In front of Bostaph’s Workshop, we find some familiar faces.
Rif: Not you guys again… what is it now? I’m in kind of a hurry.
Goon: I heard the little Stray’s Disciple went off to help exterminate the Stray.
-Sounds to me like two steps from turnin’ cannibal.
Rif: What did you say!
Goon: Wanna make something of it?
Killfith: Hmph… Your Aniki had a pretty good point…
Rif: Oh, so this is what he meant.
-Sorry, but it looks like we don’t have time to deal with you.
Goon: … What’s that mean?
Rif: It means that the only people who taunt those weaker than them are half-grown amateurs.
Goon: Argh! ‘Taunt somebody weaker,’ you’re just tryin’a look smart!
Rif: Hey, won’t Lemmy come out again if you make too much of a racket?
Goon: … Shit!
(They run off)
Rif: Shall we go?
Killfith: Whatever you want…
(Down the stairs)
Rif: Huh? What’s that Murno looking at?
Cue picture of an shiny, peculiar trinket.
Murno: (!) Ah, Rif! Welcome back home. I also just got back from the Chief’s house.
-You know that “Prohibition of Love Strategy?” With Miss V.E’s amazing performance backing me up, it was a huge success.
-Actually, the chief was so moved, I felt a little bad for lying…
Rif: Seriously?! That’s good! Frankly, I’m a little surprised it went so well.
-(It looks like Murno had fun, too. I’m really glad…)
-Why are you out here, by the way?
Murno: Well… Just now, this scary man came to see V.E, but he said that the conversation was none of my business.
Rif: He kicked you out?
Murno: He didn’t, but… it was difficult to stay inside.
Rif: Honestly, he can be such a thug sometimes…
Killfith: I knew it from the moment I laid eyes on him! He’s an enemy!
Rif: Aniki’s not an enemy!
Rif: What… are you still not satisfied?
-Then let’s give him a warning for kicking Murno out.
Rif: I can’t believe he said something so mean to Murno! We have to tell him that’s not okay.
Killfith: Tell him it’s not okay? Pathetic. The first thing we should do is rearrange that eyesore of a face.
Rif: Tha—that’s terrible! Don’t say that!
Rif: Aniki, you said something terrible to Murno just now and…
V.E: What do you mean, Stray Summon hunting?!
Jade: Yeah, something like that. Looks like until he’s achieved his goal, he’s hired this rotten bunch to wander around in searches.
-Is it because of the recent earthquakes? Seemed like there were a lot of people setting out then, too…
V.E: Is his memory that bad? Because it’s starting to sound like he’s already gone senile.
-Saying that he will avenge Rob’s death…!
Rif: (!) Avenge Master Rob?!
Jade: I guess it can’t be helped. Bostaph and Rob were close friends, after all…
V.E: Close friends, huh…
Jade: They’re saying it’s to put an end to all the damage that Stray Summons have been doing near the town lately, but that’s just a cover.
-Only, since it involves Bostaph, I figured you’d want to know about it.
V.E: I see… I guess it’s not over, then. And now that I’m aware of it, I can’t very well ignore it.
Jade: Yeah… that might’ve been the first time I apologized to you.
V.E: You were always apologizing, though.
Jade: How dare you… you haven’t changed at all… but I guess I wouldn’t have it any other way.
-So. What do you want to do about this?
V.E: It would probably be best to meet with Bostaph. We’ll have to go to town.
Rif: I’M GOING TOO!
V.E: What in blue blazes?
Rif: I want to help with the Stray Summon hunting too! I want to avenge Master Rob!
Jade: Avenge Master Rob… what are you talking about, kid?
Rif: I said before I’ve been training and I’ve gotten stronger! And if you’re going to avenge Master Rob…
Jade: Training? Gotten stronger? You still don’t know what you’re talking about. Were you really Master Rob’s apprentice?
Rif: You’re the one who doesn’t understand. I could show you my strength right now in a match!
Jade: Match?! Like a half-pint could be so great! Your ‘strength’ would only get in the way. A runt like that should be disqualified as a Craftknight!
-Honestly… what would Rob say if he were alive?
V.E: Hold on a minute!
V.E: No one treats Rif like an idiot without first getting my consent!
Jade: Hey, hey, it’s not like I went that far…
V.E: What are you laughing about!
-(runs over and smacks Rif over the head)
V.E: A runt is still a runt! Didn’t I already tell you not to lower yourself looking for revenge?!
-This is why you’re still a kid.
V.E: You will stay here and train hard! Is that understood?
Killfith: That was Murno! (runs out)
V.E: What’s going on out there?!