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Valentione's Day 2012
| The aromas of confession connoting confections have begun a-wafting through the air, which can only mean the approach of another Valentione's Day, kupo!
While it hasn't always been so in Vana'diel, amorous admirers nowadays announce their ardor with a gift of chocolate. Hopefully chocolatiers haven't been too harried by the humongous demand this year, kupo.
Moreover, each year myriad adventurers like you manage to make marvelous matches for love-struck citizens throughout the three nations, kupo.
Thanks to your enduring efforts, Vana'diel's a veritable vallation against loneliness! ...Kupopo!?
It seems the goddess smiles on some and glowers at others, however, for a distraught duo discuss dissolving their relationship on this day of devotion. Whatever could the problem be, kupo?
"It's all my faultaru! I was still flying high from all the loot I got the day before!" I lamented, my back propped against the Great Star Tree for support.
"I think you should talk it over with him before making a rrrash decision, Nakoko."
Regret so thoroughly tainted my thoughts that I could barely form a coherent response. If only I had never said those words last Valentione's Day...
"My knightaru in shining armor! I've been waiting for you!" I chimed naively as I relinquished the other half of my chocolate heart.
I was already an adventurer at that point, so I should never have relied on others to find the right Taru for me—and I certainly never should have said that extroverted, outgoing guys were my type! Oh, the embarrassment! I felt like crawling into a treasure casket that locks from the inside and dying.
Yet, there was a method to my madness. I only did these things so I could appear outgoing to the guy I met on Valentione's Day. I spent my whole year with him under this façade of sociability and self-confidence; I...I even wore a bikini for him when we went to Bibiki Bay! I just can't take any more of this pathetic farce. I'm finished with putting on airs just to be with someone who deserves better.
"I...just don't think we're compatible-watible..." I struggled to eke out, afraid to even make eye contact with my friend. To tell the truth, my personality is the exact opposite of what I'd led Hakka-Rokka to believe. I'm a terrible craven who's even scared of her own shadow—which is why I don't think I have any courage left to meet him agai...Huh!?
I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Where no one had been but moments before, there were now two young men—one a Hume, the other a Taru—standing apprehensively, feebly trying to catch our attention.
"Ha-Hakka-Rokka!? Wh-wh-what are you doing-wooing here!?"
They must have used Invisible to sneak up on us!
But putting a reason to the rhyme did little to quell the heat of mortification that emanated from my face.
How much did they hear!?
Seeing that I'd looked up at last, my Mithran cupid took in her hand half of the chocolate heart I'd broken in two. Glancing at the two eavesdroppers, I noticed the Hume had taken hold of Hakka-Rokka's own chocolate. The two matchmakers beamed brighter than a sunrise on a cloudless morn as they each proffered a hand cradling a confection—Hakka's to me, and mine to Hakka. The two of us stood dumbstruck, unable to anticipate the next exchange:
"This pretty maiden is as shy as they come, Hakka-Rokka. She's right up your alley!"
"I've found the perrrfect companion for you, Nakoko! He's the biggest introvert I know!"
My eyes widened, locked on Hakka-Rokka in a disbelieving stare.
"Could it be...?"
"The biggest introvert you know is..."
"This 'pretty maiden who's as shy as they come' is..."
Hakka and I simultaneously let out an awestruck "You must be kidding-widding me," followed soon after by an uncontrollable bout of relieved laughter.
We really were meant for each other all along.
Acting out of what seemed like instinct, we nervously extended our chocolate heart halves toward each other. The closer they came, the more palpable our anxiety became, until they finally slid together as if they had never come apart.
Never had a simple candy tasted so satisfying, so complete. Hakka's breath intermingled with mine as we nibbled timidly on that sugary succulence of romance manifest, my composure pushed to its limits.
The shy smile that crossed his lips next as our eyes met proved to me that this Valentione's Day was only the beginning of a long-lasting love.
Story: Miyabi Hasegawa
Illustration: Mitsuhiro Arita
The Valentione's Day event will commence at midnight (PST) on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, and conclude at the same hour on February 15, 2012.
Moogles in Love!
Looking to join in the festivities? The moogles stationed in the areas below will fill you in on all the scrumptiously sweet details!
A Message from the MHMU
Valentione's Day is all about you amazing adventurers, so to celebrate your greatness, we'll be proffering a positively pleasant present to everyone.
Delivery of this delightful doodad will commence on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.