Fates Supports/Arthur Niles
Arthur: Hello, Niles! I don't believe we've had the pleasure of conversing before.
Niles: That's correct. Which I've always found strange, since we were both stationed in the palace.
Arthur: Yes, well...your reputation precedes you. I suppose I never went out of my way to make your acquaintance...
Niles: Because of my past? How shallow of you. I suspected as much, however, which is why I never bothered to meet you, either. Nothing irritates me more than a smug little goody-goody. I'm talking about you, in case you didn't catch my drift.
Arthur: Oh dear. There's that sharp tongue you're known for. Look, I didn't mean to get off on the wrong foot like this...
Niles: Just another failure to add to your list, I suppose.
Niles: Heh. You're already speechless? How cute. How about I say something REALLY offensive? Blow those cute ears right off your head?
Arthur: This is...unpleasant. I would like to end the conversation now.
Niles: Very well. I'll let you off the hook once. But be prepared to fend for yourself if you wish to speak with me again!
Arthur: I'm probably going to regret this, but... I have to ask you something, Niles.
Niles: Ooh. How brave of you to walk into the lion's den alone. What's up?
Arthur: I've heard that a large number of thieves in the area are coordinating a heist. Tell me straight—are you in on the plan?
Niles: Bwahaha! Wait, you're serious. Even if I were in on this plan, why the devil would I tell you?
Arthur: Because...justice? Look, I know that you were associated with some of these thieves in the past.
Niles: So what? That doesn't make me guilty.
Arthur: Well, not necessarily, I suppose...
Niles: You've given me an idea. Perhaps I will join up with this band of merry thieves...
Arthur: Oh, come on! You can't be serious!
Niles: Maybe I am! What are you going to do about it?
Arthur: This is suspicious...
Niles: Wait. You're actually ACTUALLY serious.
Arthur: Well, joking about a crime is a well-known defense technique. Because, if you joke about it, surely you wouldn't actually DO it, right? Oh ho! Thought you could outthink Arthur, did you, evildoer?
Niles: Your logic is breathtakingly stupid.
Arthur: Is it? Darn. I did just kind of make that up.
Niles: Yep. It was obvious.
Arthur: Well, you can make fun of me all you want. But if you're hiding something, you better tell me now.
Niles: See you later, Arthur.
Arthur: Niles. I've come to apologize.
Arthur: Yes. Despite a few unlucky coincidences, I was able to catch the thieves. After I dropped them off at the jail, I saw you sneaking in the back entrance. I thought you must have been coming to break them out... So, I stuck around to see what would happen. And I heard every word that you said to them. You were trying to help them turn their lives around.
Niles: Yes, well. Would this be an appropriate time to say "I told you so"?
Arthur: Yes, I believe it would. Anyway, I apologize for being prejudiced against you based on your past.
Niles: Let me tell you a story. I've never met my own parents. My father left before I was born, and my mother abandoned me as an infant. A gang of street thieves took me in as a child and became my family. One day, we boldly decided to rob the Nohrian royal palace. Of course we were caught, and in that moment, my supposed family betrayed me. The other thieves left me as a decoy and saved themselves.
Arthur: That's terrible!
Niles: That's when Lord Leo showed up. I knew that I didn't stand a chance against him, so I surrendered. I actually begged him to kill me. But, for some reason, he spared me. And ever since then, I've been by his side. My criminal life ended the day those thieves abandoned me. And when Lord Leo spared my life, I was reborn.
Arthur: Thank you for sharing that, Niles. I should have relied on Lord Leo's judgment and trusted you from the start. Now then! I'm off to tell everyone about what a great guy you are!
Niles: Um, that's really not necessary.
Arthur: Of course it is! It's not fair that you have a bad reputation. People need to know the truth about you! Justice must prevail! I will shout it from the rooftops. "Niles is A-OK in my book"! Ha ha! This is going to be great!
Niles: Can we go back to being enemies?