Story/A Snowy Night Capriccio/E1-1 (Part1)

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In the warehouse of a Sangvis base.
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Destroyer stops taking inventory and lets out a sigh, gazing out of the window at the drifting snow.
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Destroyer

Two years ago today, we had a party... last year today, I got a present from Agent... This year... there's absolutely nothing this year...
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Destroyer activates the AI interface installed on the wall.
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Destroyer

It's Christmas today, let's play a fitting song.
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S.F. Music

Surroundings analyzed. Playing a human song written in the 20th century titled "Prison Grove".
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S.F. Music

"An icy wind burns and scars..."
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S.F. Music

"Rushes in like a fallen star..."
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S.F. Music

"Through the narrow space between these bars..."
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Destroyer slams the off button on the AI interface.
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Destroyer

That's enough, now shut up.
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Destroyer looks outside at the falling snow once again, and lets out another sigh, this time more dejected.
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Destroyer

(Sigh) I really wanna celebrate Christmas...
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... Fifteen minutes ago.
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Destroyer

... So, Agent. What's our plan for Christmas this year?
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Agent

What Christmas plan?
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Agent

Are you unaware of how dangerously low our supplies are?
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Destroyer

Stop acting. It's just us here, if you tell me I promise I won't tell.
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Agent

...
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Agent

It would appear that leaving you idle was a mistake.
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Agent

Take this manifest and do an inventory check.
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Agent

You can speak to me again about a Christmas plan once you get a grasp of the situation we are in.
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Destroyer

(Sigh)
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Destroyer

As much as I know she's telling the truth from taking inventory...
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Destroyer

I still don't want to give it up...
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Dreamer

Agent sure is getting reckless, enough to leave inventory to you.
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Dreamer

Although, considering how little supplies we have, I suppose even an idiot can count them, right?
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Destroyer

... Are you... calling me an idiot?
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Dreamer

You said it, not me.
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Dreamer

Come to think of it, according to the recon report we just received, Griffin is having a huge Christmas celebration.
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Destroyer

What?! Those Griffin T-Dolls can afford to celebrate Christmas even though they're poor enough to scavenge our parts?
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Dreamer

Their Commander left the base early in the morning, presumably to go shopping in the city.
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Dreamer

Well, even though we can't spare the effort to have a proper celebration, we can at least play some Christmas songs to lift the mood.
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Dreamer speaks as she activates the AI interface.
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Dreamer

It's Christmas today. Play something fitting.
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S.F. Music

Surroundings analyzed. Playing a Christmas song.
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S.F. Music

"We wish you a merry Christmas."
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S.F. Music

"We wish you a merry Christmas."
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"We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! ♪"
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Destroyer angrily slams the AI interface off again.
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Dreamer

Someone's got a bad temper today.
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Dreamer

However... we could redirect that temper toward something... more productive...
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Destroyer's eyes sparkle with excitement in the dim warehouse.
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Destroyer

Then I'll go scouting. It's not like I've got much to do today anyway.
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Destroyer

I might even seize some supplies to fill up our empty warehouse.
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Dreamer

How unusual, the idiot has the resolve to volunteer for a mission.
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Destroyer

So you WERE calling me an idiot!
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Gager, who has been eavesdropping, barges in suddenly.
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Gager

Are you guys about to go scout out the Griffin base?
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Gager

You can't trust an idiot to carry out a mission on her own, let me go with her.
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Destroyer

HEY! How can you act so snobby while eavesdropping?
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Destroyer

And who did you call an idiot?!
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Gager

I called an idiot an idiot.
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Gager

I'll meet you at the back gate in ten minutes.
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Destroyer

HEY— —!
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Dreamer

This dreary Christmas is starting to liven up. ♪
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... at the Griffin base.
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???

... We've already given the Commander a heads-up, please do take care of Gr G11 for us, Kalina.
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???

We will return immediately once we acquire the necessary supplies.
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???

Well. all she does is sleep anyways. Just think of her as an ugly, heavy vase that we've deposited for safekeeping.
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???

Just sleep tight here, Gr G11. You'll get the surprise you've always wanted when you wake up~ ♪
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Kalina swiftly moves the sound asleep Gr G11 to the Commander's room to keep her away from other T-Dolls.
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As she gazes at Gr G11's sleeping face, an idea suddenly comes to her. She digs out a Christmas outfit and changes Gr G11 into it.
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Kalina

Oh, you never took the gift from last Christmas with you!
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Kalina

You can still wear it this year, and I get to save some money on buying another present. ♪
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Gr G11

Hmm... Christmas...
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Gr G11

Presents... Heheh...
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Kalina leaves the room and quickly heads to the hall where the T-Dolls have gathered.
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Kalina

Merry Christmas, everyone! What a wonderful day!
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Kalina

Regrettably...
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Kalina

Our commander had to leave the base on short notice for work...
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The T-Dolls burst into an uproar upon hearing the news.
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OTs-44

(Sobs) Commander... How could this be?
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Springfield

I'm sure it must be something important, otherwise the Commander definitely would've spent Christmas with us.
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WA2000

W-who cares?! I'll celebrate Christmas even without the Commander!
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SVD

If the Commander isn't here, the booze in the cellar is fair game, right?
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Suomi

You nasty barbarians are thinking about sneaking booze out of the cellar now that the Commander's away, aren't you?!
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SAA

Only one way to settle this, it's duel time! Winner takes this can of cola I have!
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CZ75

Oh, it's time to duel? Now that you mention it, I still have a score to settle with NZ75...
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Ameli

It looks lively in here...
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Helpless facing the crowd of rowdy T-Dolls, Kalina rubs her forehead.
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Kalina

Ahem! That's enough, settle down!
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Kalina

The Commander can't spend Christmas with us this year, but—!
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Kalina

We should still have a proper celebration, for all the hard work we put it!
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Kalina looks at each T-Doll present to build up suspense.
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Kalina

Which is why I've decided to organize the first ever Secret Santa at Griffin!
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The T-Dolls start chattering excitedly.
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Kalina

I've already sent out the document explaining the details.
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Kalina

To put it simply, everyone prepares a present and leaves it at a designated location with a given number.
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Kalina

After that, everyone who has deposited their present will get to draw a number for a random present. All free of charge, of course!
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Kalina

Isn't that exciting?!
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Hearing Griffin T-Dolls cheering in excitement, Kalina nods with satisfaction.
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Kalina

What's even more exciting...
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Kalina

The Commander has also prepared a gift. We'll have to see who's lucky enough to get it!
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SAA

Yaho! Commander must've prepared a year's worth of cola for me!
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Am RFB

As if! I'm sure it's the newest game bought especially for me!
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Ameli

Hmm... Guess I'll just include the button that just tore off of my jacket in the present.
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Suomi

I gave the Commander an introductory CD last year... Then this time I'll...
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WA2000

Preparing gifts and whatnot is such a chore... But since it's already decided, guess I'll just have to do it properly...
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Springfield

Then let's all head out to search for present materials around the base.
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... Behind a shady corner near the Griffin base.
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Gager

... Spying on Griffin's Christmas plans? Did you really come all the way here for something so pointless?
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Destroyer

Though we are both Sangvis, the difference between our artistic pursuit and discipline is obvious.
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Destroyer

For instance, I can precisely tell how pointless it is to persist in giving the traitor, Architect, a present every year.
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Gager

... Cut the chit-chat while we're at work.
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Gager

Look out, the Griffin groundhogs are coming out of their hidey-holes.
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END

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