Um... Is there any chance you could forget that entire conversation?
I was only joking, but thank you for trying!
To tell the truth, since entering the Studium, my life has had but one singular purpose─the pursuit of knowledge. Yet for all my research and scholarly works, I never learned what it truly means to live.
At least, that is what Moenbryda would tell me. She would often admonish me, always insisting I spend time with the other students, or at the very least step away from my dusty tomes for some fresh air.
Perhaps she hoped I might find someone I cherished more than my books, though sadly she never had the chance to see it.
Cid is truly a remarkable man, and I'll not deny our shared interest in the sciences. During the short time we've worked together, we've become good friends.
And as his friend, I understand the great burdens of his mind. Even now, he struggles to break free from his ties to the Empire and his father's terrible legacy...
Which is why I wish to do all within my power to support him. As a friend, mind you. My feelings toward Cid are similar to those I felt for Moenbryda─respect and admiration.
As much as I hate to disappoint Lilja, that is the way of things. So please, don't read too deeply into it.