Fi nods her head calmly. The man’s comment didn’t bother her. After all, her main purpose was to explain concepts to Master Link, regardless of what they were. She has experience with many questions asked in sequence because of this.
"Correct. 98% is exactly 2% away from 100%. It is so close to a completely sure probability based on the danger of the action in question. Based on the fact that the weather outside is incredibly perilous at the moment, if one were to blow away in the wind, it would essentially guarantee fatal injuries. However, very little can be calculated to 100%, as there are often exceptions to every situation."
"I will now explain what I meant by hearts. Your explanation for the situation is not accurate. I am not a manananggal, which according to my database is a
Philippine creature that consumes the hearts of fetuses
. In my world, and perhaps in yours as well, one's life force is represented by the amount of hearts one has remaining in one's life meter. To replenish said meter, one could either
drink a certain potion or collect loose hearts
. I am not aware of where these hearts originate from, but I am 89% certain that they are not fetus hearts."
"I will not devour your heart. Please do not concern yourself."
Smile had previously thought that the blue girl’s words were like the wind outside, blowing right over his head – but it was then when she spoke that he realized that her onslaught of words and rambling was a force much stronger than any stormy winds. They blew his brain this way and that… it was, what did she say again – a 98% chance of fatal injury! For his brain, that was. Or so he’d figured.
pressed A nodded to feign understanding, until she said something really interesting!
“Life force? An’ a life meter?” Smile was starting to catch on here. “I see! You’re from a game, just like me! ‘Cept where I come from there’s no hearts or potions or nothin’… well, there are fetuses though...” Disregarding that… “When ya get hit, ya just up n’ die! Boy I guess a life meter really isn’t all that useful then.”
Smile wasn’t sure if all game characters had the same grand awakening as him or not: the revelation that yes, you are merely a bunch of data in a game. So whether this person understood or not was beyond him; all he knew was that there were game people like himself and there were so called real people like his friend Sabi, who played the software he resided in. He’d gradually become aware of his existence as data ever since she… well, told him that he was only a bunch of pixels on a screen. Boy that really screwed him up back then!
“Thank ya very much for not eatin’ my heart today, missus. I promise not ta eat yours, neither.” Ah yes it was going to be a beautiful companionship, he could just tell.
Oh my god.
[You laugh a bit before smiling again.]
How interesting. I like that story, heheh. But anyway! I’ve been talking to you for a bit, yet you haven’t told me your name. Hmm.
Judging from that reaction, he couldn’t really tell if the girl had bought his story or not. Not that it was a very convincing one in the first place!
“Likewise, missy. The name’s Smile. Nice ta meet’cha.”
She chuckled a bit with him, turning her head to the side and looking him over. He looked…younger. Surely it was nothing, though.
“You’re cheerier than usual. What’s got you in such a good mood?”
“Cheerier than usual? Well gee, I guess it’s just ‘cause you’re th’ first person I’ve seen in a while. Pretty lonely out ‘ere!”
“And are you doin’ just as well?”
Anyway, what happened to you? Like, how did you get those marks? You don’t, mn, have to answer if you don’t want to.
Well, Smile figured, this girl was pretty strange, but so was he, so that worked out just fine! At her question, he put on his most wistful look, and gazed somewhere in the distance…
“Ah, th’ scars on m’ face…” he almost sighed the words, as if recalling a distant memory, “I got ‘em in th’ war. I was a soldier in th’ army. That was way back before ya even existed, I bet…”
Smile chuckled to himself.
Ah, uh, m’kay.
[You placed your hand on the side of his face and gently rubbed the mark with your finger. It felt kind of disgusting, but you didn’t mind. You rubbed it once more, before laying your arm back at your side.]
Heh, thank you.
“No problem, missy…!”
… even though he’d said that, man, this girl was sure some kinda weirdo.
It’s like. Really weird, oh my gosh. Can I just uh, um!!! Can I touch the crosses on your eyes, maybe.
[You felt so embarrassed saying that, oh god. You chuckled and smiled, trying to not look too embarrassed.]
When the girl had asked, he touched his finger to them without thinking… eugh, they were sort of gross and scar-like. Why would anybody want to touch them? But she seemed so eager, so it was alright, he supposed.
“I don’t see what’s so interestin’, but go ‘head I s’pose!” And he lowered himself to her height.
Sabitsukisboyfriend entered your mirror world.
Oh my god.
“Handsome, ain’t they.”
… was all that the boy could say to the gaping girl. Seriously, no one else was so forward about them upon their first meeting before!
Oh hey Smile. Didn’t expect to see you here.
Ok well I did, considering I followed you but since when was I good at casual chit-chat.
“Oh man, it’s Gloria-ma’am! Ah-hahah… that kinda rhymed, heheh, heh…!” Smile please cease that creepy giggling at once.
“I see you’re th’ same as ever! But that’s alright ‘cause I suck at chit-chattin’ too.”
There would always be some things I didn’t understand about my new kingdom. It was grand like no other before it but the amazing feats that I had seen some people perform were more than just shocking. Men shot fire from their hands and women flew in the air—I didn’t know what to think after living such a sheltered life.
If it wasn’t for my hopeless wonder with the world I may have been inside and not out in the cold rain once more. It seemed as if I was finding myself in trouble as of late so I let out a deep sigh. That was when I heard yelling nearby and almost panicked, shaking my head from left to right in order to see if anyone was close to me.
Spotting a young man across the road I decided I wasn’t in immediate danger. Though it sounded as if he was pained by the words he spoke, was he calling out for his sister?
I began to walk towards him since no wagons or people were crossing the other way. “Is it your sister you call for?” I asked in a warm and friendly tone as I tried my best to maintain. I supposed if I was to become more social in the kingdom I must start somewhere. There was no harm done in acting with a kind-nature was there?
Augh. There was no one out there, not his sister or anybody at all – that’s the conclusion that Smile drew after shouting out into the wind for a few minutes. Just what kind of place had he even been kidnapped to, anyway? It was hard to see or hear in the storm, but it was then that a faint voice reached the boy’s ears, and how lucky that it happened to be the voice of a lovely lady!
“Wow yes ma’am it sure is my sis I am callin’ for! Would ya happen ta have seen ‘er?” Seeing as his voice barely reached from where he stood, he trotted across the street a little closer. Even though the rain was coming down on his scarred face, and the winds were unspeakable, it was worth it to meet the first person that Smile had spotted since his arrival in this city!
“My sis is pretty tiny, like this,” he held his hand around the beginning of his leg to show her shortness, “and has long dark hair, and markin’s on her face sorta like mine!” He gestured towards the bloody crosses over his eyes, with hope that the woman wouldn’t be too taken aback by the demonic display. She was the first person he’d seen, after all - can’t go scaring people this early in the game!