"Dumpling?" Lexi muttered as her curious gaze followed the small illuminating cute white bun.
It flew, circling around her non-existent body. When the cute, white dumpling stopped before her eyes, Lexi felt like stepping back as her eyes crossed by the half-inch gap between her and the flying dumpling. However, Lexi was immobilized to step back and the only thing she could do was see and speak.
"Nice to meet you, chu~!" The little bun grinned brightly and she charmingly waved at her. When the white bun flew further away from her, Lexi thoughtlessly scanned the flying delicacy like a fool. The mixed emotion of utterly mystified, perplexed, and awe combined into one caused her mind to malfunction.
"I am Churu~ chu~, your fairy guide mother in the otome love system, chu! As I said, you surpassed our preliminary exam! So, to gain full access to the otome love system, you must execute our initial test, chu~!"
Lexi was mind-boggled by the words 'Churu' spoke so much so that it made her look at the little dumpling with an even more perplexed gaze.
"A flying dumpling… just spoke to me…" Lexi heedlessly muttered.
In her 24 years of existence, Lexi was confident with her IQ level. However, this time, everything felt surreal, making it harder for her to comprehend the whole charade.
Minutes ago, she was being choked to death. But now, aside from losing her other senses and the fact that she couldn't move as freely as she wants as if her soul was stuck into something, there is a talking dumpling in front of her!
If Lexi could faint, she would. But, predictably, that rite was taken away from her. So, all she could do was absorb all of the information from the dumpling's blabber -- even if it was beyond her comprehension.
"Your initial task is to make your ex-fiance's best buddy fall for you, chu~!"
When Lexi heard Churu's last remarks, she could envision her own face distorting in dismay. Granted that she made a fool out of herself loving the man who will never return her intense feelings, alas, Moris Liu's best buddy slash best man was the city's infamous Casanova. Never in her entire life, would she imagine seducing a manwhore like him?
"E- excuse me?" Lexi responded in bewilderment. She added.
"What is going on here? Is this some kind of joke? I died! I committed suicide, I'm dead -- no doubt! What are you talking about? And how can a dumpling even talk? My god, did I just lose my sanity and didn't actually die? I'm just crazy right?! You're not real, right?" Lexi said all the questions circling inside her mind in one go. After all, this doesn't make sense -- not a bit at all!
"This is an initiation, chu~. No, it's not a joke but a game, chu~. Yes, you committed suicide but not yet entirely dead, chu~. I'm talking about your way to your second life chuchuru~. Because I am a cute fairy, and, you got one thing right, you're indeed crazy by doing those crazy things, chu~ but not really, chu~. I am real, chu~! Cute and kicking Churu~!
Lexi felt like ripping her scalp apart in frustration because Churu precisely and orderly answered the series of questions Lexi inquired with her cute high-pitch voice. However, Lexi could not sincerely take Churu's words to heart because the little bun made different poses while answering her questions. In contrast, Lexi felt like going insane by this turn of events!
"Alright, let's clear this up. You want me to play this sick game because?" Lexi finally tried to open her mind as she might really go insane if she wouldn't even get answers about her whole situation. Thus, after letting out an imaginary heavy sigh, she inquired.
"Because, you are vicious, chu~!"
"Vicious… huh, so, you think I'm also an inhumane person?" Lexi scoffed, feeling a little irked.
"No, chu~! But since you're here, that means you did lots of bad deeds in your life, chu~!" Churu explained as her lower body moved sideways in slow motion, dancing an odd move.
Seeing this, Lexi's invisible forehead vein posed by how energetic the cute dumpling in front of her was.
"Here? What is this place?"
"This place is for the souls who're on their way to hell, chu~!"
"Straight to hell… what? You mean like a checkpoint in the afterlife?" Lexi stammered. Though Lexi couldn't believe that she was really having a conversation with a talking dumpling, yet, for some odd reason, Lexi could not help but ask further questions.
"You can say that, chu~. This place was made just a week ago, chu~. But I believe in the human world, it would be considered 'eons' ago, chu~!" Churu clarified adoringly.
"Why me? And why there's... this kind of place and game?"
"Because God pitied you and he is really bored, chu~!"
Lexi could imagine having a headache with everything she just heard. She didn't know whether to believe it or not. But, if she placed the information altogether, it sounded oddly convincing yet it is also not.
"One last question, why should I play this game?"
"Because it gives you a second chance in life and in love, chu~." Churu's eyes shimmered in excitement. Her already excited aura gleamed even more for some unknown reason.
"And if I don't?"
"Then you can just go straight to hell and die everyday like how you died on earth, chu~!"
"You sound really happy about it, huh?" Lexi scoffed seeing the reaction of Churu as she relayed the consequences if she didn't take the challenge.
"I am always happy, chu~!" Churu defended as she gestured a peace sign using her cute miniature fingers.