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Chapter 4 of Vol 3 starts with the line “Leafa watched Kirito fight with half wonder, half disbelief.” I have to check with the fan-translated LN to. Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with accompanying illustrations drawn by abec. The series takes. Re: [Light Novel][English] Sword Art Online. «Reply #77 on: May 31, , pm». anyone has a pdf version of vol 18?? Logged.

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Sorry, and thanks. As soon as I thanked him, Cline shook his head vigorously. Hey, hey! I should be the one thanking you.

I received a lot of help from you. Ill pay you back sometime soon. Cline smiled and took another look at the clock. Thanks a lot, Kirito. Be seeing ya. With that, he put his hand forward. At that moment, I thought this person would have been a great leader in another game and shook his hand. Yeah, see you around. We let go of each others hand. That was the point where Aincrad, or Sword Art Online, stopped being just some fun game for me.

Cline stepped back a bit and put his right index finger and thumb together and pulled downwards. This was the action that was done to call the main menu window. Straight afterwards, there was a ringing sound and a shining purple rectangle appeared.

I moved a bit and sat on a rock and opened my menu too. I started to move my fingers to organize the items that Id gotten after fighting with the boar. Aincrad Eh? Cline said in a strange tone. Whats this? At that, I stopped moving my fingers and raised my head. No button? No way, look a bit closer. I said a bit confused. The swordsman opened his eyes wide beneath the bandana and pushed his head closer to the menu.

The rectangle, which was longer sideways than high, had a bunch of buttons on the left and a silhouette showing what equipment you had on on the right. As I was turning my head to the item list that listed the items that I had gained over hours of fighting, Cline started speaking in an unusually high voice.

Its really not there. You take a look Kirito.

I told you that theres no way that its not there I muttered with a sigh as I clicked on the button on the top left to go back to the menu screen. The inventory window on the right closed and it went back to the main screen.

At the left of the silhouette, which still had quite a lot of empty spaces, there was a long row of buttons. I moved my hand down in a movement that had almost become a habit and My body froze. It wasnt here. As Cline had said, the button that had been there during the beta testno, even right after Id logged onhad disappeared. I stared at the empty space for a couple of seconds, then looked through the menu, making sure that it hadnt just changed its position. Cline looked up with Right?

Yeah, its not there. I nodded, although it felt slightly annoying to agree so easily. Cline smiled and started rubbing his thick chin. Well, its the first day so these sort of bugs could occur. Around about now, the GMs should be crying by now from the amount of messages flooding in, Cline said calmly. Is it alright for you to stand around like that?

You said that you ordered some pizza, didnt you? I asked teasingly. Aincrad Ah, thats right! I smiled as I watched him jump around, his eyes wide. I threw away a couple of items I didnt need from the inventory, which had turned red due to having too many items inside, and then walked over to Cline.

My anchovy pizza and ginger ale-! Why dont you call a GM? They might cut you off from their side. I tried, but theres no response. Its already 5: Hey, Kirito! Isnt there some other way to log out? After listening to what Cline said while waving both of his arms My face became rigid. I felt a groundless fear send a chill down my back.

Lets seeto log out I said while thinking. To get out of this virtual reality and back to my room, I have to open the main menu, press the log out button and press yes on the window that popped up on the right. It was pretty simple. Butat the same time, apart from the procedure above I wasnt aware of any other way of logging off.

I looked up at Clines face, which was situated quite a bit higher than my own, and shook my head. Notheres none. If you want to log out yourself you have to use the menu, apart from that, theres no other way. Thats impossibletheres got to be something!

Cline suddenly starting shouting as if he was denying my statement. Log out! But of course, nothing happened. There were no voice commands on SAO of that description.

After shouting this and that and even jumping, I spoke to Cline. Cline, its useless. Even the manual doesnt have anything on emergency access terminations. Butthis is just stupid! Even if its a bug, I cant even go back to my room and my body when I want to! Cline shouted with a bewildered expression on his face.

I totally agreed with him. This was impossible. It was complete nonsense. But it was indisputably the truth. Aincrad Heywhat is this? Its really just weird. Right now, we cant get out of this game! Cline gave out a desperate laugh then quickly started talking again. Wait, we can just turn the power off. Or just pull the Gear off. As I watched Cline move his hands, as if he was trying to take off some invisible hat, I felt the anxiety returning. Thats impossible, both of them. Right now, we cant move our bodiesour real bodies.

The Nerve Gear receives all the signals that our brain is sending here I tapped the back of my head. Cline slowly closed his mouth and put his hands down.

We both stood speechless for a while, each lost in thought. To attain the FullDive state, the Nerve Gear blocks the signals that our brain sends down our spines and changes them so that we can control our avatars in this world.

So however wildly we swing our arm about here, the arm of my real body, which was lying on my bed right now, wouldnt move an inch, ensuring that I wouldnt hit my head against the corner of my table or anything. But because of this function, we cant cancel the FullDive of our own free will right now. Cline mumbled, still a little dazed. I silently signaled my agreement.

But I live by myself. I hesitated slightly but told him the truth. I live with my mom and my younger sister, a family of three. I think that Ill be forced out of Dive if I dont come down for dinner What? H-How old is your sister? Cline suddenly looked at me, his eyes sparkling. I pushed his head away. Youre pretty calm right now, arent you? Shes part of the sports club and hates games, so shes got nothing in common with people like usbut more than that, I spread my right arm in an attempt to change the subject.

Dont you think its weird? Well sure. Since its a bug. Aincrad No, I mean its not just a bug, its an impossible to log out bug, its a big enough problem to bother the operation of the game itself. Like your pizza in the real world is getting colder every second, its an actual economical loss, isnt it? I ignored these meaningless comments and kept talking. If its like this, the operators should put the server down and log everyone out whatever the case.

Butits already been 15 minutes since weve noticed this, but there hasnt even been a system message, let alone putting the server down; its just too weird. Hmm, now that I think of it, youre right. Now Cline started rubbing his chin with a serious expression on his face. In the area beneath the bandana, which covered a little bit of his sharp nose, intelligence sparkled in his eyes.

I started listening to Cline, feeling a little strange about talking with someone whom Id never meet if I erased my account. Thats why everyone was fighting to get their hands on a copy even though its the first online game. Its sorta meaningless if they screw up like this on their first day. If something goes wrong now they might put down regulations for the genre itself. Cline and I looked at each others virtual faces and sighed.

Aincrads seasons were based on reality, so it was early fall here as well. I looked up, sucking in the virtual air, taking a deep, cold breath. As I followed the uneven surface, I saw the huge towerthe labyrinth that was the path to the upper floorand saw that it was connected to the outer entrance.

It was just past 5: Despite the situation I was in, seeing the endless plains painted gold with the light of the evening sun, I found myself speechless in front of the beauty of this virtual world. Chapter 3 Ding, ding, a chiming noise like a bell, or perhaps a warning bell, sounded loudly, making Cline and me jump in surprise.

Both Cline and I were immersed in a clear blue pillar of light. Past the blue veil, the plains in my vision blurred steadily. I've experienced this a few times during beta testing. It was a Teleport initiated by an item. I didn't have the prerequisite item nor did I shout the proper command.

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Did the operators initiate a forced teleport? If so, why didn't they even inform us? As my thoughts raced, the light around me pulsed stronger and darkness overtook me. As the blue light faded, my surroundings became clear again. However, this wasn't the plains lit with the sunset anymore. A large road paved with stone.

Medieval streets surrounded by street-lamps and the huge palace radiating a dark light a fair distance away up ahead. This was the starting point, the central plaza of the Starting City. I looked at Cline who had his mouth wide open next to me.

Then at the bustling layers of people that surrounded the two of us. Looking at the bunch of stunningly beautiful people with a variety of equipment and different hair colors, they were no doubt other players like me. There were about a few thousandten thousand people here. It was likely that everyone who was logged on right now had been forcefully transported to the central plaza.

For a few seconds, everyone just looked around without a word. Then a few mumbles and mutters could be heard here and there; it started to get louder. Aincrad As the players started to get more annoyed, shouts like "Is this a joke? Then suddenly. Somebody raised his voice above all these comments and shouted. There, a strange sight greeted us. The bottom surface of the second floor, one hundred meters up in the air, was checkered in red. When I looked closely, I could make out that they were made up of two phrases crisscrossing each other.

The word that was written in red was [Warning] and the other [System Announcement]. I was surprised for a moment but then thought Oh, the operator's going to begin informing us now and loosened my shoulders a little bit. The chatter died down in the plaza and you could feel everyone waiting to hear what was going to be said. However, what happened next wasn't what I had expected.

From the middle of the pattern, a liquid similar to blood started oozing down slowly. It came down at a rate that almost emphasized how viscid it was; but it didn't fall down; instead, it started morphing into another shape. What appeared was a twenty meter tall man with a hooded robe draped around him. No, that wasn't exactly right. From where we were looking, we could easily see into the hoodthere was no face.

It was absolutely empty. We could clearly see the inner cloth and the green embroidery inside of the hood. It was the same inside the robe; all we could see inside the rim were shadows. Aincrad I've seen the actual robe before.

It was the clothes that the Agas employees who had been working as GMs during the beta test had always worn.

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But then the male GMs had had a face like an old sorcerer with a long beard and the females had had an avatar of a bespectacled girl. They might have used the robe due to lack of time to prepare a proper avatar, but the empty space beneath the hood gave me an unexplainable feeling of anxiety. The countless players around me must have felt the same. Then the right hand of the huge robe moved as if to silence them.

A pure white glove appeared from the folds of the long sleeve. But this sleeve, like the rest of the robe, wasn't connected to any sort of body. Then the left arm slowly lifted upwards, too. Then with its two empty gloves spread out in front of ten thousand players, the faceless person opened his mouthno, it felt like it did. Then a low and calm voice of a male resonated from high up in the air.

I couldn't understand it right away. My world? If that red robe was a GM, it certainly had godlike powers in this world, enabling him to change the world at will, but why was he pointing that out now? Cline and I looked at each other dumbfounded.

The anonymous red robe lowered its two arms and continued talking. I knew that name. There was no way I didn't.

Aincrad This person, who was both a game designer and a genius in the field of quantum physics, was the one responsible for raising Agas, which even a few years ago was just one of many small companies, into one of the leading companies in the field.

As a hardcore gamer, I respected Kayaba deeply. I bought all the mags that featured him and had read his few interviews until I almost knew them all by heart. I could almost see him in the white overalls he always wore by just hearing his voice. But he had always stood behind the scenes, refusing to be exposed to the media; he had never even been a GMso why was he doing something like this?

I forced my mind to start moving again in order to make sense of the situation. But the words that came out of the empty hood almost seemed to mock my efforts to understand. This is not a bug; it is all part of Sword Art Online's system. The announcement continued in its low voice as if to cover the sound. I couldn't understand this phrase at first. There's no castle in the Starting City. Then the next thing that Kayaba said blew my confusion away.

If these things are attempted The silence of ten thousand people was overwhelming. The next words came slowly. It was as if my mind was refusing to believe what had just been said. But Kayaba's short statement pierced through my body with a ferocity that was both hard and dense. Destroy our brains. In other words, kill us. Aincrad Any user that turned the Nerve Gear off or unlocked the clasp and took it off would be killed. That is what Kayaba had just stated.

People in the crowd started muttering, but there was no one shouting or panicking. It was either that everyone, like me, couldn't understand it yet, or refused to. Cline raised his right hand slowly and tried to grasp the headgear that would be situated there in the real world. As he did this, he let out a dry laugh and started talking. That man, has he gone nuts? He's not making any sense. The Nerve Gear It's just a game.

Destroy our brain How is he going to do that? Right Kirito?

Cline stared at me hard, but I couldn't nod in agreement. The infinite signal sensors in the Nerve Gear's helmet emitted small electronic pulses to send virtual signals to the brain. They might call this the newest ultra technology, but the basic theory was the same as a certain household appliance that's been used for over 40 years in Japanthe microwave. If there was sufficient output, it was possible that the Nerve Gear would vibrate the water particles in our brains and fry it with the heat from the friction.

Because if we pull the plug on the Nerve Gear, there's no way it can emit that sort of a strong pulse. Unless there's some form of battery with a huge storage capability What if there was a sudden power outage or something!?

If any of these conditions are met, the brain destruction sequence will start. These conditions have been made known to the government and the public through mass-media in the outside world.

On that note, there have been several cases where the relatives or friends have ignored the warnings and tried to forcefully get rid of the Nerve Gear. The result' The metallic voice took a short breath here. Aincrad A long, thin scream was heard. But most of the players couldn't believe it, or refused to believe what they had been told and just stood there slack-jawed, or with a wry smile on their faces. My head tried to reject what Kayaba had just said. But my body betrayed it and my knees started shaking violently.

I stumbled back a few paces on my weak knees and managed to keep myself from falling. Cline fell on his backside; his expression lifeless.

This phrase replayed over and over again in my head. If what Kayaba said was true-over people have already died up to now? Among them, there would have been beta testers such as me. I might have even known some of their character names and avatars. These people had had their brains burnt and I don't believe it. How would he do such a thing? Stop kidding around and let us out. We don't have time to play along to your sick opening ceremony.

An opening show, right? But as if to dismiss our hopes, Kayaba's businesslike voice restarted its explanation. As of this moment, all TV, radio, and internet media are all repeatedly reporting this situation, including the fact that there have been numerous deaths.

The danger of having your Nerve Gear taken off has already all but disappeared. In a moment, using the two hours I have given, all of you will be transported to hospitals or similar institutes and be given the best treatment. So you can relax Beat the game!? You want us to play around in a situation like this!? Aincrad Then Kayaba Akihiko started announcing silently with his monotonous voice.

It is a second reality The moment that your HP reaches 0, your avatar will be gone forever, and at the same time' I could guess what he was going to say all too clearly. I drove it down. A long horizontal line was shining at the top left corner of my vision. Hit points. My life-force. The moment it reaches zero, I will diethe electromagnetic waves will fry my brain, killing me instantaneously. This is what Kayaba had said. This is without a doubt a game, a game with your life at stake.

In other words, a death game. I must have died at least times during the two months of beta testing. I had respawned with a slightly embarrassed smile on my face in the palace at the north of the main plaza, the Black Iron Palace, and ran off into the hunting grounds again. That was what an RPG was, a sort of game where you keep dying and learning and leveling up. But now you can't?

Once you die, you'll lose your life? And in additionyou can't even stop playing? Who in their right mind would go out onto the field with those conditions? Of course everyone would just stay inside the city where it was safe.

Then as if reading my, and maybe all the other players', mind, the next message was given. As I have said before, you must get to the top of Aincrad, the one hundredth floor, and defeat the final boss that resides there. All players still alive at that time will be immediately logged out of the game.

I give you all my word. It was then that I realized what Kayaba had meant when he had said get to the top of this castle. Aincrad This castlemeant the huge monstrosity that had imprisoned all of the players on the first floor with ninety nine more floors stacked on top of the others, towering into the sky while floating in it. He was talking about Aincrad itself. He got up quickly and raised a fist up to the sky. I heard that getting up was crazy hard even during the beta testing!

During the two months of beta testing, the one thousand players that had taken part had only managed to get to the sixth floor. Even if ten thousand people had dived right now, how long would it take to get through all floors? Most players who had been forced here would have been asking this answer-less question. The strained silence eventually gave way to low murmuring. But there was no sign of fear or despair. Most people here would still be confused about whether this was a real danger or a seriously warped opening event.

Everything Kayaba had said was so horrifying that it felt unreal. I craned my head back to look at the empty robe and tried to force my mind to accept this situation. I can no longer log out, ever. I can't go back to my room, my life. The only way that I would get them back was when somebody defeated the boss on the highest floor of this floating castle.

If my HP reached zero even once during that timeI would die. I would die a real death and I would be gone forever. However much I tried to accept these as facts, it was impossible. Just five or six hours ago, I had eaten the dinner that my mom had made, shared a short conversation with my sister, then walked up the floors of my house. Now I can't go back to all that? And this is now the real reality? Then, the red robe that had always been one step ahead of us swept its right glove and started speaking with a voice void of all emotion.

In your inventories, there will be a gift from me. Please confirm this. All the players did likewise and the plaza was filled with the ringing sound of bells. Aincrad I pressed the item button on the menu that had just appeared and the item was there, at the top of my belongings list.

The name of the itemhand mirror Why did he give us this? Even as I wondered, I tapped on the name and pressed the "make into object" button. Immediately afterward, there was a twinkling sound effect and a small rectangular mirror appeared. I grabbed it hesitantly but nothing happened. All that it showed was the face of the avatar that I had gone through a lot of trouble to make. I cocked my head and looked at Cline. The samurai was also looking at the mirror in his hand with a blank expression on his face.

Suddenly Cline and the avatars around us were engulfed in white light. As soon as I took this in, I was surrounded too and all I could see was white. Almost 2, 3 seconds later, the surroundings reappeared just as they had been The face in front of me wasn't the one I'd gotten used to.

The armor made of metal plates sewn together, the bandana, and the spiky red hair were all the same. But the face had changed into another shape altogether. His long, sharp eyes had become sunken and shone brighter. His delicate and high nose had become hooked, and a slight beard now appeared on his cheeks and chin. If the avatar had been a young and carefree samurai, this one was a fallen warrioror maybe a bandit.

I forgot about the situation for a moment and muttered. I raised the mirror in a rush, and the face stared back at me. Black hair that lay neatly over the head, two weak looking eyes that could be seen beneath the slightly long hair, and a delicate face that made people mistake me for a girl even now when I go out in casual clothes with my sister. Aincrad The calm face of a warrior that Kirito had had even a few seconds ago was no longer there.

The face that was in the mirror Was my actual face that I had tried so hard to escape from. We both looked at each other and shouted at the same time. Aincrad Both of our voices had changed too, perhaps the voice effectors had stopped working. But we didn't have time to spare on things like that. The mirrors fell from our hands and hit the ground, then were destroyed with a quiet smashing sound. When I looked around again, the crowd was no longer filled with people who looked like characters from a fantasy game.

A bunch of normal looking young people had now taken their place. It was like something you'd see if you gathered a bunch of people in real life at a game show venue and dressed them up in armor. Distressingly, even the sex ratio had changed greatly.

How on earth was this possible? Cline and I, and most probably all the players around us, had changed from the avatars that we'd made from nothing, to our real selves. There should be numerous players fighting monsters around here; but because of the enormous size, none of them were visible. Seeming finally satisfied, Cline sheathed his sword and walked over while observing the area as well. But reallyhowever many times I look around like this, I still cant believe that this is inside the game.

Well even if you say inside its not like our souls were sucked in or anything. Our brains just seeing and listening instead of our eyes and earswith the signals that the Nerve Gear is sending.

I said while shrugging. Cline pouted his lips like a kid. You might be used to it now, but for me its the first time doing a FullDive! Isnt it awesome? Reallyits a relief that I was born in this era! Youre exaggerating. But as I laughed, I totally agreed with him. Nerve Gear. The basic structure of this machine is totally different from the older ones. Unlike the old-style man-machine interface hardware like flat screen monitors or controllers that you used with your hands, Nerve Gear only had a single interface, a streamlined interface that covered the whole of your head and face.

Inside, there were numerous signal components, and by using the numerous electronic signals these sent, the gear accessed the user's brain itself. The user didnt use their eyes or ears to see and listen, but took in the signals that were sent directly to their brain. In addition, the machine could access not only sight and sound, but also touch, taste, and smell as wellthat is to say, all five senses.

After slipping the Nerve Gear on and locking the strap on your chin in place and saying the initiation command Link Start, all noise fades away and youre swathed in darkness.

As soon as you pass the rainbow colored circle in the middle, youre in another world made entirely out of data. The electronics company which created the Nerve Gear called the actual act of linking to the virtual reality FullDive.

It was a total seclusion from reality, fitting of the word full. The reason for this is that the Nerve Gear not only sent fake signals to the five sensesbut also blocked and rerouted the orders that the brain sent to the body.

This can be called the most basic requirement for moving freely in a virtual reality. If the body received the brain's signals when the user was in FullDive, the moment the user decided they wanted to run their actual body would run into a wall. Because the Nerve Gear could reroute the commands the brain sent through the spinal cord, Cline and I could both move our avatars around freely and swing our swords around. We've completely leapt into the game. The effect of this experience captivated me and many gamers such as myself to the point where we were sure that we could never go back to the old touch-pens or motion sensors.

Cline was staring at the wind passing through the plains and the castle walls off in the distance with actual tears in his eyes.

I asked. Cline, looking like a calmly handsome warrior from the Sengoku period, turned his head my way and nodded. If he put a serious expression on his face, he had an impressive bearing about him worthy of an actor from a historical play. Of course, this was different from his actual body in the real world. It was an avatar made out of nothing from adjusting a bunch of options. Of course, I looked like some ridiculously handsome protagonist from some fantasy animation as well.

Cline continued in his low vigorous voice, which, of course, was different from his real voice as well. There was only ten thousand in the first batch. So I suppose I was really lucky. They only picked a thousand!

An, yeah, I suppose. Cline kept staring at me. I unconsciously scratched my head. I remembered the excitement and enthusiasm that Sword Art Online created when it was announced through the media like it was yesterday. Nerve Gear had realized the future setting for gaming with FullDive. However, due to the innovation of the actual machine, only unremarkable titles came forth for the all-important software.

They were all puzzles, education related or environmental type games, calling forth discontent from game addicts such as myself. Nerve Gear can truthfully render a virtual reality.

But you could only walk meters before you hit a wall in that world; it was really a huge letdown. That hardcore gamers such as myself, who had been deeply absorbed with the experience of being within the game, had started waiting for a certain game genre was almost unavoidable.

We had started waiting for a network response gamea sort that let millions of players log in and raise, fight with and live as a character of their own, that is to saya MMORPG. The stage for the game is a floating castle consisting of floors. The players lived in a world with forests and lakes, relying on only their sword and drive to discover the route to the upper floors and defeat countless monsters and make their way endlessly to the top.

Magic which was considered to be an indispensable part of fantasy MMORPGs had been boldly cut out and an almost endless number of skills called Sword Skills were made.

It was part of a plan to let players actually feel the experience of fighting with their own bodies through FullDive as much as possible. Skills were varied including productive skills such as smithery, leather working and sewing, and everyday skills such as fishing, cooking and playing music, allowing the player to not only adventure the huge game but also actually live in it. If they so wanted, and if their skill levels were high enough, they could download a house and live as shepherds.

As the information steadily kept being revealed, the gamers enthusiasm only got higher. The beta test only recruited a thousand testers; it's said that one hundred thousand people, the number of half the Nerve Gear sold at that time, volunteered to be a tester. Luck was the only reason that I got through the narrow gap and was picked. Also, beta testers received the additional benefit of being given the priority when the game officially came out.

At school, I thought endlessly of my skill set, equipment and items, and ran all the way to my house as soon as school ended and dived till dawn.

The beta test ended in the blink of an eye, and on the day my character was reset, I felt a sense of loss as if half of my actual self had been cut away. And nowNovember 6, , Sunday. Sword Art Online after all the preparations had been finished and at 1PM officially started its server service. Of course, I had been waiting for 30 minutes and then logged on without even a second delay, but when I checked the state of the server over ninety-five hundred people had already logged on.

It seemed as if all of the people who had been lucky enough to get their hands on the game had felt the same as I did. All the online shopping sites announced that the game was sold out seconds after it had gone on sale and the offline sales, which had started yesterday, had created lines of people who had queued up for four days, creating enough of a racket to go on the news.

That meant that all the people who had been able to download a copy of the game were almost all serious game addicts. The actions of Cline showed this clearly as well. Realizing that I was a beta tester after seeing me start and dashing without any hesitation, Cline ran over.

Hey, teach me a few things! I wondered how he could be so shameless and demanding to a person he hadn't met before. Being so lost for words that it was almost amazement. Ah, er, thenwhy dont we go to the weapon shop? I answered like some NPC; we then ended up making a party, and I began teaching him some basics of fightingand thats how we ended up in this current situation.

To tell the truth, I didnt get along with people in real life or in games, perhaps even less so than in real life. During beta testing, I came to know a couple of people, but I didnt get close enough to anyone to actually call them a friend. But Cline had a side to him that grows on you, and I didnt find this uncomfortable either. Thinking that I might be able to get along with him, I opened my mouth.

Sowhat do you want to do? Do you want to keep hunting till you get used to it? He must have been checking the time. I ordered some pizza for I said at a loss for words, Cline spread his chest. Of course! I promised to meet some mates at the Starting City in a bit. I could introduce you to some of them and you could register them as friends.

That way you would always send messages. How about it? Errr Hmmm, I mumbled subconsciously. I got along with Cline pretty well, but there was no guarantee that itd be the same for his friends. I felt like that there would be a higher chance of not getting along with them and as a result, fall out with Cline as well. Should I?

Seemingly understanding the reason for my not-so-confident answer, Cline shook his head. Ah, I dont mean to force you. Therell be a chance to introduce them sometime anyway. Sorry, and thanks.

As soon as I thanked him, Cline shook his head vigorously. Hey, hey! I should be the one thanking you.

I received a lot of help from you. Ill pay you back sometime soon. Cline smiled and took another look at the clock. Thanks a lot, Kirito. Be seeing ya. With that, he put his hand forward. At that moment, I thought this person would have been a great leader in another game and shook his hand. Yeah, see you around. We let go of each others hand. That was the point where Aincrad, or Sword Art Online, stopped being just some fun game for me. Cline stepped back a bit and put his right index finger and thumb together and pulled downwards.

This was the action that was done to call the main menu window. Straight afterwards, there was a ringing sound and a shining purple rectangle appeared.

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I moved a bit and sat on a rock and opened my menu too. I started to move my fingers to organize the items that Id gotten after fighting with the boar.

Cline said in a strange tone. Whats this? At that, I stopped moving my fingers and raised my head. No button? No way, look a bit closer. I said a bit confused. The swordsman opened his eyes wide beneath the bandana and pushed his head closer to the menu. The rectangle, which was longer sideways than high, had a bunch of buttons on the left and a silhouette showing what equipment you had on on the right. As I was turning my head to the item list that listed the items that I had gained over hours of fighting, Cline started speaking in an unusually high voice.

Its really not there.

You take a look Kirito. I told you that theres no way that its not there I muttered with a sigh as I clicked on the button on the top left to go back to the menu screen. The inventory window on the right closed and it went back to the main screen. At the left of the silhouette, which still had quite a lot of empty spaces, there was a long row of buttons. I moved my hand down in a movement that had almost become a habit and My body froze. It wasnt here. As Cline had said, the button that had been there during the beta testno, even right after Id logged onhad disappeared.

I stared at the empty space for a couple of seconds, then looked through the menu, making sure that it hadnt just changed its position. Cline looked up with Right? Yeah, its not there. I nodded, although it felt slightly annoying to agree so easily.

Cline smiled and started rubbing his thick chin. Well, its the first day so these sort of bugs could occur. Around about now, the GMs should be crying by now from the amount of messages flooding in, Cline said calmly. Is it alright for you to stand around like that? You said that you ordered some pizza, didnt you? I asked teasingly. I smiled as I watched him jump around, his eyes wide. I threw away a couple of items I didnt need from the inventory, which had turned red due to having too many items inside, and then walked over to Cline.

My anchovy pizza and ginger ale-! Why dont you call a GM? They might cut you off from their side. I tried, but theres no response. Its already ! Hey, Kirito! Isnt there some other way to log out?

After listening to what Cline said while waving both of his arms My face became rigid. I felt a groundless fear send a chill down my back.

Lets seeto log out I said while thinking. To get out of this virtual reality and back to my room, I have to open the main menu, press the log out button and press yes on the window that popped up on the right.

It was pretty simple. Butat the same time, apart from the procedure above I wasnt aware of any other way of logging off. I looked up at Clines face, which was situated quite a bit higher than my own, and shook my head. Notheres none. If you want to log out yourself you have to use the menu, apart from that, theres no other way.

Thats impossibletheres got to be something! Cline suddenly starting shouting as if he was denying my statement. Log out! But of course, nothing happened. There were no voice commands on SAO of that description. After shouting this and that and even jumping, I spoke to Cline. Cline, its useless. Even the manual doesnt have anything on emergency access terminations. Butthis is just stupid!

Even if its a bug, I cant even go back to my room and my body when I want to! Cline shouted with a bewildered expression on his face. I totally agreed with him. This was impossible. It was complete nonsense. But it was indisputably the truth. Its really just weird. Right now, we cant get out of this game! Cline gave out a desperate laugh then quickly started talking again. Wait, we can just turn the power off. Or just pull the Gear off.

As I watched Cline move his hands, as if he was trying to take off some invisible hat, I felt the anxiety returning. Thats impossible, both of them. Right now, we cant move our bodiesour real bodies.

The Nerve Gear receives all the signals that our brain is sending here I tapped the back of my head. Cline slowly closed his mouth and put his hands down. We both stood speechless for a while, each lost in thought. To attain the FullDive state, the Nerve Gear blocks the signals that our brain sends down our spines and changes them so that we can control our avatars in this world.

So however wildly we swing our arm about here, the arm of my real body, which was lying on my bed right now, wouldnt move an inch, ensuring that I wouldnt hit my head against the corner of my table or anything. But because of this function, we cant cancel the FullDive of our own free will right now. Cline mumbled, still a little dazed. I silently signaled my agreement. But I live by myself.

I hesitated slightly but told him the truth. I live with my mom and my younger sister, a family of three. I think that Ill be forced out of Dive if I dont come down for dinner What?

H-How old is your sister? Cline suddenly looked at me, his eyes sparkling. I pushed his head away. Youre pretty calm right now, arent you? Shes part of the sports club and hates games, so shes got nothing in common with people like usbut more than that, I spread my right arm in an attempt to change the subject.

Dont you think its weird? Well sure. Since its a bug. Like your pizza in the real world is getting colder every second, its an actual economical loss, isnt it? I ignored these meaningless comments and kept talking. If its like this, the operators should put the server down and log everyone out whatever the case. Butits already been 15 minutes since weve noticed this, but there hasnt even been a system message, let alone putting the server down; its just too weird.

Hmm, now that I think of it, youre right. Now Cline started rubbing his chin with a serious expression on his face. In the area beneath the bandana, which covered a little bit of his sharp nose, intelligence sparkled in his eyes. I started listening to Cline, feeling a little strange about talking with someone whom Id never meet if I erased my account. Thats why everyone was fighting to get their hands on a copy even though its the first online game.

Its sorta meaningless if they screw up like this on their first day. If something goes wrong now they might put down regulations for the genre itself. Cline and I looked at each others virtual faces and sighed. Aincrads seasons were based on reality, so it was early fall here as well. I looked up, sucking in the virtual air, taking a deep, cold breath. As I followed the uneven surface, I saw the huge towerthe labyrinth that was the path to the upper floorand saw that it was connected to the outer entrance.

It was just past and the small strip of sky that could be seen was red with the light of the sunset. Despite the situation I was in, seeing the endless plains painted gold with the light of the evening sun, I found myself speechless in front of the beauty of this virtual world. Right after that. The world changed forever.

Both Cline and I were immersed in a clear blue pillar of light. Past the blue veil, the plains in my vision blurred steadily. I've experienced this a few times during beta testing. It was a Teleport initiated by an item.The top floor was still far away, but the players started moving with this vague hopeand the world started turning again. When you think about it like that, this fight is extremely unfair. You've successfully reported this review. Black hair that lay neatly over the head, two weak looking eyes that could be seen beneath the slightly long hair, and a delicate face that made people mistake me for a girl even now when I go out in casual clothes with my sister.

Ragout Rabbits meat. Both Cline and I were immersed in a clear blue pillar of light. However, this wasn't the plains lit with the sunset anymore.