The Difficult First Step
Grea is playing the piano alone, or so she thinks. Mr. Bertrand pays her a visit, encouraging her to move forward and change the world.
A beautiful melody fills the music room of Mysteria Academy of Magic as Grea plays the piano.
Grea: Was the music room always this big?
Grea: It's probably because Anne isn't here with me...
Grea: The old me wouldn't have given being alone a second thought...
Grea: Who's there?
Applause from a single pair of hands breaks the silence. Startled, Grea whips her head to find the source.
Mr. Bertrand: Oh, excuse me for making you jump.
Grea: Mr. Bertrand? What brings you here?
Mr. Bertrand: Hoho... I'm just making my usual rounds.
Mr. Bertrand: But I just had to stop and say that the chords you strike are as lovely as always.
Mr. Bertrand: Those notes tell me you're lonely from not being able to see Anne.
Grea's face flushes beet red in an instant.
Mr. Bertrand: Ah, sorry. I said something I should've kept to myself again.
Mr. Bertrand: But to be able to convey such emotion through music is a wondrous achievement.
Grea: Is that so...
Mr. Bertrand: ...
Mr. Bertrand gazes at the abashed Grea with a soft smile.
Mr. Bertrand: You've changed, Grea.
Grea: I have?
Mr. Bertrand: Compared to the Grea from not so long ago, I mean.
Mr. Bertrand: You wouldn't have concerned yourself with not being able to see a close friend again, yes?
Mr. Bertrand: In your eyes, meeting Anne was quite the fortuitous encounter.
Grea: Yes. Thanks to her, I've been able to step out of my shell a little.
Grea: Without her, even now I'd still probably be... alone...
Grea: I owe her so much.
Grea: That's how I feel, but it's still too embarrassing to say in person.
Grea's lips curl into a knowing smile as she thinks about Anne.
Mr. Bertrand: Hoho... You've finally found it in you to put on a smile.
Mr. Bertrand: No, that is to say I'm elated to see the new Grea.
Grea: Thank you.
Mr. Bertrand: That's especially why you must greet Anne with a smile when she comes back.
Mr. Bertrand: Anne isn't going to come flying back here from her study abroad simply because you've sunk into melancholy.
Grea: Haha... I don't know about that, Mr. Bertrand. This is Anne we're talking about.
Mr. Bertrand: Hmm, I'm afraid you may be right.
Mr. Bertrand: When talk of study abroad first came up, she was adamant about not wanting to leave you behind.
Mr. Bertrand: If she were to catch wind of your loneliness now...
Grea: Ahaha... She'd be back in a heartbeat.
The image alone is enough to draw a wry smile out of Grea.
Mr. Bertrand: Therefore it would behoove you to enjoy your student life enough to put aside that loneliness.
Mr. Bertrand: That way Anne can also focus on her studies with peace of mind.
Grea: Yeah... You're right.
Mr. Bertrand: Grea. Gather your courage and move forward with confidence. The world will definitely change.
Mr. Bertrand: There's no need for worry. You'll have Anne and Owen by your side.
Mr. Bertrand: So why don't you move forward with your head held up high?
Grea: I'll... think about it.
Mr. Bertrand: Well, I shan't keep you any longer. I still have to finish making my rounds, you see.
Mr. Bertrand: I do hope you enjoy your time at the academy, Grea.
Mr. Bertrand: If there's anything I can do to make your stay better, please don't hesitate to seek my help.
Grea: Thank you very much.
Mr. Bertrand leaves the room, and Grea is once again alone.
Grea: One step at a time... But...
Man: You monster!
Woman: I knew it wasn't like us.
Grea: But it's frightening...
Grea: Hey, Anne... What do you think I should do?
Grea: How can I be like you?
Grea: How am I supposed to have fun as a student like all the other normal people?
Piano notes start to play once more.
They are different from before—dark notes that seem to express Grea's bitterness.
Her First Friend
Grea is seriously injured during a fight with the aberrations after her dragon powers go berserk. While she recuperates, the crew learns the story behind Anne and Grea's close friendship.
Mysteria Academy has come under attack from invaders.
Grea had tapped into her inner dragon powers but lost control amid the fighting. Her body has suffered extensive collateral damage.
(Captain) and the others bring her to the classroom building in order to heal her injuries.
Groans of pain escape from Grea's mouth.
Vyrn: H-hey, Pianista! You hangin' in there?
Grea: Yeah, I'm fine. I can take it—
Grea's pain is intense; she trips on her own feet and collapses.
Anne quickly steps forward and catches Grea in her arms.
Grea: Thanks, Anne.
Anne: That's enough! You don't have to keep acting strong for me!
Anne: If it's too much for you to handle, then just say so already!
Anne: Honestly... Well? Can you walk?
Grea: Yeah... As long as I don't move too fast.
Anne: Really? You're not just humoring me, are you?
Grea: No, I'm not. So stop worrying so much.
Anne: Pfft. I would if you'd stop going overboard.
Grea: Yeah, I know.
Anne: Sigh... If only I could use healing magic like Ms. Miranda...
Owen: You look troubled, Princess. What appears to be the problem?
Anne: I'm gonna do it! After this is all over, I'm gonna learn healing magic!
Anne: I just... I hate that I can't do anything to help you at a time like this. I'm useless.
Grea: No you're not, Anne...
Grea: Just being here with me is enough.
Vyrn: Boy, you academy girls sure are close.
Anne: You bet we are! She's my best friend!
Vyrn: Best friends, huh...
Anne: I'll tell you what though. It was like pulling teeth trying to make friends with her at first.
Vyrn: Oh yeah? How so?
Anne: All right, so at the time, Grea—
Grea, face flushed, tries to clamp her hand on Anne's mouth.
Anne: What? Should be fine to tell everyone how we first met, right? There's nothing embarrassing about that!
Grea: Yeah, I know that, but still...
Vyrn: Ooh, the tale of how your blooming relationship began.
Vyrn: I wanna hear it too! And don't leave out a single detail!
Owen: I'd also like to hear how you two met, if I may. I wasn't there at the time after all.
Anne: Well... What do you say, Grea?
Grea: Sigh... Fine. But don't get your hopes up or anything. It's not really that interesting, you know.
And so the story of how Grea and Anne first met is revealed to the crew.
Her First Friend: Scene 2
Before knowing each other, Anne would attempt to speak with Grea, but she always ran away because of her self-consciousness. Anne is finally able to explain that she isn't afraid of Grea's half-dragon, half-human heritage, and they've been friends ever since.
Grea is playing the piano alone in the music room of Mysteria Academy.
Anne: Wow! What a beautiful performance! Could you play a little more for me?
Sudden applause from a single set of hands fills the room. Grea is startled and whips her head to see an unfamiliar girl looking back at her.
Grea: Who are you?
Anne: Me? Oh, I'm—
Anne: Huh? Say, are those wings and a tail you got there?
Grea quickly jumps out of her seat and flees from the music room.
Anne: Hey! W-wait!
Anne: Waaait! Wait, I say!
Grea: Who was that person from yesterday? Why was she calling out to me?
Anne: Aha! Found you!
Grea: You're... the girl from yesterday.
Anne: Yep! I wanted to have a word with you!
Anne: Hey, stop!
Anne: Geez, why do you keep running from me?
Grea: Leave me alone.
Grea: What's her problem?
Grea: Why does she even want to talk to me?
Grea: I hate being looked at with those kinds of eyes.
Grea: That's why I stay alone... That's why I...
Grea sits down by the piano and starts to play the worries in her heart away.
Anne: Just as I thought. You're playing is absolutely superb!
Grea: You again...
Anne: Look, today's the day we have a heart-to-heart chat!
Grea: Why do you want to talk to me?
Anne: Hm... Good question. I guess I was drawn in by your piano playing.
Anne: And by drawn in I mean there's gotta be some sort of connection between us! Am I wrong?
Grea: You're not... afraid of me?
Anne: Um, afraid?
Grea: I'm not normal, you know. I'm half dragon, half human.
Grea reveals her wings and tail as proof of her dual heritage.
Anne: Your wings and tail are pretty cute actually! It's pretty cool how unique you are.
Anne: See, chatting and sharing tunes is what life at the academy's all about.
Anne: There's nothing to be scared of! On the contrary learning new things and making new friends is fun.
Grea: I see...
Grea struggles to hold back tears upon hearing Anne's words of kindness.
Anne: So starting today, you and I are friends!
The girl sticks her hand out to Grea as if meeting for the first time.
Grea: Will you really be my friend? You don't think I'm scary at all?
Anne: Of course I will! And not one bit!
Grea: Thank you... Um?
Anne: Whoops, I totally forgot to introduce myself. My name's Anne!
Grea: I'm Grea. Nice to meet you, Anne.
Grea grasps Anne's outstretched hand.
Anne: Mm. Nice to meet you too, Grea!
Anne: Let's rock the academy with some fun!
Her First Friend: Scene 3
Their backstory ends with Grea blushing in embarrassment and Anne inviting the crew to listen to their piano duet once the matter with the aberrations has been resolved.
Grea: We've been friends ever since.
(Captain) and company take in the story of Anne and Grea's first meeting.
Owen: I see. So that's how it happened.
Anne: Yep! When I first heard Grea's performance, I could tell she was nervous.
Anne: I thought to myself, "Hey, I think we'd make good friends!"
Anne: That's why I wanted to get to know her better no matter what.
Anne: It must have been fate!
Grea: Our meeting was fate, huh...
Anne's words hit their mark. Grea's face becomes the color of the setting sun.
Owen: Hehe, fate... Yeah, looking at you two, I'd say that's the right word for it.
Lyria: Yes! I think so too!
Vyrn: You two go together like salt and pepper!
Grea: Geez, now everyone's getting in on it...
Anne: Hahaha. You're so cute when you blush, Grea!
Grea: Quit teasing me, Anne!
Anne: Ahaha! Sorry!
Anne: Ever since we became friends, I've wanted to try playing a duet.
Lyria: What's a duet?
Grea: It's when two people play on the same piano at the same time.
Owen: What an amazing melody that would be coming from the two of you.
Choose: Let's hear it.
- Let's hear it.
Lyria: Yes! I'd love to hear it too!
Grea: But the piano...
Lyria: Oh, right... I'm so sorry...
Anne and Grea turn their eyes to the rubble of the music room.
Anne: Okay then! Come back here once the academy's all fixed up!
Anne: Then we'll give you a feast for the ears!
Anne: Right, Grea?
Grea: Sure, when you put it that way.
Lyria: Hehe. That's a promise!
Grea: Yeah, a promise.
Vyrn: Sweet! All right, everyone. If we wanna hear their duet, we've got some things to take care of first!
Grea: That's right.
Grea and the others look solemnly at the clock tower.
Their determination to take back Mysteria Academy burns brightly.