So, have you heard the story about the loser in high school? He’s an otaku with no friends. All of the women around him are disgusted by him. He smells a bit, and when he looks at people, he has bad eyes that instantly give them a bad feeling about him. Then, a miraculous event happens. In the middle of a standard class day, there is a sudden and fanciful white light. He finds that he is no longer in the classroom.
It isn’t just him though. All of the students in class that day were brought along with him. They were in an ornate throne room, and before them stood a powerful King. He revealed to the entire class that they were summoned to another world. There was a war going on, and for whatever reason, people from our world came with unique skills and an abnormal level of potential to become extremely powerful.
Every student tests themselves to find they have one power. The beautiful and gentle love interest always gets some kind of healing ability. Then there is the sporty girl, she ends up as a knight or something. The most popular guy in school, and all of his girls, all get super powerful abilities. Meanwhile, the loser, he gets an ability that seems almost laughable. It’s so bad that no one even gives him a second look.
Yet, as the story progresses, something happens. Either, his power turned out to be unexpectantly amazing, or he goes through some trial that should have killed him, only for him to come out of it with amazing abilities that far outstrip the world and his other classmates. Then, he attracts the interest of one beautiful girl after another. He grows a harem of beautiful women who all play around him and love him unconditionally, and he becomes a powerful being. Perhaps, there are challenges ahead, but he eventually becomes a hero and a ruler of this world.
You’ve all heard that story, but it all seemed so fanciful once. Then, I had the unfortunateness to actually live it. At least, my class was teleported to another world. There was just one problem. I wasn’t the loser who had nothing. I was the popular kid who had everything.
I already had everything I could ever want on Earth. My parents were wealthy. My dad was a doctor and my mom was a lawyer. He had his own doctor’s office and she defended him for any malpractice, saving them tons of money. We lived in a large ten bedroom house that was mostly a mansion. It was me, my parents, and then my cousin, Faith. She was only a year younger than me, but you’d think she was five. She loved it when I spoiled her, and since she was very cute and affectionate, I didn’t mind spoiling her. I wanted for nothing.
At school, I was the popular kid. Everyone liked me. By the way, despite what the stories say, you don’t become the popular kid by being a bully, an asshole, or some immutable buzzkill. I treated everyone fairly, always tried to keep a smile on my face, and was willing to party. I cared about other people, and often went out of my way to include others.
I had a girlfriend, and we were very serious. I had been dating Katherine since freshman year, and we planned to go to the same college and then get married. This was only natural. Of course, she was a very beautiful woman. She had a shapely body, big brown eyes, and a pretty face. She had nice breasts, and a cute birthmark just above her clit. That was right, we had started having sex our junior year, and it wasn’t uncommon for us to do it once a week. When it came to it, we had done just about every position. She had even given me a blowjob once. She was amazing.
Then, there was my childhood friend, Willow. She had a small body and a less impressive chest, but she was also very attractive. More than that, she had a very upbeat and friendly atmosphere. She always tried to cheer everyone up and acted a bit like the cheerleader of our group. Perhaps, that was partly because she was a cheerleader. She had blond hair and blue eyes, but I would never say she was dumb. When my parents were first getting the practice together, we moved into the same duplex as her. The pair of us were inseparable ever since.
The best thing was that her perkiness also applied to the bedroom. While my girlfriend was very traditional, liking to do missionary with me holding her and thrusting into her, Willow would get on top and ride it. She was very animated during sex, where Kate would act embarrassed or shy. It probably came from the years of trust and love that was shared between the two of us that Willow could act so aggressive in the bedroom.
What was that? I’m sleeping with two girls? That’s true! A year ago, I had been dating Katherine, and then Willow confessed to me. I had turned her down gently, but only because I didn’t want to leave Katherine, who I had already been serious with. Willow was persistent though and became close friends with Katherine. She also tried her hardest to seduce me, and after a few months, I succumbed.
At first, Kate was furious, but after some time and convincing, she finally came around to the idea of dating me with Willow. Kate was my official girlfriend though, and Willow was more like a mistress. It wasn’t perfect, but both women loved me and that was the only way both women would be happy. Thus, when Kate was busy or unavailable, Willow would come over. So far, I had failed to get them both at the same time, but it was only a matter of time before they agreed.
Then, there was one other girl, Riley. I know, wasn’t two enough? However, I met her six months ago at the start of this school year and she was the kindest girl I had ever met. She was a wonderful cook, and between the three, her breasts win by two sizes. From what I understood, she used to be fat but lost a lot of weight last year right before moving to our school district. As a result, she had low self-esteem. However, I took it upon myself to let her know how beautiful she was, and she has slowly been opening up. She started combing back her hair and showing her pretty face.
She has already shown signs she’s into me. It’ll just take the right opportunity, and I’m almost certain she’ll give me her virginity. Plus, Kate and Willow liked her, and don’t mind that much when I flirt with her. I guess they feel bad about her past too and think that she deserves a guy like me.
While it was true, I had two women and was pursuing a third, it all sort of just felt that way. I wanted all of my girls to be happy. It was as simple as that. As long as I could keep them satisfied, I would.
“I-I made l-lunch for you…” Riley said, blushing as she held out a bento box filled with food.
“Only if we can all eat it together.” I smiled at her. “It’s best when we all share.”
“Good! I’m starving!” A girl grabbed the box from her hand and put it on the desk, opening it excitedly.
My eyebrow twitched. “What are you doing, Faith? Shouldn’t you be in your classroom?”
“Eh? I’m hungry and I forgot to bring any money. It’s Brother’s responsibility to feed his cousin, right?”
She shot the other three girls a challenging look as if to ask them to argue with her. Katherine was sitting on my knee, drinking a smoothie from the store’s fruit bar. I had my arms wrapped around her, and I could smell her sweet scent, which was a combination of fruit and flowers. This was perhaps a bit too intimate for school, but since I was a top student and well-liked, the teacher overlooked this level of PDA.
My teacher probably had a crush on me too. Ms. Diane always looked at my group with longing. She was only 23, fresh out of college, and this was her first teaching gig. I had a feeling that her high school years had been the best of her life, and she longed to be one of the cool kids. She was beautiful and only a few years older than most of the students, so she was well idolized. She would often gossip and play games with her students, so I had a feeling she just never grew out of high school. That didn’t mean she was a bad teacher, and she was very easy on the eyes too.
She was prone to wearing short skirts, and when she was writing something up on top of the board, you could just see her underwear. Of course, I never looked aggressively, but a lot of the guys did with perverted expressions on their faces. I knew she had been yelled at for her short skirts a few times, but I thought she liked male students eyeing her. Although I had a chance with her, I wouldn’t want our relationship to get her in trouble, and I already had my hands full with the three women around me.
Make that four if I counted my intrusive cousin. She was now eating a carefully prepared meal noisily. Kate mostly ignored my cousin. Willow, who had always had a competitive relationship with her, was trying to take some of the food to eat herself. I gave Riley a sympathetic smile.
“I’m sorry…” I apologized helplessly.
“N-no… a-actually… it’s great that they are being eaten.”
“I do want to eat your lunch though,” I said, biting my lip.
Her cheeks turned a deep red, and anyone who heard that kind of bold flirting would think my girlfriend would get pissed. Instead, she laughed slightly and pinched me playfully.
“You never want to eat my lunches!” She said.
“That’s because your lunches are awful! I’m so sorry, I love you!” I lowered my head, but Kate snuggled her head against my neck so I couldn’t.
“Then, you’ll just have to eat something else of mine.”
“H-hey! PDA here!” my cousin protested, her mouth filled with food until she looked like a chipmunk.
Willow nodded. “Not acceptable in school!”
I shot her a look, and she blushed. That’s because she had shed one of her shoes, and her stocking foot was now between my legs, doing it’s best to stroke me. Of the two girls, Willow was being much more bold. She only got away with it because there were other girls on every side of my desk, obscuring her dirty deed. If Kate realized what she was doing in public, she’d cover her face and run in embarrassment.
“D-don’t worry… I’ll just bring more next time!” Riley declared with a determined look.
It was at that point that something in the room suddenly changed. It felt like the entire room became statically charged. Faith pointed and burst out laughing at Willow, whose hair was nearly standing straight up. Her hair was in pigtails, but every loose strand started to float up as well.
“What… is… going… on?” I asked those words, but they came out slowly as the entire world had turned to jelly.
Other people in the room were sitting up and looking around too. A girl even let out a scream, but it was a slow, drawn out cry. That was when white light started to appear. At first, I thought it was my vision. I tried to wipe my eye, but it was like moving in molasses. The lights started spreading and growing more. Kate grabbed my arm tightly, and my cousin did the same on the other side. The last thing I saw was the terrified looks on Willow and Riley’s faces.
A strange tingling sensation spread throughout my body. It was like I had gone completely numb. Pinpricks went over my entire body, and then I stopped feeling anything. I couldn’t tell how long this lasted. I was in pure white light. I couldn’t feel anything, not my cousin holding me, the weight of Kate on my lap, or the feel of Willow’s foot between my legs.
The feelings slowly started to come back. Then the white light disappeared like someone turned off the lights. I fell with no seat behind me. My butt hit the floor. I could hear other people let out cries of surprise too. I blinked rapidly, trying to get a feel for my bearings. The world was dark, but my eyes were quickly adjusting.
I had arrived in another world. At the time, I was a bit dazed and confused. I, and nineteen other people in that classroom, had all been taken from their lunch and dropped into a medieval-like castle in front of a king. By his side was a handsome looking man wearing armor. He looked only a year or two older than us. He was introduced as Prince Cole. On the King’s other side was a girl, who looked slightly younger, and who was extremely beautiful. She was introduced as Princess Maria.
The room was large and ornate, much more like you’d see in a fantasy setting than a real medieval setting. Two of the guys explained that this must be a classic isekai story. I had seen a few mainstream stories like this, but I wasn’t an otaku, so it wasn’t like I was an expert on the subject. I didn’t know what that was, but between the King and them, it was explained to all of us.
We were summoned to another world. King Brit wanted us to help him fight. I was angry at first, but then the King brought out a chest full of treasure. He promised if we fought for him, we’d be awarded riches and status beyond what we could ever obtain at home. He also mentioned we could obtain a beautiful woman. The women in the class shot him stony looks. I kept my face blank, although Kate and Willow both shot me unearned glares.
I didn’t mention anything about wanting other women. There were a few guys in class who openly wore perverted faces when they had talked of having women.
“There is one catch.” The prince spoke up. “No one works for free. As long as you’re useful, you will have the support of the castle, but if not…”
He let the threat hang in the air. A few people swallowed, and one girl even broke into tears. Thankfully, there wasn’t an idiot loudmouth who started shooting off about fairness. I had already looked around, and we were surrounded by armed guards. Potential for high status and a unique skill didn’t mean we could fight our way out of this place. In short, we were at their mercy the second we were captured. We were in an unknown world. We might have the potential to be heroes, but until that day happened, there was no use arguing about things. If one person caused trouble, they had nineteen others to convince to fight for them.
“Now, I will read what power you’ve gained in the transfer.” A priest declared, holding some kind of device that looked like an abacus.
Since all of the students were shivering, it was the teacher who walked up to the front first. “Test me first.”
I had always thought of Ms. Diane as a bit immature, so I was surprised that she was able to step forward. However, she had a look like this was her duty. She walked up to the priest. Her lips were tight, and I could see she was shaking slightly. However, she didn’t wince as the man walked up to her and held his device toward her. He moved the beads back and forth on the abacus. I had no clue how this was telling him what her ability was, but after about a minute, he nodded to himself and looked up.
“You can control emotions.”
“Are you sure?” The King said, leaning forward.
He nodded. “I’m certain. Her emotions are capable of influencing other people’s emotions. With some time, she will be able to control the emotions of an entire audience.”
“Is this… good?” She asked worriedly.
“Indeed.” King Brit nodded. “You can incite an army’s fighting spirit, or throw another army into despair. You can smooth our trade negotiations and clear the minds of those in training. You can improve the morale of those on our side, and destroy the morale of those on the other side.”
“Ah!” She let out a noise, her eyes wide.
However, she closed her eyes, took a breath, and then turned back to the others. “Come now, get in line. Each of us must be tested.”
The group ended up forming a line quickly. One at a time, the priest would bring out his abacus, move it around like he was calculating something, and then make an announcement.
“He can control lightning.” He announced to one guy.
“Hey! I’m like Thor! Awesome!”
This caused several people to chuckle, and the atmosphere started to improve.
“You have the ability to levitate objects.” He told one of the girls.
“I don’t know that word, but with time and practice, you will be able to lift heavier and heavier items. Eventually, that will include yourself.”
“I’ll be able to fly!” She said, her eyes turning dreamy.
More and more students got their abilities. Some of the abilities were physical, some of the abilities were magical, and some of the abilities were mental. One guy just got extra strength, another had speed. A few of the girls ended up with talents in one magic or another. It was common in this world that every magician could only use one element, so they were guaranteed to be powerful mages in their respective elements.
“You have a powerful ability to heal.” The girl in front of my girls, a shy girl who doesn’t talk much, had stepped forward.
“I’m a healer?”
“Ah… no.” The priest shook his head. “You can heal from any damage rapidly. You could even regrow a limb.”
Her face turned a sickly green, and she looked afraid. Although it sounded like a cool ability to many guys, being able to heal quickly only was useful if you planned to get hurt badly. Who would want to be in pain?
“Don’t worry.” I gave her my best smile. “We’ll make sure you don’t get hurt.”
She looked back at me and returned the smile. “Thank you…”
She then moved to the side to join the rest. The next girl to go up was my girlfriend. I felt a little anxious, but also really excited to find out what she could do. He did his measurements, and then made a noise of surprise.
“All magic?” He worded it like a question.
The prince perked up at this. “What did you say?”
“She… has the rare ability to be able to use all magic. Every element, amazing!”
Several of the other girls who found out they could only use one element looked over at her with envy. The prince had looked mostly bored before, but now his eyes were locked on her deeply. Kate blushed under his intense stare.
“You’ll have to excuse my son. He is also a mage. He was born with three magical abilities. While doubles are very rare, those that have two elements, he might be the only triple in the kingdom.” King Brit explained. “You are the first person he’s met with a similar ability.”
“Perhaps…” he took a step forward. “I should teach you? Would you like to learn how to use your magic in tandem?”
I didn’t like the way he was looking at my girlfriend, but if I tried to say something now, I’d only embarrass her and cause trouble for everyone. I kept my mouth shut, and Kate gave a smile and a nod. Of course, she’d want to learn magic from a master who knew how to use not just magic, but multiple magics at once. It just bothered me a bit that it was this pretty prince who had to do it.
My childhood friend Willow walked up next. She had a confident stride and seemed very excited to find out what she got. After a little bit of abacas work, the priest let out a noise and nodded to himself.
“You have athleticism.”
Her cocky demeanor fell a bit. “That doesn’t sound very exciting.”
“You shouldn’t let the name of it bring you down. You have a natural aptitude in all fitness. With training, you will be stronger, faster, and with more stamina than even our best knights. Although it will take more effort, you could be just as fast and as strong as those two.” The King explained, causing the boy who had strength and the boy who had speed to lose their cocky smiles. “Of everyone here, you have the greatest potential of being a great warrior and hero. It is just as rare as all magic.”
Those words cheered Willow up, and her peppy smile returned. She shot a smile, and I gave her a thumbs up. As she walked away, it was Riley who was supposed to go next, but she seemed frozen in her spot. I had to nudge to get her to walk up to the priest. She looked a bit frightened. He did the abacus test.
“You have an aptitude of alchemy. With training, you’ll be able to make potions.” He put on a gentle smile. “You’ll be working closely with the priesthood then. Healing potions are the backbone of an army.”
She let out a sound of relief. She must have been frightened that she’d have an ability that would put her on the front lines. Sitting back with the church and making potions to help others was far closer to what she wanted. Being able to save lives seemed to brighten her day.
Finally, I was up. I tried to keep a brave face as I walked up to the front and let him scan me. After a moment, he made a cry of surprise.
“Wh-what? Is it good?” I asked, growing a bit excited.
“It is!” He nodded. “This is something we’ve desperately needed. You have True Sight!”
I had been expecting some kind of cool thing. A small part of me had even been hoping for something like ‘hero’ as my skill. True Sight seemed like some level one support skill.
“You can see into things.” He responded.
“H-how does that help me fight?”
He blinked. “Well, you’d be able to ascertain an enemy’s strengths and weaknesses. You could know exactly where to strike and when.”
I started to cheer up when he said that. It did sound pretty badass. “Cool.”
“However, it’d be a real waste to use someone with True Sight on a battlefield. Your abilities are much more useful here.”
I blinked. “What do you mean?”
“You can see into items. That means you can identify things. You can tell what magic items do, as well as identify potions. You can also quickly ascertain if food is poisoned. True Sight has many many uses.”
My expression fell.
“Don’t look so depressed. This is very important work. As the war goes on, we have an entire armory filled with unidentified items. We need to know what is safe, what is dangerous, and what we can use. Plus, you’ll be able to keep my family safe from assassins! This is very important work indeed.” The King nodded.
“Also, with training, True sight can allow you to see through walls. You’d be able to tell if people are lying. You would make a deadly spy-” The King suddenly cleared his throat and glared at the man and he quickly changed what he was saying. “A-a-ah… but, as a sentry and magic identifier, you’d be your most useful to us.”
I felt like I had the potential for so much more, and they were just dumping me into a support role.
A hand patted my back. “It’s okay, brother, I’ll have an awesome ability!”
I stepped aside and Faith took my spot. The priest began to play with his abacus for several minutes.
“You have the ability to emit… smells.”
“You can release… various smells. You can release any smell from your body you want.”
“D-don’t worry, we’ll find some use for you…” The King looked puzzled.
I couldn’t help but break into laughter, but my cousin looked completely defeated. I helped pull her aside. I thought my ability was bad, but the ability to smell was the worst. The remaining few students went through the process, and afterward, we were given a banquet. The King left at this point, but the prince and princess stayed behind.
The prince ended up sitting right next to Kate. I didn’t have a choice of the seating arrangement and ended up sitting next to my cousin and the teacher. The prince leaned uncomfortably close to Kate and spoke excitedly the entire dinner. She nodded and smiled politely, occasionally throwing me a look. I tried not to look jealous, even though I felt it. I wanted to tell her that even though I played with Willow, that didn’t mean she could cheat on me, but that sounded douchy in my head.
I spent the dinner trying to cheer up my cousin, who was down about her ability. Some of the students had seemingly already figured out their ability, and were demonstrating during the dinner. I even saw Kate create a small flicker of flame with the help of the prince, who was now holding her hands, supposedly to help her make the flame.
Riley was talking to the priest, who was answering her questions about potions, while Willow was bragging about how she was going to beat the crap out of the bad guys and wield two weapons, one in each hand.
I tried my True Sight. I stared at the food. I knew what it was… but I knew that anyway. I didn’t feel like it was poisoned. Was that True Sight? My cousin Faith saw me and then tried her ability too. Her cheeks were puffed and her face was red, and I thought she was going to fart, but then I noticed a strong scent.
“Th-that’s auntie’s perfume!” I cried out.
She let out a breath panting. “I-I can make scents! I just remembered it, and then made it. It happened when I started to calm down.”
“That’s me!” My teacher said from behind. “I tried to make you feel calm, and it must have worked!”
“It seems like everyone here is eager to use their powers.” The princess called out after tapping her glass with a fork as everyone had finished eating. “It might be dangerous if you use them without any training, so before bedtime, you will each meet with a mentor who will tell you the basics.”
“Come, let’s practice magic.” The prince grabbed Kate and pulled her from the room.
I raised my hand to say something. She looked back at me, but then she was gone out the door. I stood up to chase after her, but suddenly the princess was standing there.
“You are the one with True Sight, yes?”
“I am…” I responded, trying not to be impolite.
“Then, please, follow me.”
People who were presumably masters came in and took one person after another. I was being personally led by the princess, so I didn’t feel like I could say much. As we left the dining hall and entered a hallway, the sound quieted immensely. All I could hear was my heavy footsteps and her light ones.
“Is the girl with brother your girlfriend?” She asked.
“Yes, she is!” I responded, and then blushed, not meaning to be so insistent.
“Her path will lead her to great things, just like my brother.”
I frowned. “What are you saying?”
She stopped at a door and then opened it. “Just that… some people are meant to be on top, and others are meant to just be the help.”
She pointed into the room we had stopped at. It appeared to be some kind of storage room, but it was filled with all kinds of junk. There were some swords, weapons, and armor, but there were also a lot of other things.
“What is this?” I asked, trying not to take her words offensively.
In her mind, she was a princess, and I was a commoner, so it wasn’t surprising if she said something rude or classist.
“This room contains the spoils of war. Sort it out, identify it, label it, and classify it. We’ll know if you take something.”
I looked into the room in confusion. “What about… a Master?”
“Your ability doesn’t need one.” She responded in an almost bored tone. “Just look at the item and write what you feel about it. Someone will check in the morning how much progress you made. Make sure you did enough work before going to bed. You need to earn your keep, and living in the castle isn’t cheap.”
With that, she didn’t say another word, and just turned and walked away. I felt a very complex feeling. She wasn’t amicable at all. However, she was a princess, so should I have expected her to be? At least she was blunt and didn’t put things behind honeyed words.
Since I didn’t know my way around, and this was where I was supposed to be while everyone else was training, I entered the room. With the door closed, I made a fist and muttered angrily for a bit, but then I remembered her comment about them knowing if I took something, and wondered if I was being watched.
With a deep breath, I sat down, grabbed the first item, and stared at it. It was a shield, and as I stared at it, I kind of got the feeling that if a magic struck it, that it would be extra resistive. I continued to stare at it for another five minutes and got nothing else out of it. With a sigh, I put it up. I found a desk with a quill and parchment on it. I wrote down the shield and what it did.
After doing three or four items, I started to grow more confident that that feeling was all I was going to get. I began trying to practice in other ways. I stared at a wall, trying to see if I could see through it. I also looked at my reflection. I lied and told the truth, trying to see if there was a difference. I may have been stuck with the ability that only let me identify items, but I wanted to get as good as possible.
I worked for many hours, and I finally called it quits. When I walked out the door, a guard was standing there waiting for me. He never bothered to knock, and I wondered how long he had been there. Could I have quit working earlier? At that point, it felt like it was probably closing on midnight.
He led me to my room. I stepped in to see that I was sharing it with four other guys. They weren’t sleeping, but were wide awake with a candle lit, chatting excitably. When they saw me enter, they greeted me.
“Where have you been? Most of us finished hours ago.”
“Where are the girls?” I asked.
“Look at this guy, always caring about his women.” One of the guys chuckled.
They weren’t angry or jealous though. They had long come to accept that I had those beauties hanging off my every word.
“Come on… give me a break,” I said, rubbing my back.
“Well, I heard your girlfriend come back only shortly before you. She left with the prince, and you left with the princess… you guys aren’t swapping partners, are you?”
“They’d be brother and sister!” I said with a disgusted look.
“So?” The guy laughed, “Incest is Wincest!”
“You’re disgusting.” I shook my head. “I’m going to go check on them.
“Yeah, whatever, girl’s rooms are over there.” He randomly gestured down the hall.
“Hey, did you guys notice that they never said demons?” One of the guys asked, already moving on with his conversation.
“What do you mean?”
“Well, they keep calling it the war, but they didn’t say something like a demon or demon lord. The otaku kid said demon lord, but they only just smiled and watched us.”
“What are you suggesting?”
“I’m just wondering… who are we at war with, and why?”
“It doesn’t matter, we’re the good guys. That’s how these things always work.”
Although their conversation did sound like something I wanted to hear, I was more worried about everyone. I left my room and walked down until I found a door and knocked on it. It was the teacher who answered.
“You shouldn’t be here!” She said. “You may spend nights with your girlfriend at home, but right now, i-it’s classroom rules!”
“It’s not like that! I just wanted to make sure everyone is okay!”
“Connor?” I looked at the door next to mine to see Kate peaking her head out of the door next to ours.
She was wearing a very pretty nightgown. Considering the teacher was wearing the clothes she came in, it instantly made me wary. I glanced at the teacher before addressing her though.
“I just need to chat for a minute.”
She thought about it and then nodded. “In the hallway, just a minute.”
I thanked her and then grabbed Kate and the pair of us just went about twenty feet away from the doors for some privacy. The teacher went back into her room after watching us a minute.
“Where did you get that gown?” I had not intended that to be the first question I asked.
She blushed. “The Prince gave it to me…but he said all of the girls were going to get clothing! He just happened to have it in my size is all!”
I found that very suspect, but I didn’t want to get into a fight with her now.
“Crazy first day,” I said.
“Yeah…” She responded. “Crazy…”
“Kathe-“ I started.
“Conno-“ She started at the same time.
“You go…” I blushed.
“I heard that you went with the princess. Did you guys… do anything?”
“Anything?” I blinked. “Ah! No… she just showed me to a closet.”
“A closet, huh?” Her expression dropped.
“No, I mean, nothing happened! What about you and the prince?”
“What about us?” She said darkly. “Why are you suddenly getting defensive?”
“I’m not! I mean… Kate, I love you.”
“Yeah… you too…” She responded curtly. “I’m tired and going back to my room now.”
“Kate, I didn’t do anything. She was actually really bitchy. Ahhh shit!”
I had put my hand in my pocket, and I realized there was a magic item I had put in it while I was juggling some things and forgot it. It was a magic item that I had determined that could be used for hearing sounds far away. Basically useless, but if they found I took it, it’d be a problem. Just as I was going to say I needed to find a guard to give this to, I heard one from right behind us.
“Hey! You two! Return to your rooms!” The man snapped.
He had a lantern in his hand and was glaring at the two of us. The pair of us had no choice. He watched as we both went back to her room.
“I’m sorry.” She spoke as she reached the door. “It’s just… all the stress. I didn’t mean to yell.”
“I’m sorry too.” I lowered my head. “I’m just… ashamed I’m not more useful… to everyone.”
“H-hey! Connor!” Willow suddenly poked her head out the door between us.
“Willow, how was-”
“No time…” She leaned close. “We’re split into four rooms here, so I couldn’t tell at first, but… your cousin hasn’t returned yet.”
“She’s not in one of the rooms.”
Just as I was about to panic, I looked up and saw the guard there. I glanced back down.
“Just… stay quiet. I’ll do something.”
Willow nodded and went back into the room. I turned away too, but I hadn’t taken two steps when Kate called my name.
“Connor… just be careful.”
I nodded, and then kept walking. I reached the door and grabbed the knob, and then carefully checked the guard. Thankfully, he was lazy and had already turned away, walking back the way he came. Carefully, I hid in a dark corner. As I stared at his back, I realized that the hallway was growing lighter. At first, I grew afraid my position would be given away. Then, I realized that this must be True Vision. I could see in the dark.
I carefully followed the guard, keeping a far distance from him and watching my back. We moved slowly down the hallway. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I knew I had to find it. Eventually, the guard ended up coming upon two other guards. They were chatting, but they were far out of my hearing range. I realized I could see much farther than I used to. It was almost like binoculars. However, I couldn’t hear a thing. What good was True Sight if I couldn’t hear anything? It was just good for telling what magical items did.
That’s when I remembered the item in my pocket. I pulled it out. Just by looking at it, I seemed to know what it did. I used the item instinctively, and I soon could hear their voices like they were right next to me. I was in the middle of their conversation.
“My shift is about to end. I’m going to head down there. You coming?”
“What are you saying? The lines are horrible. I don’t like sloppy seconds, let alone hundreds.”
“Hey, at least that smelly girl smells good!”
The second he said smelly girl, my ears perked up. The man finally stood up and started walking away, and then I followed him. I was careful not to be seen, but even then, I had to hide twice as guards approached, and I almost lost him completely. Finally, he came to a place where there was a long line of guards. They seemed to be waiting outside a room. A guard would go in, and then come out a minute or so later. I used the device on the door.
Thwack. Thwack. Thwack.
“Ohhnn… fuck, I’m cumming.” A guy’s voice moaned.
“Mmm… mmm…” A whimpering muffled voice cried.
Without thought, I suddenly charged forward. The guards who were all lined up didn’t expect to see a boy sprint by them. They just looked in wonder as I burst into the room.
To my horror, I saw my cousin on the bed. She was completely naked. Her mouth was stuffed with a dirty cloth, and her hands were tied to the bedpost. Her eyes were red like she had been crying, and her body and face were filled with various little bruises. A guard was kneeling on the bed. He had her legs spread open, and his pants down to his knees. His cock was out, and he was sliding it into her. There were tons of fluids all over her, to the point it looked like this had been happening for a while.
“What the hell are you doing?” I shouted.
My cousin’s eyes met mine, and they were filled both with relief, as well as fear. The man turned and looked at me with surprise.
“Damn it! Can no one stop one little boy?” He barked.
A voice came from the hall. “Sorry, captain, he just came out of nowhere.”
“And what if he was an assassin! Dumbasses!” he pulled his dick out of my cousin.
There was a sickening squish sound, and gushes of white stuff came squirting out of her. I looked on in horror, my entire body shaking.
“I’ll kill you! Look what you did to my cousin!” I lunged at the man.
He snorted, and then while barely moving, he struck me in the throat. I stumbled back, feeling like I couldn’t breathe.
“Damn it… He’s the True Sight Guy.” One of the men looking in the doorway said. “The King was excited about that. If we kill him, someone’s head is going to roll.
“What… What are you doing? Why? What the fuck!” I croaked, holding my throat, collapsed on all fours.
“Cousin… huh? Well, everyone has to work.” He grinned. “Your cousin is just… improving troop morale. Aren’t you, Faith?”
He reached out and pulled out Faith’s gag.
“P-please… just leave! I-I’ll be okay! Please don’t kill him! Don’t Mmmm…mmm…” He stuffed it back into her mouth.
“See? She wants dick. All you have to do is be quiet. Once she satisfies all the men out there, she can rest, and then you both live.”
“I’ll tell everyone!” I yelled. “You think… you think any of us will help you after they found out what you did?”
I was so angry that I couldn’t think. It would have been smarter to just go along with it and then tell everyone after, but that also would mean I was leaving my cousin to get raped by fifty more men at least. Who knew how many had already pleasured themselves on her in the six hours since she had been taken away.
The captain looked at the other men, and then let out a sigh. “Have it your way.”
He reached out and shut the door, blocking out the rest of the guards. Faith let out a cry, struggling against her bonds as the man turned to us menacingly.
“If you kill us, the others will ask questions! Your little ruse will be up.”
“No… you won’t tell anyone.” The captain side, walking over to the nightstand.
“Like hell, I won’t!”
He opened a door and pulled out some kind of magical item. I stared at it, and True Sight clicked even though it wasn’t in my hand. The magic item seemed to condense air. It basically turned gases into a solid. I couldn’t understand why it was there. He pulled out a small little crystal from the device, and then put it on the nightstand.
“I’ll tell you the truth of why we’re here. As I said, everyone has their use. So does your cousin. She can emit any smell she desires. Smells aren’t as useless as people think. A rank enough smell can break a soldier’s concentration. Stink bombs are notorious means of demoralizing troops. However, your cousin can produce something far more intriguing than that. Aphrodisiacs.”
“Pheromones? The scent of arousal. Unfortunately, a virgin like she used to be doesn’t know how to make that smell. Thus, we’re doing this to train her body on sex. Once she’s become acclimated to the smell of it, she’ll make a pheromone that can boil any man’s blood with ease. Unfortunately, for the moment, she’s still a trainee.”
He walked to the door and then opened it.
“Wh-what are you doing?”
“That crystal over there is all of the pheromones she’s been able to produce in the last six hours. Regrettably, I now have to waste it on you. Tomorrow, she’ll need to work extra hard to make up for our lost efforts. In the meantime, it will now be re-released into this room in a concentrated form. Six hours of pheromone dumped out in less than an hour. You can probably already feel it. I know I do.”
“Wh-what are you trying to do?”
“Cousins… huh?” He grinned. “Let’s see how long you can hold out. By tomorrow morning, after the things, you will do to your cousin… I don’t think you’ll be telling anyone!”
The door slammed shut and locked from the outside.
“Damn, you’re full of so much cum your abdomen is bloated. What a little slut.” The man chuckled, and then glanced at me. “What do you think? Should I fill her womb with another load?”
I nodded, feeling numb. The man lifted my cousin’s legs and then pushed himself deep inside her. The act ended up causing a bunch of the cum inside her to be pushed out. It made a wet gushing noise as it spurted out around his dick. The man himself didn’t mind. Instead, he pushed himself deep inside her, and then came. She barely reacted, twitching just slightly, as his dick swelled, sending hot cum off into her bloated womb.
Just at that moment, I felt a surge of pleasure of my own. Watching him creampie my cousin was enough, and my dick in my hand swelled too. I shot cum out, and it landed right on my cousin’s face. It was the fifth streak of mine that had reached her face. The guy let out a laugh.
“Damn, man, watching while men fuck your cousin, and then cumming on her face. You other world guys are fucked up.”
He stood up, stretched, and left the room. Another person didn’t enter. Was it done? Was it finally done? Did it even matter? It was far too late. There was no going back.
That night, I had tried to resist the aphrodisiac. It had worked, for about an hour. I had removed my cousin’s gag, but the handcuffs were impossible without keys. I tried and I tried, and she cried and she cried. But soon, my dick grew hard, and my cousin grew more and more tempting. The aphrodisiac was too much. She seemed immune to it since she made it, but I couldn’t stop. I did my cousin. A lot of the bruises on her had been done by me as I savagely raped her for hours on end.
She cried at first, begging me to stop and save her, but I couldn’t stop. Eventually, she stopped talking. I eventually tired out and fell asleep. When I woke up the next day, the line of guards was back, and I was strapped to a chair. The captain was there. He called it special training. I was strapped so the only thing I could move was my hand, and the only thing I could reach was my dick.
Over the hours I had raped her, she had made more aphrodisiac. They had taken that crystal, and wrapped it around my head, forcing me to breathe in the fumes directly. Compared to the night before, I had become a monster. I would have torn my cousin apart had I been free from my chair, but instead, all I could do was watch and jack off.
So, while my cousin begged and cried her last bit of resistance, she got to watch her cousin jacking off to watching her get raped by one man after another. I felt in ecstasy, and each time I came on her face, it was joyful. I watched as her own eyes slowly lost their light. By the time it was noon, there was nothing left in her. Her eyes showed no care, and she showed no reaction to being raped. Even then, watching it excited me.
Then the aphrodisiac wore off, and the high was gone, I was filled with infinite regret. The door opened then, and that despicable captain walked in.
“How’s progress going?” He asked in a chipper voice, looking over her cum-filled body. “Wow… the guys did a number on her.”
He walked around, opening up the aphrodisiac gathering device. When he looked in, he exclaimed in excitement.
“Damn… she’s producing it much better now. I think it’s because of her cousin. The smell of the cum on her face makes her produce more. It looks like I’ve learned a lesson. From now on, she’ll need two guys at once. One on each end, that will definitely get her making more of this stuff.”
He reached out and undid her cuffs, and then removed the rest of her restraints. She was now completely free on the bed. For a moment, I felt a surge of hope.
“C-cousin, Faith…” I called out to her.
“What’s your name again? Faith? Hahaha… how funny. I bet you had faith in your cousin, didn’t you?”
She didn’t respond to either of us. She just stared ahead with blank eyes.
“You… won’t get away with this,” I said through gritted teeth. “The nobility…”
“What are you saying?” He laughed. “I did this with the expressed permission of the King and Prince. You see, the King is getting kind of old, and it’s getting harder to get it up…”
“This… isn’t for war?”
“War? An aphrodisiac? Fuck no. The king just wants to be able to bang his concubines all night, haha… oh, you were thinking you were all here to help with the war movement? It’s true, the war has been profitable for our people, but the main reason you were brought here was just to be able to serve the king and consolidate his power. That’s all.”
“P-p-profitable?” I barely managed to get it out.
“Hey, there is money in war… and other worlders and their skills also can earn a lot of money. Ah… damn… I got a whiff of that aphrodisiac. Hey, slut, get on all fours. I’m going to fuck you. Your pussy is all filthy though. Thankfully, no one has popped your ass yet. I bet it’s still tight.”
“Faith! Don’t!” I cried out, but cousin suddenly started moving, getting on all fours without resistance.
She wasn’t restrained now, but she didn’t hesitate to lift her butt in the air. He chuckled, lined up his cock, and then, while grabbing her ass, pushed in. Faith let out a shout, her eyes widening, yet a second later they were just as dead as before.
“Damn, her ass really is tight.” He muttered. “I wonder if we have all three holes done if she’ll make it even faster.”
“You bastard!” I shouted, struggling against my bonds.
“What?” He raised an eyebrow. “Oh, do you want a go too? Hey, slut, why don’t you do your cousin a favor and suck his cock.”
Faith seemed to ignore everything else, but as soon as she got a sex command, she arose. She reached out and grabbed my dick. I cried out, trying to get out of my chair.
“Faith, stop!” I fought desperately.
“Come on, cousin… I can make you feel good.” She spoke the first words I had heard in hours, but they had no emotion to them and had an almost hollowness to them. “Just like last night.”
“Haha… how can you say no to that?” The captain said, and then his eyes turned serious. “I’ll tell you what? Cum on your cousin one more time, and I’ll free you from that chair. You’ll be free to go.”
“I won’t… she can’t…” I shook my head.
He made a perverted grin. “Oh… do you prefer to watch? You do, right? You don’t want her to suck it, you want to jack off and squirt it on her face again. Well, it’s your perversion. I’ll allow it.”
Everything he said was garbage. I didn’t want her to suck my dick. I didn’t want her to debase herself at all. Yet, even as she was naked, on all fours in front of me, taking this guy thrusting into her from behind, I just couldn’t do it again. However, I had cum on her face countless times already. Most of it was dried, but I could see some of it still dripping down her face like unshed tears. I began to cry too, but I also reached down and started to jack it. I was masturbating while this captain raped my cousin’s ass.
“There you go… ah… fuck, this ass is too much. You better finish soon, because I’m about to cum.”
He grabbed her ass tightly and then deposited his first load deep into her butt. As he came, her vacant expression looked up at me. She opened her mouth, and I thought she was going to say something.
“Ahhhh…” All she did was eagerly wait for me to cum.
I was surprised at how excited I was, and I did cum. It shot out, some hitting her cheek, and some going in her mouth. When I finished, she closed her mouth and swallowed. It somehow seemed both extremely erotic, and extremely crushing. The guy pulled out of her ass, and she fell back on the bed, not moving almost like she was a lifeless sex doll.
The man walked over to a counter, and then he pulled something I had never noticed from behind the potted plant. He held it up in front of me. It was a strange orb, but in the orb was an image, and that image playing out was last night. It was me attacking my cousin. I turned white as I watched myself ravage her while she still cried and struggled.
“You’re lucky your skill is so valuable to the king. Otherwise, we might have just gotten rid of you. If you say anything or do anything, we’ll show this image to your entire party. They won’t trust a thing you say after seeing what you did to your cousin. If you thought it’d be your word against ours, I’m sorry to say, you’re mistaken.”
I sagged in the chair, feeling defeated. I had already completely lost my cousin. I had regained my sanity now, but it was far too late. They had me right where they wanted me.
“Her job is to make an aphrodisiac. She can do that now with or without men around, but I think a little cum never hurt. She’ll be the castle guard onahole for the immediate future. Don’t worry, I’ll give her a break to recover. You can also come use her whenever you want, it’s the least a cousin can do for her family, right? Hahahaha…”
He released my bonds just as he said he would. I wanted to strangle him, but remembering last night, he might just come up with a punishment even worse than before. I took one last look at my cousin, still lying naked on the bed, and then I shamefully walked away. The others… they were pursuing power. When they were stronger, maybe we’d be able to overthrow this nobility. Maybe, if we worked hard now, we could overcome the sins of my past. That was the only thought that kept me going.
I went to my bedroom, making sure to clean up from the previous night. I didn’t want there to be any sign of what I had been doing. I wanted to forget it all like a bad dream. That’s when I heard something from the door. I turned around to see the princess standing there. I was shocked, but then a little worried. Did she know about my cousin? How could I even ask that question?
“You’ve been gone the entire morning,” she said. “I’ll expect you to make it up this afternoon. Your work is too important.”
I could only stare at her in disbelief. Her captain had locked me in a room and tied me to a chair, and she was berating me for not working on identifying stuff? I was standing in the middle of the room with my shirt off and a towel over my shoulder, and then she just walks in.
“Hey, Connor… where have you been…” At that moment, the door was pushed open and Kate appeared as well.
“I apologize, Connor has been with me.” The princess responded so quickly it made my head spin before turning back to me. “Thank you for showing me… a good time.”
She smiled slightly, but it looked sadistic. She then turned and walked away without another word. Kate looked at me, an ugly expression on her face.
“Rumor said you snuck out last night to the Princess’s chambers,” Kate said. “I tried to believe you wouldn’t do that, but I guess I was wrong!”
“No!” I cried out. “That’s not what happened?”
“Oh? Then where were you last night? Where have you been? Why did you just take a bath? I can see your wet hair from here! Don’t deny it!”
“I was with… I was out… I was just out!”
“With the princess.”
“Hmph… maybe the prince is right about you.”
“What? What did he say about me?”
“It’s nothing.” She held up her hands. “I just… hope you’re happy.”
“No… Kate please…” I took two steps forward but she spun and ran from the room before I could reach her.
I ran to the door and looked out, but she was nowhere to be seen. I felt a strange electricity in the air. Did she use magic? There was no other way she would have gotten away so quickly. I felt extremely angry. Did the princess set me up? Is she working with the prince? She flat out lied and said she was with me, but that wasn’t true.
As far as where I was, what was I supposed to say? I was busy raping my cousin? I was jacking off on her face while a line of men fucked her? I felt angry… and I felt completely lost. This was all so fucked up. I didn’t know how to react to this situation. I was already trapped in another world. Was there anyone I could depend on for help?
I slapped my face and then strengthened my resolve. What I needed to do now was talk to the others. If my friends knew what these guys were like, then we could work together. Even if Kate wasn’t willing to listen to me, she’d listen to the other girls. With enough support, I could blow the lid on this entire questionable war. Then, I would save my cousin and we’d turn our strength against this rotten kingdom, taking revenge for everything they’ve done.
With a renewed sense of purpose, I finished cleaning myself up and then left the bedroom, heading directly for the courtyard where Willow should be training. Willow was my childhood friend. There was no way she’d doubt my words, and she’d be more likely to sympathize. Upon walking out into the courtyard, I could see her battling with the sword. She moved elegantly, even beautifully, as she spared against a handsome young man.
I was stunned because I had never seen her move like that. She did look like a warrior. The sight of her fighting didn’t just catch me, but many of the other men as well. They all watched with wide-eyed wonder. Sweat dripped down her face, and her tied up ponytail fluttered in the wind as she swung her sword, blocking attack after attack. However, this fighting came to a sudden end. The one she was sparring against was just too fast. He struck her in the stomach, and she went flying away.
“Willow!” I cried out in concern, running over to where she landed. “Are you okay?”
“Connor?” She asked dizzily as I helped her up.
“Are you okay?”
“Ah, di-did you see?” She asked shyly.
Willow hadn’t changed at all as she looked up at me shyly, a little embarrassed that I had seen her fight.
“You were beautiful.” I smiled at her encouragingly.
“You are dead.” The man said, wiping the sweat from his face with a towel. “That strike was a killing blow had we been using real weapons. You failed.”
I frowned. “Why are you being so hard on her? It’s her first day! Couldn’t you have held back a bit and gone easy on her? The fact she’s come this far this quickly shows how good she’s getting!”
My words resonated with several of the people there, especially other students, who all nodded in agreement.
“Do you think the demons care about fair?” The man demanded. “Do you think they’d hold back?”
“She’s not versus demons yet!”
“No… he’s right.” Willow broke in.
I turned to her in surprise to see her face was downcast with a look of defeat. “I told him to treat me just like one of his soldiers. I can’t expect special treatment now.”
“Good…” He smiled suddenly, and his smile was radiant. “Are you ready for another round?”
I instantly didn’t like the guy. Willow smiled back though and then nodded enthusiastically. She started running back onto the field.
“H-hey! Wait! We need to talk about something!”
“Oh… Connor…” She turned back, causing the young man to frown. “I’m really busy right now. Can we talk about this later tonight? We’ll do this later tonight, okay?”
She didn’t give me a chance to say anything edgewise. She turned and ran the rest of the way onto the field, and then brought her sword up.
“Your mistake last time was that your wrist wasn’t loose enough. You were too inflexible. I will loosen you up if it takes me all week! Go!”
He attacked her again, and the two fell back into their dual. It was clear her attention was elsewhere, I wouldn’t be able to have the conversation with her that I wanted. Feeling partially annoyed, I frowned as I continued to watch her fight. That’s when I heard a conversation from some other classmates who were also training here.
“What was that? What did you say?”
“Huh?” The boy I called out jerked and then gave a half-wave. “Oh, hey Connor. I said that I saw Riley earlier with some priests. She was carrying books that were nearly as tall as the top of her head. I’m glad my ability lets me be here. I didn’t get sent to another world just so I could still have to study my ass off.”
“R-right…” I smiled and nodded, then turned away. “Riley…”
I excused myself and left the courtyard. Since I couldn’t talk to Willow about things, I could talk to Riley. She was a friend too. If I could find comfort in anyone, it was her. Who knew, maybe Riley would give me her virginity. Things like that happened when you were in another world. I felt frustrated with how things were going with Kate. Since she was already accusing me of cheating on her, what did it matter if I slept with Riley anyway. She already all but permitted me anyway.
The next place I ran to was the temple. This building was within the castle. The castle wasn’t one single massive building but an assortment of various buildings, each one having a purpose. The courtyard connected with a barrack as well as a weapons warehouse. The palace was on the opposite side of the castle grounds, but it wasn’t hard to find because of the tall towers. I didn’t have to ask around too much either before a man told me where she was. I felt relieved that the priesthood wasn’t like the soldiers. I supposed it made sense that men like this would live pious lives.
I knocked on the door I had been told about. There were a few sounds of things being shoved, and then the door opened.
“C-Connor?” Riley’s eyes widened as she answered the door.
She was wearing a robe like she was in the priesthood herself, but otherwise, she looked normal.
“Riley, I’m glad to see you!” I rushed in and hugged her.
“Ah!” She cried out, her face turning red. “Wh-what are you doing?”
“I’m sorry,” I pulled away from her, feeling a bit out of breath. “Do you have some time to talk?”
With Riley in the chair, and me sitting on her bed, I started to explain what happened. I told her about last night, well, at least as much of last night as I was willing to talk about. I told them that they had locked my cousin up, and that they were torturing her to get pheromones out of her and that they threatened me and everyone else around me to silence. I also mentioned how the prince and princess seemed to be liars. Riley listened to everything I said, and I felt like I had released an anvil weighing on my chest.
“So, what do you think?” I asked.
“I believe you… about everything.” She said, her brows furrowed. “If this is true… it’s really bad.”
“You believe me…” I let out a breath.
“Connor, you reached out to me when I thought I was alone.” She smiled. “How could I ever doubt you?”
“Well, that leads to my question. What do I do about it?”
“That… is hard to answer.” She bit her lip. “I can say that there are three powers in the castle. The first is the royal family, the second is the military, and the third is the priesthood. The military takes its orders from the royal family…”
“That prince and princess are in on it!” I finished the thought, my hand tightening. “The guard had said he was working with the king and prince’s approval, but it was nice to hear someone else reason out that they were indeed rotten to the core.
“We don’t know who we can trust.” Riley sighed. “We need two things. The first thing we need is evidence. The second thing we need is the right people to tell.”
“Can we trust the priesthood?” I asked hopefully.
“Maybe… I’ve heard stories that there are times the church has granted people protection from the royal family. Imagine that, a wanted man living next store to the king, and they can’t touch him without causing a fight with the church.”
“Then, can you find out if they are trustworthy or not?” I asked. “You need to be careful! Just… keep an ear open. Don’t say anything.”
She giggled. “I’ll be careful, Connor. I promise. We’ll figure this out together, okay?”
As she said that, she reached out and grabbed my hand. After this morning and the previous exhausting night, her hand felt extremely good. Maybe I still had a bit of aphrodisiac in me, or maybe I had just been driven to a point where I couldn’t think too well, but I moved forward and kissed her.
“Mm!” Her surprised noise was caught against my mouth.
She put her hands on my shoulders like she wanted to push me away, but after a moment, they relaxed. I was kissing her, but when I tried to put my tongue in her mouth, she refused. This caused me to feel even more desperate. I pushed her back down onto the bed. My hands reached out and touched her waist. They started to move up her shirt.
This time, her hands did come up and push me away. “Connor, no!”
I was stunned at the sudden rejection, but my senses quickly returned to me and I sat back on the bed. “S-sorry…”
She sat up, breathing hard and slightly flushed. “It’s not that I don’t want to… it’s just that I don’t think it’s the right time. With everything that is going on… you and Kate being on thin ice, just not now.”
“I understand.” I nodded, looking away and feeling ashamed.
She reached out and touched my shoulder. “I really like you, Connor. I know about your… relationship with Willow. It’s just… I need time. I’ve never done it before, and I want it to be special.”
I breathed in and turned to her with a smile on my face. “I understand, Riley. I’m willing to wait for you.”
She relaxed, smiling too. “You know, the priests here take a vow of celibacy.”
“Is that so?” I asked, a flash of panic quickly hidden.
She giggled. “Don’t worry, I won’t go that far… but when the time is right, I’ll tell you, okay?”
I parted with Riley, feeling a little bit better. At the very least, I felt like I could get through the day. There was no telling what tomorrow would bring though.