An Outfit of My Own
Kumbhira attempts to pick out new clothes for herself, which she hopes will convey to her village how much she's grown. Horrified by her fashion sense, Chloe and the crew convince Kumbhira to let them coordinate her outfit, saying it will better show off the new friendships she's gained.
Kumbhira: S-sooo, like, thanks for coming, y'all?
Kumbhira: Umm... I'm gonna find an outfit that's, like, totally killer. Y'all better be ready for this...
Chloe: Oh. My. Bahamut. You're adorbs. (*´∀｀)
Like, so totes adorbs. Wow, Kumbhira. You're a natural. lol
It's winter, and the last days of the year are slinking away.
Year-end sales are going on. So when Kumbhira mentions she wants new clothes, the crew quickly decides to drop by the shopping district.
Leading the pack is Chloe. She's not one to miss a sale, so she's offered to guide Kumbhira and friends through the wonderful world of bargain-hunting.
Kumbhira: I-I can't do this anymore. I must not have enough "vibes."
Kumbhira: Mm... I just thought that, you know, if I copied Chloe's mannerisms, I'd eventually pick up her fashion sense, but...
Vyrn: You're pretty into this. Look at all those fashion magazines you bought. Are you that set on becoming a snappy dresser?
Kumbhira: N-not exactly. I mean, it's important to be prepared, right?
Kumbhira hugs several magazines closer to her chest. Their covers feature young women in prismatic outfits, who peep out from between Kumbhira's arms.
Chloe: Aaactually, Kumbhira, aren't you, like, already a fashion guru? Like, what are you doing copying me?
Chloe: Check it, girl. You look cute and cool and, like, kinda heroic? And literally all at the same time... That's some pretty kick-ass taste, don't you think? (*´艸`)
Kumbhira: Thanks. I didn't pick these clothes out myself, but I do like them.
Kumbhira: They were passed down to me from my predecessor, the previous divine boar. She poured her heart and soul into making them apparently.
Chloe: What? Um, seriously? Was your predecessor a total party animal? Forget divine general—she must have been, like, divinity itself.
Chloe: Wait, doesn't that mean you're also, like, the divine guardian of partying? （*･ε･*）
Kumbhira: Wha? Um, no, I don't think—
Chloe: Yaaas! I am, like, so exciteeed! ヾ(≧ー≦)ゞ
Soo... What's the crazy-strong divine boar gonna wear on her days off? Are we gonna go lacy? Or total punk?
Chloe: Yeah. I can't wait anymore. (･`ω´･)
We're going in, girl. Like, now.
Kumbhira: Hold on! The magazines are slipping!
Chloe grabs hold of Kumbhira's arms, and they race down the bustling streets.
Chloe: We're heeere! (≧ω≦)
Let me tell you—this shop is the best. You can get, literally, your full outfit here.
Chloe: But first, what's our game plan? Where do we even start?
Chloe: I mean, I like to browse the luxury brands first—you know, just to get in the mood? Then I go in for the sparkles, 'cause that's what I love and—
Kumbhira: Hey, um, Chloe? I think I'm going to go alone...
Chloe: Whaaat? Aww, tell me why, girl. (´ﾟдﾟ｀)
Like, won't it be funner with all of us?
Kumbhira: Umm... Today, I have to do this alone. I just have to.
Vyrn: Hmm... Looks like she has her reasons.
Chloe: Bummer. (´･ω･`)
But, like, I get it. There's times when a girl just wants to shop alone, right?
Kumbhira: Yeah... I'm sorry.
Kumbhira: I'll make it up to you. I'll buy you a—what's that thing you wanted to drink? Boba?
Chloe: Wait, boba? You cereal? (*´з`)
I'm, like, so totally stoked!
Kumbhira: "Cereal?" Um... Oh, right. Yes, seriously.
Kumbhira: Okay. Well, see you in a bit!
Kumbhira waves at the crew, then heads toward the racks at a fast clip.
Lyria: Gasp! Look! This skirt has pink pom-poms on it!
Chloe: That is sooo cute. And—oh my Bahamut, Lyria—I think it'd look cuter on you. We could, like, pair it with the sweater we saw earlier...
Kumbhira: Come on... Just like in the magazines... Yeah... I think this'll work...
Vyrn: Hey, guys? Kumboara just walked by. And she's got that same look she gets when fightin' monsters.
Chloe: Whaat? Fight?
Chloe: Oh! No! Way!
Chloe: A light bulb just, like, went off in my head, y'all. Now I can totally see the light. (´-ω-`)
Chloe: Kumbhira is so. Looking. For an outfit. To impress her crush. You know, like something kinda sexy? To stop 'em in their tracks?
Lyria: What? Umm... Your crush is someone you like, right?
Chloe: Yup. I mean, it's gotta be a love affair. Which means... ( *｀艸´)
Chloe: Hey, hey, hey, Kumbhira. Like, why didn't you tell me? I can totally help you dress to impress.
Kumbhira: Dr-dress to impress?
Chloe: Wow. That is, like, a lot of stuff. Sooo, come on. Show me what you've got.
Chloe reaches into Kumbhira's shopping basket and pulls out a radiant monstrosity.
Chloe: Um. This coat is seriously gold. (ﾟДﾟ)
And it's got, like, some kind of pink patterning?
Kumbhira: Yup. The magazines said to match my clothes to the color of my hair...
Lyria: Um, Chloe? How are things going... Wait. Why is that hat flashing!
Kumbhira: Well... It's the year of the boar, right? So I wanted to find something festive. I know it's a bit loud, but...
Vyrn: Hey, this, uh, red-and-white striped onesie? Won't it be a little tight on you?
Kumbhira: That's the point. Apparently, smaller clothes are the trend right now. They're form-fitting.
Chloe: Um, this is literally a spandex bodysuit. And if you wear this with that gold coat, it's gonna look pretty wild. And, like, not in a good way. (＞人＜;)
Kumbhira: Umm... So you don't like the outfit?
Chloe: Sorry, Kumbhira. (･ω･`)
Kumbhira: That's not a good sign!
Vyrn: Well, it is kinda flashy... Or maybe makes-me-wanna-tear-my-eyes-out blinding is a better way to describe it...
Kumbhira: W-wait, really? Do you think so too, (Captain)?
Choose: Yeah, I do...
- Yeah, I do...
- No, you'll look amazing!
Kumbhira: Oh... Okay... I get it...
Kumbhira: Thanks for being honest. Guess I'll look for another outfit.Choose: No, you'll look amazing!
Kumbhira: R-really? I feel so much better now!
Vyrn: Hey, (Captain). I get that the truth hurts sometimes. But in this case, I think that white lie's gonna do a lot more damage...
(Captain) gets the memo. The captain puts on a wry smile and tells Kumbhira she might want to reconsider.
Kumbhira: Oh... Okay...
Kumbhira: So basically, the outfit was so bad, you felt like you needed to lie to avoid hurting my feelings?
Kumbhira: Guess I really do need to look for something else.Choose: ...
Kumbhira: S-say something!
Vyrn: Um... Yeah... I think that's all there is to say.
Kumbhira: Okay... Yeah, I think I understand. Guess I need to look for another outfit.Continue 1
Kumbhira looks at her feet and sighs.
Kumbhira: To tell the truth, I've never picked out clothes on my own before.
Chloe: Oh. My. Bahamut. Σ(ﾟﾛﾟ｣)
Get outta here!
Kumbhira: Back home, there was a priestess at the temple—you've met her. She'd buy me almost everything. And there were always the hand-me-downs from my predecessor.
Chloe: Sniff... So, like, even though it's your first time shopping, you're going all out for your crush? Oh, honey... I think I'm tearing up. (´；ω；`)
Kumbhira: Cru-crush? Who said anything about...
Vyrn: Hey, Kumboara. Why do you want new clothes anyways?
Kumbhira: Um... Well, it's because...
Kumbhira: I wanted them to see another side of me. The priestess and everyone back in my village, I mean.
Kumbhira: I wanted to go back to the temple, dressed in... well... cute clothes.
Kumbhira: So that way they'd know—they'd all know—that since I've started traveling the skies, I've changed... Even if only a little.
Kumbhira: Ahaha... And I thought it would've been cooler if I'd picked out the clothes myself, but...
Chloe: Hehe. Oh, I totally feel you! And, uh, looks like I was right. Kumbhira, you are so totally bending over backwards for your fave peeps.
Chloe: You know, I write a ton of letters. They're for, like, my mom and friends back home. 〆(･ω･*)
Chloe: And let me tell you. It takes. So. Much. Time. I have so much to say and, like, sometimes, I just can't put stuff into words.
Chloe: I mean, I love you guys. So I'm, like, telling the people I love about... the people I love! Like, if that doesn't turn you into a try-hard, what will, right?
Chloe: Sooo, Kumbhira. Let us help a girl dress to impress, okay?
Chloe: And if we pick out these clothes together and have a blast... it'll totally show everyone back home how, like, fun this journey has been!
Lyria: Hehe. I think so too. Um, Kumbhira! Earlier I saw a scarf that would look great on you.
Choose: Come check it out with us.
- Come check it out with us.
Kumbhira: That's why I want to travel with your crew and learn from you! I have to challenge myself!
Kumbhira: Like how fun it can be to go shopping with everyone. I've never done that before.
Kumbhira: I think, little by little, I might be changing.
Kumbhira: I wonder if I can even change...
Kumbhira: Yeah, you're right. I should've known from the start, but...
Kumbhira: Thank you, everyone. Let's pick out clothes together.
Chloe: Okay, yay. Sooo, now that that's settled... Are we, like, shopping now, or what?
Kumbhira: We're, like, shopping now!
And so Kumbhira resumes her quest for the perfect outfit—but this time with (Captain) and the crew as her guides.
Kumbhira: What? These pants are torn. Should I patch them back up?
Chloe: Waaait! That's literally the design. Here. Um, Kumbhira, meet distressed jeans. Distressed jeans, meet Kumbhira.
Kumbhira: I-I don't know... Won't I be kinda cold? Shouldn't I add more layers or...
Chloe: Um, no. Trust me—this thing is totally warmer than it looks. And, like, you're gonna want to bare those legs. All in the name of fashion, am I right? lol
Kumbhira: These are so small and cute. Yeah. I think I could work them in...
Vyrn: Those are for kids. You plan on giving them to your brothers and sisters?
Kumbhira: No, not quite.
Kumbhira and the crew finish shopping just as the sun dips beneath the horizon.
Kumbhira: So, um... What do you guys think?
Chloe: Oooh, girl, that is fire! You're literally so cute! I, like, can't get over it!
Lyria: Same! I also can't get over it. You look mature and cute and cool...
Vyrn: So the kid's clothes were for the piglets. Heh-heh. That was pretty smart of ya!
Choose: Looks good on you.
- Looks good on you.
- You're cute.
Kumbhira: R-really? Hehe. Glad you think so, (Captain).
Kumbhira: Great. Now I'm going to want to wear this outfit every day.Choose: You're cute.
Kumbhira: C-cute? You really think so, (Captain)?
Kumbhira: Umm... Just give me a second... to calm myself down.
Kumbhira: Inhale... Exhale...Continue 2
Kumbhira: I just want to say thank you. Again, I couldn't have done it without you guys.
Kumbhira: I feel so warm inside—I could start skipping. Today's really been amazing.
Kumbhira: (These are the clothes I've always wanted to wear. You can't find them in any magazine because they're our special selection.)
Chloe: Anytime, girl. (｡･ω･｡)ﾉ
Okay. So next it's, like, my turn. I'm taking all of you on shopping spree number two!
Kumbhira: I'd love to go—but you don't mean now, do you?
Chloe: Well... I mean, first, we could totally grab some boba. Or do you wanna, like, hang out at a cafe?
Kumbhira: Are you cereal?
Chloe: Totes cereal! (≧▽≦)
Kumbhira: Ahaha... You really are amazing, Chloe.
The crew heads to a boba stand, where Kumbhira treats them each to a drink. They then go to a cafe and after that return promptly home.
The next day the crew sets out on their second shopping exhibition. And once again they straggle back at sundown—tired but fashionable.