Su Lou had played Heavens Road for a long time, and had read about it even more, but she had never, in her entire experience of the game heard of the ‘Celestial’ character species. Was this different? Or had no one ever decided to hold the stars before?
Either way there was nothing to be done. Su Lou couldn’t see any of her stats and abilities, but when she got into the game she would, so for now she just looked at the eight ‘starting towns’ with a reminiscent smile.
Ravens borough, blue cloud peak, shadow gorge, the ninety sixth ghost tribe, the dark beast forest, dragon peak or the Phoenix volcano? In her past life Su Lou had been sent straight to Ravens borough without a choice, but further into the game she had travelled everywhere. Including all of these villages. Except…
‘The seventh star.’
Su Lou had neither seen nor heard of this place, but she knew the game was giving her a choice. Start safe? Or gamble? Without the game knowing it Su Lou already knew every one of these towns like the back of her hand, but this new town was different. It could turn out well, it could cripple her. In the end all she had to do was, hopefully, take a leap of faith.
“Send me to the seventh star”
“Acknowledged. In three hours and forty minutes you will leave this realm and arrive at the seventh star. Would you like to make any changes?”
“Would you like to see your character?”
A light flashed, and standing in front of Su Lou was a tall figure, the same long, wavy hair as herself, the same pale skin, the same determined expression… The only difference was the eyes. The startlingly and piercingly blue eyes that seemed almost omnicient, and most certainly mysterious. Su Lou looked at those eyes, her eyes, and suddenly she believed that maybe things would be less difficult than she thought.
“Log out.” She whispered
The screen went dark, and Su Lou pulled off her helmet with a giddy smile before grabbing herself something to eat and working out for a little under an hour. She didn’t know when, but exercise and skills out of game had become as important as those in game. It was something about the way that every movement in game was controlled by the player, that made her realise that the more she could control herself in real life, the more she could control herself in the game, too.
Eventually enough time had passed, and there was twenty minutes left until launch, so Su Lou pulled on her helmet and waited as she watch the clock, waiting to see something she had only ever seen on video. The opening of Heavens Road.