"Class dismissed." Yuzuki Akiyama looked on with a slightly exasperated smile as the boys in her class cheered, noticing the teacher's resigned look. She took a look around the other students in the classroom. The girls in class were quite happy as well, though not to the extent of the boys - she could hear one girl, who was the Ms. Academics of their year, sigh in irritation. "It's that game launch," she could hear the girl mutter to her friends, who laughed slightly. "My own brother has been talking about SAO nonstop. And he didn't even get a copy, you should have seen his face." Standing up, Yuzuki smiled to herself as she shouldered her bag. She nudged her best friend, Akira, who was asleep on the desk with a smirk. "Hey." She poked Akira's cheek. Her eye twitched slightly as the other girl merely stretched in her sleep and mumbled, "Five minutes, okaa-san..." Did she just get called 'mother'? Smiling and shaking her head, the long-haired girl sighed. How many times have you fallen asleep in Yamamoto-sensei's class, Akira-chan? Sometimes, Yuzuki had a hard time believing Akira was even the best female player on the girl's soccer team. The girl was oblivious, playful, and often had her head in the clouds. It was as if Yuzuki was the anchoring presence that kept Akira from forgetting why she was even in the classroom in the first place... Groan. At least she didn't have track today... Of the two of them, Yuzuki was dubbed 'the responsible one'. I wonder if that means I'm the boring one... "Oi, Akira!" Puffing her cheek in frustration, Yuzuki nudged her sleeping friend in the ribs - then proceeded to tickle the other girl. "AAAA - Hyahahaa!" The short-haired girl shot up from the seat and almost tackled Yuzuki in the floor, had the other girl not been as quick as she was. Akira pouted at her, and she raised an unimpressed eyebrow. "Akira-chan, you still have soccer practice. If you want to get to the SAO launch soon and catch up after me, you know you shouldn't be late to your coach. She's already been mad at you for being late so many times in a row, and you know..." She trailed off. Akira would be the one to clean up after the others once they finished practice. "Ah!" Akira's dark grey eyes widened, and she scrambled to get her bag and books off her desk. Yuzuki merely blinked and stared as the other girl raced out of the classroom, with a call of, "See you later, Yuzuki-chaaaan! Don't play too long without me!" Rolling her eyes and laughing slightly, Yuzuki headed out of the class, after giving a small smile to the remaining classmate who had to clean up the classroom for the day. She kept quiet as she slipped in between the people in the crowded hallways, hearing some boys speak loudly about SAO. Sword Art Online. The first ever VRMMO, using FullDive technology and operating on the NerveGear system. Yuzuki only heard of it from her uncle and Akira. Her best friend loved video games, and had been trying to invite Yuzuki to play MMOs with her, but this was the first time she had been convinced. After all, the idea of a realistic videogame, in a fantasy world, was a little tempting. So Yuzuki had gotten the Nerve Gear she had gotten as a gift from her uncle, and had Akira's extra copy of SAO shoved in her face. Apparently, Akira had won the other copy off of a raffle draw. Lost in thought and looking down on the ground, Yuzuki didn't see the boy in front of her until it was too late.