Asuna charged towards the two of them after they had fallen into the giant hole in the ground. When Wu Yan wanted to stop her, she was already at the edge of the hole.
Asuna kneeled near the edge of the hole, she yelled into the hole but she didn’t get any response. Lis’ initial shriek echoed from within the hole along with Asuna’s reverberating voice.
In the air, the dragon’s eyes had an insidious glint. It wanted to give Asuna a sneak attack but a figure standing behind Asuna stopped it in its track with a cold glare.
The dragon stopped midair and it weighed its options. It decided to turn around and fly away.
“Relax, Kirito is with her, she will be fine…”
“I don’t want to hear that from you!”
Asuna turned towards Wu Yan with tears in the corners of her eyes.
“If we assisted them from the start, this wouldn’t have happened. I don’t even know if they are okay after falling down such a deep hole, how are they going to climb out of this hole?”
“First, you need to calm down.”
He pressed down on Asuna’s shoulder as he helplessly continued.
“Kirito is a solo player and he has seen his fair share of traps in the labyrinth, I am sure this small hole isn’t enough to stop him. Even if they fell into a no-crystal zone, I am sure they will figure something out.”
Asuna continued mewling.
Wu Yan pulled her up from the ground.
“Even if you don’t trust Kirito’s ability, the least you can do is to trust me, right?”
“You’re the reason why they fell into the hole, had you not stopped me, Lis would still be here. What do we do now?”
Wu Yan shrugged.
“Fine, check your friend status. You added her as a friend, right? Couldn’t you check her status by checking her name in your friend list?”
Asuna quickly opened her friend list and she quickly located Lis’ name, it’s still lit up (not dead). She sighed in relief.
Wu Yan laughed.
“It’s just a trap, don’t let it ruin your thought process. Trust in them to solve their own problems…”
Asuna shifted her attention towards the deep hole.
“The echoes sounded like this hole is a very deep one. Lisbeth’s Hp can’t tank the fall, Kirito probably shielded Lis from most of the harm. I hope he can bring her out of this.”
“Well, the inside is probably a no-crystal zone, I think they would teleport out if they could.”
Wu Yan analyzed.
“Of course, there’s also the possibility that there is more going on down there that’s delaying their return.”
“What do we do then?”
Asuna pursed her lips anxiously.
“Will they be stuck down there forever?”
“Don’t jump to conclusions so quickly.”
Wu Yan knocked Asuna’s head and she yelped in pain.
“Think optimistically, the only thing we can do right now is to pray for them.”
Wu Yan can pacify her by telling her Kirito will be bringing Lisbeth out by tomorrow but he didn’t. He silently apologized because that would make explaining how he knew about such a thing a pain in the back.
“Can’t we do something for them?”
Asuna said with frustration.
“Maybe they are waiting for us to come to save them?”
“What are you proposing? That we jump down and accompany them?”
Wu Yan rolled his eyes. He looked around and he walked towards a crystal pillar near them. He sat against the crystal pillar.
“I say we wait here, maybe Kirito will come up with a bright idea.”
“I just don’t know where you get the composure in situations like this!”
Asuna stomped furiously. After wavering for a short while, she decided to come towards Wu Yan.
Adjusting her skirt, she sat by Wu Yan’s side. The two of them looked at the deep hole, hoping the two players who had fallen into it would come out soon.
Wu Yan chose a good location to chill. With a comfortable slab of crystal behind them and a sheet of crystal that covered the top, it felt like a tiny hut. The snow was blocked and the cold winds are dispersed by the crystalline structures nearby. This spot is like a crystal cove.
The sky was already dark by the time they got here. Now, the sky is completely dark. Aside from the sound of the wind, there are almost no other sounds here. The low light environment didn’t feel good so Wu Yan took out lighting to stave off the darkness.
The snow kept falling as the only moving object in this vicinity. This environment quickly got boring. In situations like this, people usually turn to their own thoughts for amusement, especially people with a lot of thoughts weighing them down like…
Asuna hugged her knees while looking at the scenery outside.
“What do you think happens to our physical bodies in the real world?”
Wu Yan who was organizing his inventory stopped and he replied while continuing to adjust his items.
“I think your body should be in a hospital somewhere, I don’t think people are going to let the imprisoned players stay in the homes of the players.”
“I think so too…”
“Why did you qualify your statement like that, aren’t you in a hospital too?”
Wu Yan can only keep that to himself. Even if he told her the truth, Asuna wouldn’t believe him. Is there a mortal who can forgo food? Without hospitals to supply the needed hygiene and nutrition care, all the players here would have died a month after the game started. What is he going to tell her? He’s an immortal True Ancestor who just couldn’t die? Asuna definitely wouldn’t believe him.
“I think so too…”
Wu Yan said.
“It’s just hard to imagine…”
Asuna raised her head with complex feelings in her heart.
“Our bodies are lying on a bed while we are moving around and living in an all-too-realistic virtual world…”
“I don’t want to admit it but…”
Asuna looked at Wu Yan, she’s not sure how she felt about being dragged into this game.
“Even I am slowly getting used to this world…”
“Well, it doesn’t matter much to me…”
Wu Yan nonchalantly continued.
“It didn’t matter what world you’re born in. Getting most out of life should be one’s primary concern. Getting most out of life usually means working hard and enjoying yourself along the way. A life without effort is without meaning. Similarly, life without enjoyment is a dull one. Only by mixing effort and enjoyment can you maximize what it means to be alive. That’s what I think it means to truly live.”
Asuna lowered her head to ponder Wu Yan’s words. She giggled after thinking for a bit.
“Why do you sound so convincing with your words?”
“Is that so?”
Wu Yan rubbed the back of his head.
“I thought my BS skill is my weakness. Rather than saying stuff people want to hear, I just speak from the heart. Maybe it’s convincing because I spoke earnestly?”
Asuna giggled again. She stared at Wu Yan’s face for a while before she spoke up.
“Actually, after meeting you on the first floor, I found myself wondering about how you are doing after ascending the first floor.”
Wu Yan uttered with intrigue.
“And what’s your conclusion after meeting me?”
Asuna laid against the crystal and she mumbled.
“You’re more fascinating than I imagined…”