The Old Soldier's Meddling
To fix up the broken Grandcypher, the company was forced to stop. (Captain) and company enjoy a brief moment of peace, but Eugen then forced them to venture into the forest.
(Captain) and company were forced to stop to fix the malfunctioning Grandcypher.
In the meanwhile, (Captain) and company were enjoying a peaceful moment without any fighting.
Lyria: Mmm! The weather is so nice today!
Katalina: Haha. Yes, it is... Perhaps we should go for a walk.
Rackam: I can’t even fix it without the right parts...
Rackam: According to Siero, it’ll take 2 or 3 days for it to arrive. I think I’ll go take a nap...
Vyrn: Yawn! That sounds like a great idea. With the weather so nice, I’m getting sleepy, too.
Io: Geez... What’s with everyone...? Hey, lizard. I want to sleep too, so be my pillow.
Vyrn: Hmm? Oh, it’s fine! (Captain), you should take it easy, too.
Io: W-What if... What if (Captain) said that you couldn’t sleep alone... I-I don’t mind sleeping next to you...
Eugen: Hey, you guys... You got a minute?
Katalina: Hmm? What's the matter, Eugen? Are you planning on going somewhere, too?
Eugen: Yeah. I’m heading to the forest. Yeah, so that’s why you guys are coming with me.
Vyrn: What?! B-But my nap...
Eugen: Of course! You want to leave an old man by himself in the forest?
Eugen: Here! Get ready and we’re moving!
The Old Soldier's Meddling: Scene 2
Eugen was after the wine made by the forest-dwelling Erune, said to be the best in Phantagrande. He wanted to enjoy the best wine there is since they’ve come this far. As the party heads to the Erune village, monsters appear before them.
Vyrn: Wine made by the Erune?! I was brought out here for this?!
Eugen: Come on... The wine made by the Erune of this forest is said to be super rare.
Eugen: There’s no way I don’t try it out after coming this far.
Katalina: You’re right. The wine made by the Erune is said to be the best in Phantagrande.
Rackam: Well, we’re here anyway. Let’s have a drink before going back to the ship.
Vyrn: Still... I want to go to sleep, so can you carry me there, (Captain)? Snooze...
Lyria: Don’t sleep, Vyrn! The monsters are coming!
The Old Soldier's Meddling: Scene 3
Eugen and the others continue to anticipate the taste of the wine. When they were close to the Erune village, monsters attacked.
Vyrn: Hah! H-Huh?! Where’s my mountain of apples...?
Eugen: Hey, don’t sleep. There are monsters in this forest.
Katalina: We can’t get it unless we go this deep into the forest...? It must be that good of a wine.
Eugen: Yeah... But I’m sure it’ll be worth coming here.
Lyria: That really interests me. I’m starting to look really forward to it!
Eugen: Uh oh. You don’t get any, little lady. Wine is not a drink for kids.
Eugen: But don't worry about it. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like.
Eugen: Look. There’s the Erune village. It’s only a little more!
The Old Soldier's Meddling: Scene 4
In the end, he couldn’t drink the wine he wanted, but Eugen was satisfied anyway. He said that he brought everyone to the Erune village deep in the mountains because everyone was getting lazy. Eugen laughed grandly as he gulped down his cup.
Vyrn: What?! You don’t have any?! We came all the way here...
Erune Man: I’m sorry... During this season, we’re only making the preparations so we don’t have any that’s ready to drink.
Lyria: Is that so...? What should we do?
Eugen: We got no choice then... Here, (Captain)! Let’s go back!
Vyrn: Ugh... Why is Eugen so cheerful?
Lyria: I don’t know... But we should keep up!
Eugen: Wow! This is good! Now that’s what I call wine!
Vyrn: Hey, Eugen! What’s the meaning of this?!
Eugen: What? I told you so! Wine isn’t for kids.
Eugen: The kiddy lizard should just drink milk.
Vyrn: That’s not it! And I keep telling you I’m not a lizard!
Vyrn: We could drink the wine at the Knickknack Shack! We didn’t have to go all the way into the mountains!
Vyrn: Eugen... You knew about this, didn’t you?
Eugen: Of course! Besides, the Erune know how to brew wine, but they leave the distribution and sales completely to others.
Vyrn: Then why did you take us to the mountains?
Eugen: That’s because you all have been getting lazy recently.
Eugen: So I thought it’d be nice to get you to train by fighting some monsters. It was good exercise, wasn’t it?
Vyrn: Good exercise... Then you should have just told us!
Eugen: Hahahaha! If I said it ahead of time, it wouldn’t be any fun!
Eugen: Listen. Battles can happen at any time.
Eugen: That’s why ambushes are ideal for training.
Katalina: Eugen does have a point.
Eugen: If you people ever get lazy again, I’ll put you through training again! So you better not let your guard down!
After laughing it off, the old soldier gulps down his drink.
The number of training plans the old soldier comes up with provide just the right amount of stimulation for (Captain).
Feeling a mite bored, she began to pester him with questions about his daughter Apollonia. Not quite willing to go into detail, Eugen tried to ask Carren how she was getting along with her parents. But it was no use. Carren wouldn’t be satisfied until she knew how things were going with him and his daughter. But Carren took Eugen’s advice to heart. She’d try to meet her parents halfway. But things weren’t quite hunky-dory with Eugen and his daughter, either. He grimaced as his own advice rang hard in his ears.
It had been some time since Carren had taken advantage of her uncle Eugen’s kindness to barge her way onto the Grandcypher.
Eugen was sure Carren would give up sooner or later. If he could just stall for a bit longer...
She was definitely persistent. Eugen wasn’t quite able to hide what he was feeling.
Eugen: Hey, I’m pretty shocked to be one myself... started out transporting freight and ended up here.
Carren: Hehe! Why didn’t you tell me where we’re going? I would’ve picked up a little more work!
Carren: Yeah... there’s just not much to do, you know? C’mon. Not a cloud in the sky? No monsters? Boring.
Eugen: Hey, now... don’t go getting too relaxed. You don’t always get a warning...
Carren: Yeesh, I got it. Nothing’s gonna catch me off guard!
The Grandcypher sailed peacefully, still a ways from its destination.
The two stood on the deck, sharing the silence and the view of an endless blue sky.
Carren remembered something that she just had to share.
Carren: ... actually. How’s Apollonia doing?
Eugen: Hm? ... you mean Polly?
Carren: Yeah, Polly. You know? Your kid? Not that I know much about her.
Eugen: Wait... how the hell d’you know about Apollonia? You sure as hell didn’t hear it from me...
Carren: I dunno... something about your face made reminded me...
Carren: I mean, I met you when I was a kid, right?
Carren: And I’m pretty sure I saw a Polly... Can’t remember if it was a person or a picture, though.
Eugen: Oh? I met you, eh? ... that had to be 10, maybe 15 years ago. Went back to see the family and all...
Eugen: Wait a second?! You weren’t more than a baby back then! What were you? One? Two? That’s some memory you got there!
Carren: Hah! I knew it! So how’s she doing? Good?
Eugen: Er... well... probably, I guess...
Eugen: Hmm... what about you? Are you keeping in touch with your folks? You must’ve written ‘em a few times by now?
Carren: Nah, not really. Why would I? They’re just gonna tell me to bring my butt back home.
Eugen: Yeah... they were always pretty worried about you. And if they hear you’re here with me...
Carren: Hmph! They worry way too much! They nag and nag and nag! It really ticks me off!
Carren: Hehe! I’m glad you’re a Skyfarer! No way you’d chew me out unless it was something really big.
Carren: So, uh... is Polly a Skyfarer, too? Or is she doing something else?
Eugen: Er... well, hm... I wonder...
Carren: She’s probably out there living free and easy. Must be nice to have cool parents.
Eugen: Hm... y-yeah...
Carren: What? What’s with the face?
Eugen: Nothing... I got something in my eye, is all...
Carren: Like, even if I told my parents I was the best Skyfarer ever, they’d just be like, “Sure, wait ‘til you get into some REAL trouble... ”
Carren: So, Eugen... how do I get them to come around?
Eugen: Haha. Don’t ask me. I ain’t your dad, kid.
Eugen: To be honest, I kind of get how they feel.
Eugen: It’s one of those things, eh? They live their whole live on the ground, and their daughter’s running off doing who knows what. They’re worried, I bet.
Carren: I guess you could say that... but it’s not like they don’t know anything, right? I mean, aren’t you a pretty good Skyfarer?
Eugen: Haha! How about that. So you wanna make it as a Skyfarer and your parents should just accept it, right?
Eugen: Well how’re they going to do that if you never actually reach out to them?
Carren: Hm... you have a point...
Eugen: Right? You keep that connection open and you’ll both reach some kind of understanding. One day, at least.
Eugen: (I’m one to talk... )
Carren: Hrm. Keep it open, huh...
Carren: ...I got it! I’ll just go ahead and write ‘em back!
Carren: Wha? You’re making that face. Is it your eye again?
Eugen: ... nah. It’s nothing. Just a little headache, is all...
Eugen’s life had been one spent running away. Carren had no idea how much pain it caused him.
The old soldier and the girl would continue to travel together, but they trouble they carried with them would still be their to rear its ugly head.