Scenario:Arulumaya and Sara - One and Only Sweet
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One and Only Sweet
Arulumaya coaches Sara and Lyria for a cooking session. Though the resulting meal isn't quite satisfactory, the girls get to bond over the experience.
(Captain) and company decide to stop in a village and find themselves some lodging for the night.
With their companions going about their own business, Lyria and Sara head to the inn's dining hall and crack open a book.
Sara: So I guess something like this isn't too hard?
Lyria: Wow! That looks good! But wait... this one's really nice too! Oh, and I like that one too...
Arulumaya: What's going on here? You two look like you're having quite a bit of fun. What's this book you're reading?
Lyria: Hehe... it's a dessert recipe book! All of them look so good!
Sara: Um... me and Lyria promised to share a meal together. So we thought we would try to make something.
Arulumaya: Hrm... You'll be cooking it yourselves?
Lyria: Hehe! Well, we figured it should be special since we made a promise!
Arulumaya: Well, that explains it. Sounds like a lark.
Arulumaya: I do love my sweets... But they'd probably taste sweeter if they're homemade, and you have a few friends to share them with.
Sara: Huh? You like sweets, Arulumaya? Maybe we can eat some together later.
Lyria: Yeah! Let's do that, Arulu! Everything is better with good company!
Arulumaya: Thanks. I'd love to join you. I'll be there to make sure everything turns out perfectly.
Lyria: Hehe! You just wait! It'll be the best thing you ever ate!
Lyria: I know! Hey, Sara. Maybe we should invite Katalina just to make sure?
Sara: What? Oh, yeah... I don't think we can manage everything by ourselves...
Arulumaya: But didn't you want to keep this more personal? How about you give it a try, just the two of you? I'll keep a close eye on any fires you need to start.
Arulumaya: (This should prevent the worst possible outcome I saw through the crystall ball!)
Sara: Oh, would you? Thank you so much. I'm, um... I'm not the biggest fan of fire.
Lyria: Thank you so much, Arulu! You and me are going to make the most delicious food ever, Sara!
Sara: For sure! Let's get to it, Lyria!
And so, under Arulumaya's watchful eye, Sara and Lyria decide to do some cooking.
After hearing what they're up to, the innkeeper gladly lends them use of the kitchen.
The two want to start off on a good foot with something foolproof. Pancakes, it is.
Lyria: So, um... How should we start?
Sara: Hmm... We should probably get all the ingredients and utensils out and ready. We need to make sure we have everything we need.
Lyria: Let's see here... The book says we need flour, eggs, and milk...
Arulumaya: How's cooking treating you, Sara? You look a little more comfortable than Lyria, I must say.
Sara: Maybe not comfortable... but Volenna's taught me a lot about how to take care of things. Cooking, laundry...
Arulumaya: Well, that explains it... Oh! Careful there, Sara.
Sara stumbles over a crack in the floor, the flour almost spilling from her hands.
Lyria: H-hey! Are you all right, Sara?
Sara: Wow... that was scary! But don't worry, Lyria. The flour's okay. Thank you for warning me, Arulumaya.
Arulumaya: Hehe... cooking is tricky work. You need to be careful. I'm quite looking forward to tasting everything.
Sara: I'll do my best! Just you wait, Arulu.
Having gotten all their ingredients and cooking utensils in order, the two start by adding flour to the bowl.
Sara: Hmm... wait. According to the book, we add the milk first...
Sara: Are you ready with the eggs, Lyria?
Lyria: O-okay! So I, um... I just tap the egg against the edge of the bowl!
Arulumaya: Lyria! Be careful not to bang it too hard...
Lyria: Eep! Wh-why is it all gloopy!
Sara: Aah! The shell!
Lyria: Sigh... Sorry, Sara. This is really hard!
Sara: It's okay! All we need to do is take the shell out, Lyria. Like this.
Lyria: Y-yeah... Let me try this again...
Very carefully and with more than a little clumsiness, Sara and Lyria manage to whip up some pancakes.
Lyria: Yay! We did it! We made pancakes!
Sara: Wow! I can't believe they turned out okay! Although they probably should look a little nicer...
Arulumaya: Hehe. Good work, girls.
Sara: Arulumaya... thank you so much. Now let's get to eating!
Lyria: Here goes! Munch, munch...
Sara: Er... Is it just me, or...
Lyria: They, um... don't taste very good...
Sara: I... Well, they're not sweet. More like... salty?
Lyria: Oh... and crunchy. I could've sworn I got all the shells out...
Arulumaya: Well, they do taste... er, special.
Lyria: Sniff... Sara and I were supposed to have a nice snack together. And we ruined it...
Sara: I'm sorry, Lyria... If only I were a better cook...
Sara: And Arulumaya... I'm so sorry. You gave us all that help, and they're still terrible...
Arulumaya: Oh, don't you worry. No one gets it perfect the first time. Mistakes are all a part of the process.
Arulumaya: You'll be fine. Things will go much smoother next time. They'll taste great.
Arulumaya: Besides, I had a blast watching you. And you're not too bad for first-timers. So turn those frowns upside down.
Sara: You're right... It was our first time. I guess we shouldn't have expected perfection.
Sara: Hehe... and just making them was fun enough. Right, Lyria?
Lyria: R-right... Yeah! It was fun!
Arulumaya: Hrm... mind if I try the rest? Nom! Munch, munch...
Sara: Ahaha! Hehe... They aren't very good, are they?
Lyria: Hehe! Yeah, they're pretty bad!
Sara: We'll get it right next time won't we, Lyria!
Lyria: Yeah! Promise!
Sara and Lyria's promise to one another brings a smile to Arulumaya's face.
Though their first attempt doesn't go quite as planned, it will be a nostalgic memory to look back upon.