Chapter 2 – Everything’s Fine if You’re Handsome

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Author: Mad Flower Original Source: SFACG Word Count: 1382 characters
Translator: FrozenFirez English Source: Re:Library Word Count: 1114 words
Editor(s): Silva

After freshening and dressing up neatly, Yaeger locked the room up and walked down the stairs.

As he reached the lounge area on the first floor, the eyes of the lady seated behind the front desk instantly lit up before greeting him in delight: “Good morning! Did you have a good rest last night?”

The lady was the landlord’s daughter. 26 years old, she had an above-average appearance, and had a lively and bubbly spirit. She was also very cordial with people. Of course, this cordiality was only towards certain people, like handsome men.

Standing at 1.75 meters tall, Yaeger had an athletic and sculpted figure. Sharp eyebrows, spotless chin, fair skin, and red lips, with a sharp and angular face that appeared to be shaped with a knife. Unlike the soft and feminine men that had been a hot trend over the past few years, his suaveness was brimming with the charm of masculinity.

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“Good morning. I had a pretty okay rest.” Yaeger replied with a smile. Sparks seemed to shoot out from his jet-black eyes, almost causing a heart attack for the girl. No, it was the difficulty of breathing due to how shaken up her heart was.

The landlord’s daughter covered her chest, lowered her head as her face turning red, not daring to look up straight at Yaeger’s eyes.

Yaeger was already used to this development. While in school, he was already the object of desire for women, with quite a few girls even going crazy over him. However, as he wanted to focus on studying, Yaeger did not consider dating at all while at school. In fact, the number of people he had rejected could draw a circle round the school if they were to be arranged in a line.

Leaving the budget hotel, Yaeger could not help but to cover his mouth as the rotting smells within the slums struck him, forcing him to move hastily away from this area.

In Milan City, the slums and the surrounding areas were so different one would feel like they were in 2 completely different worlds.

Clearly, they were located within the same city. However, the disparity between their environments was extremely big. Outside of the slums, order was present, with laws being properly upheld. Within the slums, it was a mess at every single corner, an utter lack of any aesthetic appeal in the constructions, with people hailing from all walks of life present, creating an exceedingly complicated social structure.

Taking out his phone, Yaeger booked a didi-ride1. At this moment, he wanted to head to the nearest store that gives out 24hr advance closed beta test pass, which was located in a high-end supermarket within the city.

For the sake of avoiding any unexpected incidents, Yaeger had no choice but to book a ride over.

After approximately half an hour, Yaeger finally reached the high-end supermarket where the closed beta test pass was located— Nancheng Supermarket.

Having come here a few times before, he knew exactly where the game terminals were located.
After waiting for a period of time, the main doors finally opened.
Like a frenzied rabbit, Yaeger scuttled in, using all of his strength to run straight towards the location of the terminals.

A single sleepy-eyed staff member was present within this section of the supermarket. Upon seeing Yaeger rush in, she could not help but blink her eyes repeatedly in slight disbelief. There’s a handsome man rushing right at me! Has my spring arrived?

However…

The reality was always exceptionally cruel. Without taking a single look at her, Yaeger shot pass her like the wind. His eyes were filled with excitement as he looked right towards the game terminals at the end of the row, showing a gaze as though he was just like a hungry wolf looking at a little sheep before him.

One of the ten 24hr closed beta test passes present in the world was lying in wait for him to pick up!

In his previous life, the gaming company had publicly announced the news of the closed beta test not long after the start of the open beta test. This included the locations where those passes were, as well as the differences between the closed and open beta tests.

Although he had started quite late, Yaeger was still able to obtain massive amounts of information and strategies after playing the game, which included information about how to obtain those closed beta test passes.

It was extremely simple to obtain the pass Yaeger was aiming for, as there were no special restrictions present. As long as he was able to find a game terminal packaging box that had a plum flower mark on it, he would be able to obtain one of the closed beta test passes!

No one had expected that a little plum flower mark would actually be involved with such a secret.
Suppressing his excitement, Yaeger rapidly flipped through the packaging boxes in search of the plum flower mark.
The game terminals were the size of handphones. Even with their packaging, their boxes weren’t too different from those used for handphones.

After over 10 minutes of searching, Yaeger had already flipped through all of the packaging boxes.

However…
It was not there!
None of them had a plum flower mark!

Yaeger’s heart was filled with anxiousness: Could it be that I’ve made a mistake?

That’s not right! The officials had clearly stated that the passes were launched at the precise timings they have indicated in their announcement, which was 9:05 am as what he had remembered!
It wasn’t even 9:am. Furthermore, he was the only customer present.

Exactly what went wrong?
Could it be that my return to this moment in time had caused the future to change?

Yaeger pulled his hair and bit his lip in frustration.

Right at this moment, an employee pushing a trolley headed over towards his direction, with the trolley being filled with the virtual reality terminals.

Looking over, Yaeger’s eyes instantly snapped wide open. Despite not having that good of an eyesight, he was able to see the trolley filled with game terminals, as well as the little black dot at the furthermost box…

Tapping the tip of his feet against the flow, Yaeger ignored the shocked looks from the employee and shot towards the trolley.
Seeing the incoming Yaeger, the trolley-pushing employee was scared stiff, causing her to immediately come to a halt.

Right that very moment, Yaeger had already shot over and placed his hand on the furthermost terminal.
However, just at the same time he placed his hand down, a beautiful white arm came down precisely onto his hand.



References

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19 thoughts on “Chapter 2 – Everything’s Fine if You’re Handsome”

  1. I have been going out of my way not to make personal comments it’s not productive in any way shape or form. While the idea of “merging” worlds may have been around for quite awhile that hardly makes it any good.

    Here’s a photo of Beijing
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing#/media/File:Beijing_montage_2019.png

    Just where are you going to “merge” anything in that

    Same goes for Tokyo

    https://www.japan-guide.com/g18/3064_01a.jpg

    And here’s my home town
    https://media.architecturaldigest.com/photos/5da74823d599ec0008227ea8/16:9/w_2560%2Cc_limit/GettyImages-946087016.jpg

    Now I don’t know gate, but I enjoyed the Shield Hero anime but that was for its deconstruction of the “Hero in another world genre”. It reminded me very much of Grunts by Mary Gentle, or Poul Anderson’s High Crusade. If Shield hero was literally talking about worlds merging then the people who adapted it did a real sensible job of downplaying it.

    1. If you haven’t read or watched “Gate”, I’d honestly recommend that you to watch it. That’s probably the best example for this scenario.

      And I don’t know if you’ve read Shield Hero until the ending, the web novel basically ended already, but the whole concept of “world merging” is there and the whole point of the story.

      When the two worlds “merged”, it’s basically the same two worlds from different dimension “clashing” with one another and it’ll result in the destruction of both worlds.

      That is the very reason why the “heroes” from other world is trying to destroy the world that Naofumi is summoned to.
      And this concept is also the same in the game called “MapleStory”.

      On that note, I suppose I made a mistake. The author mentioned that the two worlds “intersected” so it isn’t as drastic as the concept of “merging”.

      1. Well thank you for the recommending Gate. I’ll certainly give it a look. I have to confess in Shield Hero, I wasn’t really interested in the conflict or its cause. What really got me was Naofumi’s reaction to being summoned, and the court politics that screw him over, and how he deals with it. After that arc was done, I just didn’t see much reason to continue with it. He now has the whole hearted backing of that country’s political establishment,. He has another country where he is a defacto national hero on the level of Mannerheim in Finland, Nelson, Wellington, Churchill in the U.K or Washington, Lincoln in the U.S. I just didn’t see how that went in any direction except OP power fantasy

    2. Shield Hero’s world merging was a plot reveal later in the story as part of the final villains grand twist appearance.
      Anyway, if you really can’t imagine the concepts of worlds merging I would take a look at Log Horizon and Kekkai Sensen.

      Log Horizon has a bunch of people transported inside an MMO that has become it’s own reality, and Kekkai Sensen has New York merge with a fantasy horror world. In these two I think Kekkai Sensen will probably debunk your argument in this comment most. In that story a fantasy world overlapped with New York and they started to merge together, but using magic they managed to put a barrier around the city to stop it merging with the entire Earth. That event became known as The Great Collapse. Afterwards it got renamed Hellsalem’s Lot and aspects of Japanese culture got mixed in alongside the other world’s culture as it became a political neutral zone nobody could govern. Humans can enter and leave through the barrier around the city, while those from the other world can’t, but those from the other world can enter and leave through the large hole that leads to the other world, while humans from Earth can’t.

      1. It’s not that I can’t imagine worlds being merged (techincally it’s actually happened with our world. It’s how we have a planet to live on. Lots of little worlds being merged together to make a bigger one. The Moon is the reverse ). It’s just I can’t imagine it having a good outcome for anyone involved in the process.

      2. Oh Meant to add this to the prior reply. New York since the time it was settled by the Dutch has been flattened and all the grades were leveled to allow animal drawn vehicle traffic. Manhattan used to have numerous streams and rivers, if you go into basements of many buildings (Empire State for example) you can still see the prior geology’s effects/remnants.

        https://ny.curbed.com/2012/5/7/10373460/a-littlle-river-runs-through-it

        If you merge New York with a New York that is in its natural state, everybody at ground level to a few floors up is going to be dead, the people who are in buildings on higher floors will be dead as the buildings topple.

  2. Oh ****. I remember seeing that post when you first release Project GenderBender by one of those guys talking about patreon in comments on sfcag. Read this **** on machine translate and some wack good translate. Its honestly a pretty good story from what I remember. I think I went down like couple hundred chapters in. I’ll be honest here this story takes a lot of time getting into it and genderbending is a factor in the story, but its honestly like those brought back to life JP stories you see all the time with some twists. I guess I’ll vote for this over Saint if I remember from what I’ve read from Saint before you guys started translating it.

  3. willing to bet that once again the whole gender bend thing will not hold any plot relevance going forward like most of these stories why not just make the MC a girl at the start good lord

  4. I’ll say it again, it’s 3 years in the past for him and the best thing he can come up with for his second bite at the apple, is to play a videogame ?

    It looks like this a dial down your IQ novel.

    1. Yo, did you read chapter 1 properly? It clearly says that the game world is real and they will eventually merge with the real world. The reason he died is because he didn’t get strong enough in the game. So of course, his survival instinct says he should prioritize the game.

      AND besides, since he was able to get by in the past (without going back to the past), he can definitely get by again in this life, so there isn’t really a point to prioritize his life condition first when faced against a deadly threat that’ll kill him three years from now.

      1. Not going for being argumentative

        The cause of death is even weirder. If playing a game kills you, just don’t play it. It’s also not clear how this is working.

        Was he behind the curve on knowing how the game worked because he missed the beta ?

        Beta tests usually wind up wiping the early player characters and resetting the world so nobody has an advantage. The only one being knowledge of the game mechanics. Now he is three years ahead of everyone else on the planet in this scenario. If they do let you keep items etc, he is one day behind on grinding (24 hr beta)

        1. uhh I think you misunderstand big time, he didn’t get killed in the game, the game world and the real world merged and he gets killed in REAL life. It also mentioned in chapter one that it is possible to gain all the traits, items, and skills of their game characters back into the real world and become superhuman if they meet some special requirements. And even without that, when the two worlds merge, their real-life persona would still get merged with their characters. Seriously though, go back to read chapter 1 and don’t just skim through it. 😛

          Yet, just when Yaeger was brimming with confidence for his future, fate had to pay a dastardly trick on him.
          A month before his death, the naive and inexperienced Yaeger was duped by a friend to be their collateral for money loans.
          Subsequently, that friend had disappeared and was completely uncontactable.

          This happened one month before his death, which means, 2 years and 11 months from now, so it’s not something he should care about so urgently. He can just avoid getting duped by his “so-called” friend in this life.

    2. Bruh, he literally got merc’d to death by random demons IRL(what with the whole demon invasion happening and all) because he wasn’t strong enough in the vidya, getting gud is linearly related to his survival here.

      1. Sorry but that makes even less sense. It’s up there with that whole merge two worlds concept that silva is talking about. Does the gravity double as well ? What happens when there are 2 or more things occupying the same space ?

        1. I’m not sure if you’re just pure stupid or just dumb, or if you’re just lacking imagination. What’s so hard to imagine two worlds merging or intersecting? It’s not even a new fantasy concept.

          This also happens in Shield Hero and many other popular light novel series…

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