Firefly Date

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"Lucien invited me to Firefly Show. We met in private for the first time. He was gentle and wise, not distant as usual."

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  • Character: Lucien
  • Required Intimacy: 1

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Only one of the following Karma is required to unlock the date.

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To show my appreciation for Lucien's help on the program, I went on a date with him to the local firefly exhibit.

The exhibit was set up as sparkling corridors to make me feel like iI stepped into a tunnel of stars.

We ran across someone selling fireflies. I wanted to save those poor things but was afraid it would encourage the peddler and others even more. Lucien, though, spooked him into releasing them by elaborating on the illegality of his action. Very admirable job, professor!

Lucien was not the person I know tonight. He stared off into the distant as if he was speaking to someone else. But I still held out hope that these small glimmers will still bring warmth to a cruel world.

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To thank Lucien for helping out with our show Miracle Finder, I agreed to hang out with him this weekend.
I arrived at the exhibition center ten minutes early, feeling inexplicably nervous.
Surprisingly, Lucien was already there, waiting.
Lucien: Hi, <Main Character>.
Main Character: Hey! Have you been waiting long? Sorry...
Lucien: It's my fault for being too early.
MC: Right...
Lucien pressed a pamphlet into my hand. The cover read "Heirs of Light".
Lucien: Let's go.

As soon as we walk in, green specks of light flickering in the darkness immediately grabbed my attention.
There are photos of various fireflies species on exhibit. In the center is a long corridor simulating firefly lights.
MC: (Delighted) So by "Heirs of Light", they mean fireflies!
Lucien: Do you like stars?
MC: (Nodding) ...
The corridor is lit up with fireflies, making it resemble a starry summer sky.
Lucien: Some like to believe that fireflies are stars too, but on the land instead of in the sky.
MC: Stars on land... that sounds romantic.
Lucien: But behind the romance, there are lots of hidden truths no one ever hears about.
MC: Hidden truths?
Lucien: We humans are always attracted to shiny things and ignore everything else.
MC: (Contemplatively) Yeah, I actually have no idea what fireflies look like without their lights.
Lucien: That's true for fireflies, and true for humans as well. We only see a person's most prominent quality. As for the rest of their qualities... They become overlooked blind spots.
MC: That's why it's hard to truly know a person, I guess.
Lucien: That's right. What interests me the most happens to be these rarely noticed qualities.
MC: It requires luck and patience to truly understand someone.
Lucien: Luck and patience, yes. But you also need to be really motivated.
MC: Right...
Lucien: I've studied a lot of people. However, there's been only one I'm truly motivated to learn more about.
MC: And who would that be?
Lucien: Sorry... I can't tell you yet.
Lucien flashed me a tight-lipped smile.
Lucien: Come on, the exhibition is starting.

We walked on, following the signs in the venue. A mother-and-son duo passed by.
The boy was clutching a jar that held a glittering firefly.
Litle Boy: It's so pretty, Mommy! Let's keep it as a pet!
MC: (Staring at the jar) So they sell live fireflies in this exhibition too?
Following the crowds, we ended up in the corner of the building, where bottled fireflies were sold.
Vendor: Get your fireflies here! Keep it in your home as a good luck charm!
My face fell seeing those poor fireflies trapped in jars.
MC: Are they sleeping? They look rather drowsy...
Lucien: They're not sleeping. They're on the verge of dying, in fact.
MC: ...!
Lucien: They can't survive in jars for long. It's not their natural habitat.
MC: The purpose of the exhibition was for the public to learn avout fireflies, and look what it gets the fireflies in return...
Lucien: Want to do something about it?
MC: But if we buy all of them, the vendors will have more incentive to capture even more fireflies.
Lucien: A dilemma indeed.
MC: Okay...
Lucien: Give me a minute.
Lucien strode toward the vendor.
The vendor eagerly waved him over as he counted the money he'd earned.
Vendor: Want a firefly? It'll make your wishes come true!
Lucien: Sir, don't you know that capturing fireflies without a permit is illegal?
Vendor: (Surprised) No way! They're just bugs. Nothing illegal about that.
Vendor: You're holding up the line. Get lost!
Lucien: Well, I must warn you that it's a pretty steep fine for capturing wild fireflies.
The vendor's expression changed immediately when he heard that.
Vendor: Aw, come on, don't be so unreasonable! I'm just trying to make a living, you know!
Lucien showed no sign of relenting, so the vendor trained his pleading eyes on me.
Vendor: (Batting his eyelashes) Miss, my apologies... How about you take the rest of these fireflies and let me off the hook this once?
MC: (Looking up at Lucien) ...?
Lucien: (Smiling, winking at me)...
I took the fireflies from the vendor.
The vendor immediately packed up and fled the scene.
MC: Lucien, how did you know about such an obscure law?
MC: I should make a show with you called Real Genius: The Walking Library.
Lucien: I was playing him.
MC: Huh?
Lucien: Fireflies aren't endangered. It's not illegal to capture them. I made up that whole thing about the fine.
MC: Huh? But what if he looked it up just then?
Lucien: He wouldn't. It would just create a scene and make him lose customers.
Lucien: That's a risk a businessman would never take.
MC: (Nodding) Still, that was pretty amazing, what you did.
Lucien: Humans aren't as complicated as you think, most of the time.
MC: It might be easy for you to figure people out, but no for me.
MC: Anyway, let's release these fireflies into the wild. They look half-dead already...
Lucien: Alright, let's go.
MC: Where to?
Lucien: (Looking at me) We need to bring them to a suitable habitat, or else they won't survive.


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