I pulled my arm through the sleeve on my green Tracksuit. "There we go" I said to myself.
I normally shut myself in at home, but unusually for me, today I made up my mind to go out.
I zipped up my Tracksuit and headed out the door with my backpack over my arm.
All to get my hands on the first-run limited edition of a popular online game that goes on sale today.
At a bus station
"A five-hour round trip! I'm glad I was able to by it." I said holding the game close to my chest. I turned the box over "In-store exclusives, official or not, really are playing dirty." The sun is glaring on me, being bright as it is. the sunlight is my worst enemy after three straight all-nighters.
I turned around and started walking home. Time to get home and play the hell out of this. I saw a girl walking pass me and a truck passing us. A girl from my high school?
I started to get a strange feeling and turned around. I saw a truck being driven towards the girl. "Look out! That truck's going to-" before I finish my sentence, I jumped in front of the truck pushing the girl out of the way dropping my stuff along the way.
Why would I choose now, of all times, to do something so out of character? was the last thought as I gotten ran over.
3rd Person view~
~In the afterlife~
Kazuma woken up sitting on a chair in a place he didn't recognize. The room only have checkerboard tiled floors with no walls, furniture, or ceiling. Except a yellow chair with a small table with a book on it in front of him. "Satou Kazuma-san." he heard a female voice say. "Welcome to the afterlife."she said as she walked up to the yellow chair. Kakuma noticed she was wearing a blue top, long gloves that went up to her elbow, blue hair and a blue short skirt "Unfortunately, you passed away moments ago."
She sat down on the yellow chair and continued "Your life was a short one, but you are, in fact, dead." she smiled a little
"Just one question." Kazuma stated "What about the girl I pushed out of harm's way?"
"She's alive." the girl replied
"Thank goodness. That means my death wasn't in vain."
The girl tilted her head a little, then uncross her legs "Actually, she wouldn't have gotten hurt, even if you hadn't pushed her out of the way."
"The tractor was going to stop before it hit her."
Kazuma leaned forward "Huh? Wait a second."
"What is it?"
"Yes, it was a tractor."
"Huh? Then what happened? Did I die by getting plowed over by a tractor?"
"No, you died of shock. you mistakenly thought a truck ran over you."
"I died of shock?!"
the girl tried holding in her laughter, but she couldn't hold it in. she ended up laughing like crazy. "I've been doing this for a long time," she stated still laughing. "but you are the first human to ever die in a bizzare way.
'I've never even met this girl before. What's her deal?' Kazuma thought to himself.
"You were so terrified that you'd be run over, you wet yourself.
You passed out and were taken to a nearby hospital, and the doctors and nurses laughed as you had a heart attack-"
"Stop! I don't want to hear it!" Kazuma yelled. the girl then stopped laughing got of the chair and started to walk towards him "I don't want to hear it! I don't want to hear it!"
The girl then whispered in his ear while kazuma is clutching his head. "your family just rushed into the hospital, and now they're laughing out loud at the cause of death."
"Stop! Stop!" Kazuma pleaded
"Well..." as soon as the girl said that, Kazuma stopped his panicking. "I've vented enough stress for now."
'Damn her!' Kazuma though
"My name is Aqua." the girl 'Aqua' stated "I'm a goddess who guides humans who die young in the afterlife. You have two choices. You can start from square one with a new life, or you could go to Heaven and carry on like an old man." she leaned foward to Kazuma and whispered "To tell you the truth, Heaven isn't the dreamy place you all imagine it to be."
"Not only is there no TV, there are no manga or games, either. You don't even have a physical body, so you can't do anything sexual, either. There's nothing to do be but bask in the sun for all eternity." She explained
"Yeah, you don't want to go to a boring place like heaven, do you?" Aqua asked.
"On the other hand, starting over isn't so fun, either. On that note, I've got a great offer for you." Aqua stated face-to-face with Kazuma "You like games, don't you?"
"That world which as long enjoyed peace, is being threatened by the Devil King's army! The livelihoods its citizens have worked for are being trampled by monsters. Everyone lives in fear of the Devil King's army's merciless pillage and slaughter!" she finished as a spotlight from nowhere shine upon her. "...slaughter."
The spotlight dimmed down. "But that was only the original plan. unfortunately, our worlds have been cut off for some reason, But don't worry, we have a backup plan. Only one question. Do you like dragons?"
"This world has been in peace for a long time, until a purple dragon named Malefor plans to destroy the world! A world where dragons, dragonflys, apes, and others are the only dominant species. Malefor's army, controlled by generals, are planning to resurrect him to cleanse the world of it's inhabitants. Now, everyone are fearing against his proclaimed main general named 'Terror of the skies' as she is planning to capture the guardians to help Malefor escape from his prison to begin the pillar of slaughter!" She than raise her arms in a dramatic fashion as the same spotlight from before shineing upon her. "...slaughter."
Kazuma gulped as his eyes widened while sweating.
"Since that's the sort of world it is, everyone refused to be reborn, so the population is declining."
"So we decided, 'why not send people who've died in other worlds with their bodies and memories still intact?'"
"What's the point of sending me there if I'm just going to be killed?" Kazuma asked.
"That's why in doing you a big favor." She stated "I'm granting the right to bring any three things of your choosing with you. it could be a weapon, or a cool special ability. You'll be able to redo your life with all of your original memories. To top it off, you can bring three things of your choosing! And the living beings of the alternative world, will earn someone battle-ready to help them. Not a bad deal, don't you think?"
Kazuma clenched his hands "Um, I want to ask something. Will I be able to speak this other world's language?"
"That won't be a issue." Aqua stated while holding the book. She went up to Kazuma letting him read it. "With the kind support of us gods, we'll overload your brain so you'll be able to learn it instantly. As a side effect, you might just go 'poof' if you're unlucky though. So all that leaves you to do is to choose a strong ability or piece of equipment."
Kazuma looked to Aqua with a serious expression. "I just heard you mention really serious. What do you mean, 'poof'?"
"I never said that." Aqua told Kazuma
"yes, you did."
The then started spinning as she thrown cards from nowhere "Now choose! I'll grant you three powers, that is second to none!"
~Five minutes later~
'This is my gamers intuition talking, but all these abilities and equipment here are totally weak. if I'm going to a world where magic and dragons exist, I absolutely have to choose carefully.' He choose a card with a dagger 'well, it's better that being defenceless' then he choose a survival kit card 'I might as well take this. now my third option.'
Aqua ate a chip on her yellow chair "Hey, hurry it up.No matter what you pick, it's all the same. nobody's expecting much from a shut-in game otaku anyway."
"I-I'm not an otaku!" Kazuma argued "And I died after leaving my house so I'm not a shut-in either!"
Aqua finished the chip in her hand "None of that matters. Just hurry it up. I've got lots more humans to guide you know."
'Damn her! she's getting all cocky just because she a little bit cute...' Kazuma thought angrily "'Hurry up and decide,' huh? I'll just do that, then. pick me last thing to bring to this alternative world, right?" he asked
"that's right." Aqua said before eating her next chip.
"Okay, I pick you." he said pointing at Aqua.
Aqua finished the chip in her hand, then stand up while saying "All right, stand right there and don't leave the magic circle-" she paused "What did you just say?"
suddenly, she heard a noise and turned to see another being summoned with wings that represent a true angel "I shall take over your job from here on out, Aqua-sama"
"Huh?" A purple magic circle appeared beneath Aqua before turning blue.
"Satou Kazuma-san's wish complies with the regulations and has been accepted." the angel states.
"Hey, what is all this? Wh-What? You've got to be kidding." Aqua thought out loud "No, no, no! come on, um... This is not right! Taking a goddess with you is against the rules!" she pleaded "This must be illegal! This has to be illegal!" she banged on the barrier "Wait! Wait!"
"Please have a safe trip, Aqua-sama. Should you successfully defeat Malefor, I will send someone to pick you up." The angel only said.
"I may have the ability to heal since I'm a goddess, but I have no fighting ability to speak of!" She exclaimed. "There's no way I can defeat Malefor!" She began rising from the ground. "Hey, wait!"
Kazuma chuckled mischievously "How does it feel to get dragged away with a gut you treated like a total idiot?" Kazuma asked "You've been designed as the one THING I'll be bringing along, so if you're a goddess, use your godly powers or whatever to make my life as easy as possible!"
"No! I don't want to go to an alternative world with a man like this!" Aqua screamed before Kazuma did an evil laugh.
The angel sprouts her wings more before saying "Brave-hero, I pray that of the great many prospective heroes, you be the one to help defeat Malefor. If you do so, we shall grant you any wish you desire as a gift from the gods."
"Whoa, for real?!"
"Thats my line" Aqua told the angel
"Now go forth on your journey!" she said before a gateway appears over the two before sucking them in while Kazuma laugh and Aqua shouting "No!"
Everything went white.