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[RP] Realms Adrift [MAIN GAME] [SIGNUPS ALWAYS OPEN]
The Astral Sea can be a beautiful place. Its multitude of gentle, shifting colors softly mix and blend into one another, with sunlight streaming through its layers of translucency. At times, gazing into it is relaxing and mesmerizing.
At other times, it’s wild and turbulent like the real oceans it is named after. Like now, for instance.
“Heeeeey~!” Eve calls out, her voice echoing in the astral energy from hundreds of meters ahead. “What’s the matter? You slowpokes can’t keep up?”
Upon hearing the taunt, one of the half dozen pirate ships behind us launches a human-sized fireball at her. In response, Eve’s sleek black spacejet simply does another outrageous swerve, avoiding the fireball with casual ease. The blue plasma trail of her jet happens to trace out an approximate heart shape, the center of which the fireball passes through.
Well, I can’t exactly say I’m not enjoying this. But honestly, sometimes she’s overflowing with so much energy that it feels impossible to keep up with her, and not in terms of raw speed either.
“Luu-chaaaaaaan!” Eve calls out again. “Are we there yet?”
“You’re the one with the database!” I shout back.
This time the pirate ships launch missiles. I’m not quite as good a pilot as Eve, and so one of the missiles hits and blasts a hole in the wing of my organic ship. But the wound quickly heals itself, while several golden red crystals are grown from the ship’s bark-plated hull and shot toward the missiles. Meanwhile, Eve’s ship just emits a pulse of blue energy that sweeps over the missiles tracking her, causing the missiles to make unpleasant crackling sounds and randomly wobble in their paths before exploding prematurely.
Then we’re there. We can already feel the pull of the many twisting currents in the Astral Vortex. And if even we’re feeling it, then the pirates…
“What the hell?!” One of the pirates’ furious voice blares out from the leading ship as its path is, uncontrollably, deviating more and more toward the center of the vortex. “Where the fuck did you lead us, bitch?!”
“Someplace fun!” Eve cries out with glee, while her jet does several barrel rolls in rapid succession. And they’re actual barrel rolls too, not the aileron roll that’s frequently mistaken as barrel rolls. “Come on, everybody! Aren’t we all having fuuuuun~?”
“Fuck you!” Another pirate shouts. His ship tries to shoot, but the projectiles are rapidly pulled away by the powerful Astral Currents.
“No thanks!” She says. “I already have a boyfriend!”
“Wait, what?!” My ship spins as I lose control of it for a moment. “Since when did we-”
“Hehe, did I say it was you, Luu-chan?” I can practically see her smirk from even here.
“Ooh, are you jealous?” She says excitedly. “You are, aren’t you?”
“We’re in the middle of a space battle!” I say exasperatedly.
“Oh, right!” A giant blue laser beam as wide as her whole ship is abruptly shot out, blasting a huge hole straight through one of the pirate ships. “There!”
“Fuuuuuuuuu-” A pirate begins to scream. But before he gets to finish, he’s flung out of his ship through the hole toward the center of the vortex, by the powerful astral energy that’s raging all around us. Two more pirates quickly follow him.
I sigh. This should be about enough fooling around. We were supposed to be heading toward the famed Castle of Nazzur, but three detours later… “Zerstorer,” I murmur, and summon the stone zweihander into my hands. My ship breaks apart around me, its components quickly absorbed back into my body. I focus power into the gray stone blade, and let loose a wide swing.
The huge shockwave ripples through space and tears into the pirate ships. Within moments, all of the ships are smashed to pieces, reduced to clouds of debris that are rapidly sucked toward the center of the Astral Vortex, along with the poor flailing, now-shipless pirates. Their screams can still be heard even after they’ve faded out of view in the vortex’s turbulent colors.
They’ll survive, probably. They look about strong enough. Who knows, maybe they start a new realm inside the vortex and end up stabilizing it. That’ll be a change for those plunderers.
At least they aren’t murderers. I didn’t want to have to kill them; Eve wouldn’t have liked that.
Escaping from the Astral Vortex is, of course, not very difficult for us. A few minutes later, we’re now docked in a relatively calm area of the Astral Sea a reasonable distance away from the vortex, with an Astral Current flowing along like a river some kilometers in front of us. My ship no longer exists, and Eve’s… has been reconstructed into a ludicrously oversized bed, upon which she comfortably lounges.
“Whoo! That was great!” She grins. She then makes a slow, luxurious stretch, giving me a full view of her lithe curves in motion, and ends up in a cross-legged sitting position that is, I’m fairly sure, intended to make me stare at her legs and try to look under her skirt. I try not to fall for it. Which doesn’t exactly work out.
“For certain definitions of ‘great’…” I let out a deep breath. Somehow, I’m feeling kind of tired, even though I haven’t spent much energy at all.
“You know you liked it.” She smiles, and turns her body so she’s crawling on all fours on the bed toward me, her tail lazily swishing. There’s that warm, adoring look in her lovely eyes that’s making my heart beat faster again. “Everyone needs to have fun once in a while, you know?”
I’m not quite sure how to respond. Yes, logically that makes sense, but… Most of my life had been focused completely on work, either for research or for gaining enough power to carry out my vengeance. By myself, I’m not sure if I even can… “Humiliating pirates wouldn’t be most people’s idea of ‘fun’, I’d say.”
“Please, they were asking for it,” she huffs.
“That they were,” I nod. “But was that really the best way to deal with them?”
“There is no best way in dealing with anything,” Eve says, with a completely straight face. “There is, however, the most entertaining way.”
She looks at me with those bright purple eyes, and leans in closer. I can almost feel the softness and warmth of her skin. “Sometimes, you need to just relax and enjoy yourself. And if you don’t know how…” She places her hand gently on mine. “I’m here to teach you. What good is exploring the world if you aren’t happy while doing it?”
She really couldn’t have made her intentions more obvious. And… Of course it makes me happy. I’ve never had anyone feel this way or do these kinds of things for me, especially not someone as beautiful, smart, and kind as her. But… Do I really have what it takes to make her happy? I, who has always been alone?
It’s… probably too early to tell. I’m still young. It’s been only a month since we’ve met. If we continue to travel together, perhaps the answer will come…
And perhaps I won’t like the answer when it comes.
Well, I suppose this is an experiment then. Trying new things, testing out new ideas… Who knows what the future will bring. Whatever it is, I’ll be ready for it.
[I apologize if the quality of this post is kind of sub-par compared to my usual posts. It turned out I wasn’t quite in the writing mood in the past two hours.]