Passionate Yet Purehearted
(Captain) saves a dancer named Anthuria from a group of thugs. She soon falls head over heels for (Captain) and asks to join the crew.
(Captain) and the crew return to town after finishing a recent assignment.
It's already getting late, however, sending our heroes in search of lodging for the evening.
Vyrn: What's with the crowd over there? Almost looks like a party from where I'm flying...
Lyria: You're right. And they're playing music too!
Lyria: Want to take a look, (Captain)?
At the center of the crowd is a dancing Erune girl with blistering, vivid red hair and a crimson dress.
Lyria: Wow, she's super pretty! It almost looks like she's a dancing, living flame...
Vyrn: Couldn't have said it better myself. No wonder she's got a crowd going!
Lyria: That was amazing. I totally lost track of time!
Vyrn: Right? I couldn't take my eyes off her.
Loud Voice: D-don't you dare!
Vyrn: Hey, did you hear that? Sounded like it came from really close by.
Vyrn: Let's go take a look!
The crew rushes ahead to find the Erune girl from earlier surrounded by a group of men.
???: Ow! Let go of my hand! You do not get to treat me like that!
Lyria: S-she's the dancer from earlier...
Vyrn: Yep! And she needs our help!
Ruffian: Whaddaya want? Get outta here!
Vyrn: You okay, Fire Girl?
???: Yeah... Thank you so much.
Ruffian: You idiots! Don't let Anthuria get away!
Vyrn: There are still that many of 'em?
Lyria: Uh-oh... They look like they're getting ready to attack again!
Vyrn: Let's get out of here, guys!
(Captain) nods, firmly gripping the Erune girl by the hand as they flee the area.
Vyrn: Huff... Huff... If we made it this far, we must've lost 'em... Right?
Lyria: Huff... Seems like it. Are you okay?
Anthuria: Wheeze... Y-yeah, I'm fine. But more importantly...
Anthuria: Hee hee... I've never had someone grip my hand with such strength and conviction before.
Anthuria: And you have such a look of determination on your face too...
Anthuria: Oh my goodness... Just thinking about you is enough to make me start... burning up.
Anthuria draws closer and whispers softly into (Captain)'s ear.
Vyrn: What the?
Lyria: Oh my gosh! What are you doing to (Captain)?
Anthuria: Ooh... Won't you soothe this flame within me?
Anthuria: You're the one who lit the match, after all.
Anthuria: Hee hee... You can do whatever your heart desires. Only fair, considering that you saved me.
Anthuria: How about this... If you want to calm this fire within me, squeeze my hand.
Anthuria: Otherwise... release it.
Choose: Squeeze her hand.
- Squeeze her hand.
- Release her hand.
Anthuria: Ooh... You really did it...
Anthuria: Gasp... I-I know I said you could do this, but... for you to actually go through with it...
Anthuria: Ah. If you squeeze that hard then—mmm!
Anthuria: T-this is a little embarrassing, but... I don't mind—Hngh!
Anthuria: Ngyah... N-no, this... this is t-too much!
Lyria: W-what in the world are you doing, (Captain)?
Startled by Anthuria's noises and Lyria's shocked cries, (Captain) releases their grip.
Anthuria: Huff... Huff... If you hadn't let go with such ferocity...
Anthuria: I'd almost think you enjoyed that.
Lyria: Grrr... I don't know what's going on here, but I don't like it!
Vyrn: Sigh... No need to get all worked up, Lyria.
Anthuria: Still I can't believe how easily you were able to defeat those men. You're so incredibly strong.Choose: Release her hand.
Anthuria: Aw, you're letting go? I wanted you to squeeze me harder...
Anthuria: I guess I don't have what it takes to hold your interest...
Anthuria: Just kidding! Hee hee, sorry about that. Just wanted to tease you a little.
Upon hearing this (Captain) loses control, deciding against releasing her hand in favor of squeezing tighter.
Anthuria: Huh? U-um, y-you're not going to release your hand?
Anthuria: O-oh gosh... Ngh... If you k-keep squeezing... I'm... I'm gonna...
Vyrn: What are you doing to that poor girl's hand, (Captain)?
(Captain) is shocked back to reality, releasing Anthuria's hand.
Vyrn: You okay, Fire Girl? Your face is so red it looks like it's burning up. Literally.
Anthuria: Y-yeah. Don't worry about it...
Anthuria: Still I can't believe how easily you were able to defeat those men. You're so incredibly strong.Continue 1
Vyrn: Duh. (Captain)'s a skyfarer after all!
Anthuria: A skyfarer? You?
Lyria: Yes! We're on a journey to the Island of the Astrals!
Anthuria: The one that no one's really sure exists? Wow... Hee hee, no wonder...
Lyria: Is there a reason you're staring at (Captain) so intently?
Anthuria: No. It's nothing. I just... realized (Captain) has such beautiful eyes.
Anthuria: Hee hee... I knew it. I think I'm falling for you.
Lyria: Um... Anthuria, is it?
Anthuria: Yes. Now that I think about it, I never properly introduced myself!
Anthuria: My name is Anthuria, and I'm a travelling dancer.
Anthuria: Nice to meet you.
Lyria: Y-yeah, same here!
Lyria: That dance you did was, um... super pretty!
Anthuria: Hee hee... Thank you. It makes me very happy to hear that from you.
Lyria: Oh, before I forget! Why were those men chasing you earlier?
Anthuria: Ah yes. That. No need to worry about that!
Lyria: But there were so many of them!
Anthuria: Nothing serious. Really. They just demanded I marry them.
Anthuria: Zero interest from me, though. Sigh...
Vyrn: Gotcha. Honestly I can kinda understand where they're coming from.
Vyrn: You're super cute, Fire Girl.
Vyrn: (Captain) thinks so too. Right, (Captain)?
Anthuria: Gasp! My goodness... You too?
Anthuria: Oooh... To hear that from you is just... I don't... Ooh...
Lyria: Oh my gosh! Are you okay, Anthuria? You're going beet red!
Anthuria: I'm fine. It's just... I'm too happy to even think straight right now.
Anthuria: Whew... Still, I'm not even sure what the count is up to at this point.
Vyrn: The count? Wait. You mean the number of times they've tried proposing to you?
Anthuria: Yeah, well, you know... But what do I do from here on out?
Anthuria: I can't stay in this town anymore. Where should I go next?
Lyria: Is there a reason you're staring at us, Anthuria?
Anthuria: Hee hee... Yes, I suppose that's an option too.
Anthuria: Say, (Captain). Would it be okay if I joined your crew?
Anthuria: I mentioned it earlier, but... I've really taken a liking to you, so...
Vyrn: Hmm. I've been wondering about this for a while.
Vyrn: Why do you feel so strongly about (Captain)?
Anthuria: (Captain) was a hero when I needed one most.
Anthuria: And... when they squeeze my hand, I...
Anthuria: It's nothing. Anyway, what do you think? You... you're opposed to me joining, aren't you?
Anthuria: Am I... not to your liking?
Anthuria: I'll do anything your heart desires...
Anthuria: Anything you're thinking. All of it... How does that sound?
Lyria: Gr! Don't tempt (Captain)!
Vyrn: Just hearing you talk is making me go red in the face, Fire Girl!
Vyrn: And wow, you really know how to lay it on. Even when we're in the middle of the street!
Anthuria: Uh... Oh! Huuuh?
Vyrn: Don't tell me. You didn't even realize you were doing it?
Anthuria: Rgh... When I get really passionate about something, I lose sight of my surroundings.
Anthuria: But that's how passionate I am about you, so... so...
Choose: Nothing wrong with that.
- Nothing wrong with that.
- Actually, I already have someone.
Anthuria: T-thanks. Hee hee... I'm very happy to hear that.
Lyria: I'm okay with you joining the crew, but...
Lyria: But please don't try to tempt (Captain)!Choose: Actually, I already have someone.
Lyria: Oh my gosh! Really?
Vyrn: For real? First I've heard of it!
Lyria: Sniff... I can't believe you've got someone like that in your life, (Captain)...
Anthuria: Well, that's fine.
Vyrn: Fire Girl?
Lyria: Anthuria, are you suggesting...
Anthuria: As long as I don't give up, I'll get my chance. So... please.
Vyrn: Sigh. When you put it that way, it's tough to say no.
(Captain) nods, face slowly blushing a deeper shade of red.
Anthuria: Thank you. You've really helped me out of a difficult situation.
Anthuria: But you better prepare yourself, (Captain).
Anthuria: I'm not going to give up. Not until I make you as obsessed with me as I am with you.
Lyria: M-me too! I'm going to give it everything I have too!Continue 2
Anthuria: Ah, that's right. Are you... free tonight, (Captain)?
Anthuria: Interested in spending it with me? Somewhere we can be alone. Just the two of us.
Anthuria: Hee hee... It's a captain's job to teach new crew members all sorts of important things, isn't it?
Anthuria: So I want you to teach me. All of me.
Anthuria: I'm an open book just waiting to be filled.
Anthuria: Oh dear. Is something wrong? You're turning bright red. Whatever rushed through your mind to make that happen?
Vyrn: Uh... What do you mean by that, Fire Girl?
Anthuria: Huh? T-that's um... Er...
Anthuria: It's a s-secret...
Anthuria passionately attempts to win (Captain) over, only to turn beet red in the next moment.
Undaunted, she continues to desperately, wantingly clasp (Captain)'s hands.
Will she ever get through? Only time will tell.
I Dance Only for You
While conflicted about how best to get (Captain)'s attention, Anthuria receives a request to dance in the capital. Realizing this may be just the chance she needs to capture (Captain)'s heart, she accepts the request.
Some time has passed since Anthuria joined (Captain)'s crew.
One day Vyrn finds her sitting on the deck of the ship with a concerned expression on her face.
Vyrn: You all right, Fire Girl? You look like you've got somethin' on your mind.
Anthuria: Oh, it's nothing that serious. I'm just... well... It's about (Captain).
Anthuria: Sigh... There has to be something I can do to get (Captain) to pay more attention to me.
Vyrn: So that's it, huh? No use worrying about that kind of thing.
Anthuria: It's only natural to want someone you can't stop thinking about to return the feeling, isn't it?
Anthuria: But (Captain) barely even looks at me.
Anthuria: I can't stop thinking about them, and yet...
Vyrn: Maybe you should stop acting so weird, then.
Vyrn: No matter how many times you try, you keep striking out.
Anthuria: It's just... Oh... I just get so embarrassed...
Vyrn: Huh. You've really got a demanding personality, Fire Girl.
Anthuria: I-I'm fine right now. Honest.
Anthuria: What I need to know is how to make (Captain) infatuated with me. Any ideas?
Vyrn: Hmm... That's a tall order.
Vyrn: Showing your good qualities is the way to go if you ask me!
Vyrn: Something amazing so that they won't be able to take their eyes off you!
Anthuria: My good qualities, huh...
Lyria: Oh! I was looking for you, Anthuria!
Anthuria: (Captain) and Lyria? What's wrong? Did you need me for something?
Lyria: A letter came in for you!
Anthuria: A letter? For me?
Anthuria unseals the letter and reads it over.
Anthuria: I... see. Right.
Vyrn: Mind if we read that letter too?
Anthuria: Sure, that's fine. It's a request.
Vyrn and company read over the letter.
Inside is a request for Anthuria to dance at a celebration in the capital.
Vyrn: Whoa, that sounds like an amazing request!
Anthuria: It does...
Vyrn: You don't exactly look happy about it. What's up?
Anthuria: The request itself makes me proud. Happy, even.
Anthuria: I just... don't want to go to the capital. Bad memories.
Vyrn: Bad memories?
Vyrn: Uh-oh. Did you have guys trying to marry you all the time?
Anthuria: I did. And to make matters worse, one of them was a noble.
Anthuria: So as you might expect, I don't really want to go back there.
Lyria: But it's such an important-sounding request! And I want to see you dance too!
Anthuria: I'm happy to hear that, but...
Anthuria is clearly conflicted about the situation. Vyrn gets close and whispers to her.
Vyrn: This sounds like the chance of a lifetime, Fire Girl!
Vyrn: I mean... Just imagine what'll happen when (Captain) sees you dancing up on that huge stage!
Anthuria: Gasp! You're right...
Anthuria: Okay. I'll accept the request.
Lyria: Hee hee... I can't wait to see you perform!
Lyria: Why did you change your mind, though? You sounded so disinterested a minute ago.
Anthuria: When I saw the looks on your faces, I couldn't very well let you down, could I?
Lyria: Hee hee... Thanks so much! I'm really looking forward to the event!
Anthuria: Likewise. (Captain)'s going to be completely infatuated with me after this...
Anthuria: If they suddenly decided to approach me, though, I... I... Urgh...
Anthuria: T-that's not going to happen. And if it did, well... that's fine too...
Anthuria: I-it's nothing. Let's head to the capital...
Anthuria: Wait. Are those monsters?
Anthuria notices a swarm of monsters in the skies nearby.
To make matters worse, they seem to be on a collision course with the ship.
Vyrn: Seems like it. Guess we'll have to divert course.
Lyria: Guess so.
Anthuria: Plow through them.
Vyrn: A-are you thinking straight, Fire Girl?
Anthuria: I want to get there as soon as possible and make sure my performance is perfect. So don't bother evading them.
Vyrn: If you insist... We'll just keep pushing forward!
I Dance Only for You: Scene 2
After arriving in town, Anthuria seeks solace from bad memories by physically approaching (Captain), but quickly becomes embarrassed and runs off. When (Captain) and the crew find her again, they have to save her from a gang of thugs.
(Captain) and company defeat the monsters and head to the town where the stage is located.
Vyrn: Where'd all that positivity from earlier go, Fire Girl?
Anthuria: All the bad memories from my time in the capital have come flooding back.
Vyrn: We'll be here to make sure nothing bad happens to you, so turn that frown upside down!
Anthuria: Thanks, Vyrn. That makes me feel a little better.
Anthuria: Say, (Captain)... Stay by my side today, will you?
Anthuria: Without you there to calm me, my anxiety's going to be too much to bear...
Anthuria draws close to (Captain).
Anthuria: Can I stay with you like this? It puts my mind at ease...
Anthuria: Hee hee... Hey. While we're at it, let me take your hand. Or maybe your arm would be better?
Vyrn: Sigh... You might want to ease up on the public displays of affection, Fire Girl.
Vyrn: Everyone's looking at you.
A raging torrent of curious gazes swirls around her.
Anthuria slowly begins to realize what she's done.
Her entire body turns red in embarrassment.
Anthuria: Ugh... D-don't look at me! Don't look at me!
Vyrn: H-hold on! Where are you going, Fire Girl?
Lyria: W-wait up, Anthuria!
Vyrn: Huff... huff... We finally found you, Fire Girl. Wait. What's going on here?
(Captain) and company finds Anthuria surrounded by a group of men.
Anthuria: Don't you dare ask me that.
Man 1: You chose a good time to show up.
Man 1: Hey, Anthuria. If you don't accept my proposal, I'm gonna sic these guys on those kids.
The man nods to the thugs behind him.
Man 1: Don't want to see your friends get hurt? Then do what I say.
Anthuria: I refuse. Those goons of yours can't beat (Captain) anyway.
Man 1: Is that so? I'll just have to ask you again after I send them to the hospital, then.
Anthuria: Sigh... I've got a schedule to keep. Let's get this over with quick, (Captain).
I Dance Only for You: Scene 3
Anthuria and the crew leave the tenacious thugs defeated and rush toward the stage, fighting off Anthuria's potential suitors along the way. When they arrive at their destination, however, the crew finds a group of thugs lying in wait.
Man 1: I'm not done yet... I'm not gonna give up until I make you mine, Anthuria!
Vyrn: Wow... You're still standing?
(Captain) and company finish defeating all the thugs.
However the man who originally proposed marriage to Anthuria refuses to stay down. Perhaps powered by his sheer love for her, he lunges at the crew one last time.
Anthuria: How many times do I have to tell you? I'm not interested!
Man 1: Urgh...
Vyrn: You sure are popular, Fire Girl.
Anthuria: Yeah, and that means I have to deal with sleazeballs like him all the time.
Anthuria: If I'm going to have people trying to marry me, I wish it'd be (Captain)...
Anthuria: Hey (Captain)... Do you feel the same way about me as they do?
Anthuria: Tell me, won't you?
Lyria: Grr! Let's hurry up and get to the stage, already!
Lyria: We're going to be late!
Anthuria: Eep! Y-you're right. Eyes on the prize!
Man 1: It's useless. We've got your stage surrounded!
Man 1: This town is full of hopeful future husbands, Anthuria!
Man 1: You'll never make it past them! You'll never make it to the stage! Not as long as I'm standing!
Man 1: So... marry me already...
Vyrn: T-talk about persistent! I'm almost kinda impressed, in a way...
Anthuria: Ignore him. Let's get going.
Anthuria: Hey (Captain), c-can I grab your hand?
Anthuria: I-I mean! Never mind! Forget I said anything!
Man 1: W-wait! Rgh... I refuse to give up!
Man 2: Marry me, Anthuria!
Anthuria: I refuse!
Man 1: Found you, Anthuria! Now you have to be my—
Vyrn: Will you cut it out, already?
Anthuria: I hate guys who don't know when to give up!
Man 3: There she is! Over here!
Lyria: Oh my gosh... At this rate, we're going to be surrounded!
Vyrn: Over here! We should be able to slip past them!
Vyrn leads the crew to a narrow space between the walls of two buildings. It's only wide enough for one person to squeeze through at a time.
Anthuria: Huh? That looks a little cramped.
Vyrn: You're slender enough to get through, I bet!
Man 3: Which way did Anthuria go?
Vyrn: Geez, it's cramped in here. Move a little further up, Fire Girl!
Anthuria: I can't! It's too tight... Hngh!
Vyrn: Shh! You gotta keep it down!
Anthuria: Ngh... I know... but (Captain)'s hand is...
Anthuria: Augh... (Captain), your hand, it's...
Anthuria: Eep! K-keep your hand still! I'm... I'm ticklish there, so... Hngh!
Anthuria: Stop... I'm seriously ticklish there, so—Ah ha ha!
Vyrn: Shh! Be quiet!
Man's Voice: Hey! I heard something over here!
Vyrn: Oh no! Run for it!
Anthuria: Ngh... (Captain) touched me... H-how embarrassing.
Anthuria: Huff... Huff... We're here. This is where the stage is.
Lyria: Wheeze... We finally made it.
Anthuria: It looks like we still can't go inside yet, though.
Vyrn: We've still got company!
Man 4: I've been waiting for you, Anthuria! Now come with me, and—
Anthuria: Let's make this quick. We don't have time to waste.
I Dance Only for You: Scene 4
Having driven away the thugs, the crew finally reaches the stage where Anthuria is set to perform. True to her word, Anthuria dances like a bewitching inferno—and all for the sake of (Captain).
Anthuria: That should stem the tide for now.
(Captain), Anthuria, and company drive away the suitors-in-waiting outside the dance hall and head inside.
Anthuria: Let's make our way to the stage.
Lyria: Wait, Anthuria! Your hair got all messed up in the fight! You should straighten it up a little before you perform.
Anthuria: Huh. You're right. Doesn't look like there are any mirrors in here, though.
Anthuria: Hee hee...
Anthuria: How about you help fix my hair, then, (Captain)? You can style it however you want...
Anthuria: I don't like it when other people touch my hair, but you're an exception.
Choose: I accept.
- I accept.
- Sounds embarrassing. I'll pass.
Anthuria: Gasp... You'll really do it? Okay, but... Ooh...
Anthuria: U-um... Be gentle, okay?
Anthuria: Ah... T-this is way more embarrassing than I imagined it would be...Choose: Sounds embarrassing. I'll pass.
Anthuria: Aw, that's too bad. In that case...
Vyrn: Hey, Fire Girl! Looks like there's a mirror over here!
Anthuria: Thanks. It's not as good as having (Captain) do it, but I'll live.Continue 1
Anthuria: That should do it. Time to perform.
Vyrn: Right! Good luck out there, Fire Girl!
Lyria: Do your best! We'll be watching!
Anthuria: Oh, and (Captain)... I'm dancing just for you today, so...
Anthuria: Make sure you pay attention.
Anthuria dances—sometimes gracefully, sometimes furiously—in front of the massive crowd.
Her hair, movements, and dress all combine to make her appear to be a living flame.
Man 4: You're the best Anthuria! Your dancing sets my heart on fire!
Girl 1: Wow, she looks like a dancing flame! I wanna learn to dance like that too!
Woman 1: I've never seen anything so beautiful in all my life! Coming all the way out here to see this was worth it!
Woman 2: Simply gorgeous... I think I'm an instant fan.
Man 2: I don't even have the words...
Man 3: What's going on? She's shining even more beautifully than usual.
Man 1: I knew it! There's nobody better than Anthuria!
Lyria: You're amazing, Anthuria! Super amazing!
Vyrn: For real! I've never seen anything like it!
Anthuria: The crowd's really going wild.
Anthuria: I suppose that means everyone's infatuated with my dancing...
Anthuria: Which means (Captain) should be too.
Anthuria: Hee hee... Let's drive them even more wild.
Anthuria: This one's for you...
Anthuria: Watch me, (Captain)!
Anthuria's dancing drives the assembled crowd into a frenzy.
Few in the audience could have guessed, however, that it was all intended for one very special person.