The next day, Kagami was starting to put her textbooks in her bag after yet another day of school."Hm...Looks like the homework won't be so hard tonight, maybe I can catch the season finale of 'Love Apron' if I hurry tonight." She spoke, thinking aloud to herself as she closed her bag.
"Hey Kagamin~' Turning around, she saw Konata, Tsukasa and miyuki walking towards her.
"Oh hey guys, what's up?" She asked as she grabbed her bag and held it over her shoulder.
"Izumi-San was telling us all about this new virtual reality role playing game that was just installed at the arcade." Miyuki spoke.
"Yeah, we're all going to go play for a little while, do you wanna come too Sis?" Tsukasa asked with a smile.
"A role playing game? Wait, if Konata picked it out then I'm weighing my options a bit.." Kagami sweat-dropped a little bit, knowing all too well of Konata's taste in video games.
"Oh relax Kagamin, this game is rated T. It'll be fun, I've played it a few times but I felt like assembling my own party this time." Konata spoke with a smile and Kagami thought for a little bit before figuring that if it was rated T then it couldn't be that bad. "Alright, let's go then. The whole 'virtual reality' thing sounds interesting." Kagami spoke before starting to follow the three out of the classroom.
"Oh this game is awesome! You can choose to be a healer, a swordsman, a mage or a archer character..." As Konata continued to go on about the game, Kagami couldn't help but smile a little bit. Seeing Konata all excited like this was nice to her, she always thought that Konata's happiness was contagious to her, and she couldn't help but be happy as well sometimes.
It didn't really take that long for the group to arrive at the arcade. Once they were there, konata immediately pointed to four free machines with the game.
"There they are! All you gotta do is decide what kind of character you want and then we can log on and start playing." Konata spoke with a cat-like grin as she started putting in her information, the others however weren't really used to machines like that, they looked like really high-tech computers.
"Now let's see, what role to pick~" Konata hummed as she started to look around at the characters.
"Wow..The mouse is sure big.." Kagami spoke as she looked at the mouse for a second but continued putting in her information on the computer.
"I wonder where the on/off button is?" Tsukasa wondered as she looked around the machine.
"Um...I wonder if this is alright?" Miyuki spoke as she was trying to figure out the controls and everything.
"It's easier to use computers you're already used to.." Kagami spoke, still trying to figure out how the computer worked as she saw Konata go off to go get some juice before starting to play.
"Hey sis? Do you know where the on/off button is?" Tsukasa asked as she looked at the information kagami was putting in.
"Hey Kagami! I just perfected a juice just for you!" Konata beamed as she came back with a glass full of some kind of drink, when Kagami looked at it, she sweat-dropped a little bit, the color was green with a mix of brown and what she was sure of was either red or orange mixed in there and it had a fruity smell as well.
"Wha...What do you mean 'perfected'?"
"What? You don't like mixing your drinks at the fountain?" Konata asked with a sweat-drop.
"No way! And don't make people drink what you mix!" Kagami replied before seeing Konata poke her cheek a bit. "Come on Kagamin~ I made it just for you~" She spoke with the same cat-like grin.
With a sigh, Kagami took the glass from Konata and started to drink the mystery drink but was surprised by the taste, it wasn't really horrible but it was different.
"Now try guessing what I put in it!" Konata grinned as Kagami started thinking a bit. "Let's see...Root beer...Melon soda...I think I taste a bit of Ginger ale in there too..."
"Well you've got two right, I didn't put Root beer in there though." Konata grinned as Kagami sweat-dropped a little bit.
"I don't think I wanna know what else was in there..." She spoke before setting her glass down as Konata got back in front of her machine.
"Okay! Everyone ready?"
"Yes, I believe so."
"Alright let's log in then!" Konata grinned as she put on the special vizor for the virtual reality option, as did the other three.
In a matter of seconds, Kagami was amazed by the quality of the graphics that the game had. It almost looked completely real! And the environment looked like that of Middle-Earth.
"Wow! The graphics are amazing! I really feel like I'm in the game!" Tsukasa spoke with a smile as she looked around.
"And there are so many people too...So all of these characters have people controlling them from somewhere?" Kagami turned to Konata who nodded a bit. "yeah basically."
"All of these characters are Manipulated by different people."
"it makes me wanna puke..." Kagami spoke with a sweat-drop.
"Well, any newb would think that at first I guess. Still, even so...You look pretty cute in that outfit Kagamin~!" Konata spoke with a smile and a slight blush as Kagami started to blush at what her character was wearing.
She was just wearing what looked like a black bra-styled top, a short, white shawl that was over her shoulders, a pair of white gloves, and a dark blue skirt that seemed like a very long loincloth since it did not cover the sides of her legs at all and only the front and back and was wearing a pair of gray boots as well.
"D-Don't make pervy comments like that! I just chose to be a mage and I got this outfit at random!" Kagami argued with a blush on her face.
"Um...you do remember that there was an option to be a healer as well right?" Miyuki spoke, dressed in an outfit that resembled that of a nun.
"And barely exposed at that." Konata pointed out.
"But isn't that more like Miyuki and Tsukasa in terms of image?" Kagami asked with a sweat-drop.
"So you do understand the heart of an otaku a bit after all Kagamin!" Konata grinned before continuing. "And I think the mage look suits you in terms of image."
"I don't know if I should feel complimented or offended..."
"And speaking of mis-matched...Isn't that kind of a big weapon you're carrying Konata?" Kagami asked with a sweat-drop. Konata was dressed like a typical swordsman of the middle ages but had a sword the size of Ichigo Kurosaki's!
"I guess it'd be a little difficult for you to understand Kagamin..." Konata spoke with a sigh as she shook her head a little bit.
"And what do you mean by that?"
"The moe shorty holding a a big weapon." Konata spoke with a grin as Kagami sweat-dropped a little bit.
"Huh? Where did Miyuki go?" Kagami suddenly spoke as she looked around a little bit with konata and Tsukasa.
"Oh, there she is." Konata pointed before both Kagami and Tsukasa sweat-dropped a bit when they saw that Miyuki was being hit on by three different guys who were playing the game.
"Hey you're cute~"
"You're a novice right? Want some items?"
"I could help you level up!"
"To think that she'd attract guys at least ten minutes into the game, that's some serious skill Miyuki-San!" Konata grinned as Tsukasa had anime tears in her eyes.
"But still! Isn't that too fast!" Kagami objected with a sigh before blinking when she saw an arrow being shot that went just above Miyuki's head that sent the guys running.
"What the heck?" Both Kagami and Konata looked at Tsukasa in shock as she was holding her bow in her hands.
"Oh my!" Miyuki then took a few steps back when she saw that behind her was a large werewolf-like monster that now had Tsukasa's arrow through its head.
"Wow! That's a level 17 were-beast! Nice going Tsukasa!" Konata grinned as Tsukasa chuckled slightly. "Well, I just saw that monster behind Yuki-Chan and it looked like it was going to attack so I just shot.."
"Well thank you Tsukasa-San." Miyuki grinned at the girl, making her blush a little bit. "O-Oh you're welcome!"
"Let's just get moving." Kagami smiled a little bit as the group started walking again before Kagami looked down and saw another monster, but it was rather small and looked like a cherry with a blush on its face, and 'x' for a mouth.
"Awww! What a cute monster!" Tsukasa smiled.
"Yeah it's cute but that makes it hard to attack it." Konata sweat-dropped.
"But your level won't go up if you don't.." Miyuki spoke.
"Alright I'm going for it then." Kagami spoke before holding her hands out and burned the monster in front of her.
"A-Alright I'll try too! Maybe I can hit another monster!" Tsukasa spoke as she held her bow and arrow in her hand but ended up shooting Kagami in the head with her arrow.
"Just learn how to aim your attacks properly.." Kagami sweat-dropped.
"Miyuki-San, can you heal her please?" Konata asked as Miyuki nodded and held her hands together. "Okay..Here goes!" But the healing spell ended up being an attack spell that hit Kagami dead-on.
"Sorry sorry sorry!" Both Tsukasa and Miyuki apologized to the twin-tailed girl who sweat-dropped a little bit. "I have the feeling I'll be done in by my team mates instead of a monster..." She thought with a sweat-drop.
"Okay! Let's head to the boss' dungeon!" Konata grinned as she started walking towards a cave as both Tsukasa and Miyuki continued to apologize to kagami.
"The boss? Are you sure we can beat it?" Kagami questioned as a grin made its way on to Konata's face.
"Don't sweat it! As long as I have this orb of light in my hands we'll have no problems!" Konata cheered as she held up a white stone in her hands proudly.
"Wow...How useful..." Kagami sweat-dropped.
"Hey, since when did you have an item like that?" Tsukasa asked.
"I brought it over from my main account~!" Konata grinned.
"Hey, that reminds me. Since you play games like this all the time, shouldn't you have a stronger player to play with?" Kagami asked.
"Hmm? Yeah I do."
"Then shouldn't you be playing with that character then?" Kagami sweat-dropped.
"Well, that's a good point Kagami but...Isn't more fun when everyone combines their strengths?" She grinned as Kagami sighed a bit before the group started walking into the cave.
"Alright we're here! I'm so excited~!" Konata cheered as she started walking in.
"But the boss should've been in here from the moment we enter so be careful everyone." Konata warned as the others started walking into the cave. But the moment the group walked into the cave, Konats held her sword up against a large ogre's attack.
"Konata!" Kagami spoke as Konata grinned a bit. "To think there actually was a boss here as soon as we walked in... But as long as I have the orb of light I should be..." Konata then sweat-dropped when she felt around with her free hand for the orb but never found it.
"H-Huh? What? It's gone?"
"What are you doing?! The ogre is behind you!" Kagami exclaimed.
"Oh! It's next to the ogre's foot!" Miyuki pointed out as Kagami nodded a bit and dashed for the stone.
"Wait Kagami! Don't!" Konata tried to warn her but the ogre was already closing in with an attack.
"Kagami watch out!" Konata exclaimed as Kagami just closed her eyes and held up the orb in her hand, waiting for the ogre's attack, but was surprised when she never felt anything.
Opening her eyes, she was surprised and blushed a bit when she saw that Konata was in front of her and had slashed the ogre, defeating it in one strike.
"Aww man! Looks like the fun's already over!" Looking at the entrance to the cave, the girls were surprised to see Misao, Patricia, Hiyori, and Ayano in the game as well. Misao was a swordsman, Patricia was an archer, ,Hiyori was a mage and Ayano was a healer like Miyuki.
"Hey, Misakichi! I didn't expect you guys to be here!" Konata grinned as she saw the other group coming into the cave with them.
"Well, I wanted to up a few levels by defeating the boss here but it looks like you beat me here Shorty." Misao spoke with a sweat-drop.
Kagami sweat-dropped a little bit when she saw the size of the ax that Misao was holding, it was just as big, if not bigger then Konata's sword.
"Sorry about that, but in the forest there's supposed to be two bosses there, we can share there~" Konata grinned as did Misao as she nodded.
"Alright, let's get going then!" She cheered.
Kagami blinked a couple of times as she looked at the stone in her hand before getting up and started following the others.
"That was amazing Kona-chan! You beat that monster in one hit!" Tsukasa smiled.
"Yes, that was amazing Izumi-San!" Miyuki smiled as well.
"Well Konata's always been good at this game but I've been leveling up pretty well here so I think that I might be better then her now." Patty smiled.
"We'll just see for ourselves." Konata spoke with a slight smirk as the group walked into a nearby forest.
"Ayano-San. I didn't think that you liked these kinds of games." Kagami smiled as she walked over to Ayano.
"it was really Misao's idea, she suggested the game to me. I'm still fairly new though." She spoke with a sweat-drop.
"Well, you can't be worse then we are right now." Kagami sweat-dropped a little bit. "The only expert we have here is Konata."
"We are in a similar situation then. Misao loves this game and the rest of us are still new to the game as well." Ayano spoke with a sweat-drop.
"Hey!" Both Ayano and Kagami froze slightly as they saw an arrow shoot straight over Ayano's head and hit another ware-creature monster.
"Sorry guys, but you gotta be sharp in these games." patty grinned as Kagami sweat-dropped. "Give us some more warning next time!"
"Hey guys heads up! We're in boss territory! Misao spoke as Hiyori, Patty, and Konata all got their guards up and looked around a little bit.
Kagami got her guard up slightly as well as she looked around, after seeing that big ogre before, she didn't want to take any chances.
Turning around, the group were a little surprised to see that the boss was a demon tree, which had Tsukasa and Miyuki trapped in its vines.
"It's almost a shame to save them..." Patty spoke as the others nodded, the scene had all of the making of a tentacle-themed hentai.
"Sis help! I can't get free!" Tsukasa spoke, trying to get away but the vines were too strong for her.
"hang on you guys! Come on Ayano-San!" Kagami spoke as Ayano nodded a little bit and started following Kagami towards the monster.
"I've definitely gotta draw that later!" Hiyori spoke with a blush.
"I've got you guys!" Kagami spoke as she held her hands out to attack but the vines had wrapped around her hands, bounding them together and trapping her as well as Ayano.
"At least you tried Sis.." Tsukasa sweat-dropped.
"Should we really save them? This is an awesome scene." Patty spoke with a sigh.
"Yeah we better." Konata spoke as Kagami started blushing again. "Quit being pervs and get us down!"
"This is my chance!" Misao thought with a grin as she started running towards the beast with her ax. "I've got you guys!" She spoke as she threw her ax at the beast but the beast just grabbed it with another vine and threw it back, just barely missing hiyori and Patty. "Hey!"
"heheh...Sorry." Misao sweat-dropped as she ran to get her ax while Konata ran at the monster and started trying to slice the vines, but they continued to regenerate as soon as she sliced them down.
"man, this one's strong! If I had my stone I could beat it no prob!" konata spoke as Hiyori tried attacking with spells but none had any effect.
Patty tried shooting arrows at the monster but they had no effect.
"hey! The vines are getting tighter!" Kagami exclaimed as she felt the vines around her getting tighter.
"hang on Hiiragi! I've got'ya!" Misao spoke as she started trying to slice the tree but ended up being picked up by her ax by the tree.
"Wait! Konata I've got the stone! It's in my hand!" Kagami spoke, remembering that she still had the stone. "Alright, no problem!" Konata grinned before grabbing kagami's hand, making the girl blush as Konata sliced the beast down in one blow again, the vines releasing everyone it had captured.
And as soon as that happened, the game stopped and the girls took off the vizors.
"Alright, that'll be 490 yen." The guy at the counter spoke as Konata smiled and payed the man.
"Thank you very much!"
"So how was your first time playing a MMO?" Konata asked with her hands behind her head.
"It was pretty fun!" Tsukasa smiled and sweat-dropped. "And kinda scary.."
"It was nice to work together as a team." Miyuki smiled.
"Yep yep." Konata grinned and nodded before looking at Kagami.
"How about you Kagamin~?"
"Y-yeah it was more fun then I thought it'd be. I might start playing once in a while." kagami spoke with a slight blush while looking away a bit.
"You're addicted aren't you?" Konata spoke with a chuckle as Kagami started blushing even more.
"I said occasionally!"
"It's weird to play games so much you confuse reality with it!"
Tsukasa and Miyuki just chuckled a bit and watched the slight argument going on before they started walking out.
"But still...Thanks for saving me at the boss stages Konata. You looked kinda cool back there" Kagami spoke with a smile on her face as Konata started to grin. "Tsundere alert!" She spoke with a blush as Kagami continued blushing and sighed a bit. "Idiot.."
"And on that note~ In return for saving you twice, you gotta show me your homework!" Konata grinned.
"How the heck does an in-game thank you turn into that?!" Kagami exclaimed.
"You should do it on your own! I'm rejecting you for your own good!"
"Weather in a game or reality, it's a good thing to help out your friends!"
"Well it would help me if I didn't show you my homework so good luck!"
"Ugh...I can't come up with a good comeback..."
Meanwhile, back in the game.
"I can't believe I made myself look so stupid in front of her!" Misao spoke, sitting in a corner with anime tears.
"Oh it's alright Misao, you'll get another chance." Ayano spoke with a smile, trying to cheer Misao up while Patty and Hiyori were clueless about the conversation.
"What're they talking about?"
"No idea. But I got an awesome doujin idea now!"