You and Butterfli3 quickly gathered things from the cart before heading over to the first lot of casualties.
“Are you ok?” you asked the first injured player that you came across.
“Yeah,” he grunted, “just feeling really weak. That thing came out of nowhere!”
You knelt beside him and lifted his head up so that you could help him drink a healing potion.
“The guard says it was a red bear?”
“Yeah, that’s right, red bear, acting strange too, front leg glitched a bit every now and again. It’s not supposed to be on this level so maybe it’s a game fault?” he said as his health bar refilled and he sat up, “I feel good again now, thanks heaps,” He smiled.
“No problem, just get to safety now, ok?” you said, pointing to the city gates.
“Will do,” he replied as he hopped up and ran off.
You quickly went to the next person and helped them the same way, giving out the health potions that you had and asking for their take on what happened.
Suddenly you heard a loud roar from your right and quickly looked over to see what it was.
The red bear had appeared again from the nearby trees and had raised itself to full height on its hind legs.
Your blood ran cold as it opened it’s mouth and let out a loud bellow again.
It looked around and saw a player still on the ground nearby and dropped down onto all fours again, ambling over to the player before leaning its head down and crunching right through the petrified player’s abdomen- shattering him immediately.
You gasped and covered your mouth to muffle a scream and froze where you were crouched on the ground next to the trembling player you had just nurse back to health.
“Butterfli3. Where is Butterfli3?!” you suddenly thought, whipping your head back and forth as you looked around for him.
He was nowhere to be seen.
“Shit! Where is he?!”
You paused for a moment, contemplating whether or not to call out for him- as making any noise right now could mean certain death.
Your eyes found the bear again and you realized, with horror, that it had spotted you and was looking directly at you.
“Oh no…no, no, no, no, this is bad.”
The bear started stalking purposefully towards you making terrifying grunting noises as it approached, this front leg glitching and the cursor above its head- a definite monster red.
“B-Butterfli3…BUTTERFLI3!!!” You called nervously.
The bear roared.
“BUTTERFLI3!!!” You screamed.
Just then, there was a flash of navy blue and Butterfli3 flew in from the side- plunging his sword deep into the bear’s shoulder.
The beast bellowed out and staggered away at the impact then turned it wrath on Butterfli3.
“O/N! Get the injured players away!” Butterfli3 called as he turned the bear’s attention on himself.
You quickly helped the healed player up and instructed him to grab other players nearby and drag them out of the way to somewhere safely behind the bear.
While you worked, Butterfli3 coaxed the bear away from the casualties and kept it’s focus on him while you hurried to heal as many people on the spot as you could and then asking them to help move the other injured ones.
Occasionally you would glance up to see how Butterfli3 was doing and it looked like he had the situation well and truly under control- just toying with the bear enough to keep its attention fixed on him.
Once you had moved everyone out of the way you yelled to Butterfli3.
“We’re good now!” you hollered at him, and within a few seconds and a few well placed strikes- Butterfli3 finished off the bear
A crowd had gathered at the city gates and all cheered wildly when they saw the terrifying red bear had been defeated.
You smiled when you saw them cheering for your man and he seemed almost embarrassed to have such a large gathering watching his performance.
“My hero,” you said proudly as he approached you.
“The only person I’d ever want to be a hero to,” he said, looking lovingly down at you.
You both walked over to the city gates and were engulfed with people thanking and praising your efforts.
“Butterfli3 and the lovely rat merchant, if you need somewhere to stay tonight please consider my inn,” one lady addressed you, “you will be given free accommodation and food for saving my husband’s life,” she added, “I’m indebted to you both.”
“That’s very kind of you,” Butterfli3 said softly, “we will accept your gracious offer.”
You were smiling on the outside but dying on the inside.
“The lovely rat merchant….really?”
“So, what’s your take on it?” you asked Butterfli3 as you and he walked up the hall to your room for the night at the inn.
“The red bear incident?” he asked.
“I’m not sure but I think it might be a glitch in the game?” he mused thoughtfully, putting the key in the inn room door and opening it, “there was that toad on level one, and now this bear on level 4…”
You nodded. “A few players I spoke to said they thought the same thing- that it was shame fault. I hope the game masters fix the glitch soon because it could cause a lot of problems if it kept happening.”
Entering the room, Butterfli3 removed his coat and hung it up before sitting down on the bed.
“Well, it could be that, or it could be that someone has bought it down to this level but I doubt that would be the case because it had a red monster cursor and not a green cursor, if it had a green one it would indicate that it’s a beast tamer’s pet.”
“Can a beast tamer release a pet?” you asked.
“Not in RFO, no. Once you have a pet it’s yours until it dies. You then have the option of reviving it, or taming another animal,” he said as you hopped up on the bed beside him, kneeling there.
He reached out a hand and patted your head gently and you leaned in and kissed his cheek.
He blushed and moved away to lay down on the bed.
“C-come here,” he said timidly with his arms open.
You obeyed and crawled over the top of him, gently lowering yourself down on top of his body.
His face went bright red as his hands caressed your sides, one hand running down your back and smoothing out your tail gently.
“Are you ok there?” you asked with a little giggle.
“This is the best day of my life,” he squeaked, his body trembling from excitement.
You chuckled and rolled off then snuggled into his side.
“You need to cool down a bit before the nervegear disconnects you from the game due to high heart rate,” you laughed.