Florina: Is something the matter? Might...I be of some help?
Lyn: ... ...Thanks. But it's really nothing. It can't be fixed, anyway.
Florina: ...Is it the plains?
Florina: Please, don't hide it even from me! You want to return to the plains, don't you, Lyn? I know how you used to leave the castle and gaze out from the hill at Caelin.
Lyn: It's just... It doesn't seem fair. I know... With my grandfather in his condition, I'm the only one to watch over the castle...
Florina: You shouldn't force yourself, though. I'm sure that Lord Hausen would understand... Living on the plains just seems right for you, Lyn.
Lyn: Florina... Hmm, guess what? You stopped calling me "Lyndis"... And you're speaking much more frankly now.
Florina: Ah! I-I apologize! I'm such a scatterbrain, I...
Lyn: Please, Florina—Don't... I, too, thought it was the way we had to be with each other. But I was wrong—I can't take it anymore. I've been so lonely all this time. Leaving the plains... And you, my best friend treating me like a noble stranger. What does rank and birth have to do with anything? I'm still myself, and you're still you! Please, talk to me normally, like you always used to.
Florina: Lyndis...Lyn... I...I'm sorry. I had no idea you felt that way...
Lyn: I do, and someday when I return to the plains... Come with me, won't you? I may not be able to pay you like I do now... But I would like you with me, Florina, as a friend.
Florina: Yes. That would be nice. Let's stick together, no matter what happens. Now...and always.
Florina: Um... Th-Thank you for saving me! Do... Do you remember me? I am Florina... servant of House Caelin... ...I said it! I... I did say it, didn’t I! Huey, I said it! Now, if I can just... ...I can say it to Lord Hector’s face now, right? C’mon, Florina! Chin up! Take a deep breath... You have to speak loudly, remember! ... ... J-Just once more... For practice... Breathe deep... Lord Hector!
Hector: Say, aren’t you one of Lyn’s...
Florina: Aaah! S-Sorry!! I beg your p-pardon!
Hector: What was that all about? Am I some kind of monster? Huh.
Unknown: Argh! Hey! Lemme go, you darn flapping horse!
Hector: Yeah, you! You want to play rough? Fine! I’ll show you rough!
Florina: Um, ahh... Did this, um... Did my Pegasus... do something wrong?
Hector: This Pegasus is yours? Do wrong? He just grabbed my arm in his teeth and dragged me off! Wouldn’t let go, either! I couldn’t do anything in front of Eliwood and the others... But now he’s mine! I’ll show him who’s boss!
Florina: No--! Don’t hurt Huey! Please... If you must punish someone, punish me!
Hector: Heh, so you can talk. And loud at that.
Hector: You were always hanging around like you were going to say something... But whenever I went to ask you what it was, you’d run off! When I asked Lyn what to do... She said a big lunk like me should stay away from her friend! Can you believe it? What’s a guy supposed to do? So, tell me what you wanted to say. I’m all ears!
Florina: Yes... yes... I, well... When I first...first met you... Y-You saved me, and... Um... Thank you, very much. ... ...I-I said it! I finally said it! Huey!
Hector: I...saved you? Me, saving you?
Florina: Ye... Um, yes. Um... In Laus...my Pegasus... He fell, and...Um... ...
Florina: B-Because... you said you would keep that stuff secret!
Farina: Yeah, but it’s not like Lyn, I mean... Lady Lyndis...cares... She was laughing, too! It’s not as bad as you make it out to be... ...Not as bad as when you started singing the Pegasus Counting Song all the way to one hundred at that one festival back when--
Florina: No! Stop! It’s so embarrassing!
Farina: I mean, it’s not like I included the part where you got up on that table full of food, sat yourself down cross-legged, and started belting out that song with a crooked grin on your face! Right?
Farina: Awww... There, there. Don’t cry...
Florina: Hey! You’re the one who made me cry in the first place!
Farina: Look, I’m sorry. Maybe I did go a little too far... But you know, I had to make sure. I had to find out if you were the same old Florina.
Farina: I mean, Florina, suddenly you’re just so powerful! You’re like a different person! I missed the old Florina. But I feel better now. I just had to check and see if she was still there.
Florina: Oh, Farina...
Farina: Oh no!
Farina: I have to get going! If I just sit around talking, people will start to ask what I do to earn my startlingly high salary! That wouldn’t do at all!
Fiora: Try not to get too far ahead of the front line... You can always ride behind and back me up, you know...
Florina: Thanks, Fiora. But...I... I have to do it my way. You can handle it out there alone, right? Well I need to make sure that I can, too.
Fiora: Oh... But I worry about you. When we were in training, you used to get so scared...
Florina: Yeah, but I’m fine now.
Fiora: Really? But the Caelin knights are all men, aren’t they? I just think of you, all timid and scared among them... So, Florina... You really don’t mind it? Didn’t they give you a hard time for being a woman? Now if they did, I want you to let me know. Because I will tell them a thing or two...
Florina: I-I’m fine. Lady Lyndis took good care of me... And everyone was really nice...
Fiora: Hey, Florina. When this is all over, we should go back to Ilia together once, you and I.
Florina: Huh? B-But I’m still only...
Fiora: Having seen you fly, I’m sure they would promote you to pegasus knight first rank if we went back to Ilia. And I really want you to join me in the first division. Then I’ll be able to help you anytime you need it. I would feel much better that way.
Florina: Fiora... Look...I...
Fiora: Don’t you want to fly by my side?
Florina: Well, of course I do... It’s what I had always wanted... I would have been delighted to... But...
Fiora: You’ve got some reasons to decline, then?
Fiora: If you are worried about Lady Lyndis giving you leave, I’ll talk to her...
Florina: No, that’s not it. Well, I mean, I guess that’s part of it, but... It’s me... I just need time to...
Fiora: Fine. You can tell me whenever you’re ready. Go ahead, take your time deciding. It’s fine.
Florina: Well, you see. I really love you, Fiora. And it would be great to be with you, to have you to protect me always...
Florina: But... But... That wouldn’t be good for me... You’re so kind, you would probably protect me for the rest of my life... That’s the problem... If I rely on you forever, I’ll never become my own person. So...I’ve decided not to return to Ilia yet. It’s because I do love you... You see, I don’t want to always be the crybaby Florina who needs you to protect her... I want to be more like my sister, a fine pegasus knight.
Fiora: Florina... I...understand. That’s the first time I have ever heard you express yourself so clearly.
Florina: I-I’m sorry...
Fiora: No, it’s a good thing! It means you’re all grown up now! At first I thought I would rather have you in my division so I could protect you, but... But now I know you’ll be fine on your own...
Fiora: Then I just have one last thing to leave you with, as a senior pegasus knight... Listen closely... No matter what happens... ...even if you have to take a mission that you are sure you won’t return from... Never quit a mission that you have already accepted... We don’t just fight for ourselves... We fight for the pride of the entire Ilian pegasus knight brigade. This is something that you will learn quite well someday.
Ninian: You want to ask me for advice? What about?
Florina: Well, you see, I... I’m really bad at talking to men... And I can’t seem to even get along with all of the soldiers we fight alongside... So what do you think I could do to...you know, make it easier to talk to people?
Ninian: Well... I feel like you sort of... picked the wrong person to ask... I don’t think I’m really all that good at talking to people either...
Florina: Oh...all right... I just thought... You know, you’re just so easy to talk to...
Ninian: Well, I feel the same way...about you.
Florina: So then... We can count on each other as friends from now on, right?
Florina: So, Ninian, where in Ilia were you born? Because... I was born in Edessa. That’s where the Pegasi gather...at the spring of Pyrene.
Ninian: I... I am not so good at geography... But it was near the tallest mountain in Ilia.
Florina: You mean the mountain of the Ice Dragon?
Ninian: ...Ice Dragon?
Florina: Yes. A long time ago, there was a tall mountain where an ice dragon lived. Don’t you know the story?
Ninian: I’m sorry, I don’t... I’ve been traveling for a long time with my brother, and...
Florina: Oh...I see... Well, a long time ago, there was an ice dragon in Ilia. And this kind dragon helped the people of Ilia, who had trouble living in snow year round. But a war broke out between dragons and people... And the kind dragons, not wanting to hurt the humans, went off to a faraway place.
Florina: My sister first told me that story as a child to make me go to bed... Even now, every year, the people in that area make an offering to the mountain... When I was little, I so wanted to meet the ice dragon that I braved the cold and waited all night next to the place of offering... But I saw dawn the next morning, and the dragon never came... Then I caught a cold and my sister got very upset with me...
Ninian: ...You waited all night? Miss Florina... Weren’t you afraid of the dragon?
Florina: Afraid? Why?
Ninian: Doesn’t everyone think that dragons are terrifying, man-eating beasts? I mean, how could two different species ever get along?
Florina: It doesn’t matter what species you are... Look at me. My pegasus and I are of different species...
Ninian: Yeah, I guess so...
Florina: Pegasi are all very shy around humans... But I’m kind of that way, too... At first this sweet mare and I were so afraid of each other... It didn’t go so well... But we played together, and swam together... And soon, we began to understand each other... And that’s how we became friends... So even if two beings may be shaped a little differently... That doesn’t mean they can’t get along.
Ninian: I see... Yeah, you must be right! I mean...we get along, don’t we?
Serra: You know, I’ve been thinking... If you have trouble around guys... Maybe it’s just because you’re shy... See, you’re even a little reserved when talking to other women...
Florina: Y-Yes... I am.
Serra: Then you just need to have more confidence! No matter who you’re with, just think of yourself as being better than them! That’ll do it!!
Florina: I can’t think of them...as equals?
Serra: No, no, not at all! Think of them as lowly little bugs if you can.
Florina: As...as bugs?
Serra: look, your shyness is pretty deeply ingrained, right? Then you’ll have to take drastic measures!! Stand up straight! Push out that chest! Raise that chin! Look me in the eye! No! I’m a bug, remember! Look at me with disgust!
Florina: Err, umm... Stand up...straight. Puff out... Like this?
Serra: No! No! No! More defiant! And your legs! Take a wider stance! Yeah! That’s better!
Florina: ...Um... I feel weird...
Serra: The eyes! Don’t forget! Raise your chin! More disdain!