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Byleth enters the scene
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Sothis
So this is where your father lived...
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Sothis
Hm? Are you still crying?
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Sothis
If turning back the hands of time was not enough to save his life, you must accept what came to pass was fate.
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Sothis
Control yourself. Though Jeralt's death was at the hands of wicked ones, a fate is still a fate.
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Sothis
Agreed. We cannot let the wicked ones run free.
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Sothis
Oh! Your father said to look for something here. He must have been referring to whatever is behind that bookcase there...
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Your father's diary... Huh, his handwriting is prettier than his face would suggest.
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Well, well! These entries here are from before your birth. He seems to have been writing this for quite some time.
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Sothis
Hm? Ah... Read that part there. Horsebow Moon, Year 1159...
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Day 20 of the Horsebow Moon. All is cloudy. I can't believe she's dead.
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Lady Rhea said she died during childbirth. But is that the truth?
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And still, the child she traded her life for doesn't make a sound. Didn't even cry at birth.
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Day 25 of the Horsebow Moon. It's raining. The baby doesn't laugh or cry. Not ever.
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Lady Rhea says not to worry, but a baby that doesn't cry...isn't natural.
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I had a doctor examine the child in secret. He said the pulse is normal, but there's no heartbeat. No heartbeat!
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Day 2 of the Wyvern Moon. Sunny. I feel I must take the child and leave.
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But the church is always watching us... I don't know what Lady Rhea has planned.
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I used to think the world of Lady Rhea. Now I'm terrified of her.
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Day 8 of the Wyvern Moon. More rain. I used the fire that broke out last night to fake the child's death.
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Lady Rhea is in a state over the news. But I can't change what I've done. I've got to take the child and leave...
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Well now! That baby must be you! That means... Hm? Someone is approaching us.
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Dimitri enters the scene
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Dimitri
There you are. Lady Rhea is looking for you, Professor.
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Dimitri
And after your audience, why don't you join me at the dining hall? You haven't eaten since... since it happened. Have you?
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Dimitri
Forgive me... I suppose it's too soon to try and coax you back into the normal swing of things.
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Dimitri
As for what happened to Jeralt... I'm so sorry. I'm sorry I couldn't do anything to stop it.
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Dimitri
Stay here until you've found some peace. I'll cover for you with Lady Rhea and everyone else.
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Dimitri
We'll be waiting for you whenever you're ready to return to us.
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Dimitri
No need to put on a brave face. No one would blame you for taking time for yourself.
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Dimitri
I don't believe it's a sign of strength to just keep moving forward no matter what.
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Dimitri
Taking the time to grieve for those we've lost... there's strength in that too. That's what I think, anyway.
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That said... It's also important to remember that no matter how sad you are, eventually your tears will dry up.
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Dimitri
That's when you have to figure out what it is you're living for. Then you can cling to that, with all your might, and start moving forward again.
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What I'm living for?
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Dimitri
Four years ago, in Duscur, I experienced the same pain you're feeling now.
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Dimitri
My father...was the strongest man I knew. Someone I loved and admired deeply. That day, he was killed before my eyes. His head severed clean off.
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Dimitri
My stepmother, the kindest person I had ever known, left me behind and disappeared into the infernal flames.
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Dimitri
Everyone who I considered precious...my family and my closest friends...I couldn't save any of them. Not a single one.
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Dimitri
Now, the burden of the work they left behind falls on me. I must ensure they have no regrets. That's my duty, as the sole survivor of the tragedy.
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Dimitri
It's a heavy burden, but accepting it gave me the strength to pick myself up off the ground and start moving again. Start living again.
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Dimitri
Jeralt is gone... So, what will you do now, Professor? What must you do?
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Dimitri
Look deep in your heart and I'm certain you'll find the answer there...indelible and inescapable.
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Dimitri
I've probably bothered you enough for today, but I have just one more thought to leave you with.
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Dimitri
Even now, Seteth is gathering the knights to begin a full scale search for the enemy.
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Dimitri
It may not be right away, but before long they will find their trail.
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Dimitri
No matter what happens or what anyone may say, know that I plan to stand by you, Professor. Through anything. Until the bitter end.
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Dimitri leaves the scene
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Sothis
Well? Did you search deep within yourself as he suggested? And did you find yourself some answers?
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Sothis
This book is filled with secrets yet unknown. We must return another time to read the rest.
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Sothis
Oh, but I have at least figured one thing out.
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Sothis
I know now why our fates are intertwined...