- Elphin: General Perceval, if I may have a moment of your time...
- Perceval: ! Your Majesty...! Please do not address me as...
- Elphin: Hush! We do not know where enemies may be hiding. Here, I am a simple bard. Understood?
- Perceval: Yes. Then... ...What is it that you need, Elphin?
- Elphin: Prince Mildain of Etruria passed away last year. I would appreciate it if you could inform me of the behavior of the Etrurian Court after that. I would like to sing about them in my future travels.
- Perceval: ...Very well. After Prince Mildain passed away...
- Perceval: Pr-... I mean, Elphin.
- Elphin: What is it, General Perceval?
- Perceval: I hear your father is still alive. Have you seen him recently?
- Elphin: No, we have not seen each other for several years now.
- Perceval: Have you no intention of seeing him at all?
- Elphin: At least not until this war ends.
- Perceval: Why? Perhaps your father is mourning for you, thinking you are long dead.
- Elphin: If I let my father know of my safety, other people will find out as well. I may be able to make my father happy for a moment, but he will soon suffer the grief of losing me once again.
- Perceval: ......
- Elphin: I must eliminate what is causing that grief. Only then will I go see my father.
- Perceval: Elphin. You were talking about your songs for your future travels...
- Elphin: About the state of Etruria after the prince passed away?
- Perceval: Yes. Will you be singing about it in various lands after this war ends?
- Elphin: That is what I intend to do. I travel not only to sing, but to learn as well.
- Perceval: ...Will you be visiting the Etrurian palace?
- Elphin: Yes, of course I will be. I expect my stay at Etruria to be the longest.
- Perceval: Where will you go after you visit the palace?
- Elphin: Nowhere... I intend to stay and sing for the Kingdom of Etruria as long as I live.
- Perceval: ...Do I have your word on that?
- Elphin: ...I shall swear my honor on it.
- Cecilia: Pr... Prince Mildain...?
- Elphin: ......
- Cecilia: Your Majesty! You were alive!?
- Elphin: ...... Have you mistaken me for someone? I am Elphin...a simple bard.
- Cecilia: No... You are...! But... No, it can't be...
- Elphin: Excuse me?
- Cecilia: No...nothing.
- Elphin: ...Then I shall be off now.
- Elphin leaves*
- Cecilia: ...He... He looks just like him. ...Too much like him...
- Cecilia: Elphin!
- Elphin: ...Can I help you, General Cecilia?
- Cecilia: Have you ever visited Etruria?
- Elphin: Not yet... I have been traveling through the Western Isles.
- Cecilia: Then do you know about the three Etrurian Generals?
- Elphin: ...Yes, I do. There is you, the Sorcery General, in addition to the Great General and the Knight General.
- Cecilia: You are very knowledgeable.
- Elphin: As a bard, it is only natural that I would hear about such things.
- Cecilia: ...... You insist on playing dumb, do you? Then I have an idea as well.
- Elphin: ......
- Cecilia: Let me see your right shoulder that you are conveniently hiding with your long hair. If you are but a simple bard as you say, then there wouldn't be a scar from taking a powerful magic hit, now, would there? May I have a look...?
- Elphin: ...... Persistent, aren't you, Cecilia?
- Cecilia: ! It is you, Prince Mildain! What happened? Why did you not tell me that you were alive?
- Elphin: ...I did not want to get you caught up in this...but it seems I have no choice now.
- Cecilia: ......
- Elphin: Cecilia... How much longer are you going to stay upset?
- Cecilia: I understand why you were hiding your identity from me, prince.
- Elphin: Thank you, Cecilia.
- Cecilia: But, your Majesty, you told Lord Douglas. Did you not have enough trust in me to let me know as well?
- Elphin: That's not what I intended...
- Cecilia: I shall let it go for now, your Majesty. I will be looking forward to your explanation after the war.
- Elphin: ...Scary, as always.
- Cecilia: Of course. You have saddened not only me, but your people as well. Please show our people that you are safe, your Majesty. Please...
- Elphin: Yes... I know, Cecilia.
- Fae: ......
- Elphin: ? ...Do you need something?
- Fae: ! Um... What's that thing there? It's making pretty sounds.
- Elphin: This is a harp. Do you like how it sounds?
- Fae: Yeah! Fae really likes it! And ... What's your name?
- Elphin: My name is Elphin, my cute little lady.
- Fae: Elf...?
- Elphin: Elphin.
- Fae: Elphin!
- Elphin: That's right.
- Fae: Fae likes you, too, Elphin! Your hair blows in the wind, and it's like gold when the sun's all shining on it! Fae likes pretty things like that!
- Elphin: Well, it is an honor. Thank you.
- Fae: Can Fae come and see you again?
- Elphin: Of course. Any time.
- Fae: Elphin!
- Elphin: Ah, the cute little lady from the other day. Hello.
- Fae: ... Fae's name's not 'cute little lady!'
- Elphin: Oh, pardon me. Then...shall I call you Miss Fae?
- Fae: Fae's name's not 'Miss Fae'! It's Fae!
- Elphin: As you wish, Fae. Fae...the name has a unique feel to it. Is it your real name?
- Fae: No, Fae's real name is verrry long. But they say that it's a sound that humans can't hear. Fae's the only part that you can.
- Elphin: I see.
- Fae: But maybe you could hear it, Elphin! You make so many pretty sounds, maybe you could hear Fae's real name!
- Elphin: Shall we try some time?
- Fae: Yeah!
- Fae: Elphin?
- Elphin: Yes, what is it, Fae?
- Fae: Fae always wanted to ask you something.
- Elphin: What is it? I hope I can give you an answer.
- Fae: Um... are you a girl or a boy?
- Elphin: ...Which do you think?
- Fae: Fae thought you were a girl at first cause you're so pretty and you smell real nice! But then Roy said the other day that you were a man... So that makes you a boy?
- Elphin: Yes, I am a boy. ...Were you disappointed?
- Fae: Nope! ... Sooo, you're a boy... Heehee...
- Elphin: Hm? What's the matter?
- Fae: Hey, Fae's gonna get as pretty as you when she grows up. So wait till then, okay? Promise!
- Fae leaves*
- Elphin: Fae! Wait! ...I seriously doubt that I will still be alive by the time she grows up... Well, I suppose I should let it go for now.
- Douglas: Prince Mildain...! What is wrong!? Your eyes...?
- Elphin: That voice... Is it Douglas?
- Douglas: Can you not see, your Majesty? I thought your eyes had recovered...
- Elphin: I still temporarily go blind sometimes... I will be fine once I rest for a while.
- Douglas: ...I heard that the side effects of the poison had blinded you for several months... Forgive me, my prince... If only I had been on my guard, you would never have suffered this horrible fate...
- Elphin: ...I wonder how...my father is doing. ...Is he still in the same state?
- Douglas: I regret to say that he is, your Majesty. He does not know of your safety yet.
- Elphin: ......
- Douglas: But I am sure the life will return to him once you return to the palace in one piece, Prince Mildain. He will recover...and so will our nation.
- Douglas: My prince, the balance of power on this continent has been changing drastically due to General Roy's tactics.
- Elphin: Yes...so it seems.
- Douglas: It will not be long before this army conquers the entire continent. I believe that that would be the perfect time to announce your succession to the throne...
- Elphin: Douglas... About that.
- Douglas: Yes, Prince Mildain?
- Elphin: I have hesitations about returning to Etruria...
- Douglas: What are you saying!? Our people are all anxious about your safety...
- Elphin: Douglas. After I went to the Western Isles and joined the rebels, I learned much. Too much, in Faect. I witnessed innocent civilians being treated like animals under corrupt Etrurian landlords. If I hadn't been caught up in the assassination, I probably never would have known.
- Douglas: Then that is all the more reason to use that experience to fix those problems...
- Elphin: I promise I will return to the palace. But... Right now, I want to be with the people and watch over them.
- Douglas: Prince Mildain...
- Elphin: Don't call me that... I am a simple bard here. I am not your prince, and you are not my general. You don't mind that just for now, do you?
- Douglas: ...Yes. Then I shall pledge my loyalty to you as another human being, not as a general.
- Elphin: ...It is ever so hard to bend your ways.
- Douglas: My unbending will is my strength.
- Elphin: ...This war will soon. General Roy is still young, but he understands the people. He will lead not only Etruria, but the whole continent to a Golden Age of peace.
- Douglas: Yes.
- Elphin: I should do something as well, don't you think?
- Douglas: I shall accompany you wherever you go.
- Elphin: That was a rough battle, master. Would you care for a song to soothe your tired heart?
- Klein: Oh, you're... You're the bard that is always with General Roy.
- Elphin: Yes. My name is Elphin.
- Klein: ...Elphin, might you be... No...that's impossible. Forgive me, please forget it.
- Elphin: ...I look very much like someone you know... Am I right?
- Klein: ! It...can't be.
- Elphin: Here I am standing right in front you, telling you myself, yet you do not believe me. Did my servants only have so much trust in me, Klein?
- Klein: Prince Mildain! It is you! Oh...! I'm so glad you're in one piece, Your Majesty!
- Elphin: You seem to have grown while I was gone.
- Klein: Etruria has changed greatly during the year that you were gone, Your Majesty.
- Elphin: Yes, I know. I am sorry I put you through it.
- Klein: Well, I was stationed in the Western Isles, so it didn't affect me that much... But...you're really alive... I'm sure our people will welcome your return!
- Elphin: ......
- Klein: Pr-... I mean, Master Elphin! There you are.
- Elphin: ...General Klein, might you spare a moment?
- Klein: Yes? What is it?
- Elphin: ...Master.
- Klein: Master? What do you mean?
- Elphin: ...You don't understand?
- Klein: ...... Have I...done something wrong?
- Elphin: ...Someone is coming. We shall talk some other day.
- Klein: ...?
- Elphin: ...We can have some privacy here.
- Klein: Pr-... Master Elphin, you wanted to speak with me? Is it about Etruria?
- Elphin: No. It is about the other day.
- Klein: Oh... Are you talking about the 'Master' thing?
- Elphin: Don't you think it strange for an Etrurian noble to call a simple bard a 'Master?'
- Klein: Oh...! Yes, you're right! Forgive me. I shall call you Sir Elphin instead...
- Elphin: No. Just 'Elphin' will do.
- Klein: That will not do! Even if you are in disguise, I cannot address my prince simply by name.
- Elphin: Hm... ...You haven't changed at all.
- Klein: Huh?
- Elphin: Do you remember how you used to often come to the palace with your father?
- Klein: Yes... I've been going to the palace for as long as I can remember.
- Elphin: Since I had no siblings, I couldn't help but think how cute you were as a toddler. And I was still young and foolish, so I told your father, 'Your son shall now be my younger brother. He must live in the palace from now on.'
- Klein: You said that?
- Elphin: Yes, I was a fool. Of course, your father didn't know what to say. And then, you spoke up.
- Klein: I did...?
- Elphin: Yes. And you said the same words. 'That will not do.'
- Klein: ...I don't remember.
- Elphin: 'I'm going to be your knight, so that will not do.' Those were your exact words. You also told me, 'Choose someone else for your brother!'
- Klein: ...I-I was so rude... I, uh... Forgive me, Your Majesty...
- Elphin: Don't worry about it. I'm glad that you haven't changed. ...When I came back from the brink of death, the world looked so different. I'm glad to see that some things are still the same.
- Klein: Prince Mildain...
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