Agil and the rest of Fuurinkazan were here, and even bare-handed, they could probably take on anything short of another Skull Reaper. And he was just a step away from a miracle-
Um. Better not startle them.
Frankly, Klein doubted he could startle Kirito. The Black Swordsman had better HyperSense than a cat. Asuna, though – she could be painful. “Asuna? Kirito?” he said hopefully. “We thought you guys were dead….”
Black eyes lifted just enough to meet his, full of dawning hope. “Klein?”
The redhead grinned fiercely. “Hey. Welcome back.” He pumped a fist in the air. “Dibs on hugs!”
“Klein, you – oof!” Asuna sputtered, caught in both their arms as he fell onto the bed. “What are you doing?”
“What’s it look like? We’re out! And after that mess? You two need a hug!” Still grinning, Klein pulled back enough for Agil to trade wrist grips with them both. Warm. Solid. Alive.
Day’s looking up already.
“Colonel, as they say at NASA, keepen der cotton-picken hands in das pockets.” A second woman’s voice, annoyed and quietly worried. “You’ve dealt with people in shock before. Let them focus on us, or you’ll do them more harm than good. Give them a minute to sort themselves out before we start asking questions.”
Still holding onto Kirito, Asuna tensed.
“Yeah.” Klein kept his tone light. Issin and Kunimittz had pretty good poker faces. The rest of his guild, not so much – but they weren’t looking straight at the doorway. “We’ve got company. Military company.”
“Military?” Kirito repeated, bewildered. “But why?”
“Good question.” Agil frowned. “They’re speaking English.”
Holy cow. He’s right. “So what the hell are we speaking?” Klein blurted out.
And damn it, this was a stupid thing to freak out over. His family was proud to be Nikkei; he’d grown up speaking English and Japanese. Why should just adding another language be this scary?
Because it sounds like us. It sounds like Aincrad. We beat Kayaba, the game’s supposed to be over! What the hell did he do to us?
“You lagging?” Black eyes met Klein’s, and winked. “We’ll figure it out. Right, Lightning Flash-sama?”