I do NOT own Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, nor do I own any of the characters, places, item names, etc. within.
Veola: Ta-dah! It's finished! I call it the Revealing Bikini. I bet you can't wait to put it on and try to get inside Klein's pants.
Lita: Thank you, Veola. What a beautiful thing to say.
Veola: What? No witty comeback? That's not like you. It's no fun this way.
Lita: Sorry to disappoint you. But it's kind of dark in here. Would you like to have this conversation outside?
Veola: Huh? O-outside? No, I'll pass.
Lita: I see. Well then, let's go Klein. I guess it's just the two of us.
Veola: Grrrr. Have fun taking your flea dip!
(Lita smiles and exits the shop with Klein and they head back home.)
Klein: Lita, you're acting a bit strange. You didn't have anything to say when Veola insulted you, and you smiled when she said you have fleas.
Lita: I don't have fleas. She was talking about the mana bath. I'm smiling because, thanks to you, I don't have to worry about that anymore.
Lita: And what she says doesn't bother me like it used to. Before, I didn't have any friends. My mother passed away and no one would speak to me because I'm a humanoid. I never fit in, always the outcast. It used to hurt when she said those things; it reminded me of what I was.
Klein: But you never broke down. You always had something clever to respond with.
Lita: Don't you see? I had to. Otherwise I would always be trampled over by humans. I had to become strong and defend myself. It was the only way.
Klein: You're not like that now, though. Remember when you saved us from that monster?
Lita: It's because… you're not like other humans, Klein. You accepted me for who I was. Not only that, you went out of your way to create the Ruby Prism for me. It…I caused you so much trouble, but you didn't give up.
Klein: I couldn't leave a damsel in distress. I guess there's a little Delsus in me afterall.
Lita: Thank you, Klein. For all you did for me. I'm normal because of you.
Klein: Do you mind if I ask you one favor, Lita?
Lita: What is it?
Klein: Norn went to visit Zeldalia and Delsus took Marietta to see the snow in Duran. How about you try on that new bikini for me?
Lita: Ghaleon Ashley Delsus Delvarood! When I get my claws on him!!
Klein: Heh heh oops. Maybe there's too much Delsus in me.
This is such a great game! I haven't had time to write any fics in a while and I just realized my last update was in 2003! I figured a quick one-shot wouldn't hurt. Sorry for the whole Reel Big Fish "for all the suckers who still believe in love, this one's for you" angle.