not here.
While he was waiting for his food he saw more players enter and leave.
Busy floor for now. Nick said to wolf who was devouring his food like there was no tomorow.
His second and third plate arived and nick started to eat as well.
It looks like crap but tastes great. The designers are to be commended.
94 floors of food left. Nick thought smiling. He must have had a big grin on his face.
He remembered the nightmare he had and the grin dissapeared in a flash.
Only thing he could do was hope that wolf didn't notice as he was eating.
Nick took another bite and was almost ready to order his fourth plate.
|from the dark we can always see the light|