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Aincrad: The Castle of Sorrows
Written by: Javatsunami
Published: 2/1/15
Chapter 1: Loner

Chapter 2: Cyclos »

It was a warm sunny day in the official inauguration of Sword Art Online, and Tatsuya Nakamura, whose username was Twanmi. was ready to make the best of it. His friend Mimura, was a Beta Tester, and already knew the ups and downs of the game.

Mimura was a special character, in the real world he was a Martial Arts teacher in Osaka, and Twanmi helped him run the place by making advertisements and commercials. He finished the Martial Arts quest during the Closed Beta Test very quickly, and as a result, now uses the skill full time.

Mimura had suffered an attack many years ago and as a result, now has a scar running down his right eye.

“So, I heard you can do more with a sword than it seems.” Said Twanmi.

“Yeah, It turns out you can do things called Sword Skills.” Mimura replied. “The first thing you do is get in a certain position.” Mimura proceeded to get into a position and his arm started to glow a red color.

“And if you do it right,” Mimura continued,

“this happens!” Mimura then proceeded to punch an unsuspecting Frenzy Boar, making it shatter into a thousand polygon shards.

“Whoa!” Twanmi looked on with his usual childish look, he never really grew up. He was always laughed at for being immature, and for being too smart and a weakling. Instead of changing himself, Tatsuya wore it proudly like a badge. But he never had any friends as a result, Mimura was his first and only friend.

But he wanted to change all that by going to Sword Art Online, a place where everyone has a common interest in having fun in an nice way, or so he thought.

“You mean like this?” Twanmi then took out his rapier and charged at the nearest Frenzy Boar. His rapier started to glow a bright red color and charged towards the Boar. The Boar saw him, but it was too late, next thing the poor thing knew, it was shattered to a thousand shards.

Mimura looked almost shocked, it took him a few hours to master his first sword skill, and Twanmi pulled it off like it was nothing.

“How did you do that?!?” He asked after a few seconds of stunned silence.

Twanmi looked at his rapier and said “I… don’t… know… but, that was awesome!”

Mimura looked on as Twanmi excitedly finished off another group of Frenzy Boars, too many for him to count. Twanmi eventually made it to level 2.

“Yay, yay, I did it!” Twanmi exclaimed in joy.

Mimura couldn’t help but smile, he was already level 5, but he wasn’t nearly as excited as Twanmi was about it.

“Hey ‘Twan!” Mimura said at one point “Wanna take a break? That sword of yours won’t hold out forever!”

“Sure thing Mimura! I was planning on buying two throwing knives right about now anyways” Twanmi shouted back.

And then something strange happened. Before they knew it, they were both teleported to the main square of the starting city, and before they could say anything else, a large figure in a red hood appeared before them.

“Attention, Players. Welcome to my world!” The figure said

“My name is Kayaba Akihiko. Right now, I am the only person who can control this world.” Twanmi gasped and started talking to himself, a grating habit of his.

“I think that most of you have discovered the fact that the Log Out button has disappeared from the main menu.” He continued

“This is not a bug; it is all part of Sword Art Online’s system, until you get to the top of this castle, you cannot log out of your own free will.”

Twanmi then was almost shocked to hear this, Mimura then said “Wait, WHAT!”

“...also,” Kayaba continued “the disruption or dismantling of the Nerve Gear from the outside is strictly forbidden. If these things are attempted... the signal sensors in your Nerve Gear will emit strong microwaves , destroying your brain and stopping all your basic functions.”

Twanmi fell to his knees and started weeping for most of the speech, while Mimura tried to comfort him, Twanmi then got up and listened to the last part of the speech.

“But I ask you to understand that this is no longer a simple game, it is a second reality… From now on, any form of revival in the game will no longer work. The moment your HP reaches 0, your avatar will be gone forever. And at the same time, your brain will be destroyed by the Nerve Gear.”

That was all Twanmi could bear, he ran away from Mimura, and since Mimura knew this would happen, he cut chase. But Twanmi was stopped by the invisible barrier covering the square, Twanmi then resigned to his fate, and listened to the rest of the speech.

Kayaba then said “Then I will show you evidence that this is the only reality. In your inventories, there will be a gift from me. Please confirm this.”

Twanmi and Mimura each opened their inventory and opened the object, they were then covered in a white light, when the light diminished. Twanmi looked at himself and nothing happened to him, “Phew, for a second there I thought that Kayaba was going to kill us all.”

He then looked up at Mimura and saw his scar, which he had gotten rid of for his avatar, had returned. Then Twanmi realised, he meant all of this, and that he knew, as an 100 percent truth, that he would not make it.

When the speech ended Twanmi and Mimura both looked at each other, and sprinted to the weapons shop, bought two throwing knives for Twanmi and gloves for Mimura.

“Mimura?” Twanmi asked a few minutes later

“Yeah?” replied Mimura

“Will you accompany me? I fear that if I go alone, I’ll do something I’ll regret.”

“Sure man! That’s what friends are for!” Mimura replied

At this Twanmi kneeled down started to cry. He never thought this would happen, he never thought that someone would be his friend, and he certainly never thought that if he ever had a friend, that person would help him, no matter what, in a heartbeat.

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