Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad
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Linked up and logged into the deadly VMMORPG "Sword Art Online" in both the real and virtual worlds, Kirito is stuck in a hell of one man's making, and like everyone else, unable to escape until the game is beaten. But while some players are crippled by fear and others throw themselves into completing the game, still others relax into everyday life in the face of their cruel predicament and live to the best of their ability...laughing, crying, but always enjoying the game. Among them are four women who make a mark upon the solo adventurer that Kirito has become: Silica, the beast-tamer; Lisbeth, the blacksmith; Yui, the mysterious orphan; and the tragic Sachi, never to be forgotten by the black swordsman...
what is it today? You’re pretty early.” “Ah, I want you to take care of this.” Asuna took off her rapier, with the blade still in its sheath, and then threw it. I caught it with one hand and pulled it out. The rapier was a little dull from the long period of use, but it wasn’t bad enough to give the blade any trouble cutting. “It’s not that out of shape is it? It’s a bit early for polishing.” “Yeah you’re right. But I want it to be all shiny.” “Hmmm?” I looked at Asuna carefully. Her knight
small village. Beyond the vast snow field and the thick forest, the pointed roofs of every house of the main district were joined together. The scene where all of these were glittering, struck by the radiant sunlight, even made me forget about the terror, and I unintentionally cheered. “Waa...” “Yeah—!!” 125 Sword Art Online Volume 2 – Aincrad Warmth of the Heart Kirito too shouted loudly, and let his right hand go from the dragon’s tail. He carried me like a child and entrusted himself to
been far from actual danger. She had never thought that it was linked to actual «Death» before—— As she stood frozen in front of the Drunk Ape who roared and raised its club again, Silica realized for the first time what fighting with monsters in SAO actually meant. It was a contradiction; SAO was a game, but at the same time it wasn’t something to be played. With the dull sound of a club rushing through the air, it struck her as she continued to stand rigidly. She couldn’t take the impact and
whetstone before my eyes every now and then, unlike normal weapons, the transparency of its blade seemed to increase with use. For some reason, it seemed unlike the numerical consumables that run out sooner or later; it felt more like it would break apart once its duty had been completed—that was what I predicted. But well, that was probably still a future that wouldn’t be here anytime soon. The frontlines were now on the seventy-fifth floor. That sword would still have to work on for longer
ceiling, but it seemed that the sound was coming from even higher, reverberating from the direction of the upper floors. I was just about to run out hurriedly, when something that surprised me even further happened. Although the reason behind it is obvious, the store-tending NPC, who stood at the counter, not needing a single day of rest since the opening of the store, suddenly vanished without even a single sound. “...!?” I blinked my eyes, and stared at the space where the girl stood till