TRIBUNA

What if you found yourself inside a game? Lewis and thousands of others found themselves inside the online MMORPG: Swordsmaster. The thing is, there is no reviving, no multiple lives; if you die in-game, you die in real life. Lewis soon learns that the only way to be free is to beat the game, and that can't be done alone. Can you really trust someone you hardly know?

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17. Merry Christmas

It was a great day to have free. By noon, snow had begun to fall and settle on the ground. It was Christmas Eve, after all. A big Christmas Tree with lights and tinsel was set up in the main square of every town.

Christmas…

Most people in the square where reminiscing of Christmases back home, talking about them with their guilds.

But Lewis was alone, and couldn’t remember his life at all.

Had he even had a life before he became a piece in this sadistic game? Did he have a family somewhere, worried about him? Surely he must. How heartbroken they must be…

“How you doing?” He looked up to see Nina, her eyes sad.

“I’m okay. You?”

“It’s hard,” She admitted, looking at the giant tree before her, “Rosie loves Christmas. I’m sure she’d love to see this tree.”

“I wish I could’ve got to know her…” Lewis stuffed his hands in his pockets and leant against the wall.

“You would love her. She’s so sweet.” Nina smiled.

She was speaking in the present tense, but… Rosie wasn’t here anymore. He couldn’t bring himself to correct her, though.

“Christmas Eve was the first time I ever saw Rosie. See, she’s not really my sister; she’s adopted. I remember, I was thirteen, and decorating the Christmas tree, when mum and dad brought her home. We were going to tell her this year, since she was too young to remember, but…” She looked down, folding her arms protectively around her chest.

They sat in silence for a moment.

“I always thought that it was harder to not remember anything; but now I think it must be a lot harder to have all those memories.”

“I’m okay though,” She sniffed, wiping a tear from her cheek, “I’m gonna go now. Merry Christmas.”

And then she was lost in the crowd.

Lewis sighed. He wasn’t so sure he wanted to remember his past anymore. What if it was sad and broken? It was Christmas Eve; he wanted to be happy for at least today. But even that hadn’t worked out for him.

Despite the snow and the carols, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Not to him. It may have been partially because of Adrianna passing the ‘No presents’ law, or it may have just been because he felt so, so alone.

Speaking of Adrianna, he hadn’t seen her at all. Not since early morning anyway.

“I wonder if you’d still respect your leader if I told you that she-”

Oh how he yearned to hear the end of that sentence; to discover whatever it was that Adrianna wanted to hide. Perhaps he could find Dante. It was unlikely that he would be here, though, and Lewis didn’t feel like going along a route by himself.

Just when he thought it was useless, he saw a dark red, Spade uniform clad man walk into one of the side alleys. This was his chance! But… should he? Mike had said to leave it alone. It was personal. Lewis couldn’t stick his nose into Adrianna’s personal life; it would just be disrespectful. Besides, if she ever found out he’d gone snooping, he would never be trusted again. He would be exiled from the group. He would be even more alone than he was right now.

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