Ewan: Hey, Tethys! Check out my magic!?
Tethys: Ewan! How many times am I going to have to say it? This isn’t a field trip. Please promise me you’ll behave.
Ewan: Oh, you don’t have to worry about me. But since I’m here, I’d like to be of use. Otherwise I’m just in the way. You gotta let me do something.
Tethys: You have a point, but you’re still too young.
Ewan: Too young? I’m not a child anymore! I can look after myself!
Tethys: What are you talking about? You’re not a full-fledged mage, are you?
Ewan: Well, no, not yet. But someday I’m gonna be one of the best mages ever! These soldiers recognize my talent. That’s why I’m here on the battlefield. Just watch me! You wouldn’t say that I’m too young or inexperienced if you saw me!
Tethys: Wait! Ewan, wait up! Oh, he’s gone… Only a child would say something like, “Just watch me.”
Ewan: Hey, Tethys. You’ve been getting pretty chummy with that guy lately.
Tethys: What do you mean, Ewan? Who’s “that guy”?
Ewan: You know, THAT guy. Look, he’s right over there… And that guy waving his sword around… I’d say you’ve been a little too friendly with all of them!
Tethys: Too friendly? I wonder. I think chatting now and again is normal. Wait a minute… Ewan, are you feeling jealous?
Ewan: D-don’t be stupid. That’s not it at all!
Tethys: Hold on. You know, that man told me he found a frog in his boots the other day. And that man woke up to find half his moustache shaved off. You wouldn’t know anything about that, would you?
Ewan: N-no. This is the first I’ve heard of it.
Ewan: Um, yeah…
Tethys: Ooh! It WAS you, wasn’t it? Ewan, you can’t do things like that. Even if it is kind of funny.
Ewan: But they’re morons! All they do is get you to dance, and then they run around on the battlefield challenging each other to “contests of strength and valor”!
Ewan: They’re dumb braggarts, and I was just taking ’em down a peg. But I’m not jealous!
Tethys: All right, all right. I’ll keep your secret this time, but you must stop!
Ewan: They’re the troublemakers, you know? Oh…OK. I got it. I’ll leave ’em alone. But, Tethys?
Tethys: What is it?
Ewan: I’ll always be here to protect you. I’m not too young for that! So instead of always helping those guys, dance for me once in a while. I know it’ll make me stronger!
Ewan: I’ll see you later! You gotta promise to dance for me!
Ewan: It’s not such a good idea for you to dance too close to the front lines.
Tethys: Hee hee! Thanks for worrying about me, Ewan. But are you sure it’s not just the jealousy talking?
Ewan: Th-that’s not it at all! It’s dangerous! That’s it!
Tethys: I’m sorry, I’m sorry. But you know, Ewan… Since you joined up with the army, you really have gotten stronger.
Ewan: I have, haven’t I? So I’m no longer a novice, right?
Tethys: No, you’ve truly grown. I’m glad, but also a little sad.
Ewan: Hmm. So when I’m a full-fledged mage, you’re gonna be sad?
Tethys: I guess so. A little sad, anyways. I’m so much older than you that I’ve always thought of you as a child. That’s why I always thought I had to protect you.
Ewan: You know, at the beginning of all of this I really was treating it like a game. Then I saw the dangers you faced to help everyone. I knew I couldn’t treat it like a game any longer. Battles threaten people’s lives and need to end quickly. That’s why I need to boost my powers. I want to help you and the others. I have to become a full-fledged mage to really do my part. So, don’t be sad. I just want to protect you…
Ewan: You’ve been looking after your little brother for so many years. Now it’s my turn to return the favor. I mean, I am the man of the family. So from now on, I’m gonna be helping you out.
Tethys: Thank you, Ewan. Hearing you say that makes me very happy. It proves to me how much you’ve truly grown. But that doesn’t mean you need to rush off on your own or anything. If I thought you didn’t need me anymore, I would feel really sad.
Ewan: There’s no reason to get all weepy. No matter how old I get, you’ll always be my big sister. My one and only.