Chapter 5: The First Real Battle
With a mighty shout, Yi Mu has charges into the shimmering portal of the black pyramid monument and he is the first to do so!
It is because Setsuna has hesitated for a little while as she seems to ponder. She has reached the very top first but Yi Mu has managed to overtake her!
Setsuna gasps after him, “Wait!”
But it is already too late!
The brilliant stellar of light stuns Yi Mu as he enters through the portal. When he has recovered from his numbness, he has found himself in a large underground cavern!
He is not the only one; he is merely the first one to recover from entering the portal.
That is because on the ground are six others.
Without scanning their names, he has recognized Setsuna among the six!
He murmurs, “She is here as well? Oh silly me, she has to. She is just next to me when I enter the portal. But shouldn’t there be more than six?”
Before he can ponders more, the six players that are on the ground are all beginning to stir!
He notices that there are three female players (Setsuna, Lena and Sion) and three male players (Cid the Legendary, Draco the Fair and Only Winner).
As everyone begins to stir, they are all looking cautiously around them as they ask. “Where are we?”
Yi Mu smiles wryly as he rubs his nose, “It appears that we are in the Araphel Underground Citadel now.”
Although he appears to be looking at everyone but he is actually secretly looking at Setsuna, closely observing her very little actions.
But he soon notices that the other two girls as he says to himself, “Wow, they are attractive girls. It seems that I am in luck.”
Draco the Fair immediately says, “Isn’t this saying the obvious?”
He begins to say assertively as he stared at everyone fiercely, “It is obviously that we are all in a strange place. If we want to clear this game then we must form a party together. And to form a party, we must have a leader, a strong leader. And I am that strong leader that the party needs.”
After saying, he draws his sword and slams it on the ground with a mighty force!
He smiles confidently, “My attack is 28. So is there anyone who is stronger than me? Also my Attack Affinity is an A and I am an Attack Type.”
Yi Mu smiles weakly and says, “My Attack Affinity is a D. Naturally I am not superior to you.”
Cid the Legendary says, “Naturally we need a strong leader so you have my vote to be the party leader.”
The Only Winner says, “Wow, that is so impressive. I have only a B for my Attack Affinity. I am more like a Defense Type. My Defense Affinity is a B so I guess that I can be the party defender.”
He smiles to the ladies, “So what do you say?”
Lena smiles cutesy, “That is just wonderful. With you guys to lead us we will not have to worry anymore!”
Sion takes a glance at Yi Mu before she nods lightly.
The Only Winner smiles at Sion as he says, “So I take that as a yes. How about you Setsuna?”
Yi Mu already knew the answer to it. If there is any chance to party up and especially at this early stage, it will be an advantage to the new players.
So he turns around and says, “Good luck guys! I will be on my way now.”
Setsuna appears to be startled and calls up after him, “You’re not joining us?”
Because she is Setsuna or else he will simply ignore it, he pauses in his track to answer. “I have always been the solo player and like to explore this game on my own. Also, I am a bad team player, you know.”
With that he picks the path to the right, from the three options that he can see in front of him and begins to walk hastily!
He knows that these guys will not bother to call after him. Why should they? They have three ladies for themselves and moreover, he knows that he is not exactly friendly.
But that is the way he is.
He is a solo player and for that, he does not want a party leader lording over him nor did he want to be anyone leader.
Just as he has taken two more twist turns, he has heard a petite shout behind him. “Wait!”
He is startled and he quickly turns around, surprise to see that it is Setsuna!
She is smiling and says gently, “What is wrong with you? Why don’t you party up with the rest of them?”
Yi Mu notices that she is alone and is surprised, “You didn’t join them?”
She heaves a soft sigh and shakes her head, “I don’t really like those guys. So I have decided to follow you.”
Yi Mu is startled by her answer, “Huh? You don’t like them? Maybe it is a little too early to decide. It is safer to be in a party.”
She smiles and looks keenly at him, “Then why didn’t you join them?”
Yi Mu immediately protests, “That is because I have always been a solo player. Moreover, I like a little freedom to explore things on my own without anyone telling me not to, in my own pace.”
She raises her eyebrows to express her displeasure, “You don’t want me to join you or you don’t like me?”
Yi Mu smiles weakly, “It is not that…”
She says coyly, “Then let me join you if that is not the case. I won’t meddle with you.”
Yi Mu asks cautiously, “Why do you want to follow me?”
She locks her eyes to him and says, “Why? Are you thinking that I am after your loot or your precious treasures?”
Yi Mu quickly answers, “Of course not. But I am horribly weak now and you’re such an attractive lady…”
She smiles alluringly, “Or maybe you are in luck today. Cos I have decided to follow you. Maybe I have found you attractive and so that is why.”
Yi Mu groans, “Why is that the way I am hearing it, this sounds so fake.”
She pauses for a while and her expressions become solemn, “You really want to know the truth?”
Yi Mu nods warily, “Naturally.”
She begins to flush lightly before saying, “This may sounds ridiculously but do you know that this is not the first time that we have met?”
Yi Mu is startled before he recovers his wits to chide her coolly, “I don’t remember seeing you before.”
She looks a little disappointed, heaving a long sigh. “This is to be expected. After all, you have only appears in my dreams.”
Yi Mu is a little annoyed by now and did not enjoy being play a fool by others so he says, “Excuse me, I have to go now…”
All of a sudden he is alerted to shrieking sounds as six goblins begin to leap down from the boulders around them!
He quickly shouts as he draws his long sword, “Ambush alert!”
With a powerful swing, he has struck the nearest goblin two times as two damage numbers begin to pop up, “10, 9!”
He smiles faintly to himself, “My damage numbers look pretty pathetic…”
Then he notices that Setsuna has also drawn her long sword and has cut down a goblin with two swift damage numbers, “12, 14!”
At the same time, she has also cries out. “Divine Light!” as beams of light strikes down another goblin with 60 damage!
Yi Mu is startled by her quick reaction as he thought, “She is able to activate a spell and attack at the same time?”
Three goblins have begun attack him from all sides!
As he attempts to dodge their attacks, he found himself flipping and evading at an amazing speed!
All the goblins have missed him!
He is flabbergasted and overwhelmed by excitement as he thought, “I have never thought that I will be able to be so flexible in my movements. This is so amazing!”
He only needs to dodge in a direction that he desires and his body seems to move on his own. He wonders, “Is this computer assist? But it feels like this is my inherent ability and I have never feel so natural before. This is simply not real. How can such a wondrous and complex technology exists? Or I am just dreaming?”
All of a sudden a goblin has landed an attack on Setsuna, slicing her back!
Setsuna cries out in pain as she retaliates with a critical strike on the attacking goblin’s head, causing it to disintegrate into nothingness!
At the same time Yi Mu has also dashes to her side as he swings his sword to smash another goblin into nothingness!
Setsuna gasps as she murmurs an incarnation, “Heal!”
Immediately there is a faint green glow on her as the wound on her back begins to heal!
Yi Mu is startled as he thought, “She can use healing magic?”
Setsuna regains her striking composure as she flies past him to deliver a death blow to the nearest goblin, murmuring to him. “Don’t get careless!”
Yi Mu blocks an incoming attack and cut down another goblin as he shouts aloud breathlessly, “Who is the careless one!”
She flickers her sword as she fends off another attack, glancing over to him with an appreciate smile. “You!”
Before long, the battle is quickly over and the two of them are panting breathlessly as they lean on the wall.
The system announces: You have leveled!
<CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE LEVEL UP! YOU ARE NOW LEVEL 4>
Yi Mu mutters weakly, “It is finally over. Are you alright?”
Setsuna looks at him quietly before she says, “Yep, thanks!”
She inhales before continuing, “It seems that I have the better speed but you have the most amazing evade. You have also done the most kills despite the fact that I have made the most number of attacks. You hardly even need to fend. This is most astonishing. It is like a game hack or something. And my reflex is an A and I take all three tries to even roll that.”
Yi Mu smiles wryly, “Thanks for telling me your stats. My Reflex Affinity is SS. Maybe that is why.”
Setsuna appears to be startled as she looks at him curiously, muttering. “Really?”
Yi Mu looks at her with amusement, “Hey! Don’t look at me like an odd ball. I know that you have a Speed Affinity of SS.”
Again she is startled as she asks quickly, “How did you know this?”
Yi Mu sighs softly, “My Speed Affinity is a S but you have managed to overtake me. If you are not a SS then tell me how you could have overtaken me?”
Setsuna appears to be more startled than she was earlier, “You have another S? Do you that if we have a SS then our other Affinity will be lowered drastically. I have made a calculation. It is entirely possible to get a A for all the Affinities but is extremely hard. That is a balance build. But if can get a S or a SS then we will have several B and C which is really very bad.”
Yi Mu nods and says, “Yes that is true. I have noticed that as well. Guess I got lucky with the bonus allocation.”
She nods as well, “That has to be the only way it is possible. Even then, that bonus allocation is entirely random. Your luck is pretty good.”
Yi Mu smiles, “So and so. Say, the class that I have chosen is the Arm Synergy. What about yours?”
She sweetly replies, “I have chosen the Spiritual Synergy. My Magic Attack is slightly higher than my Physical Attack. So I guess that is why I have chosen this class.”
Nodding, he smiles wryly, “That is interesting. But I wonder about your other stats.”
She nods and says tenderly, “I don’t mind telling you…”
He quickly adds with a devilish grin, “I mean your vital stats…”
She immediately pouts her lips as she looks at him, flushing shyly. “Why you little lecher! If I know that you are that type of a person, I shouldn’t have followed you! I have thought that you are a good person!”
Yi Mu shakes off the dust on his robe, lifting his sword to his shoulder as he turns around. “Oh well, good bye then!”
Setsuna imitates him with a knowing glance as she turns around, “Oh well, good bye then!”
Both of them did not take a step further as they wait.
Without turning his head, Yi Mu asks. “You are not leaving yet?”
Setsuna answers shyly, “I have thought that you want to leave already. Go on, be the solo player that you want to be. I shall not bother you anymore. After all, I can take care of myself.”
From the tone of her lingering sweet voice, Yi Mu knows that she is only making a tease and that she does not really want to leave.
So he says with a regretful tone, “Alright, I surrender! I throw the gauntlet. I am a little lecher. So let’s us be on our way then?”
Setsuna laughs softly as she turns around with a playful wink, “Say sorry then!”
Yi Mu shrugs his shoulders as he heaves heavily, “Sorry, sorry, sorry. Happy now?”
Setsuna walks to him and gives him a sudden hard kick which causes him to yelp aloud, “That is better now. This teaches you the next time not to ask a lady on her vital stats, got it?”
Yi Mu replies shyly as he looks into her eyes, “Got it…”
In that instant, he knows that he is already smitten by her…
He is flexible enough not to become the inflexible solo player that he once was.
Maybe it is more fun to party with someone that he likes?
What a fun adventure and game that this is going to be!
He immediately asks, “So, are you single or unavailable?”
Setsuna looks at him shyly, “So what do you think?”
He mutters, “I don’t know…”
She lowers her head to say shyly, her flushes more evident. “I am single but unavailable. So don’t you think of chasing my skirt!”
Yi Mu grins and says, “As long as single, nothing is unavailable for too long.”