The bell rang in the distance, the sound of school ending. At this point, the classrooms would open their doors and let the students flood out so they could all go home, but some students preferred to not obey the rules. Down the hallway from all the main classrooms was the library. It was a rather small library with only about 20 bookshelves to the schools name. The librarian was a rather older woman who didn’t prefer to talk to people, so she mostly ignored anyone unless she had to. Towards the back of the library was a table and four chairs, however to the left of that was the corner of the room, and there was a rather gloomy figure.
The figure was clad in dark colors making them rather hard to see in the back of the room. The black pants didn’t give much of a description as to the figures gender, and the hoodie was less so as it seemed to fit loosely around them. The only thing that gave them away was the face and possibly the black bunny ears hanging off the top of the hoodie. With black rimmed glasses, her green eyes peered down as the two books on her lap. She seemed completely enthralled with what she was reading to the point that she didn’t even notice the sound of the bell.
“Kate.” A rather groggy woman voice called causing the girl to look up in alarm. The woman hardly talked so it was surprising to hear a voice. Blinking, her gaze turned over to the nearby clock. It read about five past 3pm. It seemed to take her a moment before she realized that she had spaced out while reading. Carefully moving the two books off her lap and into her backpack she slowly rose to her feet as the nearby door creaked.
“Oh look if it isn’t Katie,” an older girl stated laughing to some nearby friends of hers.
“Looks like she’s too stuck up to go to class” another answered in response
“Or maybe she’s just too dumb to understand basic math”
With that, all three of the girls burst into a fit of laughter while standing in front of the door.
Kate didn’t seem to pay them any mind as she slung her backpack over her shoulder and moved towards the door. As she neared them, she didn’t even look at them, as if she didn’t even acknowledge their existence. Her hand reached towards the door as one of the quickly moved their foot to close it shut.
“And where do you think you are going?” one of the girls asked with sheer amusement.
“Not going to ask us please move today either?” the other chimed in
“Now now girls.” The main girl spoke up, walking forward and grabbing Kates chin. “Katie here likes to pretend she’s better than us.”
“Maybe you should teach her a lesson”
“Ya a lesson!”
Kate didn’t even react as her chin was grabbed. She began to space out as the world around her began to move. How many times had she been stopped at this door? What purpose did it solve? They never said anything interesting, to her they were nothing but a nuisance, so much so, they weren’t even acknowledging. She let out a sigh. At least there was something good to do when she got home, there was a special game just sitting there waiting. That would prove fun; she would have to become the best.
“Heeeelllllooooo! Earth to Kate? UGH!” the main girl yelled practically in her face before getting angry and spinning around letting her hand slap against her face and strode out the door with her posse.
Blinking back to reality she realized the posse was now leaving. They must have grown bored. Shaking her head, she pushed open the door, left the school, and began to walk home. She briefly tried to recall when it came to this at her school. There was a time when she tried to be friends with them all, but it was always something. ‘Oh you were looking too long at Mike, you know he’s mine right!’ or ‘You’re spending too much time with Dylan on that project!’ She wasn’t interested in boys, well, that was a lie. She was interested in boys, just not THESE boys. She rolled her eyes. The people at her school reminded her of children, they just wanted to talk about the next cool comic book and have someone to enthuse at. They wanted someone to listen, and listening was how you learned. She learned a lot from them, however it came off as her trying to move in on other girl’s territories, thus they hated her.
Walking down the sidewalk past the cemetery, she glanced over with a little huff. “If only Alex was here…,” she muttered. Alexander had left quite a while ago; he was her best friend and her brother. She never quite got over him leaving, in fact, she felt he betrayed her. “At least I can try through this game,” she stated in a rather upbeat tone for her. Yes, this game was going to be the one!
She picked up the pace and ran the rest of the way home. When she got home, she checked her house to find the usual. No one was home, but there was a note on the fridge from her deadbeat father who wasn’t coming home to night. She rolled her eyes and began to do her normal routine of making dinner and cleaning the necessary areas.
A little while had passed as she took care of her daily chores, ate, and took a shower. Walking up to her room, she booted up her computer, checked to make sure Delve was installed and double checked the connection to the headset. Perfect. Finally, it was time.
Moving over to her bed, she laid down and slipped the VR headset on. The directions stated you needed to be in a relaxed position to enjoy comfortably. Moving her hand up, she pressed the on button and watched as the world around her changed.
Now in a different space than before she noticed all of the walls and area around her was white. Before her was a full-length mirror with options beside it. Character customization and a rather detailed one at that! Oddly enough, it did seem like the base was how she actually looked. Well she couldn’t have that. Taking the time to make the perfect her, she smiled at what she made. It was older than her, taller than she was and slightly more toned than she did, but otherwise it was pretty much the same. Pleased with it she went to press continue as a screen popped up and asked for her name. A small smile spread across her lips as she entered in ‘Yu Shizhe’ and chuckled. “If this won’t ring a bell, nothing will” with that, she underwent the loading screen and felt a rush as she entered the game.
The world around her was completely different. She stood in the entrance of a town, as many people seemed to be walking around, all gathering in one place after the start of this game. Taking a glance down she noticed she was definitely in the body of the character she just made. A large smile slid along her face as she slowly reached up and stretched a bit. “Much better” her voice rang out similar to her own but a bit deeper. It was good, it felt right. Walking down the main road, she kept her eyes on all the people, as they seemed to be wandering towards the center for the welcoming event.
That wasn’t much of her thing. Turning on her heels, she went towards the Adventures Guild. ‘Well, if I can learn what I need to here, I should be able to get started. The sooner I start working on leveling and getting known, the faster this will happen.’ Nodding to give herself confidence, she continued her way towards the adventurer’s guild. It wasn’t too far past where she spawned, there were only a couple buildings, though most seemed to be housing. Passing what looked to be a tavern, she slipped into the front doors of the adventures guild and began to read all the “NEW ADVENTURERS” listings that explained the games basics.