The Atoner

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The Atoner

Dialogue

Please note that this story contains spoilers for the "Kindness and Captivity" event.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: The prince's castle is just through this forest, Sylvia.

210010 01.pngSylvia: We owe the prince so very much. To think we will now be able to rally around him!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Well, this is the perfect time, now that our home has finally recovered from the damage it suffered at the Empire's hands.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Now let's get moving and repay that debt!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Goodness! I haven't laid eyes on this castle in quite some time. I do hope the prince finds himself well.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: And I suppose I will see Sarisse again, too.

210010 01.pngSylvia: I imagine you will. How exciting!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Come, let's get inside already.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Wait!

210010 01.pngSylvia: Melsa? Why have you stopped?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I'm just...scared. After all I have done...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: What...? Melsa...what's going on?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: ...I'm sorry, Sarisse. I'm sorry, everyone.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Why would you say that? Why are you apologizing?

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: You're confusing me, Melsa... You're making it sound like this is your fault somehow...

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Every now and then, I see the face Sarisse made back then...

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I deceived everyone. That's a fact, and I can never take it back.

210010 01.pngSylvia: Forgive me, Melsa. This is all my fault.

210010 01.pngSylvia: Had I not been captured by the Empire, you would not have suffered so.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Don't say that. All that I did, I did of my own free will.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I have to atone for the mistakes I made. It doesn't matter how long it takes—I will keep at it until everyone forgives me!

210010 01.pngSylvia: So that is how you intend to take responsibility for your actions, is it?

210010 01.pngSylvia: Very well. In that case, I shall accompany you in seeing your resolve through.

Unknown.png???: Melsa...? Melsa, is that you?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Wait, that voice... Could it be?!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Melsa! It IS you!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Ohmigosh, Melsaaaaaa!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: S-Sarisse!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Sarisse... I can't believe it... *sniff*

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Oh, I've missed you so much! You have NO idea how long I've been waiting for this!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I missed you too, Sarisse!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: I'm so happy I could just EXPLODE! We have SO much to catch up on!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: How have you been? Did you have a rough time out there? How is Sylvia? Has the village gotten back on its feet?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: E-easy, Sarisse! I can only answer so many questions at once...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Whoops! Sorry about that! Look at me, just shouting whatever pops into my head.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: I'm just jazzed you're here, I guess, 'cause now you and me can hang out and have tons of fun every single day!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Every day...? Wait, no. Hold on.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Huh? What's up? Why the long face?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I'm just thinking that I need to stay focused and on task here...

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I did not come here for fun and frolic. I came here to atone for my sins.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Wait, you're not talking about that whole "luring us into a trap" thing, are you?

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Because if that's all it is, don't sweat it! Heck, I pretty much forgot all about it, so I'm sure you're overthinking th—

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I am "overthinking" nothing!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: You don't think?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: All of you came to my rescue even after all the horrible things I did.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: There is no swaying me in this, Sarisse: I will atone for my sins and pay my debts!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: And I will do so for everyone in this castle—including the prince and you!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Okay, okay! Sheesh, no need to get so fired up about all this.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: ......

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Say, Melsa? What do you say you and me go for a walk?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Now is not the time; I must go and explain to everyone how I feel!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Yeaaaah, let's put a pin in that. If you show up with that scowly face, you're gonna send everybody running in fear!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: So let's take a break and reset your growly mood, all right?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: S-Sarisse, I... Ack!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: *siiigh* You aren't going to let this go, are you? Fine then, Melsa—just what do you intend to do to "repay your debts," anyway?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Anything! Just tell me what to do, and I will see it done!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: ANYTHING? Okay, this is really going too far. Besides, it's not like you did all that bad stuff because you WANTED to.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Even so, I have to do this or I will never be able to earn forgiveness.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: No matter what my reasons were, my sins will not simply wash away!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Melsa...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: All right. You wanna atone and junk? Cool. I'm in. But that means you have to do whatever I think that requires, right?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: You have but to name it! Now please, what would you have me do?!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: I'm not going to just TELL you! Instead...you're gonna take a quiz.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: GUESS what it is that I want from you.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Must we really do this in such a roundabout way?

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: You bet your pants! Now come on. Make with the guessing already.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Here's a hint: the way to repay me is something ONLY you can do!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Something only I can do...? Ah! You want me to divine the weather!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: What? No. Why would I want that? Okay, lemme give you another hint...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: This is something you could do RIGHT here and RIGHT now if you wanted to.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Hmm. Well, that eliminates chores or helping you hunt or the like...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: BZZZZZT! Sorry, you're out of time! Okay, one last hint...

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I am ready!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: ...You already know the answer. I told you the moment you showed up.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: When I showed up...?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Wait, you don't mean...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: I'm just jazzed you're here, I guess, 'cause now you and me can hang out and have tons of fun every single day!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: TH-THAT was the answer?!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Hmmmm? Did you figure it out?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: But I am supposed to atone! To repay you!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Oh, I know. And this is what I want.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Then the way I pay you back is...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Yeeeeeees?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: By hanging out with you and having tons of fun every single day?

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Ding ding ding! We have a winner! It's fun, fun, fun, from here on out!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Er, but that doesn't seem like atonement so much as...friendship.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Of COURSE it is, you big goof! We're FRIENDS!

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Look, you can go bow and scrape and atone or whatever to everyone else, but it's gonna make things suuuper weird if you do that with me.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Although honestly, I doubt there's a single person in this castle who wants you to do something like that.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Nobody resents you, Melsa. No one's mad. We all understand you had no choice.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: So put away the hair shirt and the flagellation whip already, because it's only gonna make everyone uncomfortable.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Goodness. Perhaps I was going about this all wrong...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Heh. Well, you wouldn't be you if you didn't turn into a total stressball about something like that.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Anyway, now that that's sorted, if you still REALLY want to apologize to everyone, we can start making the rounds.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Luca's always looking for folks to hang with, and I know Cleo would love having someone to help out with the chores...

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: Maybe starting good relationships is the best way for you to pay folks back.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: I understand now. Thank you, Sarisse.

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (I had it all wrong. There is so much more to atoning than what I envisioned.)

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (Forcing my guilt onto those around me is but another form of selfishness.)

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (Still, coming face to face with everyone and getting to know them will be...)

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (Well, it will be difficult for an introvert like myself. Still, that doesn't mean that I CAN'T make it happen!)

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (Especially when I have a great friend like Sarisse by my side!)

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: You ready to go, Melsa?

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (There was a step I could never bring myself to make because I felt so weighed down by what I had done...)

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: (But so long as Sarisse is with me, I know I can make that step!)

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Yeah!

Together: One...two...three!

110270 01 r04.pngMelsa: Sarisse, I'm very happy to be here and to be your friend.

100029 01 base portrait.pngSarisse: And I'm happy to have you. Welcome to the Halidom!