ソードアート・オンライン 第7話「心の温度」

2020-04-11

第7話 心の温度 / The Temperature of the Heart

[—Jun 24, 2024 Floor48: Lindas—]

Liz: Here you go. All done.

Asuna: You’re the best, Liz. Thanks.

Liz: Sure, anytime! Hey. Aren’t you supposed to be out hunting with the guild today?

Asuna: Yeah, I had to take the day off 'cause… I sort of have this little meeting with someone.

Liz: Oh… Huh? I bet you have a little meeting, eh?

Asuna: No, it’s not like that! Oh, I have to get going!

Liz: I bet he must be pretty special, whoever he is.

Asuna: Huh? Did you say something?

Liz: Uh-uh. Get going! It’s rude to keep your date waiting!

Asuna: It’s not like that. I… Whatever. See you!

Liz: I wonder if I’ll ever find someone special?

[[===OPENING===]]

[—Blacksmith Shop—]

Liz: Hmm… Good enough, I guess. I better get ready for the customers. Mm, perfect! Welcome to Lizbeth’s Blacksmith Shop!

Kirito: Oh, hi. I-I was wondering if you do custom orders.

Liz: He doesn’t look like he has that much money. I can. The thing is, metal prices are kind of high these days.

Kirito: Oh, well, I’m not worried about the cost. I just want the best sword you can make as soon as possible.

Liz: Well, I make a lot of different swords. But if you have any idea of the quality of sword you want, I can make it.

Kirito: Uh, sure. One sec. So, I’m looking for something either the same quality or better than this.

Liz: Oh… An Elucidator?! This is a notorious magic sword a person can get from a monster drop.

Kirito: What do you think?

Liz: How about this? It’s the best sword I’ve ever forged. I call it my masterpiece!

Kirito: I don’t know. It’s a little light.

Liz: It should be. I used speed-type metal to forge it.

Kirito: I’d like to test it if it’s cool.

Liz: Test it, how?

Kirito: You know, its durability.

Liz: What the heck are you doing? If you break your sword, I’m not responsible.

Kirito: If it breaks then, that’s too bad!

Liz: Eeek! You broke my masterpiece… What the hell were you thinking?!

Kirito: I’m sorry! I didn’t think your sword was gonna break so easy, honest.

Liz: Are you saying my sword, my masterpiece of swords was lamer than you thought?!

Kirito: Yeah… something like that.

Liz: For your information, if I had the right materials, I could make a buck load of swords that would shatter yours into a million tiny little pieces. You got that?

Kirito: Oh, yeah. That sounds like the kind of sword I’m looking for, as long as it can shatter mine then.

Liz: Okay, smarty-pants, but you have to help me make it every step of the way!

Kirito: Seriously?

Liz: Absolutely. We’ll start by getting the metal for it.

Kirito: I think I can handle that myself. I’d rather not have you slow me down.

Liz: Don’t you dare insult me? Believe it or not, I’m an expert mace user.

Kirito: Suit yourself. So, where do we find the metal?

Liz: Floor 55, on the Western Mountain. There’s a dragon there that eats crystals. According to the legends, it’s supposed to store rare metal in its body.

Kirito: Floor 55, huh? Yeah, I should go alone…

Liz: And… they say that in order to get the metal, you need to bring a master smith along. Still think going alone’s a good idea?

Kirito: I…

Liz: Hmm…

Kirito: Fine. Just keep quiet and stay out the way.

Liz: What? Keep quiet and…

Kirito: By the way, my name’s Kirito. Looks like we’re a party until you make that sword.

Liz: Yeah, whatever, Kirito.

Kirito: Well, if you’re gonna be like that, I can roll with it. Lis-beth.

[—Floor55: Western Mountain—]

Liz: Pht!

Liz: Achoo! It’s cold…

Kirito: Well, you should’ve brought a coat or something.

Liz: I didn’t know Floor 55 was going to be this freaking cold. Are you going to be okay without this?

Kirito: You don’t feel cold if you’re disciplined.

Liz: If you’re trying to piss me off, it’s working. It’s warm though. I can’t believe I’m out here all alone with this guy. This is getting weird.

Kirito: What’s wrong, Lisbeth? Giving up already?

Liz: Not on your life! And if you’re gonna be a jerk about it, you might as well call me Liz.

Kirito: Okay, okay. Got it, Liz.

Liz: Yeah well, don’t wear it out!

Liz: Wow… It’s beautiful! Ugh, what’s your problem?!

Kirito: You should get your teleport crystal ready.

Liz: I know, I know, I’m doing it.

Kirito: And I’m handling this part on my own. Once the dragon appears, you’re gonna hide under one of those crystals over there. Don’t come out, no matter what.

Liz: Oh, come on! I’m not a noob. But if I wanna help you or…

Kirito: Do what I say! Good. Okay, let’s get going.

Kirito: Hurry up and take cover!

Liz: Okay.

Liz: Watch out! It’s the breath attack! Wow… With that skinny sword… Who is he? Come on! Stop playing with it and finish it off already!

Kirito: Dammit! Don’t come out yet!

Liz: What’s the big deal? You’ve got a right while you…

Kirito: Liz! Hang on to me, Liz!

[—Bottom of the hole—]

Kirito: Are we still alive?

Liz: Yeah, looks like it.

Kirito: Drink one of these just in case.

Liz: Thank you… , you know, for… for saving me.

Kirito: It’s a little early to be thanking anyone. We have to find a way to get out of here first.

Liz: Huh? Can’t we just teleport out? Teleport: Lindas! No way!

Kirito: Well, if we can’t use crystals, that means there should be another way out.

Liz: How can you be so sure there is? I mean, maybe this is some kind of trap that would kill anyone who falls into it.

Kirito: Good point. Maybe it is.

Liz: What? Could you at least try to cheer me up?!

Kirito: I think I have an idea.

Liz: Really?

Kirito: Yeah. We can try running up the wall.

Liz: You’re insane.

Kirito: Maybe, that’s all I got for ideas right now.

Liz: No way…

Kirito: Ugh, ahhhh! If I had more of running start, I probably would’ve made it.

Liz: Yeah, I don’t think so.

Liz: This is kind of weird, isn’t it? This wouldn’t happen in real life. You know, going to strange places, meeting a total stranger, and then sleeping next to them. I mean, you actually tried running up that wall. You really are a weirdo, you know that?

Kirito: Well, excuse me.

Liz: Kirito… Can I ask you something?

Kirito: Ask away. I’m all ears.

Liz: Why did you risk your life like that to save me?

Kirito: I can’t just sit back and watch someone die. I’d rather die along side of them than do nothing. Especially if that someone’s a girl like you, Liz.

Liz: Ah, you really are an idiot. You’re the only person who thinks like that. Hey… Hold my hand.

Kirito: 'Kay…

Liz: It’s so warm…

Kirito: Huh?

Liz: Even though you and me are just these ones and zeros in a virtual world…

Kirito: I know…

[—Morning—]

Liz: What the… ? What’re you doing?

Kirito: Hm? Here, look!

Liz: Is this… ore I think, it is?

Kirito: Uh-huh. It’s that special metal we came all this way for. Like you said, the dragon eats crystals and they turn this in its stomach. No wonder it’s hard to find.

Liz: Yeah, but you found it. What’s it doing down here though?

Kirito: This hole isn’t a trap like we thought. It’s the dragon’s nest.

Liz: R-Really?

Kirito: Uh-huh. And that’s not just an ingot. That’s dragon’s excrement. You know, poop?

Liz: Huh? Oh… Ah!

Kirito: Well, I guess this means we’ve got all we came for. Still stuck though.

Liz: Wait. This is supposed to be a dragon’s nest, right?

Kirito: Yup.

Liz: 'Cause dragons are nocturnal, so it won’t be long before it comes…

Liz: It’s here! Wha-what are you doing?!

Kirito: Hang on to me, Liz! Almost there!

Liz: Wow, look at that! Kirito! You know what?

Kirito: Know what?!

Liz: Don’t freak out! But I’m falling in love with you!

Kirito: I can’t hear a thing! What did you just say?! Oops!

Liz: Never mind!

[—June 25, 2024 Floor48: Lindas—]

Liz: A one-handed long sword, right?

Kirito: Yup! Make it awesome.

Liz: I didn’t imagine it, the warmth of Kirito’s hands… the way I feel… As soon as I made the best sword I can… I’ll tell him.

Kirito: Whoa…

Liz: The sword is called Dark Repulsor. One of a kind. And it’s not even in the info brokers’ directory. Go on, try it.

Kirito: Okay.

Liz: Good? Bad?

Kirito: It’s real heavy. It’s a good sword!

Liz: Yay!

Kirito: It feels like you forged your soul into it. Okay, you held up your end on the deal. It’s time for me to pay up. So, how much?

Liz: Um, well… I don’t really need any… money… I-Instead, I’d like to be your exclusive blacksmith from now on.

Kirito: What do you mean exclusive? What’s wrong?

Liz: I mean… anytime you get back from the field, stop by and let me do maintenance on your gear, every day, from now to the end!

Kirito: Liz, I…

Liz: Kirito… I just… I…

Asuna: Liz! I was so worried!

Liz: Asuna?

Asuna: Liz! Where were you last night? I tried messaging you but you didn’t answer and I couldn’t track you on the map!

Liz: Sorry. I kind of got stuck in a dungeon.

Asuna: A dungeon?! You went all by yourself?

Liz: Uh-uh. I went with him.

Asuna: Huh? Ki-Kirito! ?

Kirito: Hey, Asuna. Long time no see. It’s been a while like… two days?

Asuna: Oh, this is a surprise. I didn’t know you wanted to check this place out. I wish you’ve told me, I could’ve come with you.

Liz: I’m sort of confused. Do you know each other?

Kirito: Yeah, both of us are on the Assault Team, so…

Asuna: He said he was looking to get a more power sword, so I told him about you and your shop.

Liz: Oh…

Asuna: Why is she acting like that? I swear, if you did anything weird to her…

Kirito: I-I didn’t do anything!

Asuna: Then, why did you stutter just now, huh?

Kirito: You know, you could try to show a little more compassion. I almost got killed!

Asuna: Like that’s my fault! Don’t I always tell you not to fight solo?!

Liz: Right. I get it now…

Asuna: If this guy said anything rude, you tell me, right? Liz?

Liz: If you wanna talk about rude, try this! The first thing he does is when he comes in and shatters my best sword.

Asuna: What?! I’m sorry!

Liz: Oh, come on! You don’t have to apologize for anything. He might be a little weird, but he’s not such a bad guy. Don’t screw this up, Asuna. He’s a keeper.

Asuna: But I told you, it’s not like that! Liz?

Liz: Sorry, I have to go pick up some supplies. I’ll be right back!

Asuna: But, you’re gonna leave the store?

Liz: Hold down the fort for me. Later!

Asuna: What? No, wait, Liz!

[—Outside—]

Kirito: Lisbeth…

Liz: I almost got away with it. A couple of more minutes, and I would’ve gone back to my usual cheerful self.

Kirito: Liz, I…

Liz: How’d you know I was here?

Kirito: I scanned the whole town for you from up there.

Liz: Figures. You do something crazy like that. Sorry if I worried you. I’m fine now. Must feel all the excitement, I’m not used to having adventures. Anyway… Come just forget everything… I said… Okay?

Kirito: Liz, I… I just wanted to thank you. See I… I don’t know… I always thought dying was better than surviving day after day… living with a guild.

Liz: Kirito.

Kirito: But then, we got stuck in that hole, and I was really happy we were still alive. I realized that even here our lives are real and have meaning. Thank you for helping me see that, Liz. I guess it’s what I’ve been looking for this whole time.

Liz: Yeah, me too. I know what you mean. I was also looking for something, something real, hoping I find it. The warmth of your hand… and me… that was real. Do me a favor, okay? Tell Asuna what you told me.

Kirito: Liz…

Liz: I’m fine, really. The “getting over it" part, that’s gonna take a while. Until I do, promise me… promise me you put an end to this world. Till then, I’ll keep doing what I do best.

Kirito: I promise I will. I swear I’ll beat the game.

Liz: If you ever need your weapons or gear repaired, my door is always open.

Kirito: Sure.

Liz: Don’t forget now, you’ll always be welcome at my shop!


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