Vanessa: You must be Lute!
Lute: And who are you?
Vanessa: I’m Vanessa. I’m captain of Frelia’s pegasus knights. And this here is Titania. We’re both pleased to meet you, Lute.
Lute: Ah, the pegasus, the proud, winged horse. You know, they only attach to someone they accept as their master. And did you know that pegasi fly by kicking the air, not by flapping their wings. It’s a common misconception, but wings are mainly used for gliding.
Vanessa: …Yes, as captain, I learned all this long ago. Plus, if they flapped their wings constantly, no one would be able to ride them.
Lute: In some countries, the word pegasus means “fountain” or “ocean.” Different cultures have different stories about the creation of the pegasus. In one legend, there was a monster who could turn anyone into stone. When the monster died, its blood seeped into the ground. There, a pegasus was born.
Vanessa: Interesting… You are very knowledgeable.
Lute: I know.
Vanessa: …Well! Thank you for the lesson. I’m glad we’re on the same team. It was nice meeting you.
Lute: Yes, nice to meet you, Titania.
Vanessa: I’m Vanessa!
Vanessa: Um… No.
Lute: I meant…Vanessa, right?
Vanessa: I’m happy to know that I’ve made such a strong impression on you, Lute. … So, what can I do for you?
Lute: It’s common knowledge that pegasi have strong resistance to magic. I developed a new counterattack to that power, but it still needs refining. I guess what I’m saying is… Can I try it out on Titania?
Vanessa: What?! No! Of course not!
Lute: I was joking.
Vanessa: Sigh. You said it with such a straight face… You definitely had me fooled.
Lute: Thank you! That’s so sweet of you to say.
Vanessa: It wasn’t a compliment! Besides, you really don’t seem like someone who has much of a sense of humor.
Lute: Is that right?
Vanessa: Yes… And it seems like your magic is the real thing. When you defeated the enemy the other day, I saw a sharp flash of magic from above.
Lute: Gee, I wonder why that happened…
Vanessa: Because…you’re good?
Lute: Why, yes! You are 100 percent correct! For once.
Vanessa: My point is, we don’t have enough mages in Frelia, so we’re counting on you. When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a pegasus knight like my sister. I was also interested in magic, but I just didn’t have the talent.
Lute: Well, you are a great pegasus knight, so it’s worked out fine. Besides, I am also interested in becoming a pegasus knight.
Vanessa: Where are you in your training?
Lute: I’m at 98 levels out of 158 levels total.
Vanessa: That’s very impressive… Anyway, let’s just do our best out there, shall we?
Lute: Of course.
Vanessa: Lute, did you know this? The wings of a thousand pegasi are an incredibly potent aphrodisiac.
Lute: I…I didn’t know that… OK, now I really need Titania’s help. Wait! Wait! I was just kidding! Hush, Titania! Hush! I was joking!
Vanessa: I see… I was, um, kidding, as well. Heh heh? Hee hee! Consider it payback. But, Lute, I never thought you would try to steal the wings right off her back! Guess the battlefield is a lonely place! Ha ha ha ha! You know, I’m often told that I need to loosen up and not be so serious. I’d always tried to be like my sister. She’s very strong, as both a knight and a person. Maybe I’ve tried too hard. But it’s so much easier to loosen up with people like you around. Thanks!
Lute: I see.
Vanessa: When I’m with you, I can relax and just be myself.
Lute: Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that.
Vanessa: That was a compliment! Jeez. You’re a tough one… When this war is over, would you like to come visit me in Frelia? You could ride a pegasus if you’d like.
Lute: That would be an illuminating experience. But I have to start reading up on pegasi behavior now, so I won’t get thrown off. Do they like carrots?
Vanessa: Well, I don’t know about that. I’ll let you do your research. I must go now. See you later, Lute.
Lute: Yes, Vanessa.