The Shy Knife Girl
Tanya stands among the crowd at an auction house, wearing a beautiful new dress. After reminding herself of how (Captain) bought the dress for her, she brings herself back to her senses and focuses on the mission at hand.
Tanya is a girl on a lonely mission. In her hands she carries knives that serve as a keepsake from her deceased father.
Despite her loneliness Tanya's troubling communication skills inadvertently keep other people away.
But when (Captain) and the crew met her, they saw past her troubles and asked her to join them.
Tanya: I'll pass... I'll just get in your way. You'll be better off... far away from me.
Lyria: Don't say that! I want to travel with you, Tanya! Won't you reconsider?
Tanya: Lyria... Are you sure?
Tanya: Thank you. I am at your service.
And so Tanya became a member of the crew, journeying alongside (Captain) as she continues her mission.
Then one day...
Fancy Girl: Huh? Didn't you know? My daddy owns this auction house!
Simple Girl: Wow, really? Did you know that, Tanya? This place sure is fancy!
Tanya: Uh, well, I...
Fancy Girl: You got that right! And don't forget about what happened the other day...
Tanya: (Ugh... Why are they talking to me like this?)
Standing there in a dress, Tanya is caught up in a long-winded conversation. As the girls talk circles around her, she thinks back to how she arrived in this situation in the first place.
The crew returns to the Knickknack Shack after successfully completing a mission for Siero.
As (Captain) discusses payment with Siero, Tanya takes a look around at all the knickknacks.
Tanya: Wow... Everything from weapons to bookshelves. Oh, and there are even some clothes here...
Tanya: This is amazing. I've never seen so many clothes...
Tanya gazes upon shelf after shelf of clothing. With her curiosity piqued, she walks around to take a closer look at it all.
Tanya: Umm, I guess these must be the dresses. They're all so... beautiful.
Tanya: But I'll never have a chance to wear one...
Feeling tears well up in her eyes, Tanya goes to hide between the dresses. But as she does, she discovers one particular dress.
Tanya: This one is nice. The color and decorations are sort of toned-down, but it's still cute...
Tanya: No, I can't. I would never even wear it. I'm sure another more beautiful girl would be better off with—
Tanya: Oh wait. This thing is cheap.
Tanya: I guess I could get it...
As Tanya stands there staring wide-eyed at the price tag, (Captain) knocks on one of the shelves before calling out to her.
Vyrn: Heh heh! I'm surprised you didn't hear us comin', Knife Lady!
Lyria: Yeah! So what are you looking at, Tanya?
Tanya: Um, well...
Tanya: I was just... looking at these dresses. They're all so beautiful.
Lyria: I hear that. Dresses sure are fun even just to look at!
Tanya: Y-yeah... They really are.
Vyrn: Huh? Hey, are you gonna buy that one you're holdin' there?
Tanya: Uh, no... This is just...
Lyria: It's so cute! And it matches with your hair!
Sierokarte: Whatcha lookin' at? Ah! That dress is super discounted!
Tanya: It... is? I mean, it's so beautiful. Why would...
Sierokarte: Well, you see, it's so tiny that almost no one can wear it. But it looks like it'd be perfect for you, Tanya!
Sierokarte: So how about trying it on? Go ahead—get in that dressing room!
Tanya: But... I don't think it'd look good on me...
Sierokarte: Hehehehe! You'll never know if you don't try it on! Go on, then!
Succumbing to Siero's pressure, Tanya goes to try on the dress.
Tanya: Umm... What do you think?
Lyria: Wow, you look beautiful! That dress really does look good on you!
Vyrn: Yeah! And it's a nice change of pace for ya!
Tanya: I guess you're right... Hehe. It makes me feel... happy.
Tanya: But I'm sorry to say I have nowhere to wear this dress.
Tanya sighs herself into a slump. Seeing her reaction, (Captain) leans over to Siero and whispers something.
Sierokarte: Oh ho! You'll take it, you say? Thank you very much!
Tanya: What? C-Captain!
- It looks too good on you to pass up!
- We owe you one anyway!
Lyria: That's right! It's like that dress was made for you!
Tanya: You really think so? You're too kind...Choose: We owe you one anyway!
Tanya: It's too good to be true. Or maybe not...
Vyrn: Heh heh! You got that right! Whenever we go to fight monsters, you're always right out in front!
Vyrn: It's the least we can do in return!
Tanya: You don't need to thank me! I'm just happy to help out...Continue 1
Vyrn: But, Knife Lady, it'd be a terrible waste if you didn't accept our gift!
Tanya: Sorry for being a burden on you, (Captain).
Sierokarte: Come now, Tanya! You have nothing to apologize for.
Tanya: Oh, really? Well... maybe you're right. Thank you, (Captain).
Tanya: I'll be sure to take very good care of this dress.
Feeling both humbled and grateful, Tanya looks at (Captain) and smiles.
After recalling the day she got the dress, Tanya realizes that she's still standing in the auction house.
Tanya: (I'm on the job here. I have to stay focused!)
Simple Girl: Hmm... What should I get to drink? Tanya, what are you getting?
Tanya: Umm... I'll have... whatever you're having.
Simple Girl: Ah ha ha! Hey, this looks good! Here's yours, Tanya.
Tanya: Thank you.
Fancy Girl: Ugh, this just isn't strong enough. Don't you want something with a little more kick?
Simple Girl: Hey, yeah!
Tanya: (Can't focus... Must... try harder...)
Tanya stands there between the girls, unsure of herself, while the rest of the hall anxiously awaits the beginning of the auction.
Considering the current situation, it's not clear if Tanya will be able to complete her mission.
But she looks at her dress and reminds herself of how it was a gift from (Captain). Tanya then decides to focus even harder on the mission at hand.
Let the Bidding Begin!
Sierokarte explains that a ruby pendant was stolen in transit, and she asks the crew to retrieve it before it's sold at auction. Tanya volunteers to sneak in to get it, but she ends up getting more than she bargained for.
Tanya stands in the midst of the packed auction house, wearing the dress (Captain) gave her.
The mission she's on is no ordinary one; it was organized and requested by multiple shop owners, including Siero.
Sierokarte: Well, you see... There's an item of particular interest being sold at this auction house. It's a ruby pendant... that was stolen.
Sierokarte: It was taken while an acquaintance of mine was delivering it. He was attacked by bandits on a hit-and-run.
Siero then asks the crew to retrieve the pendant before it gets sold off.
Vyrn: Hmm... But doesn't that mean we'd have to become bandits ourselves?
Sierokarte: No, of course not. If we as merchants ever sold stolen goods, it would harm our reputation.
With little time for an explanation, Siero tells the crew they would just have to take the pendant by force and find an escape route.
Tanya: It is a little shady, but considering the circumstances...
Sierokarte: Yes. I would never ask you to do something I thought was wrong.
Vyrn: But that place has guards, right? Can we really get that pendant back without fighting them?
Tanya: I can try to sneak in.
Tanya: If you try to get through that massive crowd by force, you're definitely going to encounter the guards.
Tanya: That's why I should go solo to get that pendant.
Tanya: (Captain), can you and the rest of the crew be on standby near the auction house?
Tanya: If the guards come after me, I'll sound the alarm. Then you can rush in and help.
Seeing Tanya's overwhelming desire to keep the rest of the crew out of trouble, (Captain) agrees to her plan.
Lyria: But you really have to be careful in there! If at any point you think you're in danger, just call us and we'll be there!
Tanya: Thank you, Lyria. I will.
With that, Tanya goes to enter the auction house alone.
Tanya: (Okay then... Time to figure out where they're keeping all the items for auction.)
Simple Girl: Wow! What an adorable dress! Say, where'd you get that?
Tanya: Oh... this? The, uh, Knickknack Shack.
Fancy Girl: What? The Knickknack Shack? It's not brand-name? That's all my daddy ever buys.
Simple Girl: I've never been to the Knickknack Shack before! I guess they sell vintage stuff too!
Tanya: Umm, well, they said it was just kinda... leftover.
Fancy Girl: Huh? Leftover? Doesn't that make it kinda rare?
Simple Girl: Ahaha! The waist on that dress is so tiny! How can anyone fit into that thing?
Tanya jumps as the girls try to wrap their hands around her waist.
Simple Girl: Wait—so I gotta ask. Are you here all by yourself or somethin'?
Simple Girl: You're so brave! I'd never have the guts to come to a place like this on my own!
Tanya: Ah, it's nothing. I'm used to being on my own.
Fancy Girl: What? Oh! You mean you like being by yourself? Like a loner or something?
Tanya: A loner?
Simple Girl: Yeah. Someone who does stuff by themselves. Like eat and stuff!
By the way, what's your name?
Tanya: Yeah, I guess I never did say it. I'm Tanya.
Simple Girl: All right then, Tanya! Haha. I like your name!
Tanya: You can call me Tanya. Or whatever else you like. Pleasure to meet you.
Despite having never met the girls before, Tanya finds herself engaging them in conversation.
Tanya: (What am I going to do? If I can't get that pendant back before the auction starts...)
Fancy Girl: Isn't this boring? I'm bored just standing here. Why don't we go check out what'll be up for auction?
Tanya: Huh? Can we do that?
Fancy Girl: Hehehe. Well, not normally. But just give the guards a wink and they'll let you through!
Simple Girl: Wow! Hey, that sounds like fun! We should give it a go!
Tanya: A-all right. Let's go, then...
Fancy Girl: You can't very well say no to something like this! Come on. This way!
Anxious but willing, Tanya follows the girls into the storage area.
Tanya: (There! That's it!)
Having spotted her objective, Tanya steps away unseen and sneaks over to the pendant.
Tanya: Whew. Finally got it. Now I just have to get it out of here...
Guard: Hey! You there! How did you get in here?
Tanya: I... I...
Guard: Huh? Hey, you came in with those other girls. Why are you over here alone?
Tanya: That's because... (I... I better come up with something!)
Guard: What's your deal? Spit it out already! Unless you're up to something...
Tanya: (Ack... Guess I've got no choice!)
Unable to come up with an excuse, Tanya decides to try and knock out the guard instead.
Let the Bidding Begin!: Scene 2
Just as Tanya is about to sneak out of the auction house, someone notices the pendant she took is missing. The guards soon come after Tanya, but (Captain) and the crew rush in to save her.
Tanya: Whew... Sorry about that.
Leaving only an apology behind, Tanya rushes to leave the area and join back up with (Captain) and company.
Fancy Girl: Huh? Oh, there you are! You disappeared so suddenly—we were starting to get worried!
Tanya: Oh! Well, I just...
Simple Girl: Did you go to the bathroom or somethin'? We could've gone with you, ya know!
Tanya: Uh, yeah... That's... where I went.
Fancy Girl: Sigh... Fine. Whatever! The auction's just about to begin, so let's end this little shindig and get back to our seats!
Simple Girl: Hehehe. We'd better hurry!
As the girls start to walk off in front of her, Tanya dips out from the side.
Tanya: (Thanks for thinking of me. But... I'm sorry...)
Receptionist: Someone, come quick! One of the pendants up for auction has been stolen!
Tanya: (Oh no! They found out already? Better get out of here, quick!)
Tanya: Huff... Huff... I have to catch up with the crew.
Guard: There she is! That girl in the dress!
Just as Tanya thinks she's gotten away, a wave of guards suddenly appears before her.
Tanya: Now I'm done for...
The guards go to grab Tanya, but (Captain) and the crew rush in, saving her in the nick of time.
Tanya: (Captain)! Everyone, you came!
Lyria: Are you okay, Tanya?
Tanya: Yeah! And I have the pendant...
Vyrn: All right! Nice work, Tanya! Now let's blow this popsicle stand!
(Captain) and company quickly give the guards the slip and hurry back to the Grandcypher.
Let the Bidding Begin!: Scene 3
The crew makes it back to the Knickknack Shack with the pendant, after which Tanya returns to her quarters. Though she is relieved to be home safe, she also feels a tinge of regret for leaving behind the two very nice girls she had met at the auction house.
After getting away from the guards, (Captain) and company arrive back at the Knickknack Shack.
Sierokarte: Thank you so much! Yes, this is the pendant from before!
Tanya: Whew. That's a relief. I'd hate to have grabbed the wrong one...
Sierokarte: In any case I can't believe they were about to auction off stolen merchandise!
Before she steams up any further, Siero hands over the reward for the mission, and the crew head back to their quarters.
Lyria: Uh, Tanya. You didn't get hurt, did you?
Tanya: No. I'm fine.
Vyrn: Man, we really owe you for this one! You must be exhausted after all that. You should probably head to bed early.
Tanya: Yeah. Thanks, Vyrn.
Hearing how much the crew cares about her, Tanya can't help but smile.
Tanya: (I'm glad we all made it back in one piece.)
Tanya: (But still...)
Tanya: (I left without saying goodbye to those girls.)
Tanya: (Even after all the nice things they did for me.)
Tanya: (I hope I... have a chance to talk to them again someday.)
Tanya stands there for a moment, relieved to be home safe but also feeling a tinge of regret.
Her poor speaking yet excellent listening skills led her to an anxious and exciting experience with a pair of spirited young girls—girls she won't soon forget.