Fates Supports/Felicia Hana
Hana: Hm? Is that you, Felicia?
Felicia: Oh. Hello, Hana.
Hana: What's the matter? You don't look all that happy.
Felicia: Um... I was thinking about something, and it just got me worrying...
Hana: Ahhh, that explains it. Normally I only see that look on your face after you've dropped something.
Felicia: What is that supposed to mean?!
Hana: I'm sorry! I just meant... Never mind! Anyway, what is it that's bothering you?
Felicia: Um... Well... You know that I serve as a retainer for Lord/Lady Avatar...
Hana: Of course.
Felicia: Well, I'm worried about whether I'm doing my job properly...
Hana: Do you mean the day-to-day things? Or in how you interact with Lord/Lady Avatar?
Felicia: Yes, that! You see, Lord/Lady Avatar is like family to me. But at the same time, I'm his/her retainer, so I should always treat him/her with respect. Once I started to think about it, I began to worry that I hadn't been doing that...
Hana: I see... I know exactly what you're talking about, actually. Lady Sakura is both my best friend and my liege, after all.
Felicia: Oh, I guess you're right about that! Doesn't that make things difficult for you?
Hana: I've never felt uncomfortable...but I guess I've sometimes wondered if I'm too familiar. Now that you mention it, it really seems like such a complicated relationship. We're very close to each other, but she does hold a much higher social rank. Hmmm...
Felicia: Do you have some answers?
Hana: It's difficult to figure out where the line between master and subordinate is for us. Is there a proper attitude to have? This isn't an easy problem at all...
Felicia: No, it isn't...
Felicia: Hello, Hana. Have you had any luck coming up with an answer to our conversation before?
Hana: You mean the proper attitude to have with the person we serve but are friends with? ...I haven't, no.
Felicia: I see...
Hana: This person isn't quite a family member nor a regular comrade. Their high social rank means we retainers must serve them to our utmost ability.
Felicia: That's right...
Hana: Our relationship isn't a two-way street, either. But despite that... It isn't as though they demand we treat them special. In that way, they also hold a respect for us, don't they? And a friendship, too.
Felicia: Some people do fulfill their retainership based purely on duty, though...
Hana: But that isn't how we are, obviously.
Felicia: No, of course not.
Hana: Despite thinking about it as much as I have, I still can't come to any conclusion...
Felicia: I'm sorry. I feel like I've spread my worries to you...
Hana: No, it's fine! This honestly isn't something I'd have even considered on my own. I appreciate the opportunity!
Hana: Oh, Felicia, there you are!
Felicia: Hana... By that chipper look on your face, I'm guessing you've solved our conundrum!
Hana: Heehee, sorry. I haven't. I've been thinking about it a ton, but I haven't settled on a simple answer...
Hana: But you know what? I honestly don't think it's a question with a real answer.
Hana: We've been trying to figure out if we're not treating our masters as retainers should... But you know what? We're retainers, so however we treat them is the right way. Lady Sakura, for example, never complains about my informality.
Felicia: So...we're doing everything right? Even though other retainers behave differently?
Hana: Yes! Our masters are like family, friends, and comrades... We can't deny any of that. So we would be doing them a disservice to not treat them as all those things.
Hana: Knowing that, I think we don't need to be self-conscious about our behavior.
Felicia: You really think so?
Hana: Yes. You think that your liege is someone you can trust, right? And also someone you can depend on?
Felicia: Yes, of course! Lord/Lady Avatar has my complete and total trust!
Hana: That's good! A worthy lord/lady should. We need to trust them to the very end. That's the only thing a retainer must have. Our familiarity and friendship with them are perfectly fine, as long as we trust them.
Felicia: So you're saying that the master-servant relationship revolves around trust... I actually feel a lot better. I think I always knew it, but I needed to hear it from you.
Hana: In the end, that's why we dedicate our lives to them, right?
Felicia: Yes, that's right!
Hana: Then let's both swear to keep believing in our masters. We'll remain their retainers for as long as we are able!
Felicia: Yes, of course! Thank you, Hana!
Hana: No problem. Thanks for helping me realize something important, Felicia!