Snow fell lightly all around her, the breeze blowing too much of it onto her face. She gave a loud huff, the breath, visible, pushing a section of the snow away from her. She brought up her menu, only to take a quick glance at the time. 3:42. He said he would be on in just a few minutes. It’d been almost twenty now, and he hadn’t even sent a message.
She gave another huff while she collapsed her menu. If he wasn’t gonna show up, she’d at least get some practice in. She was still a low-level, even after eight months of playing the game. Starting to trudge through the snow, she nearly jumped out of her digitized skin when a loud sound rang through the frozen plains around her.
It was an alert sound, the kind that played when an AMBER Alert was sent out. She turned her attention to the surrounding area, trying to see if someone, Sebastian especially, was playing a trick on her. The girl startled again when a voice echoed around her.
“Greetings, players of Zerailn. I know you can’t see me, but this is Violet Patel. For those of you who don’t know me, I was the producer and one of the main developers for the game you’re currently playing.
My team here at DD Games seem to have spotted some sort of glitch in the system. A lot of you have probably noticed already, but if you open your menu, you’ll notice that there is no longer an exit button. We have almost finished the patch to fix this problem, however a much larger problem arose in the fact that in order to apply the patch the servers have to be reset.
My team is working with multiple leaders in the field to test what would happen and try to find a way around the situation. We’re doing our best to fix the problem, but we haven’t found anything promising just quite yet.
We have not been able to contact people whose avatar died shortly after the glitch started, but right now we have no reason to believe that your avatar’s death will affect your real body. However, there is a slight chance that your avatar’s death may lead you to a limbo of sorts.
For now, we urge everyone to stay calm, and to resist fighting other players. We will bring updates as soon as we get them ourselves.
Scout hadn’t realized it, but she started holding her breath sometime during that speech. She almost didn’t want to let the breath out. The feeling of something drip through her fingers caused a sudden shake of both her hands, sending small drops of the crimson liquid into the slate of white below her.
The girl brought her hand up, halfway to opening the menu again. Was getting a bandage worth confirming what the voice, Violet, had said? The wound wouldn’t scar, very few wounds actually scarred in this world. And she was alone, so bleeding out some health shouldn’t be a problem.
Another sound made Scout jump for a third time, sending the small pool of blood that had collected in her hand out into the snow. She recognized the sound, this time; it was the sound that was produced when someone sent her a message.
After a deep breath, she opened the menu. The exit option was truly gone. She took another deep breath, moving to her messages section. Sebastian had sent a message.
“They sent out a warning to all VRs that weren’t in a game. Are you okay?”
Tears started rolling down Scout’s face as she read and re-read the message five times.
“Yea, yea. I’m okay. No one is around me right now, and I’m still i-”
She stopped typing the message out as a sound caught her attention. A set of multiple low grumbling was coming from behind her.
Scout turned around just in time to see a set of fangs and claws lunging at her.