Fates Supports/Niles Avatar(F)
Avatar: Oh, hello, Niles. What are you up to?
Niles: Ah, Lady Avatar. What a pleasant surprise. Tell me, what do you suspect I am up to?
Avatar: Well, I can't really tell from here.
Niles: Then you should come a little closer. Don't worry, I don't bite.
Avatar: Gah! What was that for?
Niles: Sorry, I just felt like teasing you. I'm all done now. So if you are genuinely curious about what I'm doing... Please, feel free to come a little closer...
Niles: Scared of what I might do next? I don't blame you. I haven't yet earned your trust. It's smart of you to be skeptical.
Avatar: No, no... I trust you.
Niles: You do? How foolish! After all, I don't yet trust YOU.
Avatar: What?! Why not?
Niles: Because we barely know each other, milady. Trust is often borne out of a violent confrontation or traumatic experience. I suppose you must have had some kind of blessed childhood, free from worry.
Avatar: I don't remember anything of my childhood.
Niles: My apologies. Clearly a sore subject. Of all people, I should know better than to probe the secrets of a troubled history.
Avatar: What do you mean by "of all people"? What happened to you?
Niles: Oh ho! You offer nothing and expect juicy gossip in return. Sorry, child, but you'll have to do better than that.
Avatar: Niles, do you have a moment?
Niles: Still fishing for a story about my sordid past, are you?
Avatar: No, it's not that. I think because my memories are so limited... I'm always curious to hear about other people's backgrounds.
Niles: I see. You know, I do believe you are genuinely curious.
Avatar: I am. So, would you be willing to share a little bit of your past with me?
Niles: Very well. But you should know up front that it's not all lollipops and puppy dogs. Since I was a child, I've had to do a lot of unsavory things just to survive. Steal, beg, kill—just another Tuesday for li'l Niles, sadly.
Niles: Surprised? I haven't even gotten to the good stuff.
Avatar: I'm so sorry. I think I've heard enough for now. I should have known better than to pry.
Niles: Please, it's all in the past. But you should know that if we continue, there is a nonzero chance you may faint.
Avatar: I'm so sorry. You're putting on a brave face, but I can't imagine...
Niles: No. If anything, I should apologize to you. You asked so sweetly, and here I am teasing you again. My past was troubled, and I certainly suffered a great deal. But it is all in the past, and I don't mind sharing. At least, I don't mind sharing with someone whose motives are pure. As I believe yours are.
Avatar: Well, thank you. Perhaps we could chat again another time...
Niles: Certainly, Lady Avatar. Let me know when you're in the mood for another trust-building session.
Niles: Hello, Lady Avatar.
Avatar: Niles? Is something wrong?
Niles: No, of course not. I just thought I'd offer you the pleasure of my company.
Avatar: Oh. Heh! Yeah, that sounds good. It's been a while since we've chatted.
Niles: Oh? A chat? With a near-infinite array of more stimulating activities available to us?
Avatar: Do I dare ask for an example?
Niles: Oh, let's see... How about low-friction tactical grappling and strategy?
Avatar: Uh...I've never heard of that. What's involved?
Niles: Oh, it's a valuable training technique. First, we simulate the conditions of low friction by applying oil to our bodies. Then we practice various situational grappling techniques.
Avatar: Niles, that just sounds like oil wrestling. I don't think I'm ready for that.
Niles: Very well! Then I suppose we'll just have to have a VERY stimulating chat.
Avatar: Yes, that sounds good.
Avatar: ... Niles?
Niles: You know, I'm afraid I'm fresh out of stimulating topics of conversation.
Avatar: Oh...I see.
Niles: Isn't that peculiar? There's nothing I wish to discuss, and yet I approached you today. Why is that?
Avatar: I...I couldn't tell you.
Niles: Perhaps I just wanted to see that flustered look on your face again. No, that's not it... Perhaps, in a twisted sort of way... I wish to connect with you as a person.
Avatar: Heh. Niles, there's nothing twisted about that. It's normal.
Niles: Well! That's the first time anyone's ever used that word to describe me. Would you mind terribly if we try this whole "human connection" thing again later?
Avatar: Of course not. Please, be my guest.
Niles: Good day, Lady Avatar.
Avatar: Hello, Niles. How can I help you?
Niles: Well, this might seem out of character, but I was hoping we could have a serious chat.
Avatar: Oh, that doesn't sound good. Is something the matter?
Niles: Hmm. I suppose it depends. On how you respond to the topic at hand.
Avatar: All right... So, what did you want to talk about?
Niles: I was just wondering...if you believe a person can be irreparably damaged.
Avatar: You're talking about yourself. Is that how you feel about yourself?
Niles: No. But I was wondering if that's how you perceive me.
Avatar: Where is this coming from?
Niles: Do you believe a person with a broken past can build a real future?
Avatar: Well, I certainly hope so. If you'll recall, my past isn't exactly a fairy tale.
Niles: Oh, I know! So given two people with equally complex histories... What do you think would happen if they joined to create a new future together? As a married couple.
Avatar: A married couple?!
Niles: Yes. I've done a lot of thinking about this. You and I have so much in common. You're the first person I've ever met who has shown genuine empathy for me. And I don't believe that's a coincidence.
Avatar: This is a lot to take in.
Niles: Do you think you could marry me? I want you to take this ring.
Niles: You seem hesitant. Very well, I was aware that my chances were slim...
Avatar: You speak too soon, Niles.
Avatar: In truth, I've become fascinated with you. You've overcome so much. Our past is out of our control and irrelevant. You've shown me how to move forward. So...yes. I will marry you.
Niles: Ah, I knew I was right about you. How splendid! Well, now that the boring, sappy part is out of the way... We don't have to act so reserved.
Avatar: Wait, this is your "reserved"?
Niles: Oh ho! You haven't seen anything yet.
Niles: Do you have any idea what you're getting into? I sure hope not...