Fates Supports/Niles Azura
Niles: Lady Azura, might I entice you over here for a little chat?
Niles: What's the matter? You don't look busy right now. Surely you can spare a moment.
Azura: It's not that. It's just... What in the world do you and I have to discuss?
Niles: Why, we could talk about any number of things!
Azura: Niles, I'm not trying to be rude, but you have a reputation for being inappropriate!
Niles: That I do! But fear not, milady. I swear to keep my tongue under tight reign with you. I would never want to bring you disgrace by exposing those lovely ears to my filth.
Azura: Are you being serious?
Niles: You have my word.
Azura: I have to confess. I'm a little shocked. I never knew you could be such a gentleman.
Niles: Well, give me a chance sometime. There's more I'd like to explain, but not just yet.
Azura: All right, Niles. I'll wait.
Niles: Lady Azura, I'm sorry I left you hanging the other day.
Azura: Our conversation ended on a mysterious note, didn't it?
Niles: Let me explain. You see—I believe that you and I are cut from the same cloth.
Azura: Do you? And HOW exactly is that?
Niles: Well, you don't have to look so horrified. At least, allow me to finish! You and I have both experienced real suffering unlike most of the idiots we know.
Azura: What do you mean?
Niles: As a child, I was abandoned by my parents and had to fend for myself in the slums. Before Lord Leo accepted me as his retainer, I was literally living in the gutter...
Azura: I had no idea!
Niles: It's left me with a low tolerance for people who lack compassion. I cannot stand shallow people! I try to avoid them at all costs.
Azura: I understand.
Niles: I know you do. I can tell that you are different from the others, milady. In fact, I get the impression that your childhood was no picnic either. You keep your distance by being aloof, while I actively drive people away. The more people I offend, the fewer I have to put up with. See? We're quite the same.
Azura: You have a point there.
Niles: I thought we should be friends since we've got so much in common.
Azura: I'm a little surprised by all this, but I'm glad to give you a chance.
Niles: Good. We'll talk soon then. I look forward to it.
Azura: Me too, Niles.
Azura: Niles, so we meet again.
Azura: ...Hmm. This is awkward. I have no idea what we should talk about! I usually try to avoid making idle chitchat.
Niles: I know what you mean. I can think of a hundred ways to make someone cringe. But when it comes to small talk, I'm at a loss. *sigh* We're like porcupines—aren't we?
Niles: Yes. We've armed ourselves with barbs to drive other people away. Even if I wanted to get close to someone, I'd probably stab them on accident.
Azura: I'd prefer to think of myself as a rose, not a porcupine—but I see what you mean.
Niles: Making friends is hard, isn't it?
Azura: It doesn't have to be.
Azura: Honestly, Niles, I feel closer to you already. You've shown me another side to you. I think we're doing well for two porcupines! Any closer, and we'll only injure each other.
Niles: Ah, that's fair. We should probably keep a safe distance then.
Azura: Yes. Perhaps we should discuss the weather. Isn't that what others do?
Niles: I believe you're right. Hmm... I rather enjoy sunny days like this. Don't you?
Azura: Yes! But my favorite are snowy winter mornings. I get up early and make cocoa...
Azura: Niles, is something wrong? You have a very serious look on your face.
Niles: I need to be honest with you.
Azura: Hold on right there! Is that what I think it is?!
Niles: This? It's a ring.
Azura: That better not be a wedding ring!
Niles: Would that be such a problem? Lady Azura, you're all I can think about...
Azura: Let's slow down for a minute and discuss this like two reasonable adults. Niles, I do have feelings for you, but we've barely managed to discuss the weather! It's like you said... If we get too close, we'll only end up hurting each other.
Niles: Who says we have to get any closer?
Azura: But you said—
Niles: I don't want to ruin what we have now, and neither do you. This ring is a sign of my commitment to you. I want to be with you forever...even if it must be from a safe distance.
Azura: Do you really mean that? I am so grateful we found each other. I'll treasure this ring—and you—always.
Niles: Thank you, milady. I never expected to find such happiness.