(Captain) and the others head for the tower to stop Freesia, but Eugen hears a cry and runs off to investigate. He finds an imperial soldier demolishing a home and arrives just in time to save a girl from flying debris. He suggests taking the girl back to her mother, but the Black Knight is irritated by his careless actions.
(Captain) and the crew are heading for the tower to stop Freesia's plan.
But Eugen suddenly stops in his tracks.
Black Knight: What's wrong? Why are you stopping?
Eugen: I heard a scream.
Black Knight: A scream? I didn't hear anything...
Black Knight: And what if someone did scream? We don't have time to waste on it.
Lyria: Eugen! Where are you going?
Whether he heard Lyria's voice or not, Eugen disappears beyond the rubble.
Vyrn flies toward them, having noticed that (Captain) and the others are lagging behind.
Vyrn: Hey, what's taking so long? Everyone's gone ahead.
Black Knight: Tch... You all go ahead. I'll go get him.
Vyrn: Hey! What's wrong? Where are you going?
Lyria: Well... Eugen heard a scream and ran off.
Vyrn: Sigh... That's just great. So what do we do now, (Captain)?
Choose: I'm worried. I'll go check on them.
- I'm worried. I'll go check on them.
- They're fine. Let them go.
Lyria: I'm worried about them too.
Vyrn: Good grief... All right. Let's get going then.
(Captain), Lyria, and Vyrn run toward the rubble where Eugen and the Black Knight were last seen.Choose: They're fine. Let them go.
Lyria: I know you don't mean that... You plan to go after them alone, don't you, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Heh-heh. You can't fool us! We've known each other too long!
(Captain), Lyria, and Vyrn run toward the rubble where Eugen and the Black Knight were last seen.Continue 1
Girl: No! My house! My house!
Imperial Soldier: I'm sorry little girl, but we need to expand the military road. And it's the duty of civilians to cooperate.
Imperial Soldier: But I promise you that the empire will not waste your sacrifice. We will protect our people with our lives.
With that, the imperial soldier lowers the control stick of his MK 28 battle suit. Its metal arm crushes the girl's home.
The awful sight plunges the sobbing child into despair, and she falls helplessly to her knees.
Just then a piece of the destroyed house comes hurtling straight at her.
Eugen: Look out!
Eugen picks up the girl and carries her out of harm's way just in time.
Imperial Soldier: Hey... I've seen that face before. You were on a wanted poster!
Eugen: Shoot... This could get ugly if anyone else figures out who I am. I better take this guy out fast.
Black Knight: I really don't appreciate you giving me more work to do.
Eugen: Ha-ha! Sorry about that. But thanks anyway.
Eugen looks around and realizes that the girl is gone.
He searches for her and spots her peeking out from behind a pile of rubble.
She trots over to Eugen and offers him the military coat she has picked up.
Eugen: Huh? What's this? Was this your papa's?
Girl: Uh-huh. He was always so brave... And he looked a lot like you.
Eugen: Heh-heh. Is that so? Well, I'm honored.
Eugen: So? You want me to deliver this to him?
Girl: No... I want you to wear it. My papa's gone now.
Eugen immediately understands the girl's downcast gaze and smiles gently at her.
Eugen: I see... But this is a keepsake from your papa, isn't it? Are you sure I should take something so special?
Girl: Yeah. I think he would want you to wear it.
Eugen: Then I'll have to take good care of it. Thanks, sweetie.
Black Knight: ...!
Eugen: What? Is something wrong?
Black Knight: No... But how did you hear her scream anyway?
Eugen: Well... Good question. I'm sure you'll understand someday.
Black Knight: Not that again...
Black Knight: How dare you talk to me as if you were some kind of mentor?
Black Knight: You abandoned me and my mother. And now you want to act like a father?
Eugen closes his eyes and patiently accepts his daughter's resentful words.
Then his expression softens, and he looks the Black Knight directly in the eye and speaks calmly.
Eugen: Okay... How about we go find out if what you said is true?
Black Knight: Go find out?
Eugen doesn't answer. He instead crouches in front of the girl and asks where her family is.
She explains that she and her mother were separated while running away. She came home hoping to find her, but nobody was there.
She knows where her mother's shelter is, but she's afraid to go alone and therefore has no choice but to wait in front of her house.
Eugen: Don't worry, sweetie. We'll make sure you get there.
Black Knight: What are you saying! Don't you understand what's happening right now?
Eugen: Of course... I realize that we don't have much time.
Eugen: But the thing is... What are we fighting for in the first place?
Eugen: Why are we trying to stop the prime minister's plan?
Eugen: To protect the people of this city, right? People like this little girl.
Eugen: Any parent would be worried if their little girl was out here alone.
Black Knight: ...
(Captain) and company decide to take the girl and drop her off near the shelter.
As Eugen gazes at the little girl, the Black Knight gazes at Eugen.
And (Captain) and the crew are on pins and needles, realizing how many complicated emotions will be joining them on this little detour.
A Family Discord
(Captain) and the others search for the shelter where the girl's mother is located, but the Black Knight thinks they should hurry to the tower instead. She accuses Eugen of abandoning her and her sickly mother. Lyria and Vyrn stand up for Eugen, but the Black Knight suddenly draws her sword.
As they head for the tower, (Captain) and the others are helping a lost girl find a certain shelter where her mother is located.
Black Knight: Stop. This is a waste of time. We should just hand the girl over to the army.
But Eugen doesn't stop. He doesn't even bother to respond as he takes the girl's hand and walks onward.
The Black Knight glares at the back of his head and spits a few choice words at him.
Black Knight: Is this supposed to be some kind of atonement for your past?
The long, heavy silence is interrupted only by the sound of their footsteps.
Unable to endure the tension, Vyrn and Lyria cautiously attempt to make conversation.
Lyria: Um... I don't really know what happened, but I'm sure Eugen had his reasons for what he did...
Black Knight: That makes no difference.
Black Knight: That man wasn't there for my mother in her last hours.
Black Knight: He weighed his reasons against my mother, and she lost. He abandoned his own wife.
Lyria: But... Eugen wouldn't do that.
Vyrn: That's right! And do you really have to say it so coldly?
Black Knight: My mother believed in this loser right until she breathed her last.
Black Knight: Whenever I cursed him, she gently chided me, reminding me never to hate him.
Lyria: Black Knight...
Black Knight: All she wanted was for him to be by her side, and he couldn't even give her that. He's a fool.
Eugen: Ha-ha... I can't argue with that...
Eugen: You're right. I was a fool. The doctors all gave her up as a lost cause, but I still thought I could do something.
Eugen: In the end, all I did was hurt her... and you too.
Black Knight: You! But if you knew that, then why—
Vyrn: Hey! Calm down!
The Black Knight draws her sword in a hurry, but she doesn't point it at Eugen.
As she monitors her surroundings, the alert knight quietly warns the others.
Black Knight: I sense something...
Eugen: Yeah... They've got us completely surrounded.
Black Knight: How did they surround us without our notice? It's almost as if they knew we were coming...
Eugen: We'll figure it out later! Get ready! They're coming!
A Family Discord: Scene 2
The Black Knight suspects that the girl led them into a trap of imperial soldiers and draws her sword on the child. Eugen and the others stop her, but another group of soldiers shows up and surrounds them.
As (Captain) and the crew catch their breath after the battle, the Black Knight confronts Eugen with a piercing accusation.
Black Knight: I've had enough of this. Don't you think it somewhat strange?
Eugen: Huh? What do you mean?
Black Knight: That was too perfect.
Eugen: Come on, this isn't like you. Just come out and say it.
The Black Knight mercilessly trains her sword's point on the frightened, sobbing girl's throat.
Eugen: Hey... Are you saying this little girl is setting us up?
Girl: I'm not! I would never—
Black Knight: Look at the circumstantial evidence. There's no denying it, is there?
Vyrn: But still... That doesn't make any sense!
Lyria: Yes, it's just a coincidence. Please stop this!
Eugen: Put your sword away. You would harm a little girl over one coincidence?
Eugen points his gun at the Black Knight, and a silent yet fierce animosity burns in his eyes.
Although still unconvinced, the Black Knight contemptuously sheathes her sword and releases the girl.
Black Knight: You're all too trusting. Let's hope I'm wrong.
Eugen consoles the girl and cheers her up with a joke as the crew hurries toward the shelter.
The Black Knight follows silently, watching Eugen intently.
Vyrn: Hey, what's wrong? You've been acting weird for a while now.
Black Knight: ...
Lyria: I agree. You're very tense. Almost like the old you.
Black Knight: The old me?
Lyria: Yes. Like how you used to get when you'd talk about Orchis.
Black Knight: ...
The Black Knight ponders for a while, as though these unexpected words have called something to mind.
No one can see her expression within her thick iron helmet...
And yet Vyrn and Lyria can just tell that her lips are turned up in the faintest of smiles.
But the warmth vanishes in an instant.
The air is suddenly filled with the fierce, palpable malice of someone out for blood.
Black Knight: Care to you explain this? This is the second time now.
Black Knight: Surely you don't intend to argue that it's just another coincidence.
Black Knight: I told you the girl can't be trusted.
A Family Discord: Scene 3
The Black Knight is enraged to see the man who abandoned her and her mother try to act like her father. Eugen says he'll wait until she learns to trust him as that's his job as her father. But in spite of the crew's pleas for them to stop fighting, the old man and his daughter finally come to blows.
Elite Soldier 1: Prepare to die!
Elite Soldier 2: Graahh!
Black Knight: Tch... These are no ordinary soldiers.
Surrounded by a team of the empire's best soldiers, the (Captain) and the others find themselves on the defensive.
And yet Eugen and the Black Knight are veteran warriors. They can confidently break through even when outnumbered.
But that's exactly the type of conceit that leads to carelessness.
Lyria: Black Knight! Look out!
Black Knight: Huh?
Elite Soldier 2: Graahh!
Black Knight: ...!
Elite Soldier 1: Agh!
Elite Soldier 2: Nghh! No...
Eugen: What's wrong with you! Pull yourself together!
Black Knight: Tch... You should have left me to die like you did my mother.
Eugen: Oh, come on... I could never do that.
Black Knight: Stop trying to be my father. You're too late.
Vyrn: Uh-oh... I have a feeling this is gonna get ugly.
Lyria: Oh no! Please don't fight, you two.
Eugen: I know I'm in no position to lecture you, but let me ask you one thing...
Eugen: Why are you so obsessed with the past?
Black Knight: I don't believe this. You never change.
Black Knight: You never think about the people you left behind. You assume everything will work out as long as you keep moving forward.
Eugen: But sometimes you just have to move on.
Black Knight: Not everyone sees the world like you! My past isn't so easy to throw away!
Eugen: But it is the past.
Eugen: We can't go back to the past... and we never should.
Eugen: Tell me, Apollo... What were your mother's last words?
Eugen: Did she tell you to keep living in the past and never move on to the future?
Black Knight: Well...
Eugen's stern reprimand renders the Black Knight speechless.
But she quickly rallies and vigorously defends herself.
Black Knight: Enough... I don't need a lesson on that from the likes of you.
Black Knight: And yet there's a part of my past that I want to take back!
The Black Knight's determination seems as cold and hard as the naked blade of the sword she has leveled at him, and Eugen reels before it.
Her extraordinary thirst for blood takes his breath away.
Eugen: Are you serious?
Black Knight: Have you forgotten? You and I were always like oil and water.
Black Knight: This was bound to be our fate sooner or later.
Eugen: Fate? Give me a break...
Eugen readies his gun. His eyes, glowing with a dull light, are trained directly on the Black Knight's heart.
Eugen: Heh... I won't ask you to trust me.
Eugen: But I'll keep waiting until you do.
Eugen: Because that's what a father does!
A Family Discord: Scene 4
The girl is finally reunited with her mother. The Black Knight is ashamed of her suspicions but unwilling to forgive Eugen. She suddenly recalls a fond memory from her childhood about her father, but shakes this off and hurries toward the tower.
Mother: Thank goodness... I'm so glad you're all right.
(Captain) and the crew watch from the shadows as the girl and her mother share a tearful embrace.
Black Knight: Humph... So they were both coincidences after all.
Black Knight: What's that look for?
Black Knight: Don't flatter yourself. What happened here in no way excuses you from what you—
But something interrupts her.
A gust catches Eugen's coat, causing it to wave gallantly in the wind...
And a faint, familiar scent tickles the Black Knight's nose.
Black Knight: ...!
Long ago when the Black Knight was a child, she was in a shipwreck and found herself wandering for three days.
Although she escaped death and arrived home safely, she suffered from a high fever for days after that.
She still remembers the big shadow of someone constantly looking after her and holding her hand as she struggled against the sickness.
(This scent... Seawater, the sun, and earth... How... very familiar...)
(I remember now... That big shadow... put a coat over me...)
Black Knight: ...
Eugen: Huh? What's wrong, Apollo? Is there something on my face?
Black Knight: Never mind.
Eugen: Never mind what?
Black Knight: Enough. This conversation is over.
Black Knight: We must hurry and join the others on their way to the tower.
Black Knight: Come on! Don't fall behind!
Vyrn: What's the deal? First she's angry, then she's flustered. How can anyone keep up?
Lyria: But didn't she seem somewhat happy?
Vyrn: You think so? But how could you tell through her helmet?
Eugen: Ha-ha... Well, what does it matter anyway? We'd better catch up with her.
For (Captain) and the crew, it was quite the awkward detour.
But it seems to them that Eugen and Apollonia have finally started reconciling the past and walking down the path they were meant to take.