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Offline renko9thao

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Second Chance at Life
« on: September 16, 2021, 07:50:24 PM »
So I posted my first story, "Densetsu: A Beautiful Day". But at the moment, I am putting that story on-hold until I have the mental strength to continue it. For the time being, I'm going to be writing a new story. It brings nothing new to the table of Isekai, it's simply an Isekai story where I can just shut my brain off and write (and that's an important value of writing, writing should not be treated as a chore). So, I hope you guys like this new story

Second Chance at Life Synopsis: In the Kingdom of Valera, Tsubasa Kazetani is selected by the knights to attend Ultiminia Academy where he would be trained to become a knight. His dream to become a hero is slowly becoming true; however, to his surprise, he is summoned by Princess Cassiopeia who tells him of his past life. In fact, the people in the room that she summoned are all of his coworkers where they were massacred during a robbery. All due to him (Tsubasa's past life) as the cashier refused to hand over the money to the robber. Failing to remember his past life, he struggles whether to chase his dream to be a hero, or to help Princess Cassiopeia and her friends to return to their old lives.

What an unfortunate day…

For me…

The dreams I forged each day were squashed.

If only…

I wasn’t so hasty.

I didn’t need to finish them all at once.

The friends I made…

What do I say to them now?

It’s cold.

And dark.

But hey…

Did I at least become a hero?

I know...this prologue is rather vague. It's similar to my first prologue with "Densetsu: A Beautiful Day". I wanted to express that feeling of dread, of what it means to lose when it comes to reality. Y'know, real life can really punch you in the gut and sometimes you feel like you just lost all signs of hope. This is the same vibe I was hoping to go for.

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Re: Second Chance at Life
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2021, 07:57:51 PM »
Chapter 1 - Did I somehow Reincarnate?
This room isn’t mine.

My name isn’t Archie.

Nor do I recall this woman’s face at all.

To be frank, I have no clue where I am.

The room looks worn down, unglazed windows, and the bed feels uncomfortable.

“Get up, Archie! The Knights of Valera are on their way. Pack all the essentials you need, and be ready when they arrive.”

She gives me the tightest hug, leaving no room for me to breathe.

“I can’t believe my son is making a huge step in his life.”

Then she claps loudly to catch my attention.

“Now, we have to use our time wisely. We wouldn’t want to give the knights a bad impression, would we?”

It is best I do what she says.

Maybe there are answers I'll find if I continue this unknown life.

I explore the limited house.

It's hardly a house, two rooms, a table, and a food storage.

No bathroom?

It's like I traveled back to the past where toilets were not invented.

Can this be a second chance for me?

I use one of the knives as a mirror.

Though the space is limited, it does the job well.

This face doesn’t belong to me.

The more I stare into my reflection, remnants of an old life slowly return to me like a bucket of water splashed upon my face.

The sound of the firearm clicks into my ears.

I reminisce about the horrors, screaming, and the violence accumulating.

“Archie, are you ready?”

“I am!”

There isn’t much to pack.

I only grabbed the essentials.

Clothes. And more clothes.

Horses neighing loudly catch my attention.

It must be those knights my mother mentioned.

I exit the house to see three armored knights on their horses.

The nearby villagers leave their straw house, all of them lay their eyes on me.

One of them rests their horse as they approach me.

“Archie Hamon, by King Xirgrias’ orders, your magick is among the highest in Erfonis Village. Thus, you are to be escorted to Valera where you’ll be trained to be one of the Valeran Knights.”

All of this sounds like an RPG game.

The female knight lends her hand to me, and I accept it.

“Goodbye, son! I’ll be writing you letters, and please come back as our hero!”

The villagers seem to praise me.

They cry harshly in excitement, waving their arms to my farewell journey.

What awaits me I do not know.

But I can come up with a conclusion…

I have been revived to another world.

Perhaps to a heavenly realm, or a hellish paradise…

The unwavering questions will surely be answered.
Chapter 2 - Why am I a Princess?
Where am I?

This isn’t my room.

Everything looks regal, bright, and shiny.


Who is this?

Is that my face I’m looking at in the mirror?

Touching my cheeks confirms it.

The last thing I remembered was that old geezer coming into the store, and he pulled out a pistol.

He shot one of my coworkers in the head because they refused to hand over the money.

I could remember the pain that old man inflicted on me.

Bastard shot me on the chest before loading more bullets into my head.

“Lady Cassiopeia, are you awake?”

Are they calling me?

The knocking continues, awaiting my answer.

I have to admit…I do look pretty!

Now, none of my coworkers can make fun of my height.

Or call me a child.

Wait a minute…

If I got shot, does that mean the others are here too?

I wonder where they are.

“Lady Cassiopeia? Do you hear me?”

The knocking grows louder.

It’s best I start answering before I make them worried.

“I-I’m here! Sorry for not answering earlier.”

“May I come in?”

“Go right ahead.”

The maid quietly comes into my room.

“Is something the matter, milady? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

I wonder if I start asking her questions I would get some answers.

Well, it’s worth the try!

“My memory feels a little haywired. Do you mind helping me recollect some of my memories?”

Why am I speaking like this?

This isn’t…me…

“What can I help you with, milady? I’ll happily answer them the best I can. After all, I am your loyal servant!”

Forget it…I need to know what’s going on.

“First, what is my role as the princess?”

“I’m afraid that is an answer only you can fulfill. The King of Valeran wishes you success. How you do is up to you. Although, he does want you to attend the Ultiminia Academy. Politics is very important when you’re royalty.”

Great…I hate politics…

I wish a dragon could just kidnap me, so my prince can come and save me.

“What is expected of me in the academy—uhh?”

“Marissa de’ Lamoria.”

She continues answering my question.

“You are expected to reach top 10. Failure to reach that spot in each exam will result in your exile. After your little rebellion in that meeting, King Xigrias has been very harsh on you.”

This is bad.

I don’t even remember what I did.

And, now I’m in a situation where I’m being exiled?

“Worry not, princess! I shall assist you until the very end. You are an inspiration to everyone. I am rather surprised you would have such audacity to oppose the king.”

“Do you mind reminding me what I did?”

“You said anyone should attend the academy regardless of background. And now, King Xirgrias has been searching all over the villages—recruiting only the strongest peasants to attend the academy. It isn’t on your accord, but King Xirgrias wants to prove only nobles can defend this kingdom.”

Great, I really messed up.

Even though I didn’t do anything.

“Unfortunately, out of the one-hundred peasants that have been recruited have failed to meet expectations—and they were immediately exiled from the kingdom.”

It looks like I’m at a losing side.

“Rest assured, milady! Three more peasants have been recruited. So we haven’t lost hope!”

Three peasants?

Out of one-hundred?

This is rough.

“What are their names if I may ask?”

“The first comes from a nearby village of Erfonis; he goes by the name Archie Hamon. He’s fairly smart and athletic for a peasant.”

Things seem to be going in the right direction.

At least I hope.

“The second peasant is by far the most promising! For a peasant, he has the highest magick among the three peasants. His name is Kaito Yakumo, coming from the village of Gozetsuka”

“Magick? What’s that?”

“Magick is the force of life, energy drawn from the very essence of our soul.”

She presents a wisp-like entity to me.

It hovers above her hand, flickering like flames, and brimming with life.

“If I concentrate hard enough, the power grows stronger!”

The energy starts to grow larger in size.

I can feel the warm presence touching me from a distance.

I realize I have been distracted, so I quickly return to the previous topic.

“What about the third peasant?”

The wisp-like energy vanquishes.

Silence fills the room, and Marissa looks rather disappointed.

Or it looks like she’s about to deliver some bad news.

“The third peasant is from Zensenku Village. His name is Tsubasa Kazetani. Unfortunately, he might end up just like the other peasant…”

“Why do you say that?”

“Among the other peasants that have been recruited, he has the lowest magick. It doesn’t help that the majority of people in Zensenku Village are magickless.”

This doesn’t sound good.

Since I’m the princess of this kingdom, I may as well try to say something inspirational.

What should I say?

That’s right!
What would Rin say?

He was always passionate about his job, positive, and funny.

If there’s anyone who shouts inspirational, that person would be him no doubt.

Oh, I think I have an idea!

“Worry not, Marissa! My father will see that peasants are just as good as nobles are. I promise you that!”

She stares at me with admiration.

“You are brave, milady. I’ll follow you to the very end.”

The church bell chimes loudly outside of my room.

“It is time, milady! It seems the new students have arrived! Let us go see them in person!”

I’m a little nervous.

Wherever I have been sent to, it’s not home.

It’s not Heaven or Hell either.

Maybe I’ll find some answers along this journey…

As you can tell, there's two different POV in each chapter. At the moment, I'm trying to experimenting on what I can do with my writing. I don't know what plans I have for this story other than it's an Isekai story. If you guys have feedback or suggestions, that'll be highly appreciative! Nonetheless, please look forward to this story's progression. I hope you enjoy the first two chapters!