Raigh: ...Chad. Who said you could come talk to me?
Chad: Dammit, I wouldn't if I didn't need to.
Raigh: What do you want?
Chad: Roy... I mean Master Roy wants to see us.
Raigh: Like I care.
Chad: Y-You idiot! Don't say such things in such a loud voice! That Merlinus guy'll be after us again!
Raigh: What, are you afraid that old geezer?
Chad: I sure am. He and Master Roy are both nobles.
Raigh: Haha, so little boy Chad'll go bowing down to power?
Chad: ...Laugh while you can. But let me say this. If we go against nobility, we can't complain no matter what happens to us. Master Roy doesn't seem to be that kind of a person, but I don't know about the others.
Chad: I don't want to watch someone I know get beat up right in front of me. You've got quite a mouth, but if you don't want to get killed, use it somewhere else. ...I'm going. You better come, too.
Chad: ! I've got no choice, all right? I can't use magic like you. All I can do for this army is to pick locks and go gather information...
Raigh: Well, it's pretty good if you can do that much.
Raigh: You know, the other day when we had go see that Roy person... He said that he appreciated the work of us, who are close to his age. But you were constantly bowing down and saying that you never did anything important.
Raigh: You're doing something that only you can do. Then why don't you be proud of it? You look like an idiot, always putting yourself down like that.
Chad: ...Uh, are you trying to cheer me up?
Raigh: D-Don't be ridiculous! There would be no reason in hell that I would be trying to cheer you up!
Chad: Yeah, I thought so. Good, you had me scared for a sec there.
Hugh: One, two, three, four. Yup, that's 4000. I haven't seen you around lately so I thought you ran off with it.
Chad: I keep my promises. That's natural as a human being.
Hugh: Well you know, it's not so natural for some people. Kids sure are honest. You sure you chose the right job?
Chad: Stop calling me kid. I have a name, Chad.
Hugh: All right. Well then, Chad, why'd you become a thief?
Chad: ...I have to steal to live. I'm an orphan.
Hugh: You always lived your life alone?
Chad: No, I lived in a small orphanage near the border between Lycia and Bern. I grew up with other orphans. We were doing pretty well, Father and the other kids and me... ...If this war didn't break out, I'd still be there.
Chad: Father was a nice person, but he was only able to maintain the orphanage through the help of the villagers. And then the war broke out, and we starting running out of food and clothing. I was the oldest of the orphans, but I couldn't find any work. So the only way to get food quickly was to steal.
Hugh: So you sent the 3000G to the orphanage...
Chad: No. ...The orphanage isn't there anymore.
Chad: Father was killed by Bern's troops and the place was burned down...
Hugh: W-What about the children? Were they killed?
Chad: Thanks to Father, we all survived. The little kids are waiting for me under the protection of the Elimine Church.
Chad: I used the 3000G to buy a strong sword. I'm going to use it to help end this war quickly and go pick up the little ones!
Hugh: So the little kids are the family that you want to protect.
Chad: Right. I have nothing else. You got a problem with that?
Hugh: No... Sorry I made fun of you. You're already grown up, Chad. You're certainly more of an adult than I am.
Chad: Oh man, that was funny. You're pretty weird, aren't you? Fine, I'll call you Hugh. That's okay, right? Since you say you're not a Mister.
Hugh: So you can laugh!
Hugh: You know, you've always got that glare in your eye. Your eyebrows are always bunched up like this, you know? And you've got a foul mouth, you've got an attitude, and you don't even smile.
Chad: What are you saying all of a sudden?
Hugh: I've seen so many kids who've lost the ability to smile in this war. Grown-ups have a lot of issues, but come on, kids have to be laughing! Although it seems like the idiots starting wars don't realize that.
Hugh: Well anyway, if there are kids who can still laugh, I suppose there's still hope for the world. I know it's been tough for you, but make sure to laugh once in a while, okay?
Chad: H-Hey, don't mess up my hair!
Hugh: Hahahaha, sorry! Well then, see you later. Don't mess up, you got that?
Chad: ...Maybe there really is still hope for the world if there are adults like you...
Chad: Thanks for your help the other day. That traveler's now fully recovered, and he said that he was really grateful to you.
Elen: I just did what I should have.
Chad: What? No way! I never would have dreamed that there would be someone who would use an expensive healing staff on a commoner.
Chad: Only those of the Elimine Church would treat commoners with healing staves. And even then, it would only be if the wound were severe enough to kill the victim or something.
Chad: Yeah. At least it was like that in the countryside of Lycia, where I used to live. But we have our own ways of treating wounds too, so most people know about medicinal herbs and stuff. ...We were all doing our best to survive until Bern invaded.
Chad: Wha-? S-Sorry! I didn't mean to make you sad...
Elen: No...it's not your fault. It's just that...my... My country... started the war...
Elen: It's my country that started the war. So I understand...if you have hostility toward me, a native of Bern...
Elen: But why? Why don't I see hate in your eyes, but sadness?
Elen: Can you...tell me about it? I want to take at least some of the burden off of your heart...
Chad: ...... ...Father...the Father of our orphanage...he died. Bern's soldiers...they came one day. We had a little garden where we grew food. The soldiers...they trampled on it with their horses because... They said that it was in the way of their path. It was a tiny garden with really nothing more than roots, but...
Elen: So...Father tried to protect the garden?
Chad: Yeah... Even if all we had were roots...they were still food to us.
Elen: Chad, you can cry... If you're sad, you have to let it out.
Chad: ...I was the oldest of the orphans, so I couldn't be crying. The little kids, and my best friend Lugh... They were in shock after seeing Father get killed right in front of their eyes. It was my job to take care of them. I don't want to lose family any more... That's why I chose to fight.
Elen: You're strong.
Chad: My hatred towards Bern is my strength... The drive to avenge Father and to protect the other orphans... That was my purpose in life. I never had any hesitation at all!
Elen: Do you hesitate now?
Chad: ...To me, the people of Bern are all bastards. They're only thinking about themselves, and they don't give a damn about what happens to others as long as they get their profit! ...Or so I thought, until I met you.
Elen: Chad... I'm on your side. I, as an individual, and not as a person of Bern... I want to help you. Do you still hate me now...?
Chad: ...I don't know.
Elen: Then I'll stay at your side, Chad. I can't replace Father... But I can at least be someone there for you when you need to talk.