Published at 14th of January 2021 10:41:40 AM
"I already knew about this . . . "
His voice echoed in Yui's ears . Her troubled heart started rumbling . Before Yui could say anything, Wu Yan pointed out something which roused her intrigue .
"Sword Art Online, this game is supported by a very advanced ssystem . . . "
Yui clenched her teeth and she lowered her heart . Wu Yan continued telling the story she should have been telling him had he not possessed prior knowledge .
"The Cardinal System is an autonomous system designed to preserve the balance of this game . Possessing vast computational powers, and the power to adjust monster attributes, items, and equipment drop rates, the Cardinal System controls all the processes in this game world . . . "
"Under its authority is the maintenance of players suffering mental problems . . . "
Wu Yan can tell Yui's body is shaking the moment he mentioned this . He bitterly laughed while looking into Yui's face .
"Yui, You're the mental health counselling program (Yui-MHCP001), right? . . . "
Yui looked at Wu Yan with deep shock . She was ready to confess her origins but Wu Yan's words threw her cards into the air and she didn't know how to proceed from this point on .
"Why? How did you . . . "
Wu Yan didn't answer her . Instead, he smiled at her .
"Yeah, I more or less knew about your identity when I brought you home with me on that fateful day . . . "
"From the start . . . "
Yui couldn't believe her ears, her body trembled .
"If you already knew about my true identity, why did you still pick me up?"
"Well . . . "
Wu Yan rubbed her head . He caressed her silky smooth hair .
"Who in the right mind would leave an unconscious little girl collapsed in the woods just like that?"
"Little girl . . . "
Yui tried to shrink away from him with an awkward laugh .
"I am just a program, I am not an actual human girl . . . "
"Is that so?> . . "
Wu Yan turned around, he pointed her towards a certain corner of the house . There are photos with Asuna, Wu Yan, Kirito, Liz, Klein, Souta, Agil, Sachi, Shion, and Silica . . . .
"Look at them . . . "
Wu Yan pointed at Wu Yan & co .
"Yui, do you honestly think they doubted your humanity?"
"Think about it, Uncle Kirito, Uncle Klein, Uncle Souta, Uncle Agil always brought gifts for you whenever they came back from the labyrinth . Meanwhile, Aunt Liz, Aunt Sachi, Aunt Shion, Aunt Silica would come along to bring you out on trips to the cities, right?"
"Now, would someone do that for a simple program? Do you still think you're just a program?"
Yui started losing her focus as she recalled the events she experienced . However, she shook her head when she realized something .
"N-no, I am just ones and zeroes written by the Cardinal . My tears are fake, my body is fake, even my emotions, how can . . . "
Wu Yan shut his eyes .
"Alright, you say your body is fake and your tears are generated . . . "
"Basically, you're like every other player in this world, yeah? . . . "
Yui was stunned .
Wu Yan gave her another big hug .
"Yui, let papa give you a lesson . . . "
In this world, everything's digital, the players are also ones and zeroes walking around . The monsters, their tears, they are all not real . I have to hand it to Kayaba Akihiko, he's got mad computing skills to emulate all those complex stuff . . . "
"But, even if he's very good, I doubt he has the ability to write codes for emotions . "
"Granted, everything you said might be fake, however, I am sure the feelings you expressed are genuine . . . "
He pressed Yui's head against his chest .
"Look? Isn't my hug warm? . . . "
Yui couldn't resist but nod . Wu Yan's smile became even more radiant .
"Okay, do you love papa? . . . "
Yui looked at Wu Yan instantly . Tears started rolling down her cheeks, she grabbed Wu Yan's shirt and she buried her head in his embrace .
"I love you! I love you! I love papa the most! I love mama the most too!"
Her tears made his shirt wet . Her sobs echoed in the room .
"Yui wants to stay with Papa and Mama . I don't wanna leave papa and mama, uuu . . . "
A figure flashed past the living room, the figure grabbed Yui .
Wu Yan was surprised by the figure . He gasped .
Asuna was already tearing up, she squeezed Yui into a tight hug .
"We will always be together, Mama will never leave you behind!"
"Mama . . . "
"It doesn't matter if Yui's Yui, a program, a monster, I don't care!"
Asuna didn't loosen her grip on Yui .
"I know only one thing . Yui is my beloved daughter . . . "
"Mama . . . "
Yui was already crying up a storm . Her tears never stopped flowing for a second . They were weeping and sobbing together .
Wu Yan didn't feel good looking at the mother and daughter pair cry up a deluge . He didn't like the fact that the two people he cared about the most in this world has to go through something like this .
Yui detected the pain in Wu Yan's heart . She stopped crying and she wiped away the tears on her face . She gave them a wide smile .
"Thank you, papa, mama, I will cherish what little time we have left . . . "
"What do you mean by that?!"
Wu Yan's pupil shrank .
"What little time? . . . "
Asuna turned pale, a sense of crisis crept up from deep in her heart .
"Why? . . . "
Yui gave them a very troubled smile . She linked her arms around Asuna's neck .
"The players stuck in Aincrad are already on the 98th-floor . If they kill the remaining 3 floor bosses, SAO will be cleared and players can leave this world . . . "
Her eyes turned misty .
"Three years ago, SAO's nature was changed and it became a death game . Players were filled with terror, hatred, despair, and various other negative emotions . Due to Papa and Mama's active efforts, the perceptions of the players changed towards the positive side . Leaving this world is the sole hope in the hearts of every players in this world . . . "
"Papa, mama, you two are going to have to leave this world soon . . . "
Yui looked longingly at both Wu Yan and Asuna .
"I am an AI program, I can't return to the world with you two . . . "
Asuna's face turned into a deeper shade of paleness . She covered her mouth, her grief made talking very difficult . Meanwhile, Wu Yan chuckled when an idea struck him .
"Yui . . . "
Wu Yan hugged both Asuna and Yui .
"Don't worry, papa has a way out of this . "
"Papa . . . "
Yui was dumbfounded . Asuna looked at Wu Yan intently .
"Yan, you . . . "
Wu Yan tightened his hug .
"You girls just need to trust me!"
Asuna and Yui looked at Wu Yan without saying anything . Then, they resolved themselves and they nodded .