Make him tell me how he’s doing that later-!
Asuna flicked that thought aside with the determination of a surviving clearer. Kirito was strong enough to tank some monsters in a pinch, but just holding off the demon’s attack was grinding away his HP faster than battle healing could keep up.
Dodging the other claw, she stabbed at blazing eyes-
The world… blinked.
Worse. Lag would have simply left her hanging, to come back to a world where the monster’s attack would have had every chance to land. This – it was as if the whole world skipped, a needle scratching across an ancient record. Claws were coming down again and Kirito was drawing his second sword again and the bebilith was so fast–
Kirito was still faster, two swords crossing to block one claw as Asuna stabbed at a joint in the other, making it recoil. But his HP had dropped even lower.
As if he blocked it twice, Asuna realized, aiming for the eyes again. Hadn’t worked the first time, but she had an idea…. “It rewinds time? The lorebooks didn’t say that!”
“No,” Kirito gritted out. “Check your HUD clock. It’s running fine. The system’s glitching!”
You can keep track of your- Maim aggravating solo later, kill demon now!
Feinting at the eyes, Asuna leapt upward, wings one lightning-laced beat to carry her over the demon’s carapace. It didn’t have much of an abdomen, but even an immortal demon had to have vital organs vulnerable to sharp pointy things.