Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad
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Linked up and logged into the deadly VMMORPG "Sword Art Online" in both the real and virtual worlds, Kirito is stuck in a hell of one man's making, and like everyone else, unable to escape until the game is beaten. But while some players are crippled by fear and others throw themselves into completing the game, still others relax into everyday life in the face of their cruel predicament and live to the best of their ability...laughing, crying, but always enjoying the game. Among them are four women who make a mark upon the solo adventurer that Kirito has become: Silica, the beast-tamer; Lisbeth, the blacksmith; Yui, the mysterious orphan; and the tragic Sachi, never to be forgotten by the black swordsman...
championships before our grandfather passed away. It was enough to make even him pleased... But I always felt sorry; I always wondered if that were really something she wanted to do and if she resented me. I kept avoiding her because of that... and now we ended up like this.” Kirito stopped talking and glanced down at Silica’s face. “So I might have saved you to satisfy myself, to atone for my past... Sorry.” Silica was an only child so she couldn’t completely grasp all of what Kirito said. But
struck the anvil with a pathetic clang and a spray of sparks. As I raised my head, the intruder was scratching her head and smiling with her tongue stuck out. “Sorry~ I’ll be careful next time.” “I wonder how many times I’ve heard that—— ...Well, at least it was before I started.” I stood up with a sigh and put the piece of metal back into the furnace before placing my hands on my hips and turning around. Then I looked up at the girl who was slightly taller than me. “...Hey, Asuna.” My friend
looked at Kirito. “Hmmm —— I’ve heard the white dragon is nocturnal though. Is that the mountain?” Looking towards the direction Kirito pointed at, I saw a white peak reaching into the sky. Although I say that, the structural limitations of Aincrad meant the height couldn’t possibly exceed 100 meters, so climbing the mountain shouldn’t be difficult. 97 Sword Art Online Volume 2 – Aincrad Warmth of the Heart “Alright, let’s go then. I want to see your crying face early anyway.” “Just don’t
didn’t feel like this was actually happening right now. All I could do was to keep staring dumbly at the disappearing circle of white light. Suddenly, Kirito’s sword-wielding right arm began to move. He raised the sword forcibly and then swung it forward. A flash of light burst out, accompanied by the loud echoing ‘clang’ of metal striking one another. The strong counterforce changed our fall trajectory, pushing us towards the cave walls. The blue icy walls gradually approached, and I couldn’t
up, I noticed that my right hand, which should have been hanging outside when I went to sleep, was neatly placed back inside the sleeping bag. I brought the warmth that lingered in that palm to my lips, and then suddenly jumped up. Kirito brought a steaming mug to me, who had just crawled out onto the snow. After thanking him, I accepted the mug and sat down beside him. In it was a kind of flowery tea with a mint-like aroma which I had never tasted before. As I slowly drank the tea one sip at a