Crystal Down

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Oh! I'm a Potato Cat!

published on 2019-11-18, last updated on 2020-10-22 written by Thai “0xReki” Chung, checked with ProWritingAid

Item: Maple Leaf

A Leaf from a Sugar Maple Tree.

Surprised by the window suddenly popping up, I drop the leaf. Come to think of it, I can’t help but wonder why I haven’t noticed that interface at the edge of my vision yet. Granted, it’s quite bare for a typical gaming interface… This dream is not very consistent… Let’s check that interface out later. I’m feeling really parched — I should look for some water now.

I take a look around. There’s a river nearby with clear water. I walk towards that river. As I’m trying to scoop up some water, I realize my hands seem somewhat smaller than they should be. I check my reflection in the lake and my jaw drops to the floor: I look like I’m ten years old!

“Is that for real?” my voice also sounds different… It sounds somewhat like when I was ten. I touch my cheeks. The reflection does the same move. This is my mirror image! Let’s see… I have… cat ears?! Black furry cat ears!! So I’m a cat boy now?! I also have a tail. I touch my right cat ear. Yes, I can actually feel myself touching it! Same with my tail. Since this is a new body, am I even a boy? Let me check… Yeah, I’m a boy.

Having a closer look at my reflection, I see I have heterochromia: my left eye is emerald while my right eye is sapphire. I know I wanted to check out my interface later, but I need to check it right now! Do I have a character window? As soon as I think of it, a new window appears. Convenient!

Character Info

Name:   Swift Mittens        
Age:     X                    
Race:   Neotes Ailuranthrope  

I stop reading the window. Unlike the existence of a UI suggests, it looks like there are no character levels. I got a new name: Swift Mittens. I guess that’s my name in this dream. I have used to use Mittens as my nickname in online games before, so I don’t dislike that name. But what on earth is a Neotes Ailuranthrope?!

As to answer my question, two new windows appear. It says Glossary in their titles. Quite neat! I could get used to that. Not that I have a choice here…

Glossary: Neotes

A childlike race. Grown Neotes are about the same height as ten-year-old Humes. Some are blessed with innate luck. Neotes can be quite obsessed with their talents or possession. Due to that obsessiveness, they improve their talents faster and can achieve higher masteries at those talents than other races.

I don’t mind playing the childlike race in that other game. In fact, I even like playing as a small mischievous bringer of chaos! But it’s an entirely different thing to actually become one! I mean, having been average Asian, I have already been shorter than average Caucasian and I have always been quite conscious of it. And damn my colleagues! Why do they always put my stuff up on the shelves that I can’t reach without a ladder! But I digress: this is a whole new level of short! The shortness of a ten-year-old! Permanently! Anyway, let’s have a look at the other window.

Glossary: Ailuranthrope

A werecat race. Aside from featuring feline ears and tails, they mostly differ little from Humes. Most of them are blessed with strength and health. Because of excellent reflexes and instincts, they can adapt to danger quickly.

There are rumours of Ailuranthropes being able to morph into full cats and back. However, no conclusive proof of individuals capable of that feat exists.

So I am really a potato cat! I guess I need to get used to being a shorty. But just remembered something: I get to actually live in an RPG fantasy world! This dream is awesome! Who cares about being short?!

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