Disclaimer: Own it? Nah, not me. You must be thinking of Red Company and Atlus, because this is their game, I'm just using the characters for my own non-profit purposes…
Meis didn't know it, but his friends were all watching him from inside the inn.
"What's up with him? Ever since that girl slapped him, he just hasn't been himself…" Wyna noted curiously. Kyleen nodded.
"Yeah, he looks so depressed…It's weird…" She was wondering why someone like Meis, who never seemed down, would look so dejected over something that happens to him all the time.
"Maybe he really liked that girl?" Muza pointed out cluelessly, though he was pretty sure it was more than that. He rubbed his chin thoughtfully as he watched his old friend heave out a sigh, and absently stare out at nothing.
"I am sure he will be fine in the morning." Soushi stated calmly.
"Yeah, Meis will be back to normal in no time." Nelsha said cheerfully, ignorant apparently to the situation. Sodina just continued to stare at the defeated looking young man, who seemed so different from the bright, optimistic, and silly Meis she thought she knew so well.
"Meis…" She whispered. Without another word, she walked out the door to talk to him. The others stared after her.
"What's she doing?" Muza asked aloud. Soushi smiled slightly.
"That my friend, is something we can only guess at…" He said mysteriously.
"Meis…" She whispered to his back. He whipped his head around, and sighed as he saw it was her.
"Oh, hello Sodina…" He said in greeting, turning back to the sky.
"Lovely night isn't it?" He asked. It was simply a statement, not an attempted pick-up line like usual.
"Yes…it is." She replied, joining him in reflecting on the stars.
"Is something troubling you Meis?" She asked delicately.
"You seem to be bothered…" She was worried when he sighed again and bowed his head.
"I don't know…I guess I'm just sort of tired of the way my life is…" He said quietly. Sodina was confused. This was a whole different side of Meis. One she had never seen before.
"What do you mean Meis…?" She asked curiously. She wasn't sure why he would be dissatisfied with his life. Sure he had a large responsibility, but he had dealt with it admirably so far, showing a sense of duty that had continued to pleasantly surprise her throughout their quest together. Sure he got distracted at times, but his dedication to stopping the Acolytes, as well as visiting the Sacred Altars, was amazingly strong.
"I'm not really sure what I mean…" He said.
"No, I know what I mean, I just can't place it into words…" He smiled faintly.
"I'm not making any sense am I?" He asked her. She blinked.
"No, I sort of see what you mean…You feel dissatisfied, but helpless to do anything about it." She knew the feeling well…
"Yeah, that's right. I'm so tired of being looked at with disgust by everyone…I…I…I hate my damned life! I hate my Father for raising me this way! I hate my family for being known as a line of perverted fools…I hate…I hate myself most of all…for not being strong enough to fight back and be different…" He bowed his head again, and Sodina was shocked to see a tear slip by his defenses…
"Meis…" She was amazed at this different young man in front of her. Meis had always seemed so invulnerable to her. Like nothing could stop him. He never got depressed, always had a smile, and never gave up when the going got tough, inspiring them all to do the same. He was the group leader, through and through, and performed the role, despite his occasional perversion, admirably. Now, here was a young man, barely older than herself at only sixteen, struggling with pains he had obviously kept inside himself for a very long time. She could hardly imagine the emotional pain he must have felt every time she hit him or shook her head at him. And she felt ashamed. Ashamed that he would think the others, his friends, disliked him, and even more ashamed because he thought she disliked him, when in fact, the very opposite was true. Yes, she knew her feelings for the Triumph heir ran deep, very deep indeed. Unfortunately, she had difficulty expressing them. Being sheltered by an over-protective brother your whole life makes it difficult to develop a strong sense of self-security, and as such, she was somewhat shy, and bashful. And whenever she saw Meis turning his attentions towards other women, she felt pain, which turned to jealousy. Because she was scared, scared that he might really leave her company for another's, and she knew, if he did that, then she would be lost for good. After her brother passed on, Meis was all she had left, he was the only loved one she still had. Yes her friends were there as well, but with Meis it was different. Meis was her reason for going on…He was her strength…
"Meis, please, don't say those things…you shouldn't hate your family. The Triumphs are a respected line of Spirit Blacksmith's known the world over!"
"Ha! Known for perversity! And respected for the number of women they've bedded!" He was wondering why she even bothered. Why didn't she just leave him, the pathetic pervert, and go to her true love, her first love...Sodina sighed.
"And you shouldn't hate yourself either, because you're a good person Meis…you're different from the other Triumph's. You're fighting to protect this world…No one is making you…You could go home right now if you wanted…Any other person would…Yet you, you stand firm and face the danger this quest brings without fear…I don't think anyone else could or would do that…" She smiled at him, trying to lend him strength like he always did for her.
"Sodina…Please…Don't lie just to make me feel better…I know I'm pathetic…and I know you'd much rather have Schmidt and myself reversed…Have me be the Dark Master, and him be the Light Blacksmith…" He trailed off as he saw her smile fall. A strange look grew on her face. It wasn't anger, but it wasn't sadness either, it was something in-between. Standing, she raised her hand, and smacked him, hard, right on the face. He barely felt it; he was shocked to see tears leaking from her bright beautiful eyes.
"You…stupid…fool…How can you even think such a thing?" She was trembling visibly.
"Sodina I…" He began, but was cut off by her next words.
"Schmidt is a selfish, evil person…He always was…I just never noticed it…That's why my Brother always refused to teach him the forbidden arts…Jyabil knew that all Schmidt cared about was power…That's why he became the Dark Master…and you, you're a selfless person, who despite the way he was raised, fights hard for those who can't protect themselves… You do your best every day to help others, and even though it's a thankless job, you do it anyway…and that's why you're the Blacksmith of Light…It isn't a fluke, or an accident…I don't want Schmidt, Meis…I want you…" The last words were whispered, but he heard them anyway, and felt a weight lift from his chest. A tremendous burden was gone now, and he felt light. A genuine feeling of happiness flooded his body.
"Sodina…" He couldn't take it anymore. He reached for her, and brought her tearful face up to his own, and kissed her with all he could. It wasn't his first kiss…but it was the most wonderful thing he had ever experienced. He pulled away after a few moments, smiling faintly at her surprised look.
"I love you…" He whispered in her ear. She smiled happily; unable to believe this was happening, yet knowing it was.
"I love you too…" She said back, and felt her heart swell with even more happiness if that were possible when he slowly broke into the familiar grin he was famous for. They kissed again, even longer, not noticing their audience.
"Well now, that's about what I expected." Soushi said with a rare smile gracing his lips.
"Man, it's about time…" Muza said with a laugh.
"Yeah, some people are so dense, they just can't see when someone else likes them!" Wyna said, causing Muza to sigh sadly and bow his head, defeated.
"Man, they better come up for air soon." Kyleen muttered. Nelsha just smiled happily.
"Come everyone, let's leave them to their privacy…it is getting late after all." Soushi said at last. The others nodded and went back upstairs.
Back outside, Meis and Sodina separated.
"Thank you Sodina…For everything…" He smiled at her.
"I should be thanking you Meis…If you hadn't been here for me, I'm not sure what would have happened after Jyabil died…but I know that my life was always empty even before he died, that is until I met you…So thank you, for entering my life…" She smiled, her heart was filled with love for him. He returned her smile…triumphantly.
"I don't plan on ever leaving it Sodina…"
Author's Notes: Uh, the end…First 1000 Arms fic, so please forgive any examples of bad writing. (Like the whole thing…) This takes place somewhere towards the end of the game I guess…Not really sure when…Yes it changes things in the game, but oh well…I just got tired of Meis and Sodina being so skittish about their feelings, and I wanted to show a different side to Meis then normal…I think he acts perverted for a different reason then others might think, and I believe he would be rather ashamed of his family as a whole. Probably more so after falling for Sodina, since it is part of what keeps him from her…Please review and tell me what you think!