Mercedes and Leonie are about as different as they come. In fact, the only thing that the two of them seem to have in common is being close in age, and even then, Mercedes is a bit older than Leonie, being one of the oldest students at the academy. But when Leonie switches classes, wanting to keep a closer eye on their enigmatic new professor, Mercedes take a bit of a liking to her.
“You’re so resourceful!” she praises her one day, and Leonie isn’t sure what to make of that.
“What do you mean?” she asks, not used to being approached in such a manner.
“Oh, well, I heard that you went to do the shopping for our class, and you got a really good deal on some extra ingredients, and that you even know what to do with all the leftovers, so that nothing goes to waste!” Mercedes proclaims, listing off a few things that seem entirely mundane to Leonie.
“Oh, that? I mean, that’s just kind of how things are back where I’m from. I don’t think I did anything particularly noteworthy,” she says, a little embarrassed by the way Mercedes keeps beaming at her.
“Even so, I think it’s very admirable. I always hate to feel like I’m wasting things, and I think you could help a lot of people just by making sure that less is wasted,” she replies. “I want to dedicate my life to the church one day, so I’m trying to learn as many ways of helping people as I can.”
“Oh, yeah? Well, that sounds like a job that really suits you. You’re not big on fighting, are you?”
“Oh, no, not at all. I’m willing to do what I must to protect my friends and to protect the church, but if I’m being honest, it’s the little things I like!” Mercedes says, an almost serene smile on her face. “You want to be a mercenary, don’t you? Like the professor’s father?”
“Yes, I do,” Leonie says, brightening as she does whenever anyone mentions her mentor. Her face falls soon after, though. “Ah, but you probably don’t like us mercenary types, huh?”
“What would give you that idea? Even the church deals with mercenaries sometimes, and we have the Knights of Seiros,” she explains. “They may serve only the church, but they’re still fighting and being paid for that, aren’t they?”
“I...guess that’s true, yeah. I didn’t really think about it that way.” Mercedes continues to beam at her, and Leonie can’t help but smile back. The two have little in common, yet, just like that, she has the feeling that they have become fast friends.
“Well, you know you can always call on me if you need any help!” she finally says.
“I definitely will, Leonie! Even if it’s not for mercenary work,” Mercedes replies.
“Oh? What do you mean?”
“Well, if the church needs any help cutting down on waste, I’m sure you’d be the best person to turn to!”