The following day she was to go to school as usual, the ambience being a tiny bit more depressing than ever, but if she ignored the crowds of zombies walking by she'd end up sitting in her classroom as was the routine, where nothing seemed too out of the ordinary either. She had a couple of minutes before the bell rang to do anything else, however, and since PETs are allowed in school talking to Fircian was a viable option amongst them.
[1/31/2016 5:50:33 PM] "You should put more care into mathematics," Fircian stated as Levra stared disappointedly at the D grade of Friday's test.
She half-slammed her for head onto the desk, feeling dejected. "But's so booooooring!"
"Mathematics are vital to societal function," Fircian continued speaking through the PET, "It will be very important later in life."
Levra crossed her arms on the desk, resting her head on them as though they were a pillow. She looked over to the device as she replied, "Why can't I worry about it then and not now?"
"You know procrastination leads to no progress. Waiting will not make it any easier."
Annoyed, Levra forcefully tapped her index finger into the device's screen. "You know, you could do a much better job of cheering me up."
Her Navi continued in its usual monotone, "I am trying to encourage you to do better. I would recommend more studying between video game sessions."
Levra groaned as she looked away from the device to stare at the classroom clock, attempting to make herself believe she can make time move faster by sheer force of will.
[1/31/2016 5:54:58 PM | Edited 5:56:23 PM] After an usual introductory lesson right before the math class started, something out of the ordinary kicked life into the day. Her teacher came in and started talking about a series of unfortunate events that were just now going on in the news. It seemed as if an unknown organization was infecting people's computers with viruses, and the damage was yet unclear. It almost seemed a scene out of a movie that Levra just so happened to be one of the less affected students in the classroom despite her close encounter.
When asked, the students were one by one describing how their computers at home stopped working, or how their pets got deleted and they couldn't fix a thing, eventually giving turn to Levra to speak. At the very least it seemed as if math class had been cancelled if that was reason enough to cheer her up.
[1/31/2016 6:13:44 PM | Edited 6:21:15 PM] Listening to each story, Levra realized just how lucky she and her Navi were. It was far more widespread than she first assumed and everyone else didn't seem particularly fortunate in the events that occurred the night before.
She took a moment before she spoke when it was her turn to speak, "I..." She was somewhat hesitant to continue talking, worried slightly how she would be viewed if everyone one else knew how easily she got off the hook in comparison, "I had got that strange email as well. I sent my Navi to sort it out and just barely managed to get my computer back up and running."
"There were two other Navies that he stumbled across," she continued briefly before pausing, glancing around the attentive class room. "I don't think I'd still have Fircian if that other Navi didn't save him."
[1/31/2016 6:24:02 PM | Edited 6:24:35 PM] The teacher quickly interrupted the session on a high note, likely sending any of the subtle jealousy from the girl that just spoke into icy daggers flying towards the woman at the other end of the classroom as she'd left about 5 people with still stories to tell. "I'm glad to hear, Ms. Hartly. This kind of thing is precisely why the school has decided to put us all on a temporary extracurricular lesson over our math class. It had never happened before, but now we can't be too careful."
Before the other students were able to celebrate the event, she continued, "Each of our classes will undergo a special training at our computer science lab to try and avoid another unfortunate accident like this. You'll form pairs with the students from our other class and we'll guide you there through a special simulation."
A few of the students would have much prefered to stay with their heads down their desks, so the feelings about the sudden trip were mixed amongst Levra's classmates. She gave no opportunity to ask many questions before forcing her students to walk across the school grounds for the special lesson, eventually arriving at a fancy room full of desks and computers, each oddly prepared with two seats despite having only one terminal.
While entering, the students were each given a piece of paper with a number that matched one of the computers, having them sit alone for a couple until the students from the other class arrived, more than likely taking their time as they were in history class with a teacher they'd know to speak way too much.
[1/31/2016 6:35:01 PM] Levra looked around the room a moment and quickly went to the terminal that matched her number. "I guess luck is the theme of the week," she spoke into her PET as she sat down at Terminal 7.
"Probability plays an role in many events," Fircian responded as she adjusted her seat.
"True, but it is annoying," Levra half-whispered in an annoyed tone as she finally got comfortable. "Aunt Cheryl is still recovering from her gambling debts."
[1/31/2016 6:42:50 PM] The students currently sitting at one side of the desk didn't have to wait long, soon guests they didn't see as often entering the classroom and taking seats besides them in the rather small desks.
As they didn't spend much time together thanks to the way their school worked and how quickly this particular student was in leaving school every day or secluding himself to a computer, Levra wouldn't have recalled much from the one who sat besides her, offering her a calm smile and sitting quietly next to her, leaving his own pet on the table with the screen turned off.
He didn't seem much of a conversationalist, but as soon as they were all together they'd be interrupted by Megumi, their fat, loud history teacher Martin and one of the assistants from the computer science lab. They were told to connect their PETs to the computers and to borrow some educational ones for the students that didn't have one available with them, soon a simulation automatically starting up on the screen of what seemed like dead desktop computers, showing up a screen with two dots symbolizing the PET ports in Levra's side of the desk, somewhere along the sides of the computer.
The moment of silence gave them a good opportunity to put on some conversation, but the blonde boy simply put on a pair of glasses and proceeded to extend the cord of his PET to connect it if Levra had no objections.
[1/31/2016 6:54:54 PM] "So, uh, how's the weather?" Levra made a poor attempt at striking up a conversation with her assigned partner as she extended the PET cable and placed it into the port. She wasn't particularly fond of awkward silences and figured she'd at least make an attempt to break the quiet.
[1/31/2016 7:02:09 PM] He stared at her silently with a sarcastic smile, letting out a chuckle a moment later, managing to connect his PET after her. "You couldn't come up with something better, huh? Sorry, I think I'm still a bit dizzy from Martin's speech." he joked on a whispered tone, occasionally glancing back at the computer screen. "At least you had math cancelled."
The voice would come off as vaguely familiar.
[1/31/2016 7:08:26 PM] Returning with a light chuckle of her own, Levra replied, "No, not really. It was just too quiet "
She glanced at the monitor a moment as she thought ahead. That next moment, Levra suddenly recalled something vague and looked over to the guy sitting next to her.
"Wait, have we met?"
[1/31/2016 7:16:39 PM] Scott returned a confused look, blinking blankly at the sudden question. "I don't think so... Why?"
Suddenly interrupted before they could add anything else, both navis, Fircian and Valhallen had appeared on screen, the camera following from an above angle, turning on Scott's PET. Both navis were standing on a platform hovering in the air over a very usual blue background with data strings all over, a school statue in the middle of the platform between the two of them and a single wide corridor that lead to what seemed like a portal door on top of another platform.
"This place looks fun!" commented Val after taking a quick look around, his voice coming from the other PET terminal loud enough for Levra to hear as he spoke.
[1/31/2016 7:24:18 PM] "You just seem somehow familiar, sorry." She looked back to the screen as she looked towards the scene that suddenly came to life.
She felt like she recognized the overhead shape of the Navi on the opposite side of Fircian, and the sudden sound chiming through on the other person's PET cemented the thought.
"Wait, I definitely know that Navi!" She exclaimed. Suddenly aware of her noisy nature, she leaned down to be less visibly obvious and looked over to her terminal partner. "Is that Val? You're the ones who help me last night, aren't you?"
[1/31/2016 7:29:59 PM] "R- really?" he asked with a nervous smile, bringing his hands up as if to instinctively avoid an impending slap, "Sorry, Val told me, but I... kinda forgot to check my email last night." He seemed a bit dumbfounded at first about the coincidence, but later his expression turned apologetic as he knew he dismissed the email he'd received with the excuse he'd check it today after school.
Both Val and Fircian would be listening in through the PET microphones, and he quickly commented, following the same train of thought since he couldn't see the expression on her face. "I told you never to leave a girl waiting, you should have listened to me."
[1/31/2016 7:51:07 PM | Edited 7:51:33 PM] The speaker on Levra's PET began vibrating, "I can assure you, my user is no stranger to procrastination."
Quickly sliding over to be face-to-face with the device, Levra whispered in a clearly irritated tone, "Why don't you ever try to make me feel better?"
Fircian made no response, instead looking over in the direction of Valhallen. "Greetings."
Levra sat up and leaned back in her seat, exhaling sharply as she calmed herself down. Fircian's personality quirks were annoying at times, but the at least there was evidence that he no longer had the oddly blank behavior from when she first got her PET.
"Nah, don't worry about it," she waved her hand in the air to dismiss the apologetic tone. "All it really means is I can be more personal about it." She looked over to the other person and smiled. "Thanks for the help, both of you."
[1/31/2016 7:58:08 PM] Scott couldn't hide a laugh at her reaction, a bit relieved to know that she didn't mind herself. "It's alright. I'm glad we could help." he replied a bit sheepishly, just giving them a brief moment to shrug it down before the simulation had some instructions on screen and a time limit that they had been ignoring for a few seconds.
Proceed to the nearest portal to begin with the first lesson. You'll be rewarded points depending on how many objectives you can meet within the time limit of 30 minutes. was the message flashing on a corner of the screen, invisible to the navi's standing by.