"Message Helba and tell her that I need her help," Balmung ordered.
"What?" Fruit demanded, jogging up next to
"Who's 'Helba'?" Chimera added, appearing on their other side.
"A Hacker," Balmung answered stiffly.
you hate Hackers!" Ichigo blurted, blushing at her outburst immediately after. "And stop squeezing my arm
so hard! It hurts!"
Balmung froze, his grip tightening on her arm and his expression turning thunderous. When
Ichigo gasped in pain, he let go, clenching his fists furiously at his sides as the group stared at him in both horror and
terror. Experimentally, slowly, he reached out and pinched FruityTooty, and even though she watched the progress
of his hand, she still yelped in surprise when it actually hurt. He swore softly.
"That hurt," Chimera stated,
eyes narrowing dangerously at the other male. "Why did that hurt?"
"I think... It's a virus,"
the Blademaster answered after a moment. "One that somehow brings the players into the World."