Leafa, Kirito and Kuran were stood in the middle of the underground town and Kuran told, "I cannot believe that you bribed this guy."
"What? It worked!" told Kirito.
Kirito had offered everything he had earned in that battle against the last remaining mage in exchange for his information. From that they learned that this group was especially dispatched to take care of their little trio since Kirito took care of one of better players in one swing and something else… but due to the rank the mage, he didn't know the detail. What he also could tell was that a raid group sized headed north but not for the grand quest in the World Tree due to the lack of Legendary Equipment and the Salamanders were saving up to buy them.
Kuran had crossed his arms as he ran though the information… then he asked something, "Leafa… are there any quests or system exploits which could allow this Salamander group to gain a lot of money?"
"Not that I…" began Leafa but stopped. "There is something… but how would they know…"
"What is it?" asked Kirito and Leafa explained. "Our Faction Leader is meeting today with the one of the Cait Sith to form an alliance to tackle on the grand quest. If the Salamanders are attacking now… they could not only invade the Slyphs territory but also the Caith Syth territory after slaying the leaders. Then they also could raise any taxes and get a third of the territories stored Yrd."
"To know something like that you need a mole," told Kuran. Leafa agreed and tried to contact her friend Recon since he had sent her a massage during the run. However he seems to have logged out and told the two that she is logging out for a moment to call him.
Once she was out, Kuran shoulders the empty avatar of hers and Kirito asked, "Why are you grabbing her?"
"If her leader is about to be attacked, it is better to have a head start," was the darkness user simple reply. Accepting this, the two Spriggans began to move and Kuran asked Yui, "Can you determinate where the current Leader of the Cait Sith or the Sylph are right now?"
"Moment," told Yui and concentrated a bit and after a while she told. "You have to fly north once you exit the caves on the other side of the mountains… though I cannot say it detailed… the Cardinal System only allows access to the local maps and nearby players… I was only lucky for the factions leaders due to a loophole but this was closed by one of the sub routines."
"Can it fix its own bugs?" asked Kuran and Yui nodded and Kirito explained. "Given the original creator of the Cardinal System and his plans for it, I am not surprised."
"Would love to hear the story but we have to hurry," told Kuran and they rushed out. On the way Leafa was had woke up or rather had logged back in and gasped in surprise as she found herself being carried by Kuran.
"Welcome back!" told Kuran and put Leafa down. "We thought a head start would be good."
"That's correct! I just learned from Recon that Sigurd has betrayed the Sylphs!" shouted Leafa and Kuran nodded. "One more reason to hurry… if the Cait Siths learn that they were sold out by a Sylph it wouldn't help the relationship at all."
And with that they sped off, hoping to get to this meeting in time… though without a single clue what to do once this Salamander Army arrives.
As they got closer to the meeting point, Yui informed them that 38 players were in the near, good chance that this was the Salamander attack force. And fourteen further up. Probably the Slyph and Cait Sith players. Even if the three were thrown into the mix, the Salamanders outmatched them by roughly two to one with four spares for the Salamanders…
"Thank you… Kirito… Kuran… but we didn't make it in time," told Leafa. "This is far enough. You two go to the World Tree while I go to save Sakuya."
"I prefer to stick around and even the odds a little," told Kuran while Kirito just explained. "Running away isn't really my style."
Before the two could react, Kirito sped off and land like a meteor between the Salamanders and the diplomats.
Staring, Kuran only wondered, "Why is he doing these stunts?"
Then they heard him calling, "Everyone, put away your swords!"
Everybody looked in wonder about who that was while Leafa and Kuran landed and moved to the leaders of the Cait Sith and Sylph.
"Sakuya," told Leafa and the woman turned and spoke. "Leafa… What are you doing here?"
"It's not easy to explain," told Leafa and Kuran shrugged. "In simple words: We are here to save your necks… somehow."
Then Kirito demanded to talk with the Salamander's commander and one of the Salamanders began to move forward, demanding, "What's a Spriggan doing here?"
As Kirito didn't answer the Salamander just stated, "I'm going to kill you, regardless of your answer. But in honor of your bravery, I will speak to you first."
"My name is Kirito. I'm an ambassador for the Spriggan-Undine alliance. Together with my colleague Kuran, we are attending to this meeting. If you attack it, I can assume you desire a full-scale war with all four races, correct?"
Kuran only blanket out at Kirito's claim… this is a heck of a bluff.
"An Udine-Spriggan alliance?" asked the commander. "And you, with only a single guard, are their ambassador?"
"Yes, that's right," answered Kirito. "I'm merely here to negotiate trade terms with the Sylphs and Cait Sith. But if the talks are disrupted, it will be much worse. The four races will ally against the Salamanders."
"You're all alone, wearing horrible gear," began to leader and looked at Kuran. "And your bodyguard may have a better weapon but the rest is still terrible. You can't expect me to believe you," and he drew his sword and told. "If you can withstand my assault for thirty seconds, I will believe you are an ambassador."
Kuran didn't like that… something told him that guy had something up his sleeve. Playing along this trick he flew up to Kirito and told him, "Kirito! As your bodyguard, I have to insist that I take the fight for you."
"It's alright Kuran," told Kirito and turned to his opponent. "That's a generous offer."
Kuran shook his head while landing and Leafa told to Kuran, "That's bad! This guy… this is General Eugene. His younger brother leads the Salamanders and this guy is said to be the strongest player."
Kuran turned and cursed. Aware how difficult it was to face a strong opponent head on, Kuran was sure that Kirito had to rely on his sword skills and different tricks.
Kirito and Eugene were still facing each other without moving, until a sun beam hit the Salamander's blade and he used it to blind Kirito before storming forward to attack him. Kirito went to block the attack but Eugene's blade just phased through and hit, sending Kirito flying down.
"What the…?" called Kuran and the leader of the Cait Sith explained. "The Demonic Sword Gram has a bonus skill, Ethereal Shift, letting it phase when someone tries to block with a shield or sword."
"Such a skill is totally broken," told Leafa and Kura grabbed on his weapon, wishing he could just team up with Kirito. However, out of the corner of his eyes he saw something, he jumped at the Leaders and forces them to fall back, just moments before fireballs hit the ground. Jumping into the air, Kuran stormed at the Salamander's which had dared to attack.
It was a group of three. Two were casting spells while the third was trying to stop Kuran… but a black smoke appeared between Kuran and the opponent. Thinking it is just a smoke illusion spell, he flew into the thing but was surprised that he was suddenly on a different spot as he should be by flying straight. He looked around… only to find himself between Eugene and Kirito storming at each other…
As they were clashing together again, terminating the warrior by sandwiching the two swords. Though they broke off afterwards due to the confusion how this one got into the way before they turned to the scream of the two mages as Kuran dispatched the two mages.
General Eugene shouted over, "What is the meaning of this?"
"Three of your soldiers attacked while nobody was watching!" told Kuran. "So I dealt with them."
Turning around the general shouted, "If any of you attack again without my allowance, I will rip you apart personally!" Then he turned to Kirito and smirked, "And I am amazed that you are still alive!"
"What was that attack?" demanded Kirito before storming forward and slashed at the general wild and fast.
Then they flew acrobatically and Kirito dodged General Eugene's attacks as much as possible while attacking back.
However, the Salamander still managed to get a clean hit on Kirito who demanded, "Hey! It's been thirty seconds by now."
"Sorry, but I decided to kill you. Now you have to survive until I kill you," explained Eugene and Kuran stormed forward but stopped as Kirito was faster in attacking the Salamander and they exchanged wild and hard blows at each other. Then after Kirito got several hits, he flew away, cast a spell and suddenly the entire place was filled by smoke.
Nobody could see for several moments until the smoke began to clear by a swing of General Eugene blade, however… Kirito was gone already. Everybody looked in confusion and some even began to claim that the Spriggan had fled. Kuran, on the other hand, got suddenly a feeling and looked up at the sky, starting to grin.
Eugene and others had caught on and looked up as well. Kirito was high in the air, using the blinding sun to get close to General Eugene but Kuran wondered why Kirito was holding one of his hands behind the back.
Eugene stood up and attacked, his blade phasing through Kiritos sword… only to be blocked by Leafa's blade.
Kuran understood then. Kirito had used the smoke to grab Leafa's sword to perform a dual wield style.
General Eugene was so shocked by that so that he couldn't defend himself from Kirito's onslaught. Then Kirito impaled the General with both swords, forcing of them to fly down. However the General didn't plan to get down without a fight and pushed him off. Kirito wasn't faced much and attacked again before using Leafa's blade, starting to cut the Salamander in half. The two halves exploded and a flame ball flew down on the ground… General Eugene of the Salamanders… the strongest Player in ALfheim Online was defeated.
Everybody was staring at that turn of events. Until Lady Sakuya held out a fan and told, "Splendid! Simply splendid!"
"Nice fight!" shouted the leader of the Cait Sith. The Slyphs and Cait Sith cheered on the victory while the Salamanders admitted the strength of Kirito.
Later on, Sakuya was resurrected Eugene with a spell. After standing up and flexing his arms a little, he admitted to Kirito, "You are an excellent fighter. The best I have ever seen."
Kirito thanked him before Eugene continued, "I had no idea there was someone like you among the Spriggans. The world is a bigger place than I'd thought."
"Will you believe us, then?" asked Kirito and General Eugene narrowed his eyes at first, tension building up at everybody as they waited for his answer.
Kuran was close to grab his weapon as a Salamander spoke up, "Gene-san, a word?"
"Kagemune?" asked General Eugene. "What is it?"
"You know that my party was wiped out yesterday, right?" wondered the Salamander and after a 'yes' from his general he explained. "This is the Spriggan who did it. There was indeed an Undine with him."
Eugene looked at him for a moment before telling, "Very well. Then I suppose I must believe it. It's true that neither I nor our leader intend to fight the Undines and Spriggans. We'll withdraw for now. But someday, I'll fight you again."
"Sounds good to me," told Kirito and raised a fist. Eugene hit the fist with his own before the Salamanders retreated completely.
"Guess not all Salamanders are bad," told Kirito after they were gone before receiving a punch from Kuran. "Did you even thought this through for a moment? What would you have done if this General had known that there wasn't an alliance between Undine and Spriggans?"
"I just hoped that he would give me the benefit of doubt," told Kirito and Kuran shook his head. "Really? You played on a Batman Gambit without even knowing the people involved?"
"That's correct!" told Kirito and Kuran could just stare on him. Sakuya came to them and demanded to know what just happened.
Once they finished explaining everything to the Sylph leader, she replied, "I did sense some degree of irritation in Sigurd's attitude."
"Irritation? At what?" wondered Leafa and Sakuya explained. "He couldn't accept that in terms of power, we were falling behind the Salamanders. Sigurd is a man to whom power is very important. Not just for his character stats and abilities… He desired power as a player, as well."
"But even so, why would he spy for the Salamanders?" asked Leafa and Kuran wondered. "Is there a way to switch factions?"
Sakura nodded, "There are rumors about the 5.0 patch which will be released soon… that finally comes with a reincarnation system into the game."
"Bring me your leader's head and I welcome to the Salamanders… this would be the deal with this snake got," mused Kuran and grinned. "What kind of punishment should he gain?"
"Lu," began Sakuya, turning to the Leader of the Cait Sith. "You've rasied youu dark magic skill, right?"
She nodded while her ears twitched slightly and Sakuya requested, "Open a Moonlight Mirror to Sigurd."
A mirror materialized in front of them and the Sylph leader told, "Sigurd."
"S-Sakuya," gasped Sigurd while the Sylph leader told. "Indeed. Unfortunately, I'm still alive."
"Why?" asked Sigurd and corrected himself, "I mean, what happened at the meeting?"
"It concluded successfully," explained Sakura. We must still sign the treaty, though. Oh right… We had an unexpected guest."
"A g-guest?" asked Sigurd and Sakura told. "General Eugene sends his regards."
Kuran could see how Sigurd got pale by the mention of the Salamander. Then he spotted the three and told, "So that's it! Those incompetent lizards. Then he grinned, "What will you do, Sakuya? Fine me? Kick me out of the government? But without me running the military, how long will your rule last?"
"No," Sakuya smiled. "If you cannot stand being a Sylph, I thought I would grant your request."
"W-what?" asked Sigurd and Sakuya began to work on her menu. He asked, "Are you insane?! Me? You're banishing me?"
"That's right," answered the Sylph leader. "You can wander the neutral territory as a renegade. Hopefully, you will find something new there to occupy your time."
"Curse you!" shouted Sigurd and disappeared in a flash of light. Then the Moonlight Mirror spell was ended and Leafa began, "Sakuya…?"
"Thank you, Leafa," explained Sakuya. "I'm very happy you came to save me."
"I didn't do anything," told Leafa. "You should thank Kirito-kun."
"Hey, what you were saying about being a Spriggan-Undine ambassador," began the Cait Sith leader. "Is that true?"
"Oh, that was just a big lie," told Kirito and Kuran sighed. "That's why I punched him."
"You're crazy," told Sakura. "I can't believe you came up with that on the spur of the moment," the Cait sith grinned. "For a big lair, you're pretty strong. Maybe you're the Spriggans' secret weapon? After all you are with an Event NPC…"
"Event NPC?" asked Kirito and the Cait Sith nodded. "Before I logged in today, I saw that a randomized NPC was created. Acting like a player and teaming up with a random player of the same race. The player had the quest to defend him, while all others… the one who slays him would get a great reward."
"I am not I the mood to get killed for some treasure," told Kuran and Kirito chuckled. "I am just a wandering mercenary.
The girl laughed loudly and hugged Kirito's arm, "If you aren't tied down anywhere, why not be a mercenary for the Cait Sith? You'll get three meals a day, play snacks and a nap."
"Kirito was it?" asked Sakura. "How about you join me for a drink after this in Sylvein? I'd like to know you a little better."
"That's not fair Sakuya! You shouldn't try to seduce him," protested the Cait Sith leader. Sakuya countered, "You're clinging to him too much."
Kirito sighed and Kuran stepped towards him, "He would sure love to sort this out, but we have to deal with our own problems first. We just got here to help out but now we lost a lot of time, and after learning that now an entire world is after me, I prefer not to risk getting killed before my job is done."
"I appreciate the offers," admitted Kirito. "But Kuran-kun is right. And Leafa promised to take me to the World Tree."
"What a shame," told Sakuya. "You're going to Arun, Leafa? Sightseeing?"
"I was planning to leave the Sylphs…" admitted Leafa. "But now I'm going to return to Sylvein, though I'm not sure when."
"Understood. I'm glad to hear it," told Sakuya. "Make sure you come back."
"Stop at by my place on the way back," told the Cait Sith. "We'll throw you a party."
Then they began to say goodbye to the three and Kirito made one last goodbye present to the two leaders… a heavy bag of Money. The goal of this alliance was to venture the World Tree and Kirito wanted to reach the top of the World Tree to meet somebody… somebody he couldn't reach in the real world.
Kuran wondered who this one was…
In the meanwhile, Oberon was meeting his business partner again.
"Did you handle the problem?" asked the dark creature while the Fairy King just told. "The Technicians found new data but we were unable to remove them from the system since they were actively used right now and some delete protection protocols are running. So we put in a quest that promises a great reward for the one killing him. Once he is killed, we are free to delete him."
"Better hope you don't fail with this plan. After all… we have your part of our contract. Only because of something you still have, gives us a reason to still interact with you."
"Don't worry my friend. Once everything is over, I will be truly a god and you have your own little place calling home. And with your enemy somehow appearing as game figure just made it way easier".
"Your word in whatever deity you believe in," he told and turned. "I am meeting with the others now… he is better dead when I come back or I take matters personally."
Later at an unknown location the Heartless stood there and was soon joined by two others.
"I take it your doing well?" asked a man in all black with red eyes.
"Did you get the information?" the Heartless inquired.
"I'm looking over it right now... Did the Dark Keyblade wielder really made it to your location?" asked the other who looked cybernetic.
"It would appear so. 'His Majesty' claims to have the situation taken care of," the Heartless answered.
"This could be troublesome. It will no doubt be a matter of time before he finds the Keyhole in this universe," the red eyed man spoke.
"The way I see it, that will happen we should consider cutting our loss and drop the dead white," said the cybernetic one.
"Perhaps, but let's not forget what happens when those two find the Keyholes. In any case, what should we do about Oberon?" the Heartless asked.
"Let the fairy play his game. If he wants to control others, fine. It's not like it will matter when we are finished. However, should he prove disobedience, remind him that he's still just a human," the red eyed man said.
"Right," the Heartless said before leaving.
In the real world it was close to the time where Leafa and Kirito go usually to bed, so the two, along with Kuran went down on a village to go to sleep but… seeing that nobody was around, not even NCPs Kuran got suspicious and opened the map menu to confirm that that village was on the map.
After a good look at their coordinates, he cursed and shouted to Leafa and Kirito, "Don't touch anything!"
However… it was too late. In the very moment were Kirito had touched what he thought to be the local inn, the ground began to rumble and the first thing that Kuran did was fly high into the air. Only as he felt safe, he looked around but realized that neither Kirito nor Leafa were around. So the next natural thing he did was looking down… finding a large earthworm which used some part of the body to fake that village. If they had bothered to looking at the map beforehand, this trap wouldn't have surprised them… and from the looks of it, he was the only one escaping it.
Since this was a game right now, though Kuran didn't know how much it applied to him, the two weren't permanent dead and should respawn somewhere.
With this in mind he opened the menu and texted to Kirito and Leafa: "Going to Arrun and wait for you. Contact me upon Arrival. Kuran."
Since he didn't know how long it could take, he didn't wait for a reply and flew off to the World Tree. Though after a few minutes he got a reply which just confirmed his plan.
He landed in the front gates of the town of Arrun and looked impressed that there was a town added to the tree itself. In his mind he wondered if there was a real world which such a place.
He explored the town a little until he got to a plaza where he had a good view on the visible parts of the World Tree's top. Curious about how far his abilities could bring him, he began to ascend into the air, raising to a height were nobody on the ground could see him. He started using his dark corridor to put him so far as possible without using up the time limit of flight too much. However… the cooldown of the dark corridors were three minutes, but thanks to it, he was able to cover the ground of a five minute flight.
Near the lowest branches of the World Tree, he found a barrier surrounding the top. Properly to prevent Players to get up by flying if they somehow managed to surpass the flight limits.
However, for Kuran this was just another test about the limits of his abilities in this world/game. After the cooldown of the dark portal reached zero, Kuran attempted to open a corridor to the other side of the barrier, upon the lowest safe branch he could see.
Once he got on that branch, he started looking around and high up he spotted something golden being reflected by the light. Seeing no direct way up Kuran reasoned he had either to fly or use a time consuming usage of the Dark Portal… after deciding not to risk to fall down due to being too high in the air for his fairy wings to be used, he began to use Dark Corridor after Dark Corridor and got on the branch he wanted to reach. This branch had a sort of pathway that led either to a door in the tree or to the golden object… which is a Golden Cage.
The Cage was of bigger interest now since it made him come up in the first place. He also wondered why somebody kept a cage up there, at least in that size.
He got to the door and gasped. Inside the cage were a bed, a table and a few more things fitting for a room to live in. And on the table was a girl crying… while Kuran couldn't see her face, she had long orange-brownish chestnut hair. Also she wore a white outfit with a long white skirt, a tube top showing her belly, and a red ribbon that went around the topmost part of her top and came together to make a bow. On the feet, she was barefooted, and wore a white strip around her ankles.
Kuran cleared his throat and called, "Excuse me."
The girl looked up and turned to him, revealing her hazel eyes. Confused about his appearance she stood up and looked at him.
"May I know why you are in a cage?" asked Kuran and she only asked. "How did you get up here?"
"I got a way," told Kuran and she ran to the door. "Then let me out and get me down to the ground."
"Easier said than done," told Kuran since his Dark Portal was still in Cooldown Mode and the door was locked by a code Panel, something that the Keyblade couldn't open just like that. "It would take some time before I could try to get you out," admitted Kuran. "So why don't we get to know each other? I am Kuran."
"Asuna," was her reply. "And I need your help. Even if you cannot free me here, you have to tell somebody about what is happening here."
"I am all ears," told Kuran. She sighed and told, "I am a survivor of SAO. Sugou Nobuyuki, chief of the research institute of RECT Inc. trapped including me 300 players of Sword Art Online during the log out procedure and proceeded to use them in illegal experiments of manipulating the minds to their bidding."
Kuran gasped at that and nodded, "Alright! Once I am able, I will tell this to friends of mine. They have the better means to spread this around. Then he laughed, "Bet Leafa and Kirito never thought that something like that is happening here."
"Kirito?" asked Asuna surprised. "Black hair, black eyes, tends to wear black and use one handed sword style, if possible also dual wield?"
"That sums up. You know him?" asked Kuran and Asuna nodded. "He… he was also a player of Sword Art Online. And my in-game husband."
"So that's the reason he came here," muttered Kuran and asked. "Should I tell him something?"
"Give him this, please," told Asuna and handed him a card over. "And tell him that I am waiting for him."
"In case he is a different one… how can I identify him," asked Kuran and Asuna told. "His full name is Kirigaya Kazuto. And mine is Yüki Asuna… with either name he should be able to confirm his identity to you."
Nodding to these pieces of information, Kuran stored the card and told, "I make sure that Kirito gets to you as fast as possible."
"Thank you Kuran," told Asuna. To tell the truth she didn't really trust that guy, but given her situation, she was willing to grab on every straw offering to her as long as it frees her form this prison.
Nodding, Kuran turned around and told, "I will be so fast as possible to get down."
Then he jumped from the tree, spreading his wings but like he had guessed… at this height the wings weren't working. Gulping by his stupidity, he cried as he fell from the height of the World Tree. Soon he had passed the lowest branches and knew he would soon impact with the shield. Crossing his arms, he prepared for the impact but…
It never came. Looking up he saw he floated in mid-air and a system massage told him: "Area not access able due to Server Maintenance. Please return later."
"Server Maintenance?" asked Kuran in confusion. Then he laughed, "Guess I should try to sleep now… but not up here."
He looked around and decided to lay down on one of the branches. Floating up a bit more he flew through a Dark Portal, landing on a branch which would be big enough to sleep on. Laying down on it, he closed his eyes and slept.
On the next morning he yawned loudly and shock his head before raising up, wondering if Kirito or Leafa were back online… or if the server was still down for maintenance. Deciding to risk it, he jumped down of the tree bench and once he got the maximal high limit for flight, he slowed himself down, and he touched the barrier… and passed right through it. He stopped in mid-air and touched the barrier, this time not able to pass. It seemed that this barrier was only programmed to be one sided… though he wasn't sure if it was the simpler solution or intended.
His stomach growled and he decided to go eat. Landing on the ground, he walked to the closest inn and ordered something to eat, starting to enjoy the meal.
After this meal, he began to walk around Arrun once more before he got a massage… it was from Leafa, telling they were close to Arrun and they would meet at the main gate.
Nodding, Kuran went to see it for himself. Once he was by the main gates, he saw the two landing in front of them.
"Hi! How was it being eaten by a worm?" asked Kuran and Kirito shrugged. "Could be worse. The worm didn't kill us… just threw us down to the underground dungeon Jötunheimr, the second most difficult place of ALfheim Online."
"Yeah… top rank is still the Great Quest," laughed Kuran. "So… what have you done as you got there?" wondered KUran and Leafa sighs sighed. "Long story… but we managed to get out and find a real village where we stayed as a sever maintenance was announced."
Nodding, Kuran told, "Once I got here, I tried to reach the top of the tree through flying… and found a bug which allowed me to do so. However I cannot reproduce it before you ask and I didn't meet King Oberon."
"Yeah. I bet here would have been an announcement if anybody had managed to get there…" told Leafa and Kirito nodded, but looked down at Yui. "What is wrong Yui?"
"I… I can feel Mama's Player ID! It's up to the world tree!" told the Pixie and Kirito gasped. "What?"
He tried to make a headstart but stopped as Kuran grabbed him, "Her Mama… does it happen to be a girl named Asuna?"
Freezing by Kuran's question, he asked, "How… how do you know?"
"Simple," replied the keybearer. "While I didn't run into a King Oberon, I met a girl in a cage…"
He pulled the card out and told, "She gave me this with the request to bring a massage to a Kirigaya Kazuto. Mind if you tell me her full name to confirm you are the guy I am looking for?"
"She used her real name in SAO… and her full name is Yüki Asuna," told Kirito and Kuran handed the card over. "She sends you her regards and you should hurry up to get her out of there."
"Onii-chan," whispered Leafa suddenly, who had been shocked since the moment the name Asuna fell. Turning around, Kirito asked, "Sugu…Suguha?"
Leafa stepped back while staring at Kirito and spoke, "How cruel… This is just too much, this…"
Without wasting another second, she waved and gestured with her hand, logging herself out. Her avatar body became soulless and Kuran asked, "You know her?"
"She… she is my sister," told Kirito and he asked Kuran. "Can you look after our bodies? I… I have to talk with her."
Nodding to this, Kuran told, "I will look after them until they are gone or you being back."
"Thanks," told Kirito and logged out as well. Looking at the two soulless bodies, Kuran could only wonder what was going on between the two… however, he decided to not being that tactless and ask them about it.
"Kuran… how is Mama?" asked Yui and Kuran replied. "While I don't know if it is wise to tell but… she is doing well given her situation."
"Huh?" wondered Yui and Kuran shook his head. "It's better if Kirito and Leafa are back before I tell anything… though it doesn't look like it would do any good."
"Ok," told Yui and after some time the two avatars disappeared since their owners didn't log in anymore.
Kuran returned to the town and explored it, while talking with a few other players and NPCs to get a better grasp about SAO.