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Work is Ever Over
A young man named Lowain working in the canteen fell head over heels for a certain female customer. Having fallen in love at first sight with the knight Katalina, Lowain decided to confess this to her immediately. After calling Katalina out to meet him in the evening to confess his love, Lowain's confession was met with a curt dismissal from Katalina. But unable to give up on Katalina, Lowain quit his job and followed her to the Grandcypher. Despite a few setbacks, he and two of his friends were able to get themselves hired by (Captain)'s order as cooks.
The party stopped at a town. The party planned to eat lunch at a canteen that Katalina hoped to find in the town.
Katalina: Hehe. I heard this place does good food. And I thought I should drop round and give it a try.
The party found some seats and sat down. They involuntarily shrank back at the jeers and boos echoing around the room.
Grouchy owner: Hey! Lowain! Oi! The food is gonna get cold you idiot! Go get it you moron!
Lowain: Hi! Sorry for being late!
Grouchy owner: Huh?! What? What kind of answer is that?! Talk about a lack of originality!
Lowain: Umm... (But... ) if I'd called out to you and dropped the food, the customers would be really annoyed with me.
Grouchy owner: What the hell are you doing?! What a load of crap! Try again you idiot!
Lowain: Ok. This food is gonna get cold, better take it out.
Grouchy owner: Gah!
Regular customer: Ahaha! Boss, you got us good!
Vyrn: Wait a minute! Do you not get on with those guys?
Katalina: Hmm... those boys? The one chatting over there, does he work here...?
Regular customer: Ah... that guy? He's really good at his job, in his spare time he watches the boss's kids.
Lowain: Sorry for the wait! (Sorryyy) Here's your order!
Lowain: This here food. It's really tasty ya know! You gotta eat it slow to really appreciate it!
Regular customer: Geez... if he could just fix that attitude he'd do much better. What a waste.
Lowain: Hey, hey! I'm both handsome and an amazing cook! And that's coz I'm perfect! I'm the perfect man!
Katalina: Mmm... well, the cooking certainly lives up to this place's reputation.
Lowain: Oh? Hey miss, is it your first time here?
Katalina: Yes. I'd heard about this place before. And thought I'd give it a try.
Lowain: Aha! Well, that coz the owner's sense of taste is damn good!
Grouchy owner: Hey! No need to use words like "damn"! Choose your words better!
Lowain: If we added in my grandma's secret ingredients from home... this food would be even more awesome!
Lowain: My grandma's cooking is amazing, and so is the owner's! If we just added them together...!
Lowain: It would be... legendary. A totally legendary flavor!
Grouchy owner: Hey! Stop chatting and get back to work! Idiot!
Lowain: Ok! Roger! I'm going, I'm going!(I'm going already!) Ok, enjoy your food miss!
(Captain)'s group finished eating lunch, but as they went to pay... an event occurred that would turn one young man's life upside-down.
Lowain: You leaving already? How was it? Our food I mean.
Katalina: Ah, it was delicious. Though the canteen is a bit noisy. Hehe...
Lowain: Hehe, it's normal when a place is popular... haha!
Katalina: Hm? Huh? What's up?
Lowain: (Gah... that girl... )
Lowain: (Totally beautiful... )
Lowain: U-Um... Miss! When I finish work this evening... would you come and meet me?
And with that, Lowain handed Katalina a piece of paper with the meeting place and time written on it.
Katalina: Hm? What? Why are you suddenly...?
Grouchy owner: Hey! Stop chatting and get back to work! Idiot!
Lowain: Uh... yes. I'll get back to the kitchen!
And so, (Captain)'s party was seen off by Lowain as they left the canteen.
Lowain finished work. He killed time with his friends until the time of the meeting.
Lowain: So... that girl you met at work... Katalina wasn't it? She's... She's like, totally beautiful!
Lowain: I've completely fallen for her. I felt like my heart skipped a beat! That's not good. Normally. But this time...
Elsam: GYAHAHA! You don't fall in love! Just like that, really?!
Tomoi: This is bad! Really bad! Why'd you suddenly fall for her like that? Look, look!
Lowain: Do... do you think Katalina will come?
Elsam: She'll come!
Tomoi: I'm sure she'll come!
All Three: Right?
All Three: YEEEEES!
Elsam: She'll come! She'll want to come!
Tomoi: As soon as she sees you she'll wanna come! Ahhh I really like her!
Lowain: Kya!(This could be bad!) It's time already! I need to go now!
Elsam: GYAHAHA! I'm going too!
Tomoi: Me too me too!
And so Lowain and his friends waited at the agreed meeting place. And Katalina was...
Elsam: (What what what! What's this?! What?)
Tomoi: (Hahahaha! She's a knight! She's wearing armor! She looks strong! Really?!)
Lowain: (Shut up! Get outta here! Don’t get in the way!)
Elsam and Tomoi: (Alright!)
Lowain: H-hey... Ah, good evening.
Katalina: Hi Lowain. So what did you need to see me about...?
Lowain: Um... well... uh... t-the sky is really pretty tonight isn't it?!
Katalina: Hm? Ah... yes... you surprised me, I wouldn't have thought you looked like the type to love scenery.
Lowain: Huh? Scenery? Ah, yup, I really love scenery! The scenery in this town is really pretty at night, doncha think?
Katalina: Ah, yes. It's certainly got a really nice atmosphere.
Lowain: If I went out on a date with a girlfriend it would totally be the best kinda atmosphere! And she'd look even more beautiful...
Lowain: K-Kat... y-you're incredibly pretty too! In this light! Very! Ah, what am I saying...
Katalina: Me?! Why the hell are you suddenly saying that!?
Elsam: (Gyaha!! What does he think he's doing?! It's really not going well haha!)
Tomoi: (Hahahaha! He really doesn't know how to talk to girls! Smooooth moves! He's really done it now!)
Lowain: (Argh... I'm really no good at this! Well, no point in stopping now!)
Lowain: I, I fell for you the moment I saw you Katalina... I mean... I'm in love with you! So... will you please go on a date with me?
Katalina: Wha?! D-Don’t tease me! What the hell are you on about?!
Lowain: I'm not teasing you! Ok, maybe we could just be friends...
Katalina: A-Anyway! I'd just like to forget this ever happened!
He made a blunder that was completely unexpected compared for someone with his character. Overcome with despair, he crumpled to his knees. No longer able to stand.
He watched Katalina's back with despairing eyes as she disappeared into the darkness, cloak fluttering.
Tomoi: There she is...
Lowain: Don't say anything yet... please...
Elsam: Of course not! Won't say a word!
Tomoi: Of course!That's what friends are for! That female knight...
Elsam and Tomoi: Totally amazing!
Lowain: Riiight? So pretty she was practically sparkling!
Elsam: So... pure...
Lowain: I'm totally in love with her...
Elsam: I've completely fallen for her too...
Tomoi: Me too! Katalinaaaaa!
Elsam and Tomoi: Definitely!
All three: Totally!
All three: Yeeeeah!!
After this, the three friends met up in a cafe later to talk. The three talked through the night about Katalina, spending until they were almost out of money.
And the next day. Katalina was in a cabin on the airship...
Katalina: Jeez... last night was... I didn't sleep at all... even worse than getting hit by a monster...
Katalina: Hmm? There's someone up on the deck...
Katalina came out on deck, rubbing sleepy eyes. There she was greeted by the sight of the three from the night before, standing talking with Rackam.
Thinking that some kind of trouble might be afoot, she drew her sword. And then...
All three: We're on the Grandcypher! Rackam is at the controls! Dreamboat Rackam is in charge!
All three: Rackam! Rackam! Rackaaaam, Rackaaam!
Rackam: Dahahaha! What? Look who it is!
Katalina: Wha?! You're...! What the hell are you doing here?!
Lowain: Katalina... I quit my job. I told the manager that I was leaving.
Katalina: Say what?! Why the hell did you do that?!
Lowain: I just can't forget about you Katalina. I thought I'd do something to surprise you...
Elsam: So, you mean like, you're gonna be a cook or something? We'll help too!
Tomoi: Would you let us work for you?
Rackam: Dahahaha! Ok, ok. It doesn't really bother me. You seem different to the other roughs in this town.
Katalina: I really want to send you straight back... but you've even gone and quit your job... Grumble grumble...
Katalina: Oh...! Th- That’s it! What do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: I don't really mind
- I don't really mind
- Taking all three would be kinda annoying
Katalina: Nngh...! If that's what (Captain) says, then I'll go along with it...Choose: Taking all three would be kinda annoying
Lowain: Ah, annoying? Sorry.
Elsam: We totally misread the situation... Sorry.
Tomoi: We won't do anything bad, promise! Will you believe us? Sorry.
Katalina: Nngh...! Why are you suddenly being so obedient...?Continue 1
Katalina: Sigh... fine! But... if you do anything weird, you'll have to answer to me!
Lowain: Really?! Reallyreallyreally?! YES!
Lowain: Alright!!!! Kat... just you wait, I'll soon be your number one!
All Three: YEAAAAAH!
Katalina: Sigh... as long as you don't get in the way...
And so the young Lowain and his friends joined the order.
At first Katalina was strained and distant, but as time went on she gradually thawed.
Lowain's Special Attack
Lowain and his two buddies nearly get into some trouble when they run into imperial soldiers while they go shopping for food. However, the soldiers are preoccupied with some sort of mission and leave the group alone. As Lowain and the others return to the airship, they witness the imperial soldiers preparing to capture Katalina. In order to protect his beloved Katalina from the empire's evil hands, Lowain stands up to face the soldiers.
(Captain) and company stops by a town and splits up to shop for some ingredients.
Lowain and the two other hired cooks of Grandcypher were out in the town to purchase some food.
Lowain: Anyway... Isn't it a pain to think up a dinner menu?
Elsam: You're a really good cook, Lowain! Tomoi and I always need to follow a recipe, and we don't know how to improvise!
Tomoi: And then there's Farrah! She's such a cutie. She's got that cute underclassman vibe going on.
Lowain: Yeah, she always cooks something different every day and has some original recipes here and there. I totally respect that.
Elsam: Huh? Ohhh? Lowain, are you switching over to Farrah?
Tomoi: Ohhhh? Well, Farrah is kinda cute, like a puppy.
Lowain: Yeah, she is cute but...
All three: No way!
Lowain: The age difference is too much!
Elsam: Way too much!
Tomoi: It's probably illegal!
All Three: Totally!
Lowain: Besides, I'm no cheater!
The three chatter on like usual, oblivious to the figure approaching from ahead...
Elsam: Oof! Watch it!
Tomoi: Bahahaha! Forget it, stupid!
Lowain: That hurt! You all right?
Imperial Soldiers: ............
All Three: (Ack! Imperial soldiers!)
Lowain: S-Sorry. I didn't see you there...
Imperial Soldier 1: Huh?! What's your problem?!
Imperial Soldier 2: ... Hmph, damned thugs... We don't have time for the likes of them. Forget it. Let's go.
Lowain: Whew... Those were imperial soldiers! That really scared me!
Elsam: You idiot... Watch where you're going.
Tomoi: Don't drag us into trouble with your clumsiness man.
Lowain: Man, that was too close! My bad! But we're...?
All three: Saaafe!
Lowain: But actually... We're...?
Tomoi: No, we're still...
All three: Saaaaafe!! Safe! Safe!
And so, the three manage to avoid danger. They finish their food run and head back to the airship but...
Imperial Soldier 2: Hey! There they are! Lieutenant Katalina!
Katalina: It can't be... Imperial soldiers were hiding here?!
Rackam: That’s not good! Let's move! Those three aren't back yet?
Imperial Soldier 1: Oh? Why are you all in such a hurry?
Imperial Soldier 2: You're coming with us! We can do this the easy way or the hard way.
Lowain: Hold on! What's going on here?!
Imperial Soldier 2: Ugh... You thugs again?
Lowain: What? You guys are after Kat?
Elsam: They want to take her away?
Tomoi: What are you planning to do to Katalina? You better keep your dirty mitts off of her!
Imperial Soldier 2: Trying to play the hero? Lieutenant Katalina fled with knowledge of imperial secrets. If you plan to harbor her...
Lowain: Shut up! Like I care about that!
Lowain: If you dare try to lay hands on my woman...
Elsam: Not even imperial soldiers...
Tomoi: Or the emperor himself...
Lowain: I'll beat the snot out of you!! Let's get 'em boys!
Elsam: It's time for "that"!
All three: Cavalry mode!
Lowain's Special Attack: Scene 2
Lowain and his crew makes fools of the imperial soldiers with their bizarre fighting style. They interfere with the soldiers' mission and Lowain demands they stay away from "his woman". The soldiers take his words seriously and are shocked that Katalina now seems to have a boyfriend. This misunderstanding results in even more confusion for everyone involved.
Lowain: Yeehaw! Who's next, you imperial scumbags?!
Elsam: Cavalry Captain Lowain! Approaching the enemy at 9 o'clock!
Tomoi: Bahahaha! That's 3 o'clock, dummy! Bahahaha!
Imperial Soldier 1: What's with these guys?! They're actually... pretty strong!
Imperial Soldier 2: Damn them...! Are they mocking us with that stupid fighting style?!
Elsam: Bahahaha! Never judge a book by its cover!
Tomoi: This formation is undefeated where we come from!
Lowain: Ahem! The Lowain Cavalry has no weaknesses! Bahahaha!
Imperial Soldier 1: Tsk... Don't think you'll get away with messing with the Erste Imperial Army!
Lowain: Huh? You idiot, do you think I'll sit by and watch you try to lay hands on my woman?
Elsam: Don't make me repeat myself, interior scum!
Tomoi: Hey, you mean imperial! Interior is like, furniture! Furniture scum? Bahahaha!!
Imperial Soldier 1: You little...! These guys fight like idiots and one of them is Lieutenant Katalina's boyfriend?!
Imperial Soldier 2: This can't be... What will I even write on my report? There's too much that's wrong with this!
Katalina: Wait! He's not my boyfriend! Don't write that in your report!
Lowain: Katalina... There's no need to worry.
Lowain: I... We will protect you!
Katalina: Uh huh...
All three: Yeehaw!
Lowain's Special Attack: Scene 3
Grandcypher prepared for takeoff as Lowain's crew distracted the imperial soldiers, and the party was able to make their escape. The three are given credit for their successful escape, which makes them even rowdier than usual.
Lowain's crew managed to buy time for Grandcypher to prepare for takeoff.
Although it was a close call, the party was able to safely escape the island.
Rackam: Well... We got away safely thanks to you three. Thanks for buying us time.
Katalina: I wanted to thank you three, too. So... Thank you.
All three: Noooo, no, no, no, no!
Lowain: We did it for you, Katalina!
Elsam: For the sake of our beloved Katalina?
Tomoi: We'll go through hell and back?
All three: Yeeeeah!!
Katalina: I have to say... It was brave of you three to stand up to the imperial soldiers like that...
Rackam: What's wrong, Katalina? Something on your mind?
Katalina: It's just... When he said he'll protect me, it just felt... Strange...
Katalina: Heh, I guess I'm just not used to it. I was always the one protecting other instead.
Lowain: Ohh?! Katalina, you were just thinking about me, weren't you?
Elsam: No no no, she was thinking about me!
Tomoi: Haha, you mean me? Right? Right?
Katalina: Wait! Hold on, just... wait! I think there's a misunderstanding here...
Lowain: All right all right all riiight! Some kind words from the wonderful Lady Katalina!
All three: Yeeee!
Lowain: Katalinaaa! What do you say to reaching higher than the skies with us?
All three: All riiight!
Lowain: All right all right all right! Let's throw her up in the air, boys!
All three: Hup, two!
Katalina: Wha?! W-W-Wait! Not on the deck!
All three: One, two! (One, two!) One, two! (One, two!) One, two! (One, two!)
Rackam: Hahahaha! You guys are hilarious!
Lowain and his crew are rowdy as usual.
Their liveliness is gradually accepted by the others as they continue to help others in and out of the airship.
Crucial Culinary Battle
Lowain had received a letter from Vira inviting him to the rear of the bridge. Lowain had become quite enamored with Katalina, and Vira planned to take his life. Lowain challenged her to a culinary showdown, his very life the prize, but Vira had a trick or two up her sleeve. Once again Lowain was at the mercy of Vira’s machinations, but who should rescue him at the last minute but Katalina herself?
Lowain: YEEEEE! Is it here... is it here at last?! My time has come!
Tomoi: Yeeee! What’s the deal? You are sooo turnt up!
Elsam: Yeeee! What’s the happs? How ‘bout you give us the skinny on what’s going down!
Lowain, Elsam, and Tomoi sat on the Grandcypher with their eyes glued to the letter.
Lowain: What’chu think?! I mean, look at it? It’s gotta be a love letter, right?!
Tomoi: No way! I. Can’t. Even! She’s, like, one of us! No way! No way in a million, billion years!
Elsam: Totally! Makes you seem like you’re not interested, you know?
Lowain: Ahaha! That’s how it goes! A pretty young thing sees me and she falls head over heels in love!
The letter Lowain held was an invitation just for him. An invitation to the back of the bridge...
The sender had written their name in a tiny script, a sender by the name of Vira Lilie.
Lowain: Is this it? It has to be! My time has come!
Tomoi: Noooo, no, no, no, no! Seriously?! I can’t even believe it’s Vira...
Elsam: Isn’t it the cutest?! I mean, for real?! Guess a broken clock turns cute every once in awhile! Right, Lowain?!
Lowain: She’s totes amazing! Damn! I already got my eyes on a saucy little number called Katalina, but y’know...
Lowain: Oh? What the hell am I saying?! I gotta get going?!
Lowain: Alright, now! S’time she got a look at a real man!
And so, puffed up ten times his size, Lowain strutted to the bridge.
Lowain: YEEEEE! Sorry for the wait, Li’l Ms. Vira!
Lowain: I just wanna say... I know it is what it is, but I already got me a lady I wanna?
Vira: Tsk... missed it. Right... focus. Fooocuuuus...
Vira: Grr... this time I’m going to get it!
Lowain: Ulp?! What’s the deal?! What the hell’s going on?!
Vira: What? Do I have to spell it out for you?!
Lowain: Hoooold up. I’m really not digging what you’re putting down...
Vira: Hehe... what? Do you have to give the garbage a little pep talk before you throw it out?
Lowain: Hey! Garbage? Don’t tell me...
Vira: Silence... I won’t abide the buzzing of insects when my moment is so close at hand...
Lowain: Hah... hah... seriously?! Tell me what’s going down, will you? What is it? You angry or something?!
Vira: Don’t be stupid... you spend all your time fawning over our dear Katalina!
Vira: But she’s mine, you understand? You’re just a bit of a blip that needs correcting...
Lowain: Aw, c’mon... say what you want, but what I feel for Katalina is the real deal Holy?gah!
Vira: She’s mine... mine, you hear...
Lowain: (Aw, damn... she’s gonna kill me for real. What do I do?)
Vira: Snkt... heehee... relax. Soon you’ll be nothing but the foggiest of memories...
Vira: Grr... it will all be over in a second... just you wait...
Lowain: Alright, now! I think I got it! This is some kind of showdown, right?!
Vira: Er... what?
Lowain: You mind? I’m top dog when it comes to the kitchen! I’m here to win, baby! I gotta say sorry.
Lowain: What I’m saying is once Katalina gets a taste of my dish, she’s never gonna want another bite of anything else!
Lowain: Lemme spell it out for you... I fight with a spatula, not a sword. You’d better bring it!
The next day, Vyrn, Lyria, and (Captain) find themselves in a tavern.
Lyria: My heart’s beating like crazy... I’ve never judged a cooking contest before...
Vyrn: Sigh... I mean, a cooking contest between Vira and Lowain? Sounds like a big pain in the ass...
Vyrn: And I’m hungry as hell... when’re they going to finish...
Vyrn: Eh? What’s that smell...
Lyria: Huh? Vyrn? Where are you going?
Lowain: YEEEEE! The soup is hot, hot, hot! And I mean hot!
Lowain: Pfft! Hahahaha! Looks like we already got ourselves a winner. And that winner is me...
Lowain: Oh? That smells super tasty...
Lowain: No way, Vira... you’re great shakes with a sword AND in the kitchen?
Vira: Heehee... I suppose insects aren’t known for their philosophical inclinations...
Vira: This is all for Katalina... there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her...
Vira: Hehe... and I’ll have to figure out how to cook them up once this battle is over...
Vyrn: Whew... I’m stuffed...
Lyria: Oh! Where did you get off you, Vyrn? You should have stayed... the food is on its way...
Vyrn: Oh, er... it was nothing! Nothing at all! ... urp.
Both Vira and Lowain had finished their dishes. The time for judging had come.
Lyria: Wow...! Oh my gosh! They’re both so good!
Lyria: Munch munch... I don’t think I could ever get enough of either of them!
Lowain: What’chu think?! Go ahead, Vyrn. Eat up! There’s plenty to go around!
Vyrn: Nah... to tell you the truth, I’m kinda full...
Vyrn: I, uh... I was starving, you know. So I had a few apples...
Vira: ... buh?
Vyrn: I mean, they were just sitting there, all shiny and tasty... and I got the okay from the staff. Guess I’m not cut out for judging...
Vira: Gah... we should’ve never asked a lizard to judge...
Vira: Lyria. Sure I can count on your vote. Can’t I?
Lyria: Wha?! Oh... well, um... hrm...
Lyria: Uh... ahem... you see...
Lyria: Grr... I can’t! I just can’t decide! They’re both just so good...
Lowain: Yeeee! What’s that mean? You’re the last one standing, (Captain). Whaddaya say?
Vira: It would seem so... so, (Captain). Which dish was better?
The air was thick with tension. The verdict was...
Vira: Thank you, (Captain).
Vira: Hehe... I thought that (Captain) surely would have chosen my dish.Choose: Lowain
Lowain: Yeehaw! (Captain)! You’re the real deal! I knew you’d be down with me!
Lowain: Awesome! Lemme hear it, Vira! Tell me how awesome I am...
Vira: (Captain). To tell you the truth, I’d been on a journey to improve my swordsmanship.
Vira: But as luck would have it, my chances to fight were few and far between...
Vira: Hehe... I’d searched high and low for a chance to hone my skill...
Vira: Oh? My apologies. That doesn’t have much to do with anything, does it... well, then...
Vira: Tell us, (Captain)... whose dish is worthy of the title?
Lowain: Reaaaally?! Is that how it seems?
Vira: Ah, (Captain). Trig as ever. You’ve made a wise decision.Continue 1
Vira: Grr... and now it’s time to exterminate the pests!
Lowain: Hey, now... I don’t know if you know about a little thing called “vanity”...
Vyrn: Hey! Damnit! What’re you planning?!
Vira: Keep talking and you’ll be next on the menu, lizard...
Katalina: My, my... is this where you’ve been?
Vira: !? K-Katalina? What are you doing here...
Katalina: Seriously? Did you not know it’s dinner time?
Katalina: Hehe... feel free to fill me in later. Let’s go, Vira.
Lowain: I was in a tight spot, I was... what a goddess you are, Katalina...
Katalina: What’s wrong? You’re looking pretty blue...
Katalina: Hehe... all you need is a little something to eat. I hope you’re ready for the Katalina special!
Katalina had helped to avert disaster that day.
But an even greater one awaited them back at the Grandcypher...
(Captain)’s party prayed in hope they’re never have to eat another bite of Katalina’s cooking.
Cook-off for Katalina
On another fine day at the Grandcypher, Farrah and Lowain are assigned to kitchen duty. Not getting along very well, the two botch up dish after dish. An infuriated Farrah kicks Lowain out of the kitchen. Vyrn manages to calm her down, and discovers that they're actually fighting over Katalina. Farrah screams over the failure of yet another dish, and Lowain comes back to save the day. When all is said and done, Farrah sees in Lowain in a slightly different light.
Farrah: Hey! Where did the onions I put here go?
Lowain: Nyahaha! I've already thrown 'em into the pot! You're never gonna see a tear from me!
Farrah: Quiet you! Stop fooling around! I can't have ingredients disappearing on me.
Lowain: Gotcha! Anyway, can you pass the salt, Farrah? You were just using it, right?
Farrah: Hmm? I just used it all up. What do you need salt for?
Lowain: What! Oh man, we are so screwed... Today's main dish is gonna have no flavor.
On another fine day at the Grandcypher, Farrah and Lowain are assigned to kitchen duty.
Not getting along very well, the two...
Farrah: Yikes! Why did the fire stop! We're supposed to cook it in one go!
Lowain: Geez, relax. Gotta stop the fire to prevent lumps, you know?
Farrah: Why you... I already stopped it once earlier! Cooling it down twice removes the taste!
Lowain: Uhh, oops. No wait, you for real? Mama mia, will it be on time for dinner?
Elsam: Gyahaha! Someone forgot to put in the pickles and chili. Some teamwork this is, dudes.
Tomoi: Right? And they're supposed to be great cooks. The world's just too small for the both of 'em.
Lowain: Whoa, slow down now. Like, stop standing there and give us a hand already!
Elsam: No no no, you've got it all wrong. We wanna help, but with you two all over the place, we'd just get in the way.
Lowain: For goodness sake... Alright then, bring me something salty. Oh right, we're out of salt...
Tomoi: Way to go, man! ...Dude, behind you!
Farrah: Wh—... What did you do to the stew... Lowain, this is all your fault!
Lowain: Sorry... Oh man, I really overdid it.
Farrah: This is unforgivable! You're fired, Lowain! I'll do this alone!
Lowain: Eh, are you sure can all cook this by yourself in time for dinner?
Farrah: That's enough! Get out, get out!
Lowain: Aww, shucks...
Chased out by Farrah, Lowain leaves the kitchen...
Elsam: Gyahaha! Lowain getting laid off means... it's our chance to make dinner now!
Tomoi: Sweet! So what now, Farrah? I know, let's start over with the stew!
Farrah: I am really seeing red now... Fired! Everyone of you! Out!
Elsam and Tomoi: Thought so...
Farrah: Sigh... I'll start by chopping the vegetables again... Next is...
Vyrn: Hey, what happened? Lowain was looking pretty down out there.
Farrah: Vyrn... More importantly, I have to make tonight's dinner! Thanks to Lowain, there's no time left!
Vyrn: Haha! You two never change. What did he do this time?
Farrah: Umm, well... It was just an accident, but...
Vyrn: I know he can be weird sometimes. But he's also serious when it counts.
Farrah: I won't argue with that... It's true I'm a bit irritated right now...
Farrah: I'm really panicking right now. He might not look it, but Lowain's really good in the kitchen, taking not just flavor, but even nutrition into account.
Farrah: He goes so far as to change the flavor of each plate to match everyone's tastes. But that's precisely the problem...
Vyrn: Hmm? How is that a problem?
Farrah: Well, you see... Katalina praised my cooking the other day... It feels like he's going to take my place...
Farrah: But I should be the one to cook for Katalina! Never Lowain!
Vyrn: Ahh... So that's what you were fighting over. I suppose it's not easy being Katalina.
Farrah: But enough of that! Time to get into cooking mode again! I've gotta get this done before dinner!
Vyrn: You go, Farrah! ...Hey, do you smell that?
Farrah: Hmm? Now that you mention it, something's burning...
Farrah: Aiiiiiiiiiiieeee! What have I done! I was in the middle of roasing the meat!
Vyrn: What a shame... It's all black now...
Farrah: Sob... I don't know if I can recover from this...
Vyrn: Umm... So tonight's dinner is...
Farrah: I'm... so sorry... Sniffle, I'll have to apologize to everyone...
Lowain: Lowain to the rescue!
Farrah: Lowain... Why are you three...?
Elsam: Whee! Team Lowain is never far away from a damsel in distress!
Tomoi: Whee! Dude, you were totally pouting outside the door.
Lowain: Alright, I'm all revved up and ready to go! Elsam, cut off the burnt part of the meat. Tomoi, I need you to stir the eggs good!
Lowain: As for myself, it's time to unleash the secret technique passed down from my master... Double frying pan, let's do this!
The Trio: Whee!
Farrah: This just might work... L-Lowain, don't count me out just yet!
The dishes for the night's dinner quickly pile up as Team Lowain and Farrah exercise their culinary talents to the fullest...
They manage to finish on time and breathe a loud sigh of relief.
Lowain: Nyahaha! How about that, Vyrn! Smells good, doesn't it?
Vyrn: That was super impressive! I can't believe you did all this in a rush!
Elsam: Oh, yea! Hey, Farrah... Is everything okay? Don't tell me you've fallen for me!
Tomoi: No way, man, in your dreams. I'm the one she's fallen for, right Farrah?
Farrah: I'm so sorry for firing you earlier... I was actually ready to get you off the airship by tomorrow...
Lowain: Eh? Aww, c'mon now. Forgive and forget, right? I'll admit I was at fault too.
Elsam: (Dude... Talk about kitchen duty... We're lucky to still be here!)
Tomoi: (That was too close! Whew, I'm still in one piece!)
Lowain: All's well that ends well, I guess... But now I get to treat Kathy to my cooking!
Farrah: Grr... Oh, no you don't! I hereby forbid you from going anywhere near Katalina!
Lowain: What, no way! That's no fair, Farrah! You're evil!
Farrah: Call me what you want. I'm thankful for your help today, but you and Katalina aren't meant for each other.
Lowain: You're breaking my heart, Farrah. ...Isn't that what love is all about?
Lowain: There's just something about Kathy... Something I lack that draws me to her... Could it be her mental fortitude, or her dignity?
Lowain: Hehe... So I think it's fine we're not a good match for the time being. You'll understand one day, Farrah... Give it a few years.
Tomoi: Well, would you look at that. They're actually having a serious talk.
Elsam: Gyahaha! Wasn't it just love at first sight?
The Trio: Totally hot.
Lowain: Wahahaha! Gimme a break, you two! Just when I was being totally cool!
Vyrn: Whoa... These guys are weird as ever...
Farrah: That's for sure. Anyway, I still forbid you from approaching Katalina!
Farrah almost saw saw the Lowain trio in a new light. But they're really just a bunch of weirdos after all.
But it must be said that their culinary skills and attention to detail had become a great reference point for Farrah.
Il Sole Mio
While Lowain, Elsam, and Tomoi are out for a drink, Yngwie happens to show up with a girl they were previously fawning over. Yngwie agrees to take the awestruck boys under his wing, and they soon see the full extent of his abilities.
The crew docks the ship for a night of rest and relaxation.
Lowain: Bwahaha! I think tonight calls for another round of brewskies, my broskies!
Together: Bottoms up!
After loading up on supplies, Lowain, Elsam, and Tomoi waste no time visiting the local bar.
Lowain: Heheh! Did you get a load of the waitress at the last place? I'm tellin' you, she was the bomb, dude!
Elsam: I know, right? I tried giving her my contact info but got totally denied.
Tomoi: That's rough, man. So, wait. You thinkin' about jumping ship from the SS Kat?
Lowain: Tommy boy, please. I've only got eyes for Kat. That waitress of yours is out of sight. As in: I can't see her, bro.
Elsam: No way. No freakin' way. You were into her too, man!
Lowain: Sammy. I acknowledge that waitress of yours was smoking. Crispy. Possibly even rotisserie.
Lowain: But Kat, bro... She's got a vice grip on my heart!
Elsam: Got that right.
Tomoi: Got that right.
Together: Got that right.
Lowain: Ready or not... here I come, Kat!
Lowain and his squad are living it up as usual when they hear the signature sound of the door chime. A new customer?
Yngwie: Heh. Doesn't matter where I go. There's always a quaint little watering hole for me to call home.
Lowain: Hold on. Is that Uncle Ingy? We gotta say hi to—
Lowain starts to get up when he notices the beautiful woman Yngwie's escorting into the bar.
???: Tee hee... It's an honor to be in the company of a legend like yourself, Yngwie.
Yngwie: Bravo, baby. Our rendezvous was inevitable. And tonight... you'll understand that completely. Body and soul.
???: Oh, Yngwie...
Yngwie's blushing companion is none other than the waitress Lowain and friends had fallen head over heels for just moments earlier.
Lowain: Huh? Wait a sec! We just got into town, and you already scored her?
Tomoi: Whoa! That's crazy! Uncle Ingy is a true bro!
Elsam: Hoo boy! That is out. Of. Control. Mad props to you, Uncle Ingy. Respect.
Together: Got that right!
Lowain: So, uh. Bros. We can't mess with this, right? Let's... go home?
Elsam: Ha ha! I mean... Seriously...
Lowain's squad silently slips out of the bar in order to give Yngwie room to breathe.
Yngwie: (Heh... Grazie, boys.)
Yngwie winks in the squad's general direction, piercing Lowain, Elsam, and Tomoi's hearts instantly.
(That was a serious wink! Legend-class! I think I'm... melting down!)
Lowain's squad now fully understands Yngwie's majesty and returns to the ship to sleep off the excitement.
Lowain, Elsam, and Tomoi are scrubbing the deck the following morning when Yngwie returns from town.
Lowain: Sup, Yngwie! Bet you had the time of your life last night, huh?
Yngwie: Howdy, boys. Been scrubbing the deck all morning? Don't work too hard now.
Lowain: Right on! Oh, and... we just wanted to say that we, uh, have mad respect for you, Ingy.
Lowain: Is it... cool if we call you Uncle Ingy from now on?
Yngwie: Hrm. We're all on equal footing as crewmates, so... sure. Whatever you like.
Yngwie: Good grief... Bet you want to know how I met her, don't you?
Yngwie: Unfortunately for the three of you, that's a secret that only she and I will ever know. Everything else, on the other hand, is open information.
Yngwie: After I take a little nap of course. I need one after last night.
Lowain: Whoa. Whoa. Uncle Ingy's so cool, I'm not sure I can feel my extremities...
Together: Got that right.
Yngwie heads back to his room with an aura of impenetrable coolness. Lowain, Tomoi, and Elsam can only look on with tearful eyes.
That night... Lowain's squad heads back to the bar to receive Yngwie's benediction.
Lowain: So basically... You've got one main squeeze per town, yeah?
Yngwie: That's right. No other way to do it.
Tomoi: Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is seriously getting out of control!
Elsam: Full speed ahead!
Each of Yngwie's tales leads Lowain's squad deeper into his thrall. And then the door chime rings again.
Pretty Girl 1: Excuse me... Is a Mr. Yngwie present?
Pretty Girl 2: Sorry to barge in, but has anyone seen a handsome man come through here? His name's Yngwie.
Pretty Girl 3: Hey! Yngwie's in here, ain't he?
A group of beautiful women enters the bar, and they all ask for Yngwie.
Lowain: Whoa! Surprise special babefest! This is nuts. Seriously nuts!
Lowain: Call this a hunch, but, like, are they all Ingy's? Looks like twelve of 'em! A baber's dozen!
Elsam: Lowain. Think about it. This place is about to turn into a battlefield, bro!
Yngwie: Calm down now. No need to push, dears. Welcome to Port Breeze's finest—
Without a moment's hesitation, Yngwie asks each of the women for their names and hometowns.
Pretty Girl 1: Well... I heard that Yngwie was staying here, and I was travelling through the area, so...
Pretty Girl 2: Same here. I'm here to visit family, and I heard you were here.
Pretty Girl 3: Tee hee hee... Sounds like my situation. No worries, though. I came here of my own free will!
The girls stress that they've carefully followed Yngwie's special rules of engagement.
And they all explain—in breathless, rapturous detail—just how much they wanted to see Yngwie again.
Lowain: Heh heh! They'd walk right off the side of an island for you, Ingy!
Yngwie: Ha ha... Another little quirk of fate, this.
Lowain: Dang! You're totally stone-faced? Even now? You're a freakin' iceberg, man!
Together: Got that right!
Yngwie: I'm overjoyed to reunite with all of you again, of course. However... I'm afraid this is as far as we go.
Yngwie: I don't want to cause any undue heartache for my woman in this town. You understand, don't you?
Yngwie explains this with caring, loving honesty.
As things begin to wind down, he turns to the entrance and opens the door.
Waitress: Eek! Oh, I'm sorry... I just thought I might take a peek inside, and...
Yngwie: You came to get me? Tres bien!
Yngwie: This is my woman in this town, my radiant mademoiselles. You understand, yes?
Waitress: Oh, Yngwie...
With a small nod, Yngwie's harem smiles gently at the waitress.
Yngwie: That understanding is what makes you so wonderful. Next time... I'll come to visit all of you instead.
Yngwie: Which means this is arrivederci. When I dream... I'll be sending you all my love.
Lowain: Dudes! Ingy is, like, the freakin' god of romance! I don't get how he does it, but I... I...
Yngwie: Spare me. A man's tears are meaningless. Only a woman has the right to weep.
Yngwie: And I'm no god. Just a regular guy who's been this way and that.
Yngwie: I just have a little more... passion than most.
With these lofty words hanging in the air, Yngwie places his hand gently on the waitress's shoulder and leads her out of the bar.
One town. One woman. Yngwie lives by this rule. Embodies it.
All Lowain and his friends can do is look on in awe.
Lowain: I'm dying here! Bros! I don't think I've ever respected anyone as much as Uncle Ingy!
Tomoi: Oh? What about Kat?
Lowain: Tommy. You've seriously gotta think before you start talking, bro.
Together: Got that right.
Another day comes to an end, and with it, a new legend of Yngwie's exploits. Can Lowain's squad ever hope to get to his level? Only time will tell.