Killfith: Have you already met with her this morning?
Rif: Met with… um, who exactly?
Killfith: You know… her.
Rif: Ahh, you mean Murno! Sorry about that. Of course she’s on your mind.
Killfith: You id…! Who’s on whose mind? If you keep harassing me with that—
Rif: Heehee… anyway, do you want to go see how Murno’s doing?
Killfith: What the… I’m telling you, you’re the only one who was thinking about her.
Rif: Whatever you say. Let’s just go make sure her fever’s completely gone, okay?
Killfith: Hmph. If it’ll make you stop bugging me.
Rif: Let’s check up on Murno!
Killfith: If you want to go that badly, I suppose I can’t stop you.
Rif: Okay, but I don’t see what the difference is.
(Outside the workshop)
V.E: Hey, Murno, are you ready to go yet?
-Master, are you going out?
V.E: Yeah, we’re headed off to visit Chief. Murno hasn’t introduced herself to him yet.
Killfith: You mean because she was sick before?
V.E: Bingo! But she’s completely recovered now with the help of the medicine you two got.
V.E: Hold on a bit. She’s about to come down in a new change of clothes.
Rif: New clothes? What for?
V.E: She is going to meet with Chief. Her outfit before made her look too suspicious—I couldn’t present her to Chief looking like that.
-So I lent her some hand-me-downs to help brighten up her appearance.
Killfith: You gave her some of your hand-me-downs, woman?
V.E: Call. Me. Master. How many times do I have to say it before it gets through?
Murno: Um… Miss V.E…
V.E: Are you ready yet? Let’s see how you clean up.
(Murno comes down in a new outfit, looking a little embarrassed)
V.E: How do you like it? It looks cute.
Murno: Um… it’s a lot cuter than what I had before, but… it doesn’t look strange on me?
Killfith: (blushing) Um…
V.E: Ooh, good answer, Killfith. Even better than I hoped for. How about you, Rif?
-It’s nowhere near strange! >So Cute!
So Cute!Rif: It suits you! Very much so!
Murno: Thank you.
V.E: Seems we have a unanimous vote.
Murno: Miss V.E… >Stories
V.E: Do you have something to say? Or has she robbed you of speech, too?
Rif: If you had such cute outfits, how come you never lent me one?
V.E: Well… it’s not like there was ever an opportunity or anything…
-Anyway, it’s like… you don’t exactly have the figure to pull it off, you know…
Rif: So you can pull it of, then?!
V.E: Quit being so rude!
-(runs up and smacks Rif over the head)
Rif: Owwwie… that was uncalled for. >Stories
StoriesV.E: Now, before we head off, let’s get our stories straight.
Rif: What do you mean?
V.E: When you introduced Killfith to Chief yesterday, did you say anything about why we’re giving this girl shelter? Is there anything we shouldn’t say?
Rif: Oh, that.
Murno: Excuse me…
V.E: Although a Craftknight having ambition isn’t really a problem, you probably wouldn’t want to let show that very much, huh…
Murno: Excuse me…
Rif: How about we say she’s your relative? Maybe your cousin or something.
V.E: Except for the fact I’m a Summon Creature!
Rif: Oh yeah, good point.
Murno: Excuse me…
V.E: One thing at a time! And quit saying “excuse me!”
Murno: Excu—I mean… yes, ma’am.
Killfith: Hey, watch how you speak to her.
Murno: It’s all right, Killfith.
V.E: If we can get back to the matter at hand, even just trying to pass her off as a relative of Rif’s isn’t a very clever plan.
Killfith: So if it isn’t clever, we can’t use it?
V.E: Fine, then. We’ll use the setting I thought up.
Killfith: Tell me you’re joking.
Rif: Is that what you call it? A setting?
V.E: Then, Miss Murno, are you ready to start?
Rif: Why the sudden change in atmosphere?
Murno: Before I came here, I had been working as a maid in a mansion owned by a wealthy family.
-Because the Lady of the house was so strict, my job was sometimes nerve-wracking, but it had been doable.
-The Landlord, on the other hand, was a very gentle man. He’s the one who gave me a job and let me live under his roof.
Rif: I see.
Murno: But… as the Landlord and I became close friends, living together in the same house…
-We ended up falling in love.
Killfith: (stares) …
Murno: However, that love was never meant to last. Once the Lady realized how we felt about one another, she drove me out of the mansion.
-After all the time that had passed, I couldn’t return to my parents’ home, so I wandered aimlessly through the forest until, after a long, hard struggle, I found this village.
-I came across the wounded Miss V.E by chance, and she was kind enough to hire me as an assistant.
-Um, excuse me…
V.E: No, I can’t allow any questions! Not after such a tale of the prohibition of love!
-If you force her to speak again so soon after she’s already spoken in such length, you’ll only wound her heart.
-So you can’t!
Rif: Yeah, I guess…
V.E: So, Rif, what do you think of entitling this “The Prohibition of Love Strategy?”
Rif: You ask that but… you’ve already got your mind set on it, don’t you?
V.E♡: Oh, the prohibition of love… It’s just like how Rob and I were…
-A perilous relationship that burns so sweet and bright, it is impossible to explain to another person…
Rif: Yeah, well…
V.E: It’s the perfect scenario. All of America would weep to hear it!
Rif: Ameri what now?
V.E: Just leave it to me!
-Let’s get going, Murno. This kid worries about you way too much. She won’t be able to get any training done as long as we hang out here.
V.E: Well, study hard.
(V.E and Murno depart)
Rif: Yeah… will it really be all right, I wonder?