She stood there with the burning sky behind her.
Her long hair was drifting softly in the wind. But even though her
gentle, smiling face was within my arms’ reach, I could not move the
It felt as if she would disappear if my gaze left her even for a
second— so I simply kept staring at her in silence. She was also semitransparent,
and was the most beautiful thing in the world as she stood
there, shining in the light of the setting sun.
I forcibly held back my tears and managed to form a smile. In an
almost-whispered voice, I said:
“Sorry. I died as well…”
Tears ran down her face as she said this with a smile. I spread my
arms wide open and gently called out her name:
I held her tightly as she flew into my arms and cried. I swore that
I wouldn’t let go again. No matter what happened, I would never ever
let go again.
Sword Art Online Vol. 1, Ch. 24