The Temperature of the Heart

At the 48th floor, Asuna visits her friend, Lisbeth in her blacksmith shop before going off adventuring. The next day, Kirito arrives at Liz's shop in search of a custom-made sword to buy. Much to Lisbeth's shock, Kirito's sword, Elucidator, irreparably breaks her strongest sword. Angry and with her pride hurt, Lisbeth persuades Kirito to let her accompany him to the Western Mountain on the 55th floor to get a rare mineral from a dragon that eats crystals, so that she can use the mineral to make a stronger sword. When they arrive at the Western Mountain, Kirito tells her to hide when he fights the dragon. However, she ignores his advice and emerges from hiding halfway through the battle. The dragon blasts Lisbeth into a deep pit with Kirito jumping in to save her. The next morning, Kirito discovers that the mineral they are seeking, a Crystallite Ingot, is under the snow as the hole is the dragon's nest. The dragon returns and Kirito grabs Liz with him as he stabs the dragon's back, forcing it to carry them out. Now safe with the mineral, Liz creates a new sword, Dark Repulsor, for Kirito and denies the payment. She instead asks Kirito to make her Kirito's exclusive blacksmith and is about to confess her feelings to him, when a worried Asuna suddenly arrives and demonstrates her and Kirito's attraction to each other. 

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Story arc 1: Aincrad, Volume 3

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