Boom! Although she didn't exert her full power, it was still enough to throw Rhode against the wall. Rhode fell into a daze. He stumbled as he tried to stand up, but he soon regained clarity. Then, a soft, pleasant voice echoed in the room.
"Mini Bubblegum, you've got to fix the problem of attacking without looking at the target. That's not a pervert. That's leader."
A little girl screamed in surprise. She stared at him in disbelief as if she was looking at something weird.
"He is our leader? Big sister, don't lie to me! Isn't leader muscular?"
When Rhode heard what she said, his mouth couldn't help but twitch in annoyance. Rhode avoided attending the guild meet-up sessions for this exact reason. But now he couldn't avoid it any longer...
"That's the appearance of leader's avatar in the game..."
The red-haired girl crossed her arms and stared at Rhode with a gentle smile.
"... but as much as I would like to catch up with you, leader, at least give us some clothes first."
"... Of course."
Rhode sighed inwardly and replied her half-heartedly. Then he reached out into his spatial bag, grabbed several clothes and tossed it towards the two girls. After a while, two slim figures wrapped in cloaks reappeared in front of him.
Canary was calm and steady as ever. Her long, wine-red colored hair complimented her pretty face and pink lips perfectly.
That was her unique charm. She seemed to have a 'passive ability' to calm people down. Back in the days, whenever she was around, somehow, nearby players wouldn't get upset no matter how difficult the dungeon was. She was kind, gentle and once the dream girlfriend of many male players in the guild. Unfortunately, no one succeeded in winning her affection.
Except for Rhode.
The little girl who stood beside Canary was Mini Bubblegum. She appeared to be a fourteen-year-old and had a personality totally opposite of Canary. Her jet black hair was tied in a long twin-tail, portraying her as a lively and energetic young girl.
"Ehhh..... so this is how the leader looks like? It's my first time seeing him. Big Sister, have you met leader in person before?
Canary nodded slowly. Then she turned around and smiled at Rhode, continuing, "He's my senior. We attended the same high school, but by the time I enrolled, he had already graduated. We met on a school alumni reunion dinner."
Rhode smiled when he heard Canary's brief but nostalgic recital of his life. In fact, the meeting between them was far more dramatic than what she had said.
It was the school's 60th-anniversary celebration; coincidentally, it was also Canary's freshman year. As an alumnus, Rhode came to attend the party. During it, he heard from his junior that there was a freshman who was skillful in Dragon Soul Continent.
Rhode was looking for potential guild members at that time, so met up with that freshman and asked for a PK duel to test her skill. Coincidentally, Canary was actually a Starlight guild member, but since did not know Rhode's appearance in real life, she took on Rhode's challenge. And when they logged in and reached the designated place... well, that was the end of that story and a beginning of a new chapter.
Her personality was rather unusual. Rhode's first s*x with her was during her freshman summer vacation.
(ED: Woah, that escalated quickly...)
Canary was a hardworking, intelligent and studious girl. Back in junior high, she was the top student in her province, so it wasn't surprising that she held the top position in her class in high school. However, with intelligence comes fame, and fame fuels jealousy. The competition between the top few students became incredibly intense, so some students decided to gang up and trick her, leading to her failing the first year exam. Such a result was a great shock to her, and when Rhode came to know of this, he began to comfort her. A male and a female started to drink in a room; hey drank and talked and somehow ended up in bed...
After that night, Rhode felt like he made a terrible mistake. After all, Canary was still a freshman and was a top student at a renowned school to boot. However, Canary didn't seem to mind at all. She didn't cry, nor did she ask him to take responsibility by asking him to be her boyfriend. Instead, she acted as though everything was the same as before. Though that's not entirely true... because from that moment on, whenever she had a problem, she would invite him out.
It seemed like for her to spend an 'intimate' night with him was a way to relieve stress. And as for Rhode, it was like home delivery. There was no reason for him to refuse, so he never rejected her invitation.
However, on regular days, her attitude towards him hadn't changed at all. In the game, she was still a good guild member, and in real life, she was still his lovely junior.
Strangely enough, that abnormal relationship lasted until now. During that period of time, Rhode had changed several girlfriends, but the relationship between him and Canary never stopped.
Honestly, not even Rhode knew what she was thinking about. Fortunately, the 'him' back then was quite a player, so he was extremely careful not to make a mistake. Otherwise, it would be hard to say whether their relationship would last until now.
"Hmph... I also have a pretty good relationship with leader. "
Watching their blissful expressions, Mini Bubblegum began to pout. She placed her hands on her waist and pointed her chin upwards proudly.
"Am I right? Leader?"
"What? Um... Yea, you're right... "
Rhode spread his hands helplessly and nodded. Unlike the romantic relationship between him and Canary, Mini Bubblegum was like a needy kid who had the 'chuunibyou' syndrome. When she invented the 'treating foes as friends' method, many players sneered at her. If it was any other girl, they must've been already crying in their beds. However, as a rich second generation and a full-fledged chuunibyou, she wasn't that easily pissed off. Even after being ridiculed, she didn't give up. Instead, she simply dropped out of school and spent two months formulating the 'treating foes as friends' method and slapped the people who mocked her before in the face.
At that time, Rhode was Mini Bubblegum's only supporter and had helped her in the process of formulating this method. That was why no one in the guild could tame her, except for Rhode of course. Eventually, Rhode had no choice but to make her his 'Personal Cleric.' After all, she was indeed very skillful, but at the same time, her personality was also a real pain.
Seeing the reluctance on Rhode's face made Mini Bubblegum feel a little dissatisfied. She straightened her body and lifted her head proudly once more.
"Well, my relationship with leader is not so simple and cannot be explained in just a few words. Besides, I've also been naked in front of leader before!"
Clearly nothing seemed unusual, but he didn't know why he felt that the world before him was crumbling.
When Canary heard Mini Bubblegum's intriguing words, she responded by slightly raising her brow.
"It was her who forced me to see... I didn't expect that she will do such a thing. Who would know that she would actually do it?!"
As soon as Mini Bubblegum spilled the beans, Rhode immediately denied by shaking his head. As expected of a chuunibyou... even the way to express thanks was different from others.
After helping Mini Bubblegum to invent the 'treating foes as friends' method, she sent him a video asking him to see something. Rhode had no reason to doubt her and immediately clicked on her video. But oh holy sh*t, never would he expect a fourteen-year-old girl to speak unabashedly whilst naked!
It was a whole new world for him... when he saw her completely undeveloped naked body in the video, he almost spat out his cola.
Upon hearing Rhode's reply, Canary nodded slightly and looked at Mini Bubblegum thoughtfully. Then she held out two fingers triumphantly.
"But I've already done everything with leader."
The room was cold, but for some reason, Rhode felt two hot torrents coming for him.
For the first time, he realized that he probably shouldn't have chosen these two to be guardians at all...