A Choco-Mad Cyclone
On a regular outing into town for supplies, (Captain) and crew walk past two girls excitedly talking about Valentine's Day. Grimnir, unable to help himself, begins to wonder about (Captain)'s Valentine's plans. Right before they return to the ship for the day, Grimnir suddenly declares he has something to do and drags Lyria and Vyrn with him back to town.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, but the crew's normal routine remains unchanging.
Today finds Grimnir, (Captain), Lyria, and Vyrn shopping in town for daily necessities.
Vyrn: Whew, having you around to carry stuff sure makes shopping a breeze. Thanks for the help, Windy!
Grimnir: Heh... To foster the tranquility of mortals, the full might of my power shall spare no undertaking.
Grimnir: Bearing the simple weight of this burden is no challenge for the Mad Cyclone, Tempest Incarnate.
Lyria: Thanks to your wind powers, we can leave the heavy lifting to you and buy more than usual!
Grimnir: Oh, quit it! My heart can only take so many compliments!
As the crew strolls down the street, two girls come chattering by.
Girl 1: Oh hey, did you already decide who you're gonna give chocolates to for Valentine's?
Girl 2: Huh? Yeah, but... you've gotta tell me who you're giving chocolates to first!
Girl 1: Fiiine, but you better tell me after! Now lean in close so no one else can hear, 'kay?
Girl 2: You sure gave in fast! I wonder who it is...
Girl 2: What? Seriously? I was expecting someone else!
Grimnir's eyes curiously follow the excited girls as they walk past.
Lyria: Grimnir, is something wrong?
Grimnir: Nah, I was just kinda distracted by how lively those two girls were.
Vyrn: I guess they did seem pretty pumped up for Valentine's, huh?
Grimnir: This "Valentine's" thing sounds pretty familiar...
Lyria: Valentine's is a day for giving chocolates to people who are important to you, so you can show how much you appreciate them.
Grimnir: Ohhh, that thing! So that's what you call it! I think I remember reading about it somewhere.
Grimnir: Doesn't everyone get all crazy for it every year, trying to prepare homemade sweets and whatnot?
Vyrn: They sure do. Those girls that passed us by were talking about who they were gonna give their Valentine's gifts to.
Lyria: Hehe... It's so fun to think about what chocolates to get and who to give them to.
Grimnir: Hm... Chocolates and their recipients...
Grimnir's gaze falls to the form of (Captain) walking by his side.
Grimnir: (Is (Captain) going to give somebody chocolates too?)
Grimnir: (I guess to Lyria and Vyrn? Or maybe even... me?)
Grimnir: (Wait, stop it, me! Being nosy is most uncouth!)
Grimnir: (The singularity is free to give chocolates to whomever! It's none of my business!)
Feeling the weight of Grimnir's intense stare, (Captain) turns and gives him a smile.
Choose: Did you want chocolates?
- Did you want chocolates?
- Want to give someone chocolates?
Grimnir: M-me... Meee? Want ch-chocolates?
Grimnir: N-not really! I'm not that interested in Valentine's chocolate or whatever!
Vyrn: Huh... That so? I figured you'd be all over it.
Lyria: That's too bad. Chocolate is so tasty...
Vyrn: If you don't want 'em, you don't gotta eat 'em. Anyway, let's hurry on back to the ship!Choose: Want to give someone chocolates?
Grimnir: G-give... Giiive? Someone ch-chocolates?
Grimnir: I'm the God of War! Shouldn't mortals be, like, the ones giving chocolates to me?
Vyrn: If you put it that way... Guess I've never heard of a god doing the Valentine's giftin'.
Grimnir: I-in the first place, I'm not that interested in Valentine's chocolate or whatever!
Lyria: I don't think it really matters if you're a god or not when it comes to giving chocolates though!
Vyrn: Up to you what you wanna do, really. Anyway, let's hurry on back to the ship!Continue 1
The four make haste for the Grandcypher, Grimnir fidgeting the whole time.
Grimnir: Oh! I almost forgot! I gotta do something, so you guys can go on ahead!
Suspicious of Grimnir's strange behavior, (Captain) volunteers to tag along.
Grimnir: N-no! Uh... Don't you have requests to fill soon? Stuff that'll keep you busy?
Grimnir: I don't wanna bother you, so... How about the red dragon and girl in blue come with me instead?
Lyria: Sure! If it's all right with you, I'd love to join!
Vyrn: Now hold on just a second. What makes you think we're not busy too?
Lyria: Oh, Vyrn! We really are free though, so why not?
Grimnir: Please, Red Dragon? C'mon! Pretty please!
Vyrn: Well... If you're beggin' that much, I guess I can join too.
Grimnir: Really? Thanks, you guys!
(Captain)'s earlier concern is assuaged after Lyria and Vyrn agree to accompany Grimnir.
With a wave, (Captain) sees the three off as they turn around and head back into town.
A Choco-Mad Cyclone Cont.
Admitting that he desperately wishes to give (Captain) a Valentine's gift, Grimnir asks for Lyria and Vyrn to help him search for the ultimate chocolate. As they wait in line to enter a famous confectionery, Savarin the gourmet unexpectedly appears with a flyer and changes their plans.
Grimnir: I totally lied about not being interested in Valentine's Day!
Grimnir: I actually really wanna give the singularity some chocolates!
Grimnir: So please, please, please! Help me out!
Vyrn: Ohhh! I'm startin' to see why you didn't want (Captain) tagging along.
Lyria: You can count on us! We'd be happy to help!
Grimnir: Girl in Blue! A-are you sure you don't mind?
Vyrn: As if we'd be heartless enough to say no after that appeal!
Grimnir: What a gracious red dragon you are... You both are the best! Thank youuu!
The two are back in town with Grimnir to help him choose chocolates for (Captain), though Vyrn and Lyria hadn't known that was the plan until a moment ago.
Lyria: Do you have a general idea of what kind of chocolate you'd like to give?
Grimnir: Well... Like my tempest, it must contain the hidden power to pierce through all creation and seize the soul of the eater... In other words the ultimate morsel!
Vyrn: Cool, cool. Let's go check out the shops in the area and do some taste testing!
Lyria: That's a great plan!
Vyrn and Lyria immediately set out to find the nearest confectionery.
Grimnir: Ah! Wait for me! Don't leave me behind, you guuuys!
Waving his arms wildly, Grimnir scrambles after his two helpers.
The three quickly find themselves in line to enter a famous chocolatier's store.
Grimnir: This line sure is long... I'm starting to feel like I might've been underestimating Valentine's Day...
Vyrn: Naaah, apparently this particular chocolatier is super famous, so the store's always got a crazy line even when it's not Valentine's season!
Lyria: I'm so excited to see what all the buzz is about!
While the three chatter excitedly in line, a nearby man does a double take at their presence before he hesitantly approaches.
???: You there! Are you a part of (Captain)'s crew?
Vyrn & Lyria: Savarin!
Savarin: So it really is you two. It's been a while, hasn't it?
Savarin: I must admit I never expected to see you here, especially without (Captain) around.
Grimnir: Your name's Savarin? Are you a friend of the singularity?
Lyria: Oh, that. He's just talkin' 'bout (Captain).
Savarin: I see... Ah, do excuse me. I forgot to introduce myself. I am Savarin, the gourmet.
Grimnir: Heh. Well, I am the God of War and Mad Cyclone...
Savarin: How fascinating... You carry the aura of someone with talent—perhaps enough to one day make a stunning dish for me.
Savarin: Which makes me question why such a talented trio as yourselves are in line for this particular store.
Grimnir: We're searching around for Valentine's chocolate to give to the singularity.
Vyrn: This place has a huge line, right? We figured that must mean the sweets here are the real deal.
Savarin's expression immediately sours once he hears what Vyrn says.
Savarin: Excuse me for being frank, but you should give up on the idea of buying your chocolates here.
The Three: Huh?
This completely unexpected advice shocks the crew members.
Grimnir: Why do you say that? Do you know something about this place?
Mindful of their surroundings, Savarin lowers his voice and answers.
Savarin: This store used to make each customer's chocolate with such love and care that it felt like it was made specially with you in mind.
Savarin: But as soon as they gained popularity, that tenderness was forgotten, and the quality of their creations fell.
Savarin: Not an uncommon occurrence for a small, reputable store to let success get to their heads, of course, but a pity nonetheless.
Savarin: I won't pester you further. Just be warned that the quality chocolates you're seeking won't be found here.
Savarin: If you'll excuse me.
Savarin prepares to leave, his expert opinion given.
Grimnir: W-wait a sec!
Savarin: Hmm? Did you still need something?
With a resolute glint in his eyes, Grimnir turns to the gourmet.
Grimnir: I... want to present the singularity with the most supreme chocolate in the skies.
Grimnir: Do you know where I can find the ultimate morsel?
Grimnir: If you do, please tell me!
After a moment of silence, Savarin hands Grimnir a flyer.
Grimnir: What's this?
Savarin: My answer lies where this flyer will lead you.
Savarin says no more and walks away.
Vyrn: Okay, that was weird. Why'd he decide to get all cryptic all of a sudden?
Lyria: Grimnir, what did he hand you?
Grimnir: Th-this is it... I wanna go check this out! Will you two come with me?
Vyrn: Heck yeah! We didn't come this far to give up now!
Lyria: I'm in too!
Grimnir: I'm in your debt... Let us depart!
Grimnir regards Savarin's mysterious flyer with great interest.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding their new destination, Grimnir moves with determination as they leave the line and venture forth.
A Choco-Mad Cyclone Cont.: Scene 2
Grimnir, Vyrn, and Lyria follow the flyer and attend Savarin's special chocolate-making class. Though Grimnir learns how to make excellent chocolate, he is unable to be satisfied with anything but a unique recipe for (Captain). Savarin decides to test the strength of Grimnir's feelings for (Captain) by unleashing a chocolate spirit upon him.
Savarin: Listen up! Temperature management is absolutely vital for making chocolate!
Savarin: If you can't control the flames of the stove top...
Savarin: Then what chance do you have at controlling the flames of your love?
Students: Yes, Mister Savarin!
Lyria: Wow! Savarin sure is a good lecturer!
Vyrn: Uh, sure... If you say so...
Grimnir, Lyria, and Vyrn have come to attend Savarin's chocolate-making class, which had been advertised on the flyer they received from him.
Savarin: Hopeless... All of you!
Savarin: If you want heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate in time for your valentine, you'd better pick up the pace!
Students: Yes, Mister Savarin!
Grimnir and the other students focus intently on getting the most out of this crash course.
Their hard work pays off. Once the class ends, the students proudly relish in their newfound ability to make heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.
Student 1: Mister Savarin, thank you so, so much!
Student 2: You really are a miracle worker! I think I'll finally be able to get my feelings through now!
Savarin: That's great to hear. I hope your Valentine's Day turns out wonderfully.
However, Grimnir alone lies on the floor, lost in dismay and distress.
Grimnir: No good... It's no good...
Vyrn: You think so? I mean, your chocolate looked and tasted as good as a pro's.
Lyria: I thought so too! It really was delicious, so you should feel confident in yourself!
Grimnir: I appreciate it, you guys, but this isn't going to cut it...
Grimnir takes a second to compose himself, then gets up and approaches Savarin.
Grimnir: Mister Savarin...
Savarin: What is it?
Grimnir: Truth be told the chocolate I made today is delectable... A hundred out of a hundred people would probably give rave reviews.
Grimnir: But that's not good enough.
Grimnir: I... I want to create an original recipe made for (Captain), and (Captain) only.
The gourmet goes silent as he listens to the extent of Grimnir's feelings. After a beat, he makes his point known.
Savarin: To be honest, anybody can learn the basics of making chocolate with time.
Savarin: But making chocolate filled with one's feelings is something even I can't teach.
Savarin: It is the strength of your feelings that ultimately determines the taste of your chocolate.
Grimnir: Mister Savarin...
Savarin: But I have an idea that might help guide you forward. Come, it's time for a special supplementary lesson.
Savarin: Show me the true extent of your feelings for (Captain)...
Savarin: And don't hold any of it back!
With a flourish, Savarin strides to the back of the room and returns with a cloth-covered cage.
Savarin: This is a chocolate spirit captured from Chocolae Island.
Grimnir: Uh... Huh?
Savarin: If your feelings are true, then take down this spirit and prove it to me!
Savarin flings the cage door open, and the chocolate spirit shoots into the air.
Chocolate Spirit: ...!
Vyrn: You sure this has anything to do with makin' good chocolate?
Lyria: Grimnir, we'll back you up!
Grimnir: Thanks for the offer, Girl in Blue, but I have to do this by myself.
Grimnir: For this is a personal trial of chocolate.
Grimnir: Heh... Prepare yourself! I shall unleash the storm of emotions raging inside my soul...
Grimnir: And blow you awaaay!
A Choco-Mad Cyclone Cont.: Scene 3
The chocolate spirit shatters against Grimnir's tempest, and its remains are magically delicious. Realizing that this is the secret ingredient they needed, Grimnir and Savarin begin to work tirelessly on completing the new recipe. Their efforts finally bear fruit on the morning of Valentine's, and Grimnir rushes off to meet (Captain), but not before Savarin hands him a gift.
Grimnir: Face the Cyclone's fury! The next thrust of my lance shall be your demise!
Chocolate Spirit: ...!
The chocolate spirit stands no chance against Grimnir, the Mad Cyclone.
Grimnir: Woo-hoo! I did it!
Savarin: You certainly did. The storm of emotions in your heart was unyielding.
Savarin: Wait... What's this?
Noticing there's something peculiar about the fragments of broken chocolate nearby, Savarin gives them a closer look.
Savarin: Is... this magic residue in the chocolate pieces?
Grimnir: There's what now?
Grimnir scoops a fragment into his mouth and chews.
Grimnir: Munch... Chew...
Grimnir: Wh-whoooaaa my gooosh!
Grimnir: Every bite is like tasting the summer breeze blowing through the blue sky!
Savarin: I'll also have a sample! Munch... Chew...
Savarin: Oh! Ohhh my goodness!
Savarin: Pant... Pant... What a delightful, refreshing taste! The flavor simply melts into my mouth!
Savarin: (Could this be similar to the phenomenon used for creating Elemental Sorbet?)
Savarin: The strength of your feelings for (Captain) seems to have created a miracle...
Savarin: A miracle of novel flavor roaring with the God of War's tempest! We can do something truly amazing with this!
Grimnir: Does that mean we can use these pieces for an original recipe?
Savarin: Indeed! With an ingredient like this, we can take chocolate confections to new heights!
That sounds perfect!
The two vigorously shake hands together, each brimming with excitement.
Vyrn: I'm really not sure what's happening, but... Seems like they're headed in the right direction at least!
Lyria: I'm so glad things are working out for you, Grimnir!
Grimnir: I couldn't have gotten this far without you both, thank you sooo much!
An unexpected development has given Grimnir the potential to create a truly original treat.
He spends the next few days working day and night to complete and perfect the recipe.
Grimnir: Damn... Another failure.
Savarin: Don't be discouraged. The next batch will be impeccable!
Vyrn: Urp... I don't... think I can eat anymore...
Lyria: I can keep going! Let me taste test the rest!
Grimnir: Okay, I'm counting on you, Girl in Blue!
Savarin: Hmm... Try this combination next!
Grimnir: All right!
Gradually the group hone their chocolate-making skills and improve the recipe together.
Their progress continues until the morning of Valentine's Day.
Grimnir: Finally... We finally did it!
Savarin: This is, without a doubt, the most marvelous of chocolates the skies have ever seen!
Grimnir: Sniff... Thank you, Mister Savarin... Girl in Blue... Red Dragon...
Savarin: Heh. I hardly did anything worth thanks.
Savarin: The one who put in all the effort and made the magic happen was none other than yourself.
Lyria: I had so much fun eating so many different chocolates!
Vyrn: Hehe! All that's left is for you to hurry on over and hand 'em to (Captain)!
Grimnir: Yeah. Time for the moment of truth!
Savarin: Hold your hurricanes, Grimnir!
Savarin quickly calls Grimnir to a stop before he can rush out.
Savarin: Are you sure you should go see (Captain) while you're completely covered in chocolate?
Grimnir: Uh... Is that a problem?
Savarin: Heh, take this then.
The gourmet tosses a bag to the chocolate-covered god, its contents a mystery to all but Savarin.
Grimnir: What's this?
Savarin: Just think of it as a Valentine's present from me.
R-really? Oh, Mister Savarin!
Savarin: Save your thanks. Go and have a great Valentine's Day, okay?
Grimnir: Roger that! I won't forget this.
Grimnir: Now let's go find (Captain)!
Vyrn & Lyria: Okay!
With Savarin's present in one hand and (Captain)'s in the other, Grimnir eagerly departs.
A Choco-Mad Cyclone Cont.: Scene 4
Dressed in Savarin's gift, Grimnir gives his chocolate to (Captain) and is overjoyed to receive a happy response. His Valentine's Day is made complete when (Captain) pulls out chocolate for Grimnir as well, and the two become closer than ever before.
Sitting in a cozy private booth of a secluded cafe, (Captain) patiently waits for Grimnir's arrival.
Grimnir: Ah, sorry to keep you waiting!
Grimnir: Oh, and... um... sorry for asking you to come out here so suddenly!
Grimnir appears before the booth, dressed in a spectacularly elegant outfit, drawing a gasp from (Captain).
Grimnir: H-how do I look? Good? Not good?
Choose: You look amazing!
- You look amazing!
- Do I know you?
Grimnir: Aaahhh! R-really? Yippee!Choose: Do I know you?
Grimnir: W-wait, what? Seriously? You don't recognize me?
After another moment of watching Grimnir panic, (Captain) admits that it was a joke.
Grimnir: Oh... A joke? You've gotta stop teasing me like that!Continue 1
Collecting himself, Grimnir abruptly clears his throat, straightens his posture, and looks (Captain) in the eyes.
Grimnir: Um... I-I've got some V-Valentine's Day chocolate here!
Grimnir: Inhale... Exhale... Inhale... Exhale... Okay...
Grimnir: (Captain), I actually made these specifically for you... Would you do me the honor of accepting them?
Choose: Wait, for me?
- Wait, for me?
- I'd be happy to!
Grimnir: Was I not supposed to? Do you not want them?
Seeing Grimnir's reaction, (Captain) quickly assures him it was just an expression of surprise.
Choose: Thank you!
- Thank you!
Grimnir: Oh... I'm so glad you're actually happy about it!Choose: I'd be happy to!
Grimnir: Woo-hoo! Yes! I was so nervous you weren't gonna accept!Continue 2
Grimnir: Here, (Captain)... Go on. Try a bite.
(Captain) takes the box from Grimnir's hands and opens it. The inside reveals alluring chocolate lightly coated with a lilac glaze.
Sprinkled across the chocolate are toppings of marine and red, reminiscent of Grimnir himself.
Unable to hold back any longer, (Captain) finally has a bite, and the thrill of an unbridled breeze bursts from the chocolate.
What follows is a mad cyclone of flavors ranging from mildly tart to lightly bitter; mellow and sweet while rich and creamy.
Choose: I'm blown away!
- I'm blown away!
Grimnir: F-for real? Yahoo! Heehee! The singularity liked it!
Collecting himself again, Grimnir cuts his solo celebration short and puts on his best serious expression.
Grimnir: It would be unbecoming of me to detain you here any longer on this precious day of Valentine's celebrations.
Grimnir: I bid you adieu.
The God of War turns his back on (Captain) and takes a step toward the exit.
However, (Captain) immediately shouts after him.
Choose: Here! For you!
- Here! For you!
Grimnir: H-huh? Wh-wha? Hah? Uh?
Grimnir: I... I-I... Me... Me? Choco... lates? For me? You're really giving me chocolates?
Grimnir accepts (Captain)'s homemade chocolates with a trembling hand and breaks out into a celebratory jig.
Vyrn: Ain't that great, Windy? You got some chocolate back!
Lyria: Hehehe! Plus your homemade chocolate was a fantastic success!
Vyrn and Lyria step out from their hiding place after watching Grimnir's successful gift-giving.
Grimnir: Ah... Red Dragon! Girl in Blue!
Grimnir: It was the perfect Valentine's, and I owe it all to you two!
Tears begin to well in Grimnir's eyes as he is overcome with emotion.
As if to say that this Valentine's isn't over yet, (Captain) kneels down on the private room's rug and pats their lap in invitation.
Grimnir: What're you doing, (Captain)?
But Grimnir remains clueless. (Captain) has to yank Grimnir onto the rug when it becomes clear that the Mad Cyclone isn't going to catch on.
Grimnir: Hey! What! Ah! (Captain)!
Soon enough, Grimnir's head rests comfortably on (Captain)'s lap.
Plucking the box of chocolates back out of Grimnir's limp hands, (Captain) removes a piece and gives him an intense, purposeful look.
Choose: Open wide...
- Open wide...
Grimnir stares intently back, noticing the nervousness in (Captain)'s countenance.
Grimnir: Heh... I humbly accept all that you wish to convey.
The two gaze at one another, affectionate smiles playing across their lips.
Grimnir: (Thanks for getting me here, Mister Savarin...)
From outside the cafe window, a familiar figure is stealthily watching the scene.
Savarin: Sniff... Sniffle... Happy Valentine's Day, Grimnir.
Savarin had been watching from start to finish, and now joyous tears flow from his eyes.
Though there were some mix-ups along the way, this Valentine's whirlwind of ingredients and emotions draws at last to a happy ending.