Another Wine Day to Be Alive
Lamretta sets up a picnic for (Captain) and the others, but Lam tempts her to drink all the wine while she waits for them, and she can't resist the urge. Luckily (Captain) expected this and shows up with more wine, so she rewards the captain with a decidedly Lamretta-style hug.
Lamretta: Oh, all the flowers are in full bloom! And the weather's perfect for a picnic.
Lamretta grins at the trees around her, which are adorned with pink cherry blossoms, and has herself a drink.
Lamretta found the place to be ideal for a picnic when she came across it days ago, so she approached (Captain) and the others about it.
The crew agreed to come but unfortunately got called away by an urgent request, so Lamretta has come here first to prepare for the picnic.
Lamretta: I bet just a glimpse at my secret stash of wines and juices will have (Captain) and the others smiling!
Lamretta: This is the finest stuff I know. Just lookin' at it gets me going. I hope everyone gets here soon...
Lamretta: Gulp... Maybe I could get away with just one drink before they arrive...
Lamretta: No! That'd be wrong! This stuff is for everyone, so I'll just have to be a good girl and wait!
Lamretta: But wait... Surely no one would object if I had just one tiny little sip? No, maybe I better not...
???: What're ye waitin' for?
Lamretta: Huh? Who was that?
???: I'm yer desires, silly. Yer heart at its most honest.
Lamretta: No way...
???: Ye can't lie to yerself. Ye know ye want a wee drink. Just give in to that desire already.
Lam: Heh-heh. Just look at it. Look at the clear amber hue of that fine wine!
Lam: That was distilled in the Auguste Isles. All ye gotta do is pour one drink of it, and it'll be like ye can feel the cool sea breeze blowin' over the beach.
Lamretta: The beach? Gulp...
Lam: And when ye taste it... Oh, the peppery spiciness of it'll hit ye like a gentle rain, and elegant music will start to play.
Lam: But the best part is when ye swallow it. The sweet aftertaste will draw ye right into paradise, as soothing as the sea at dawn.
Lamretta: Ugh... I don't really know what you're talking about, but now I'm just dying of thirst!
Rammy: No, Lamretta, no! Don't forget that you brought that wine here for everyone!
Lammy: Yeah, don't listen to Lam! Nothing good will come of it!
Red: Ugh... Blurp...
Lamretta: So you guys are me? Which one of you is Lam?
Rammy: The huge, strong-looking one right in front of you! I just knew you'd forget about her.
Lammy: Can you really blame her? We did everything we could to keep Lam from coming out after all.
Lammy: Lam's actually the reason you went a little overboard and ended up fleeing your abbey.
Lamretta: Are you serious?
Lam: Hold it right there. All I did was help ye free the desires that were already there.
Lamretta: No, you hold it right there! You basically ruined my life!
Lamretta: But no more! I'm done listenin' to the likes of you!
Lam: Heh-heh... Whatever ye say.
But what about ye, Rammy? Ye've got a sweet tooth, right?
Lam: Feast yer eyes upon that wine over there. That's a legendary honey-flavored drink blessed by the primal beast Queen Bee's love.
Rammy: Whoa! Where'd you have a treasure like that hidden, Lamretta?
Lam: Just imagine it. Imagine that golden nectar embracin' yer tongue and caressin' it again and again.
Rammy: Oh... Ah...
Lammy: Get ahold of yourself, Rammy! Lam's words are poison!
Lam: Now, now... There's no need to be so cold, Lammy. Say, ye like yer wine with a bit more kick, right?
Lam: Then how about this azure wine, affectionately known as Beast Killer. They say it's potent enough to send any primal beast to la-la land.
Lam: Heh-heh... Sounds to me like there's plenty o' dreams in every bottle, no matter who ye are. Not even I can imagine what it tastes like.
Lammy: Argh! I gotta get me some of that! Hand it over! Gimme those liquid dreams!
Lamretta: Y-you guys...
Lam: Heh-heh. Now who's next?
Red: Ugh... Not... Not right now... I'm b-barely keepin' it together here.
Lam: Heh-heh... Then that just leaves ye, dear Lamretta. Resistance is futile.
Lamretta: Ugh... Nooo!
Lamretta: I refuse! I'll never give in!
Lam: Oho? Why be so stubborn?
Lamretta: It's as you said... The wines here are only the best! And that means they're like bottled happiness for wine lovers like me.
Lamretta: But that's all the more reason to share them with my friends! Wine tastes even better in the company of people you care about!
Rammy: You're absolutely right, Lamretta! It'd be such a waste to drink the sweetest wine in the sky alone!
Lammy: Phew... That sure was a close one. We almost ended up hoggin' all the happiness. Wine is made to be shared.
Red: Yep, that's... Bleh...
Lamretta: Our resolve is unshakeable! So give it up already!
Lam: Heh-heh... I see.
Lam: You've grown, Lamretta.
Lamretta: Is she gone?
Lammy: Hee-hee. Looks like the good guys won. I don't think she'll be back any time soon! Feels good to keep our urges under control, eh?
Lamretta: Ha-ha! No desire is too much for us! This is a great victory for us, guys!
Lamretta: Now how about a toast? We gotta celebrate!
Lamretta: Celebrate... Victory... Oooh... Zzz...
Lamretta: Huh? Hmm... When did I fall asleep?
Lamretta: The wine's gone! Uh-oh... Did I really drink all of it?
Rackam: Yo, Lamretta. Sorry we're late!
Katalina: Huh? What's the matter? You look a little pale.
I'm so sooorry! Aahh!
Lamretta: I drank it all! Every last drop! All the wine I brought for you guys is gooone!
Choose: We sorta figured that'd happen.
- We sorta figured that'd happen.
- Bad girl!
Lamretta: Really? I'm an embarrassment to decent adults everywhere...Choose: Bad girl!
Lamretta: I'm sorry... I'm so, so sorry...
Lamretta: But wait... You don't seem very mad, Captain.
Lyria: Hee-hee. Why would (Captain) be mad?
Take a look at what we have!
Lamretta: Whoa! Wine! And plenty of it!
Rackam: Heh-heh. (Captain) bought it with the reward from our last request just for you.
Lamretta: Oh, (Captain)...
Lamretta launches herself at (Captain), knocking the captain down with the force of her surprise hug.
Vyrn: Hey, the party hasn't even started yet! Let's at least eat first.
Lamretta: Bleh... Throwin' myself onto you... probably wasn't shmart... Ugh...
Lamretta: I think I'm gonna...
Lyria: Eek! Watch out, (Captain)!
The crew carefully pulls Lamretta off of (Captain) and sees to her.
Though she's sick and upset with herself for going overboard with the wine, she's also grateful to her kind friends.
The Water of Life
(Captain) and company start the picnic once Lamretta recovers, and she gets out a bottle of Avite. Rackam explains that the dead have been said to rise in pursuit of this wine, and when Lamretta starts to pour it, zombies really do claw their way out of the ground.
Some time after Lamretta recovers from her private party, (Captain) and company start the picnic.
As everyone enjoys themselves, Rackam, who's gazing at the cherry blossoms, speaks up.
Rackam: Say, stop me if you've heard this one. They say the dead are buried under the cherry trees that blossom the most beautifully.
Lyria: U-under? You mean like where we're sitting?
Rackam: Heh-heh... Sorry about that. It was just a little joke, but it almost seems like there's something to it, huh?
Lamretta: I think I get it. The cherry blossoms are so pretty they're almost creepy.
Lamretta: This actually reminds me of a story about this wine...
Rackam: Whoa! I-isn't that Water of Life?
Lyria: Um... That's supposed to be water?
Lamretta: No, it's actually honest-to-goodness wine. Most people call it Water of Life, but its real name is Avite.
Lamretta: Some people claim that a whiff of it can heal wounds and that drinking it can cure any illness.
Rackam: Yeah, and I've even heard that the dead have been known to claw their way out of their graves in pursuit of Avite.
Vyrn: You don't say... So if there's anyone buried under us, they might come out and play!
Rackam: Ha-ha! Yeah, at least if the stories are true!
Rackam: But it's a little weird. Didn't you say you drank all the wine before we got here?
Katalina: Oh? I'm surprised you left such a famous wine alone given how thirsty you were.
Lamretta: Ha-ha! Let's not fret over the small stuff. Time to give this Avite a try!
But just as Lamretta gets ready to pour the wine, something reaches out and grabs the bottle.
Lamretta: Oh, Rackam, there's no need to rush.
Rackam: Huh? That isn't my hand.
Vyrn: Guys... The arm attached to that hand seems to be buried.
Flowerful Zombie: Oooh...
Katalina: I can't believe it... There's just no way.
Vyrn: Yikes! There's a whole bunch of the stinkers comin'! Get ready!
The Water of Life: Scene 2
Lamretta inadvertently drops the bottle of Avite and a child runs off with it. When the child says he wanted to use the Avite to see his deceased parents again, Lamretta explains that Avite is actually intended to be offered to the dead. She then invites the child to join their picnic so his parents can see him looking happy and healthy.
While battling with the horde of uninvited guests, Lamretta accidentally drops the bottle of Avite on the ground.
As if on cue, someone darts out of nowhere, nabs the bottle, and runs off.
Lamretta: Lyria! Watch out!
Lamretta delivers a grand-slam bottle swing to the zombie shambling after Lyria.
Flowerful Zombie: Ooof...
Lamretta: I think that was the last of 'em. Anyone hurt?
Lyria: We're okay. But the Avite...
Lamretta: Huh? Where'd it go? I don't see it anywhere!
Lyria: Um... I saw someone grab it and run off while we were fighting.
Rackam: No way! So those zombies were nothing but a diversion?
Katalina: Sheesh... And here I was thinking the zombies were here for a drink.
Lamretta: Grrr! That thief won't get away with this! That Avite was for all of us!
Lamretta: Lyria! You know which way the villain went?
Lyria: Yep! They went that way!
Lamretta: Hurry, (Captain)! We need to get our wine back now!
Vyrn: Hey! Slow down, Lamretta!
Lyria: There they are!
Lamretta: You! You'll pay dearly for your crime! When I'm done with you, you'll wish you were never—Huh?
Lamretta: Wha? You're just a kid!
When Lamretta and the others track down the wine thief, they discover that he's only a child.
As the puzzled crew members try to figure out what to do, they notice that there's a grave near the child, and the Avite has been set there.
Rackam: I think I get it. Did you perhaps take the wine to offer it to someone?
Child: I'm so sorry. I knew it was wrong, but I heard what you guys said about the wine...
Child: I wanted... I wanted to see Mom and Dad just one more time.
Katalina: I see. So you heard the story about Water of Life causing the dead to rise, huh?
Lamretta: Sigh... Well, I can't very well be mad at you for wantin' to see your family.
Lamretta: Besides, this is what Avite's supposed to be for.
Lyria: What do you mean?
Lamretta: To tell you the truth, Avite is a special wine made at my old abbey.
Lamretta: It's intended to be used as an offering for the dead, and only a few bottles are distilled every decade, which makes it both sacred and precious.
Vyrn: So it's some pretty important stuff, huh? Then what were you doing with it?
Lamretta: Well... I wasn't exactly thinking straight when I fled the abbey, and I accidentally brought it with me.
Lamretta: And I've remembered my abbey every single time I looked at the Avite since.
Lamretta: I guess it was a combination of guilt and awkwardness that kept me from drinkin' it. I've had it for a long time.
Lamretta: But it seemed like such a waste not to enjoy it... So I decided to share it with you guys at the picnic today.
Katalina: Indeed... I suppose that explains why only the Avite survived your private party.
Rackam: Sigh... Yeah, and it also explains why you seemed upset when I asked you about it.
Child: Um... I really am sorry. I should never have stolen anything so important.
Lamretta: Ha-ha. It's all good! Just forget about that and join us for our picnic!
Lamretta: After some of this wine is offered to the dead, the rest has to be enjoyed by the living. We can't be breakin' rules like that!
Lamretta: You see, you gotta really enjoy life to comfort the dead. There's no better way!
Lamretta smiles gently and pats the boy's head.
Lamretta: I know how hard it is to lose people we love, but your mom and dad will only worry about you if you don't put your sadness behind you.
Lamretta: So let's have fun today! Let's party and laugh and send your parents off in style!
Vyrn: Whoa... I guess you really are a nun.
Lamretta: Gah, how rude! Is that supposed to be an insult?
Katalina: Now, now... Let's just focus on having a nice picnic. Hey, you come over here too.
Thus the crew resumes the picnic with the boy as a new guest.
With smiles all around, Rackam remembers something and turns to address the boy.
Rackam: I gotta hand it to you... You're really something considering you're just a kid. I mean, being able to control zombies and all.
Katalina: Yeah, that was a bit of a shock. I bet you could do a lot of good for people if you put those abilities to a more productive use.
Child: Um... Huh?
(Captain) suspects that something is up and questions the boy about the zombies in more detail.
Child: Hmm... I sure don't know how to control zombies. I just took advantage of the fight to grab the Water of Life.
Lyria: Huh? So what were the zombies doing there? Wait...
The color drains from the faces of (Captain) and Lyria at the same time, and they get up without bothering to tell Lamretta and the others what's up.
Rackam: Sigh... So this is Avite? It's too good for words.
Katalina: Hee-hee... I can see why the dead would crave something like this. Could I trouble you for a refill, Lamretta?
Lamretta: Ha-ha! No problem! I'll top you off!
I think I'll have another glass myself!
The sight of the adults having so much fun is enough to convince (Captain) to forget about the dead for now and sit back down.