Scenario:Cailana - This Is Madness
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This Is Madness
The Venera Pipeline Challenge in Auguste begins. Cailana soars through the preliminary round with a flawless show of talent. While the crew watches her supportively, another eyes her with malice.
Host: This is it, folks! The moment you've all been waiting for! This is the Venera Pipeline Challenge!
Host: One mistake could cost a contestant their lives. If they don't time every action perfectly, it's lights out!
Host: Who will tame the wild horses of the sea today?
Commentator: This competition will be using the two-wave system which has been approved by the skydom's surfing federation.
Commentator: Moves which use magic will also be allowed.
Commentator: So we will definitely be witness to new ways of riding the wave.
Vyrn: Hey! Surfer Girl is up pretty soon, right?
Joel: Correct. She should be the first contestant up for the preliminaries...
Chloe: Look! That's totes her! Over there in the water!
The crew looks in the direction Chloe points and sees someone getting into the water with their board.
Tanya: I think that's her...
Cailana: Here goes...
Host: Feast your eyes on Cailana, a native of Auguste.
Commentator: Cailana has previously won three surfing competitions and looks to be the one to beat.
Host: And the fact that she's going first puts a lot of pressure on her shoulders. If she makes any mistakes, the top spot may just go to someone else.
Commentator: That's right. It's been a while since she's taken part in a tournament of this scale, so let's hope she's improved her technique.
Host: And she's off!
Host: As the wave breaks, she heads into a bottom turn.
Commentator: It looks likes the other contenders have taken notice of her.
Host: Hm. That was very clean ride. She'll definitely get points for stability.
Vyrn: Phew... Was that it for the prelims? Did she win?
Joel: That's right. She scored more than her opponents.
Joel: She's definitely qualified to go on to the next round.
Chloe: Yay! Go, Caily!
Tanya: Just like that!
Vyrn: Haha. The host did say that she's the one to beat. At this rate, she can't lose!
Joel: As long as she keeps this up, at least. But one mistake and it's over. Don't get ahead of yourself, Vyrn.
???: Well... Look at that...
???: She thinks she's already won... We'll see about that...
This Is Madness: Scene 2
Cailana makes it into the semi-finals without a hitch. However, an opponent uses magic to send her board into the water—and her with it. Despite almost losing her life, Cailana forgives her opponent and becomes even more determined to win in the finals.
Cailana continues her winning streak right into the semifinals.
She decides to scope out the competition while she waits for her next heat.
Fisherman: If Cailana wins the next one, she'll be sent to the finals.
Vyrn: What? Oh, hey! It's the fisherman who likes to tell corny jokes! I remember you.
Cailana's Friend: Hi. We came to cheer Cailana on!
Cailana's friend and her father, both fishers by occupation, join in the cheering fun.
Both have known Cailana from a young age.
Chloe: Why, hey there! Come sit down so we can root for our girl, Caily!
Cailana's Friend: Hehe. Nice to meet you!
Tanya: Hm? Everyone, the next match is starting.
Host: Things are really starting to heat up! Mahina seems poised to take a spot in the finals!
Commentator: You know, I really think Mahina's raw talent just puts her above so many other contenders.
Commentator: She makes use of everything she has at her disposal. Take her magic for example. That's not something all the others can do.
Commentator: Although that wasn't the biggest wave, she will be getting points for aesthetics.
Host: She's done it. Mahina is moving on to the finals.
Vyrn: Wow. She just breezed through that.
Joel: Mahina made it look easy. I promise you, it wasn't.
Tanya: I only just recently tried surfing for myself... and it's much more difficult than it seems.
Host: One spot for the finals has been filled. Whoever wins in the next match will be up against Mahina.
Commentator: On the one hand, we have Rino who racks up tons of points using magic.
Commentator: On the other hand, we have Cailana whose technical skills are unparalleled. This is going to be a close one.
Host: Time to start!
Cailana and Rino fly into the water upon hearing the starting signal.
Cailana takes the lead and rides the first wave.
Host: Cailana is off!
Host: But wait! Was her timing wrong? It looks like she's trying to regain balance.
Host: That was a grave mistake! The waves are now in control of her! She's gonna have to fight hard to regain her position.
Host: While it looks like Rino is riding the wave flawlessly!
Rino: Hehe... Let me show you beauty!
Host: There it is! Her magical edge! She's painting the air with water flowers!
Commentator: She really knows how to capture everyone's hearts. She'll be getting a lot of points for that.
Rino: Hehe... And here's a gift for you, Cailana...
Host: Hm? Is Rino using a new magic technique? Wait, maybe I jumped the gun.
Host: Oh, that is unfortunate! She wiped out at the last second after losing balance! There aren't any points awarded for that.
Host: All right. Now Cailana is up for her second try.
Cailana: Just breathe...
Cailana sets her eyes on a strong wave. She begins paddling with all the strength in her body.
Cailana: This is it!
Host: She's off! That's what I call a great wave!
Commentator: She's really in the pipeline. This is surfing at its finest.
Host: The pipeline is closing in on her, but if she keeps her speed up, she should be able to get out alive.
Cailana: Phew! I made it!
Without missing a beat, Cailana leaves the pipeline unscathed.
But something else is waiting for her.
Cailana: What the...
Cailana's board flips, and she's taken by the waves.
The collision causes her to disappear beneath the water's surface.
The audience is stunned into silence as they look on with fear and uncertainty.
Joel: Did... she just...
Cailana's Friend: No! Cailana!
Host: Wipeout! Cailana is down under, and now all we can ask ourselves is: "Will she emerge?" The rescue team needs to move quickly.
Chloe: What the actual duck! This is totes bad! Is Caily okay?
Once the waves settle, she should float to the top...
Once the waves settle, she should float to the top...
Vyrn: When's that gonna happen? Just look at the water... And over there the bubbles are popping up like crazy.
Joel: Could that be...
Host: There's still no sign of Cailana.
Host: With wave after vicious wave, it seems she's having trouble getting to the surface.
The crowd and the crew hold their breath.
This is not looking good. I'm going to help her.
This is not looking good. I'm going to help her.
Cailana's Friend: Me too, Joel!
Fisherman: Wait. If you enter the water now, she'll be disqualified.
Fisherman: They've already sent in a team to see if she needs help. Just wait a little longer. Trust Cailana.
Fisherman: This means so much to her. She's worked so hard for all of this.
Joel: I understand that... But her life is not worth a title.
Joel: I'm worried that the rescue team hasn't found her yet...
Cailana's Friend: He's right, Dad! No matter how good Cailana is at swimming, this is too dange—
Vyrn: Hey! Look! Over there!
Finally Cailana's orange hair emerges from the crashing waves.
Host: There she is, everyone! The rescue team is on their way to her now.
With all of her strength stolen by the sea, Cailana is unable to get on her board by herself. The rescue team grabs her and takes her to shore.
Cailana collapses on the beach, breathing violently.
Chloe: Aah! Caily!
Cailana's Friend: Cailana, are you okay?
Cailana: Huff, huff, huff...
Host: Although the timing is rather terrible, Cailana's score is in.
Host: She has beaten Rino and is now qualified for the finals.
Host: But one must wonder if she is in any state to compete after what she just experienced. Let's wait and see.
Cailana is put on a stretcher and taken to a tent to be seen by medical professionals.
Doctor: Can you tell me your name?
Cailana: Wheeze... Cai... lana...
Doctor: How many fingers am I holding up?
Cailana: Pant... I... I'm... okay!
Cailana: I... didn't... inhale... any water... Wheeze... I can keep... going...
Doctor: You seem to be completely conscious. I think you should be fine. As a safety precaution, we're going to keep you here until the next match.
After the doctor finishes looking at Cailana, she rests on a makeshift bed inside the tent.
Cailana calms herself and reflects on what went wrong during her ride.
Rino: Are... you okay?
Cailana: Yeah. There weren't any rocks or anything where I fell.
Cailana: I did think I was going to die for lack of air though.
Rino: I'm sorry!
Cailana: That was current magic... I knew it was you.
Rino: I'm so sorry. I didn't think that would happen to you...
Cailana: All right.
Rino: Huh? A-all right?
Cailana: You regret what you did, right? That's how it looks to me.
Cailana: Then that's enough for me.
Cailana: I accept your apology.
Cailana: But I'm sorry to say, I don't have any more time for this conversation.
Cailana: I have to focus on the finals. That's why I'm here after all.
Cailana: As a surfer you should understand exactly what I mean.
Rino: I... I'm really sorry.
Rino whispers her apology one last time and then leaves the tent.
Vyrn: Hey, Surfer Girl! You okay?
Cailana: Hm? Vyrn. Everybody...
Chloe: Sob... Caily! I'm so glad you're safe!
Tanya: How was it? How do you feel now?
Cailana: Sorry, everyone. I didn't mean to frighten you. It's been so long since a wave hit me like that.
Cailana: But I feel truly alive to see all of your friendly faces.
Vyrn: Only you could say something like that after what just happened.
Cailana's Friend: Cailana... Something was wrong with your second ride, wasn't there?
Cailana's Friend: Do... you know what happened? There's no way your board could have just turned on you like that.
Cailana: I was careless. I need to get my head in the game. Sorry for causing such a fuss.
Cailana: The next match won't be like that, I promise!
Joel: Is that a joke? Or are you serious?
Cailana: Dead serious!
Cailana: I'm going to show you all what I can do when I've got a clear head! You just watch me win this!
Chloe: We've got your back! Go get 'em, tiger!
Cailana: (This championship is mine!)
Cailana's will to win burns brighter than ever.
To show everyone that she's the best surfer in the skies, she'll put everything on the line.
This Is Madness: Scene 3
In the final round, while the opponent chooses her wave without hesitation, Cailana appears stunned. Little does her fellow competitor know that Cailana is actually waiting to ride the biggest wave anyone has ever seen. After the competition, she resolves to conquer a wave created by Leviathan before becoming a professional surfer.
Host: The waves are getting stronger! Venera's ferocious waters are reaching their peak intensity!
Host: The stage is set for the ultimate surfer showdown!
Host: I didn't think Cailana would make it after that wipeout, but here she is in the finals.
Host: Will the fear of almost dying moments earlier hold her back?
Commentator: She's up against the behemoth, Mahina. A surfer who conquers any wave that comes her way.
Commentator: Her talent is the ability to maintain stability throughout. She gives the impression that she's someone you can really rely on.
Host: Cailana and Mahina enter the water in sync!
Cailana: Huff... Huff!
Host: This is the battle for the waves. And emerging in the lead is Mahina.
Host: What powerful paddling! The waves are coming in strong and fast, but she's riding them hard!
Host: Mahina is off!
Mahina: Here goes...
Host: She is up at full speed. Full speed, people! Full speed!
Host: That position isn't bad either! I expect big points coming her way.
Host: That was a flawless ending for Mahina. Now she's going back to the designated area to wait for another wave.
Host: Next up is Cailana. She's getting ready for the next wave.
Host: This wave is coming quick! Can she catch it?
Cailana: (Not you...)
Commentator: She let it go. If the timing is wrong, it could spell another wipeout for her.
Host: Maybe that's what's stopping her. Maybe she's lost her nerve.
Mahina: So are you going to just sit there all day? Good waves like that don't come around often.
Cailana: If I have to. I'm waiting for a great wave.
Host: Cailana isn't moving. Could this be it for her?
Host: Or has she given up after seeing Mahina's brilliant display?
Host: Wait a sec, folks. We've just received new information.
Host: It appears that Rino is guilty of using magic to affect Cailana's performance in the semifinals!
Vyrn: What the!
Chloe: They for realzy?
Host: Apparently the magic techniques she used to wow us were also forms of current magic set to tamper with Cailana's board.
Host: Rino has come forward, and because tampering is against the rules, she is automatically disqualified.
Host: And not only from this competition, but from all competitions moving forward.
Mahina: Hurry up and show me what you're made of.
Mahina: How am I supposed to prove I'm the best if you won't ride a wave.
Mahina: This is going to be the competition where I show everyone how much better I am than you!
Host: Mahina takes off for her second ride. Those are strong paddling skills!
Host: Hold on! She rushed that one and has lost her balance.
Cailana: (One, two, three... In fifteen seconds...)
Host: Now Cailana is on the move!
Host: Those are moves without distraction! That wave is...
Host: Gigantic! What is this monstrosity!
Host: Is that a triple overhead? No, it's taller than that! That has to be the biggest wave I've ever seen! Such speed! It's just too fast!
Host: Can Cailana command this wave? If she doesn't, this could be the end of the line for her!
Behind Cailana is a gargantuan wave—the biggest the day has seen.
Cailana listens to every fiber in her body and takes off.
The force of the water underneath Cailana's feet is gaining dangerous traction.
Cailana: (This is it! This is it!)
Cailana claims the wave for herself and heads deep into its pipeline threatening her very existence.
Cailana: I... can't lose!
Cailana nears the shoulder of the wave and chooses the correct direction to continue in.
Cailana moves into the perfect pipeline at top speed.
Host: What in Phantagrande! This is amazing! I'm witnessing a miracle before my very eyes!
Host: We all have just seen the impossible made possible!
Host: That vicious wave is coming for Cailana, and it's not taking names!
Host: Just look at her! She's moving hand-in-hand with it.
Host: This is unbelievable! She knows no fear! This is madness, I tell you!
Host: She is truly a daughter of the ocean!
Mahina: Tch... Well, she won...
Cailana: I did it!
Host: Madness, I tell you! Maaaadness!
Thus the vacation in Auguste comes to an end, and the Grandcypher is off to new lands somewhere in the vast blue sky.
Cailana: Whew... That was fun!
As Cailana stares at Venera Beach in the distance, she is firmly aware that she will always remember this sweet summer.
Vyrn: Surfer Girl! Whatcha doing?
Cailana: Hey, Vyrn! Just thinking about how awesome this summer was!
Vyrn: Haha. Well, you did win the surfing competition after all.
Vyrn: But was it really okay to do that?
Cailana: Do what?
Vyrn: To say no to all those pro surfing teams who were trying to recruit you after your big victory.
Cailana: Oh, that?
Vyrn: I mean, I thought your dream was to be a pro surfer?
Cailana: It is! That's exactly what I'm aiming for!
Cailana: But if I do become a pro, then I can't be with all of you. I couldn't live with that.
Cailana: Don't you know? The only reason I took the championship was because of the crew!
Cailana: The first time I was truly afraid of the water, Ghanda was the one who saved me...
Cailana: And the time I spent with Tanya and Chloe surfing away made for some great memories...
Cailana: I owe all that to (Captain) and this crew.
Cailana: What I mean is, I want to travel the skies with you and (Captain)!
Cailana: And I've made up my mind about something.
Vyrn: What's that?
Cailana: Before I become a pro, I'm going to ride one of Leviathan's waves without eating it!
Cailana: Until then I'm not ready to become a pro!
Vyrn: I see! So you've still got your heart set on that, huh!
Cailana: No one has ever successfully ridden a wave that Leviathan created!
Cailana: That's why I want to add that to my list of accomplishments!
Cailana: Ahah! You just wait, Leviathan!
While Cailana is in high spirits, Vyrn takes this opening to ask a question.
Vyrn: So... I've got something I wanna ask ya.
Vyrn: When you had your accident, you knew who was behind it, didn't you? Why didn't you say anything?
Vyrn: Sigh... It coulda been way worse, ya know?
Cailana: Oh... that...
Cailana: I mean... all's well that ends well.
Vyrn: You're taking this pretty lightly. We wanted to see some justice for you...
Cailana: Thank you, Vyrn. I'm sorry for what I put you through.
Cailana: I don't mean to stand up for Rino or anything. It's just that, there was an upside to what happened.
Vyrn: Whaddya mean?
Cailana: I mean... I learned how to escape water as crazy as that, so that's something!
Cailana: And now I've got the confidence to tackle any wave that comes my way!
Cailana: Ahaha! I turned that misfortunate event into a learning opportunity.
Vyrn: Seriously! Things coulda been way worse, and you're over here being all positive about it...
Cailana: And maybe I can use current magic to perform some new moves!
Cailana: Oh wait, I don't know how to use magic... I'll have to start there first.
Vyrn: Whatever you say... You're too much for me...
Cailana: Hey! Don't say that! I need you by my side, Vyrn! And (Captain) too!
Vyrn: Geez... You're out there, Surfer Girl.
Cailana: Ahaha! (Captain), looks like we're stuck together!
Cailana's optimism turns more than a few heads in the crew—with some nodding in approval and others gazing in confusion.
This adventure has brought Cailana that much closer to being the number one surfer in all the skies.
The day when she masters one of Leviathan's almighty waves is sure to come soon.