I will never ask for nothing that I won't give in return
You will never have to question the value of my words
When the group finally arrived back at the ship, Amalie was relieved to see that she was not been the only party from Dies Irae who had successfully managed to bring civilians into the safety of the guild’s domain. Although for the numbers that they had procured there were plenty of injured members to make up for it. And plenty of dead too, much to her dismay. She thought back to Icarus and Kessicia, wondering just how they were fairing since splitting up during the mission. She remained hopeful for the moment, no news was good news after all. More importantly, she had a decision to make, she knew that Anima wanted her to stay and be treated for the poison. But she also knew for a fact that she couldn’t take up any of their precious resources having them see to her wound. No, she had to just deal with it for now, even if it meant using up her own magical store to do so.
She considered what action to take a moment, before opening her mouth. Allowing the magic to flow through her once more. “Heal.” She called out trying her luck once again with the wound, however when she did so, she was met with immediate pain. The same reaction as before. She keeled forward slightly, clutching her side. It really seemed like whatever the hell Sivvy's doppelganger had done to her, it couldn't be fixed by her magic alone. “Commander!” Joffrey cried, stepping forward to make sure she didn’t collapse. She put her hand out to him, gesturing to him that it was okay. He would place his hand on her arm anyway, offering his hand as a means of balance just in case. “I… I’m fine. I’ll be fine just…” She straightened up slightly, sweat falling from her brow as she attempted to suppress the pain she was feeling.
I told you! You’ve been poisoned, you need to be treated and by no means can you return to the fight. Anima’s words were direct, it was clear that he didn't care for the prospect of her returning to the others. But she also knew that Anima didn't particularly care about humans aside from herself, even those close to Amalie. It was for this reason that Amalie chose not to listen, instead choosing to address her assistant. “Joffrey, I need you to take the kids over to the medical bay, make sure that they are taken care of. Once you’re sure they’re okay I want you to go out and search for any more civilians you can find. Use your illusions okay, stay hidden as much as you can and use it to your advantage." With great strain, she reached around to her side. Adjusting her belt, she would unclip Celeste off her hip and handed the sword to him. “Commander, I can’t take that, that’s your sword-”
“Enough!" She barked, interrupting his sharply. Her tone quickly softened after, remembering how helpful Joffrey had been earlier. Despite all of his incompetence and frustrations, he had certainly earned his stars today. "I’m entrusting this to you, but only for now. I’ll be taking her back once this is over. You can do this okay. I have faith in you, now do as I say or It’ll be triple drills when we get back on Monday do you understand!” She told him firmly, although there was the reflection of genuine trust in the woman's eyes. She could feel Anima's present writhing with her, forcing himself forward to the front of her consciousness, reminding her of his influence.
You’re being foolish Amalie, you don’t need to play the hero here, think of yourself for once!
Still, she made no reaction to him comments, her mind focused only on the matter at her. Her eyes imploring Joffrey to listen to her command, not to resist her. He glanced down at the rapier then back up at her, uncertainty fading. As he seemed to come to some sort of internal conclusion, the assistant straightened up, nodding at her. He took the sword from her and began strapping it onto his own belt. “You better come back for this sword Commander.” He told her with surprising fervour, for all the times he had crumpled under her discipline, for once he carried strength behind his words. Amalie smirked, “Don’t dent it whilst I’m gone.” She turned to the kids, kneeling down in front of them. The stared at her, their eyes wide with unsettled feelings, she couldn't blame them really. Having been trapped in that basement, the stench of the parents dead bodies looming above them. She could only imagine the horrors these children had seen since the invasion of Kenrojima. “You’re safe now okay. Joffrey is going to get you all to check out and then we'll give you some food. You don’t have to worry anymore, we’re the good guys and we’ll protect you.”
“Stay safe Miss,” Mason told her firmly, he was clearly trying to appear strong for the other children, so that they would take strength from seeing him this way. She smile softly, reaching out she would brush her knuckles against his chin softly, nodding as she did so. Following which she stood up once more. And with that she turned and made her way off of the ship, “Flight” she commanded, kicking off the ground once more. She began to make her way back onto the island, towards the mainland and over to where the others were. She needed to get to them quickly before Sivvy’s doppelganger did and others fell to the same fate as she. She could feel Anima pulling at her muscles, making it harder for her to move. Amalie don’t do this, turn back immediately.
“Listen Anima, you’re either with me here or against me. You can either shut up and use your power to make sure I make it out alive, or so fucking help me, I will find the closest bottle of whiskey and do this on my own. So how about it? Are you with me, or do I need to do this solo?” She could feel his fervent frustration growing, he knew that she would do it too. Was this any other human, perhaps he would not have buckled? But this was her. She would feel the pressure ease from her muscles, allowing her to fly more easily now. And with a jaded voice, she would here the Fifth seals' begrudging reply.
Important Note: Amalie has gone back to the ship, is giving Joffrey instructions before heading back out to the mainland.
Dialogue: Amalie | Anima | Joffrey | Mason