I was born into this world with weak eyes, so I've had to wear spectacles since I was a child. I got bullied a lot because people saw I looked different, and just didn't like it, but it was weird. I ALWAYS saw it coming, I could always tell the small things that eventually turned into bigger ones, from small comments or twitches, I would know.

When a beating was coming, and not just from the bullies...

The time before Mom said she was leaving, and Dad...

When I was going to be alone, all on my own...

To hear about NerveGear and soon after SAO, and the benefits that it gave, I was completely overwhelmed. I could see without glasses! I wouldn't have to be different! Even, if just for a little while, I could be me.

Wait.

I could be...someone...BETTER than me.

This-this could be my chance! To make a better life, to push away the loneliness, to...to...

To maybe, ya know, meet a girl or make friends.

Anything, to replace the emptiness of my own home.

[Kendan 'Daisan no Me' Harris]