Story/A Snowy Night Capriccio/E1-4 (Part1)
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... Outside the Griffin base.
The Commander, who left the base early in the morning to do shopping in the city, has returned in high spirits.
CommanderWhy's everything so quiet? Something doesn't feel right...
... 12 hours ago.
CommanderKalin, I'm heading out to buy some presents.
CommanderRemember to make up a sensible cover story.
CommanderMake sure to keep this a surprise!
KalinaLeave it to me, Commander!
The Commander preens in satisfaction at the newly procured pile of presents.
CommanderKalina should've helped me cover it up. I wonder how everyone will react to my surprise?
The Commander undergoes an ID check with the gate's security.
Gate SecurityWelcome home, honored Commander!
The doors slide open, and the Commander is greeted with—
The base, blackened from fire...
Soot-stained T-Dolls weeping into their arms...
Presents, burnt into nothing but scattering ashes...
As well as—
The Commander's gaze shifts slowly to the bundle that was hanging in the air...
CommanderWho's that hanging from the ceiling and sobbing... Is that ART556?
Kalina, with her face and hair streaked with ash, weakly approaches the Commander.
The Commander backs out of the base with a blank expression.
CommanderWhat's going on? How did I get to the wrong base...
CommanderHaha, yeah, why would my base have ART556 hanging from the ceiling?
CommanderStill, I feel sorry for the commander of this base, it looks like it got blasted to bits by one of those military armored trains...
CommanderCome to think of it, that adjutant just now looked a bit like Kalina...
The Commander looks up at the serial number outside of the base.
The Commander steps forward into the base once more.
Kalina, still with her face and hair streaked with ash, approaches the Commander again.
CommanderWHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE???!!!
After a brief explanation, the Commander finally calms down.
CommanderAlright, stop crying, everyone. While I understand how all of you must feel...
CommanderToday's Christmas, which only comes once a year, so I'd like for everyone to be happy.
CommanderIn fact, that's why I went out early this morning to buy presents for everyone—
M21M14, help me check my hearing modules, did I just imagine the Commander say something about buying us presents?
M14I think I heard that too...
At the look of disbelief on everyone's faces, the Commander clears their throat and repeats in a louder voice.
CommanderI brought a Christmas tree and presents for everyone back with me.
CommanderSo, let's hurry and clean this mess up so we can have a party tonight.
The fire-ravaged base falls to silence for a moment, before quickly exploding into cheers.
SuomiThis is great! I'll be able to play my newest CD at the party!
OTs-44Ah! You're the best, Commander!
SAAWoohoo! I've got a resupply for my cola!
Am RFBIs my present the game that just came out? It is, right?!
SpringfieldThank you for going through all this trouble to prepare a surprise for us, Commander.
Just as the Commander was about to let out a sigh of relief, someone presses a communicator right into their face.
KalinaCommander! We just picked up a Sangvis signal! It's very close, it's right—
Several Dinergates that had been lying in ambush suddenly charged out at the pile of presents that had been brought back by the Commander. Before the Commander could let out an order, they snatched the gifts up and fled in all directions.
Recalling their anger at the S.F. Dinergate who had destroyed their presents just prior, the stunned T-Dolls regroup and rush out before the Commander can muster a response.
SVDYou're dead, you miserable maggots!!!