“Why did you do it?” Asuna demanded. “You knew it could kill people! Who are you? Why is the military involved with Kayaba?” Where is my family? It didn’t matter if she was in America. Her father would have hired someone to watch over RETCO’s second heir. Whether she liked it or not. Yet there hadn’t been anyone.
Which implied whatever Bluebook was, it had power. Enough power to make Yuuki Shouzou sit on his hands. There was no way that could be good.
She wanted to scream that at them. She wanted to demand they tell her the truth, everything; or gods, tell them nothing and just turn everyone loose to make their own way home. America couldn’t be harder to survive in than Aincrad.
But she was the Vice-Commander of the Knights of the Blood Oath. People were counting on her to keep her head. To get them all out of here.
So stay calm. Ask what they expect you to ask. And watch them.
“We’re not involved with the computer-happy megalomaniac. Believe me, we’d love to know where the guy is.” O’Neill shrugged. “Introductions are good. You’ve met Dr. Fraiser. That’s Dr. Daniel Jackson,” a nod toward the curious blond in glasses, “Major Carter,” the blonde who’d called him sir, “and Murray.”
The dark-skinned man in the hat inclined his head.
…Maybe Murray was a family name. Or a screen name. It just didn’t feel right.
“Now, if the nurses got your files right,” O’Neill went on, apparently planning to pretend his way right past stretching the truth, “you three are Asuna Yuuki, Andrew Mills, and… Corporal Ryoutarou Tsuboi.” He smirked a little. “You’re a long way from base, Marine.”
Klein blinked. Shook his head, red hair a wild mop of a mess. “Wow. Nobody’s called me that in… whoa. Can’t remember. Before I logged in for – heh. A lot longer than the weekend.”
“No one’s used your real name in two years?” Daniel blurted out. “Ah. I’m not a medical doctor, I’m an anthropologist… that just seems odd.”
Hairs prickled on the back of Asuna’s neck. That wasn’t an innocent question. Not coming right after the Colonel addressing the Marine, not Fuurinkazan’s guild leader. That was a wedge.
They’re trying to split us apart.