Clink, clink. I shifted my armor gently as small metallic pieces started to fall onto the stone cold floor. Sweat glistened on my temple as I took my two chipped blades out from my straps and stared at them. My arms felt like jelly under their weight.
“Just one more run before I return to town,” I sigh quietly. This was taking longer than I thought.
My eyes grew heavy with exhaustion as I took out the Zone 4 dungeon pass and offered it to the Goddess statue. It disintegrated and in a blink, the Goddess statue stood on a different pedestal. I made it inside. I prayed before the Goddess before gripping my swords and ran down the tunnel.
“I’d like both ALO coupons and Lisbeth Boots please!” I shouted as I shove a bunch of map tickets to the Exchange Administrator.
“You don’t have enough for all three,” he said.
“What? No…” I counted the tickets myself. “...420.”
Crap. I had miscalculated thinking I needed 60 for each coupon, but that was a Zone 5 reward. They were 100 each. Then an announcement was made across Erinn.
“Dear Milletiens, please return home in 600 seconds as the realm upkeep its balance.”
I collapsed to my knees, devastated. No way I can get the rest in 600 seconds. The SAO gang are leaving after the upkeep!
“Jeez, you look terrible,” said a voice.
I turn around to see Hino standing behind me. I teared up and blabbled, “H-Hino!! I’ve been so busy I--” He cut me short as he tossed a pair of boots onto my lap.
“I thought they’d look cute on you,” he grinned. “Get what you need and let’s return before we get swept up in the upkeep.”
I’ve never felt so blessed.