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.
New Year, New Me
(Captain) and the crew arrive at the casino liner after accepting a request to test out its new rec room. Chloe and Tabina play games with Kumbhira, who eventually drags Therese into the fun.
It's a cold, quiet night. In her room, Kumbhira is sunk deep in a stifling dream. She struggles and struggles and finally wrenches herself free, gasping for breath.
Kumbhira: Pant... Pant...
Kumbhira: I'm fine... Really, I'm fine now...
She chants the words like a mantra. Her breathing slows, and she lies back down. Slowly she closes her eyes.
Chloe: Ahahaha! This is so fun! The floor's, like, so bouncy, lmao! I could jump for literally forever. (≧▽≦)
Tabina: Aah... Attiyah... What use are these leaps and bounds if they cannot fling me into your arms?
Kumbhira: Hehe. Are you enjoying yourself, Hamward?
The casino liner has just created a new recreation room. The crew have it all to themselves, and they clamber over its facilities like children on a jungle gym.
Therese: I'm sorry... You're all very busy, and still I'm having you test out the new rec room.
Vyrn: Naw. You set this up for us, didn't you, Dealer Lady? I mean, all we gotta do is party through the night—pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
Lyria: Yes! Actually, we didn't know what to do for our year-end trip, so your timing was perfect.
Chloe: Guys. You will not. Believe this! I see, literally, an ocean of tiny balls over there! Was I supposed to, like, bring my swimsuit or something?
Chloe stops jumping and points at a ball pit.
Tabina: No, it can't be... I've seen something similar on my travels. Some monsters will fill grottos with their eggs, and it looks just like that... I do hope it isn't sticky.
Kumbhira: D-don't say stuff like that. I think I'm gonna wait and see how things turn out before jumping in. But you can go in first, Hamward.
Chloe: Come ooon, Kumbhira. Aren't we, like, BFFs? (*´з`)
And that totally means we've gotta dive in together!
Kumbhira: No! Stop! What if it's actually stick-
Chloe & Tabina: Like, cannonbaaall!
Here goes nothing!
Chloe and Tabina drag Kumbhira screaming into the ball pit. But when the divine boar resurfaces...
Kumbhira: Ahaha! You've done it now, Chloe! Time for payback!
Chloe: Eek! Σ(･ω･ﾉ)ﾉ
You seriously just threw a ball at me! Like, at the speed of light!
The three friends start flailing, and the balls start flying. Even though it's the dead of winter, it feels as if they're having a water fight at a sunny poolside party.
Vyrn: Haha. You're really having a blast, aren't ya, Kumboara!
Kumbhira: Hehe. I mean, these are just normal balls. And they're really soft.
Kumbhira: Guess you never know what anything's like until you try, right? And that includes new pastimes.
Chloe: Whoo! (^∀^)
It's literally like I'm swimming in an ocean right now. Oh my Bahamut, girls, we're, like, having summer vacation in mid-winter. lol
Kumbhira: Oceans? The old priestess used to tell me about them... She said they were these large, large bodies of water. Are they different from ponds?
Tabina: Well, I'd say they're similar. But oceans are so salty, they make your face pucker, and there's these white-crested waves that come and break upon the shore...
Tabina: Like so!
Tabina swings her arm, and a surge of balls leap up and rain down on Kumbhira's head.
Kumbhira: Ack! Hey, no fair, Tabina! You caught me off guard.
Tabina: Teehee. You must never let down your guard. Always keep your wits about you!
Therese: Hehe. Oh, everyone looks to be having fun—wonderful! Now I'm certain our guests will appreciate the new rec room as well.
Kumbhira: Why don't you join us, Therese? Everything's great once you dive in.
Therese: What? Oh, no. I couldn't possibly... I'm supposed to be the host here.
Kumbhira: Then... Why don't you at least dip your feet in?
Therese: Er... Well, that'll be all right, I suppose...
Kumbhira: Got you!
As soon as Therese seats herself by the side of the pit, Kumbhira grabs her arm and pulls her into the abyss.
Therese: Wh-what's this? Everything's so soft. I feel rather... comfortable.
Tabina: Teehee. Well done, Kumbhira!
Kumbhira: Let's swim together, Therese. It's pretty fun, you know.
Therese: A-all right!
And so the crew spends a good chunk of time in the ball pit, yelling and laughing with complete abandon.
New Year, New Me: Scene 2
After some chitchat, Chloe tells Kumbhira, Tabina, and Therese that she's happy they're all "normal" girls and thus able to bond. After hesitating slightly, Kumbhira agrees with Chloe. The girls then drop off to sleep.
(Captain) and the crew tear themselves away from the ball pit and wander into another area of the rec room.
Lyria: Amazing, (Captain)! You knocked over all the pins again! This is your second, um... strike in a row!
Therese: Hah. A double, hm? But I can still turn this around. Time to get serious.
The crew looks from Therese to the ten pins standing at the end of a long lane. The duelist picks up a heavy ball and takes aim at the pins.
Kumbhira: Therese is so fired up. I hardly recognize her.
Chloe: Yeah, I so totally get that. But, I mean, Therese is a star duelist, right? She's got that, like, journalist-by-day, hero-by-night transformation thing going on.
Chloe: Maybe I should show you all some serious Magical☆Hurls. Not that I'd actually be, like, any good. lol (*´∀｀)
Kumbhira: Just don't trip, okay? You move around so much—sometimes I get nervous just watching you.
Kumbhira: Still... Everyone got the hang of it so quickly.
Tabina: Would you like me to teach you? Daddy and I used to enjoy a similar diversion, so I'm quite adept at the art of ball-rolling. Come, we can practice in that corner.
Kumbhira: Thanks, Tabina. I think I'll take you up on that offer.
Eventually the crew moves from the play area into a small room. A grand machine sits against one of the walls.
Vyrn: Whoa! Where's this music coming from?
Therese: I heard that this room is a place to relax and sing songs with friends.
Chloe: Get. Outta here! That is so totally godlike! Guys, we seriously have to, like, sing until sunrise.
Kumbhira: Y-you want me to sing?
(Captain) and the crew test out all the equipment in the room. They take turns belting to their hearts' content.
Eventually all that singing leaves the crew tired, and they decide to take a break. A few members go out and bring back ice cream and drinks.
Chloe: Sooo, I have a question for y'all. Is there, like, anyone you're interested in right now?
Kumbhira: What? Interested?
Chloe: Yeah. Like a crush? I mean, come on. What better time for a little girl talk than now?
Kumbhira: G-g-girl talk?
Tabina: What a lovely idea! I, of course, only have eyes for Attiyah.Continue 1
Chloe: Oh yeah, duh. You're, like, always reading those letters, and you literally look like you're in heaven.Continue 2
Chloe: Oh yeah, duh. You, like, came on this journey literally to look for your boyfriend.Continue 3
Chloe: So you guys are, like, serious serious? Juicy! That's so much heat and passion, I totally feel like I'm on fire right now. (*ﾉωﾉ)
Tabina: Yes. I've already planned out a handful of dates with Attiyah. I'll share the best hundred or so later... Now how about you, Kumbhira?
Chloe: I'm also dying to know. Do you have a boyfriend, like, waiting for you back at the village? Or some kind of forbidden romance with a legit criminal?
Kumbhira: No, I don't... All I did back home was train. And, uh, why would you think I'm in a relationship with a criminal?
Chloe: Well... I mean... Isn't it totally romantic? All that stuff about, like, star-crossed lovers being born into different classes? Tabina kinda has that going on.
Tabina: Hehe. Try thinking back. Haven't you ever met someone that sent your heart into a frenzy?
Kumbhira: Um... Well, I...Continue 4
Kumbhira: Hah. So that's what I've been missing: friends. I've been training alone for so long.
Come with us on our journey!
Chloe: OMB! Who is it?Continue 5
Kumbhira: O-oh right! What about you, Therese?
Kumbhira: I mean, you're a duelist, right? You must get to meet all sorts of people.
Therese: Wh-what? Me?
Tabina: Hm. I must say, I am intrigued. I envision a forbidden love, blooming between a fighter and her coach...
Tabina: Oh right. Kumbhira, do promise you'll tell us more about yourself after this?
Therese: Well, I... It's not my coach, but there is a person who always plans my meals and my training sessions...
Chloe: Squee! Is it just me, or does it sound like she's totally gonna spill the tea about her boyfriend?
Therese: Hehe. I'm talking about De La Fille. She's my best friend. Without her, I'd be nothing.
Tabina: A best friend, hm? Well, I have heard of "girl crushes," but that's not quite what I was asking about.
A comfortable silence follows. The friends take a sip from their drinks and nestle back into their chairs.
Chloe: Hehe. Isn't it, like, so cool that we can get together and chat like this?
Chloe: I mean, you're, like, from a rich merchant family, you're a divine general, and you're a star duelist. Your lives are so different from mine...
Chloe: But at the same time, we have literally so much in common. Because we're all, like, normal girls, you know?
Tabina: Hehe. How astute of you to say so. Every one of us is normal, and every one of us is unique. That's what it is to be a woman.
Chloe: Ahaha. Tabina, you're such a poet, and you totally know it. (*´艸`)
But, like, yeah, I think so too!
Chloe: I guess what I'm, like, trying to say is... I'm so happy we got to hang today, girls.
Kumbhira: Yeah, me too. I really enjoyed myself.
The friends continue to talk, pausing only to take a drink or a bite of ice cream. The moon and stars arrive unnoticed and glow against the midnight sky.
Tabina: Zzz... Zz...
Kumbhira: Haha. They're all sound asleep. I thought we were singing until sunrise, guys.
Kumbhira: Today was so fun...
Kumbhira: I'm also...
Kumbhira's eyelids begin to droop. Before long she is lulled to sleep by the deep and peaceful breathing of her friends.
New Year, New Me: Scene 3
Kumbhira dreams about her past, when she was belittled for not having blessed might and dismissed as a "normal" girl. She wakes and goes back to the rec room, where she receives encouragement from (Captain) and promises to rejoin the crew after her year-end duties are over.
Young Kumbhira: (I think I hear voices...)
Downcast Villager: So it's true... The blessed might... Lady Kumbhira still hasn't...
Discontent Villager: Nay. She's shown no sign of possessing it. And I'm starting to think she never will.
Downcast Villager: Sigh... I've never heard of a divine boar without blessed strength.
Discontent Villager: Damn! Where d'you suppose we went wrong? Did we not raise 'er right? Or did the priestesses not guide 'er right? Or...
Downcast Villager: Sigh... Or is she just a normal kid?
Young Kumbhira: !
Young Kumbhira: O blessed might, which rages in the blood of divine boars...
Young Kumbhira: Bend to the will of my sacred horns, and manifest thyself within me!
Young Kumbhira: ...
Young Kumbhira: Manifest thyself... within me!
Young Kumbhira: Manifest thyself! Manifest thyself! Manifest thyself! Manifest thyseeelf!
Young Kumbhira: Gasp... Pant...
Young Kumbhira: Why! Why is this... happening!
Kumbhira: (It was just a dream... about the past...)
Lyria: Zzz... Zz...
Kumbhira slips from the room, careful not to wake the sleeping crew.
She walks into the recreation area and stands there alone.
Kumbhira: Just like Tabina told me... I need to angle my rolls...
Kumbhira: That one wasn't bad.
Choose: Having trouble sleeping?
- Having trouble sleeping?
Kumbhira: Eek! (Captain)?
Kumbhira: S-sorry. I guess the pins falling over were kind of loud, huh? Could you hear them from your room?
With a shake of the head, (Captain) pulls over a chair and settles into it.
Choose: What's bothering you?
- What's bothering you?
Kumbhira: Ahaha... No use trying to hide anything from you, I guess.
Kumbhira takes a seat next to (Captain). She drops her gaze to her feet and begins to speak.
Kumbhira: I can't shake this feeling of... anxiety.
Kumbhira: My predecessor... You know, she was a divine boar truly worthy of the title. And I've been trying, but I don't know... Am I any closer to being like her?
Kumbhira: And my year-end duties... Will I be able to carry them out?
Kumbhira: I'm only... normal.
Kumbhira: I don't have any of the grandeur or the magnanimity of my predecessor. I don't have divine strength. I'm just a normal girl.
Kumbhira: What am I supposed to do? What if I never change?
Choose: You've gotten stronger, Kumbhira.Choose: You work far harder than "normal."
- You've gotten stronger, Kumbhira.
- You work far harder than "normal."
Kumbhira: Thank you, (Captain). Every time you encourage me, I believe in myself a little more.
Kumbhira: Ahaha... Guess I still have a long way to go. I mean, I know I've changed. I've known for a while.
Kumbhira: But I just wanted you to comfort me.
Choose: It's okay to reach out for help.
- It's okay to reach out for help.
- Everything's going to be fine.
Kumbhira: Yeah... And you were there when I needed you.Choose: Everything's going to be fine.
Kumbhira: Hehe. Yeah. I trust in your words, (Captain). Everything's gonna be fine.Continue 1
Kumbhira: All right, I've decided. Or, actually, this is something I decided long ago.
Kumbhira: I'm going to gather all my experiences... and use them to grow.
Kumbhira slowly gets to her feet. Then she picks up a ball.
The ball shoots off Kumbhira's fingertips. It carves out a lovely arc on the lane, then catches the leading pin.
A satisfying clatter rings through the room. In the next instant, all ten pins are rolling aimlessly on the ground.
Kumbhira: Yes! Strike!
Kumbhira spins around. Smiling, she and (Captain) share a high five.
Kumbhira: Um... (Captain). There's something I wanted to ask you.
Chloe: Oh my Bahamut! w(ﾟﾛﾟ;
Kumbhira? You are, like, so amazing! That was a total strike!
Therese: Hmm... Not bad. I just woke up, but what do you say to a quick match?
Chloe and the others come filing into the rec room. All of a sudden, the air is filled with voices.
Kumbhira: Aw, you guys...
Kumbhira: Okay, let's do this. But, just to let you know, I don't feel like losing.
Tabina: Before we start... Is anyone else hungry? I propose we buy something at the concession stand.
Tabina: Oh, and... Kumbhira and (Captain). Why don't you two prepare the balls?
Kumbhira: Huh? Prepare? All we need to do is pick them up and roll...
Tabina turns toward Kumbhira. And deftly, so no one else can see, she puts a finger to her lips.
She then gathers Chloe and the rest, herds them toward the stairs, and disappears.
Kumbhira: So, (Captain)... What I meant to ask you before was...
Kumbhira: Well, first, I promise I'll carry out my year-end duties. Properly. So you can rest easy.
Kumbhira: Then, um...
Kumbhira: Once I've fulfilled my duties, could I come back here... and keep traveling with you?
Choose: Of course!
- Of course!
Kumbhira: Thank you! When I go back to the Boar Temple, it won't be goodbye forever. I swear!
The three piglets burst forth, giving shape to Kumbhira's radiant happiness. They jump into (Captain)'s arms and nuzzle their snouts in the captain's chest.
(Captain) holds them closer and pats each of their little heads.