Fates Supports/Ignatius Kana(M)(PC)
Kana(M): Hey, Papa. There's something I wanted to ask you about, if it's OK...
Ignatius: Yes, Kana?
Kana(M): Well, see, it's Mama. She's always treating me like I'm a little kid.
Ignatius: It's only natural. You are still quite young, after all.
Kana(M): I know that! I just mean that I'm not as much of a child as I used to be. I want to help out more. But whenever I try, she just tells me to go play with my friends instead.
Ignatius: Ah, I see. You want some responsibilities.
Kana(M): Right! I want to be someone she can rely on. Do you have any ideas on what I could do to make her happy?
Ignatius: Hm... I guess I just try to spend as much time with her as I can.
Kana(M): And that makes her happy?
Ignatius: Mhm. All she wants is to be near the people she cares about.
Ignatius: Hm? What is it?
Kana(M): I guess I was hoping for more ideas... You know, special things I could do to help out.
Ignatius: I see. Let me think...
Kana(M): Oh, I know! Let's make it a contest, Papa!
Ignatius: A contest? What kind of contest?
Kana(M): We'll have a contest to see which of us can make Mama happier! Between the two of us, I'm sure we can come up with all sorts of things! Whoever gets thanked the most wins! Heehee.
Ignatius: Interesting. A father-son competition, huh? All right. You're on.
Kana(M): Really? Yay!
Ignatius: Remember, though: I am the man she married. Are you sure you're ready for this? I'm not going to go easy on you.
Kana(M): That's fine with me, Papa. I'm gonna beat you fair and square!
Ignatius: Heh. All right, then. Let the best man win!
Kana(M): Hey, Papa. I've been doing really well on our contest, I think. How about you? Has Mama been thanking you a lot lately?
Ignatius: Yes. Although I don't think I've been doing anything special. Let's see... Here's my tally so far...
Kana(M): WOW! That's a lot! And you got all these without doing anything special? That's crazy!
Ignatius: Yeah. I never paid attention to it before, but she thanks me pretty often. I guess I do more for her than I realized. How about you, Kana?
Kana(M): Hmph. Well, I'm not gonna let that stand between me and victory! Look, I counted all mine, too. Read 'em and weep!
Ignatius: Huh. You've got the same number as I do. W-well done, kid...
Kana(M): Mhm! Say good-bye to your crown, Papa! Kana's going to beat you big-time! After all, I don't have a job, so I can spend all day helping out for Mama!
Ignatius: Heh. Just out of curiosity, what all is it you've been doing for her anyway?
Kana(M): I've mostly been helping out around camp. In the mornings, I help make arrows for the archers. Then at lunch I chop vegetables and hand out the food. And at night, I bring Mama her maps and books for planning the war strategy. And I do a bunch of little things throughout the day whenever I have time.
Ignatius: That's pretty impressive. You really are growing up, aren't you?
Ignatius: Oh, just a thought. I think I might have been treating you like too much of a child too, is all. It doesn't seem that long ago you were still soiling your underclothes. And now, all of a sudden, you're making real, important contributions to the army.
Kana(M): Hehehe! I've been working really hard. Soon, there will be nothing I can't do!
Ignatius: Oh, yeah? We'll see about that. I bet Avatar has been very grateful for all the help.
Kana(M): Hm...I just realized—she hasn't actually been saying "thank you" very much. She just tells me I did a good job whenever I finish something. Maybe I haven't been helping her as much as I thought I was...
Ignatius: Hey, now. Don't be sad. It's probably nothing. I'm sure she appreciates the help enormously. More importantly, this means that you haven't REALLY matched my score.
Kana(M): Haha! I guess you're right. I'll just have to work even harder for Mama tomorrow! I'm not gonna lose, Papa! I won't sleep 'til Mama thanks me twice as much as you!
Ignatius: Heh. This might be harder than I expected.
Kana(M): Hi, Papa...
Ignatius: You look like you're in a bad mood. Did something happen? I thought you'd be happier about your little victory over me the other day.
Kana(M): Yeah, I'm still happy about that, I guess, but... I was trying to help out Mama earlier, and she made me stop. She said I should be spending more time with my friends and playing around. She still thinks I'm just a kid. Haven't I shown her that I can help with stuff too?
Ignatius: I see. So that's what it was. You don't have to worry so much. That's not the problem.
Kana(M): But she told me she'd rather not have me helping with anything...
Ignatius: Of course she did. But it's not because you're not doing good work. Avatar is very happy that you're growing up, but she's also very sad.
Kana(M): Why would she be sad?
Ignatius: She doesn't want you to miss out on being a child. Many people are never allowed to have a childhood. And she also likes having you rely on her, even if it's sometimes a burden.
Kana(M): I still don't think I get it...
Ignatius: Think of it this way. You want her to be able to count on you, right? She wants the same thing, but the other way around. And as you become more independent, she'll feel like she's not needed as much. It's the same for every parent.
Kana(M): I guess that makes sense... Sorta...
Ignatius: Don't worry if it doesn't make sense yet. It will in time. Just try to do your best to humor us for now, OK? How about this: keep helping your mother, but don't work for hours on end every day. Take breaks and see your friends, play some games, do whatever. And it wouldn't hurt to try and spend some quality time with her now and then as well.
Ignatius: What? You don't want to spend time with her?
Kana(M): No, that's not it! It's just...I feel like all that stuff is for babies.
Ignatius: No, Kana. It's not for babies. It's for children. And she doesn't want you to grow up too fast. She wants you to be a child for just a little while longer. Both of us do.
Ignatius: Kana, we know you're growing and that you want to be responsible. You're going to be a great man, someday. Everyone knows it. But for now...just relax. Enjoy yourself. At least a little bit, here and there.
Kana(M): OK... Thanks, Papa! I'll think about everything you've said.
Ignatius: Good. You know... I think maybe you and your mother should spend some time together tonight. Have a relaxing night in, just the two of you.
Kana(M): You mean...you don't want to spend time with us too?
Ignatius: What? N-no, I've got other thi—
Kana(M): But, Papa! Don't you need to take a break sometimes too? And here I thought you wanted me and Mama to be happy! Didn't you say that Mama's always happy when you're with her?
Ignatius: ... O-OK. Fine. I can't really say no.
Ignatius: Staying in as a family? I never really saw myself as that type of guy. Heh. I guess little Kana isn't the only one who's starting to change.