A preview of Friday's chapter:
“So, is it true that we can now go back home if we want?” Cap asked Stella.
“According to Akari, Daiki can open a gate,” Stella said. “So, I guess so.”
“You thinking of going?”
Stella shook her head. “It’s tempting to go back and visit. I left a lot of people I care about back there. But, this world is my home now, and it’s where my life is. And, for anybody but Daiki, it would be a one-way trip. So, I’m staying here.”
“What about you, Atria?” Cap asked as Akari had Daiki touch the antigrav to the pommel of his sword. “You going to go home when this is done?”
Atria looked at him and frowned. “I don’t know. My duty as an officer of the Hyperborean Army is to return. But, there’s already another version of me there, so if I do go, it’s a gamble – will the two of me be merged, and if not, which of us will be erased on when the information stream updates?”
“I’d rather you stayed,” Stella said.
Atria smiled at her. “I know. And no matter what I do, you will always be my best friend in this world. But I still have to do what is right for me. I guess I’ll figure that out once this is over. What about you, Cap? You staying or going home?”