The year is 2020… VR games still doesn’t have full dive technology, so we look like a bunch of idiots in a spacious room with goggles and dongles attached to our limbs.
I was just a lonely and boring guy.
My friends are mostly online, and they recommended me to buy this new VR social game, VR Central.
It was relatively cheap and I have my VR set so I bought it in no time.
I slowly gained a lot more friends, slowly detaching myself from reality. Whenever I’m home, I will play the game. It’s like a drug, addictive.
“Hey, Yumiji, wanna join a mixer?”
Me: “What mixer?”
Friend 1: “Like a gathering, but for the purpose of finding your other half.”
Me: “Huh? Not interested.”
Friend 1: “Oh c’mon, I’m just short of one guy… You don’t have to one-to-one with a girl… You can just walk away if you are REALLY not interested…”
Friend 2: “Just join…”
Me: “How many girls are there?”
Friend 2: “Just 3. So its 3-to-3…”
Me: “Okay then…”
Friend 1: “Yeah…”
Me: “When is it?”
Friend 1: “Hmm, tomorrow after dinner!”
Me: “Okay then…”
Friend 1: “Yeah, looks like its set!”
I logged out a few minutes later, was actually lowkey excited about it.
After coming back home from school, I did my homework, finished my dinner and then immediately logged in.
Friend 1: “Where is he? We are running late…”
Me rushing over: “I’m coming!”
Friend 2: “Ah he’s here.”
Me: “So sorry, I got delayed during dinner.”
Friend 2: “It’s okay, let’s go.”
The three of us then entered a lobby with many rooms.
Friend 1: “I opened this lobby so we can have a bit of privacy. I will send the lobby code to the girls real quick.”
Me: “Have you ever seen the girls before?”
Friend 2: “Avatar or Real life?”
Friend 2: “No… I don’t even know them.”
Me: “Oh okay, I see.”
Friend 1: “Okay, they said they will be in a few minutes.”
I then sat down on the chair: “What’s the plan?”
Friend 1: “All 6 of us will sit at this table. Socialize then we will pick a girl each to bring into a room to talk.”
Me: “Oh… I see.”
Friend 2: “Don’t do anything dirty…”
Me: “I’m not you.”
The girls then arrived in a few minutes. My eyes immediately set to a girl with rabbit ears and ponytail…
Friend 1: “What are you staring at?”
The six of us talked for about half an hour, with me speaking the least and being the most quiet, so I get bombarded with questions from the girls.
Friend 1: “Okay… It’s time. I think we let the girls pick the guy they wanna have a private session with.”
I wasn’t expecting any girl to pick me, because I ensured that I was as boring as I possibly could.
“I pick you.” and she pointed her finger at me.
“You, yes, you.”
Me: “M…Me?” and I pointed at myself.
The rabbit ear girl picked me. We then walked to a private room.
Me: “Why did you pick me?”
“You were being boring on purpose, aren’t you?”
“You were pretty easy to read.”
Me: “Since you know that I’m not interested, why did you still pick me?”
“I want you.”
“I want to know more about you…”
“My name is Reimi, real name is Kotomi.”
Me: “Username Yumiji, real name Yuji.”
Reimi: “Let’s call each other’s real names in private.”
Me: “Erm… okay?”
Reimi: “Stop being awkward, it’s just the two of us here.”
Me: “I… need to go.”
Me: “Sorry, but I’m really not interested.”
Reimi: “At least accept my friend request!”
Me: “Okay then…” and I accepted the request. I walked out of the room.
I didn’t plan to go into a relationship at all. With the amount of rejections under my belt, I gave up trying to love someone or even get someone to love me. Eventually, I managed to achieve the ability to be numb towards romance.
I believed that there is no girls out there looking for good guys, but they are all looking for rich guys or good-looking guys…
I got my first confession in school a few weeks ago, a girl from another class.
“I’m sorry… if you were to appear a few months earlier… I might accept you. But I have pledged to live a simple life with just me, myself and I, so I cannot accept you. You are great girl, you will find someone better eventually. There are many other guys out there that are waiting to be loved.”
I finally achieved that ability, the ability to not love anyone, no matter how good looking she is, no matter how sweet she is. I don’t mind isolating myself.
I carried on with my peaceful life after the mixer. A few weeks later, I received a message from Reimi.
Reimi: “Let’s meet up and play games! I’m bored.”
I replied: “Okay then…”
I teleported to the lobby she’s in.
Me: “Eh? Where’s everyone?”
Reimi: “This is my private lobby.”
Me: “Where’s your other friends?”
Reimi: “They are all offline…”
Reimi: “Let’s go play some bowling!”
We played and played, eventually we played for 6 hours. And we drew after so many matches…
Me: “Don’t you feel exhausted?”
Reimi: “No, its fun! Playing with you is a blast!”
Me: “I’m not fun…”
Reimi: “Ah… Let’s have a heart-to-heart talk!”
Me: “Huh? What do you mean?”
Reimi: “I want to know about you. About your isolated nature… Who changed you into such a person…”
Me: “You don’t wanna know…”
Reimi: “I can tell that you used to have a bubbly personality.”
Me: “How do you read me inside out?”
Reimi: “Psychology lessons does help. This can be your therapy session.”
Me: “I don’t need therapy. I’m fine the way I am right now.”
Reimi: “Just tell me…”
Me: “No, or else I will leave.”
Reimi: “Okay, how about this? I will tell you everything about myself and you tell me everything about yourself as an exchange…”