Scenario:Gayne - Back in Step

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Back in Step

Gayne and the crew arrive at the river. They meet with the man from the village nearby, but soon find that he is embarrassed about the eel dance he has to perform. When he finally shows the dance to the crew, the lord of the river suddenly appears.

Gayne and the crew come down from the mountain and make their way toward the river.
They go to the riverside village, where a young man awaits his lesson with Gayne.
Riverside Villager: Oh boy, oh boy... What am I gonna do?
Gayne: Dear me, what seems to be the problem? You look so worried...
Riverside Villager: Crud, I just can't do it! That fish dance is way too embarrassing.
Vyrn: Huh? What are you talkin' about?
Riverside Villager: Ya see, we're fishermen so the only dance we know is the fish dance. Precisely, the eel dance.
Lyria: Eels? You mean those slimy snake things?
Riverside Villager: More like filthy snake things! And that eel dance, it goes like this. Squiggle squiggle, slide slide slide!
Riverside Villager: Hey, now look what you made me do! I told you it was embarrassing!
Vyrn: But you did that all on your own!
Lyria: Hehe, yeah, but it sure looked fun!
Gayne: Oh, I see. If you do that dance, you'll be able to catch a bunch of eels, right?
Riverside Villager: Well, actually... It doesn't attract eels.
Vyrn: Wait, what? Whaddya mean, it doesn't attract eels?
Lyria: Umm... Then, what does it attract?
Riverside Villager: The thing is, if you don't do it just right, it won't come at all.
Riverside Villager: It only appears if you can do the dance well enough for your prayer to get through.
Vyrn: Oy oy... I have a bad feeling about this. Are you talking about the—
Riverside Villager: Yes! The lord of the river!

Back in Step: Scene 2

When the young man shows embarrassment about his village's eel dance, Gayne teaches him how to stop worrying and instead take pride. After overcoming his embarrassment, the man dances magnificently, catching the eye of something dangerous nearby.

Riverside Villager: Humph. What the heck was all that?
Riverside Villager: I mean, I know my dancing is crud, so I wasn't exactly expecting the lord of the river to come out.
Riverside Villager: Only pros with years of experience can even do that dance right.
Though it was unclear who or what the fish had responded to, the crew had warded it off valiantly.
With the danger eliminated, Gayne goes back to teaching the young man how to dance.
Riverside Villager: Like I've been sayin', that dance is just too embarrassing. I don't wanna do it!
The man goes on whining like a little boy. Seeing his reaction, Gayne tries addressing him in a more gentle tone.
Gayne: Now dearie, don't you worry about being embarrassed.
Riverside Villager: What? Yeah, right. You just don't get how embarrassing it is, do ya?
Gayne: Come now, it's not so bad. Here, watch me do it.
With that, Gayne strikes a beautiful pose, showing off her majestic form.
Gayne: To be honest, I don't usually like posing like this.
Gayne: But when I'm dancing, I don't worry about things like that.
Gayne: So, if you're bothered by such things when you're dancing, it could be that you're not focusing hard enough.
Riverside Villager: ...
Gayne: Hey! Are you listening?
Riverside Villager: ...
Gayne: Stop staring at me like that! It's creepy!
Vyrn: Hehe... I think he is focusing hard enough.
Riverside Villager: Oh, sorry. Eh heh heh... Now I see what you mean about focusing.
Riverside Villager: You know, you're right. That dance is the pride of our village. I shouldn't worry about being embarrassed by it.
Riverside Villager: Alright then! Time for you to watch me. I'm gonna give it a shot!
Riverside Villager: Ah ha ha ha! How's this? Squiggle squiggle, slide slide slide!
Vyrn: Wow, now you're slithering like a champ! That's way better than last time.
Lyria: Hehe, that looks like fun! You really look like an eel, too!
Riverside Villager: Yeah, and I wasn't embarrassed or nothin'! It's actually kinda nice, like I'm in touch with my true feelings.
Gayne: In touch... with your true feelings?
The man's earnest words suddenly resound throughout Gayne's heart, taking her by surprise.
However, those same words are soon drowned out by screams.
Riverside Villager: Ahh! Oh crud, it's back! Why does this keep happening?
Monster: Groarr!
Vyrn: I've got it! It's not the prayer that brings out the monster!
Vyrn: With those dance moves, it thinks you're actually a giant tasty eel!

Back in Step: Scene 3

The day of the dance-off arrives, but the two men from the villages are outdone by a young man named Helnar, who appears suddenly. Long ago, Gayne threw Helnar out for his unfaithfulness, but after reflecting on his mistakes, Helnar asks for her forgiveness. Moved by his words and actions, Gayne forgives Helnar, and the two perform a beautiful sword dance that enchants all who behold it.

The day of the dance-off finally arrives.
Using what they learned from Gayne, the two men from the villages compete fairly, each putting their best foot forward.
But as it turns out, neither of them ends up winning. Another man bursts onto the scene and takes the competition by storm.
Helnar: Haha! How do you like these moves? And check out this bod!
Helnar: I suppose this proves I'm the right man to be your partner, Gayne.
The man dances beautifully, as if the whole sky were his stage. Seeing his graceful moves, Gayne is left speechless.
Gayne: Helnar... What are you doing?
Any version of Helnar is a crew member

Vyrn: Haha, you're late, buddy!
Lyria: Hehe, yeah. Vyrn is right! We've been waiting for you for a while now.
Gayne: What? What do you mean? Have you all been in on this the whole time?
Helnar: Hold on, now. They didn't do anything wrong. I'm responsible for all of this.
Gayne: I... I don't understand. I already told you we were through. But, I suppose I will listen to what you have to say.
Helnar: ...
Lyria: Hey Helnar, come on!
Though seldom nervous, Helnar finds himself tensing up. He takes a deep breath, then walks up to Gayne, looking deep into her eyes.
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No version of Helnar in crew

Vyrn: What the—! Helnar? Is that what she said?
Lyria: Yeah, it sounded like it! That must mean he used to be her partner way back when, right?
Though seldom nervous, Helnar finds himself tensing up. He takes a deep breath, then walks up to Gayne, looking deep into her eyes.
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Helnar: I'm sorry, Gayne. There's something I've always wanted to tell you, but I've just never had the courage.
Helnar: I treated you so wrong. And now, I would give anything for another chance to be your partner.
Gayne's expression eases for a moment. But then, a grim look begins to spread across her face.
Helnar sees the look in her eyes, and without a moment's hesitation, he begins to speak again.
Helnar: It's okay. You don't have to say anything. I already know your answer.
Gayne: Well, that's good to hear. It saves me the trouble of rejecting you.
Hearing her words, Helnar turns away. He then says something rather unexpected.
Helnar: The mountain man's potato dance... The riversider's fish dance... And a sweet little egg to top it all off.
Gayne: What? Potato? Fish? Egg? I'm not sure what you mean.
In that moment, Gayne suddenly recalls something very important.
Gayne: Oh... It's from that salad.
Helnar: Hehe. So, you do remember! I used to make that salad for you all the time. It always had your favorite things: potatoes, fish, and eggs.
Gayne: Wait a second. Why am I the egg? What's that suppose to mea—
It all comes as a surprise to Gayne.
To quell the confusion in her mind, Helnar gives Gayne a delicate kiss upon her forehead.
Gayne: H-hey! What do you think you're doing?
Helnar takes a long, loving look at Gayne, who becomes more and more flustered. He then whispers sweetly into her ear.
Helnar: Gayne, you have always been my sweet little egg.
Gayne: What are you saying! You can't just come up here and start saying things like that! Who do you think you are?
Helnar: Hehe. Just like your perfect forehead, your dancing is always perfect, without even the tiniest flaw.
Helnar: However, I am not that perfect. When I'm reminded of that, I begin to worry. I always thought I was never good enough for you.
As the words disappear into the air, Gayne finally begins to understand how Helnar feels.
Gayne: And since you thought you were never good enough, that's why you kept running away? Is that it?
Helnar: ...
Gayne: Ugh. What am I gonna do with you? Alright, this is the first and last time, but I can forgive you...
Helnar: Umm... So... You, uh...
Gayne: I have my flaws, too, you know.
Gayne: I have always been deeply enchanted by the beauty of your dance. You have always looked so free...
Gayne: Helnar, now that I finally understand, I should apologize to you, too.
Looking into each other's eyes, the two grow nearer, and in an instant, they begin to move together in beautiful harmony.
As if fulfilling a long awaited destiny, their two majestic sword dances flow together to become one.
Gayne: Helnar...
Helnar: Gayne...
The audience can only stare in awe at the beauty of their dance. It is as if their moves are veiled in magic.
Seeing their sword dance, the chiefs of the two warring villages smile and come to an agreement.
Mountain Chief: River chief. Beginning this year, let us set aside the competition.
River Chief: Yes, yes. I agree, mountain chief. Let us share the land between us.
The ultimate sword dance stirs not only the hearts of Gayne and Helnar, but all who behold its mysterious power.
And so it was that Gayne found her true partner. May they dance the rest of their days as one.