A Stunning Smile
In a town teeming with Halloween festivalgoers, Lady Grey is thronged by unwanted suitors. Her jealous husband's spectral intervention catches the attention of a magic-trick fan and Lady Grey is convinced to mount an impromptu show with her husband and son's help. The performance is a hit.
(Captain) and the crew head to an island hosting a big Halloween celebration.
The town is alive with colorful decorations and an air of anticipation.
Lyria: Ooh! All the pumpkin lanterns look so pretty!
Vyrn: Hehe, lookit all the people in costume! They're really into this holiday here!
The crew eagerly explore the town, swept up in the townsfolk's enthusiasm.
They come to a halt when they spot a woman trying to rebuff an overeager suitor.
Hard-Up Hank: C'mon! What's one little meal gonna hurt!
Hm... I appreciate the invitation, but...
Hm... I appreciate the invitation, but...
Lyria: Hey... Isn't that Miss Grey over there?
Vyrn: Oh, hey. Yeah...
Lady Grey: I'm sorry, but I'm a married woman with a son.
Hard-Up Hank: Seriously? Man... The good ones really are all taken.
The man trudges off, dejected.
Lady Grey: Dear me... Such a fuss.
Lyria: Miss Grey! Are you all right? Did he do anything to you?
Lady Grey: Why, hello there. Did you catch that little performance?
Lady Grey: Haha, I'm perfectly fine. Thankfully he was the type to take no for an answer. But thank you for worrying about me.
This woman is known as Lady Grey. She studied the forbidden art of necromancy in hopes of reviving her dearly departed husband and son.
The spirits trailing behind her are the ghosts of her beloved family.
Now she travels the world searching for the secret necromantic technique said to slumber at the ends of the skies: the key to perfect resurrection.
Vyrn: I hardly recognized you in that getup! That's a really different look for you!
Lady Grey: It's a bit embarrassing, but my husband insisted...
Lady Grey: I didn't think it would attract this much attention.
Lady Grey: Dear me...
Lady Grey sighs as she contemplates pick-up countermeasures.
No sooner does she bend her head to the task than a young man approaches, clearly a little drunk on the festival atmosphere.
Broseph Dudington: Wowza! Did it hurt when you fell from heaven? How 'bout I introduce you to holidays here on the ground?
Lady Grey: Oh dear, here we go again.
Lady Grey: Sorry to disappoint you, but I must decline.
Lady Grey: I already have plans with my friends here.
Broseph Dudington: Aw, just ditch the babysitting! These kids can't show you as good a time as I can! C'mon, let's get outta here!
Lady Grey: Hey, now see here!
The young man grabs Lady Grey's arm and tries to pull her away from her friends.
Just as (Captain) moves to intervene, a darkly indignant aura makes itself felt, emanating from behind Lady Grey.
Broseph Dudington: Zoinks! A gh-gh-ghooost!
Reduced to gibbering by the skeletal apparition, the young man beats a panicked retreat.
Lady Grey: Hee hee, thank you, darling. Did he make you jealous?
Lady Grey: (Captain), you were about to jump in to save me too, weren't you? I feel so loved.
Vyrn: Geez, where do all these bozos get off? Can't we do something about them?
Lady Grey: It's enough to put you off costumes entirely. Maybe I should just change...
As Lady Grey regretfully considers a change of wardrobe, yet another man draws near.
Festival Fan Felix: Hey, you folks!
Vyrn: Gimme a break. Another lothario?
Festival Fan Felix: No, no! Don't lump me in with those doofuses!
Festival Fan Felix: The pick-up artists just come outta the woodwork when there's a festival on.
Festival Fan Felix: I'm glad you sent 'em packing!
Festival Fan Felix: So are you some sort of street performer? That skeleton-summoning act was something else!
Lady Grey: Street performer?
Lady Grey: (I see. He thinks my husband and son are some sort of magical illusion or trickery.)
Lady Grey: (Or maybe he assumes they're part of an elaborate Halloween costume?)
Lady Grey: (Either way, I suppose I'd better play along. I don't want to frighten him.)
Lady Grey: Haha, yes. Quite convincing, don't you think?
Festival Fan Felix: Haha, I knew it!
Festival Fan Felix: What would you say to putting on a show?
Festival Fan Felix: It'd really put this year's festivities over the top!
Lady Grey: What?
Lady Grey fumbles for an answer to the unexpected proposal.
Lady Grey: (I've never performed for even a small audience, much less a festival crowd...)
Lady Grey: (It seems a shame to disappoint him, but I don't think I can oblige...)
Lady Grey: I'm sorry, but we have other plans...
Trick or Tracy: Ooh, did I hear something about a show?
Spookytime Spencer: Hey, everybody! They're setting up something special over here!
Drawn by the man's announcement, a crowd of onlookers quickly gathers.
The excitement is contagious, and before they know it, (Captain) and the others find themselves surrounded by a sea of curious faces.
Lyria: Whoa! What should we do, Miss Grey? You've got a huge audience!
Lady Grey: (I can't disappoint them when they all seem so excited...)
Lady Grey: (I suppose it isn't such a bad idea to let people tempt me outside my comfort zone now and then.)
Lady Grey: Haha, all right then. I'll play along.
Lady Grey: But I don't have anything prepared, so don't expect too much.
Vyrn: Huh? You're on board?
Lady Grey: I may look like a fragile flower, but I do spend all my time with wraiths, you know. I'm as close to fearless as they come.
Vyrn: I'm... not sure if you're joking...
Lady Grey: Well then! It's showtime!
Spurred on by the crowd's enthusiasm, Lady Grey cooks up a simple performance.
Lady Grey's improvised show whips the crowd into an appreciative frenzy and ends amid a storm of applause.
Lady Grey: Phew...
Lyria: That was so much fun, Miss Grey! Great job!
Lady Grey: Haha. Thank you, Lyria.
Lyria: I've never seen you so bubbly before. It's adorable!
Lady Grey: Me? Adorable? You're too kind.
Choose: Definitely adorable!
- Definitely adorable!
- I think I'm in love!
Lady Grey: Et tu, (Captain)? Look at me, blushing at my age.Choose: I think I'm in love!
Lady Grey: My goodness, how bold. There must be something in the air today.Continue 1
Lady Grey: I suppose this costume was worth the trouble, since it's getting me so many gracious compliments.
Lady Grey smiles, the earlier unwanted advances seemingly forgotten.
Lyria: Hehe. I'm glad you cheered up, Miss Grey!
Lady Grey: But I don't quite feel like I earned all of this.
The crowd apparently chose to toss candy instead of coins. A veritable mountain of sugary treats lies before Lady Grey.
Vyrn: Where's the harm?
Vyrn: It just shows how much everyone enjoyed the show!
Vyrn: Might be a little too much for us to eat on our own though...
Lady Grey: Why don't we pass it out to the local children then?
Lady Grey: There's no better way to get into the Halloween spirit.
Lyria: I second that idea!
Vyrn: Hehe! No time to waste! Let's go!
The crew strolls through the gaily-decorated streets with arms full to overflowing with sweets.
Wherever they go, they spread a little Halloween magic and are met with smiling faces.
The Meaning of Remembrance
Lady Grey receives a mountain of candy and a bottle of wine from her appreciative audience. The crew distributes the candy to the local children, but one boy seems troubled and Lady Grey can't put him out of her mind. The crew takes a break to enjoy some treats and Lady Grey overindulges in the wine. Tipsy, she wanders off alone.
After Lady Grey's crowd-pleasing performance, the crew wanders through the town, arms laden with the candy thrown by the audience.
They quickly draw a crowd of local children.
Girl: Trick or treat!
Lady Grey: My, how terrifying. Haha, here you are, young lady.
Vyrn: Hehe! We'll be all out of treats before long!
One boy timidly steps forward from the throng but seems uncertain about approaching the crew.
Lady Grey: Don't be shy. Here you are.
Boy: Ah... Thanks...
Lady Grey: Oh dear, what's wrong? You aren't hurt, are you?
Boy: No... It's nothing. Thank you for the candy, miss.
The boy turns away with a sad look on his face and slips back into the crowd.
Lady Grey: ...
Lady Grey: (Did he not like that type of candy? He looked like he had something he wanted to say...)
Vyrn: Hey, you guys wanna take five? Playin' games with all these kids turned out to be more tiring than it sounded.
Lady Grey: Hm? Oh, yes. Let's.
Vyrn's voice seems to pull Lady Grey back from somewhere far away.
When she looks for the boy again in the crowd, he is nowhere to be seen.
Lady Grey: (Perhaps it was only my imagination...)
Telling herself she's overthinking things, Lady Grey joins the crew for a breather.
(Captain) and the others find a town square a little off the beaten path where they can relax and enjoy some of the leftover candy.
Lyria: Hehehe! This one here is sooo good!
Vyrn: These cookies ain't half bad either!
Lady Grey: Haha, you're right. And they pair surprisingly well with this wine.
Vyrn: Huh? Where'd you get that from!
Lady Grey: It was buried under all the candy. We couldn't very well hand it out to the children.
Lady Grey: I thought I'd save it for later, but the holiday spirit got the better of me.
Lady Grey drains one glass, then two.
Vyrn: Um... Should you be drinking that much?
Lady Grey: It's fine, it's fiiine.
Brushing aside Vyrn's concerns, Lady Grey continues to enjoy her wine.
Before long, however, Vyrn's misgivings are vindicated.
Lady Grey: Heeheehee... My head feels all fuzzy...
Lyria: Oh no! Miss Grey, your face is all red!
Vyrn: Sigh... I hate to say I told you so, but... I did.
Lady Grey: (Captain), you're such a good kid. So proud of you...
Lady Grey sidles up to (Captain) and begins patting the captain's head.
The flustered (Captain) backs up in a hurry.
Lady Grey: Aww... Don't run away. Come back and keep me company.
Lady Grey: If you won't, I guess I'll just pinch Vyrn's cheeks instead.
Lady Grey: Hehehe. They're so soooft.
Vyrn: Gyah! Where d'ya think you're pinchin'!
Lady Grey: Aaand big hugs for Lyria. Glomp!
Lyria: Meep! S-stop, you're embarrassing me!
(Captain) and the others are at a loss as to how to handle Lady Grey's drunken affection.
Lady Grey: All this running around has me overheated. Let me just slip out of this costume...
Choose: No! My virgin eyes!
- No! My virgin eyes!
- Well, then I'm going natural too!
Lady Grey: Oh, I'm just teasing. You're so cute when you're flustered, (Captain).Choose: Well, then I'm going natural too!
Lyria: Whaaat! (Captain), don't you dare!
Lady Grey: Heehee. That's my captain, taking the lead!Continue 1
Lady Grey: All jokes aside... We shouldn't let this opportunity go to waste. We came for the festivities after all.
Lady Grey: The light display over there looks beautiful. Let's go see it up close.
Lady Grey heads off into the crowd, wobbling slightly as she goes.
Vyrn: If we let her wander around in that condition, she's gonna get into trouble.
Lyria: We have to follow her and keep her safe!
A worried (Captain) and the others hurry after their tipsy crewmate.
The Meaning of Remembrance: Scene 2
As she drifts through the streets, Lady Grey spots the boy from earlier heading away from the festival and into the dark alleys at the edge of town. Worried, she stealthily follows.
The crew hurries after Lady Grey, but she's already disappeared into the crowd of Halloween festivalgoers.
Lyria: Where could she have gone?
Vyrn: I really hope she's okay...
Lady Grey, meanwhile, allows her weaving steps to take her where they may.
As the first flush of the alcohol leaves her system, she realizes she's lost track of her crewmates.
Lady Grey: Oh dear... I've gone and gotten myself lost.
She looks around, but (Captain) and the others are nowhere to be seen.
Her gaze lands on a family enjoying the festival together.
Lady Grey: (Haha... They look so happy. I miss those family outings.)
Lady Grey: (Leaving the house hand in hand. Giving my son piggybacks on the way home... But now...)
Lady Grey: (Come on, don't do this to yourself. Today is a festive occasion...)
Lady Grey shakes herself free of her painful thoughts.
Lady Grey: (Anyway, I have to catch up with (Captain) and the others before I worry them any further.)
Lady Grey: Wait... That boy...
The sight of a familiar little figure in the crowd brings her to a halt.
The child heads away from the crowds, into the poorly-lit alleyways at the edge of town.
Lady Grey: (I wonder if he's lost... But if he were looking for his parents, he wouldn't be heading away from town, would he?)
Lady Grey: (As suspicious as this sounds... I think I'd better follow him.)
Worried by the youngster's demeanor, Lady Grey silently tails him through the darkened streets.
The Meaning of Remembrance: Scene 3
Hidden behind a tree, Lady Grey watches as a fraudulent necromancer attempts to extort valuables from the boy, promising to resurrect the child's dead mother. Unable to stand by, Lady Grey leaps from her hiding place to confront the con artist.
Lady Grey is following a young boy through the dim alleyways at the edge of town.
Her misgivings grow stronger as the area around them grows more deserted.
Lady Grey: (What business can he possibly have out here?)
Lady Grey: (...!)
Lady Grey spots another figure approaching from the opposite direction. She ducks behind a tree to avoid detection.
Roughneck Rick: Took ya long enough. Thought you were gonna chicken out.
Lady Grey: (I don't think I see a family resemblance. So what's going on here?)
Roughneck Rick: You got the money for me?
Boy: Will this do?
The boy hesitantly produces a jeweled ring from his pocket and holds it out.
Roughneck Rick: Weeell, not bad, not bad. You sneak it from your house?
Boy: If I give it to you, you'll bring my mother back, right? We can be together, just like she never died, right?
Roughneck Rick: Let's not get ahead of ourselves. First hand over that rock, then you can have your family reunion.
Lady Grey: (So that's what this boy is dealing with...)
Lady Grey: (He's hoping to bring his mother back from the dead.)
Lady Grey: (But that's no casual undertaking.)
Lady Grey: (He's being duped. I can't just stand by and watch!)
Unable to contain herself any longer, Lady Grey leaps from behind the tree.
Lady Grey: Hold it right there!
Roughneck Rick: Huh? The hell are you?
Lady Grey: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to eavesdrop.
Lady Grey: But what's done is done, and I know you're lying to this child.
Roughneck Rick: Wow, rude much? Hurling accusations without so much as a how-do-you-do.
Lady Grey: You were planning to make off with the ring as soon as he handed it over, weren't you?
Roughneck Rick: How... how dare you! All I'm doing is trying to grant this kid's purehearted wish...
Lady Grey: Oh. Then perhaps you can share some professional tips with me. How did you plan to resurrect his mother?
Lady Grey: What spell did you plan to use? What kind of offering will you make? What price will you pay if your ritual fails?
Roughneck Rick: W-well, I...
The man's faltering answer is all the proof Lady Grey requires.
Lady Grey: You ought to be ashamed of yourself, taking advantage of this innocent child.
Lady Grey: Though any fool could see that a shallow vessel like you could never commune with the dead.
Roughneck Rick: What'd you say! Whaddyou know about it!
Lady Grey: Shall I tell you? Or better yet, show you the power I've earned along with the indelible taint of forbidden magic and a lifetime of regret?
Lady Grey: Come, my darlings. Let's give this gentleman a taste of real necromancy, shall we?
The Meaning of Remembrance: Scene 4
Lady Grey drives off the imposter necromancer. The crew arrives in time to witness a softer side to Lady Grey. She explains to the boy that the dead can never return, but that he can keep his mother alive in his heart.
Lady Grey: Haaa!
Roughneck Rick: Gyargh!
Lady Grey: Have you learned your lesson? Or do you need more clarification on the finer points?
Roughneck Rick: D-damn it!
The man turns tail and runs for the hills before Lady Grey can make good on her threat.
(Captain) and the crew arrive almost on his heels, alerted by the commotion.
Lyria: Lady Grey! Are you hurt?
Lady Grey: I'm perfectly fine, Lyria. I'm so sorry I worried you all.
Lady Grey: But this young man...
Lady Grey looks sympathetically toward the boy, who is trembling to one side of the recent battlefield. She steps toward him.
Lady Grey: Of course you're frightened. I'm sure you guessed it—these two are real ghosts, not illusions.
Lady Grey: Can I ask you one thing though? When we were giving out candy before, was there a favor you wanted to ask me?
Lady Grey: Was it to reunite you with your mother?
The boy seems conflicted for a moment before he nods.
Boy: Yes. You're right. I was watching your show.
Boy: When I saw what you could do, I thought maybe you'd be able to grant my wish...
Lady Grey: I see...
Lady Grey: I'm so sorry, but I don't have the power to bring your mother back to you.
Boy: You... don't?
The boy's face crumples in disappointment.
Lady Grey speaks gently, hoping to spare him any further pain.
Lady Grey: I understand how you feel. But when people die, we can never see them again.
Lady Grey: That's the law of this world. The price of meddling with dark magic follows me wherever I go, as you can see.
Lady Grey: I know you don't want the same thing to happen to you... Do you?
Lady Grey: But I want you to remember something.
Lady Grey: As long as you keep your love for your mother alive in your heart, she will always be with you.
Lady Grey: That's the greatest comfort we can offer our dearly departed. Please don't forget that.
With a gentle smile, Lady Grey enfolds the boy in a motherly embrace.
The boy clings back, trying to be brave, but his cheeks might be just a little damp.
The crew sees the boy safely back to his home.
As they depart, Lady Grey turns her conversation with the boy over in her mind.
Lady Grey: I wonder if he felt like I was lecturing him. I blame it on the wine.
Lyria: I don't think so. It was so obvious how much you cared about him.
Lyria: I'm sure he understood!
Lady Grey: Haha... I hope you're right.
Lady Grey smiles as if to chase away her troubled thoughts.
It's been a full day for (Captain) and the others. They've seen a new side of Lady Grey which has only strengthened the bonds between them.