Open Finished Do data beings dream of digital SHEEPs?

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Sym noticed Rhys reaction and nodded to them, before addressing the slime: "So, how much you want for it?", the slime put it away for a moment and thought. "A legendary sword! What do you think?", it asked, but seeing Sym cross his arms it then thought again briefly and requested "A crown, maybe? ... Not that? Fiiiiiine, I want the latest edition of Kingdoms and Caravans."

"That I can do...", Sym brought up a couple of text boxes once again by his side: he was altering their inventory. As the slime saw that happen, it went "Wait, how did you do that?!". "Don't ask too much. Let's see... Ah, here we go.", and didn't take long until an item was in their inventory... "Book?"

As soon as Sym took the book out, the two slimes were shocked, "Woah, did you just made it out of thin air?! You must be one skilled wizard! But, I promised... So...", and then the slime approached him, exchanging the game device for the book, "Good making business with you, see you someday.", leaving and causing the "Battle Won!" prompt to appear along with single digits of exp and gold earned from the single slime they had defeated.

"... That was weird.", he held up the gaming device, "But I did make this while waiting at the palace and- Oh they must have sneaked in and stolen when I met you."
 

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Rhys kind of couldn't do a whole lot other than watch the interaction between Symlink and the slimes so they just waited for the 'battle' to finish and Symlink to return to talking to them directly.

"Is that possible? That looks like what I touched before I came here." Rhys looked a bit nervous at that, shying away from the gaming device just in case it would have some new effect and make them alone again suddenly.

"What should we do now?"
 

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"That can't be. See? This is just a game console.", Sym even turned it on and showed it to Rhys. What happened was a sort of inception that made Symlink jump: It showed what Rhys could see, and looking at the screen created a recursion that seemed to go on forever and ever. But what to do for now? "We can probably keep going.", Sym shut the system off and put it away.
 

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Rhys felt dizzy and nauseous as they looked at the game screen and quickly squeezed their eyes shut until Sym put it away.

"If you want to keep going I'm happy to keep helping you. Maybe I can learn how this thing works if I'm here long enough." Dubious, but Rhys did learn quickly. Mostly though they were trying to put on a good face so they could keep helping Symlink.

"Do we just keep walking, or...?"
 

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"Hm... I dunno, I kind of want to wake up now.", Symlink thought for a bit, trying not to analyze the gaming device again out of fear of what could happen if he tried something else with it. Mostly the fear that it was a controlling device to Rhys. Of course, it wasn't, but better safer than sorry. "There's a long cave up ahead, we can Save & Quit there."
 

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Rhys simply nodded their head and swished their tail a bit as they followed Sym's lead. "If you want to wake up then we should go where you can do that. You're a good adventurer." They smiled and scurried alongside Sym as they headed for the cave they'd mentioned. Experimentally playing a few more notes on their flute to see if they could still play it while they walked.

They didn't fully understand what they were 'saving' but it really didn't matter all that much. They were helping Symlink do what Symlink wanted to do. Full stop.
 

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They walked on, and along the way they continued to fight more enemies, but this time nothing was out of the ordinary. They even gained a couple levels. Rhys could still play their flute surprisingly well, and he did seem to magically improve a little more after gaining those levels. But soon enough, they came close to a cavern. Bringing up the game menu, he tapped the option "Save", causing a save game prompt to appear. With a stretch, Symlink addressed Rhys: "Well, here is where I will wake up... It has been fun, though! Thanks for joining me, Rhys."
 

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Rhys smiled happily back at Symlink and waved. "I'm glad I could help you have fun. Maybe next time we can do something in the real world." They stepped back to await... whatever was going to happen. They didn't know whether they would wake up in the same places or not.

But of course without Symlink there was no game so shortly Rhys' vision went dark and they sleepily blinked open their eyes as they 'woke up' on the floor of the lounge. They took a few moments to collect themself and adjust to reality.
 

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By then, Neon was awake and puzzled at Rhys suddenly popping into existence as Symlink mumbled awake. Speaking of... Sym was quick to notice... "Ah! Rhys!", he pushed himself up so suddenly he almost headbutted Neon's chin, had the fox guy not pulled his head back in time. And in surprise, the fox boy's tail suddenly projected as an exclamation mark.
 

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Rhys jolted to full attention at the exclamation and turned to both wave and see if their new friend was ok. Glancing up at Neon though Rhys realized they might be intruding on something and stopped moving closer. Instead holding their arms up to their chest like paws anxiously. "Hi Sym. I didn't know you were here in the lounge too."

The exclamation point tail was new. Rhys was confused about it slightly, but then their own tail had never done anything particularly special so it didn't take much to be surprised there.
 

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