"What do you mean odd! Are you embarrassed of your name?! You can choose a nickname if you want, i just said that as well!" the pixie raised her eyebrows disgruntled, she had a very short fuse.
The man looking at her experienced another round of the painful memory recollection, this time it was more endurable, like a subtle discomfort. "Thats my name!" he was used to the comments on his name when he introduces himself to people, the pixies reaction isn by far the worst he have seen. His mind was occupied by another topic entirely, all things that came back to him and all the memories doesn explain where he is now. And the pain he feels every time he tries to use his brain indicates that he isn dead and this is not after life, why would he feel pain if he is dead.
"Oh...! Your name is Odd?! Okay! that can be used as a real name or a nickname, its not taken. Which one would you like to make it?!" the pixie tried to hide her embarrassment and surprise. It was her first time meeting someone named Odd, even though she met many people by now.
"Where am i?!" Odd asked the obvious question that was almost written on his face, the last thing he remembered was being on a trip and falling off a bridge, and the wrest of the memories are fuzzy and trying to focus on them increases the pain.
"Did you miss that introduction too?!" Zoe folded her hands and stumped her legs on the invisible ground again in a another cute angry expression. "This is the World. Its a Virtual Reality. And you are here on the phenix project, which is a special pass for testing the new full dive technology unique only to The World. Any other questions?!"
Odd looked at her for a while not knowing how to react to this information. This pixie was talking as if it was public knowledge and an obvious thing that no one would need to question, but he had no idea what The World is nor what the phenix project could be, and he most importantly had no clue about this full dive technology. Other than what he saw in movies and sci-fi anime about virtual reality games, which weren nearly developed enough in real life to feel like being inside the game, he had no clue what she was talking about.
"Virtual reality!!..." He muttered, reaching out to the tiny little pixie to poke her and see if shes real or just a hologram since she is convinced that they are in a Virtual reality.
"What are you trying to do!!" she shouted at him slapping his hand away. "This is harassment! Im going to report you! pervert! Don ever touch a pixie! Every one knows that!" Zoe kept screaming and pointing at him and talking so close to his face to intimidate him. But all she got in return was an innocent smile on his face and a clueless look in his eyes.
"You look real! How can this be a game?" the slap didn hurt in the slightest but he felt her hand touching him and he was kind of relieved by it. Somewhere deep down inside of him he was afraid this would turn out to be a dream, but its obviously not.
"Of course Im real! Do i look fake to you?! And who said anything about a game?? Are you retarded or something?!" she finally snapped and lost control of herself, her face turned red as if a volcano was about to erupt and she shone in a blinding gold light like a tiny little sun.
This short pixie with the short fuse was about to explode, and he was only becoming more confused every time she opens her mouth. He needed to find answers somewhere else. He looked around searching for a way to go, but unfortunately all he saw was green grass land as far as he could see, there was nothing around him for miles.
"Is there a place where i could talk to real people!! I need to know where I am!" He said with a straight face while turning his head left and right. When the pixie heard his words describing her as a non real person she cursed at him rudely and flew far away from him and literally exploded in anger like a colorful fireworks, it was a magnificent sight to behold making him smile wider.
When she returned, the sleeves of her purple suit was burnt up slightly and her face was less red than before. "You need to finish this tutorial so i can throw you out of here as soon as possible." she spoke under her teeth trying to hold herself back from strangling him. "You gonna do what i say and ask no questions, understand?!"
"Why are you ang..."
"I said no questions!!" she screamed at him before he got a chance to finish the word. "in your vision there is an icon with a small gear on it, focus on it to open the interface."
"Wh..." he was about to ask her something but the look on her face told him that the poor thing was going to explode again, which was obviously not good for her health since it burned the sleeves of her expensive tiny suit. So he followed her instructions silently.
When he did focus on the things lingering around in his peripheral vision, he noticed there were only two things there, one of them was the window displaying the endless line of notifications that he couldn see the end of, and the other was the icon the pixie described. He focused on the icon and it came closer to him occupying the center of his vision and turning into a bigger window with multiple options on a sidebar.
"The first option is your stats, open it."
He focused on the stats option as the short fused pixie said and an image of him appeared in front of him. He was wearing a white cotton t-shirt and a similarly white pants, on his feet were the slippers. He thought that it was some kind of a mirror at first but then he noticed that it doesn move with him, it didn move at all, it was like a 3D version of him on a 2D display.
"This line here is your stats, this here is your equipment slots." The pixie aimed at the informations displayed on the window in front of him indicating that she could see it as well.
Odd took a moment to read his stats remembering all the mmorpg games he played in his life and how much time he wasted on them.
Stat points: 9500.
"You are now level one, and you need to kill monsters and wild creatures to gain experience to Level up. You can also level up by completing a quest or gaining the attention of the world by impacting its development." The pixie pointed her Finger to his level and explained to him how levels work. The number looked wrong to her though, the zeros were on the wrong side for some reason. She tabbed them twice with her tiny fingers making them Flicker and prompting the window to refresh, however, nothing changed, the zeros stayed on the right refusing to change their minds and correct their position.
"i think it reads one thousand...!" Odd tried to correct her, she gave him a sneering look and laughed at his remark. He just entered the world and didn even leave the tutorial grounds, why would he be at the max level. Some of the worlds inhabitants who existed for so long didn even pass the first stage which capped at level one hundred. The adventurers who entered the world more than 2 years ago didn even reach the 3rd stage of Level 300 yet, even with the worlds favoritism towards them they all begins at level one and have to Level up on their own killing monsters and experiencing traumatic near death situations just to develop themselves.
"Why would an idiot like you..." she almost exploded in anger and frustration, This day is the worst for her by far, every thing seems to be getting on her nerves. Shes usually a calm and cheerful person and wouldn feel like she needs to explode this often. But for some reason, this guy was making her angry just by being there.
"Listen to me reta... Adventurer! This is just a glitch, we are going to finish this god damned tutorial so i can throw you out of here, and then Im going to report you for being a perv... For glitching, and then you become the worlds problem not mine. Understand!" she barely held her anger in preventing her fingers from leaving their mark on his pale white unblemished face and turned back towards the stat window skipping the stat points which were obviously glitching with the level.
"Str means strength, its obvious what strength is, Im not gonna waste my time explaining to you what strength is! Vit is vitality, you get 20 health and 1 regeneration for each point of vit. Certain milestones would increase the amount of health and regeneration you..." She abruptly stopped at his health counter which also showed a wrong number and tried to tap it as well, but it refused to change non the less. "Moving on... Se is spirt energy, directly related to your energy counter... which is also glitching like your whole damn existence." She screamed unable to hold in her frustration anymore.
"I played games before, i know these things you don need to explain them." Odd thought to try and relieve her from her frustration by skipping this tutorial, he didn care about the game or Level or stats, all he wanted to know was where he is and how he got there but the pixie was getting all worked up and angry about these miniscule things.
"would you like to skip the tutorial?!" Her face brightened up, literally, and she looked like someone being offered a way out of torture.
"Yes!" he simply nodded, also happy that he wouldn have to watch this cute little thing burning herself in anger any longer, even though it was amusing and the pixie was so cute.
"its time for you to begin your journey. i wish you all the luck in the world adventurer!" she hastily said while cupping her hands together producing a flaming orb between them, the next second the orb swelled and expanded and swallowed him, then it dispersed into nothingness leaving an empty endless green plane and a happy little pixie.
"phew! I hope he dies..."
"just kidding... Im sorry! You were watching!!..." she panicked when she heard her name being called inside her head, sweat dripped down her forehead and she started apologizing constantly.
"i was, he was interesting. I like him." the sound spoke again in her mind startling her.
"What do you mean you like him! He is obnoxious! Did you see that glitch?! I need to report that." she stopped sweating and folded her hands again and pouted.
"You don have to, i already did." the voice coughed and then continued, "also... You need to work on that anger of yours, you gonna turn into a grumpy old hag if you grow up like this!"
"Who are you calling a grumpy old hag you piece of sh..." the poor pixie exploded in an even brighter and more colorful fireworks illuminating the green expanse and cursing at the owner of the voice wildly as if it was her duty in life to insult him.
In the quiet and peaceful hospital room, Hayley was monitoring the life signs and brain readings of the patient on one screen while another was displaying a more complicated data and reports.
"Huh!…" She gasped in shock when a certain report appeared in front of her startling dr Daniel who was waiting near the door for mrs Emilia.
"Did something happen Hayley?!" He asked worriedly gaining the attention of Emilia as well.
"Nothing!" Hayley tried to cover up her shock. "Its just a glitch! He finished the tutorial and seems to be stable enough to enter the world. He is actually on his way now."
"Thats a wonderful news! Did you hear That mrs D? When can we see him?!" Daniel cheered up in pure happiness, and Emilia ran out of the other room with tears in her eyes overjoyed with the idea that she could meet her son again and talk to him and see him speak and respond to her.
"Its actually more complicated than that! He needs to reach a beginner area first. We have no idea where he will appear in the world and we can actually see him in there." Hayley revealed to them as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
"How is this possible! Isn it your game? Why don you transfer him somewhere that we can see him!" Daniel started getting irritated and his voice became slightly louder not caring about where he is. He then instinctively closed the door behind mrs Emilia when she left the room where her son was.
"The world is managed and controlled by artificial intelligence doctor! We already informed you about that. And unless we fully break down the structure of the world, we can change the rules or interfere with the workings of its laws. Which means that he would need to go to a beginner village on his own." Hayley explained patiently, making up for her failure to hide her surprise. This whole situation was partially her fault for making them worry, she knew that. And she also knew that the patient is a close friend to dr Daniel, which is why she wasn offended by his behavior.
"How can you not be in control?!" Daniel was confused, which got him riled up. "Why are we hearing about this now?! Why didn you mention this in the contract?! You think you can fool us?"
Emilia didn process the consequences of what Hayley said, which made her confused as to why Daniel was getting angry. If the company who created the game can control the game they created, it means that if any thing was to happen inside this uncontrollable game, they would be unable to stop it. To a normal healthy person this was not a problem in the slightest, they can just log out and report the problem. But to a comatose patient who wouldn have that option, which exactly what the contract termed, this could lead to catastrophic results. Like being stuck in a nightmarish scenario with monsters and demons unable to escape or log out, something like that would scar a healthy functioning person for a long time, let alone someone as vulnerable as Odd is.
"You don need to worry! Trust me! He will not be in any danger, and as soon as i locate him, Ill go in and escort him to a safe place my self." she promised them trying to calm them down and ease their tension. "And if its of any consolation, the glitch i was talking about was him actually spawning at max level! Which makes him one of the strongest beings in The world, that never happened before."