Um, hello, Mardek. Nice, um... weather we're having? Or, uh... is there something you want?
Well, I was just wondering how you were doing.
Me? Oh, um! I'm fine! No problems here, sir!
Actually, I'm rather enjoying travelling with you guys. I'm, uh... not exactly used to being with guys, apparently, and I sort of had it in my head that they were all sort of like... like Steele... but, um, you're not! You're nice! Hooray for you.
Now, um, let's... go some more? Yes! Keep being nice, too!
Um, hello again, Mardek... I, um... Did you know that it makes me feel weird when you look at me like that? Now you do! I, um... is my face red...? How embarrassing...
D-did you know, Mardek, that you have nice eyes? And... and a nice jawline and smile and, um, skin, and, um... I didn't see many guys like you back in, um... Canonia! Yes, that place where I totally lived. Um...
Well, thanks! You're pretty pretty yourself!
Oh... yay! I'm... I'm glad! Now, um, can we carry on? I'm feeling all flushed...
Um... hello!? Again!?
Why do you seem so nervous when I talk to you sometimes?
Hm? Oh, um, well, I just don't expect it, you know, and, um... you interrupt my thoughts maybe? Or, um...
Actually, it's more than that... You see, um, I'm not so good with these social interaction things... I didn't have many friends when I was little - or, well, ANY, really - so it was just me and my parents and, um, my books...
I could talk to my mum just fine, but I was sort of scared of my father - he was really distant all the time and he and I just didn't see eye-to-eye - but I never had other people my age to practise talking to... This is really embarrassing to admit, but, um, much of what I learned was from self-help books...
But you seemed fine at the Guard briefings and stuff...
I, um... I 'practised', sort of. Or I kept thinking things over in my head, and practised the sorts of things that I might be expected to say... I tried to speak up - like when I asked Jacques what he meant by 'stop the bandits' - because I thought it was expected of me, but it was never easy and I felt really nervous...
It was also easier when there were a few of us, and all eyes weren't on me. Oh, and, um, Steele... I hated him, I really did, but he brought out raw emotion - hate - in me, and that sort of got rid of my anxiety and made me snappier than I ever thought I could be...
Now that you're looking at me all expectantly, as if I'm supposed to reveal something about my character that would be interesting to you, I feel like I have to perform perfectly but like I might fail and it makes me scared and, um...!
Well, you've done fine! You're better than you think at this!
Um, yay! Thanks, Mardek! I suppose it wasn't too hard after all. But now that I've said my bit, can you, um, get back to focusing on the adventure now and not me? Thanks!