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Chapter 38: Chatting in the Night

"Human body modifications... It sounds pretty interesting."

Aliyah pondered for a moment, and then answered.

"So you're trying to modify your own body?"

"Me? Quit with the jokes."

I hurried shook my head.

"Even if we're in another world, and no matter how this place feels exactly like a game, but, the realism of the world is really high. I don't wish to experiencing turning into a frankenstein."

"Eh~ And here I thought you have begun to treat this world as your home."

"Why do you say that?"

"Because you seem to be enjoying your life in this world, you know."

"......"

I'm enjoying it?

She's right. I'm really enjoying this world where I'm able to resurrect myself, and where I'm able to experience things that would only happen in games in my previous world.

But...

Occasionally, this world would give me an unrealistic feeling.

"If you put it that way, I'm not able to rebut you. But isn't that the same for you?"

I shot the question back at her.

"In my case..."

She shook her head.

"To tell you the truth, I don't like this world."

"Why?"

"It's too unreal."

Aliyah said that as she took out her sword and slashed herself.

In an instant, Aliyah's snow-white arm was splattered with fresh blood.

"Hey hey! What are you doing!?"

I quickly moved to stop her, but she did not allow me to get close.

"Don't come over. I'm only demonstrating to you how unreal this world can be. I figure that, after such a long stay, you should have realized that you wouldn't receive any damage from your own attacks, right?"

After saying that, she raised the arm she slashed earlier.

"Look carefully."

Just when she said that, the blood on her arm speedily flowed back into her open wound, and in the next instant, the wound illogically began to close at an incredible speed!

"There isn't any wound, right? The result will be the same on every part of my body."

This...

Although I knew that there won't be any effect when I try to damage myself, but, I have yet to actually try attacking myself with magic.

"See. This is how unrealistic this world can be."

"You're right... But this provides us convenience in battles."

"Looks like you have yet to grab hold of the main point I'm trying to bring across..."

'Shuuaa!'

Aliyah raised her sword and pointed it at me.

"If one day, you managed to return to our former world, will you still be able to adapt to life in the real world?"

"Kuh..."

"If you were to continue to immerse yourself, one day, you will definitely regret it... But, it's true that we're making use of all these unrealistic features. And, don't be too attached to the people of this world! You don't even know whether this world actually exists, don't you think it feels weird to have too much affection to the inhabitants of this world?"

"Is it really that weird?"

"That's of course. She's treating you as her fiance and you're already this exhilarated. What are you going to do about it in the future? Are you seriously thinking of living normally in this world? That isn't possible, do you understand that?"

"......"

"Haa, in any case, I have said enough. Decide on what to do yourself."

Aliyah gave a helpless expression, probably thinking that I have completely immersed myself into this world.

"Thank you for caring about me."

I smiled and said.

"I... I... I wasn't caring about you! I was only thinking that, as people who came from the same world, we should at least help each other out! There isn't any special meaning to it!"

I patted her head.

"This is it. Now this is the Aliyah I know. The young girl who is filled with a prideful atmosphere."

"I'm not prideful at all!"

"Yes yes. I know. It's just that I was feeling a little weirded out when you were making too much sense with that stern, innocent-looking face of yours. Hey hey, don't punch me! Even if your damage isn't high, your punches hurt a lot!"

A chain of -200 appeared above my head, and I quickly drank down a HP Potion as I begged for mercy.

"If you know that they hurt, then don't spout nonsense!"

"Sorry, I'm really sorry. Alright, stop fooling around. My HP Potions cost money."

"Hmph!"

"Alright, let me ask you this. Aren't you happy that you got to know so many people? If you forcefully shut yourself away from others, you will only be hurting yourself even more, you know?"

"I wasn't shutting myself away..."

"Fine. In any case, if we're going to live in this world for an extended period of time, we need to have sufficient interaction with this world. This isn't related to making human relations, rather... We basically have no idea when we will be able to leave this place. Thus, before we leave, we have no choice but to adapt to the lifestyle here, right?"

"... Well, if you put it that way, you do make a point."

"Alright, compared to that, there's still a day before the final match. Do you want to investigate this bizarre plan with me?"

"That's of course. Otherwise, I will never be able to chase up to your level. Let's go. Speaking of which, where are we going to start investigating?"

"... How should I know? Why do you think I'm asking you to help me?"

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