Story/A Snowy Night Capriccio/E1-3 (Part1)

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... In the Griffin base.
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Kalina

Looks like everyone's ready. In that case, let's start gathering the presents at the appointed location!
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Kalina

No need to push, everyone! Line up single-file in front of me for registration!
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FAL

Quit shoving me, I'll turn you into a snowman if you get my clothes wrinkled.
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Fel the Ferret growls threateningly.
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SAA

Whoa, FAL's shoving her way forward while she's complaining!
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Am RFB

Careful with that cola, it's dripping on my console!
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WA2000

Hey! Aren't you lot getting too excited about this?
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OTs-44

There's dolls pushing all around me, I've been lifted off my feet...
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Ameli

Uh... where am I... I can't see anything except legs...
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M21

Stay close, M14! It would be bad if your fire control core gets popped out from all these dolls pushing us!
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Overhearing M21's words, Gr MG5's hands freeze in place. She gives them a look that is normally reserved for idiots.
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M14

Don't worry, if your fire control core gets popped out we'll visit you at the cafe every day...
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Gr MG5 does a double-take, now fully in disbelief.
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Gr MG5

It seems S.F. has finally developed some kind of idiot ray...
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Gr MG5

M14's IQ is now on the same level as M21's. How could any Doll believe that their fire control cores can just pop out like that?!
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Springfield

Everyone, please line up. There's no need to push...
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As she watches the live broadcast from the Dinergates, Destroyer has a good idea of what is currently happening in the Griffin base.
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Destroyer

Hehe, you stupid Griffin Dolls.
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Destroyer

I just need to figure out how to navigate your base, and then the presents you put so much effort into preparing will be mine!
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Destroyer

Lady Luck is still on my side, hahahahaha...
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Destroyer

Now go, start plotting the route!
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After receiving their orders, the S.F. Dinergates nimbly split up and head out.
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One of them sneaks through the dorm corridors, computing the ideal escape route.
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Suddenly, a foot presses down upon its body, pinning it in place.
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ART556

Teehee, objective secured. ♪
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As Destroyer watches the Dinergate getting dragged into the darkness from the live feed, all she can do is clench her fists...
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Destroyer

Dammit, dammit, dammit!
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Destroyer

Why does Griffin have such unruly Dolls...
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Destroyer

I need to find a way to get that Dinergate out of there...
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... Inside the dorms.
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ART556 places her captured Dinergate — all trussed-up like a turkey — into a repair bay.
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ART556

Hehe, time to begin my perfect plan!
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ART556

For starters, I'll modify this Dinergate to look like one of S.F.'s.
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ART556

Then, I'll send it to the present storage area.
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ART556

That's bound to cause chaos, and I can simply help myself to the presents amidst the confusion! Hahahahaha!
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As ART556 talks excitedly to herself and works with her tools, the poor Dinergate is reminded of the terror it just went through...
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On the other side of the connection, Destroyer chews on her thumb and frowns. She finally manages to relax upon grasping the situation.
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Destroyer

Whew— good thing she only changed its external appearance. This Dinergate is still under my control.
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Destroyer

I might as well just play along with her plan...
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... Half an hour later.
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Inside the Griffin base.
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Kalina

Alright, we've finished counting up the presents!
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Kalina

After this, take the number you drew and find the present which matches it.
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Kalina

Hope everyone gets something they like~
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Kalina

Wait, what's that?
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A Sangvis Dinergate suddenly pops up in front of the Griffin Dolls. The poor, defenseless critter shivers for a moment, and then immediately runs off in despair.
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CZ75

That's a Sangvis Dinergate!
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Suomi

Go! Get it!
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The Sangvis Dinergate darts through the Griffin Dolls' legs, nimbly avoiding all the obstacles in its path.
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WA2000

Ahhhh, what a pain! I'll try to flank and block it!
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SAA

Hold my cola, I'll help too!
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Am RFB

Hehe, I just cleared this map, nobody can beat me at parkour!
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M21

M14, look! My prediction came true—
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M14 — who has been aiming at the Dinergate — loses her concentration as she compliments M21.
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M14

Well done!
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The Sangvis Dinergate takes the opportunity to brush past M14's legs.
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M14

Whoaaaa! Did the Dinergate touch us?! It touched us, right?!
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The tiny silhouette of the Dinergate continues weaving through the Griffin Dolls, leaving chaos and shrieks in its wake.
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ART556 lowers a rope down the chimney, nodding to herself in satisfaction as she watches the excitement unfold.
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ART556

Just as planned. Now I can help myself to the presents like the cool thief that I am...
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And so, beneath her feet, chaos unfolds...
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END

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