What She Always Wanted
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I've been studying as much as I can, but Mama's still not getting better. Maybe...maybe if I work even harder!
Ah, Forename... Each day has become a struggle to rise from bed. I cannot hunt, I can barely─ Promise me you'll care for Gatty.
Come to look in on us, have you, Forename? Brother E–Sumi will also soon be here to gauge Gatty's progress.
Her studies have actually been going rather well─it's Sanche I'm worried about. Please don't say anything to Gatty yet, but I fear her mother may be near her time...
I've suspended lessons for the moment, and had the two of them spend every waking moment together. Treating Sanche has left me too exhausted to teach in any case.
As for her medicine, another batch should have arrived at the castrum by now. I need to draw the spring water I use to dilute the dose, so would you mind picking up the delivery from the sutler for me? We'll meet back here.
Mama... Why won't you open your eyes...?
You've come on young Sylphie's behalf, have you? I've got her delivery right here─rushed it through on the back of our swiftest chocobo.
Seems her patient's in a bad way, eh? Well, I'll say my own prayers to the Matron and hope the medicine does the trick.
Sanche!? Gatty!? Please, no more hiding now... Oh, where could they have gone!?
This isn't funny! Please! Please, come out...
Forename! I... Thank you. If ever I needed your calming presence, it's now.
I came back with the spring water to find Gatty's hat upon the floor and the two of them vanished. Sanche could barely move! Where in Hydaelyn could they have gone!?
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! They've run away again. ! They can't have gone far.
Run away? But from what? Gatty was doing wonderfully with her training─there hasn't been another voidsent attack since the river.
You're right. Gatty's been doing wonderfully with her training, so there's no reason for them to run away.
...Ah, I think I might have it! I've heard Sanche talking about a cave called the “Comet's Tail,” and how she wanted to visit it again before...before it was too late.
I said we'd head straight there when she was well enough, but she may have convinced Gatty to help her sneak out.
Brother E–Sumi is likely on his way. I'll go and intercept him while you head to the cave. If you find them there, make sure Sanche takes her medicine!
Mama! You have to get up...
Mama, don't leave me... Please, you have to help her!
Mama... Mama, please... Don't leave me alone...
Why isn't the medicine working!? Mama? Mama! Open your eyes!
I can't... I'm losing control...
No, I must own my fear.
Feel the ground beneath my feet; the flow of wind and water!
Nicely done, Gatty. You have made remarkable progress since last we met.
Forename, Sylphie, you have instructed her well.
Don't worry! We'll look after your mama!
It's so beautiful... Thank you for bringing me here...one last time.
Don't say that, Mama! I'll learn conjury, and once you're better we can come here every day!
Forename... It is thanks to your and Sylphie's efforts that Sanche has held on this long.
And yet, there are limits to the healing arts. Each life comes to an end, and even a conjurer cannot undo that which fate has ordained.
Take heart, however, in knowing that your care and attention is what has allowed these irreplaceable moments between mother and daughter...
My precious girl... You have filled my days with love...
But I was selfish...and that selfishness has brought you pain. For that, I am truly sorry...
My love... My light... I pray you find such happiness as I have known...
Thank you...all of you. Watch over her...
No... No. NO!!!
This can't be happening... I promised Mama...
Mmm... So very close. Heed my words, then...
How long has this fiend lurked within Sanche, awaiting this very moment...?
Terrible child. Dragging around your sick mother. You have killed her! Accept the evil you have done, and atone with your very life!
But, I didn't... I killed her...?
Ignore it, Gatty!
But I did bring Mama here... It was me. I killed her...
The voidsent has sunk its hooks into Gatty's spirit. We must destroy it ere her life force is drained away!
Foolish girl! Your right to love is forfeit! You belong to me!
With the voidsent vanquished, Gatty has been freed of its debilitating influence. We need not fear her losing control again.
Gatty is a fighter, but I think she needs a strong shoulder right now...
When Mama died, it was as if I'd fallen into a deep, dark hole. My mind was full of screaming...and then I heard your voices from somewhere far away, calling me back.
I heard Mama's voice, too. That's when I knew that she would always be at my side...
I'll do my best to make her proud of me!
With the strength you've shown, there is already much of which to be proud. Your aether is tranquil. Calm.
I see no need to enforce further training at the guild...though its doors are open to you, nonetheless. Will you return with us to Gridania?
...I'd always thought Mama wanted to live alone with me, away from other people. So I tried to forget about wanting friends, or traveling to other places.
But now, I think what she really wanted was to let me find my own way. And thanks to Sylphie's lessons, there's no need to hide in the forest anymore.
I will go to Gridania. I want to study more conjury, and learn to fight fiends as well as Forename!
And I still have so much to learn from Sylphie.
We'll keep studying together, I promise. Although we both have far to go before we're a match for Forename!
Well, well, Sylphie. Making promises to study? 'Twould seem that mentoring Gatty has proven beneficial to you both.
'Tis time we were on our way. We shall hold a memorial for Sanche, then see about settling you into your new life at Stillglade Fane.
Gatty's life force
Revile what you have become, murderer! Surrender your life to me!
We will help Gatty resist this trance, but the voidsent must be slain!
Remember the elements, Gatty! Let wind and water calm your mind!
Do not give in to despair! It is what the voidsent wants!
All who stand with you will die! Revel in the depth of your atrocity!
No, not you, too... This is all my fault!
No! She's losing too much aether!
I will try to staunch the flow.Forename, slay the voidsent!
The candle of life burns down for us all. You cannot punish yourself...
Gatty, remember what your mother wanted for you!
What Mama wanted...?
Yes, think back on her words!
Say them, Gatty! Hear yourself say them!
“I pray you find such happiness...”
Well done, Forename! I will rouse Sylphie─pray focus your art upon her.
Thank you, Guildmaster. Forename...I need your healing touch...
We won't let you go, Gatty!
Draw on our strength! Remember your mother's love!
I... I'm in control now. Thank you...
Mama, I know what you wanted for me...And I think I've found it...
You've done well, Gatty. Now, let us banish this foul creature from our midst!
Was this foe beyond us...?
I never should've... I'm sorry...
This can't be... I gave all I had...
Your feeble magicks are...ah...AAAHHH!