Chapter 3: A Little of the Bandit's PastMature

Aria looked at Fujitsu for a moment, and then smiled. "Well, as far as I know, I was adopted by my family... so my real family is a mystery to me..."

Fujitsu shook his head. "So, you were raised by strangers, then?"

"Something like that... I guess..." Aria sighed. "My adopted sister, Rose, was a fine young woman, always showing me exciting new things in my mountain home. Especially the perfect places to view the sunrise. My daddy, Caligula, was a bit of an addle brained nutcase, but he had it where it counted... he was a nice, caring person, despite being a bandit."

"Still can't get over the fact that you're a bandit." Fujitsu commented.

"Life's full of surprises, ain't it?" Aria attempted to laugh, but her body was so worn out from fighting the dragon, that all it did was tremble and make her cough. "Excuse me..."

"Do you... remember anything about your real parents?" Fujitsu asked.

"Well... now that you mention it," Aria began. "I do remember something... a woman with golden hair looking down on me with a smile on her face, who then lifted me up, and held me close... I'm guessing that was my mother." Aria shrugged, and shook her head. "Or it could just be a silly dream."

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