Itogami Island, Saikai Academy...
Wu Yan greeted the students who said hi to him. Beneath his friendly mien, one could see he's not here on his own accord.
He filtered out the males and he scanned the female students. He looked like a pervert doing this. However, a closer look would reveal a hint of bitterness in his unwilling eyes.
He sighed as he shook his head.
"I am finally living up to the rumors as a teacher who targets his students..."
Kotori's cold voice entered his ears from the earpiece he wore.
"It's not the first time you did it."
"Who's fault was it again? You taught Nagisa!"
Wu Yan gnashed his teeth.
"Where the hell did you get the wireless equipment for this?!"
"Wireless equipment is a must for every battle session, you don't even know that, what an embarrassment for Ratatoskr. Don't go around telling people you're from Ratatoskr, we can't afford the negative PR."
"Firstly, I am in charge of fighting, I only have 2 months experience, why would I know that?!"
Wu Yan riffed on her.
"Next, I thought Ratatoskr was supposed to be classified? Also, this world isn't your native world, don't pull Ratatoskr's name out like you own it."
"Ratatoskr is wherever this commander is at!"
Kotori boasted. Then, she changed the topic.
"Stop giving me those crap and look for the next target!"
"What do you want me to do?..."
Wu Yan's eyebrows twitched.
"There are so many students in Saikai Academy, I also don't know many students here."
Kotori's annoyed voice came from the earpiece.
"Just randomly picked one then!"
"Hey, are you really my sister?!"
Wu Yan felt like he's going mad.
"Why are you telling your brother to choose a random target?! What is your brain filled with?!"
"Isn't this fine? 'The Sister fights for her brother's lifetime happiness' I like the sound of that setting..."
Kotori replied in a monotone.
"It sounds to me like you're more concerned with the setting than its content!"
Wu Yan fell speechless.
Did Kotori see through Wu Yan's intent on bagging himself a handy ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) sister?
Kotori snickered like she can read Wu Yan's mind.
"Anyway, just find the next target. I have been waiting for you to go off duty half a day now."
Kotori cheered Wu Yan up.
"It's not just me, Kanon's also here to root for you!"
Kanon's meek and warm voice came from the other end of the earpiece.
"Erm... Good luck, Sensei..."
Although she did her best to cheer Wu Yan up, it only ended up sapping more strength from Wu Yan. He sighed and he started looking around once more.
School's out for the day so only the students who had club activities stayed behind. Most of the students joined the go-home club so there are still a ton of students flooding out the school gate. There are many students who had the style too.
This is relative to Wu Yan's inflated view. To others, a group of budding and beautiful girls looked lackluster in comparison to Wu Yan's all-star harem. This is part of the reason why he never found a target despite standing here for hours.
He also didn't want to drag the girls into his uncommon life. If he settled on a target, pursuing her is one thing. Getting her to leave with him and live in Silvaria is another.
If he summoned the girl, she would be eternally linked to him, sharing their fates. This is why he couldn't take Kotori's random target advise to heart.
Failing is one thing but success meant a lifetime's commitment.
He had to think carefully about the candidates, those who preferred to live as mortals and wanted peaceful lives are out of the question.
For example, Asuna lived a chaotic three years in SAO. Deep down, she just wants a peaceful life with her fated one and her daughter. That's her dream.
This is why Wu Yan didn't summon Asuna and Yui when he came out of that world. His life with his harem is like a rather big adventurer group, strip the political correctness from this and it wouldn't be unfair to call them nomads who wandered from worlds to worlds and places to places.
He has to wait until they established a permanent residence, somewhere they can really call home before he can summon Asuna & co with a calm heart.
Mikoto and Shokuhou Misaki who sought an extraordinary life also regarded Wu Yan as the home base, they went wherever he went.
He needs to take the considerations of his loved ones into his plans.
Wu Yan stood there like he's examining every girl walking past him. To outsiders, his deep introspection looked like a total perv move.
"What are you doing here?"
A familiar voice entered Wu Yan's ears. Natsuki asked him, she's dressed in her white goth lolita dress, she also carried her fan.
"I thought you liked dashing back home the moment school's out?"
Natsuki crossed her arms, she cast a doubtful look in Wu Yan's direction.
"This unusual behavior, are you planning on doing something unsightly again?!"
Natsuki felt like she's onto something, she started pressuring Wu Yan with her stern look. Wu Yan almost fled under the pressure.
A woman's intuition is scary. Wait, is Natsuki a woman? She looks like a kid though?
Wu Yan started making stories up while Kotori cheered out loud.
"It's her! We've found our target!"
Wu Yan bellowed whereas Natsuki and the other students around her were taken aback by his sudden outburst.
"You bastard, what is the meaning of this?!"
Natsuki frowned at him.
"You're a teacher, stop making mountains out of anthills, you're making yourself a laughing stock in front of the students..."
Wu Yan dryly laughed. He turned around and silently yelled into the earpiece.
"Stop screaming out of nowhere! Do you want me to die?!"
"I am helping you!"
"Natsuki should be a suitable target, no?"
"Hey hey hey, tell me you're not serious about this..."
Wu Yan's lip twitched. Although she fit the criteria, she's a legal loli that's very hard to tackle...
"Isn't this just great?"
Kotori didn't mind it.
"You don't want to get pegged as the demonic teacher targeting his student. Well? She's a teacher just like you and you guys are close in age. There you go, problem solved..."
"Your analysis might be accurate but..."
Wu Yan's heart throbbed with stress.
"You need to take her appearance into consideration. That would make me happy..."
"Huh? Her appearance should be within your strike zone!"
Kotori blurted out.
"Look, are you a man or not? Just do it!"
Wu Yan's vein bulged near his temple.
He's this close to losing his nerve with Kotori.