My alarm rang noisily several times signalling the time was 6:30. Because there is a meeting this morning, i set it ahead by half an hour.
I get up restlessly from my futon. My wife used to wake me up, until 2 years ago when we divorced. Now i do everything by myself.
[I’ll take a shower, then eat at the company this morning….]
I wait patiently for hot water to come out whilst trembling, it was winter so the water takes some time to heat up.
[This meeting will cover the phone system update and the start of the fiscal year]
As days passed since the divorce, i seemed to monologue alot more often.
I take off my underwear and bathe in the hot water. Heat is transmitted instantly to my feet, that had been sticking out of my futon.
[Every day is no better than the next, it’s nearly the end of the year]
I smile at my self-mockery whilst drying myself with a towel. As my hair is short, it doesn’t need to be set and keeps it’s style consistently.
I sit down at my PC whilst in my underwear and shirt. Then, I check today’s news and stock prices.
[There doesn’t seem to be any great fluctuations, it seems to be fairly constant]
The daily work ends, as the time to leave the house draws near.
[Now, lets work hard today]
『I have never thought that everyday that goes by has helped me change for the better』
Putting on my suit and grabbing my commuting bag, i open the door to my apartment….
….The space there shone pure white.
There was neither stairs nor the familiar narrow corridor that greeted me. Instead there was a pure white space that seemed to extend endlessly. I turned back, but even the door to my apartment has disappeared.
[What’s this? What happened?]
My question receives no reply. Instead….
<Your wish for situational awareness and response has been granted. The skill 『Well-Informed Person』 has been given>
A neutral young voice could be heard. However, there was no sweetness there, the sound was close to that of an electronic voice.
What does it mean? I don’t understand. (TLN: Guess the skills not effective then O.O)
However, i could vaguely understand the current situation. I still needed a clear explanation.
[I don’t understand very well. I want to confirm the current situation. Who are you? Why am i here?]
<You wished for the explanation of the current situation. I have derived the skill 『Recognition』from your current skill『Well-Informed Person』. You have now acquired it. >
At my question, another answer without meaning appeared. It appears information cannot be exchanged. I think i’m talking to a badly made A.I.
[The current information, i want it all. Can you execute that order?]
After getting the current information, i can clearly judge what will happen in the future. Hopefully, i’ll be able to get to the company in time for the meeting.
<Acquisition of all information has been requested. The skill 『Acquisition』has been acquired. >
An extremely distorted answer came back. I began to feel sour as none of my questions had been answered. Even if i repeated the question, it is clear that the A.I was at it’s limit.
[I want to get out from this pure white space, can you do that?]
I tried the simplest question and request i could, this way there should be no mistakes.
<I am just an interface to send you from here to there>
Here? There? As long as i can return to my apartment and go to the meeting, then it’s fine.
<Then, have a safe journey>
As soon as the existence who introduced itself as “Interface” said those last words, the pure white space shone brightly, making it difficult to keep my eyes open.
[Hey. You only need to return me to my original place!]
The brightness began to increase more and more, a floating feeling began to engulf me. How has it become like this? I don’t even know what’s happening.
I lost consciousness as i noticed i was now laying in an open forest.