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Sothis
Running away?
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Sothis
I understand. You hardly had the time to breathe in there.
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Sothis
It must be hard to be the favorite teacher at the ball! Poor, poor Professor!
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Sothis
Was that a joke? I find it hard to tell with you. Just think of all the students begging you to dance!
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So you do think you're the favorite! I might have known.
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Dimitri
Professor? What are you doing here?
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No. I should think not.
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Dimitri
Haha, good one, Professor. I could see saving a dance for Edelgard, but Claude is another story.
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Dimitri
In any case, I have no intention of dancing with anyone.
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Dimitri
As a child, Edelgard taught me how to dance. It was...a bit awkward, honestly.
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Dimitri
I've told you before that we're siblings by marriage, haven't I?
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Her birth mother was my stepmother, although I didn't know that at the time.
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My stepmother treated me with such kindness... just as though I were her own flesh and blood.
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And yet she never so much as hinted that she had her own child...Edelgard.
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We were born and raised in different territories, without ever knowing the other even existed.
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Yet, against all odds, for just over a year, we became childhood friends.
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Dimitri
Indeed. Unaware of each other's stations or backgrounds, we met and became incredibly close.
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This was when she and Lord Arundel were living in the Kingdom.
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Why were they in the Kingdom?
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They were in exile... This was a time of great turmoil within the Empire.
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Dimitri
I ran into her when visiting Lord Arundel's residence with my father. She seemed... quite bored. With everything.
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At first I found her to be difficult and stubborn, but that facade quickly fell away, revealing her true self beneath...
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That's around the time when she taught me how to dance. Her instruction was... Oh, let's call it strict. To put it nicely.
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You're supposed to lead with your right!
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Dimitri
El, the sun's going down! I really oughta be heading home...
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Dimitri
That one year before she had to return to the Empire was...so much fun. The time of my life, in many ways.
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Dimitri
It's kind of pathetic to think about it all these years later, but can you guess what I gave her as a parting gift?
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Dimitri
No, that makes too much sense. Actually, I gave her a dagger. You should have seen the look on her face!
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Dimitri
No, that makes too much sense. Actually, I gave her a dagger. You should have seen the look on her face!
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Dimitri
Huh. Good guess, Professor. But I swear, it came from the heart.
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Dimitri
In Faerghus, we've long considered blades as tools of destiny. As a way to cut a path to a better future.
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Dimitri
She was being dragged all over, unable to live the life she wanted. I thought the dagger could help her cut a path to the future she dreamed of.
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Dimitri
However...that was many years ago. I'm sure she's forgotten all about the boy I was back then.
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It's not too late to reconnect.
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Dimitri
I'm afraid it's far too late for that. Things are different now. She's different. I'm different.
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Dimitri
Anyway... I'm feeling a bit out of place here. Festivities like this don't suit me.
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Dimitri
Professor... Will you join me for a bit? You must be getting a bit tired of the ball by now.
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Dimitri
Still, I suppose I should get back in there. Good-bye, Professor.
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Sothis
But where is there to run? This place is filled with joyful students looking for a dance.
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Sothis
Ah... I see. The Goddess Tower waits for you...
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