Thea: You said that I wasn't taking advantage of my freedom...
Klein: Oh, that.
Thea: I wasn't quite sure what you meant, so I wanted to ask you.
Klein: Well, since you're free to do what you want, no one's forcing you to stay here. That's all.
Thea: !! ...Does that mean that you don't need my help?
Klein: No, that's not what I meant. Thea, you're a mercenary. Staying with this army isn't going to get you much income. So if you're just fighting alongside us out of guilt or a feeling of responsibility, I just wanted to let you know that you shouldn't feel compelled to stay.
Thea: Yes, you're right. Perhaps it is inconvenient to stay with this low-paying army. But I'm staying with you out of my own will. Please don't worry about it.
Klein: Oh, all right, then. I'm sorry if I've been a bother.
Klein: Thea, when this war ends, I could help you find an army that pays well.
Klein: Well, even though you said that you're fighting with us out of your own will, my being here is still one of the reasons that you stayed. I just thought that I should compensate by helping out with your future plans...
Thea: ...I can do that on my own. I appreciate your consideration, but please don't worry about it.
Thea: Or is my being here a hindrance to you?
Klein: N-No! Not at all!
Thea: Then why are you telling me things like that!
Klein: ...What's the matter, Thea? How come you're so upset...
Thea: Ever since the other day, all you've been talking about it getting me out of this army...away from you!
Klein: What? Well, I...
Thea: I chose to stay by your side because I love you! But you... You're so inconsiderate!
Klein: Um, well... I'm sorry. It's just that... I never thought that you felt that way about me.
Klein: So... ...... You know, Thea, you're to blame as well!
Klein: You keep calling me 'General Klein, General Klein,' like you want to keep your distance with me! That's why you make me think that you're simply tagging along out of responsibility!
Klein: No 'General' from now on. Just call me Klein, all right?
Klein: Pr-... Master Elffin, you wanted to speak with me? Is it about Etruria?
Elffin: No. It is about the other day.
Klein: Oh... Are you talking about the 'Master' thing?
Elffin: 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 Elffin instead...
Elffin: No. Just 'Elffin' will do.
Klein: That will not do! Even if you are in disguise, I cannot address my prince simply by name.
Elffin: Hm... ...You haven't changed at all.
Elffin: 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.
Elffin: 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?
Elffin: Yes, I was a fool. Of course, your father didn't know what to say. And then, you spoke up.
Klein: I did...?
Elffin: Yes. And you said the same words. 'That will not do.'
Klein: ...I don't remember.
Elffin: '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...
Elffin: 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.
Perceval: ...How do you feel about the coup d'etat in Etruria?
Klein: ...I understand that Bern was doing things behind the scenes, but still... I never would have imagined that the Etrurian Court would divide into two hostile sides so easily. To tell the truth, I'm still not over it. I... I never thought that there would be so many people who would give in to greed so easily...
Perceval: Etruria had not known war for a very long time. Thus, blinded by peace, we didn't notice the men scheming evil deeds.
Klein: Yes... A conflict would have broken out even without Bern's help.
Perceval: Once this war is over, I will return and devote my life to rebuild Etruria.
Klein: Of course, General Perceval. I am prepared to give my life to that cause as well.
Perceval: Klein, I want you to seek a different path.
Perceval: Once I return to Etruria, I plan to dismiss all but those few whom I can put absolute trust in to be loyal to king and country. I will do anything to maintain mutual trust among the king's servants.
Klein: General Perceval... Don't be ridiculous!
Perceval: ! Klein...
Klein: ...Please, relax a little. With your ability, you won't have to go to such extreme measures. I was holding this in because we are at war, but...I'll say it now. I miss the days when I could look up to you as an older brother...the days when we were more relaxed, and sometimes even laughed it up together...
Klein: Once this war ends, let us return and celebrate the prosperity of the new Kingdom of Etruria together...in laughter.
Klein: You know, I was thinking... Before the coup d'etat, we were never working together under the same mission. But now, here we are, fighting alongside each other, after we have both left the Etrurian military and are under General Roy's command.
Perceval: Hm, yes... Fate can work in strange ways.
Klein: Yes. Oh, on a different topic... Have your favorite foods changed over the recent years?
Perceval: ? ...No. Why?
Klein: It's just that the cook was a little troubled. He said that since you are expressionless no matter what you eat, he never knows what to give you.
Perceval: Expressionless? ...Do you think so?
Klein: Yes, very much so, General Perceval. Even when you're having wine, your expression stays the same no matter how much you drink. If you stop making expressions, you'll forget how.
Perceval: Expressions are not things that can be forgotten.
Klein: I wouldn't be so sure about that with you, General Perceval.
Perceval: ...Well, well. Getting fresh, are we?
Klein: Haha... I guess it looks like I need not worry.
Dieck: ...Klein, I told you not to come talk to me this often.
Klein: ...I wanted to tell you a story. I want you to listen because we're in such turbulent times. ...It was 15 years ago, at Aquleia's best arena. A noble's child was attacked by one of the lions that were to be used in the opening show.
Klein: A young pitfighter was the one who saved the child. Ordinarily, he was a skilled swordfighter who would defeat men twice his size with ease. But this time he was up against a lion, so he didn't come out unscathed. He was wounded all over his body, and his face suffered four deep scars.
Klein: The noble hired the swordsman who saved his child into his service. For several years, the young man served as the family's pitfighter and spread his name at the arena. But one day, he suddenly bought his freedom and left. The child, who looked up to the pitfighter as if he were his real brother thought that he was betrayed, and was saddened. ...But now I understand. You were thinking the best for our family...
Dieck: You... You were much too kind to me, a simple servant. Lord Pent and his wife raised me as if I were their real child, regardless of the complaints and finger-pointing going on around them. ...That's why I left.
Klein: ...I understand how you feel. But I don't agree with you.
Klein: You were always thinking the best for us... But did you ever consider the fact that we were concerned for you as well? I don't want us to be in a relation in which we ignore each other when we meet...
Dieck: ...Looks like I was being selfish.
Klein: ! Then you'll be with us like family again?
Dieck: Yeah, you win, Little Master Klein. I'll be sure to show my face to Lord Pent whenever I get the chance.