Fates Supports/Niles Kana(M)(PC)
Kana(M): Hey, Papa. There's something I wanted to ask you about.
Kana(M): It's Mama. I feel like she's always treating me like a child.
Niles: Well, it's only natural. You are her son, after all. And you ARE still quite young.
Kana(M): I know, I know. I just mean...I'm not as much of a child as I used to be. I want to help out and stuff. But whenever I try, she just tells me to go play with my friends instead.
Niles: I see. So you want a few responsibilities of your very own, hm?
Kana(M): Right! I want to show her that she can rely on me. Can you think of any special things that I could do for her?
Niles: Well, I usually give her one of my patented, world-famous massages. Guaranteed to rub the cares out of all your major joints and muscle groups!
Niles: Hm? Is something the matter?
Kana(M): I guess I was just hoping for things that I could do for her too... I don't know how to do massages like you, Papa.
Niles: Ah, yes. I can see how that would present quite the pickle for you. After all, these fingers were molded over years and years of intense practice! An amateur could never match such skill. Perhaps there is something else...
Kana(M): Oh, I know! Let's have a contest, Papa!
Niles: A contest?
Kana(M): Yeah! 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 Mama thanks the most wins!
Niles: A father-son competition, eh? Sounds splendid! I accept your challenge.
Kana(M): Really? Yay!
Niles: But remember, I am Lady Avatar's soul mate. I know her heart like no other. Besting me will be no easy thing. I do not intend to compete by half measures.
Kana(M): That's OK with me, Papa. I'm gonna beat you fair and square!
Niles: Very well. May the best man win!
Kana(M): Hey, Papa! I've been making a ton of progress on our contest! How about you?
Niles: Well, I haven't done anything too special, but I've gotten quite a few thanks. I've got a tally right...here. Read it and weep.
Kana(M): WOW! That's a lot! You got all of these already?
Niles: Heh. Yup! All in a day's work for ol' Niles.
Kana(M): Hmph. Well I'm still not gonna lose! Here, see! I recorded all mine too! And the total is...um...
Niles: Wh-what is this?! You've got the same number as me!
Kana(M): I do? I do! Haha! Kana's gonna beat you big-time, Papa! I don't have to work like you, so I can start spending all day doing things for Mama!
Niles: You've got me there. What exactly have you been doing anyways?
Kana(M): Mostly I've been trying to help out around camp. I spend each morning making arrows for the fletchers. Then at lunch I chop the bear meat and hand out the food to the soldiers. Oh, and at night I make sure the mounts are all fed and outfitted for the next day. Plus I do a bunch of other little things whenever I have time!
Niles: That's quite a lot of work. I'm impressed. You really have been growing up, haven't you?
Niles: Oh, just a thought. It wasn't so long ago you were still in your swaddling clothes. Now, all of a sudden, you're making real, important contributions to the army. Perhaps I've been treating you like too much of a child as well.
Kana(M): Heehee. Yeah, I've been working real hard. Soon there'll be nothing I can't do.
Niles: I believe it. And I bet your mother is very proud of you for all your hard work.
Kana(M): I hope so! And I'm gonna work even harder for her tomorrow! I won't let this end in a draw, Papa!
Niles: And you'd be crazy to expect anything else from me! Heh. Looks like things are going to be getting interesting.
Niles: Hello, Kana.
Kana(M): Hi, Papa...
Niles: Eh? What's the matter? I'd have expected you to still be exulting over your little victory the other day. Or has besting your old man already lost its novelty?
Kana(M): Oh, no. I'm still happy about that, I guess. It's just that I was trying to do things for Mama earlier, and she made me stop. She said I should be spending more time playing around with my friends. She still thinks I'm just a kid. Haven't I shown her I can do all this stuff too?
Niles: I see. Well, I wouldn't worry. It's not you. You're doing good work, I promise.
Kana(M): Then why doesn't she want me to help with anything?
Niles: I think your mother knows full well you're capable of handling these things. But seeing you acting so grown up makes her feel sad.
Kana(M): Huh? Why?
Niles: Well, she doesn't want to lose her baby boy. She is so very proud of you for growing up and working so hard. But at the same time, she's worried it means you won't need her anymore. It's a bit of a contradiction, I know. Parents can be funny like that.
Kana(M): So then what am I supposed to do?
Niles: I'd say to keep helping out around camp, but don't work yourself quite so hard. Take breaks to see your friends, play games, go on adventures. You know. And also try to spend some quality time with your mother every now and then. Think you can handle that?
Niles: Hm? Do you not want to spend time with your mother?
Kana(M): No, that's not it! It's just... I feel like that stuff is for babies.
Niles: No, Kana. It's not for babies. It's for children. And your mother wants you to stay a child for just a little while longer. We both do.
Niles: You've become such a good kid, I doubt anyone would believe you were mine. So don't worry too much about relaxing every once in a while.
Kana(M): OK. Thanks, Papa. I'll think real hard about everything you've said.
Niles: Good! You know... I think it would be good if you spent the night in with your mother. I'll go talk to her about it now.
Kana(M): Wait! What about you?
Niles: Me? No, I've got to—
Kana(M): But, Papa! Don't you need a break sometimes too? I thought you wanted me and Mama to be happy!
Niles: But I— All right. When you put it that way... Yeesh.
Niles: Heh. Never thought I'd be spending a night in with a family of my very own. So this must be happiness, huh? Maybe it's something worth protecting after all. Looks like Kana's not the only one who's changing...