MidReal Story

Love's Digital Hunt

Scenario: I accidentally fell into the world in Love and Deepspace, found that I become a real hunter, and got to meet my digital boyfriend there.
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I accidentally fell into the world in Love and Deepspace, found that I become a real hunter, and got to meet my digital boyfriend there.
I stared at the ceiling and blinked.
The last thing I remembered was logging out from Love and Deepspace, a virtual reality game where I played as a hunter, and heading to bed.
But I wasn’t in my bedroom anymore.
The scent of wood and old books filled the air, and the room was dimly lit with a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling.
I sat up and looked around.
My clothes were neatly arranged in the small closet, and a desk with my laptop resting on it sat at the foot of my bed.
The small room had a cozy vibe, and I could imagine myself living in here.
But how did I get here?
I asked myself, still not believing that I was now a real person.
An honest-to-God real person.
My mind still couldn’t wrap around that fact.
I’d been a digital person in Love and Deepspace for as long as I could remember, playing the game since I was sixteen.
Now, thanks to my brother’s invention, I was a real hunter, living in this world—whatever world this was.
Hearing a knock on the door, I called out, “Come in!” The door opened and Lily appeared, her short stature making her look even smaller than she was.
“Good morning, sleepyhead!” I said cheerfully.
“Come on, get up.You don’t want to keep Alex waiting.”
Lily groaned and pulled the covers over her head.
“Five more minutes,” she mumbled.
“Alex will be mad if we’re late,” I said, teasing her.
She groaned louder but sat up and stretched her arms over her head.
“I have no idea how you’re so perky in the morning.” She pouted at me.
“It’s a gift,” I said and winked at her.
She glared at me before we both burst into laughter.
After Lily left, I hopped out of bed and got dressed in my hunter gear—a black tank top that showed off my tattoos, a pair of black denim shorts with fishnet stockings underneath, and combat boots.
I loved being a hunter in this world; it suited me perfectly.
Grabbing my bow and quiver of arrows, I sat down at the desk and opened my laptop to check if there were any updates from Alex.
Thanks to him, I’d felt less alone when I first arrived here.
It had been exhilarating to see the world outside my window, the streets of Lysandria bustling with people even in the early hours of the morning, going about their daily lives and not knowing that hunters like me protected them from all the evils and monsters lurking in the shadows of this world.
I’d been so excited for my first mission that I’d practically skipped all the way to headquarters, and Lily had made fun of me for days afterward.
The city was a mix of ancient and modern, with towering buildings on one side of the street and narrow alleyways leading to hidden markets on the other side.
The streets were always busy, and if you wanted to get anywhere, you had to be prepared to bump into people or dodge someone barreling down the sidewalk on a bicycle, narrowly missing you before cursing you out in a language you couldn’t understand.
But it was home, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
I checked my phone and frowned when I saw that Alex hadn’t messaged me back yet.
*He’s probably still sleeping.* I bit my lip and shook my head, trying to get rid of him from my mind or else I would never get anything done today.
Grabbing my phone and purse, I left the room and headed outside, passing other hunters along the way, some of them already heading out on missions.
I couldn’t wait to join them, but I knew it would be a while before I could go on my first mission alone—I still needed to be evaluated by a senior hunter to see if I was ready or if I needed more training.
I pushed open the door that led outside and stepped out onto the streets of Lysandria, looking around with excitement and nervousness bubbling inside me.
I felt like I was on the edge of something great, something that would change me forever—or maybe it already had and I just hadn’t realized it yet.
The city was abuzz with energy, people everywhere, walking or riding their bikes down the street, chatting with their friends or browsing through stalls at the markets that were set up every day along the sidewalks.
Lysandria was a beautiful city, but it was dangerous beyond its borders, with all sorts of monsters waiting to prey on unsuspecting humans—or hunters, like me, who were brave enough to venture outside the safety of this city to protect them from these creatures that lived in this world.
I bit my lip nervously and looked around, wondering what my first mission would be like.
“Are you ready?”
Alex’s voice asked through my earbuds, and I smiled as his familiar voice filled my ears, making me feel instantly better.
“Are you coming with me?”
I asked, even though I knew he wasn’t—he was a digital person, living inside my laptop, which was safely tucked away at home.
I wished he could come with me; I felt better knowing he was watching over me even if he was a thousand miles away, but I knew that wasn’t possible, not yet anyway.
He laughed softly, his voice laced with amusement.
“I wish I could, babe, but you know I can’t.I’ll be right here, watching you through your phone.”
“I know,” I said.
“I’ll message you as soon as we’re done here,” he said.
“Be safe.”
“I will,” I said and smiled at him.
“Now go back to sleep.
It’s too early for you to be awake.”
He laughed again.
“Fine, but don’t do anything stupid while I’m sleeping.”
I rolled my eyes.
“Don’t worry, Mama Alex.I’ll be careful.”
He grumbled softly before saying good-bye.
I put my phone in my purse and took a deep breath before walking down the narrow alleyways that led to the markets, passing shops selling all sorts of things from clothes to food.
The markets were already busy with people buying their groceries or browsing through stalls.
I walked past a group of young men who looked at me curiously as I passed them.
“Hey, gorgeous,” one of them called out to me.
“Where are you off to all alone?”
I ignored them and kept walking but quickened my pace when they started following me.
“Come on, sweetheart,” the same man called out to me.
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“We won’t bite, I promise.”
I felt a chill run down my spine as I quickened my pace.
I could hear their footsteps behind me and knew they were following me.
I gripped the handle of my bow tightly, knowing they would close the distance between us soon.
When I turned the corner, I stopped abruptly, shocked by what I saw.
A colossal beast was descending on the city, its massive wings casting a dark shadow over the streets of Lysandria.
It had the body of a lion, the wings of a dragon, and a serpent’s tail, with fire glowing from its mouth.
I gasped when I saw it shooting fire at the buildings, setting them ablaze instantly.
People were screaming and running around frantically, not knowing where to go or what to do.
Panic gripped me, but a part of me was excited—this was why I was here, to protect this world from monsters like this one.
I quickly pulled out my bow, my hands trembling with fear as I notched an arrow to the string.
The men who had been following me earlier stood beside me, one of them holding a sword while the others held spears.
They looked at me nervously, not knowing what to do.
“Get out of here!”
I yelled at them, gesturing behind them.
Their eyes widened with fear when they saw the beast behind them.
One of them dropped his spear and ran away while the other man followed him quickly.
The man who had been holding the sword stepped forward.
“Who are you?”
he asked me.
I ignored him and took a deep breath before running out into the open.
I could feel my heart pounding loudly in my chest as I raised my bow and took aim at the beast flying towards me.
I shot an arrow at it, but it barely made a dent in the massive monster.
It roared angrily as it swooped down on me, its wings flapping loudly.
“Alex!”
I called out desperately as I turned around and ran back to safety.
“I’m here,” Alex said hurriedly.
“Just keep running.”
I ran through the narrow alleyways as fast as I could, hoping to lose the beast.
But it caught up with me quickly.
I stopped when I reached a dead-end alleyway and turned around just as it descended on me.
It shot fire from its mouth, but I rolled out of the way just in time for it to miss me by an inch.
It roared angrily as it looked at me with its glowing red eyes.
“Alex,” I called out desperately.
“What should I do?”
“It’s a chimera,” he said.
“It has three heads—one of a lion, one of a dragon, and one of a goat.”
“But it doesn’t have any of those heads,” I said as I dodged another blast of fire from its mouth.
“It’s still a chimera.”
It roared angrily as it swooped down on me again.
I raised my bow and took aim at its massive body, shooting arrow after arrow at it until I had no more arrows left.
It had landed on the street just beside me, destroying a car that was parked there.
Lily stood beside me, her arm covered in cuts and bruises as she raised her sword against the beast.
I gasped when I saw her, not realizing that she had been following me all this time.
“You’re here!”
I said excitedly.
“Did you see that?”
She asked with a grin, raising her sword at the beast.
“Yeah, I saw that,” I replied with a grin of my own as we faced the beast together.
The citizens of Lysandria had gathered around us, watching us with hopeful looks on their faces.
They had seen me using a bow to fight the beast, and they knew that there were real hunters here to protect them from monsters like this one.
My arrows were not powerful enough to kill a chimera, but they had managed to distract it long enough for Lily to attack it with her sword.
We fought the beast for what felt like hours, but it was actually just a few minutes before we managed to bring it down.
Together, we killed the massive monster after it had set several buildings on fire and destroyed a few cars on the street.
The citizens of Lysandria cheered and clapped their hands when they saw us bringing down the chimera.
They were all staring at us with hopeful looks on their faces, and some of them even started to call out our names and chant them over and over again.
“Ava!”
they shouted excitedly.
“Lily!”
they chanted after that, and Lily and I grinned at each other as we faced them with pride in our eyes.
Lily turned to me and punched me playfully in the arm.
“You’re not so bad with that bow after all,” she said with a grin, and I punched her back, making her wince slightly from pain.
“I didn’t know you were following me,” I said apologetically, and she shook her head, holding her arm gingerly as she did so.
“It’s okay,” she said with a smile on her face.
“I was just coming back from scouting outside when I heard your arrow fly beside mine.”
“Oh!
I said with a grin on my face, holding my bow tightly to my chest.
“We make a good team,” Lily said with a wink, and I nodded in agreement before turning around to face the citizens of Lysandria once again.
I could see hope shining brightly in their eyes, and I knew that it was because of us that they were feeling this way right now.
And I was proud of it.
But the truth was that it was not just me who had done all the hard work—it was Lily too—and the other hunters who had saved this world many times before I even got here.
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