There had been a certain buzz going around. Now, Haseo wasn’t one to indulge in rumors (seeing as how he only considered them “idle chit chat”) but with the overwhelming amount of people going around talking about it, it was hard to miss.
"Hey, did you hear? Some guy named Kirito is looking for the Terror of Death!"
"Is he crazy? I thought the Terror of Death quit playing anyway!"
"Yeah but, this guy isn’t any joke! I heard he played that Sword Art Online game!"
Rumors only continued to buzz, and frankly, Haseo was sick of it. He had no idea who this player was or what he wanted with him. He simply assumed it was a old PKer that was butthurt and wanted a rematch. “Tch-stupid.” The Rogue mused aloud, kicking some dirt up with his shoe and continuing to stroll through Mac Anu.
"Whoever he is, I could care less." With that verbal statement, he went on his way to check up on Canard.
Kirito seemed to have reached a dead end. “Man… why does that guy always ask me to do troublesome things…” he grumbled, referring to the ‘Agent’ that had been assigned to his case during the SAO Incident, and who had, several times since, asked him to investigate instances in other games, the most famous being the «Bullet of Bullets» tournament in GGO just a few months before.
Now, he’d been asked to investigate another popular MMO - «The World». There had been rumors of players becoming comatose while playing the game for some time, but it was only when Kirito met with his ‘Agent’ friend that they were revealed to be true.
Unfortunately, his only lead - a player that seemed to have gathered the nickname «The Terror of Death» - was unable to be found. Sighing, Kirito stretched his back and looked around the root town of Mac Anu, not really paying much attention to his immediate surroundings.
Everything seemed normal, well, besides the whispers and occasional stares from passing PC’s. It didn’t annoy him too much though. He dealt with worse in the past.
Not entirely paying attention to his surroundings, he found a PC bumping into him. A scowl placed itself on his lips as he looked down.
"Watch where the hell you’re going!" Haseo blurted out in his usual rude tone, already irritated from prior events. The Rogue scanned him up and down, unconsciously placing a hand on his hip with a small ‘tch’.
People began to gather and whisper among themselves. Exclamation emotes portraying their surprise to the sudden action that had just occurred. Did he do something weird? A sudden outburst from Haseo wasn’t exactly a surprise. Confusion struck his visage as he looked back down at the other player.
Kirito looked at the other player. “Sorry,” he apologized sheepishly. “I was looking for someo-” he paused as he got a good look at who he’d hit. Tall, lanky, messy grey hair, red markings on his face, “Woman hips.” Kirito was unaware that he’d said that last part out loud.
"Are you the «Terror of Death» by any chance?"
"So they could hack all that into the game, but couldn’t hack us out, huh…?" Kirito mused to himself as he sent a party request to the girl. "We’ll form a party for a while, and ill show you the ropes." He told Alice.
Nodding, she accepted the request and grinned. “If it’s anything like real life, I’ll be just fine.” She giggled, sitting on the bed. “Tough I am a mess without my partner here, so I will need a whole new way to fight.” She frowned, hugging a pillow in her arms.
"A whole new way to-" Kirito began to ask a question, but stopped himself. that path would likely lead to a never-ending road of questions; he could be here all day!
"Alright; let’s start simple - we’ll go out into the field and kill some of the lower-level monsters in the area."
The dark-haired swordsman shrugged. “Mind over matter,” he said matter-of-factly. “Now, come on - if the information we got from that NPC at the foot of the mountain is correct, the cave should be just over this next rise…”
"Where do you even come across quotes like that?" He shivered and wrapped his arms around himself. "Really? That close? I thought he said it was all the way up at the top. Or am I thinking of some other quest?"
"That’s a different quest, later on in the chain," Kirito explained as the opening of the cave came into sight. He paused. "Are you ready? There’s not much information on what we’ll find once we’re inside…"
"Ah, n-no - My back was just hurting, is all. Sorry for waking you," Kirito replied, blushing slightly.
"Well, alright. If ya’ say so." Maka mumbled. "And it’s okay. I was staring to ache anyways." she sighed, arching her back slightly with a groan. "Owww.." she whimpered.
Kirito smiled softly - the girl must be sore after her fight. “If you’d like, I’ll move so you can lay down….” Kirito replied, gingerly starting to get up. It was then that he noticed some blood showing through his bandages.
"Ah, but first, I might need your help changing these…" he said, pointing the spot out to Maka.
Kirito blinked. He hadn’t thought of that… “That’s a good point… I’ve checked inside every restaurant in the southern and western quarters - I’m about halfway through the northern now, but I haven’t checked behind any of them… I have about three restaurants left in this quarter, and another five in the eastern quarter, too.” He said, filling in his girlfriend with a serious expression on his face.
Asuna sat next to him and nodded. “Well if you need help looking I’ll help, I’ll even help with the quest!” She exclaimed, she wanted to be of some use to Kirito, she loved her boyfriend after all. “But I won’t accept anything in return, okay?” She spoke and poked his cheek. “I won’t accept anything you give.”
"A-Ah… okay…" Kirito replied, slightly baffled as to why the normally serious girl was acting so bubbly. Was something going on? Did she already have something in mind for him to pay her back with? He shook his head, clearing his thoughts.
"Then, can you help me by checking behind the restaurants in the southern and western quarters? I’ll finish here, and the head on to the eastern quarter…"
- "Now hold still…"
- "Stop screaming or I’ll use duct tape."
- "They had it coming, they were too friendly with you…"
- "No one will find us here."
- "You’ll be mine forever."
- "I’m going to kill him/her."
- "I don’t like people touching my things…”
- "Don’t bother to struggle…"
- "Did you think I wouldn’t notice?"
- "Your friends are too close with you… I don’t like it..”
- "It’s for your own good."
- "I won’t take no for an answer."
- "Keep running, I like the chase!”
- "It’d be a shame if your friend was hurt…"
- "If you promise not to scream, I’ll remove the gag."
- "Oops, did that hurt?"
- "You can’t just keep me here!"
- "I’m calling the police!"
- "Stop threatening anyone I talk to!"
- "You’re hurting me!"
- "W-what are you doing?"
- "Stay away from me!"
- "You’re being so clingy, it’s weird."
- "Let go of me!"
- "Someone is bound to come soon, they’ll notice!"
- "What are you planning to do with that?"
- "Did you think I wouldn’t notice you watching me sleep?"
- "You killed him/her!"
- "Don’t hurt me!"
- "Release me!"
- "Untie me!"
- "Put that down!"
- "You’re scaring me…"
- "That’s a really bad joke, quit it…"
Just to be clear, I do often use “dude” as a “gender-neutral” term, especially when I’m excited, but if that ever makes you uncomfortable or you feel I’m not respecting your gender, you can tell me to stop because me getting to use a certain word is not even close to being as important as you being comfortable around me, okay?