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Ready Player One | Level 2, Chapter 0018 | Summary



Parzival and Art3mis attend Ogden Morrow's birthday party at "a famous zero-gravity dance club." The club is packed with celebrities dancing in midair to music from the 1980s. When Morrow enters the DJ booth, Art3mis and Parzival take to the dance space. Not knowing how to dance, Parzival uses software that makes his avatar move skillfully in time with the music. Parzival tells Art3mis he is in love with her. She says that's impossible because he doesn't know who she really is, and she insists their virtual relationship must end because it's distracting them from the quest. During their conversation, a battle breaks out in the club; the Sixers try to kill Parzival and Art3mis. Morrow, enraged, destroys the invading Sixers. Art3mis leaves the club alone.


Parzival is enjoying his new celebrity status in the OASIS. Formerly impoverished and trapped on Ludus, he now has the means to procure whatever his avatar wants or needs. Receiving an invitation to Morrow's birthday party is a big deal, and Parzival is honored. Parzival and Art3mis know it's risky for them to appear in public together, especially in a combat zone, but they attend out of reverence for Morrow. Predictably, a fleet of Sixers attacks the club, but it is no match for Morrow, whose avatar has unrivaled powers within the OASIS. During the attack, Art3mis fights back and then escapes, having decided to sever her relationship with Parzival. She is compelled to keep questing because she plans to save the world with the prize money. Parzival, who planned to escape planet Earth with the prize money, is less compelled to keep his focus on the quest. Having found love, he is no longer interested in escape.

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