Scenario:Beatrix - Unbeatable Cooking

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Unbeatable Cooking

While the Grandcypher is docked at a certain island, Zeta suddenly shows up, wanting to hang out. The crew haven't breakfasted yet, however, and so Beatrix vounteers to cook something for them. When the party eats the sandwiches she prepares, they find they taste strangely like candy. Vyrn and the others request a more regular dish, prompting Beatrix to claim that this time, she will cook fish for them.

Gentle shafts of sunlight pierce the morning.
No version of Zeta in crew

The party have docked the Grandcypher at a local island, and as they are taking a break, Zeta suddenly jumps on board.
Zeta: Hey guys! It's been a while! How've you been?
Beatrix: Uh, yeah… fine, but… you sure came out of nowhere…
Lyria: H-how did you know we'd be…
Zeta: Hee hee, that's a trade secret. The higher-ups would get angry at me if I told you.
Vyrn: Y-yikes, really? So what'd you come here for, Red?
Zeta: I took a break from work, so I thought I'd come kill some time with Bea.
Beatrix: Great, it was nice to see you. Now go back.
Lyria: Come now, we were thinking of relaxing as well, so why don't we spend the day together?
Beatrix: …W-well… I guess we could.
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Any version of Zeta is a crew member

(Captain) decides to rest for the day to recuperate from the many battles they have fought.
(Captain) is idling about with Vyrn and Lyria when Zeta and Beatrix come up to them.
Beatrix: Hey, (Captain). You're not searching for primal beasts today, right? So why don't we go somewhere?
Zeta: Yeah, we've got time off, so it'd be a shame to waste it just lounging around.
Lyria: Oooohhh! You're right! C'mon, let's go somewhere, (Captain)!
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Zeta: All right, it's settled, then! So where should we all go?
Vyrn: Whoa, hold up. We haven't even had breakfast yet!
Lyria: N-now you mention it, that's right…
Ohh… now I feel hungry…
Beatrix: I'll whip up something, then. It's gonna be super-tasty, don't you worry.
Zeta: …Huh?
Beatrix: Heh heh. Look forward to it, now.
Puffing out her chest in pride, Beatrix heads to the galley, full of confidence.
Vyrn: …Hey, Red. You seemed surprised just now. Is Blue's cooking really that bad?
Zeta: Hm? Nah, she's a great cook.
Zeta: Hee hee… Well, let's just say you'll understand when you taste it.
Beatrix: All right, they're done! My special sandwiches! Heh heh… you'll love these!
Lyria: Thank you!
…mmmmm! Wow! They're so tasty!
Vyrn: Mmm… th-these are super delish, but… the flavor's crazy sweet…
Zeta: Hee hee… tastes like candy, right?
Vyrn: Yeah, it's kinda like… well, completely like eating dessert! What are these…
Beatrix: Doesn't float your boat, then?
Vyrn: Nah, it's not that… just, I was kinda expecting to eat some normal food.
Zeta: I'll go make something simple, then.
Beatrix: Wait a sec! Hold on!
Beatrix: I'll make it, Zeta! Something normal, right? I'm on it!
Vyrn: …no sweet stuff, please…
Beatrix: Y-yeah, I got it! I can make regular food, too. No sweat! Any request is cool!
Lyria: Oh, then I'd like to eat fish. I haven't had any in a while!
Beatrix: G-got it. Fish it is, then! I can catch some fresh ones in the Sea of Nordvjast!
Vyrn: Nordvjast? You mean there's a sea on that crazy cold island?
Beatrix: I caught a glimpse of some last time I was there. They're pretty small, but I'll bet they taste delicious when fried!
Beatrix: C'mon then, let's go! Just watch me! I'll catch some tasty fish and cook 'em for you!
Listening to Beatrix's boasting, the party can't help but feel a little worried, but sets out to the Sea of Nordvjast anyway.

Unbeatable Cooking: Scene 2

(Captain)'s party returns after having caught the fish, and Beatrix tries to prepare it for cooking. Seeing how shocked the girl appears with the fresh catch in front of her, Zeta expresses her concern, but Beatrix somehow manages to fry the fish OK. The party are perplexed, however, as the dish is once again inexplicably sweet-tasting. Becoming serious, Beatrix asserts that this time she'll succeded for sure, heading to Fehrtyl Island to pick a sweetcap mushroom.

After reaching the Sea of Nordvjast, Beatrix succeeds in catching a fish.
The crew returns to the airship with the fish.
Vyrn: Whoa, that's one big fish! I'm lookin' forward to this!
…What's up, Blue?
Beatrix: Er, well… I was just thinking, it kinda stinks, and…
Zeta: Don't tell me… is this the first time you've done this? Do you know how to prepare it?
Beatrix: First time? N-nah, don’t be stupid! I'm perfectly used to this kind of thing. All righty, one tasty fish dish, comin' up!
Lyria: Hee hee… I can't wait!
Vyrn: I'm kinda worried…
After a while, Beatrix returns carrying plates of crisply fried fish.
Lyria: Wow! It looks so yummy!
Beatrix: Heh heh. Told you so. It's gonna be delicious. Eat it up quick, before it gets cold!
(Captain) drools at the fried fish, before stuffing their face with it, eyes wide.
Zeta: …I'm shocked. Bea, this is great stuff.
Beatrix: Heh heh. Never doubt me! Delicious, huh?
Vyrn: You bet. This is the best! The sugar works great, and it's full of sweetness, just like…
Vyrn: …just like candy! This tastes exactly like a dessert again! How did you manage that?
Beatrix: Wha? Th-that's impossible!
Flustered, Beatrix samples some of the food herself, and is speechless for a second.
Beatrix: …it's so sweet…
Zeta: Ha ha ha… Guess I'll go make it, after all…
Beatrix: W-wait! This is, uh… the appetizer!
Zeta: You're serving a sweet dish as the starter course? And what does that make those sandwiches we had earlier, then?
Beatrix: Um, well they would be… the… I mean…
Beatrix: A-anyway! The next course will be super tasty! So, what would you guys like this time?
Having happily consumed the tasty, if sweet fish dish, Lyria laughs innocently.
Lyria: I'd like some kind of wild mountain vegetable. Like mushrooms, maybe?
Beatrix: Mushrooms? Ah, I've got it! The Sweetcap!
Zeta: The Sweetcap mushroom! You mean the one that's used in high-level cuisine?
Beatrix: Yep, that's the one! All right, I'll go pick one!
Lyria: Hee hee, I can't wait!
Zeta: You're gonna pick a Sweetcap… in this season?
Beatrix: If there's a will, there's a way! I'll find an extra-tasty one, too! Come on, let's go, (Captain)!
The party head to the mountains of Fehrtyl Island in search of the Sweetcap mushroom, harboring more than a little doubt…

Unbeatable Cooking: Scene 3

After returning with the sweetcap mushroom, Beatrix sets about preparing the dish. During that time, Zeta speaks to the party about why Beatrix is so obsessed with success. As everything was taken from her when she was young by enemies of the organization, she has brought herself up to be strong in order to regain her lost honor. The dish is finally finished, but as before, it tastes sweet. Becoming even more determined, Beatrix decides to make salad next.

Miraculously, Beatrix succeeds in obtaining a sweetcap mushroom.
Zeta: Y-you did well to find one… a sweetcap mushroom…
Beatrix: Yeah… but jeez… mushrooms sure are weird shaped things, aren't they?
Vyrn: Eh? Blue, don't tell me… this is your first time seeing a mushroom, as well?
Zeta: No way! Hey, are you gonna be able to cook this OK? You sure you don't want me to do it?
Beatrix: N-nah. I don't need your help, Zeta! I'll manage by myself…
Vyrn: Did you just say "probably"?
Beatrix: No I did not! Look, it's fine, no problem! I'll go make it, just be quiet and wait!
Zeta: (Sigh)… she just hates losing…
Vyrn: Ohh… you mean she's always showing off 'cos she hates to lose to you, Red?
Zeta: I don't think it's only me. She doesn't like losing to anyone.
Lyria: To anyone? What do you mean?
Zeta: …Well, no one likes to admit their weaknesses.
Zeta: That girl's obsessed with achievement.
Vyrn: Now you mention it, she's always concerned with hunting the primal beast, and how much success she'll have.
Vyrn: We've always wondered why that is…
(Captain) nods at Vyrn's words.
Zeta: …When we were young, everything was taken from us by enemies of the Society.
Lyria: Everything?
Zeta: That’s right. Everything. Social status, family… pretty much anything you can think of.
Lyria: That's just…
Zeta: She was originally from a noble family. Surviving through losing everything… Bea was teased for falling from nobility.
Zeta: But rather than resenting those who bullied her, Bea turned her anger on those who took everything from her, and swore revenge.
Zeta: It was after that that she came to hate losing, and started to show off.
Zeta: So that she could show those who spurned her and regain her honor, she grew up strong and covetous.
Vyrn: I see now… You're pretty knowledgable about this, aren't you, Red?
Zeta: Hee hee… I knew Bea before we joined the Society, so I know a lot about her.
Zeta: But still… that girl… by herself, she's trying to…
Just as (Captain) is about to ask about the meaning behind Zeta's words, the door opens, and a fragrant smell wafts through.
Beatrix: All done! Eat 'em while they're fresh!
Beatrix offers the party dishes of sliced and roasted sweetcap mushroom.
Zeta: Mmm… that's a nice smell! That's sweetcap mushroom, all right… I was worried, but seems like it turned out OK.
Lyria: Yaaaay! OK, let's try it!
Vyrn: Chomp, chomp…
Beatrix: How is it, hmm? Is it tasty? It's tasty, right?
Zeta: Bea… you really are a skilled cook. These are just great.
Zeta: With every bite I take, my mouth is filled with the deliciously mellow, sweet…
Zeta: ….Sweet! Is this a starter, too? I mean, is everything an appetizer? What is this? The hors d'oeuvre grand tour or something?
Beatrix: Wha? How could that…
A flustered Beatrix takes a piece of the sliced sweetcap mushroom, lifting it to her mouth.
Beatrix: I-It's sweet… why… how could this be?
Vyrn: Th-that's what we wanna know…
Lyria: B-but it was really delicious! I've never tasted anything like it! The flavor and the smell were really sweet, though…
Beatrix: Ugh… This is, you know… to ready your palates, so… so you'd enjoy the next dish I'm going to make!
Zeta: Ha ha… we know this was no appetizer. Anyway, do you still have the energy to make more?
Beatrix: O-of course I do! Hey, Lyria! What do you feel like next?
Lyria: Eh, uhh… o-oh, I know! How about some regular vegetables… like in a salad?
Vyrn: Y-yeah, that's right! I'm up for that… something plain, with no dressing!
Beatrix: Gotcha, gotcha… all right, I'll go pick some fresh vegetables!
And thus, the crew sets off in the airship in search of fresh vegetables.

Unbeatable Cooking: Scene 4

(Captain) and the party assure themselves that with only cut vegetables in the salad, nothing can go wrong. When they try the salad, they are relieved to find it does have an authentic salad flavor. Beatrix has also tried her hand at making soup, however, which has sure enough inherited her trademark sweet flavor. Not understanding the reason for this, Beatrix is down, but Zeta gently lectures her, and helps her out with cooking.

Having procured some fresh vegetables, Beatrix prepares the salad in the galley, before serving it to the crew.
Beatrix: All right, here's the salad! Hee hee. Eat it up quick!
Vyrn: Hey, Red… we're all clear, right? You took a peek just now, right?
Zeta: Y-yeah… I think we're safe. All Bea did was put the vegetables on the plates, so…
Beatrix: …What are you two whispering about?
Vyrn: Oh, nothing! Okey-dokey, let's eat up!
With a stoic expression, (Captain) cautiously tastes one of the vegetables.
Lyria: …Nnn!
Vyrn: Th-this is…
Lyria: V-vegetables! It tastes of fresh vegetables!
Zeta: It's true! It tastes like a salad. This is a proper salad! Bea, you've done it! Now this is a true starter!
Beatrix: H-heh heh. Of course it is. How else did you think I was going to make a salad?
Despite saying which, Beatrix looks considerably relieved.
Sharing in her relieved state of mind, (Captain) breaks into a smile also.
Vyrn: Phew! It's nice and chilled. That was delicious! Good goin', Blue!
Lyria: Yeah! I think the chill gave me a small tummy ache, though…
Beatrix: I thought you'd say that! I've made warm soup for afters. Heh heh, see how considerate I am!
Lyria: Wow! Thanks so much!
Vyrn: …this is normal soup… right?
Beatrix: Well of course! All I did was put the leftovers of the salad in!
Vyrn: O-oh, right… I guess there's nothing to fear, then.
Thinking the same, (Captain) gives Beatrix's soup a taste.
Vyrn: Mmm! What a nice, mild flavor. And this sweet aroma, it's…
Beatrix: Wh-what?
Vyrn: What's the big idea? I mean, you made the salad just fine!
Beatrix: Ugh… I… I wish I knew…
Zeta: Hahahaha! Enough already, please! I don't think I can take any more! Hahahaha!
Zeta: Haha… how on earth do you manage it? Why is everything you make so sweet?
Zeta: I guess this is another of your "appetizers," huh? So just when is the main course coming? Or perhaps it was that salad! Hahaha!
Lyria: Tee hee… it is a little funny… hee hee…
Beatrix: Urgh… d-don't laugh… why is this happening?
Zeta: Hee hee… you never change, do you? Always have to fight your battles by yourself!
Beatrix: Th-that's… why are you suddenly…
Zeta: I'm not being sudden. It's about time you stopped trying to do everything by yourself and let everyone help out.
Zeta: Battles are the same, as is everything else. You're taking on too much alone.
Zeta: Stop trying to be so strong. Why don't you work with everyone? You're not alone, after all.
Beatrix: …Y-yeah, guess you're right. I suppose I was being a little headstrong. Just a tiny bit.
Beatrix: It's the same with my cooking today, and in battles… I'm always thinking to take everything on by myself…
Beatrix: …I'm sorry.
Vyrn: There's nothing to apologize for! Let's just work together from now on, 'K?
Lyria: That's right! You're part of the crew! We should always help each other out!
(Captain) nods emphatically at Lyria and Vyrn's words.
Beatrix: …Th-thanks. Well, then… let's all work together, guys.
Lyria: Sure! And please cook for us again, OK?
Beatrix: But, my cooking… it all tastes sweet, remember?
Vyrn: W-well, I admit don't really get that part, but… it all tastes delicious! I've never had anything like it!
Beatrix: R-really?
Lyria: Yeah! It was all so tasty! I'd love to have some more sometime!
Beatrix: …H-heh heh… Right, of course you would! Then, I'll make one more?
As Beatrix starts to boast again, Zeta raps her on the head.
Beatrix: Yowch! What was that for?
Zeta: Don't get carried away. You're doing it again…
Zeta: Look, I'll teach you how to make regular food. Come here.
Beatrix: Th-thanks…
As Zeta and Beatrix head to the kitchen, the party follows behind, smiling supportively.
Altough she occasionally shows frustration, Beatrix earnestly studies the art of cooking under Zeta.
And from the day's incidents, she comes to learn a little humility.
However, Beatrix's cooking still retains its inexplicably sweet flavor to this day…