“I’m convinced life has it out for me. That’s the only explanation. Do you know how many times we wiped last night all because that mage kept falling asleep? My repair bill was ridiculous!” Sabrina said, stomping through the mall and glaring at anyone who dared to wander into her path. Several high schoolers were almost trampled. She really needed to rein in her temper before she got herself into a fight.
“What was that? Could you speak english so the rest of us can understand you?”
Glancing at her friend she couldn’t help comparing herself to the picture of serenity gliding along next to her. Lani was an acknowledged beauty. Graceful in her movements even when she wasn’t dancing she always seemed to draw everyone’s eye. Whenever they went anywhere together she always felt like the mixed breed mutt next to a purebred show dog. Taking a breath she tried to calm down.
“Sorry. I was playing my online game last night but we couldn’t get anything done because that stupid mage in our guild kept falling asleep. I mean, seriously! What the Hell?! If he can’t stay awake till the end of the damn pull he should just log off! He pulls the boss, sheeps the other guy, then faceplants on his keyboard snoring?!”
“You had me in the beginning but lost me. Let me see if I have this straight. You’re pissed because you can’t do anything in your game since one of the other players keeps falling asleep?”
“He keeps falling asleep in the middle of the fights!”
“Oh. How about you just don’t play with him then? Sounds like it would be less stressful.”
She had to glare at that. “If I didn’t want to do any of the instances, yeah I could do that. If I wanted to completely pass on the guild raids too. He’s the top DPS in the guild so he always gets invited despite how he fucking sucks!” Lani smacked her in the stomach for that comment.
“Language!” Those honey brown spotlights glanced to the side to bring her attention to the glares she was getting from the parents of the small children near them. Blushing she mumbled an apology and started walking faster to put some space between them and the family. She didn’t know how or why but her blood pressure always hit the roof whenever she thought about how stuck she was gamewise simply because one person couldn’t stay awake.
“I think you need to get away from that game for a while. How about you come out with me tonight? We could get dressed up. Have dinner someplace we haven’t been before. Hit up a club for some dancing?”
“Tonight? But…if I don’t get on tonight I’ll miss the Deadly Nightfall game event! There’s gonna be a whole flight of dragons descending on Winter’s Breath Keep! I’ve been stockpiling potions and scrolls for weeks to prep for this fight!”
“I give up. You need to pull yourself out of that imaginary world and actually LIVE life. There’s more to it than a computer screen you know. Don’t you want to meet real people?”
“The people I play with are real. They just tend to be miles away in other states. That doesn’t mean they aren’t real.” They’d had this argument before on multiple occasions. She’d also had this argument with her other friends. And her family. A few coworkers. If you didn’t play it was hard to understand.
When she got online she met other people who loved games. Who enjoyed the same interests. Who didn’t give her flack about not going out there and “doing something”. She WAS doing something! She was saving a world! Sure it was a make believe world but that didn’t mean she couldn’t get a sense of accomplishment and belonging from saving it with her guild. It was more than she got in her every day life anyway. Didn’t everyone want to be part of something bigger than themselves? It wasn’t the same feeling she got whenever she volunteered at the Nursing Home her grandmother stayed at but it was still an awesome feeling.
“You are going to end up a spinster with a house full of cats. Just watch!”
“Now I resent that! You know I’m allergic to cats. If anything I’ll have turned my house into a giant fish tank. Maybe have tubes connecting different tanks in different rooms. I’ve seen people do that for their cats and guinea pigs.”
“I…can totally see you doing that. You’re crazy enough.”
“I prefer eccentric!”
Her good mood restored she thought back to her mage problem. There had to be a way around it. She couldn’t be the only one who was frustrated. Okay, truth be told she was on the verge of virtual homicide. This was a guild matter though. She should just bring it up to one of the officers and let them deal with it. That should solve things just fine. Getting home she figured no time like the present and got online early. Logging onto their guild ventrilo server she checked to see who was already there. Slipping into her online persona of Brynthyl she had a quick discussion with her favorite Paladin. Her good mood quickly died. “What do you mean there’s nothing you can do? Talk to him! I can’t be the only one who’s pissed!”
Aldric the Perpetually Cheerful was her regular tank and like his nickname was always cheerful. It amazed her how it never grated on her nerves but for the first time she was seriously annoyed with him. “He has a medical condition, Brynthyl. If you talked to him you’d know that. There’s nothing to be done about it. Luckily it’s not life threatening.” There had to be something wrong with the color settings of her monitor. Suddenly everything was way too red. Oh wait. Haha, that was her eyes.
“I spent almost two grand in gold just for repairs last night! Isn’t there something he can take or maybe have a friend play next to him and poke him with a stick or something whenever he starts to doze off? Come on! I really want to finish this raid! At this rate we’re never going to beat the Overlord’s dungeon!”
“Now now, take a deep breath and chill. We can’t hold this against him.”
“Like Hell I can’t!”
“I believe I told you to chill. How about we all sit down and talk about this with Shortios and the other officers? I’m sure we’ll be able to find a solution that will keep everyone happy. How does that sound?”
She grumbled a bit but agreed anyway. This “discussion” had better not ruin her dragon encounter at Winter’s Breath Keep. If it did or Heaven forbid she actually missed it entirely there would be one dead mage by the name of Shortios on the guild’s roster. She may as well get some of her frustration out. Time to play a little capture the flag in the game battlegrounds. Of course she was going to ignore the flag entirely and just gank every mage that came across her path instead.
“I’ll be doing some PvP if you need me.”