I'm Not Impressed!
The proud Medusa is about to experience her first Valentine's Day, but she misinterprets this skydweller tradition right from the get-go. Not wanting to spoil this primal beast's fun, her fellow crew members simply go with the flow.
The soft rays of the new spring sun filter onto the Grandcypher.
Medusa lazes on the deck, petting Medusiana.
Medusa: I'm so glad it's starting to warm up again. The cold stinks, doesn't it, Medusiana?
Medusa: Hee-hee. Okay, I'll sing you another song. What should I sing...
Vyrn: Hey, get the lead out, Lyria!
Lyria: Hold your wings, Vyrn! I'm coming!
Vyrn: Careful! Don't drop the bags!
Lyria: I know, I know!
Vyrn: Whoa! Watch out!
Unlike Medusa, her skyfaring companions are full of diligence.
Medusa: Sigh... Those mortals are always so noisy.
A chance meeting led Medusa to join the crew.
Even now this proud primal beast treats her skydweller travelers with brusque disposition.
They haven't matured at all since we first met!
(Captain) and company drift past the Lumacie Archipelago on the Grandcypher.
Medusa: I am Medusa, the proud primal beast who can turn anyone to stone with just a glance!
Medusa: Hee-hee... And my friend here is Medusiana, a gigantic serpent of fearsome might!
Medusa: Now tremble in fear, mortals!Continue 1
Medusa: I was only going to give them a little scare.
Medusa: So how did I end up following them around everywhere?
The young girl shrugs and leans back against her scaly friend to stare up into the sky.
The minutes tick by.
Medusa lifts her head and looks side to side, up and down.
Medusa: Sniff, sniff... What is that sweet aroma...
Medusa: Okay, I have to know. Smells like it's coming from inside the ship.
Medusa: I'm going to go check it out! You wait here, Medusiana!
Medusa: The smell should be just around the corner.
Medusa peeks into the kitchen.
Lyria: That should just about finish it!
Rosetta: Not bad for a first try, wouldn't you agree?
Io: Yeah, but looks are important too. Could be a little cuter, I think.
Katarina: I agree with you there. Let's take that into consideration next time.
Lyria: Hehe, how fun—
Lyria: It's Medusa!
Medusa: What are you all up to?
Lyria: We're making chocolates for Valentine's Day!
Io: Or trying to is more like it.
Medusa: Valen... tine's?
Rosetta: It's a tradition in the sky realm.
Katarina: Ah, that's right. This will be your first time.
Io: Wanna learn more about it?
Medusa: Um, n-not really!
Medusa: It's not like I'm interested in the stuff you mortals do!
Lyria: But I think it's a wonderful event.
Lyria: It's a day where you get to express your feelings and appreciation to that special someone.
Lyria: It doesn't matter who you are, mortal or primal beast.
Medusa: Humph. And what is chocolate?
Io: It's a sweet candy that you can give someone to let them know how you feel.
Medusa: Sweet, huh... That must've been what I was smelling.
Katarina: Well, there's always room for one more if you want to join us...
Medusa: If you really insist, then I've got no choice but to participate in this Valentine's thingy!
Medusa: It'll be a cinch for an awesome primal beast like me.
Medusa: As if I'd be upstaged by mere mortals!
Lyria: Um, Medusa?
Katarina: She left...
Io: So much for working together...
The four chocolatiers watch in silence as the primal whirlwind exits the kitchen.
Medusa: Valentine's... Yeah, okay.
Medusa: I've got this covered.
Medusa: It's fine. First I need to make that sweet chocolate stuff they were talking about.
Medusa: But, see...
Medusa: Working with them would only slow me down. I'm not going to look silly in front of skydwellers!
Medusa: Right, Medusiana?
Medusa: Which reminds me. Io mentioned that looks are important too...
Medusa mutters to herself in thought before having a eureka moment.
Medusa: Hee-hee! And that's what's going to set me apart from the rest! I'll show them what for!
She puffs out her chest and cackles with glee.
Evening drapes over day.
Vyrn: Uh, what happened to Snake Girl? I thought I saw her hanging around this afternoon.
(Captain) doesn't seem to know.
Lyria: She came into the kitchen but then ran back out. I haven't seen her since.
Vyrn: Sheesh, where'd she go? That girl, I tell ya...
Vyrn: Oh well. She'll be fine if she sticks with that big ol' serpent of hers.
Medusa: I'm back!
Vyrn: Hey, stop crashing in like that! Can't you use the door like everybody else?
Vyrn: Who's gonna pay to have the ship fixed if it breaks? You?
Medusa: Oh, please! I'm not clumsy enough to do that!
Vyrn: Uh-huh, as if I'd bet the Grandcypher on that...
Vyrn: Wait a minute. What's with the new threads?
Medusa: Hee-hee! I can see the amazement in your eyes!
Vyrn: Speak for yourself.
Medusa: How do you like me now, skydwellers? Cute?
Lyria: Yes! It's very cute!
Vyrn: That's all well and good, but what I'm really asking you is why the wardrobe change out of nowhere?
Medusa: Sigh... How slow can you be?
Medusa: Take a look at the calendar. I'm obviously dressed to impress for Valentine's.
Lyria: Huh? Are you really supposed to dress up in something like that for Valentine's Day?
Io: Get a grip, Lyria! I've never heard of such a thing.
Vyrn: I'm almost afraid to ask, but how'd you get that idea into your head?
Medusa: You said it yourself, didn't you, Io? Looks matter a lot on Valentine's Day.
Io: I said that?
Io: Aha! Um, I was actually talking about how the chocolates looked...
Rosetta: Isn't it fine this way though? It's only natural to want to spruce yourself up when revealing your feelings.
Medusa: Hm? What are you all talking about?
Vyrn: Eh, just forget it. No point in dwelling on things that go over your head.
Vyrn: But, I mean, c'mon! How'd you end up choosing that outfit?
Medusa: Still can't figure it out? Gee, you are slow!
Medusa: Sugar Time: Love and Passion!
Medusa: Hee-hee. While I was in town, I heard this was the cutest thing trending right now.
Medusa: My research into skydweller customs can't be wrong!
Io: I remember now! That's really popular with young girls. It's part of the little witches series.
Rosetta: Now that you mention it, I have seen it before too.
Katarina: I don't know anything about that. But then the people in town she overheard it from were—
Lyria: Little girls?
Vyrn: In the end it has absolutely nothing to do with Valentine's Day...
Medusa gives a little swirl, skirt fluttering as she flashes her compadres a triumphant grin.
Medusa: I bet your minds are blown right now.
Vyrn: That's one way of putting it...
Vyrn: Ya know what? I think we're good. This Valentine's Day is shaping up to be something else.
Medusa: Yep! You're in for a treat!
(Captain) can't help but give a little chuckle at the girl who seems to be enjoying her own little world.
It's All Your Fault!
While Medusa wonders how to make chocolate, Rosetta notices that the young primal seems to be enjoying this skydweller custom. Medusa quickly disagrees and wishes to hear the opinion of a different primal beast who she feels isn't biased toward mortals.
Medusa: Perfect outfit coordination: check!
Medusa has changed into a new outfit for Valentine's Day.
Medusa: And now to figure out the chocolate part.
The girl has her arms crossed, ready to get down to business. Rosetta comes to greet her.
Rosetta: Haha, it's nice to see you enjoying yourself.
Medusa: Um, no! It's not about enjoying myself!
Medusa: A primal beast like me can't fall behind mortals, you know.
Medusa: Even if that means making chocolates for (Captain)...
Medusa: It just comes with the territory!
Rosetta: Ooh, so you are giving something to (Captain).
Medusa: I-I never said that!
Rosetta: Why not? I'm going to give chocolate to (Captain) myself.
Medusa: You are?
Rosetta: Mm-hm. I haven't forgotten about the other people traveling with us of course.
Rosetta: However it's (Captain) who makes this journey so rewarding.
Medusa: But (Captain)—
Rosetta: Is a mortal, yes. That's true.
Medusa: I can't figure out what you're trying to say.
Medusa: Your words make me feel like there's something wrong with me.
Rosetta: Oh? How so?
Medusa: Because maybe every other primal beast thinks the same way you do, and that makes me the odd one out.
Rosetta: I see...
Medusa: I want to talk to other primal beasts.
Rosetta: Other primals?
Medusa: Introduce me!
It's All Your Fault!: Scene 2
Noa offers his insights, suggesting that Medusa should establish a relationship with the crew in her own way. With that in mind, Medusa drags Noa off to shop for chocolate-making ingredients.
And so you came to speak with me?
Medusa: Yeah. We never got a chance to talk even though we're both on the same airship. Must've just missed each other.
Noa: True enough. I guess I'm late introducing myself.
Medusa: That goes for the both of us.
Noa: Now what's on your mind?
So you came to Golonzo just to see me?
Medusa: Yes... I heard from Rosetta that you're also a primal beast who knows the crew.
Noa: Quite true. I certainly share a bond with those people.
Noa: Now what's on your mind?Continue 1
Medusa: What's your opinion of mortals?
Noa: Hm, can't say I was expecting that broad of a question.
Medusa: This is kind of important to me, so...
Noa meets her serious yet pouty countenance with a gentle smile.
Noa: If by mortals you mean (Captain) and the other crew members...
Noa: I can say that they're special people indeed.
Medusa: You sound just like Rosetta.
Medusa: I just don't understand.
Noa: Hmm, is that why you came to me? Because we're both primal beasts?
Medusa: Yeah. Why else would I be here?
Noa: Isn't it just fine that we don't understand each other though?
Medusa: Huh? What's that mean?
Noa: We share the connection of being primals, but we have our own ways of doing things. That's how mortals are too.
Noa: Skydweller and skydweller, primal and primal, skydweller and primal...
Noa: I don't think there's any merit in drawing distinct lines between us.
Medusa: You don't?
Noa: You should forge your own connections with mortals—well, with (Captain) and the other crewmates to be exact.
Medusa: In my own way...
Noa: On the other hand, if you become their enemy...
Noa: I'll become your enemy too.
Noa: Even if we are both primal beasts.
Medusa: Why'd you have to say it like that...
Medusa falls into silence as she ponders Noa's words.
Noa: Do you mind if I ask you something myself?
Medusa: What is it?
Noa: I can't quite put my finger on it, but... why are you wearing that?
Medusa: It's for Valentine's—
Medusa: Aaah! Valentine's!
Noa: Um... Yes? What about it?
Medusa: Wow, I almost totally forgot about what I was trying to do.
Medusa: You! You're going to help me!
Noa: Wait, I'm—
Medusa: You're a ship-building primal, aren't you? Don't tell me you can't make a simple thing like chocolate.
Noa: That's a very intriguing idea, but chocolates and airships are two completely different things.
Medusa: Who cares. Come on, let's go!
Noa: Goodness, you're a force to be reckoned with.
It's All Your Fault!: Scene 3
Slowed by the popularity of her new outfit, Medusa and Noa return to a deserted Grandcypher after many hours of shopping. The silence is broken by a stowaway monster, and the two primals prepare to defend the airship.
Medusa: Hee-hee! We bought some nice stuff!
Noa: We sure did...
Medusa is in high spirits. The same can't be said of Noa, who lets out a wheeze of weariness beside her.
Medusa: We got back later than I was hoping for though.
Noa: We have your outfit to thank for that, don't we?
Medusa: Explain how.
Noa: Because every time we'd try to move on, children would stop us to talk to you. It's not easy to get any shopping done with distractions like that.
Medusa: I can't help it if the clothes I picked out are just that amazing!
Noa: And another thing. How are they related in any way to Valentine's Day?
Noa: As far as I could tell from those conversations you had with the children, they're not.
Medusa: Um... Uh...
Medusa: Ah! I'm a primal beast! I don't do things normally, even when it comes to joining mortal activities! I have to distinguish myself!
Noa: Mm... Your plucky double-down outlook is admirable.
Noa: Anyway... Is it just me, or is it awfully quiet?
Medusa: Yeah, now I feel it too. It's like someone's about to jump out and spook us.
Medusa: I get antsy when it's quiet...
Noa: I don't sense anyone on board. Did they all leave?
Medusa: Oooh, where did they all go off to!
Medusa anxiously looks around, her angry voice bouncing around the empty ship.
But not for long.
Noa: A monster!
Medusa: What? Did it... eat everyone?
Noa: I don't know about that, but we can't let it roam free.
Medusa: Who said anything about that! No monsters or whatever get to touch our ship without permission!
It's All Your Fault!: Scene 4
The crew returns to the airship to find an angry Medusa on the verge of tears. Despite the young girl's temper, she shows that she does care about the crew—in her own way of course.
Medusa: Humph! Didn't even break a scale.
Noa: We managed to defeat it without injuring ourselves. A monster like that wouldn't pose a threat to anyone in this crew.
Medusa: Yeah, but still...
The Grandcypher grows quiet again, broken only by Medusa's jumpiness.
Medusa: Ooh, where could they be?
She starts to blink quickly.
Tears are on the verge of falling.
Lyria: We're back!
Vyrn: Phew. Home sweet home.
Lyria: Oh, Medusa! You made it back too.
Vyrn: Is that Noa with you? Well, ain't that a rare sight to see.
Noa: Yes, we were out and about—
Medusa: Tell me where you all went just now!
Vyrn: Yikes! What are you so pissed about?
Lyria: My goodness, Medusa!
Medusa: I asked you where you went!
Lyria: Um, we got a request from Siero...
Vyrn: It was a pretty big one too. We pretty much had to take everyone with us.
Vyrn: Is that what you're angry about? We weren't trying to leave you out, y'know!
Noa: Haha, she was worried, you see.
Lyria: You were worried about us, Medusa?
Medusa: No, I said you're wrong! Who in the world would worry about any of you?
Medusa: Of course not me!
Medusa: Of course not... me...
The little primal purses her lips.
Medusa: It's all your fault.
Vyrn: Uh, what'd we do?
Medusa: You know exactly what you did! It's because everyone here always acts like a rowdy fool!
Medusa: That's why I...
Medusa: Oh, forget it! I don't know anymore!
Medusa turns away in a huff, leaving the crew members in a spot of awkwardness.
Vyrn: That's Snake Girl for ya, honest as all get-out.
Medusa: Shush! And I keep telling you not to call me Snake Girl!
Vyrn: Aw, chill. Let the small stuff slide.
Medusa: It's not small stuff!
Lyria: Teehee, thanks for worrying about us, Medusa!
Medusa: What part of wrong don't you understand?
Noa: Haha. And thank you for helping me protect the Grandcypher from that monster.
Medusa: You stop right there! Not another word!
Vyrn: What's this about protecting the ship?
Noa: So before you all returned...
Noa tells the crew about the monster that stowed away on the Grandcypher.
Vyrn: Who would've guessed!
Lyria: Wow! Thank you so much, Medusa!
Vyrn: Get her, Lyria! Don't let go!
Medusa: S-stop this right now!
Noa stands off to the side, watching with bemusement as Medusa gets crushed with hugs.
Noa: Hey, Rackam.
Rackam: I don't really know what happened, but you look like you've had your hands full.
Noa: It was nothing of the sort.
Noa: Simply the signs of compromise between me and a confused girl who wasn't sure how to connect with people.
Rackam: Like I said, you've had your hands full.
Noa: Hehe, who can say.
Rackam: You're real eager to downplay this, aren't you?
Medusa: Medusa to Noa! What are you doing?
Medusa: The ingredients we bought aren't going to turn into chocolate by themselves! Come see the job through to the end!
Noa: Oh dear. Duty calls.
Medusa: This is for all the marbles! A primal beast fearsome twosome can't possibly fail!
Noa: When did Valentine's Day become so hostile?
Whether Medusa acknowledges Noa's comment or not, she swaggers into the kitchen, dragging along her sardonic partner.