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Claude
The time has come for the annual ball. But first, an eve of merriment! OK, I'll admit it. The Officers Academy isn't as uptight as I thought.
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Hilda
Ooh, I adore such things! Dancing is the only thing I'm really good at, anyway.
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Raphael
There's a feast tomorrow, isn't there? Isn't there?! Ah, I can't wait a moment longer!
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Leonie
Dancing, singing... I'm not good at either of those things.
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Hilda
So? Dancing is fun! Oh! And remember that you can't dance with the same partner multiple times. It's tradition!
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Hilda
That means you have to dance with all of the gentlemen in all of the houses, swapping dance partners as you please...
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Hilda
Oh, just imagine it! Dancing with the academy's finest... Gliding and twirling across the floor...
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Lysithea
How scandalous. I, for one, plan to simply behold the pure essence of dance.
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Marianne
I'll, um...watch. From a distance.
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Hilda
You can't just watch, Marianne! If a boy asks you to dance, you simply must accept. It's only polite.
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Ignatz
You can ask...anyone? To dance? Gah, whatever should I do?
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Lorenz
Hahaha! Lucky you, Ignatz! Tomorrow, if only for a day, you may live out your dearest dreams of an exalted existence!
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Lorenz
As for me, I am surely to be overwhelmed with the propositions of desperate ladies. I will doubtless have little time for partners of my own choosing.
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Leonie
Which one of you is dreaming now, Lorenz?
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Claude
Everyone! Listen up. To no one's surprise, I have a brilliant idea. Teach, you'll want in on this too.
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What's your idea?
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Claude
This may sound impetuous. Perhaps irresponsible. Almost certainly impossible.
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Claude
But we're gonna do it anyway. In exactly five years' time, let's promise to meet again, right here at the monastery.
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Raphael
A reunion? There's usually food at reunions. Count me in, Claude!
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Marianne
Five years from now...will be the monastery's millennium festival, celebrating 1,000 years since the founding of Garreg Mach.
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Ignatz
I hear the millennium festival will be the largest celebration in the monastery's history.
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Hilda
Oh, I get it! It'll be easier for us to all get back here with the millennium festival as an excuse.
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Lorenz
How true. As the new leader of the Alliance, I will certainly have occasion to attend and pay my respects to Lady Rhea.
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Lysithea
That almost certainly will not transpire.
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Claude
And you, Teach? I guess it's hard to imagine that you'll still be teaching here five years from now...
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Claude
But I'm sure no matter where you end up, you'll come running at the chance to see your adorable little Golden Deer again, right?
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Claude
Who knew Teach had a heart of ice? Too bad I can see from a mile away that you're joking. How you really feel is written all over your face.
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Claude
Ahem... That was your cue to promise everyone you'll return. Go on, set a good example, Teach. If you promise, everyone else will, too.
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Lysithea
Hahaha! I'm already excited! After five years, we'll all be whoever we're going to become!
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Leonie
Please, Professor! Invite Captain Jeralt too! I want to show him how well his apprentice turns out.
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Hilda
It's settled, then. What do you say, Claude? Is it official?
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Claude
The promise is sealed! That means we're all obligated to keep it. Five years from today, all of us will meet again at the monastery.
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Claude
Don't forget it, Teach. You and I will meet here again...