Scenario:Sevilbarra - A Lead at Last
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A Lead at Last
Watching Vyrn and Lyria contest each other in a game of Go brings back many heartfelt memories for Sevilbarra. Some time later the crew heads out to Lumiel, where there is word of the man who slew Sevilbarra's little sister.
On one pleasant afternoon...
(Captain) and company are resting up at an inn after completing a mission, each whiling away the time until dinner is served.
Vyrn and Lyria are facing off in Go—a board game that Sevilbarra taught them how to play.
Sevilbarra and (Captain) quietly watch as the two players waver between hope and despair with every move made.
Sevilbarra: (Vyrn got her good... But she's still got options.)
Vyrn: Hehehe... How 'bout it, Lyria? Ready to call it quits yet?
Being pushed further into a corner with every action Vyrn takes, Lyria stares at the Go board with intense concentration.
However, seeing that nothing short of miraculous intervention could possibly save her from the bottomless quagmire, Lyria is now ready to throw in the towel.
Lyria: Sigh... looks like this is it for me. I give up.
Vyrn: Booyah! You know, I think I might be able to go places with this Go thing if I keep at it!
Sevilbarra: Perhaps so, Vyrn. You play with the finesse of a true master.
Sevilbarra: You did well too, Lyria. There is no need to feel discouraged. Practice makes perfect as they say.
Sevilbarra demonstrates a possible countermove Lyria could have made for a dramatic comeback.
Lyria: Aah, why didn't I think of that!
Lyria: Vyrn, play me again!
Vyrn: Whoa, now... The next one would be our tenth match...
Lyria: I don't want to stay a loser! That'd be no fun!
Lyria: Please, Vyrn!
Sevilbarra: Haha, Lyria hates losing a lot more than I thought.
Seeing Lyria plead to Vyrn for a rematch, Sevilbarra recalls a nostalgic memory.
Sevilbarra: (Keralbarra... You never liked losing either, Little Sis...)
On one bright, sunny day, Sevilbarra and Keralbarra are playing Go on a dojo bench.
No matter how many times they go at it, Keralbarra loses every time and is pouting over the fact.
Keralbarra: Aww... Not again!
Sevilbarra: You've got a lot to learn before you can even stand a chance against me.
Not one to take provocation lightly, Keralbarra quips while clearing the board.
Keralbarra: One more game, Brother!
Sevilbarra: Really now, how many more times are we gonna go through this? I'm ready to take a break...
Keralbarra: Please, just once more!
Keralbarra: If you can beat me again, I'll make you anything you want for lunch tomorrow!
Sevilbarra: Fine, fine. But this'll be the last one for the day!
Keralbarra: Yay! Love you, Brother!
A curious (Captain) questions the meaning of Sevilbarra's grin.
Sevilbarra: Ah, it's nothing... Watching Lyria and Vyrn got me thinking about my little sister.
Sevilbarra: Haha, I think I'll pass. After all, this could turn into an infinite loop where Lyria won't stop till she's won.
Vyrn: Gah, tell me that ain't true!
Lyria: Mm-hm, he's right! We're doing this until I win!
Vyrn: Bwuh, I hate my life...
Sevilbarra: Haha... Watching you two reminds me of my little sister.
A gentle expression plays on Sevilbarra's countenance.
Vyrn: Say, Straw Hat Guy, what kind of a person was your lil' sis anyway?
Sevilbarra: Hm... I'd say she was really strong-minded... and hated losing more than anything else.
Sevilbarra: Be it Go, sword fighting, or whatever activity you threw at her, she wouldn't give until she came out on top. It was always exhausting to be on the receiving end of her competitive nature.
Vyrn: Oh, yeah, yeah. I know that feeling.
Sevilbarra: She was a fast learner though.
Sevilbarra: She was still really young when our mom passed away. Ever since then, she took it upon herself to see that everything in the house was in order.
Sevilbarra: Keralbarra handled the everyday chores, from cooking to laundry, to knitting, to tidying up the dojo...
Sevilbarra: I'd even say it's thanks to her that the dojo lasted as long as it did.
Sevilbarra: If you asked my sis, she'd say she was just doing her best to take care of me. You don't know how much I looked up to her...
Vyrn: Heh, I wouldn't have taken you for the type to let someone else wear the pants in the house, Straw Hat Guy.
Sevilbarra: Hahah, a doting little sister's always going to win out in the end.
The nostalgic Sevilbarra calls to mind her precious, carefree smile.
Vyrn: Hm? What's wrong?
Sevilbarra: Nah, don't worry about it.
Sevilbarra's expression grows stern as he turns his back to the crew, leaving no trace of the softness he showed earlier.
Seeing their Harvin friend overcome with grief, (Captain) and company choose to let the silence sink in.
Sevilbarra notices their thoughtfulness and returns the favor with a smile.
Sevilbarra: Sorry about that. Didn't mean to worry you.
Lyria: Erm... We're the ones who should be sorry for asking you all these questions without even considering your feelings...
Sevilbarra: Nothing to be sorry about. I just tend to get sentimental easily.
Sevilbarra lightens the mood with a softening of his expression.
Although Lyria ends up relinquishing her request for a rematch with Vyrn, she takes the opportunity to talk Go strategy with Sevilbarra.
Some time later...
Sevilbarra: The Lumiel Order of Holy Knights, eh...
The crew sets out to meet Sevastien of the holy knights.
Sevilbarra: Ah, (Captain). Sorry, I was lost in thought.
Sevilbarra: I really appreciate you going out of your way to consult the Lumiel...
Sevilbarra: All so that I can have my justice...
Sevilbarra: Your kindness truly knows no bounds, (Captain)!
Sevilbarra: No worries, I'm definitely not forcing this smile. I just feel... strangely relaxed somehow.
Sevilbarra: You can rest assured that I won't go all murdery after hearing what Sevastien has to say.
Sevilbarra: (The calm before a storm maybe...)
Sevilbarra: It's getting chilly. Looks like it might snow.
Standing beside each other on deck, Sevilbarra and (Captain) look to the vast blue horizon before them.
The Harvin samurai gets a vague sensation that his tale may very well come to an end somewhere beyond the snowy clouds billowing in sight.